Apple Watch Series 3 Reviews Uncover Connectivity and Battery Problems

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The built-in cellular connection, a first for the Apple Watch, has been a major selling point for the Series 3.

The new Apple Watch hasn't shipped yet, but it's already running into some issues.

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

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.

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Apple has responded however, telling the Verge that it had discovered an issue with the Watch Series 3 connecting to unauthenticated WiFi networks without connectivity, and that it seemed to affect the device's ability to use cellular networks.

Another issue, which is actually by design, limits the battery life on the Series 3 Apple Watch to just one hour of 4G LTE talk time. When Creative Strategies surveyed iPhone users who took their phone with them on their walks or runs, the No. 1 reason was to listen to music or podcasts, but the No. 2 reason was to have a way to communicate in case of an emergency. While Samsung did have a smartwatch with a modem in it, I could never get it to work well and this model never caught on.

What do you think of the Apple Watch Series 3 LTE issues? Although the device is nearly precisely the same dimensions and weight as earlier iterations, Apple decided to make the circle inside the watch's side dial bright red.

Apple Watches are displayed during a launch event in Cupertino, California, U.S. September 12, 2017. He also praised the quality of phone calls on the new Apple watch. The absence of a browser on the watch means you can't go through the formal steps of connecting, so you're essentially in a sort of wireless limbo - you're connected to the network, but you're not actually getting any data.

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