Something is definitely off with Apple’s cloud services. Earlier in the month we reported that both iMessage and FaceTime experienced multiple outages across the country, and now it looks like Game Center and the iTunes Store are acting up. On Thursday of this week, Game Center was unavailable for some users two separate times, for 90 minutes and 24 minutes respectively. What’s more, Apple’s game-based social networking application also had some trouble today, with an outage lasting approximately half an hour.
Apple’s online iTunes Store was also giving users difficulties, with many Apple Support Community posters reporting an “Error (-50)” message on Tuesday. This particular error signifies a network timeout issue that is usually caused by other software. Luckily Apple seemed to resolve that issue on Friday.
While they may not seem like that big of a deal on paper, even these short outages affected millions of iOS users who rely on Apple’s could-based services every day. The Cupertino-based company has been making significant strides to ramp up its online offerings like iMessage, Game Center, and iTunes Match for a few years now, which is great. When it works, that is. It’s a strange phenomenon because with so many people using the iCloud apps, one would expect there to be network issues. But at the same time, those network issues couldn’t be more detrimental to the company now that so many people use them.
What do you guys think? Are you getting fed up with Apple’s constant push towards cloud-based services and their recent inability to support it, or can you forgive the company? Sound off in the comments section below or on twitter @TiP_Jake.