Apple watchOS 5.1.1: Bricking issue fixed, Group FaceTime support added
Apple has released its latest watchOS 5.1.1 version which fixes a critical bug of the last update that bricked some Apple Watches. Moreover, the latest update also brings support for Group FaceTime audio with up to 32 people, new full-screen colored watch faces, and over 70 new emojis that have been introduced in iOS 12.1. Here's more about the latest version.
Last week, Apple released watchOS 5.1 update and quickly removed it after users reported that their Apple Watch got bricked after installing the update. And the issue was more pressing, considering Apple Watches cannot connect to a computer which could have allowed users to manually reinstall the software. However, with this update, Apple has fixed the bug.
Back in September, when Apple launched its Series 4 Watch, the company said ECG support would be added soon via a software update. It happens to be the highlight feature on the new Apple Watch which comes with built-in electrodes in the base and the digital crown, allowing it to function as an ECG sensor. But, we'll have to wait for the next update.
The new Apple Watch features a 30% larger screen area than its predecessors and runs on a new S4 chipset which is twice as fast as the previous iteration. Further, the smartwatch has 50% louder speakers, an all-new Digital Crown with haptic feedback, and a repositioned microphone for reduced echo and all-day battery life. Notably, it is also compatible with previous generation Watch bands.
The Apple Watch Series 4 comes with next-generation accelerometer and gyroscope that allow the device to detect hard falls, and calls Emergency services after 60 seconds of inactivity. Further, an all-new electrical heart rate sensor and optical heart rate sensors can now record an ECG (like mentioned above). There's also a Walkie-Talkie feature along with several health monitoring features.