Apple has released a critical update for Apple Watch owners that addresses a number of issues. The update is WatchOS 5.1.1 and it comes a week after the release of version 5.1. That update brought several improvements to the wearable but also caused a few issues. The biggest issue was that some Series 4 owners had their watches bricked by the update and had to contact support to get around it.
Thus, we now have version 5.1.1. This update addresses the bricking issue that some Apple Watch Series 4 owners faced, but also brings a lot of other updates that could be impacting you if you are on a Series 1, 2, or 3 Apple Watch.
A big improvement for Series 4 owners is the automatic contacting emergency services if you are immobile for a minute after the watch has detected a hard fall. The watch will now play a message that informs responders that your Apple Watch has detected a fall and will share your location when possible. Fall detection, along with the ECG feature, was a big selling point for the Series 4 and it is good to see that Apple is continuing to improve it.
And no, before you ask, WatchOS 5.1.1 does not have the ECG app in it.
Other fixes in this update include:
- 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
Remember that updates to your Apple Watch happen through the Watch companion app on your iPhone. You can go to General>Software Update to check for and download it. You will then need to have your Apple Watch on its charger and connected to the same WiFi network for the update to be applied.