14 November 2017
The Apple Watch Series 3 is the latest leap from Apple in the wearable market, and its most notable feature is the cellular LTE connectivity. But while it is packed with features, there are still things to be desired. Just as the company is "preparing to ship" the Watch, we find that cellular connectivity on the Watch is not as seamless as you'd expect.
That's right. You will have to pay $10 per month for the Watch cellular service in the U.S. (with no international roaming, mind you), but you're still going to suffer an unstable connection. The Watch seems to try connecting to unknown Wi-Fi networks instead of cellular. And this isn't an issue with settings - if Apple has made a statement acknowledging the issue right before shipping begins, there must be something wrong.
“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,” an Apple spokesperson said. "We are investigating a fix for a future software release.”
That's good news for Apple - having found the issue. But bad news for people who have pre-ordered the Watch or are planning to buy it soon, because they will be receiving units with an unreliable LTE connection. A software update should fix this issue, but we don't have a schedule for an update yet.