App Store, Apple Music & other services hit by three-hour outage

Apple’s online services experienced multiple outages on Tuesday, with problems cropping up in Apple’s digital storefronts, Apple TV services, Apple Business Manager, and Apple School Manager.

Update: Outages have been resolved.

The Apple System Status page indicates that there are multiple issues with Apple’s various online services. The problems largely started at 8:23 A.M Eastern Time, and mostly center around Apple’s various storefronts.

According to the page, “Some users are affected” and may be “experiencing a problem” or “intermittent issues” with the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes Store, and the Mac App Store. Further problems are being endured with Apple TV and Apple TV Channels, with all six commencing at the same time and listed as “ongoing.”

The Apple Business Manager and Apple School Manager were both listed as being an issue from 10:15 A.M Eastern Time, but were “resolved” by 11 A.M Eastern Time.

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Microsoft reportedly planning app for Xbox Game Pass to get around Apple rules

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An app may soon allow iPad and iPhone users to access Xbox Game Pass.


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Microsoft is developing an iOS app to bring Game Pass to the iPad and iPhone, circumventing Apple App Store rules, Business Insider reported Thursday.

“We absolutely will end up on iOS,” Microsoft gaming boss Phil Spencer told employees at an all-hands meeting Wednesday, according to Business Insider.

Microsoft announced in August that its Project xCloud video game service would be released September for free to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. The service gives people access to more than 100 games on the Xbox or PC, as well as its Xbox Live gaming social network.

Microsoft said at the time that devices powered by Google’s Android operating system would be supported but said Apple was blocking its

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