The Apple Watch 3 has arrived with more bugs than any recent Apple device released this decade. One of the bugs was that that LTE wouldn’t work because the Watch tried to join unauthentic Wi-Fi networks found in public places. According to Tech Crunch, an update has been released for that.
“It turns out it was a software bug as Apple has now issued a watchOS update that fixes LTE connectivity issues,” said columnist Romain Dillett, who added that the Wall Street Journal was the first source to notice the bug.
In weeks prior, there were many complaining that they couldn’t activate LTE service correctly on their Watch devices at all. It’s not apparent if those particular problems had anything to do with the Wi-Fi issue, but it certainly angered a lot of people, many who weren’t able to get full cellular service working on their devices until a week after receiving it.
Some people who experienced difficulties had been able to get their watches working by unpairing the Watch, setting it up as a new Watch on the iPhone, and setting up the cellular plan after everything was paired. Still, two weeks later, there are still some people on Twitter with complaints.
The Apple Watch Series 3 itself has received mixed reviews. Engadget said Apple’s new wrist device is a good watch, but not a good cell phone.
“The Apple Watch Series 3 often feels like two devices in one. When it’s connected to a phone, it’s an improvement over its predecessors in just about every way that matters,” says reviewer Chris Velazco, adding that the kinks remain when connected to LTE that make the overall experience suffer as a result
However, MacWorld believes the new Apple Watch (with or without cellular capabilities) is the best that you can buy now. Reviewer Michael Simon noted that the if you purchase the LTE version, you don’t have to worry about running out of your house and forgetting your iPhone; you will still receive emails, phone calls, instant messages, etc. He also has high praise for the exercise tracking capabilities.
Apple has tried to make their smartwatch a mainstream device since 2015, but haven’t exactly succeeded in doing so. The first Watch drew complaints about battery life. The Apple Watch Series 2 didn’t exactly penetrate the marketplace, and it’s too early to say if the Apple Watch 3 is a success or not. Based on all the complaints over the past few weeks, it’s likely that Apple’s new wrist device won’t set any records.
However, the people who do own an Apple Watch swear by it. Many say that when the Apple Watch is off their wrists, they “feel” something major missing. Do you own an Apple Watch? Tell us about your experience in the comments section.
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