Apple's Developer Center Experiences Daylong Outage

Friday July 19, 2013 11:45 AM PDT by Juli Clover
Apple's Developer Center has been down for more than a day now, with no word from Apple on the reason behind the outage. MacRumors first began receiving reports of the downtime on July 18, at approximately 7:30 a.m. PT.

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Since that time, developers have been unable to access the site and cannot visit the forums or download Mac or iOS SDKs, the iOS 7 beta, or the Mavericks beta. Though the Developer Center is offline, Apple's developer site is still accessible.

While the Dev Center often experiences downtime, many developers have stated on Twitter that the length of the outage is unusual. At this time, there is no indication of when the Developer Center might come back online. "This site is undergoing maintenance for an extended period today," reads the text. "Thanks for your patience."

Update: Apple has updated the notice on its Developer Center site, noting that developer memberships set to expire during the outage will be extended.
We apologize that maintenance is taking longer than expected.
If your program membership was set to expire during this period, it has been extended and your app will remain on the App Store. If you have any other concerns about your account, please contact us.

Thank you for your patience.

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17 months ago

Just a side note: the WWDC session videos are also unavailable. :(

I wonder if someone cracked into their servers and did something malicious?


More importantly, why is that hideous skeuomorphic linen background still there? :p

It needs a touch of iOS 7
Rating: 12 Votes
17 months ago
Maybe they are running the site on Windows servers, it must be a .NET update, they take forever.
Rating: 7 Votes
17 months ago

The fact that there still has been no official statement from Apple on the outage just goes to show how toothless the "tech journalism" industry has become.

These so-called journalists (Gruber, Dalrymple, Laporte, etc.) trip over one another as they rush to tell us all about the latest iToys.

Yet when real news happens at 1 Infinite Loop, we hear little more from them than, "The Developer Center is down. Yep."

Pathetic.


Sorry but when you refer to Apple products as "iToys" your rant loses credibility.
Rating: 7 Votes
17 months ago
Why does apple suck so much when it comes to the cloud?
Rating: 6 Votes
17 months ago

WOW!

You couldn't possibly be more wrong. This is a VERY BIG DEAL. They also have bankcard information, passwords, and other things.

You don't seem bothered, but many of us are deeply concerned.

I can only hope these hackers were unsuccessful in their efforts.

There will be more to follow.

Stay tuned.


Did you not read the email? They didn't get bank card info, passwords etc.

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Updating their Server software.

Why does that sound funny.

:eek:


Guess Tiger was getting a bit old
Rating: 6 Votes
17 months ago
Updating their Server software.

Why does that sound funny.

:eek:
Rating: 5 Votes
17 months ago

Why does apple suck so much when it comes to the cloud?


Wow. Talk about parroting a misunderstood argument.

Websites are not "the cloud". "The cloud" Apple sucks at is a different cloud to what you seem to think "the cloud" is.

This, most definitively, is *not* a sign that Apple sucks at "The Cloud" or even at its own cloud.

Stop parroting arguments heard elsewhere, they have the opposite effect and just get diluted and become little more than bland memes.

"The Cloud" apple "sucks" at is related to services and APIs for online functionality. You might want to stretch the concept of "The Cloud" pointlessly to include things like Ping or MobileMe/iTools (although you'd start showing not understanding what "the cloud" is supposed to be).

Most definitively, a big part of iCloud, for example, sucks balls.

But bringing down web pages for maintenance (regardless of how well/bad it goes) is a design decision, not Apple sucking at "the cloud". That the different Stores still use WebObjects is a design decision and, within its idiosincrasies, it works OK (I'd change it, but because I like modern systems and methodologies, not because they "suck", although a BIG part of Apple's marketing is now bringing down the stores and they'd keep doing it -and it would be OK- even if they didn't need to).
Rating: 4 Votes
17 months ago
Although there might be a serious cause to this situation, I actually enjoy reading something worth reading here! It feels like ages since the last time that MacRumors actually had something like this thread.

There's speculation!
There are rumors!
Conspiracy!
Hackers!

Popcorn! :cool:
Rating: 4 Votes
17 months ago
The email is real. I just got it on both my business as well as personal developer account.
Rating: 4 Votes
17 months ago
These things (major incidents) can happen to any company and Apple is no exception. It's obvious that this incident is related to (very) core systems of the developer portal and not just for some of the front end systems. And taking into consideration the amount of data we are talking about, I wouldn't be surprised if it would take several days more (or weeks in worst case) to get systems back online again.

Even though the developer portal might be the most important portal for you, you have to understand that it is (the developer portal) not the core business system for the Apple and as such might not be covered with the tightest Service Level Agreements (SLA) or business recovery procedures (RTO, RPO etc.)

None of us knows really what has happened; whether it's just a common incident (data corruption, data center failure etc), security issue or complete upgrade of the developer portal itself being a total disaster (I sure hope that it's not the second one…).

Regardless of what has happened, we are talking about enormous amount of data and if that (whole thing) needs to be restored, it's not going to happen within hours or within just couple of days.

My advice is that while waiting for the developer portal to become online again, do something more practical than just press the refresh button; write a couple of lines of code for example :D. But do not plan your Monday relying on the developer portal (being online).

The sooner the better, it will eventually be online again.
Rating: 4 Votes

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