Apple says its new watch has cellular connectivity problems

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Goode reported that her the problem persisted even after Apple shipped another model for review, the device proceeded to connect to Wi-Fi networks instead of LTE. A fix is being looked at for a future software update.

Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) on Wednesday conceded its latest smartwatch unveiled a week ago has problems with its most important feature: the ability make phone calls and access data without an iPhone nearby.

It's possible Apple fixes this before the Apple Watch Series 3 begins shipping to customers on Friday. With a cellular or Wi-Fi connection, it can make/take calls, activate Siri, send texts and connect to the internet without pairing with an iPhone, as previous variants were required to.

In a review of the new Apple Watch Series 3 with Global Positioning System and cellular connectivity, The Verge noticed that the watch often didn't connect to networks properly.

The Wall Street Journal experienced similar problems and published the same Apple mea culpa.

The Apple Watch Series 3 has been available for pre-orders since September 15 and will go on sale starting September 22 in various countries including the U.S., the UK, Australia, Germany.

Given the price tag of the LTE connected Apple Watch, as a buyer, I wouldn't be too happy that my new device isn't working as it should on launch day.

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.

To work around it, users can get their phone to "forget" the network.

Analysts say iPhone 8 demand has been muted by Apple's premium iPhone X, which will arrive in stores on November 3 after a week of preorders starting October 27. But as The Verge notes, the cellular service provided by the wearable isn't all Apple said it would be.

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