Jim Dalrymple at The Loop, along with many other press outlets, received a statement from Apple regarding the corrupt App Store binaries from July 3–5:
“We had a temporary issue that began yesterday with a server that generated DRM code for some apps being downloaded, it affected a small number of users,” an Apple representative told The Loop. “The issue has been rectified and we don’t expect it to occur again. Users who experienced an issue launching an app caused by this server bug can delete the affected app and re-download it.”
It’s probably worth nitpicking “a small number of users”: based on my cumulative stats for July 3, Instapaper’s corruption alone probably affected well over 20,000 customers, and there were over 120 other apps affected, including some very big names such as Angry Birds, GoodReader, Yahoo, and the LA Times.
But I’m glad this is fixed.
What’s even more interesting is this tidbit from the end of Macworld’s report:
Sources told Macworld that Apple will be removing one-star app reviews developers earned unfairly because of the company’s server issue.
I wouldn’t have predicted that. If they do, it will go a long way toward repairing their relationship with the affected developers.