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Apple releases fix for DRM-related iOS, Mac app crashes

Apple has rolled out a fix for a bug that caused several iOS and Mac apps to crash.

"We had a temporary issue that began [4 July] with a server that generated DRM code for some apps being downloaded," Apple said in a statement.

According to an Apple spokesman, those affected can re-download the apps from the App Store.

Reports of trouble in the App Store cropped up on 4 July when Instapaper developer Marco Arment complained that users with the latest version of the company's app were reporting immediate crashes on launch.

Among the 114 affected apps listed on Arment's blog were Angry Birds Space Free, Dolphin, Yahoo! Search and GoodReader.

Arment confirmed in an update to his original blog post that the issue has been resolved. "Go to the App Store and redownload any affected apps — they should show up in the Updates tab. Do not delete and reinstall: it's no longer necessary and you may lose data in those apps," he wrote.

In related news, Apple and Google removed the Find and Call app from their stores yesterday after it harvested users' phone books and sent unsolicited texts.

Meanwhile, Angry Birds fans can now get the holiday-themed version of the game, Angry Birds Seasons, for free via the App Store.