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This article was published on July 9, 2013

    Apple says 40-minute iMessage outage affected 30% of users

    Apple says 40-minute iMessage outage affected 30% of users
    Emil Protalinski
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    Emil Protalinski

    Emil was a reporter for The Next Web between 2012 and 2014. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, incl Emil was a reporter for The Next Web between 2012 and 2014. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars Technica, Neowin, TechSpot, ZDNet, and CNET. Stay in touch via Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

    Apple’s iMessage users are reporting the service is experiencing an outage. It’s not currently clear how many are affected and whether or not this is part of a broader issue.

    A quick search on Twitter for “iMessage down” shows that many are experiencing the issue. The first report of the problem we could find was made at 3:42 PM EST.

    Apple’s Services, Stores, and iCloud page showed an outage between 3:35 PM and 4:11 PM, with 30 percent of users affected. At 5:15 PM EST, many users are still claiming they can’t use iMessage.

    Apple first announced iMessage in June 2011, and has trumpeted the service as a cornerstone of its iOS and OS X platforms. Unfortunately, the service has experienced multiple outages since its inception, ranging from just a few minutes to many hours.