MacRumors has received a number of reports today from users who have been unable to access their iCloud mail accounts, and a growing thread in Apple's discussion forums is documenting the growing complaints.

According to user reports, iCloud mail went down around 9:30 AM Eastern Time this morning, and it remains out some seven hours later. Apple updated its iCloud System Status page at 10:08 AM Eastern Time to note that Mail and Notes were down for some users, but pegged the issue as affecting less than 1% of users.

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iCloud services do go down from time to time, although the downtime is usually fairly brief, as evidenced by a short half-hour outage just yesterday. And while Apple's status update indicates that only a small number of users are being affected by this latest outage, for those who are unable to access their mail the extended seven-hour downtime may be a significant inconvenience.

Apple has provided no estimate of when affected users can expect iCloud mail services to return, noting only that they "will be restored ASAP".

Top Rated Comments

josephfarran Avatar
117 months ago
I use iCloud for my email, and have noticed no problems today. I must be in the 99% yet again.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macpeach55 Avatar
117 months ago
I'm always amazed when people complain that a FREE service goes down. If you want something reliable, buy it.

Paid for my mobile.me service. It got extended until June but still it is a paid service until then
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
flat five Avatar
117 months ago
I'm always amazed when people complain that a FREE service goes down. If you want something reliable, buy it.
haha. you're joking, right?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
parish Avatar
117 months ago
Apple have shutdown half their mail servers coz greenpeace told them too
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
repeters Avatar
117 months ago
iCloud mail is a mess

I have lost track of the number of times that the iCloud mail system has rejected my password. :mad:

The system need a major overhaul.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
donniedarko Avatar
117 months ago
I think some of you poster who blindly defend Apple are being ignorant. Ive been using Apple only since 94 and the Classic days, I was hyping Apple when Sculley was the guy a POS laptop cost 4200$.So Im not hating just speaking truth and posted a screen shot in an earlier post to corroborate my experience.

Its asinine that they get there program together to have a robust email client. ILL NEVER use iCloud for major storage, certainly nothing critical. That all goes to HD.

With Tim Cook insinuating that iCloud and new iOS and ML to be released is more based around iCloud scares me when they cant have a email client that works for ALL of us. Clearly some have had no issue as posted but some of us have been repeatedly. A guy I work for the same deal, but even worse as he never used another email service, and had years of emails go missing, and had to migrate to Gmail. Its stupid

Very disappointing
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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