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iPhone User Mayhem: Here’s Why Hundreds Of iOS Apps Are Suddenly Updating

iPhone User Mayhem: Here’s Why Hundreds Of iOS Apps Are Suddenly Updating
Apple users are reporting seeing up to hundreds of reissued iOS updates when visiting the App Store. Why is this happening? Apple users are reporting seeing up to hundreds of reissued iOS updates when visiting the App Store. NurPhoto via Getty Images It’s been a difficult few days for iPhone users. First, there was chaos as…

Apple users are reporting seeing up to hundreds of reissued iOS updates when visiting the App Store. Why is this happening?

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Apple users are reporting seeing up to hundreds of reissued iOS updates when visiting the App Store.


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It’s been a difficult few days for iPhone users. First, there was chaos as many Apple users reported the “this app is no longer shared with you” error message, which made apps useless in iOS 13.5 and iOS 13.4.1.

Now, there is more mayhem as many Apple users report they are suddenly seeing multiple app updates on the App Store, in some cases up to 100. When I visited the App Store, I saw the same—in my case around 30 app updates were all happening at once.

This sudden influx was first reported by Apple news site MacRumors, whose readers said they were seeing multiple updates, even for those iOS apps they had recently updated. In many cases, MacRumors reports, the dates listed on the new updates go back as far as 10 days.

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Why is this happening? Apple has remained quiet about the “this app is no longer shared with you” issue, but surely the timing of these multiple updates can’t be a coincidence.

It would also make sense if the problem was caused by an issue relating to an expired certificate or similar credential used for app sharing. Apple might have had to reissue the updates with a valid certificate on each app affected by the bug to fix the problem impacting many of its users. 

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And this isn’t even the first issue affecting iPhone users this month, earlier in May, iOS apps were crashing after a now-fixed problem with the Facebook SDK.

A bit of clarity would be nice, but it doesn’t look like we are going to get it. So you know what to do. If you haven’t looked yet, go to the Apple App Store to see if you have a number of overdue recent updates and make sure you apply them all. This should hopefully fix the “this app is no longer shared with you” issue.

At the same time, if you’re still on 13.4.1, do update to the latest version of Apple’s operating system, iOS 13.5. This comes with a number of vital features, including the ability to quickly unlock your iPhone while wearing a mask.

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