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

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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.

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

It appears that users in North America and Europe are most affected by the outage. According to Apple's iCloud system status webpage, all services are online.