False App Store Updates?

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by anyjungleinguy, Sep 23, 2015.

  1. kingdom23 macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2011
    Happening on my iPhone, 13 so far.
  2. filscotfree macrumors newbie


    Sep 24, 2015
    Just to add another voice. It's been happening on my iPhone and iPad as well, and other people I've spoken too.
  3. protobiont macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2010
    Didn't you see Tim Cook on the nightly news? He had a joint news conference with Obama and the Pope in order to reassure the confused public that it was just a bug. Good timing too, the rioting in the streets was starting to get out of control...
  4. DanEp macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2012
    very funny. However, it would e nice to know that the apps requesting update aren't a consequence of the previous version being hacked (update ASAP) or optional until things get sorted out or the new version itself is hacked. The vacuum on which course to take leaves the masses (and elites) "confused" until an explanation is forthcoming....
  5. marvz macrumors 6502a


    Aug 27, 2012
    Haha, you're funny. I bet over 95% of iOS users won't notice that they already did these updates.
  6. msephton, Sep 24, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2015

    msephton macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2004
    Cornwall, UK
    38 apps here so far.
  7. Hallo77 macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2015
    My apps are getting larger.
    What if someone hacked the app store and now we all are downloading viruses on our system? Is there any chance that something like this could happen?
  8. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    No chance.
  9. DanEp macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2012
    there were infected apps in the app store that many thousands of people downloaded. There is a report on the bbc website now that perhaps 4000 apps were infected (no idea if this also has been ignored by Apple) :

    "Apple App Store malware 'infected 4,000 apps'"

    For all intents and purposes, the answer is yes to the question:

    "What if someone hacked the app store and now we all are downloading viruses on our system? Is there any chance that something like this could happen?"

    Never say never (or "no chance").
  10. thequanticlad macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2015
    Um... The malware you're talking about is entirely to blamed on the Chinese developers who downloaded a modded version of Xcode from unofficial mirror servers; Apple's servers and the App Store were not hacked. The apps you're citing underwent the regular vetting process that every app has to pass, they just happened to include hidden code performing malicious operations without the developers knowing.

    Anyway: I've been experiencing the same false updates since yesterday as well!
  11. Max(IT) Suspended


    Dec 8, 2009
    Lol, I realized only after seeing this thread.
    Totally unrelated.
  12. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    There's a possibility of many kinds of things, but should something along those lines was to happen we would have known about it fairly quickly.
  13. DanEp macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2012
    Maybe you missed where I said (and I put it in bold just to avoid your response: For all intents and purposes.

    If I download an app from the official Apple App Store and it contains malware -- it is academic as to whether the store was hacked or the store's vetting process was insufficient; I couldn't care less.

    A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. For all intents and purposes the chain broke. The victims could care less which link snapped (that is, unless they work for Apple and want to make the chain stronger and understand which link broke).

    The question asked about the store being hacked was answered yes by me -- with the caveat for all intents and purposes.
  14. e93to macrumors 6502a


    Jan 23, 2015
    I remember MS Word and PowerPoint had 2 updates recently (probably within a week or so). And this is 3rd update for these apps... Can anyone confirm 2nd update was the same as 1st one?
  15. wizee macrumors member


    Mar 16, 2011
  16. yanki01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 28, 2009
    same here. I would also get duplicate updates. sometimes update during lunch when i'm at home on wifi. then the following day it would ask me to update the app again? random.
  17. jb-net macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2012
    Same problem using iTunes. Should I re-download the updates? An official statement from Apple would be nice!
  18. farleysmaster macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2008
    London, UK
    The fact that it may be the same version number isn't a good reason, to me, not to update.
  19. roncron macrumors 6502


    Aug 15, 2011
    It's the same version number, the same date, and the same file size.
  20. roncron macrumors 6502


    Aug 15, 2011
    Having the same problem here, now around 40 apps I'd previously downloaded wanting to be re-downloaded. The "new" "updated apps" have the same date, version, and file size as the ones I'd already downloaded earlier this week or last week.
  21. newellj macrumors 603

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    The doubled-up apps include the various MS Office apps. There's no chance they were infected. ;)
  22. perkedel macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2014
    None for me. What are the apps?
  23. friednoodles macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2014
    In a few tweets between iOS developers, one developer noted that their app, along with many others, were missing their launch screen images (the image that's displayed when the app is launched but before it's actually loaded) due to a fault in the way Apple's system generated the different app thinning variants (including the "no thinning" variant).

    Apple appears to have realised that the launch images were being incorrectly removed and has rebuilt all of the affected app's variants, pushing them out again. So the version number of the apps are identical, but now the apps correctly have their launch images.
  24. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

    Feb 6, 2014
    Could the App Store have been hacked? Yes. There is no such thing as a completely secure computer system.

    Was the App Store actually hacked? No. The term 'hacked' means that someone gained entry and can now do what they wish with the content of the system, which is contrary to what actually happened.

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