Chinese telecom companies cut Apple Watch Series 3 access to LTE, cite government security concerns

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Date: Friday, October 20th, 2017, 05:56
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Legal, News, security, Wearables

China has terminated LTE access for the Apple Watch Series 3 without explanation. Per the Wall Street Journal, all three major carriers in China have closed off LTE access, apparently over the government’s security concerns over the device.

The WSJ reports that LTE functionality was available on China Unicom at launch, but new subscriptions were terminated just a few days later. Existing users are so far unaffected, it says.

It’s thought that the government was concerned about the fact that it could not track the new Apple Watch Series 3’s user base given its use of an eSIM device.

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Security researchers point out Apple-granted API that could have allowed Uber to monitor iPhone users’ activities

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Date: Monday, October 9th, 2017, 05:55
Category: Apple Watch, Developer, iOS, News, security, Software, Wearables

Last week, a controversial background API given from Apple to Uber designed to improve performance of the Uber app on the Apple Watch made headlines when security researchers told stated that Uber could have used it to record a user’s iPhone screen even with the Uber app just running in the background.

In a statement, Uber said the entitlement was used for an old version of the Apple Watch app and was provided to Uber because the original Apple Watch couldn’t render maps.

The company offered the following statement regarding the situation:

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Apple releases watchOS 4.0.1 update, works to address Wi-Fi/LTE connectivity issues for Apple Watch Series 3 devices

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Date: Thursday, October 5th, 2017, 05:55
Category: Apple Watch, iPhone, News, Software, watchOS, Wearables

Apple’s watchOS 4.0.1 update is out and it works to improve the reliability of LTE cellular connections without an iPhone nearby.

Apple Watch owners can now download watchOS 4.0.1 via the official Watch app on a paired iPhone. Release notes accompanying the software say that it addresses the Wi-Fi bug that could prevent LTE connectivity when near a public hotspot.

Given that LTE connectivity provides a significant drain on battery life, the Apple Watch tends to opt to use Wi-Fi networks when possible. Prior to the watchOS 4.0.1 update, the Apple Watch failed to identify public Wi-Fi networks with portals, which cannot be accessed without accepting terms and conditions. Without a browser or full-fledged iOS operating system, watchOS is unable to connect to such networks.

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watchOS developer beta 1 points to LTE music, radio streaming

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Date: Thursday, September 28th, 2017, 05:02
Category: Apple Watch, Developer, iCloud, News, Siri, Software, watchOS, Wearables

Apple’s newly released watchOS 4.1 developer beta features expansions to the Apple Watch’s built-in Music app. This includes the ability to stream songs from Apple Music and iTunes Match via an LTE connection on the new Series 3 hardware.

The company has stated that LTE music streaming for the Apple Watch Series 3 will be available to the public in October at the earliest. The watchOS 4.1 developer beta 1 suggests that the feature will be available for launch within the coming weeks.

The release notes stated that users will be able to stream any song from either the Apple Music or iCloud Music Library. This also includes tracks purchased from iTunes and songs matched with iTunes Match.

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T-Mobile CEO announces faster data plan designed around Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE

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Date: Monday, September 18th, 2017, 05:34
Category: Apple Watch, News, Wearables, wireless

T-Mobile just came out with a faster data plan for the Apple Watch Series 3 LTE version.

Company CEO John Legere announced that the company had boosted the speed limit of the data plan for the Apple wearable.

Previously, the Apple Watch on T-Mobile had been limited to 512kb/sec data, which equated to 3G speeds.

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U.S. wireless carriers reveal LTE data plan rates for Apple Watch Series 3

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Date: Friday, September 15th, 2017, 05:17
Category: Apple Watch, News, Wearables, wireless

The rates for LTE service for the Apple Watch Series 3 have been announced and while they’re not exactly giving it away, the data plan prices aren’t terrible.

Verizon customers can look forward to paying $10 a month using the company’s NumberShare service. The carrier is offering the first three months free, for a limited time. Verizon also charges a one-time activation fee of $30.

AT&T customers will pay $10 a month under the NumberSync plan. The carrier is offering three months free (in the form of a $30 credit) and is also giving a $25 activation fee credit for eligible customers.

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Apple announces Apple Watch Series 3 models, will offer LTE functionality on higher-end models

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Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017, 13:15
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Wearables

The third-gen Apple Watch is en route.

And, as rumored, it features LTE functionality.

Apple today announced the Apple Watch Series 3 at its media event. The device is available with cellular capabilities built right into the device, so you can leave your iPhone behind and still send or receive calls and messages, listen to Apple Music, and more over LTE or 3G. Apple Watch shares the same phone number as your iPhone, but it requires an add-on plan.

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Apple unveils AirPower charging plate, will allow for multiple devices to be charged simultaneously

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Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017, 12:54
Category: AirPods, Apple Watch, battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, Wearables

This actually looks pretty handy.

Over at the Apple media event, the company unveiled its AirPad, a large wireless charging plate for its assorted products.

The wireless charging base can charge the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X, along with Apple Watch Series 3, and AirPods with the new wireless charging caseā€”all at the same time.

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Apple Events app for Apple TV updated, ready for September 12th media event

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Date: Thursday, September 7th, 2017, 05:29
Category: Apple TV, Apple Watch, iPhone, News, Software, Wearables

The Apple Events app for the Apple TV is primed and ready for the September 12th media event. The app now uses the same graphic that Apple placed on its media invitations and also lists the start time so users will know when to tune in and watch.

The event will take place at the newly-completed Steve Jobs Theater on Apple’s new campus on September 12th at 10 AM pacific time. Apple has yet to say what will be announced, albeit the rumor mill is eagerly anticipating an updated iPhone 7, a new OLED screen iPhone, a 4K Apple TV, and likely an LTE-capable Apple Watch.

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Rumor: Next-gen Apple Watch may feature LTE support, but focus on data instead of cellular phone calls until end of 2017

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Date: Thursday, August 17th, 2017, 05:13
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Software, Wearables

The next-gen Apple Watch may arrive with LTE, but it may focus the LTE data on serving FaceTime and app data needs as opposed to making cell phone calls.

Per a note released to investors on Wednesday, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the Apple Watch with LTE won’t support traditional cellular voice calls this year.

Kuo claimed that Apple will probably add support for calls in a future software update. Until then, apps such as FaceTime and Skype could serve as stand-ins for calls.

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