Apple acknowledges Apple Watch Series 3 has LTE connectivity issues

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Here are the three new things than excited us the most with Apple Watch Series 3. In fact, I believe Apple will double its sales of Apple Watches in the next 18 months thanks to this new cellular feature.

In a review of the new Apple Watch Series 3 with Global Positioning System and cellular connectivity, The Verge noticed that the watch often didn't connect to networks properly. Apple said it is "investigating a fix for a future software release". It opened for preorders on Friday, and should begin shipping to customers by the end of this week. Year-to-date, AAPL has gained 36.27%, versus a 13.42% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period. "That's why I can't recommend the cellular Apple Watch Series 3 until the connectivity is more reliable". It will be interesting to see how many other users have the same issue's Lauren Goode had with her review units. Though the Apple Watch 3 can only manage an hour of talk time, Apple is touting it as a way to maintain data and voice connectivity for short periods of time in situations not conducive to using a smartphone. So until then, LTE connectivity problems are something to keep in mind if you want to purchase the Series 3.

This problem is certainly a big one for Apple, given that LTE capability was the key selling point of this device.

KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo had initially forecasted the premium version of the new watch to make up 30 to 40 percent of the orders. Although the device is nearly precisely the same dimensions and weight as earlier iterations, Apple chose to make the circle inside the watch's side dial bright red. While it's not getting as much hype as the upcoming iPhone X, the new Watch was expected to distance itself further from its competitors in the wearables market.

"The Apple Watch Series 3 is a decent smartwatch, especially for athletes, as long as you're willing to accept some of the tradeoffs (battery life for compact form factor, Apple's own apps vs. third-party offerings)", Nguyen wrote.

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