iMessage down for 'some' users

iMessage down for 'some' users

Summary: Apple has confirmed that its iMessage cloud-based text-messaging service is currently down for "some" users.

TOPICS: Apple, Cloud

Apple's iMessage service is currently suffering from the third outage in three months, the Cupertino, California, company has confirmed today.

According to the iCloud service status page, iMessage and FaceTime have been down for "some users" since 1:33 p.m. PST.

Apple has promised that the text-messaging service will be returned to normal as soon as possible, but no exact time has been given at this stage.

As CNET's Steven Musil noted, it is the third outage of the service in three months, with users having similar issues with iMessage in September and October.

Apple introduced its SMS alternative service in October last year as part of iOS 5, allowing iOS users to message each other without being hit with an SMS charge from their telecommunications provider. Apple has subsequently carried the service over to the latest version of OS X, Mountain Lion.

At 16:41 p.m. PST, Apple confirmed that services had been restored after nearly 5 hours of downtime.

Updated at 1:46 p.m. AEDST: Added confirmation of services being restored.

Topics: Apple, Cloud


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  • 4 hour outage

    of its main messaging applications. Twitter is teeming with Apple users swearing f-this and f-that. Maybe they should consider, um, I don't know, one of the countless other chat applications to keep in touch with family and friends?

    Apple is unreliable as usual. The devices sure do look pretty though.
  • Blackberry BBM Playbook Video: no problems

    Sorry... couldn't resist poking at the fanbois... had to do it :)
    Hope everyone gets their iStuff back soon. Its awful when you're out of services you rely on.
  • iMessage is terrible!

    I turned this off after messages between my wife and me were constantly not being delivered!
  • No it's not back up

    No, it's not back up. Still lots of ppl reporting not working on twitter. I can't get re-activated, at least 3 people I know cannot use iMessage since about 3-4:00 EST.