The iTunes Store, App Store, Apple Books, and the Mac App Store are experiencing an outage, according to Apple's System Status page.
Some customers may be unable to make purchases, which is in line with reports about downtime on Twitter. We've also heard complaints about Apple Music and other services, though Apple isn't listing problems outside of the App Stores.
Apple's developer website confirms that TestFlight and App Store Connect are affected as well, so developers and testers may be unable to use these services at the current time.
The outage has been ongoing since 1:40 a.m. Pacific Time, and it's not clear how many customers are affected. We don't know when the issues will be fixed, but we'll update this post when all services are up and running.
Update: According to Apple's System Status page, the issues affecting the App Store, Mac App Store, iTunes, TestFlight and App Store Connect have been resolved.
Top Rated Comments
A whole data center can go down
A whole cloud provider can go down
Nothing is down but you have a software bug in your infrastructure as code that made communication unavailable between some servers
Someone accidentally did some action that took something down
Your software has a bug that makes it crash
I could continue all day
In fact distributed systems and geodistributed infrastructures, with multiple data centres, multiple locations, and multiple cloud providers, are way more complex systems.
**** happens. No company has 100% uptime, not even google, nor Amazon.
I agree with your assessment of mediocre to lame of some past services (first iterations of iCloud), but really when one thinks of all they do now seamlessly, like serving up all that content in iTunes... maybe their front ends could user some work, but I rarely if ever have trouble with their actual services being delivered. Nothing is 100% perfect, but do I enjoy living in this world more than the one of 20 years ago (in terms of Apple services)? Heck yes.