Are Apple services down on March 21? Maps, App Store, and iMessage issues have been reported


No, it’s not just you — if you’re wondering if Apple services were down on March 21, here’s what you need to know. Outages were reported on apps like Maps, the App Store and iMessage, and while all of the affected apps were up and running around 2:30 p.m. ET, it’s unclear exactly why they were down in the first place. Elite Daily contacted Apple for information regarding the outage, but did not hear back in time for publication.

Downdetector started reporting that Apple users were experiencing a range of different issues related to the outage around noon ET on March 21. If you want to know which apps took action, you can track Apple system status page as they update the page with any changes in real time. (As of 4:15 p.m. ET on March 21, there are no active outages.) You can click on the name of each app for an overview of bugs and user issues, as well as a timestamp of when the page was last updated.

As of 3:38 PM EST, all applications listed on the System Status page have been restored to normal. Some of the first Apple services to be patched included iMessage and iCloud, which would have been operational at 1:13 p.m. ET, while Maps was patched around the same time at 1:14 p.m. ET. Other apps like the App Store, Apple Fitness+, Apple TV+ iTunes, and Podcasts must have taken a bit longer to fix, as their issues weren’t marked as resolved until 2:37 PM ET.

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With a series of outages, there was likely something going on with Apple’s servers, but the company didn’t address the specific cause of the issues other than the status page update. As of 4:20 p.m. ET, Downdetector is reporting outages on apps like Maps, App storeand more services returned to baseline levels, after hitting highs of more than 7,000 problem reports as of 1 p.m. ET.

During the troubles, people took to Twitter to share their frustration. Since iMessage users weren’t able to get in touch with their group chats about the outage, many people took to Twitter to voice their concerns about the situation — and to crack a few jokes, too.

I refuse to return to print directions.

Have they tried turning it off and on again?

The issues seem to be fully resolved, but take a cue from Twitter: it’s always good to have a rescue group chat.

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