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watchOS 4 update addresses Apple Watch Series 3 LTE issue

The Apple Watch Series 3 brought LTE connectivity into the picture for the first time, but a pre-launch issue tempered some of the excitement.

Thanks to the new wearable’s desire to prioritise unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks, early adopters were often left unable to access mobile data.

Apple quickly acknowledged the issue, promising a fix in software update. In an interview on release day, Tim Cook himself insisted it was a minor issue.

With the launch of watchOS 4.0.1 for Series 3 models on Wednesday, it appears Apple has attempted to rectify the issue (via AppleInsider).

We haven’t been able to test the new software yet, but early reports suggest the flaw has been nixed.

Today’s update doesn’t include the ability to stream audio content over the Series 3’s cellular connectivity. That’s expected to arrive in watchOS 4.1.

Worth an upgrade?

In terms of design, the latest Apple Watch remains much the same as the Series 2 device, which has now been discontinued.

Related: Apple Watch Series 3 vs Series 2

However, the internals have been upgraded with a new S3 processor, which boosts performance by 70%.

There’s also a second-generation W2 wireless chip that introduces 50% power efficiency improvements and boots Wi-Fi performance by 85%.

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