Apple Watch Series 3 With LTE Having Issues Connecting to Cellular Networks

The Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE is designed to give owners a bit of freedom from their smartphone, letting them connect to cellular networks without having to be connected to their iPhone at the same time.

Reviews for the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE were released today, and while many pointed out that, on a hardware level, the Apple Watch Series 3 is a great device, and that watchOS 4 is fantastic software, the smartwatch’s main selling point could be spotty and unreliable more often than not, making it a hard device to recommend at this particular point in time.

In the case of Lauren Goode from The Verge, she went through two different review units, because she was having such bad connectivity issues with the first one, Apple replaced it with another. However, the issues continued, and, as we’ve seen in other review units, the same issue happened in other instances, too. As a result, Apple has officially confirmed that there is indeed an issue, and it apparently stems from the handoff between a Wi-Fi network and a cellular network.

Here’s the statement an Apple spokesperson emailed to the aforementioned publication:

“We have discovered that when Apple Watch Series 3 joins unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity, it may at times prevent the watch from using cellular. We are investigating a fix for a future software release.”

While it’s good that Apple is confirming that an issue exists, and that the company is working to address it and fix it in a subsequent software release, there’s no telling when that update will actually arrive for customers. Pre-orders for the Apple Watch Series 3 (with and without LTE) began last Friday, and the device is set to ship out and go on sale this Friday, September 22.

Will you wait for Apple to fix the issue before you pick one up?

[via The Verge]