Apple admits issues with Apple Watch connectivity, stock falls

Nichole Vega
September 21, 2017

The problems arise when the watch joins unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity.

"We're working closely with Microsoft to resolve the issue and will release a fix soon in an upcoming software update", Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller told Reuters. With a cellular or Wi-Fi connection, it can make/take calls, activate Siri, send texts and connect to the internet without pairing with an iPhone, as previous variants were required to. A Wall Street Journal review reported similar problems. 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. 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.

Analysts say iPhone 8 demand has been muted by Apple's premium iPhone X, which will arrive in stores on November 3 after a week of preorders starting October 27.

In addition to the poor connectivity, the battery life was not great as well. 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.

"There's no way to review this watch without mentioning the red dot on the digital crown", Gruber wrote. I don't get it. At one point during the show, a woman paddle boarding without her smartphone (but wearing the new Apple Watch) stood on her board and called into the event, demonstrating the smartwatch's ostensible independence.

When that fix might arrive is anyone's guess, but the problem - noticed by outlets like The Verge and the Wall Street Journal - manifests as intermittent cellular connectivity. In fact, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon offer service packages dedicated to Apple Watch Series 3.

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