watchOS 5.1.1 is out with crucial fix for Apple Watch

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A new fix is out for Apple Watch.
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Apple Watch owners can finally take advantage of the 70 new emoji Apple already added to iPhone, iPad and Mac last week.

After pulling watchOS 5.1 last week because it bricked some watches, Apple has come out with a new watchOS 5.1.1 update that contains all of the goodies from watchOS 5.1, plus a crucial fix for the bug that made some watches inoperable.

Apple pulls new watchOS 5.1 update

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Is your Apple Watch still running with watchOS 5.1?
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Apple has pulled the watchOS 5.1 update just hours after making it available to the public.

The move came after reports that the release was “bricking” Apple Watch Series 4 units. Apple has advised those who are experiencing a constant boot loop to contact AppleCare.

No, watchOS 5.1 doesn’t add ECG to Apple Watch Series 4

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Apple says the ECG app is still "coming later this year" to Apple Watch Series 4.
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Apple just released watchOS 5.1, an update that brings new features to this wearable. But one of these is not the software needed for Apple Watch Series 4 users to take an electrocardiogram. Other sites are incorrectly reporting that the ECG app is part of this update.