It's a new maintenance software update that comes to Apple Watch today. watchOS 5.1.1 follows the rocky release of the previous watchOS software update that caused the Apple Watch masonry after it failed to complete the installation for some customers.
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Apple's release notes for watchOS 5.1.1 do not specifically mention the problem of brick devices, but supposedly Apple has sorted out the problem with this version and will not make it worse. We update after the update is available and reports if any issues are detected.
watchOS 5.1.1 contains the same maintenance points as the original watchOS 5.1 software update that was released last week. Apple highlights fallback alert notifications, Walkie Talkie Trouble fixes, and a fix for business activity issues:
Apple Watch Series 4 automatically connects emergency services if you're immobile for about a minute after experiencing a hard fall. The clock will now also play a message that informs the responder that Apple Watch has detected a fall and shares your location coordinates whenever possible.
Solves a problem that could lead to incomplete installation of the Walkie-Talkie app for some users  Solves a problem that prevented any users from sending or receiving invitations to Walkie-Talkie
Addressing a problem where some previously earned activity prices were not shown in the Achievements Appearance category for some users
watchOS 5.1 did not brick all Apple watches, but enough customers reported issues like Apple pulled the release for several days. Today's release gives customers a chance to receive the same software solutions, but brick Apple Watches requires Apple service due to the limitations of how software is loaded and updated.
Apple Watch Series 4 Customers in the United States States should receive another major software update by the end of the year. Apple has promised that the new ECG app arrives later this year for the new model, and Series 1 and later will receive more heart rate alerts.
Today's watchOS 5.1.1 release should be available shortly.
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