Apple Fixes App Store Corruption Issue

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iOS app developers can rest a little easier now that Apple has fixed an issue that led to corrupt iPhone, iPad and iPod touch downloads from the App Store. The problem stemmed from a DRM server Apple used to add copy protection to third-party apps.

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“The issue has been rectified and we don’t expect it to occur again,” Apple representatives told The Loop. “Users who experienced an issue launching an app caused by this server bug can delete the affected app and re-download it.”

The issue was first noted on Tuesday by app developer Marco Arment when an update for his Instapaper app stopped working for users. The version he uploaded to Apple’s servers ran fine, but was corrupt when installed on user’s iOS devices, leading to upset customers and negative App Store reviews.

Unnamed sources told Macworld that those negative reviews would be removed from Instapaper as well as any other app update that had been corrupted, and it appears that as of Friday morning Apple had followed through on that promise.

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1 Comments

ilikeimac

?Users who experienced an issue launching an app caused by this server bug can delete the affected app and re-download it.?

According to a follow up by Marco Arment, deleting and reinstalling apps that have this problem is both unnecessary and possibly harmful:

Apple has triggered a reupdate on the affected apps, Instapaper included. This means? fixed binaries will show up as ?Updates? in the App Store app and iTunes.

for apps that stored data locally, [deleting and reinstalling] often meant data loss, or progress lost in games.

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