Apple pulls WatchOS 5.1 update after it bricked devices

midian182

TechSpot Editor
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WatchOS 5.1, which arrived alongside iOS 12.1 earlier, has now been temporarily removed from availability. The problem appears to mostly affect the new Apple Watch Series 4, and while not everyone who installed the update found their device bricked, there were enough reports for Apple to take action.

In a statement to CNET, the Cupertino firm said it was aware of the problem and was working on a fix. "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 explained.

"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’re an Apple Watch owner who downloaded WatchOS 5.1 before it was pulled but still hasn’t installed it, you probably shouldn’t try to update your device. Better to wait for Apple to issue a new version that won’t potentially destroy your expensive wearable.

As reported by the BBC, one affected owner said he had been informed that it would take Apple's repair staff up to a week to decide whether his device needed to be repaired or replaced. After spending £750 ($956) on the watch, it’s a frustrating scenario.

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texasrattler

TS Evangelist
It's because Apple is just like every other company, they don't test sh*t. Their is no way this passes Q&A or any type of testing. Companies need real world testing not lab and it's showing how companies truly don't care or simply aren't interested in testing products when they can just use the public and offer a fix later. Obviously the price doesn't matter as Apple will simply make you wait no matter wait they decide. The mighty Apple isn't so mighty, they are just a greedy company like all the rest. The sheep need to start waking up.