As we mentioned earlier today, and as you have probably seen on your own iDevice, a few apps from the AppStore have been plagued by crashing upon opening. This can be horribly frustrating for users, and somewhat of a head scratcher for developers being bombarded by support emails.
Apple acknowledged the issue and said that a team was working on figuring out what was going on. Because of Instapaper developer Marco Arment, we did know that it was an issue with iTunes FairPlay DRM, meaning it was Apple’s fault. So finally this afternoon, after letting us know they were paying attention, they just released a statement to AllThingsD saying the issue has been resolved.
The server software that ensures applications are unlocked for the user after purchase and that generate the DRM code for apps was the culprit, and Apple says “the issue has been rectified and we don’t expect it to occur again.”
“We had a temporary issue that began yesterday with a server that generated DRM code for some apps being downloaded…”
All users that came across the bug will be able to re-download their apps from the App Store and continue your iDevice frenzy.