Apple Inc. acknowledged problems with cellular connectivity in its newest smartwatch, raising questions about the device's most significant feature days before it goes on sale in stores in the US and other countries. It's finally possible to make a call from your Apple Watch without having your iPhone nearby - although there's the slight dampener that the watch does not support roaming. In the meantime, I am very grateful that shortly I will be able to get my blood sugar readings on Apple Watch Series 3. In fact, I believe Apple will double its sales of Apple Watches in the next 18 months thanks to this new cellular feature.
The surprisingly negative reviews and Apple's admission scared Wall Street, as Apple shares tumbled by 1.4 percent during Wednesday's morning trading hours. The addition of cellular connectivity has been touted as everything from "nice" to "game changing", but reviewers appear to have early issues in testing.
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It became apparent after my first full day using the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE that something wasn't right. 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. It promised a smartwatch that can stand on its own and work more or less anywhere an LTE-capable cell phone could. Also the entire Apple Music experience is now much better with artwork and album views. In the review, Lauren says that if she walked away from her iPhone, the Apple Watch would take several minutes to switch to LTE. And it's one that seems burdensome enough to wave off would-be buyers until Apple issues an update. Apple released a statement on this noting that "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". Apple said it is "investigating a fix for a future software release".