Watch Out For Corrupt iOS And Mac Updates

iOS/Mac: Lots of apps from Apple are crashing because of corrupt App Store updates. The problem was discovered by Instapaper founder Marco Arment, who has compiled a list of the affected apps, including Instapaper, GoodReader, Angry Birds Space Free and Dolphin HS Browser.

Photo by Cristiano Betta.

The issue appears to be a problem with Apple's FairPlay wrapper for Digital Rights Management which is added to all apps submitted to the App Store, according to Mashable. Symptoms of the problem include the app crashing immediately (even if you delete it and try to reinstall the file from the App Store) or other error messages.

According to GoodReader, it appears that the issue only happens when you update the apps on your iPad or iPhone, rather than if you get the updates from iTunes on your computer.

If you're an app developer, Arment strongly recommends waiting for Apple to fix the issue before releasing any non-critical updates. iPhone and Mac users might also want to wait a few days before updating their apps, unless the developers have noted the app issue is fixed or offered instructions for fixing the problem for their specific app.

See the list of affected apps at the link below.

Corrupt App Store binaries crashing on launch [Marco.org]


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