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Updating to watchOS 5.1 bricks some Apple Watches; Apple working on fix

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Some Apple Watch Series 4 users have reported that updating their wearable to watchOS 5.1 bricked their device. After rebooting the Watch when installing the update, the device would freeze on the Apple logo and become unresponsive. Apple has since pulled the update and is working on a fix. In the meantime, affected users have been instructed to contact AppleCare for assistance.
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Here’s yet another reason why it’s usually a best practice to wait a few days before grabbing the latest update. Apple’s watchOS 5.1, which was released October 30th, is apparently bricking some Apple Watches, prompting Apple to pull the update.

The bug would cause something akin to a bootloop; after installing watchOS 5.1, the affected users’ wearables would freeze on the Apple logo upon restarting. At this point, there was little that could be done; restarting the watch would yield the same result.

In response, Apple pulled the update yesterday as “a precaution.” Apple instructed affected users (which were admittedly few in number) to contact AppleCare, Apple’s in-house service team. Apple Watch Series 4 wearers that were able to successfully update their device don’t seem to be in any trouble.

Apple has stated that they are working on a fix but hasn’t given any further information. As with most mobile devices, it’s usually best to wait a while before installing the latest software. After all, the early worm gets eaten by the bird.

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I've been a computer geek my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a database administrator. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news and reviews. I've also written for other outlets including UltrabookReview and GeeksWorldWide, focusing on consumer guidance and video gaming. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not writing on electronics or tinkering with a device, I'm either outside with my family, enjoying a decade-old video game, or playing drums or piano.
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Sam Medley, 2018-11- 1 (Update: 2018-11- 1)