Earlier this week, an issue with the DRM server for Apple’s App Store and Mac App Store was causing newly-updated applications on both Mac and iOS devices to crash on startup. Although the problem reportedly only affected a small number of users, those who were affected were unable to open recent downloads at all.
Apple has now announced that it has “rectified” the issue:
“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.”
Although I can’t be certain of this, it appears that the Cupertino company is pushing out affected app updates for a second time to replace the corrupted ones that were released earlier this week. This hasn’t been confirmed by Apple, or mentioned by anyone else for that matter, but when I woke up this morning I had 10 updates on my iPhone that I had already installed yesterday. (Before I knew about this issue, of course.)
If you don’t get a second update and your apps are still broken, Apple has advised that you should remove those that are affected and then reinstall them again from the App Store. Of course, you won’t be charged again for purchases you’ve already made.
Unsurprisingly, the issue has irritated Mac and iOS developers who have received a deluge of poor reviews as a result of the issue. According to sources for Macworld, however, Apple will be removing the poor reviews and ratings that have been submitted as a result of this issue.