Bad news, Apple fans: There are apparently some outages hitting both iMessage and FaceTime, leaving an unknown number of iPhone, iPad, and Macbook owners in the dark when it comes to chatting with their friends.
According to Apple’s iCloud System Status webpage – as of this article’s writing – both iMessage and Facetime service, “will be restored ASAP.” The message has been posted since approximately 1:30 PT, and it’s unclear just how long the issues affecting Facetime and iMessage were bothering users prior to that.
Additionally, Apple hasn’t mentioned the scale of the issue: In other words, just how many iMessage and FaceTime users are affected by whatever happens to have taken the services offline. All the company’s hinted at is that the issues are affecting “some” users.
As one might expect, the downtime has irked a few Apple owners:
“world gonna end cause iMessage don’t work,” said Twitter user @AyeSata.
“I feel like my iPhone is irrelevant now because no iMessage,” said @LucyyyFrazer.
Apple Insider reports that this is the fourth bit of downtime to plague iMessage over, “the past three months.” Previous issues include a three-hour gap in iMessage availability in late October, followed by another bit of downtime on October 30, as well as a series of service outages in mid-September that affected some users despite Apple’s status website displaying a message that all of the company’s services were online and operational.
iMessage officially made its debut as part of iOS 5, released in October of 2011. It also links up to OS X’s “Messages” app but, as we reported yesterday, that feature is soon to become OS X Mountain Lion-only come mid-December. Users who previously used Apple’s Messages preview within OS X Lion will have to upgrade to the latest version of Apple’s operating system in order to reap the benefits of Apple’s device-wide communication service.