Cupertino-based Apple Inc. has taken a second stab at pushing watchOS 5.1.1 out into the public domain. Available with immediate effect, this latest release follows on from Apple initially pulling its plans to seed the new Apple Watch watchOS 5.1 firmware amid reports of Apple Watch Series 4 models being bricked. Hopefully, those issues are now resolved with today’s 5.1.1 update.
So, if you are an Apple Watch owner, and you previously attempted to get watchOS 5.1 when it was originally released, then you are probably already aware of the fact that Apple pulled that seed due to a number of users complaining that it immediately bricked their Apple Watch Series 4 and made the hardware entirely unusable.
Rightly so, Apple immediately revoked that release and has been hard at work trying to fix the issue internally ever since to ensure that the problem doesn’t repeat itself. Now, with this watchOS 5.1.1 release, it would seem that Apple is happy and content that that watchOS 5.1.1 is usable, safe and can be seeded to the public.
Apple has previously said it was pulling “back the software update as a precaution” ahead of a new release. It had also encouraged any affected users with AppleCare to invoke their subscription and have the issue resolved. The company was also letting users know that if the update that was previously released was successful then there would be no need to worry or to go through the update process again now that Apple has released the “fixed” version in the form of watchOS 5.1.1.
Now, after acknowledging that the issue was there, and after informing that it was waiting to be fixed, the watchOS 5.1.1 update is live and available to download for all compatible Apple Watch owners. For those interested, and for those who are worried, this update should download with any issues as it’s very unlikely that Apple will acknowledge an issue, fix that issue, and then push it out into the public domain with a similar problem.
The update can be downloaded right now via the accompanying Watch app for iOS as long as the Apple Watch has at least 50-percent battery life and is attached to power during the download and installation process.
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