Apple developer site buckles following WWDC

Apple's developer site was apparently hammered by people trying to download previews of iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks.

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Developers swarming into Moscone West for WWDC on Monday.
Developers swarming into Moscone West for WWDC on Monday. James Martin/CNET

Update: Back up now; see update below.

Apparently a lot of developers are eager to get their mitts on preview versions of Apple's next iOS and OS X software.

Enough are visiting the developer site to bring things to a screeching halt. Users who attempt to make their way there are currently getting page load errors, as well as a page that tells users: "We'll be back soon."

This has happened plenty of other times, and is expected to be sorted out, though Apple's currently offering no guidance on when. Additionally, its fancy system status page for its services, stores and iCloud does not include its developer sites and services.

The developer site will be the first and -- for a while -- only place to get downloads of iOS 7 and OS X 10.9 "Mavericks," which Apple introduced at the Worldwide Developers Conference earlier today. Both pieces of software are headed for a public release later this year. Apple is giving developers early access to fine-tune their apps and help squash bugs before the public release.

Users must be a registered Apple developer to install either of the two previews, and the software itself requires agreeing to a nondisclosure agreement.

Perhaps making the outage more impressive is that iOS 7 won't work with all of Apple's iOS devices out the gate. Apple on Monday said the beta would only be for the iPhone initially, with betas for the iPad and iPod Touch to follow. Apple's also ratcheted up the minimum hardware needed to be able to install the software, which will work only on the iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, the iPad Mini, and fifth-generation iPod Touch.

Update at 3 p.m. PT: Well, that was quick. Apple's developer site is up and running, several developer readers now tell CNET.

What developers see trying to get onto Apple's developers site, currently.
What developers saw trying to get onto Apple's developers site. CNET