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iCloud Down: Showing Connection Error For Many [FIXED]

Apple has a loyal following even though its investors are clearly not happy with how the stock has been performing.

That said, a number of people, myself included, seem to be getting iCloud connection errors this afternoon. Surprisingly, few if any have reported this apparent outage though a few people have been complaining on Twitter.

Apple has a loyal following even though its investors are clearly not happy with how the stock has been performing.
That said, a number of people, myself included, seem to be getting iCloud connection errors this afternoon. Surprisingly, few if any have reported this apparent outage though a few people have been complaining on Twitter.

While I’m certainly not going to spend my night cursing Apple’s recent failings, you just have to wonder what’s going on when many people who buy new iPhone, laptops and Macs use the cloud so little that the default cloud storage options built into OSX and iOS are more than sufficient for many.

With as many Apple haters out there as there are fans, I’m a bit surprised this is not yet mainstream news.

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We’ll continue to update this story if the problem, which seems to go back about three hours, continues.

While Dropbox is the clear leader in personal cloud backup options, iCloud still has over 800 million users. And it’s terrifically convenient for iPhone users and iPad users as data is automatically stored to iCloud from these devices and presents default backup options if either device requires a reinstall for whatever reason.

iCloud was launched in October of 2011 and while it doesn’t have the traction of, say, Dropbox it’s a pleasant option to have preinstalled on Apple devices and computers.

iCloud, when launched, replaced Apple’s MobileMe as a means to save contacts, emails, calendars, photos and other data.

Going back to photos, iCloud is perhaps most famous for the August 2014 dump of nude celebrity photos after gaining access to their iCloud accounts. However, that was not a security issue with Apple as CEO Tim Cook pointed out in September of the same year in an interview with Charlie Rose. Instead, those involved notably the lovely Jennifer Lawrence were victims of phishing in order to gain access to their photos.

This problem today seems to be limited to a few countries, I’m in Guatemala and I’ve read tweets suggesting there is also a connection problem in Pakistan and Brazil from those using #icloud to report a connection issue.

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