Apple has released watchOS 5.1.1 as a fix for the bricking issue that was reported by a number of Apple Watch Series 4 owners, after updating to watchOS 5.1 last week. Apple had rolled back the update after the issue was reported on various forums and social media websites. The bricking issue meant that affected watches would get stuck at the Apple logo and the only solution was to reach out to Apple for a replacement. Even though watchOS 5.1 was available as a developer beta for a while, the issue was not caught during the testing phase.
watchOS 5.1.1 fixes watchOS 5.1 bricking bug
watchOS 5.1 was released with 70 new emojis, support for Group FaceTime audio call participation and new minimalistic color watch faces. The new emojis include a number of diverse hair styles and colors, including a bald emoji. A number of new emojis for animals and food items had also been added to the list. Apple also improved fall detection and fixed some bugs with Walkie-Talkie and Activity awards.
Users who ended up with a bricked Apple Watch were advised by Apple to reach out for replacements. Unlike iPhone and iPad, Apple Watch does not allow simple recovery. Bricked Watches have to be sent back to Apple Stores where they perform diagnostics and repairs through special equipment.
A number of users have reported successful updates to watchOS 5.1.1 so it seems that Apple was able to figure out and resolve the issue.
Apple released watchOS 5 in September, with new features like smarter Siri watch face with third-party app support, new Walkie-Talkie app for voice messaging, Podcasts app, grouped notifications, and much more. The release was followed up with watchOS 5.0.1, with a fix for Activity tracking. watchOS 5.1 was the next major update that ended up causing bricking issues.
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