Apple iCloud account sign-in, web apps suffer hours-long outage [u]

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Apple's iCloud was hit with an hours-long downtime on Monday, leaving an unknown number of subscribers without access to account sign-in services and certain web apps normally available through

Apple acknowledged the disruption of services on its System Status webpage, noting "some users" were impacted by the outage which apparently struck at approximately 11 a.m. Pacific.

According to a brief summary provided by Apple, customers experiencing issues may not be able to sign in to or create iCloud accounts during the downtime. Web apps are also unavailable for some users, restricting web client access to Mail, Calendar and other products.

It is unclear how far the iCloud issue has spread, though some users report iCloud systems are working sporadically in parts of the U.S.

Apple is currently investigating the problem, which is ongoing as of this writing.

Today's issues cropped up just a few hours after Apple enabled iCloud Photo library Touch Bar support and new user interface assets for beta testers. Whether the outage is related to the feature additions is unknown.

Update: Apple has resolved the issue after three hours of downtime.