Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Phantom App Updates, Part 2

Eric Slivka:

Over the past few hours, a number of MacRumors readers have reported seeing dozens or even hundreds of pending app updates showing in the App Store on their iOS devices, including for many apps that were already recently updated by the users. In many cases, the dates listed on these new app updates extend back as far as ten days.

Jeff Johnson (tweet):

These were not new versions of the apps submitted by the developers but rather re-releases of the current versions, modified somehow by Apple. […] It has been speculated that these new releases are to fix a recent issue plaguing iOS users that prevents them from opening their installed apps. Instead, they see an alert that says “This app is no longer shared with you. To use it, you must buy it from the App Store.”


Sure enough, the Apple iPhone OS Application Signing certificate expired on May 20, 2020 at 9:04:15 PM Central Daylight Time. I searched “social media”, and the first reference I found to the current batch of “This app is no longer shared with you” errors was on May 21. What an incredible coincidence!


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