The world ground to a halt for some moments earlier today, and I am referring to those who use Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime services, as both services were actually disrupted, so it is a good thing that they are up and running normally once again. Apparently, this particular issue did not affect everyone, but only some users, which would surely prove to be an irritating experience especially when you have in mind to communicate with someone else, be it on a business or personal basis, using iMessage and/or FaceTime.
According to Apple, the system status page showed that users were unable to place FaceTime calls and the same applied to sending/receiving iMessages within the time that spanned from 3:11 p.m. ET to 8:20 p.m. ET. This provided a window of 5 hours or so for frustrated users to air their rants over Twitter, and through the same medium, they celebrated the return of iMessage and FaceTime services. No idea on what was the cause behind the downtime though, perhaps there was a code gremlin hanging around somewhere that decided to be mischievous.