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Apple's week worsens as iOS App Store suffers major outage

iPhone and iPad users left unable to download apps
Wed Sep 03 2014, 09:58
Apple App Store outage

APPLE IS NOT HAVING the best of weeks, as its iOS App Store suffered a major outage on Wednesday.

The downtime was first noted by 9to5Mac and subsequently confirmed by Apple which acknowledged that "[some] users may be unable to access multiple stores or make purchases".

The App Store appeared to be back up and running at the time of publication, with Apple's status support page showing that the issue was fixed by approximately 5am UK time.

The problem affected both mobile and desktop versions of the iOS App Store, and saw users being greeted with the message that apps were "no longer available" when trying to download them, an error message typically reserved for those that Apple had removed. The Mac App Store was reportedly unaffected.

While the problem likely didn't affect a large number of iPhone and iPad users, those hit by the downtime were quick to take to Twitter to moan about the issue.

One user whinged, "Umm can @AppStore please fix the issue with the "the item you tried to buy is unavailable" thing? I NEED APPPSS"

Another added, "@AppStore it's not letting me purchase instagram i'm so unsatisfied right now. do i really need to get an andriod? f**k you man."

This App Store outage couldn't have come at a worse time for Apple, which is dealing with the leak of private images belonging to celebrities that was thought to be due to an iCloud breach.

However, Apple has since maintained that its online services were not breached, and blamed the issue on weak passwords.

"After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the internet," the company said. µ

 

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