People are eager to use Apple Watch Series 3, that are about to start shipping on Friday, September 22nd. If you are one of those people, prepare to experience some connectivity issues. Lauren Goode from The Verge said that the Apple Watch Series 3 couldn’t connect to LTE and instead connected to unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks. Goode reported that her the problem persisted even after Apple shipped another model for review, the device proceeded to connect to Wi-Fi networks instead of LTE.
Later on, The Wall Street Journal reported similar issues. Furthermore, same like with Goode’s phone, the problem persisted on several more devices and connected to unknown and unprotected Wi-Fi networks, although without the full connection.
“On more than one occasion, I detached myself from the phone, traveled blocks away from my home or office, and watched the Watch struggle to connect to LTE. It would appear to pick up a single bar of some random Wi-Fi signal, and hang on that, rather than switching to LTE.”
Apple Watch Series 3 is a game-changer compared to the last year’s model. Series 3 should feature built-in cellular connection. This feature allows the users to ditch their mobile phones and answer calls with Apple Watch Series 3. As much as this new feature sounds tempting, the users will be disappointed to learn that Series 3 is nowhere near reliable.
Why is Apple Watch Series 3 connecting to unknown WiFi networks?
The original Apple Watch Series 3 comes with GPS function, waterproof design, and a smooth-running processor. The model with LTE connection features the same features, meaning the user can versatilely use it in any occasion, starting from work and jogging to swimming in the ocean. Still, users could use to ditch their mobile phone to make calls thanks to the LTE connection. In fact, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon offer service packages dedicated to Apple Watch Series 3.
Unfortunately, the users will have to wait until Apple fixes the problem with the LTE connection. After, during the review process of Series 3, Lauren Goode and The Wall Street Journal reported the problem, soon after Apple announced an official statement and notified the Verge reviewer.
“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,” an Apple spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “We are investigating a fix for a future software release.“
Apple started investigating the issue with LTE connectivity. However, we will have to wait until the next WatchOS update, and we don’t precisely know when is that going to be. Until then we will have to deal with Apple Watch Series 3 connecting to unknown WiFi Networks.