Watch Series 3 has LTE connectivity problems: reviewers

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The new Apple smartwatch is the first to connect to cellular networks on its own, without having to be electronically tethered to an iPhone, but reviewers had issues staying connected while reviewing the new device. According to Apple, when the Apple Watch Series 3 tries to join unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity, the timepiece is prevented from connecting to a cellular network.

"We are investigating a fix for a future software release", the email said.

The Apple Watch 3 was feted by Apple at its annual iPhone unveiling last week as able to make calls as well as send and receive data without a smartphone.

In a review for the Wall Street Journal, Joanna Stern summed up the problem in the headline: Apple Watch Series 3 Review: Untethered. and Unreliable.

But in reviews out today, some critics report the watch has crippling connectivity problems, including dropped or choppy calls and issues connecting with Siri, Apple's voice assistant.

The headlining feature of the Series 3 watch is LTE connectivity, and it doesn't work as it should - or in some cases, at all.

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It's worth noting that some separate reviews of the Apple Watch Series 3 haven't mentioned such connectivity issues.

That's despite the fact that reviewers have panned the smart watch's poor battery life while making calls over cellular, with most testers finding their battery almost drained after only an hour. Furthermore, same like with Goode's phone, the problem persisted on several more devices and connected to unknown and unprotected Wi-Fi networks, although without the full connection.

In addition to the poor connectivity, the battery life was not great as well.

With no hint of when the fix will be issued, this is something that's surely going to be a concern for anyone who has placed an order and is now waiting for their new Apple Watch to arrive.

The iPhone X was one of three new iPhone models unveiled at the first event at Apple's new "spaceship" campus. "People I called via the watch said I sounded great, and I could hear them loud and clear".

No word yet on how soon that fix is coming, and it's not the only black eye Apple is dealing with after rolling out its new software.

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