China blocks LTE on Apple Watch Series 3

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New customers cannot sign up due to security concerns.
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Apple fans in China who coughed up more cash for an Apple Watch with LTE almost certainly regret that decision today. The government has reportedly blocked the feature after brief availability with one carrier due to security concerns.

Apple busts out new betas of iOS 11.1 and other platforms

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iOS 11.1 beta 3 is ready for your iPhone.
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Developers received a fresh new batch of beta updates today, just one week after Apple seeded the last set.

iOS 11.1 beta 3 is the biggest of the updates, bringing a bunch of new emojis to the iPhone and iPad along with some other refinements and improvements. Apple also released the third beta builds for watchOS 4.1 and tvOS 11.1.

How does Apple Watch’s innovative eSIM work?

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The Apple Watch's cellular connectivity is the big new feature. But how does it work?
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Apple Watch Series 3 is Apple’s best smartwatch yet. It’s faster, packed full of new features in watchOS 4, and it boasts amazing new cellular connectivity (if you pay more for the LTE model). This is all made possible with a built-in antenna, a UMTS radio, and an eSIM. But how does it work?

Check out the video below to find out.

Cult of Mac Magazine: Google’s Pixel 2 vs. new iPhones and more!

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In this week's Cult of Mac Magazine, we show you how Google's Pixel lineup compares to iPhone 8 and the upcoming iPhone X, and much more!
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Can Google convince iPhone fans to jump ship for the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL?We show how Google’s Pixel lineup compares to iPhone 8 and the upcoming iPhone X.

In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine, you’ll find that story and more. Check out the serious internal upgrades packed into iPhone 8 Plus, and Google’s new mini speaker. We’ve got some great Mac apps for photo editors, a roundup of the best chargers and stands for Apple Watch Series 3 and a review of the iconic Speidel Twist-O-Flex band. Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes. Or read on for this week’s top stories.

Software update fixes Apple Watch LTE bug

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Apple Watch Series 3 owners can now connect to LTE worry-free.
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LTE connectivity problems that have plagued users since the launch of the Apple Watch Series 3 appear to already be over.

Apple released a new update for watchOS today that reportedly fixes the LTE glitch after the wearable went on sale to the public nearly two weeks ago.

Best Apple Watch Series 3 bands

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Our top 10 Apple Watch bands for Series 3 include Nomad's Sport Strap in Black & Slate, Casetify's Nylon Fabric Band in Stripe Black, and Rilee & Lo's Silver Band.
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Today’s the day to order an Apple Watch Series 3, unveiled at Apple’s keynote in Cupertino last week. And, we’ve got the must-have bands to outfit it.

Whether you embark on the Series 3 or just want to up the ante of your current Apple Watch, Cult of Mac has rounded up the top 10 bands to do just that. These are some of Watch Store’s best-selling bands for Apple Watch — bands we personally love and recommend for their quality, craftsmanship and style.

All of the newest bands and many more from each brand are available in our Watch Store. Read on and check out our must-haves.

Cult of Mac Magazine: Everything you need to know about iOS 11 and more!

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Apple’s latest mobile operating system brings tons of great new features. From multitasking to drag-and-drop functionality, iOS 11 will turbocharge your device. Find out how to make the most of your iPhone or iPad in this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine with our roundup of the best iOS 11 tips and how-tos.

In this week’s issue, you’ll find those stories and more. Get the latest on on how iOS 11 will change the way you use your iPad. Check out our roundups of the best new cases for your iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus as well as the best straps to outfit your new Apple Watch Series 3. Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes. Or read on for this week’s top stories.

Tim Cook ‘couldn’t be happier’ with iPhone 8 launch

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Tim Cook at the iPhone 8 keynote.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook paid a visit to the Apple store in Palo Alto this morning to celebrate the launch of the iPhone 8.

Despite seeing modest lines for the device’s launch around the country, Cook told reporters today he’s “thrilled” with the response to both the iPhone 8 and the Apple Watch Series 3. Many stores across the globe have sold out of the new watch and according to Cook, the iPhone 8 is out of stock in some places too.

3 big problems with Apple Watch Series 3

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There's still work to be done to perfect Apple Watch.
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The Apple Watch has come a long way from the first model. With each update, Apple adds important missing ingredients, like GPS, a faster processor, cellular and an altimeter.

So has Apple Watch finally reached its true potential? Cupertino certainly thinks so. Apple COO Jeff Williams described Series 3 with cellular as “the ultimate expression of Apple Watch” at last week’s special event.

But three big problems still remain (not including the cellular connectivity glitch Apple is scrambling to fix ahead of this Friday’s ship date).

Connectivity fault hampers new LTE Apple Watch Series 3

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There's a fix coming, but it's not here yet.
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A fault with Apple Watch Series 3 LTE models can make cellular connectivity unreliable, Apple admits.

“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,” Apple said in a statement. “We are investigating a fix for a future software release.”