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Is the Connectivity Issue with the Apple Watch 3 Really a Problem?

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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.  I would be outraged to, but it seems that there’s a relatively simple answer.

Apple has acknowledged that its a software bug.  Which means, they’re working on a fix.  Not only are they working on a fix, but they’ve had their developers chained to desks for the past week trying to work through this.  I joke.  They’re probably not chained to their desks, but they’re definitely locked in a room.  Apple 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.  We are investigating a fix for a future software release.”

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This doesn’t tell us when the fix will be applied, but because it’s a minor bug, there’s a good chance that it won’t take that much work.  But we saw this with the iPhone 4 when it was first launched.  There was this weird problem with no identifiable fix.  If you held the phone “wrong”, it would cause the antennas to stop working and then drop your call.  It was definitely a weird issue, but it didn’t end up hurting that launch.  So why are we making such a big deal about this one?

My guess is that everyone wants to find an issue with Apple’s latest and greatest technology.  But I’m here to tell you that no technology is actually “perfect”.  It’s being perfected all the time.  It’s getting better every day, and I thin its unfair to place these kinds of expectations on any new device or software.  Further to that, I would suspect that it would be next to impossible to test and predict every scenario that might come up with the Watch. Or maybe when they tested this, it worked fine? Who knows, honestly.  But I suspect this will be a quick fix.  So calm down everyone!