It's worth noting that some separate reviews of the Apple Watch Series 3 haven't mentioned such connectivity issues. Sure, there was hope Apple figured out the magical mix of software and hardware for the Apple Watch Series 3 to excel where others failed.
Apple doesn't usually release half-baked products, but that seems to be the verdict around LTE, the key feature of the latest Apple Watch.
"When Apple Watch Series 3 joins unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity, it may at times prevent the watch from using cellular", Apple said in a statement. Apple explained to Goode this is because the watch might be auto-connecting to Wi-Fi networks and a fix is in the works. You pay $10 per month to stick your Apple Watch on your phone's plan, which Lauren Goode says is giving you "what feels like a little bit of insurance, just in case you need cellular connectivity and your phone isn't nearby or charged". Reviews of the new cellular-enabled Apple Watch Series 3 just came out and the device was panned by a few prominent outlets. 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. Then there's that red dot on the LTE model...
However, according to reviewers at The Verge and the Wall Street Journal, the new Watch seems to have a problem with LTE connectivity. If you use Global Positioning System on your new Apple Watch or the headline feature - making calls - the battery takes a real hit.
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.
Ars will have its own review of the Apple Watch Series 3 in the coming days. Cellular connections can also be used to use apps when the Watch is untethered from an iPhone.