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Apple’s watchOS 5.1 Pulled After Some Apple Watch Series 4 Bricked Post-Update

Released yesterday in conjunction with iOS 12.1, WatchOS 5.1 has been a highly-anticipated update that would bring new watch faces, support for 70 new emoji released with iOS 12.1,  and bug fixes, especially for the new Walkie Talkie feature and the Fall Detection system. This update quickly followed the October 30th Special Event held in New York where the brand pulled the curtains to three big products: the new MacBook Air, Mac Mini, and two sizes of iPad Pros.

Apple Watch Series 4, which were launched 21 September this year. Image: Apple

Shortly after, however, the company pulled the watchOS 5.1 update offline. Concerns of the stability of the update emerged when some Apple Watch Series 4 devices were caught in a boot loop and were rendered unusable whilst updating.

The company had first responded that the update might take longer – hours, in fact – but after their Apple Watch units remained frozen on the Apple logo on the boot screen, many users took to Reddit and Twitter, with the issue first reported on technology publication 9to5Mac.

Apple followed that up with a statement on their decision to pull the update after release.

“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,” it said in a statement. “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.”

If you own an Apple Watch Series 4 and have downloaded the watchOS 5.1 update pending install, it would be a good choice to put it off until Apple follows it up with a fix.



Ian Ling
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

One thought on “Apple’s watchOS 5.1 Pulled After Some Apple Watch Series 4 Bricked Post-Update

  1. And this is why you never install an update the day it’s released.

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