Reports have hit the web today that Apple’s iMessage service is experiencing a widespread outage. The problem seems to be affecting all sorts of different iOS users, even though Apple’s iCloud status page shows no problems. The outage seems to be carrier independent as a number of users have reported problems on both AT&T and Verizon.
Because Apple’s iMessage service doesn’t use a carrier’s SMS protocols to communicate, iPhone users should still be able to send text messages, but it seems that users are having fewer problems when sending iMessages over WiFi rather than cellular data.
Frustrated iOS users have taken to Twitter to express their frustration in the lack of service, while Apple has yet to respond to the outage.
We’ve reached out to Apple for a response and will let you know as soon as updates are available.