Corrupt apps sweep Apple’s App Store [updated]

App Crash Corrupt Binaries

A laundry list of iOS and Mac apps updated over the past day are crashing on launch due to an issue with Apple’s App Store that is causing the application files to become corrupted. The issue was first noted by Instapaper developer Marco Arment, who received a number of complaints that the latest build of his popular Instapaper app for iOS was crashing on launch. Arment found nothing wrong with the code he submitted to the App Store, but similar reports from other developers led to the discovery that the app files were somehow being corrupted by Apple before being made available to the public. Dozens of apps have been affected by the bug, including Angry Birds Space, Pinball Maniacs and Dolphin HS Browser, Arment notes.

UPDATE: TechCrunch reports that Apple is responding to developer inquiries with the following statement: “We are aware of the issue related to apps crashing after update. We are currently working on resolving the issue. Stay tuned for updates.”

Updated to reference list of apps compiled by Arment.

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