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425,000 apps mysteriously disappeared from the App Store in Thailand this month

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about Swift Playgrounds young developers app at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, Monday, June 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
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Have you seen my app?
By Alice Truong
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

Earlier this month, 425,000 apps curiously vanished from the App Store in Thailand.

During its routine monitoring of apps, mobile analytics firm Sensor Tower detected thousands of apps missing from the country’s App Store on June 3. At first, it estimated 19,000 iOS apps had disappeared, but further analysis revealed the scale to be much larger, totaling 425,290 apps—all the ones available in Thailand, according to the firm.

Apple confirmed that an unspecified number of apps were accidentally removed when the company repriced its apps in the local currency this month. But it says the engineering bug was fixed within 48 hours. A data scientist at Sensor Tower, however, says the apps were unavailable for six days.

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