iMessage outage today affected 30% of users

iMessage outage today affected 30% of users
When we hear about a messaging platform failing, like Gmail or Facebook, usually service is affected for a small percentage of users, but today was one of the bigger outages we've seen in a long time. Apple's iMessage service went down this afternoon for about 45 minutes, and the outage affected about 30% of users.

Apple's official Services, Stores, and iCloud indicator showed that service was out for "some users" from around 12:30PM-1:15PM Pacific Standard Time (PST), but various reports said that problems persisted until as late as around 3PM PST, and the "some users" that were affected is said to be around 30% of iMessage users, which is a substantial number. 

There's no word on what caused the problem, but we'll let you know if Apple releases a statement.

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18 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

iMessage seems to be iNotreadyforprimetime.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

How dare something have an outage. Not like it's never happened before.

9. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Think whatsapp, cut the crap.

2. Danishs

Posts: 147; Member since: May 23, 2013

That's acceptable. Look at the scale of what iMessage is today. It's huge, they're allowed to have hiccups. I just switched to android and iMessage is the feature I miss the most. Just the fact that text messages automatically switched to iMessages when the other person also has an iphone was all around impressive. I never had any problems with iMessage, which so many techies are always complaining about

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said, it's no biggie, but fanboys won't let it rest.

7. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

Oh please, get off your self-righteous High Apple Horse, iOS is riddled with hiccups!! And, when the hiccups go the wrong way they just get ejected through the other end.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Wow 45 minutes that only affected a small number of users. I don't see how this is even a major issue like Michael is hinting at.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How's yours working Mxy?

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I haven't noticed anything going on with iMessage for me.

11. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Its an issue because this has been happening several times now. I hear about iMessage outage several times almost every few weeks. If this happened rarely, it wouldn't be a huge issue. Not to mention that 30% of users had problems with iMessage.....

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude 45 minutes man, not 45 hrs or days. An issue ? Yes of course, catastrophic? No. Lets see how you all speak up when google has an issue. This happens in mobile tech dude, in the broad scope of things it's really not a big deal. Relax...

13. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Not saying it never happend to Google, or any other tech companies, but it's been happening frequently lately for iMessage. This happened TWICE this week:http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57579338-37/apples-imessage-facetime-hit-with-second-outage-this-week/ And where did Google come into this picture? Never have I mentioned Google or anything else other than iMessage. Seems like someone is upset for being criticized of their favorite company -_-

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm not upset, nor is apple my favorite company. If I had a favorite company, it would be Chevy, cuz they made my beloved C-6 Corvette. 400 HP and 400 foot pounds of delicious torque at my disposal. And I mentioned google.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Glad I wasn't part of that 30%.

8. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

.... because the other 70% balance is your water-weight ratio??

14. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Hangouts seems to be working well :)

16. bambamboogy02

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

this remind anyone of BBM?

18. Newton

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 05, 2013

What if android provides same kind of features, and a standalone app for ios. Rip bbm, whatsapp and iMessage

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