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Apple draws Watch OS 5.1 update



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Apple has suspended the Watch OS 5.1 software update after some users on Twitter and Reddit reported that the update was "bricking" its Series 4 watches, which caused an endless bootup loop. The software update had been live just hours earlier, along with iOS 12.1 .

The problem did not happen to everyone: I was able to update the Series 4 without any problem. But enough users experienced issues like Apple pulled the update – it is no longer available for download.

Here's Apple's official statement about the issue:

Due to a small number of Apple Watch customers experiencing a problem while installing watchOS 5.1 today, we have withdrawn the software update as a precaution. Any customers affected should contact AppleCare, but no action is required if the update is installed. We are working on a solution for an upcoming software update.

News about the issues with the software update was previously reported by 9to5mac.

The big improvement in Watch OS 5.1 was an improvement in its fall alert system. 5.1 was successfully installed, a case detected by a recorded message to emergency services was detected, offering location information (latitude and longitude). Earlier this information was sent to a key emergency contact instead.

The additional audio message is intended for anyone who falls and can not speak or fall unconscious. If the person who falls still can talk, there is also an option to stop the recorded message and speak directly. (Apple Watch Series 4 has already been credited with helping at least one person who fell and needed help.)

Apple had previously promised to deliver a software update to Apple Watch Series 4 that adds ECG functionality (ECG) d of the year , but the company has not specified a date.

First published October 31, 2:50 pm.

Update, 19:30 : Adds confirmation that the update has been drawn, with Apple's statement.

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