iCloud Mail Stories April 1, 2015

Latest Apple service outage affecting App Store & iTunes Store “due to scheduled maintenance” (Update: Restored)

Update: The maintenance lasted about half an hour and is now complete with all services restored according to the system status dashboard.

Apple’s system status dashboard is reporting an ongoing service disruption for multiple store services “due to scheduled maintenance.” Apple’s message says service unavailability may affect all users. Specifically, the maintenance is impacting the App Store, Apple TV, iBooks Store, iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Store, and Mac App Store services.

Unlike recent Apple service outages, the service disruption is intentional as part of scheduled maintenance, although some users are reporting iCloud syncing issues and iCloud Mail delays not acknowledged by the system status dashboard. A widespread outage last month prompted Apple to publicly apologize to customers for the service interruption.

iCloud Mail Stories September 12, 2014

Apple says some users experiencing issues with iCloud Mail & Notes (U: Apple says resolved)

On the same day as the rocky iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-order, Apple is reporting on its iCloud System Status site that a small percentage of users are experiencing issues with iCloud Mail and iCloud Notes. According to the detailed timeline, the issues began about 45 minutes ago and are ongoing for 0.05% of users. August proved a rough month for iCloud uptime, with major issues reported by Apple on multiple occasions, although the current outage seems minor so far.

iCloud Mail Stories July 24, 2014

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iCloud Mail is currently experiencing service issues. The conflict has been impacting users for more than an hour and is currently ongoing according to Apple’s system status page. “Users may experience slower than normal response when using iCloud mail,” Apple’s description of the service disruption says.

It appears Apple’s App Store, iTunes Store, and iBooks Store also experienced down time with customers not being able to make purchases, but Apple’s system status page says that outage was resolved after just over an hour. The iCloud Mail issue, however, is ongoing. (Update: Resolved as expected.)

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iCloud Mail Stories July 14, 2014

iCloud Mail down for a small number of users

Apple’s system status page is showing that iCloud Mail is down for a small number of users. Apple says that the outage, which has lasted almost 18 hours, is currently affecting around 0.1 percent of users.

Users affected by the outage are seeing a ‘Cannot Get Mail: iCloud is currently unavailable’ message. There is as yet no word from Apple on when the service is expected to be restored.

No other iCloud services appear to be affected.

iCloud Mail Stories December 17, 2013

Dropbox-owned Mailbox email app finally gets iCloud, Yahoo Mail support

Mailbox, the popular email application owned by Dropbox, has finally received one of its most requested features: support for email accounts using Apple’s iCloud email service. Also in the mix with today’s update is support for Yahoo Mail. The app is yet to hit the App Store, but the company tells us that the app is propagating out to users today via the App Store. (Update: it’s live)

iCloud Mail Stories October 2, 2013

iCloud Mail push notifications return in Germany as injunction gets lifted in Apple/Motorola dispute

Since more than a year ago, Germans have not had access to push notifications for iCloud Mail services following a dispute between Apple and Motorola in the country that forced Apple to disable the feature. Now, as noted by German Apple blog iPhone-ticker.de, Apple has now confirmed that push notifications services have been switched back on in the country. The news comes following Apple’s success in getting the original injunction lifted after posting $132 million bond, according to FossPatents:

After the Federal Patent Court’s preliminary ruling, Apple filed with the Karlsruhe-based appeals court a motion to stay enforcement against Google’s will. In early September, the Karlsruhe Higher Regional Court granted it. I published my own (obviously unofficial) English translation of the order. The order revealed that Apple had to post a 100 million euro ($132 million) bond to get the injunction actually lifted. The paperwork for all of this apparently took a few weeks and presumably Apple’s technical staff conducted some internal tests before finally reactivating the push notification feature for end users — which it did today.

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