Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Missing WatchOS Updates

Martin Vyderna pointed out today that it has been three weeks since Apple pulled WatchOS 3.1.1 just after it was launched due to allegedly bricking Series 2 models. The update has not yet been reinstated, and I have my doubts that it never will be.

Shortly after the 3.1.1 update was released and pulled — and just before the winter holidays — a build of WatchOS 3.1.3 was seeded to developers. My guess, without knowing anything specific, is that the bug fixes and features in 3.1.1 are considered to be relatively minor, and will be rolled into 3.1.3, likely headed for a release alongside other platform updates. I have no idea why a 3.1.2 version is apparently missing — perhaps it was intended to be the fix for the 3.1.1 update issues.

But, to reiterate, that’s all just guesswork. I’ve asked Apple for clarification, but they never return my emails, and I don’t expect them to on a matter of a minor update. The lack of urgency on this update does make the Watch feel a bit neglected, though.