Yikes, looks like Apple is running into another round of software quality control issues. The company recently deployed watchOS 3.1.1, the latest version of its wearable software, but Apple had to pull it after it was bricking user’s phones. While the update isn’t rolling out over the air, make sure you don’t go seeking out the software for a manual update. You don’t want to brick your Apple Watch.
Some folks who did apply the update were greeted by a red exclamation point on the face of their Apple Watch without any ability to revert the software to an earlier version. It seems to be a permanent problem, too, which is why it’s being referred to as a “bricked” Apple Watch. According to several folks on Reddit, the best option was to simply exchange it at an Apple Store. That’s still not very easy to do if you have a new second-generation Apple Watch since stock is still low for some models.
It’s not affecting everyone, but the bricking is permanent
Oddly, the update seems to have worked for some folks, but it turned really sour for others. “Series 2, 42mm SS here,” one Redditor explained. “I knew something was wrong last night when the update status with the filled circle completed but the watch never restarted. I left it running overnight and got the exclamation point when I woke up. Express replacement on its way!”
Careful out there, folks! Wait until a new update is pushed.