Having an issue with your iCloud mail? Not able to send iMessages? Is your Photo Stream not showing up on your iPhone? Is it you or is it Apple? There are times where you may not be sure but fortunately Apple has made it easy to check with the Apple System Status website.
Let’s face it: Things go poop. Those things might be your iPhone struggling with sending an iMessage or it could be that Apple is struggling to send anyone’s iMessage. The problem is knowing which one is to blame as the next step you take is very much dependent on it. If you navigate to http://www.apple.com/support/systemstatus/ you can see Apple’s status
on all of their various services. Green is good. Red is bad. Simple but effective.
It’s important to remember that the Apple System Status page is a global perspective, not just a United States perspective. So that means if iMessages can’t be sent in the United Kingdom but can be sent in the United States, it will still show up as red.
At the bottom of the page is a scrolling timeline that shows you when an issue occurred and how Apple is working to address that issue. It also details how long the issue has been occurring. You will also see a link near the timeline where if you are having an issue and everything is green, you can report it to Apple and get support.
Equally as important, Apple has optimised the site to work on a Mac or PC but it also is viewable – and works – from an iPhone, iPad or iPad Mini. So while you are on-the-go in the middle of London and you can’t send that iMessage, you can get the page a quick look and see if everything is okay on Apple’s end.
As you would expect, Apple does not charge to access this page so you can check it whenever you want to get a glimpse into Apple’s systems.