Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Apple’s cloud-based services are experiencing some issues. On Tuesday morning, some users woke up to find they couldn’t access GameCenter, iTunes, iCloud or create a new Apple ID account. As of this writing, only GameCenter and Apple ID are continuing to experience issues; the rest appear to have been fixed, according to Apple’s systems status dashboard:
The outage began just after 4 a.m. PT on Tuesday. Apple is only saying that “some users” were affected, but it’s not clear how many people that actually means. I live in the northeast and I didn’t experience a total outage of services, but downloading apps from the iTunes Store this morning took about four minutes longer than usual — which is to say, they usually take about 15 seconds to download. 9to5Mac gathered tweets from users in various countries who seem to have experienced some problems.
This particular outage is the second multi-hour problem Apple’s online services have experienced in the last two weeks. Earlier this month iMessage, a far more regularly used and popular service than GameCenter, suffered a five-hour outage.
Update: Apple’s system status dashboard shows that as of 10:28 a.m. PT all services are back online.