If you had a hard time getting onto iTunes or accessing iCloud services today, you certainly weren't the only one. Apple's services were hit by a massive outage, and many of them were out for several hours. In other news, knockoff Apple Watches are already rolling off the lines in China, and thousands of iPhone users are already signing up for studies designed with Apple's new ResearchKit.
If you're one of the developers who've been severely inconvenienced by Apple's Developer Center outage over the last week, you'll be happy to know that much of it appears to be up and running again as of today. At the time of writing, many of the features that were once grayed out on the status page Apple created are now green to signify their availability, although several remain inaccessible.
The Apple Developer Center has now been down since Thursday, making our initial surprise on Friday that it'd been down for 30 hours seem almost silly. And now the plot thickens further. After Apple finally announced last night that a security breach was responsible for the delay, a self-proclaimed "security researcher" named Ibrahim Balic came forward to admit he may have been responsible.
As of the time of writing, Apple's Developer Portal has been down for more than 30 hours for maintenance, and there's currently no end to the outage in sight. What's more, nobody really knows why it exists. We've tried to contact Apple a couple of times since the outage started to nudge into record time, but we've yet to hear a response.
While Verizon's cellular network may be ready for the iPhone's arrival, reports are that their website may not have been ready for the interest in Apple's device. There were multiple occurrences of downtime throughout the day on the Verizon Wireless website. Perchance it could be a good test run of what's to come for the carrier as it hopes to not repeat AT&T's iPhone 4 pre-order nightmare from last summer.
“Attention, Kmart shoppers! We have a cleanup in the MobileMe aisle from 10pm until Midnight PST on Thursday, June 17, presumably as we prepare for the iOS 4 upgrade onslaught coming on Monday. That is all.”