Apple Watch Series 3 Has LTE Bug: Fix Coming Says Apple


Apple has told The Verge its latest Apple Watch Series 3 suffers from a connectivity bug, which causes the device to join unknown Wi-Fi networks instead of cellular as intended at times.

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The Verge’s Lauren Goode noted in her review of the Series 3 numerous issues, and ended up getting two replacements before Apple issued a statement:

Eventually, the company issued an official statement, acknowledging the issue. “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.”

The WSJ also noted in their review of this same connection bug, but Apple did not acknowledge their LTE complaint, only to The Verge, wrote Recode’s Peter Kafka.

This could not come at a worse time, since Apple Watch Series 3 pre-orders are slated to launch this Friday. But as Apple stated, a watchOS 4 software update should remedy this network connection bug.


  • johnnygoodface

    I don’t mind since Telus is not officially offering the LTE to the watch yet

  • warpdrive

    Ditched 3 TELUS lines for public mobile when the 4gb for 38$ promo was on…… not sure if I’ll ever be able to use the cellular aspect of the series 3…. I suppose I can live with it on account of the phat stacks I’m saving per month. Lol. Would be nice though…..

  • I see those rubber bands you’re saving up every month!

  • engineer

    Apple DevTest team did a lousy job. How can such a simple be missed? Heads needs to roll I guess.

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  • Kirk

    Don’t effect me considering I’m with Rogers and there’s just no way I’m ever changing my super cheap 6GB super plan for another company. Rogers can’t even get their LTE shiete together yet so no SERIES 3 for me lol. On the subject of Watch OS4 bug fix update, ? needs to bring back a feature they ditched from OS3. You can’t go through the album list and stream your songs from your iPhone anymore! Yes you can add anything to your watch but instead of doing that I actually liked streaming my songs from my phone WITHOUT having to look at THE PHONE. Now you have to pick a playlist and get the “now playing” screen on your watch screen anytime you flick your wrist. So it’s there, but half baked. I know they are pushing “cut the cord” with Watch OS and iOS but don’t ditch a good feature that worked on older model watches for new ones..( I know ? is notorious for this but I can still cry lol). Now I can’t stare at my watch screen while driving and pick songs through various album streaming off my phone and crash my car lol… – insert sarcasm/anger –
    Good thing my car deck has Bluetooth so I can still be wreckless and connect my watch through Bluetooth lol.. I’m kidding I’m a goood driver!