Some things that bug me about the AW3

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Andrew83Ga, Jun 21, 2018.

  1. Andrew83Ga macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2009
    First of all I do love it, but it seems frustrating at times. I wear it all the time, but it's main purpose is as a fitness tracker. Here are my issues:

    • I feel like the proximity of my iPhone interrupts the functionality of the AW3.
      • For example, go to the gym, and my watch is connected to my AirPods. My gym playlists are supposedly synced with the watch. But there is so much lag with some songs, as if the AW or AirPods are being confused by the iPhone in my car parked 50 yards away OR the music that should be locally stored on my AW are trying to stream either from my phone or the cloud. I don't get it? I miss the AW0 that I could manually chose to only select from locally stored music.
      • I love that I can go out the door and leave the phone behind, but half the time the AW3 never transitions to LTE mode. I look down after being away from my phone for a while and it still shows the red X for no signal. I have to reboot the AW and it starts to work.
    • Streaming Apple Radio or Music over LTE is basically a worthless feature because no matter where I go, the stream sputters and pauses and loads so much that it's not enjoyable.
    Maybe there's something I'm not doing right? Open to suggestions. I love the thing, and it seems that the music thing wasn't always this way. It used to "just work". Now it's hit or miss.

  2. nokkynuk macrumors member


    Nov 15, 2017
    Space City
    Cant say I've had these issues with the Series 3 LTE.
  3. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    Never have the issue you’re having with my S3 LTE. This is not normal. Tries unpair & re-pair?
  4. benobi macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2016
    I had initially bought a GPS Series 3 to try it out as it was my first AW. After using it for a few weeks over the generous holiday return period, I decided to exchange it for one with LTE. The new LTE watch started to exhibit similar issues to the one you described (as well as sometimes very slow dictation for texts and long Siri hangs). Similarly, it did seem to occur more often when my iPhone was around rather than when I was sans-phone and just using LTE. In general, the experience was just slower and more choppy than with the GPS-only model.

    Long story a bit longer, I ended up giving it a few re-pairs and reboots (including the phone) and it now seems to work as advertised. I still get the occasional Siri or text hang but it happens very infrequently and works much more smoothly overall.

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