Since that's a primary selling point of the cellular-connected Apple Watch Series 3, it's a pretty big deal. According to Apple, when the Apple Watch Series 3 tries to join unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity, the timepiece is prevented from connecting to a cellular network. Apple said it is "investigating a fix for a future software release".
The latest watch, which starts at $399, has been hotly anticipated because its cellular connectivity means people can use it without carrying their phone around. This feature allows the users to ditch their mobile phones and answer calls with Apple Watch Series 3. Year-to-date, AAPL has gained 36.27%, versus a 13.42% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period. This generally costs $5 to $10 a month.
The watch is created to rely less on the iPhone, and lets users answer calls, get texts, talk to Siri and access third-party apps without being tethered.
The LTE Apple Watch is supposed to seamlessly switch between Wi-Fi and LTE. The Journal reviewed "three separate pre-production models, in two different states, on two different 4G LTE carriers" and experienced similar connectivity issues. If you haven't ordered one yet, it's probably best to hold off, or opt for the non-cellular version, which includes the other Series 3 benefits like a faster processor and barometric altimeter.
Apple is the leading seller of smartwatches worldwide, but the business is a small one for Apple, which gets most of its sales and profits from the iPhone.
This is bad news for those who would like the smartwatch but had previously held off a purchase because of the required tethering. Not that you'd get a cellular Apple Watch 3 quick anyway: according to the Apple Store, orders for the LTE version are now backordered 3 to 4 weeks. Site editor Lauren Goode noticed that her Watch was not only struggling to connect to LTE, but would also connect to random wireless networks. "It's more for the times when you're on a run and need to make a call". For more analysis of Apple, visit the IBD Stock Checkup. Apple began taking preorders for the device last Friday.
The original Apple Watch Series 3 comes with Global Positioning System function, waterproof design, and a smooth-running processor.