Latest watchOS Update Pulled After It Bricked Some Apple Watch Devices

Posted on October 31, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Apple with 11 Comments

Yesterday, Apple shipped new updates to iOS, macOS, and watchOS. The new update delivered new features, as well as a bunch of new emojis. And that’s not working too well for some Apple Watch devices.

Soon after Apple shipped watchOS 5.1 yesterday, a bunch of weird reports started appearing online. Some users with the latest Apple Watch Series 4 trying to upgrade to watchOS 5.1 had their device bricked, with the watch being stuck on the welcome screen. Apple has since acknowledged the issue, completely pulling watchOS 5.1 until the issue is resolved.

“Due to a small number of Apple Watch customers experiencing an issue while installing watchOS 5.1 today, we’ve pulled back the software update as a precaution. Any customers impacted should contact AppleCare, but no action is required if the update installed successfully. We are working on a fix for an upcoming software update,” the company said in a statement to CNET.

The bug only seems to be affecting owners of the new Apple Watch Series 4, which only came out back in September. The device launched with the major watchOS 5 release, and though the 5.1 update is only meant to be a very minor release, it’s certainly causing a lot of inconvenience for Watch owners.

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