On Thursday, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iTunes and App Store were hit by an outage that prevented users from accessing the stores. iCloud and the Mac App store were also affected.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) acknowledged the issue after many customer complaints on Twitter. The company reported the issue on its system status page, which showed the various outages on Apple’s online stores, iCloud services, and Calendar application.

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Although the status reported that the iCloud outage ended at 1:40 PM Eastern Standard Time, some users still reported problems.

Apple’s status page now shows that all services are running normal. Unfortunately, they didn’t share the details regarding the cause of the disruption.

Outages are common with many popular websites and web programs. About a month ago, Twitter experienced some outages that hindered users from accessing the website. This problem lasted for some hours before Twitter fixed the issue.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) just released iOS 6.1.3 beta 2 to developers in hopes they can create exciting new applications and programs for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. This update includes an enhanced map for Japan in their maps application. The final release of iOS 6.1.3 will supposedly feature the current lock screen issue.

Despite the recent upsides for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s popularity, the company apparently has no upside for its stocks. Issues with the supply chain, margins, and  lack of innovative products have all contributed to the decline. The latter is apparently a real concern as many fear that the company’s current focus on upgrading the iPhone and iPad may leave little room for potential products. Although there are many rumors that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may release a television set or tech watch in the near future, there really isn’t much talk of innovative growth. The company may have to soon start thinking outside the box to really impress  consumers and investors.