Several readers have reported, and subsequently confirmed by Apple, that their iCloud accounts have been inaccessible for the good majority of the afternoon. On its official status page, Apple said, “<1% of users are affected”. It is also working to restore the service “asap”. The service does not seem to be down for the vast majority of users, but those who are experiencing the unfortunate outage are either jumping around the office in frustration or enjoying an afternoon away from email. At any rate, we will be sure to let you know when things are in the clear. Let us know what you are experiencing in the comment section below. [Apple]

Update: According to Apple’s status page, now 1.1% of users are now being effected.

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Update: Outage over. but we’re still hearing reports of problems.

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