Apple released a software update watchOS 4.0.1 for its Series 3 smartwatches on October 5, 2017. The updated software fixed connectivity issues in LTE-enabled watches.
The first software watchOS 4 was released on September 19, 2017. But it had Wi-Fi glitches and LTE bugs. These issues restricted devices from connecting to LTE in favor of connecting to familiar Wi-Fi network. The Cupertino-based tech giant admitted to the issues and it will fix the issue in the updated software release.
The update page described the problem and how the updated software fixed it. The page stated, watchOS 4.0.1 fixes the issues which, in some cases, caused Apple Watch Series 3 to connect an unauthenticated (captive) Wi-Fi networks. These networks were found in public places such as hotels or coffee shops. They directed users to a webpage before granting an access to the network.
Apple Watch Series 3 attempted to connect to a user-approved Wi-Fi network through another Apple device. Some of Wi-Fi networks in public places demand acceptance of terms and conditions or input password prior to connection. As Apple Watch does not display these options, it connected directly to a Wi-Fi network without any approval from other device. It restricted the smartwatch from connecting to LTE services.
Some reviewers brought the issue to notice in new Apple Watch released on September 12, 2017. Some of them even recommended against purchasing it. However, some of the reviewers applauded new features. The mixed reviews made a difference to Apple’s shares.
Apple made the new update available for download on the Watch app.