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Apple Working on a Fix for For Apple Watch Series 3 Unknown Wi-Fi Connection Issue

The Verge reports Apple is looking into a fix for a network connectivity issue with the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE. The device reportedly may stay connected to an unknown Wi-Fi network with no internet connectivity, preventing the device from using its LTE cellular connection.

Apple Working on a Fix for For Apple Watch Series 3 Unknown Wi-Fi Connection Issue

Lauren Goode reports her Apple Watch Series 3 review unit, supplied by Apple, would “try to connect to unknown WiFi networks instead of connecting to cellular, when I was out and about without my phone. ”

When she contacted Apple about the issue, they sent her another Watch, but she also experienced the issue with the new unit. The company told her they are looking into a fix for the issue.

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.”

In her Apple Watch Series 3 review, Goode said that the watch would sometime connect to an unknown Wi-Fi network showing a mere one bar of signal strength, remaining on that network instead of switching over to LTE.

On more than one occasion, I detached myself from the phone, traveled blocks away from my home or office, and watched the Watch struggle to connect to LTE. It would appear to pick up a single bar of some random Wi-Fi signal, and hang on that, rather than switching to LTE.

While Apple said it will attempt to fix the issue in a future update of the watchOS 4 operating system, but did not offer up a possible date for the fix.

Apple Watch gains new heart rate features in watchOS 4

Apple touted a few changes to heart rate tracking for Apple Watch during their September event. Some had expected these features to come solely to the new Apple Watch Series 3, but they actually come to everyone, courtesy of watchOS 4.... Read the rest of this post here


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Apple Investigating Fix for Series 3 Watches Connecting to Unknown Wi-Fi Networks Instead of LTE

Apple is investigating a fix for an issue where an Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE may stay connected to unknown Wi-Fi networks with no connectivity, at times preventing the watch from using cellular, it has told The Verge.
"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."
In her Apple Watch Series 3 review, The Verge editor Lauren Goode said, on more than one occasion, the watch would connect to a single bar of an unknown Wi-Fi signal, and remain on that network, rather than switching to LTE.
On more than one occasion, I detached myself from the phone, traveled blocks away from my home or office, and watched the Watch struggle to connect to LTE. It would appear to pick up a single bar of some random Wi-Fi signal, and hang on that, rather than switching to LTE.
Goode explains further in her review:
The way the LTE version of the Watch is supposed to work is that it will "hand off" from your smartphone's connectivity to whatever other type of connectivity is available. In some cases, like when you're in a place with a Wi-Fi network you've connected to before, this will be Wi-Fi. In other cases, like when you're out without your phone, and you're nowhere near a known Wi-Fi network, this will be LTE.

It's reasonable to expect it might take a minute for the Apple Watch to "find" LTE after you've walked away from your phone. It's not reasonable for this to take many minutes or not work at all. This almost makes me wish there was a way to actively turn off Wi-Fi on the Watch, so it would just default to LTE. But that’s also another step that I, the wearer, the person-who-is-not-wearing-it-wrong, would have to take.
Apple said it will address the issue in a future watchOS software update, but it didn't specify how long that will take.

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Grab official user guides for iOS 11, watchOS 4 & tvOS 11

Following today’s release of the major iOS 11 software update, the new watchOS 4 firmware and the minor tvOS 11 update, Apple has now released accompanying user guides for the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and fifth-generation Apple TV hardware.... Read the rest of this post here


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Apple releases watchOS 4 for all Apple Watch models

In addition to releasing the major iOS 11 software update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Apple on Tuesday posted the free watchOS 4 software update for all watch models, including the latest Apple Watch Series 3 wearables with LTE connectivity.... Read the rest of this post here


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