Apple has just reported that it has fixed a glitch that’s been plaguing app developers and downloaders today, rendering app updates downloaded today or late yesterday useless. The apps refused to launch, and no amount of re-installation would fix the issue.
Apple just issued a statement to All Things D that calls the all clear. The initial corruption was linked to Apple’s Fairplay digital rights management (DRM), and Apple said it only affected a small number of users.
“We had a temporary issue that began yesterday with a server that generated DRM code for some apps being downloaded,” Apple said in a statement to AllThingsD. Apple said it affected only a small number of users.
“The issue has been rectified and we don’t expect it to occur again,” Apple said.
Instapaper’s Marco Arment brought the issue to light this morning, along with a hilarious twitter stream full of how different media outlets reported on his blog post. He also began compiling a list of affected apps, which in retrospect does seem like it could represent a lot more than “a small number” of users.
The fix, as reported by Arment as well as the developers of GoodReader, another app affected by the issue, was initially to delete, wait until the issue was fixed, and re-install. If you haven’t done that, yet, the new Apple statement should put your mind at ease – the system shouldn’t corrupt anything in new app update downloads.
Source: All Things D