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While writing my review of the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE capabilities, I experienced notable connectivity issues.

Apple says it's "investigating a fix for a future software release". In one of my initial tests, I went for a walk with the phone on airplane mode, and tried to send text messages and use Siri to initiate phone calls through the Watch.

In a review for the Wall Street Journal, Joanna Stern summed up the problem in the headline: Apple Watch Series 3 Review: Untethered. and Unreliable. With the device set to ship Friday, Apple has admitted that the company has "discovered that when Apple Watch Series 3 joins unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity, it may at times prevent the watch from using cellular".

In response to the outcry, Apple on Wednesday issued a statement in which is not only acknowledged receiving reports of LTE connectivity problems with some Watch Series 3 review units, but that its engineers are now investigating a solution that should be bundled in an upcoming software update to watchOS 4. Series 3 should feature built-in cellular connection.

Poor Dick, he upgraded to the cellular version of the Apple Watch Series 3.

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Another fairly positive review came from Buzzfeed's Nicole Nguyen, who declared the Apple Watch Series 3 the "best smartwatch I've ever used" but explained that since most wearables were pretty terrible, that wasn't a great compliment.

CNET's Scott Stein dinged the newest model for battery life and monthly fees for a cellular connection. 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.

With no hint of when the fix will be issued, this is something that's surely going to be a concern for anyone who has placed an order and is now waiting for their new Apple Watch to arrive. Furthermore, same like with Goode's phone, the problem persisted on several more devices and connected to unknown and unprotected Wi-Fi networks, although without the full connection.

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. "This is the first generation watch with LTE", he told Reuters.

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