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Apple's iMessage down for many iOS and OS X users [u]

Apple's iMessage appears to be non-functional for many users across the U.S. and beyond, with both users iOS and OS X affected by the outage.

Update: Continuing independent testing shows that iMessages are now being automatically switched to SMS texts.

Update 2: Users are reporting that iMessage services have been restored some three hours after the outage was first noticed.

iMessage Down

AppleInsider has received a number of reports noting that Apple's iMessage is not functioning, and has independently confirmed that the messaging service is down.

Both iOS and OS X clients are unable to send or receive messages sent through Apple's service, with users seeing a perpetual "Sending" prompt. Some members of the Apple Support Communities forum system status webpage, all services are online.