The watchOS 5.1.1 is finally out, following a somewhat problematic release of the previous update which had caused the Apple Watch to brick after the update failed to install.
The watchOS 5.1 did not completely brick all Apple Watches, but the number of complaints has been substantial enough to make Apple pull the release for a few days and prompted them to roll out the current update.
While Apple’s release notes do not specifically mention the bricking issue, the company presumably fixed the problem and the new OS won’t end up making it worse.
The watchOS 5.1.1 brings improvements in fall detection alerts, some fixes for the Walkie-Talkie issues and one for the Activity Awards.
Apple Watch Series 4 automatically contacts emergency services if you are immobile for about a minute after detecting a hard fall. The watch will now also play a message that informs the responder that Apple Watch has detected a fall and shares your location coordinates when possible.
Fixes an issue that could cause an incomplete installation of the Walkie-Talkie app for some users
Resolves an issue that prevented some users from being able to send or receive invitations on Walkie-Talkie
Addresses an issue where some previously earned Activity awards were not showing in the Awards tab of the Activity app for some users
The watchOS 5.1.1 should be available starting today and the Apple watch Series 4 customers in the United States can also look forward to another big software update before the end of the year.