There appears to be an Apple Watch Series 3 defect that’s affecting the GPS models only. The news has been confirmed in an internal memo distributed to Genius Bars and Apple Authorized Service Providers, according to MacRumors.
According to the memo, some Apple Watch Series 3 models have an issue causing “edge stripes” to appear on the display. The issue appears to be a defect from the factory. As such, the repair should be covered under Apple’s standard one-year limited warranty policy.
To verify whether the Watch has the problem, employees will ask the customer to rub their finger on the display to allow smearing to appear. If no edge stripes are found, Apple’s instructions are to clean the display and have the customer breathe on the display edge to create humidity.
Apple’s memo doesn’t mention the reason for this issue. However, MacRumors notes, “given the steps to reproduce the issue, however, it sounds like the edge stripes may appear as a result of moisture collecting under the display.”
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