Mac users couldn’t launch apps this afternoon after Apple verification server issue | The Verge

acastro_180604_1777_apple_wwdc_0001.0 Mac users couldn’t launch apps this afternoon after Apple verification server issue | The VergeIllustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Many Mac users reported that their computers have been running slower than usual on Thursday — including a number of Verge staffers — with apps launching slowly or not at all, alongside other Apple service issues.

It appears that the problem is due to many people rushing to download macOS Big Sur, which was officially released today, which in turn seems to have crashed Apple’s OCSP (online certificate status protocol) service — which is used for several key aspects of macOS, including validating digital certificates for both Apple and third-party software on the Mac, as Ars Technica reports.

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