Apple’s iTunes, App Stores back online after unusually long outage
(Reuters) – Apple Inc’s iTunes and App Store came back online on Wednesday afternoon after an unusually long service disruption that the company blamed on an internal technical error.
The rare 12-hour outage began a little before 5:00 am ET, after which users took to Twitter to vent their frustration at being unable to access the popular mobile apps store and online content service, using hashtags such as #itunesdown and #appstoresdown.
Apple updated its status page at 5:04 pm ET to show that the disrupted services, including the Mac App Store and iBooks, were now functioning normally. The company attributed the outage to an internal Domain Name System error.
Shares of Apple (AAPL), which apologized to users publicly, closed 1.8 percent lower at $122.24 on Wednesday.
The outage came just days after Apple’s highly anticipated unveiling of the Apple Watch, its entry into the fast-expanding wearable devices sphere. The Apple Store website was shut briefly on Monday, a customary practice ahead of a major event.
A similar outage occurred in early September, according to appleinsider.com.
Apple said its iCloud Mail and iCloud Account & Sign In were also affected until about 9 a.m.
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