I had tried to download the SE iPad app after upgrading from iOS 7 to 8. However, nothing happens when I click the download link. For those unfamiliar with the SE app, it's still in beta, so it has to be downloaded via web. It is accessed via an itms-services:// URL. (It's a bit of a secret exactly what it is.)

It worked just fine before the update. I never had 8.0 or 8.0.1.

Is there any known info on not being able to download apps from the web?

My bug report on Meta.SE is here: Unable to update app on iOS 8.0.2

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This appears to be a bug with enterprise distribution in iOS 8. If you updated to iOS 8 and had an app with the same bundle identifier installed (i.e. the same app) then you'll be unable to install the app.

A workaround is to change the bundle identifier in the distribution plist. This doesn't require the actual bundle identifier of the app to change, just the distribution plist. Alternatively, you can wait until Apple fixes it.

SE have used the workaround to fix the iOS app beta distribution, as discussed in chat and on the aforementioned meta question.

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    How could I change the bundle identifier? Or, is there a timeline on Apple fixing it? (I personally don't want to wait 6-8 weeks. :P)
    – Scimonster
    Commented Sep 30, 2014 at 14:07
  • @Scimonster Either SE can change their plist, or you can download it, change it and upload it to your own https server. As with everything Apple, no timeline I'm afraid!
    – grg
    Commented Sep 30, 2014 at 14:11
  • The stack exchange developers have in fact changed the bundle identifier.
    – bmike
    Commented Oct 1, 2014 at 18:16
  • well appending .ios8fix to the bundle identifier in distribution plist file will make it able to download when you hit install button. but another problem is arising 1) another icon is shown as downloading which then merge to the existing app if your aer updating the app.(weird) 2)I deleted my app and downloaded fresh from enterpise link and it downloaded a very old version of that app(i know because its name was changed and it was known to me) which always crash on startup. after like 5 min or when you redownload it . orignal running app is with you. plz help how to debug this.
    – user101892
    Commented Nov 22, 2014 at 14:49
  • @abhijeet If you have a new question, please ask it by clicking the Ask Question button. Include a link to this question if it helps provide context. However, be warned that software development questions are off-topic here, but can be asked on Stack Overflow.
    – grg
    Commented Nov 22, 2014 at 15:49

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