Apple Rolls Back The Latest watchOS Update
The offending update has been rolled back for the time being.
Previously, watchOS 3.1.1 was noted to be bricking particular Apple Watches, and promoting an uptick in repairs of the watch with the devices sent back to the manufacturer. Apple has put the kibosh on this by temporarily disabling the update and push for users to install it onto their devices following Monday's release for the update.
The update was responsible for a myriad of issues, but now users will be unable to upgrade so the hope is they won't be affected by whatever code problem was causing the problem to begin with. The company is also collecting maladied Apple Watches to send them out for servicing, which users will unfortunately have to wait on until they've been repaired.
The affected devices seemed to skew toward mainly Apple Watch Series 2 watches, but it is unknown at this time how many people have been affected or which devices specifically were hit the hardest. Here's to hoping this isn't sort of any big thing with a capital T going forward since the fixes were originally rolled out to cause fewer problems, not create them.