Everyone is looking for a reason to hate on the new Apple Watch 3. It’s kind of starting to get to me a bit. You’re probably thinking – yeah yeah, but you like Apple products, and I do, but that’s not what this is about. For me, I hate when people only look at the negative aspects of a product. Yes, I definitely have my share of negative comments, but I also try to give each product the benefit of the doubt in order to make sure that I’m giving it a fair assessment. And also so I’m not jumping to conclusions. That being said, we all know that there’s a problem with the Apple Watch when it comes to LTE. We’ve heard it a million times in the week since it’s been released. But is this really an issue?
On the surface, you’re probably thinking – yes, this is an issue. After all, the watch is supposed to work on LTE. Which means it should work. If you haven’t heard, here is the issue: if the Watch joins open Wi-Fi networks without internet, it won’t automatically fail over to the data connection. Instead, it’ll try and use the Wi-Fi connection, even if it doesn’t have internet. The end result, according to testers is an intermittent connection when you’re out and about. Because it’s Apple, and because this is a brand new product, everyone is up in arms about it. And I mean, I get it. … Read the rest
It’s no longer “news” that there is a cellular connectivity issue with the new Apple Watch Series 3 LTE. It’s also no longer news that it’s a software bug, and that Apple is going to fix it. But if you’re wondering how the wi-fi actually works, I am here to tell you. Much like your iPhone, your Apple Watch has a wi-fi antenna inside of it. This allows you to connect to wi-fi networks directly, or using your iPhone. This is so you don’t always have to use your cellular data. Where the LTE version differs from the non-cellular version is how they connect.
The Apple Watch doesn’t have an “auto-join” wi-fi screen to select the network you want to join. Nor does it have the option to dictate or scribble in passwords. Which means you can only connect to networks that your iPhone has already connected to. Essentially, when your iPhone connects to a Wi-Fi hotspot and enters in the password while you’re also connected to Apple Watch, your iPhone syncs that information over to your Watch. Apple Watch can then access that information and connect to a network. Even if you only visit that location in the future with your Watch only. Which is nice that you don’t have to use cellular data. But is this convenient for you?
Because the Apple Watch doesn’t have the wi-fi capabilities of your iPhone, it still struggles in a few areas. Specifically:
- You won’t be able to connect to a new Wi-Fi network unless your iPhone is present and can connect to it.
With so much technology available to us these days, it makes you wonder which device to get. Should you upgrade, if you already have one? This is what many people are thinking, and asking about both the new iPhones and the new Apple Watch. Which means, I want to know if you have one and if you’re upgrading your Watch? Or did you decide to buy an Apple Watch because of what the Series 3 can do for you? Whatever you’re thinking, I want to hear about it. The big change with the Apple Watch, though, is the LTE enabled version. Apple also released watchOS 4 this past week, which is extremely compatible with the Apple Watch 3. But does that mean you should upgrade?
The big difference between the 2 and 3, as I mentioned, is the ability to access cellular data. The Watches themselves look identical, except for the cellular version has a red digital crown. In theory, you could have two in your hand and not actually notice the difference. Both versions of the Series 3 have an aluminum frame, toughened glass on the front and a chunky lens of glass on the back covering the heart rate sensor. Apple said it had to push out the glass by 0.25 mm to fit in the new components. Which might be difficult for most people to notice. Everything else about the design looks the same. You still have the same choice between the 42 mm or 38 mm sizes. … Read the rest