Apple is currently experiencing disruptions to the App Store and problems with iMessage, iCloud and other services, the company confirmed. The problems caused some users to be unable to access the App Store and Mac App Store at the same time, while the two download stores are still available, but respond much more slowly than normal to others.
The problem with both stores was acknowledged at 1:05 pm EST, according to Apple’s system status tracker, where the Cupertino company records problems that may be affecting its paid and free services. Currently, there is no indication of what may be causing the problem and Apple has also given no indication of when it may be fixed.
In the meantime, these are not the only services that are experiencing headaches today. ICloud is also having some problems, with a problem around iCloud accounts and the login record being reported as of 12:57 pm EST. This can cause users to be unable to access their accounts or experience slow service.
The problem is also affecting iCloud Drive, which is experiencing the same symptoms, and Game Center. ICloud Mail, Apple says, is also facing unspecified problems. “We are investigating and will update the status as more information becomes available,” Apple said in an update.
Finally, there is a problem with Apple’s popular messaging platform, iMessage. This was also recognized for the first time at 12:57 pm EST today, with Apple saying that some “users may not be able to use this service”. It is unclear whether this covers iMessage on all platforms or just some devices, such as the iPhone or Mac.
At the moment, there is no public timetable for when Apple may have the issues fixed. Still, if you’re pulling your hair out, trying to solve your difficulties with each service yourself, this can be a good excuse to take a break and wait for Apple technicians to work their magic on the back end.
Update: the rest time is over, we are afraid. According to the system status tracker, outages at both App Stores, along with iCloud and iMessage, have been fixed.