Apple admits to LTE connectivity issues on new Apple Watch, shares tumble

Apple admits to LTE connectivity issues on new Apple Watch, shares tumble

AAPL shares were falling Wednesday morning, after the tech titan admitted to connectivity issues with its Apple Watch Series 3.

This time last week Apple was telling the world how good their new Apple Watch Series 3 was, this week reviewers are shredding the new Apple offering after identifying it has major problems.

Early reviews of the watch indicate that it has some connection troubles, with both Wi-Fi and LTE.

The company gave no details about when this "future" update can be expected, but if it's not in the next 24 hours your brand new Apple Watch Series 3 might not work.

I chased up on this and Apple told me that the problem only lies in Wi-Fi spots that use captive portals - places like Starbucks that require a sign-in. A model of the Apple Watch Series 3 without LTE support will also begin shipping this week, with prices starting at $329.

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Only the Apple Watch Series 3 lineup will be capable of refueling using Apple's AirPower wireless charging mat. While I typically keep my Apple Watch on the Utility face, I'll switch to the Siri face when things get truly busy. Previous versions of the Apple Watch needed to connect wirelessly to an iPhone for full functionality.

This is bad news for those who would like the smartwatch but had previously held off a purchase because of the required tethering. So without the strain of LTE, the Series 3 Watch clearly matches the battery life of the Series 2 model.

But when a number of reviewers used the product they mad note of the Apple Watch's poor cellular-network connectivity and its habit of trying to connect to unauthorised Wi-Fi networks.

MacRumors reports that since all of the Apple Watch models feature inductive charging, it's quite logical to surmise that they will all be capable of charging with the use of the AirPower mat. Apple Watch Series 3 has two versions, one of which has an e-SIM that lets users make calls, go online without the iPhone. Still, users could use to ditch their mobile phone to make calls thanks to the LTE connection. "In fact, you'd probably want to go into the Watch's settings and turn off cellular data until you need it, which in some ways defeats the goal of having an LTE-connected watch". That's right - they think these 10 stocks are even better buys.

As a smartwatch with fitness features, I like the Apple Watch a lot - and watchOS 4, the new software for Apple Watch, includes a lot of new stuff: HIIT tracking, back-to-back multi-sport activities (like triathlons, for example), and more heart rate analysis.

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