The Apple Watch Series 3 LTE is still on its way to stores for the 22 September availability, but there are already reports of bugs with the smartwatch. According to early reviewers, the new Apple Watch will prevent LTE cellular connectivity if the watch connects to an unsecured WiFi network.
Instead of the promised iPhone-free connectivity using LTE radio, the Apple Watch Series 3 instead attempts to connect to unknown WiFi networks. Needless to say, this results in users unable to use LTE connectivity on their new Apple Watch.
The Verge reported that its review unit persistently refused to be on any LTE band, even on a new unit sent to them by Apple. The Wall Street Journal also reported the same problem with its review unit.
Apple acknowledged the problem and promised a fix will be heading to the Apple Watch Series 3 in a ‘future software update’ without sharing any concrete release dates for the update. The allure of having an iPhone-free connected state was the main selling point of the new Apple Watch, and this bug is certainly a setback. A true untethered lifestyle with the latest smartwatch from Cupertino seems to still be a dream – at least for now.