updated 04:06 pm EDT, Thu July 5, 2012
Company responds after days of ongoing issues
Apple is now officially responding to complaints of corrupted App Store apps, reports say. On Apple's developer forums, the company has issued a 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," it says. In some cases developers are said to be getting emails directly from Apple, claiming that a dedicated team is working on the problem.
Instapaper creator Marco Arment, who helped bring the errors to light, is urging other developers not to release any updates today. "The corruption is widespread and ongoing," he says.
He has also added to speculation on the source of the issue. Instapaper appeared to be fixed several hours after the glitched version was distributed; Arment now remarks he is unsure if Apple solved his problem, or if a cache with bad data expired. One earlier theory holds that apps are getting bad encryption, causing iOS and OS X to reject them.