Apple has remedied a nasty crashing issue with iOS apps that was apparently caused by incorrectly generated DRM code by the App Store.
iPhone users were baffled to discover yesterday that apps they’d just downloaded kept crashing at launch or wouldn’t fire up at all. Apple has since acknowledged the blame lies with its ‘FairPlay’ DRM mechanism, which distinguishes genuine apps from fake/pirated ones.
It said in a statement: "We had a temporary issue that began yesterday with a server that generated DRM code for some apps being downloaded. It affected a small number of users.
"The issue has been rectified and we don’t expect it to occur again. Users who experienced an issue launching an app caused by this server bug can delete the affected app and re-download it."
I experienced the bug first-hand when I grabbed updates for a couple of apps I use daily, which worked flawlessly before. Natch, I was a bit frustrated.
However, knowing it wasn’t the apps’ fault makes me sympathise with developers who received an onslaught of 1-star ratings from disgruntled users. If you’re one of that irate bunch, I recommend going back to change your reviews.
Apple has advised users to delete the affected apps and download them again. If it still doesn’t work, just wait a bit longer or contact the developer for more information.
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