The headline puff up of the new Apple Watch may not work as reliably as it should when the device starts embarking later this week.
In a review of the Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular, which promises the faculties to connect to LTE networks independently from a user’s iPhone, The Verge’s Lauren Goode wrote that the crest repeatedly struggled to join a cellular network and would instead be left hung up on “random” Wi-Fi signals. The issue persisted across two sequestered test units, the review said.
The hangup was significant enough for an Apple spokesperson to yield Goode with a statement acknowledging the issue, in which the company asserts it is “investigating a fix” for the connectivity problem.
“We have discovered that when Apple Superintend Series 3 joins unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity, it may at be that as it mays prevent the watch from using cellular,” the spokesperson told The Margin. “We are investigating a fix for a future software release.”
Apple did not immediately respond to a application for comment on when that update might arrive. The new Apple Pocket watch is currently set to ship on September 22.
The LTE-equipped version of the Apple Watch Series 3 deal withs cellular as a sort of last resort, connecting only if you choose not to dyad the device with an iPhone over Bluetooth or use a Wi-Fi network primary. But the LTE support is more or less what Apple is using to sell the $400 wearable in the first rooms, as it ostensibly gives users the ability to make calls, stream music, and habitually use the device in a more self-reliant manner. A model of the Apple Watch Series 3 without LTE bolstering will also begin shipping this week, with consequences starting at $329.
The issue described in The Verge’s review would seem to be avoidable if Apple Keep a weather eye open for users could turn off Wi-Fi as one could on an iPhone, but the device doesn’t sooner a be wearing that option. (There is an Airplane Mode toggle.)
It’s worth noting that some break up reviews of the Apple Watch Series 3 haven’t mentioned such connectivity scions. Outside of the potential connectivity problems, new Apple Watch buyers desire still have to deal with the extra cost of adding the stratagem to a data plan and the inevitable hit LTE connectivity has on battery life.
Ars will make its own review of the Apple Watch Series 3 in the coming days.