New Apple Watch has cellular connectivity problems

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It opened for preorders on Friday, and should begin shipping to customers by the end of this week.

The new watch starts at $399 for versions with the cellular connection. 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.

But in reviews out today, some critics report the watch has crippling connectivity problems, including dropped or choppy calls and issues connecting with Siri, Apple's voice assistant.

There's this moment in "Dick Tracy" where the fearless detective, chasing down a villainous gang, taps his magical wristwatch to call for backup. But we're just finding out that there could be issues with connectivity. If the cellular connected Series 3 pairs with an iPhone, talk time triples to three hours. Additionally, the spokesperson stated that Apple is working on a fix.

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To work around it, users can get their phone to "forget" the network. "It would appear to pick up a single bar of some random Wi-Fi signal, and hang on that, rather than switching to LTE". 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. "We are investigating a fix for a future software release".

This problem is certainly a big one for Apple, given that LTE capability was the key selling point of this device. 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. It's not that it looks bad in and of itself, but it draws unnecessary attention. "Apple sells a lot of watch bands that clash with the red dot".

The watch doesn't require a new data plan, but an add-on to existing plans. I'll update this post when I hear back. "This is the first generation watch with LTE", he told Reuters.

If you've ever used or read up on LTE smartwatches, complaints about battery life are the norm. In fact, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon offer service packages dedicated to Apple Watch Series 3.

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