Apple iCloud services offline for a few million users

iMessage and other online services had been down for several hours for close to 3 million users, according to Apple's status page.

Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

Update at 9:30 a.m. PT: All services were restored as of 8:30 a.m. PT.

Apple iCloud users were hit by yet another outage, though this one seems to have affected a relatively small percentage of users.

As of Thursday 4 a.m. PT, Apple's status page reveals issues with iMessage, Photo Stream, Documents in the Cloud, Backup and Restore, and iPhoto Journals. Apple's description of the problem reports that people may be unable to use those services and unable to send or download attachments in iMessage.

The page says that less than 1 percent of users were affected. Just how many people does that include? In April, Apple said that its iCloud user population had jumped to 300 million . So that means these services may have been out of commission for just under 3 million people.

Apple's status page also indicates that the outage started Wednesday around 9:30 p.m. PT and that it was resolved Thursday around 8:30 a.m. PT.

(Via AppleInsider)

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.


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