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Apple rolls back watchOS for bricking devices

Following complaints that watchOS 3.1.1 was bricking devices, Apple has acted quickly in rolling back the software.

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Watch this: Apple pulls watchOS update after reports of bricked watches
Apple Watch Series 2, el nuevo reloj
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Apple Watch Series 2, el nuevo reloj
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Apple has rolled back its latest software update for the Apple Watch following rumours that the update was bricking devices, rendering them unusable.

The 3.1.1 version of watchOS was causing the issue in the Series 2 Apple Watches, according to a post on MacRumors. The Apple news and rumour roundup site is reporting that affected devices will display an exclamation mark and a link to the Apple support page.

Apple confirmed the issue and the rollback with CNET.

"A very small number of Apple Watch customers experienced an issue while installing watchOS 3.1.1, so as a precaution we've pulled back the software update. Any customers impacted should contact AppleCare, but no action is required if the update installed successfully. We are working on a fix for an upcoming software update," said Apple in a statement.

The Apple website is currently listing watchOS 3.1 as the latest version of the operating software.