Apple concedes new watch has connectivity glitch

Yolanda Curtis
September 21, 2017

If you use Global Positioning System on your new Apple Watch or the headline feature - making calls - the battery takes a real hit.

The tech giant has acknowledged a problem with its Apple Watch Series 3 that causes it to try to connect to unknown Wi-Fi networks instead of a cellular network, creating a potential security problems, according to The Verge, which confirmed the problem with Apple and experienced the flaw in a unit it tested.

The company is "investigating a fix for a future software release", Apple spokeswoman Amy Bessette told Reuters. The problems arise when the watch joins unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity. In a review, The Verge found that cellular service was unreliable, and handoff wasn't working as it should.


Reviews of Apple's new LTE-enabled Apple Watch finally hit the web this morning, three days before the official product launch, and there seems to be something of a theme amongst them.

The tech giant unveiled the Series 3 last week, alongside the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

Gene Munster, a longtime Apple analyst with Loup Ventures, doubted issues with the Series 3 Watch would hurt Apple's bottom line.


Unfortunately, we still don't know when that software release is expected, or exactly how it will fix the issue of the Watch connecting to cellular networks when it's supposed to. "That review takeaway is a negative but is not a surprise".

For business users, iOS 11's Mail application had problems sending mail for Microsoft Exchange and Outlook.com mail accounts.


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