Major Apple iCloud outage: Calendar, iMessages, iTunes, TV (March 21, 2022)

Stop - Pixabay[German]Apple is currently (March 21, 2022, 18:00 CET) experiencing a major disruption of its cloud services,  that is probably affecting the entire world. Many Apple services from the cloud such as iCloud Calendar, iCloud Mail, iTunes Store, Apple Music, Radio are currently unavailable. However, it looks like Apple is already working on fixing the disruption as the number of disruption reports are decreasing.


I became aware of the issue through Tom Warren's tweet – I hardly ever use Apple cloud services myself.

iCloud down

I checked (or here in Germany) and got the following information at 18:44 – the interference with iMessage is already subsiding.

iMessage down

However, the Apple iCloud status page continues to show many Apple cloud services in the disrupted status.


Apple Cloud System Status
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Apple's status page for developers seems to be completely down. The Verge reports in this article that Apple Music, Apple Maps, iCloud, the App Store, iMessage, and Apple TV are among the services reporting issues. The Verge staff reports isolated issues with iMessage and other key services, though the problems are not the same for all users.

From Bloomberg, there is a note on Twitter from a reporter who was told that Apple's internal corporate and retail systems were also down. That's affecting remote work at Apple and also impacting retail activities like product pickups and repairs, which are limited.

And this tweet from WhatsApp beta info indicates that some Apple services, such as iCloud and TestFlight, are currently unavailable. As a result, users may not be able to back up their WhatsApp chat history to iCloud. Any of you affected by this outage?

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