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Crashing iOS apps may be tied to Apple App Store problems

Apple’s App Store may be experiencing some problems, possibly evidenced by various recently updated iOS apps that are inexplicably crashing.

Numerous apps that have just been updated, many of which happened on Wednesday, have been crashing immediately after launching, causing issues for their developers.

Instapaper developer Marco Arment wrote about the issue Wednesday, pointing out all the problems his recent app has been suffering that share characteristics with that of at least 50 other apps, on iOS and Mac.

Apple hasn’t responded to Arment, the Los Angeles Times or other publications’ requests for comment, but it appears Instapaper’s issues are over. However, the way the problem occurred led Arment to include in his post that he believes it may have been caused by Apple spreading corrupted updates in many of its regions.

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Arment advises his fellow developers to hold off on launching any minor updates for the next few days while Apple resolves any issues and restores order.

“If this happens to you, all of your most active users, the people who will install updates within hours of them becoming available, will be stopped in their tracks,” he wrote. “They’ll think you’re careless, incompetent, and sloppy for issuing a release that doesn’t work. And they’ll leave you a lot of angry 1-star reviews.”

The Verge also advises users to perhaps avoiding making any updates themselves in the meantime to avoid problems.

Among the affected apps are Angry Birds Space HD Free and GoodReader, which has also written about the issue.

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In GoodReader’s post, the app repeats many of the things Arment wrote about, but the app also offers users instructions on reinstalling an older, working version of the app without losing their data.

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