Apple service interruptions harm the App Store, Maps, and other apps (updated)

Have you noticed that various Apple services are unavailable? You’re not by yourself. As Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman notes, Apple’s system status page indicates outages across several major services, including the App Store, Apple Arcade, Apple TV+, on-device AppleCare, Find My, the iTunes Store, Maps and radio. The notifications state that certain users are affected and that issues may be “intermittent” (App Store) or cause slowdowns. We’ve asked Apple for comment.
 
Apple appears to be recovering. Gurman first discovered problems with the Podcasts app, as well as educational and work-related apps like Apple Business Manager and Schoolwork. However, as of this writing, those goods had been restored, and Apple has also designated iOS device activation as a “resolved outage.” According to reports, corporate and retail systems were down and have begun to recover.

This isn’t the first time Apple has experienced a major service outage, and it’s not as catastrophic as in the past. In late 2020, the firm had many disruptions, including one on Christmas, which may have been caused by an influx of new customers. Still, if you need to grab an app or get to a mid-day meeting, this isn’t exactly exhilarating.
 
3:45 p.m. ET, March 21: Apple currently claims that all outages have been fixed, including one with Fitness+ that arose following early reports.

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