watchOS 3.1.1 update gets pulled after bricking reports, users must contact Apple for replacements
Apple released watchOS 3.1.1 a few days ago and many Apple Watch owners now report that their smartwatches have been bricked in the attempt of updating to the latest version of the OS.
Following these bricking complaints, Apple has decided to pull the update from its servers, so if you haven't updated until now chances are that you won't be able to do it anymore. In fact, it's not even recommended to try and update to watchOS 3.1.1 until Apple fixes the bricking issues.
Many Apple Watch owners have taken to Reddit to complain that their smartwatches have been bricked after updating to watchOS 3.1.1 and that they have been forced to visit the nearest Apple service.
While some managed to save their devices by performing a force restart holding down the side button the the Digital Crown, the solution hasn't really worked for many.
Those who plan on heading to an Apple retail location will probably have to wait a bit for their smartwatches to be replaced, but one thing is sure: these bricked Apple Watch units can't be repaired in stores.
It's also worth noting that many customers have had their Apple Watch units bricked, this doesn't seem to be a widely spread issue yet. It's unclear why some smartwatches bricked after the update while others didn't.