Apple stops WatchOS 5.1 update rollout following reports of bricked Apple Watch devices

Apple stops WatchOS 5.1 update rollout following reports of bricked Apple Watch devices
Apple has temporarily stopped the rollout of the WatchOS 5.1 update. The patch was released right after the conclusion of Apple's October 30 event, but the company is now reevaluating things following reports of bricked devices emerging from 9to5MacReddit and Twitter.

The issue is affecting some Apple Watch Series 4 units. If you happen to own one of these and have only downloaded the patch, do not proceed with installing it. Apple has also released an official statement on the matter:


Some of the main features of WatchOS 5.1 include support for Group FaceTime via FaceTime Audio alongside a set of single color watch faces. The update also introduces more than 70 new emoji characters. As mentioned above, we should expect a revised version to be pushed out soon, so stay tuned for all the latest developments.

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6 Comments

1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Bricgate?

2. kabel

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Yep, pretty much ... Mine got bricked too.

3. iAndroid18

Posts: 38; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

I hope all gets well soon.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mine updated perfectly, and is working just fine. This is the good thing about Apple having brick and mortar shops. Just head in, and get it taken care of, or exchanged. No worries.

5. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3122; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I'm quite sure consumers would prefer that manufacturers delayed releases by days or weeks to ensure the product is right. Apple is obviously not the only company to have released a defective product or service. This is inexcusable, someone at Quality Control should be seeing a proctologist soon to have a foot removed.

6. Jrod99

Posts: 713; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Wish whom ever well. They got to get their resumes out soon too.

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