Apple has pulled off the watchOS 5.1 update after reports on Twitter and Reddit that the update was bricking Watch Series 4. The software update had gone live with iOS 12.1, but it has been taken off for now. The problem was impacting some Apple Watch 4 units and not all, according to reports.
Apple has also issued an official statement on the problem. According to CNET, Apple admitted that some customers had an issue while installing watchOS 5.1 and that’s they were pulling the update.
The statement reads, “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.”
Some users on Twitter posted about their Watch Series 4 not working after the update. Below are some tweets on the watchOS5.1 issue problem.
watchOS 5.1 update bricked my Apple Watch Series 4. pic.twitter.com/sPgRfvYFwy
— Chris Ball (@chriswb) October 30, 2018
My brand new Series 4 is totally bricked :(
— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) October 30, 2018
Been on the Apple logo for more than an hour.
— Anthony Ikeda (@anthonyikeda) October 30, 2018
— ShadyDealer (@Shadydealer) October 30, 2018
It is not clear when Apple will roll out the update again. Those with a bricked Apple Watch 4 will need to go to the Apple customer service to sort out the problem.
Apple watchOS 5.1 update brought new features like improvements to fall detection, which would include playing a message to the responder, that the Watch has detected a fall and share location coordinates as well.
The watchOS 5.1 update would have also fixed some issues with the Walkie-Talkie app, including incomplete installation as well as the inability for some users to send or receive invitations. The update was also supposed to fix an issue where previously earned activity tabs were not showing for some Apple Watch users.