Apple has confirmed that its iMessage and FaceTime services are not currently working for some users. On Apple’s System Status page, both iMessage and FaceTime are listed as having issues with a note underneath each that reads “Some users affected.” All other services are up though.
iPhone owners have already been aware that iMessage is down. “iPhones” and “iMessage” have been trending on Twitter in relation to the down time. If you thought it was just your phone, rest assured you aren’t alone. You’ll still be able to send messages to friends though, they’ll just send as text messages rather than iMessages. That’s right — you’ll have to suffer with those icky green chat bubbles temporarily.
The issues began around 3:15 p.m. eastern time according to Apple. It’s been a little over three hours now. The actual problem itself is unidentified at this point, so there’s unfortunately no way of knowing when Apple will resolve the iMessage and FaceTime woes.
Apple has a history of having issues keeping up its services like iMessage and iCloud. This is far from the first time iMessage has been down and if I was a betting man, I’d say it probably won’t be the last.
Update: As of 8:20 p.m. eastern time, Apple says all iMessage and FaceTime issues have been fixed and the services are fully restored.