Apple fixes App Store bug that was crashing apps

Earlier this week, a number of apps on Apple's iOS and Mac app stores were unable to run after they were updated by their users. The culprit was something in the app stores themselves. Late on Thursday, Apple sent out a statement saying they had fixed the issue.

The statement, according to, said, "We had a temporary issue that began yesterday with a server that generated DRM code for some apps being downloaded ...The issue has been rectified and we don’t expect it to occur again."

Apple added that this DRM bug only affected a small number of users. However, Marco Arment, the creator of one of the apps that was affected by the bug, Instapaper, posted up a long list of all of the apps that were hit by the issue on his web site. The list totaled 114 apps before he decided to stop, saying, "Obviously, this is a very widespread problem ..."

This has not been the best week for Apple and its app stores. A malware app was also found on the iOS App Store on Thursday that had been available for anyone to download for a  few weeks. Apple quickly removed the malware app after being informed of its nature.


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I got all excited when I got prompts for 9 updates this morning. It turned it that the App Store was just triggering new downloads of anything updated recently.

Without software DRM apps from the AppStore would run on any computer (as they don't have other forms of protection, such as product keys and activation).

Making laws against it would see the death of the AppStore, as well as similar services like Steam. It could ever stretch to XBLA and PSN.

Ah that explains why Angry Birds Space Free wasn't working when I ran it. I just quit straight away.