People who need Apple’s iCloud service at the moment are out of luck. The company’s service status page reports that “some users” may have trouble signing into their iCloud account and accessing related services including backups, contacts, calendars and even iCloud Mail. (Basically, if a service has iCloud in its name, don’t expect to connect to it.)
The silver lining in this particular cloud is that Apple’s other internet-powered services, including Siri, iMessage and Beats Music, don’t seem to be affected by the outage.
According to the page, Apple first noticed the problem taking place at 3:30 p.m., and has been working on a fix. It’s unclear how long the service is likely to be out, but at least for the time being, iCloud users should sit tight.
UPDATE (4:54 PM): The outage has expanded to encompass the Documents in the Cloud service, as well as Apple’s new Photos service.
UPDATE (5:30 PM): Apple’s service status page shows that the outage is over, and everything should be working as normal.