What you need to know
- It looks like Apple News is down!
- There's a huge spike on Downdector in the last hour.
- The app states that there's a server or network problem and that the News feed is unavailable.
This story has been updated, after a temporary outage, it looks like Apple News might be back online!
It looks like Apple News and the Today feed might be back online, after a temporary outage early this morning.
There was a huge spike on Downdetector in the last hour or so starting at around 4 am ET. When opening the Apple News app you received the following message:
There are also scattered reports on Twitter from several users across the UK and beyond.
Apple News is having issues since 10:48 AM BST. https://t.co/Srdz1BnIWq RT if it's down for you as well #applenewsdownApple News is having issues since 10:48 AM BST. https://t.co/Srdz1BnIWq RT if it's down for you as well #applenewsdown— DowndetectorUK (@DowndetectorUK) April 3, 2020April 3, 2020
As you can see from the graph above, there's been a large spike in reports that Apple News is down, and the map below shows these are concentrated in both the UK and parts of the US. It's unclear if this is just a temporary glitch or a more severe outage.
Apple's System Status support page is not currently showing any issues, however, Apple may well update this going forward.
If you're experiencing similar issues, let us know in the comments or on Twitter where you are and what you're seeing so that we can update this story!
In the UK at least, Apple News reportedly had around 11 million users per month as of December 2019. In fact, it's so popular in the country that during the run-up to the UK election even the BBC struggled to compete with the service. That report noted that more than a quarter of online users in the UK rely on aggregators for online news, including Apple and Google news. One social media manager at a British news site claimed that if Apple News picked up one of its stories, it could be worth "a million views in the UK alone."
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9