Apple iCloud experiencing hiccups

The cloud is not necessarily the best medium for storing of important files  as several recent events have shown. Apple's iCloud services have about 300 million users and several documents stored on them, some critical.

Currently, iCloud services are down for about 3 million of the iOS users (about one percent). Affected users may find it difficult to pull images from photostream, back up apps and data or access documents which are stored from the cloud. In addition, late last night Apple noted that creating new Apple ID's may not be possible for everyone, that issue has since been fixed.

Apple's servers have gone down several times this year, one especially egregious example being the month long developer outage last month which negatively affected several developers causing Apple to offer compensation.The main difference being that the developers outage had limited effects on users while this outage negatively impacts the Apple experience.

In related news, Microsoft and Google also experienced severe outages this week affecting their cloud services.

YAY Cloud!

Source: Apple

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Probably growing pains and moving services around between locations. Twitter used to have these issues a lot and it took them quite some time to adjust to a point where they could sustain heavy traffic.

maybe related to transitioning the load onto their new data servers? but yeah, quite a few hiccups going on

Chicane-UK said,
What is going on with Apple - they seem to have really have lost the plot with their cloud services in the last year or so!

As we all know other companies never have issues.

.Neo said,

As we all know other companies never have issues.

It's funny.. I post comments in Microsoft news threads, about Microsoft dropping the ball and get rounded on for making anti-Microsoft comments. I make a comment about Apple dropping the ball, and immediately get jumped on for doing the same thing about Apple. Gotta love it.

Apple was, for some reason, never awesome with the cloud. That's why iTools became .Mac which became MobileMe which became iCloud. It's rebrandings of failed services all the way down. Steve Jobs even references this when introducing iCloud: "... but they brought me MobileMe, why should I believe that it [iCloud] just works? (laughter)"

Chicane-UK said,

It's funny.. I post comments in Microsoft news threads, about Microsoft dropping the ball and get rounded on for making anti-Microsoft comments. I make a comment about Apple dropping the ball, and immediately get jumped on for doing the same thing about Apple. Gotta love it.


It's how it is. Companies are constantly pitted against each other around these quarters despite one of them not even being the topic. The motto seems to be "If you can't find a war, create one."

Northgrove said,

It's how it is. Companies are constantly pitted against each other around these quarters despite one of them not even being the topic. The motto seems to be "If you can't find a war, create one."

Aint that the truth!

I hope you were not taking my comment as "rounding on you". All companies with cloud products all have issues from time to time. I was laughing at .Neo's sarcasm about other companies not having issues with their cloud (they do).

Lately Apple and Amazon has had some tough times with their cloud offerings. It happens.

NeoPogo said,
I hope you were not taking my comment as "rounding on you". All companies with cloud products all have issues from time to time. I was laughing at .Neo's sarcasm about other companies not having issues with their cloud (they do).

Lately Apple and Amazon has had some tough times with their cloud offerings. It happens.

Not at all - I understood your comment was directed at Neo.

always a problem with it, i love apple products but they are useless at cloud/online services, it would have made a lot more sense if they had bitten the bullet and worked with google.