Following a host of complaints from users on social media, the company has updated its System Status website to confirm an issue with both apps, which it said is only affecting "some users"
A number of iMessage users are unable to send messages at all, while iPhone users have claimed that the usual Apple-to-Apple free messaging service is defaulting to regular text messages over cellular networks.
Some FaceTime users are reporting that they’re currently unable to make calls, rendering the service useless.
No resolution yet
According to the company, which has not offered a reason for the outage, the issues began shortly around 8 p.m. GMT time on Tuesday (3 p.m. EDT).
At the time of writing, the issue has yet to be resolved.
TechRadar has asked Apple for an update and will provide more details when a response is forthcoming
Courtesy Jon Fingas,Engadget
Apple mentioned back in 2011 that iMessage used encryption to safeguard conversations, but we’ve never had an exact understanding of how deep the security layer goes. It’s deep enough to stymie interception attempts at the DEA, according to an intelligence note gleaned by CNET. The agency warns its staff that it’s "impossible" to tap the messages through usual methods — great for privacy, but a worry for law enforcers. There isn’t much that officials can do, either, short of discovering a clever in-the-middle attack or enacting proposed changes to the law that would mandate backdoor access. And before you ask: BlackBerry Messenger isn’t necessarily as secure. While BES-based BBM chats are largely locked down, there’s a common encryption key for all BlackBerrys that makes it relatively easy to crack regular BBM discussions. We wouldn’t assume that any digital communication is completely private, but iMessage may have come closer to the target than most.