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This article was published on November 12, 2015


Mac apps not working or downloading? Apple screwed up

Mac apps not working or downloading? Apple screwed up


Ben Woods
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Apple is one of the richest companies in the world and it makes a range of consumer electronics, pretty much all of which allow you to set a reminder.

Perhaps something like, ‘Remind me to issue a new security certificate for the Mac Store before November 12, 2015.”

That would have worked just fine and saved a large number of users a lot of frustration after finding themselves unable to download apps or use some of their previously installed ones.

According to The Guardian, Mac Store apps were unavailable from 10pm GMT on Tuesday, but even after Apple fixed the issue with a new security certificate, that wasn’t the end of frustration for users.

In order to verify the new certificate, the apps need an active internet connection, which means anyone stuck offline couldn’t use the apps they owned either.

Others reportedly had to delete all their purchased apps and re-install them, which sounds like a whole barrel of laughs.

Mac users will be pleased to hear that the certificate is not set to expire until 2035 now, so you should be OK for a while.

➤ Apple user anger as Mac apps break due to security certificate lapse [The Guardian]

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