App Store Pushing Out Corrupted App Downloads

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Instapaper developer Marco Arment notes that Apple's App Store is apparently pushing out corrupted app binaries of a number of different applications to users. The issue, which renders the apps unusable, has apparently been triggered on app updates approved over the past few days.
    Arment has collected a list of nearly two dozen apps that have been affected by the issue, and while Apple begin distributing a corrected version of Instapaper within a few hours yesterday, it remains unclear whether all affected apps have been fixed. For those who already downloaded corrupted versions of affected apps, the apps must be deleted and reinstalled.

    GoodReader has more on the issue, including a description of how to back up settings and restore them upon reinstallation. GoodReader notes that the issue has appeared on both of its last two updates, speculating that something is going wrong with Apple's encryption process temporarily, and after a few hours the issue resolves itself.
    Apple has yet to issue an official statement on the issue, and thus details remain unconfirmed for the time being, but developers are suggesting that users wait a few hours after receiving notifications about updated apps before updating their devices.

    Update: Arment's list of apps confirmed to be affected by the issue has now grown to 70.

    Article Link: App Store Pushing Out Corrupted App Downloads
  2. macrumors P6


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Interesting issue
    Hope it gets resolved soon
    Until we hear more, I might just hold off updating
    I usually check for updates every day
  3. macrumors 68030


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
    This is why i wouldn't chose the option of automated updates if it was implemented. I would want to update apps manually, just in case they are screwed.
  4. macrumors member


    Mar 4, 2009
    Cambridge, UK
    OS updates

    Would this affect OS updates too if the OS was purchased through the App Store?:confused:
  5. macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2012
    Brisbane, Australia
    Well Mr Arment please share the list with us because I sure never take that much notice of updates available and instead just hit the download all updates button in iTunes for all my iOS devices.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2011
    Hmm, if the gold be rusted, what will the silver do? :)

    Dosen't sound like a rash of pencil-whipping bad apps through the store, oh well. Updater beware.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2011
    Depending on the nature of this issue, analysis of those 'half encrypted' files could potentially lead to a security compromise. Probably not, but it is a very real possibility. That's just not good for anybody
  8. macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2010
    If only users had the choice to side load apps so they could easily self fix the broken apps while Apple fixes the issue
  9. macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2011
    Lusaka, Zambia(If you know where it is)
    I actually thought
    for a moment when I read the article
    that they are pulling
    corrupted apps from
    app store
  10. macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    I know it's only a few incidents after four years, but this sort of puts a dent in Apple's much touted controlled walled-garden approach.
  11. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I hold off updating my apps for some reason. Only when I see a feature in an app will I take the plunge.

    It drives my wife up a wall, because she hates seeing the that there are updates available.
  12. macrumors member

    Nov 8, 2010
    Nothing like paying Apple 30% and taking the customer abuse and suffering the time-sink for workarounds for problems over which I have no control. Has Apple even bothered to send out a notice to developers regarding this problem?

    I had customers affected by this issue due to a recent update. I was baffled as to the cause and had little advice to offer other than delete the app and start over.
  13. macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2011
    Quebec, Canada
    ha ha ha, me too!
  14. macrumors 601

    Jul 11, 2009
  15. macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2012
    I would consider this more of a nuisance than a problem. Makes you wonder how many underserved bad reviews might be made on 'unstable' apps through no fault of the creators of the app.
  16. macrumors regular


    Oct 23, 2006
    Last night I had a bad update to iTunes. It stopped the download and said that it could not be verified. Then I had to go back to software update in order to set it to download again.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2012
  18. macrumors 601


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    That's what happens when everyone simultaneously goes on holiday in the middle of the week… :D
  19. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    During a US holiday when traffic on the servers goes up, and Apples system was giving warnings that some downloads might have issues.

    I've had about 15 apps update in the last day or so, four from Marcos list. One had a warning and 20 minutes later I tried agin with no issues.

    Frankly Marco is coming off like an attention seeker more than anything else with his repeated hyperbole over things in the store. Guy needs a tin hat if he really thinks that Apple is trying to ruin apps by breaking the binaries so the poor developers have to deal with the fallout
  20. macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2012
    Dont screw with your developers Apple, terrible service.
  21. macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2011
    LOL!!! Disappointing for a company that's usually so clear cut and precise with it's updates.
  22. macrumors 65816

    Feb 3, 2011
    How often does that happen though? And aren't updates still monitored by Apple like a new app would be? Or are companies that get approved apps allowed to update them without the consent of Apple?
  23. macrumors 6502


    Jan 26, 2009

    It seems that the things are getting better now.
    Yesterday, 107,000 people updated our Scanner Pro and the issue was noticed in less than 1%.

    However, if you are still having some problems, here is our blog post on how to fix it
  24. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2010
    Where Judas lost it's boots.
    Updated a few apps yesterday and all of me work fine. Sometimes weird things happen, that's why apple signs apps, instead of running corrupted apps they fail sig check and crash. Yet the updates should have some kind of checksum and failing the checksum the old version should be kept.
  25. macrumors 68020

    Artful Dodger

    May 28, 2004
    In a false sense of reality...My Mind!
    This thread must also be corrupted with all the negative votes, seriously, some sound comments are getting voted down all for what :rolleyes:

    Problems happen and it's always a good idea to know about issues just incase something happens with your product from software, geez…

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