The Apple Watch 3 has been unveiled by Apple as the company’s latest smartwatch offering, but the wearable (which will no doubt have its share of popularity in the US) is already littered with problems. Apple isn’t one to admit its shortcomings often, but the company has confirmed in a public statement that the Apple Watch 3 Series is having cellular connectivity issues. The most interesting thing about the cellular connectivity issues, though, is that the Apple Watch 3 will produce these problems when it can’t connect to a Wi-Fi network:
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.
Now, it is understandable that every tech product on the market will have its share of problems, but it’s a bit problematic to have a device with a new feature (LTE) that is already struggling to perform well for users. It’s no different than having a smartphone with constant dropped calls. An OEM can say, “We’re aware of the problem and will have a software release available later,” but that doesn’t change the reality for most consumers: that is, the frequency of dropped calls.
The Apple Watch 3 features an e-SIM for over-the-air activation on a cellular network remotely (without an in-store activation), Apple’s new dual-core processor called the S3, with LTE for cellular connectivity. The 50-meter water resistance returns from the Apple Watch 2, and Siri can now use the speaker on the Apple Watch 3 by which to speak to users. The Apple Watch 3 comes pre-loaded with WatchOS 4, bringing an updated Heart Rate app, Siri watch face, and GymKit that will allow users to sync their health data across their Apple devices.
The Apple Watch 2 was given the promise of 18 hours of battery life, but Apple has said that the next-generation device will provide 10 hours of battery life and one hour of talk time on LTE. If one pairs the Watch 3 with the iPhone, talk time on the device increases to a mere 3 hours.