Some Apple services including Photos, iCloud Mail are 'slow or unavailable'

iCloud Photos
iCloud Photos (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Multiple Apple services are currently "slow or unavailable" for some users.
  • Apple Photos, iCloud Backup, iCloud Mail, iCloud Drive, and iCloud Storage Upgrades are all affected.

Multiple Apple services are currently "slow or unavailable" for some users, Apple has confirmed (opens in new tab). It also confirmed that it is working on getting all impacted services back up and running, too.

At the time of writing Apple is suffering from issues that are affecting Photos, iCloud Backup, iCloud Mail, iCloud Drive, and iCloud Storage Upgrades all at the same time. Apple isn't saying exactly what's wrong or when we can expect service to be restored, but it's possible this could be related to a wider internet issue caused by an Akamai CDN outage.

Apple Services Outage Screenshot

Apple Services Outage Screenshot (Image credit: iMore)

If this is indeed related to the Akamai outage it's likely there isn't a great deal Apple can do to get things back up and running, unfortunately.

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Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.