Apple Watch Series 3 is having connectivity issues

A number of reviewers this week have complained that their cellular-enabled, third-generation Apple Watches were having connectivity issues, wreaking havoc on some the watches' most significant new features. Lauren Goode is one of The Verge's wearables reviewer's and here's what she said in her column: While writing my review of the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE capabilities, I experienced notable connectivity issues.

Apple says it's "investigating a fix for a future software release".

The glitch in the new Apple Watch, slated to go on sale in stores Friday, is that key features like Siri and Apple Music - as well as the much-hyped ability to make phone calls - did not work reliably.

Now the first reviews of the Apple Watch Series 3 are starting to trickle in and, while they are generally positive, they highlight a couple of issues.

Apple confirmed that its new Series 3 Apple Watch can encounter problems connecting to a cellular network. Unlike previous versions of the watch, it has cellular network connectivity built in. Apple stock fell more than 1% in early trading Wednesday, and is down 0.4% in the past month, as the S&P 500 index has gained 3.3%.


Ars will have its own review of the Apple Watch Series 3 in the coming days.

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

Long-time Apple watcher and blogger John Gruber said he couldn't understand why Apple would choose the bright red color, which doesn't match even some of the colors of watch bands Apple itself sells.

Gruber ultimately found the device useful and did not experience connectivity problems. At one point during the show, a woman paddle boarding without her smartphone (but wearing the new Apple Watch) stood on her board and called into the event, demonstrating the smartwatch's ostensible independence. I'll update this post when I hear back. In fact, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon offer service packages dedicated to Apple Watch Series 3.

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