One other software update to hit the wires this week was watchOS 3.1.1, although it wouldn’t be long before the update would disappear from Apple’s servers – amid fears that the upgrade was instead bricking user devices.
Ending what could be considered one of the company’s worst years in terms of having to deal with software issues, (culminating in the complete removal of the time remaining battery life indictor in the latest version of macOS, due to it no longer being deemed ‘correct’), watchOS 3.1.1 has been pulled, with no immediate timeframe as to when the software will be available for download (again).
Those reporting their Apple Watch being irreversably “bricked” by the update are said to mostly own Series 2 of the firm’s flagship smartwatch, however there has also been several reports from 1st Gen users – too.
The result of this “bricking” is that users are shown the web address www.apple.com/help/watch/ on the screen of their Apple Watch, and then asked to contact Apple Support for further assistance.
Of course, as the Apple Watch currently has no physical means of being manually restored via iTunes, it is likely that those who were affected by the presumed “dodgy” update released publicly – this week, will inevitably be required to send in their watches for replacement.
Although not a major update to Apple’s wrist-based platform, watchOS 3.1.1 is expected to bring with it support for Unicode 9.0‘s new emoji characters, alongside introducing some well-needed bug fixes and performance improvements.
We’ll be sure to let you know once the update becomes available.