iCloud Mail down! Apple working to restore service

iCloud Mail Is Down For Many Users While Apple Works To Restore Service [Breaking]

According to CultofMac.com many readers are experiencing issues with their iCloud Mail. We’re hearing loads of reports from both readers and Twitter that iCloud Mail & Notes is down.

However it seems as if Apple is aware of the problem and are currently working on fixing the problem.  According to Apple’s iCloud System Status page, they are aware the issue is affecting “some” users and are working hard to get service restored, but between the various Siri service outages and now this, it’s clear Apple’s been having issues lately keeping their servers up against strong demand.

Are you having issues with iCloud? Leave us a comment below.

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Apple seeds OS X 10.7.3 To Developers

Apple Releases OS X 10.7.3 To Developers

Apple has just seeded OS X 10.7.3 to developers. The update focuses on iCloud document storage and issues relating to several of Apple’s native apps.

Developers are asked to focus on bugs involving iCal, Mail, and Address Book. Apple also warns that installing this 10.7.3 build will prevent one from reverting back to older versions of OS X Lion.

This particular update weighs in at 633MB and the build number is 11D16. A Lion Server update is also offered alongside the regular build, and both files can be downloaded from the Dev Center.

iCloud welcomes 20 Million users in the first week

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Well this would make Steve Jobs proud, just one week after being unleashed, iCloud has already grown to over 20 million users, the Cupertino, Calif. tech giant announced Monday.

iCloud, allows users to sync all of their Apple devices. Available on the Mac, all iOS devices and Windows, Apple has just announced 25 million people have adopted the latest version of iOS and 4 million iPhone 4S handsets were sold during the first weekend of its availability.

The combination of all three products launching together are “significant upgrades to Apple’s mobile platform & in our opinion, should help continue to drive additional hardware sales due to Apple’s ‘halo-effect,’ UBS analyst Maynard Um told investors this past Monday.

Apple updates iWork for iOS, adds iCloud Support

iWork for iOS Gets Updated With iCloud Support

It seems as if Apple has been really busy updating their Apps for iOS 5 and iCloud support, so it comes as no surprise that APple has released an update for each of their productivity apps: NumbersPages and Keynote.

Here’s a complete list of what’s new.

Keynote

  • Automatically store your presentations in iCloud and keep them up to date across all your iOS devices.
  • Download your presentations to a Mac or PC at icloud.com/iwork as Keynote ’09, PowerPoint, or PDF files.
  • Drag and drop Keynote ’09 or PowerPoint presentations to icloud.com from your Mac or PC to have them automatically appear on your iOS devices.
  • Use AirPlay to present wirelessly via Apple TV. Navigate slides, view presenter notes, and use the laser pointer while presenting from your iOS device.
  • New builds and transitions including Anvil, Blinds, Color Panes, Comet, Confetti, Diffuse, and Sparkle.
  • Advanced presentation controls including looped slideshows and autoplay.
  • Support for slide-to-slide hyperlinks.
  • Improved compatibility with Microsoft PowerPoint and Keynote ’09.
  • Includes improved support for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language input.

Pages

  • Automatically store your documents in iCloud and keep them up to date across all your iOS devices.
  • Download your documents to a Mac or PC at icloud.com/iwork as Pages ’09, Word, or PDF files.
  • Drag and drop Pages ’09, Word, or plain text documents to icloud.com from your Mac or PC to have them automatically appear on your iOS devices.
  • Use your voice to create and edit Pages documents with dictation in iOS 5 on your iPhone 4S.
  • Create footnotes and endnotes in your documents.
  • View improved word counts with character, paragraph, and page counts.
  • Improved compatibility with Microsoft Word and Pages ’09.
  • Includes improved support for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language input

Numbers

  • Automatically store your spreadsheets in iCloud and keep them up to date across all your iOS devices.
  • Download your spreadsheets to a Mac or PC at icloud.com/iwork as Numbers ’09, Excel, or PDF files.
  • Drag and drop Numbers ’09, Excel, or CSV files to icloud.com from your Mac or PC to have them automatically appear on your iOS devices.
  • Use sliders, steppers, and pop-ups to easily enter data and explore results.
  • Use Merge Cells to format your tables.
  • Hide and show rows and columns.
  • Improved compatibility with Microsoft Excel and Numbers ’09.
  • Includes improved support for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language input.

Apple Releases iOS 5

During the Lets Talk iPhone event Apple announced that they would be releasing iOS 5 today, and just as planned  iOS 5 is now available to download for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch users. Users can obtain the update by connecting their devices to iTunes and clicking the “Check for Update” button. It may take a few minutes for the update to be ready for all users.

iOS 5 brings more than 200 new features, including Notification Center, iMessage, Newsstand, Reminders, and systemwide Twitter integration.

iOS 5 is compatible with the iPad 2, original iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and third- and fourth-generation iPod touch. It will also ship on the iPhone 4S, which launches on Friday. An iOS 5-based version of the Apple TV software is also available.

Apple updates iTunes prior to iOS and iCloud Launch

Apple today released iTunes 10.5, bringing support for iOS 5 and iCloud as well as new Wi-Fi syncing capabilities. iOS 5 and iCloud are set to launch tomorrow, and today’s launch of iTunes 10.5 sets the stage for those releases.What’s new in iTunes 10.5

– iTunes in the Cloud. iTunes now stores your music and TV purchases in iCloud and makes them available on your devices anywhere, any time, at no additional cost.
* Automatic Downloads. Purchase music from any device or computer and automatically download a copy to your Mac and iOS devices.
* Download Previous Purchases. Download your past music, TV, app, and book purchases again, at no additional cost. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer on the iTunes Store.

– Sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 5.

– Wi-Fi Syncing. Automatically sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iTunes any time they’re both on the same Wi-Fi network.

iTunes 10.5 brings compatibility with iOS 5 and iCloud, as well as the paid iTunes Match portion of iCloud.

iCloud.com is now live!

Apple has unveiled the new iCloud homepage as of early this morning. While many users are saying they can’t log in, several people,  myself included, have been able to access the services, it does seem however as if you need to create your iCloud account through iOS 5 which will be released later today.

Not all of the features are enabled yet, mostly the iWork apps because they require an update to the iOS apps that hasn’t been pushed out yet. But we will keep you posted on any updates over the next few days!

Where to follow Apple iPhone Event

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The much anticipated iPhone Event is finally here, Apple has once again called journalists to an event, where it is expected they will unveil the new iPhone. whether it will be the new iPhone 5 or iPhone 4s still remains unclear, but Apple is also expected to release the new iOS 5. We will keep you posted on the news from the event.

The Apple Press Conference starts at 10am PST on October 4th. These sites have been known to live blog in the past, if you know any other just leave a comment!

1. Gizmodo Live Link

2. MacRumors Live Live Link

3. Engadget Live Link

4. ArsTechnica Live Link

5. CNET Live Link

6. GDGT Live Link

These are the Times around the globe:

07:00AM – Hawaii

10:00AM – Pacific
11:00AM – Mountain
12:00PM – Central
01:00PM – Eastern

06:00PM – London
07:00PM – Paris
09:00PM – Moscow
02:00AM – Tokyo (October 5th)

Apple Might Add Your Favorite MobileMe Feature If You Ask!

Are you still annoyed that your favorite MobileMe feature won’t be transferring over to iCloud? What will you do with all those files you have stored on your iDisk? How will you sync System Preferences between your Macs? Well, if you ask Apple nicely (and you get all your friends and family to ask, too), you might just get those features back.

One MobileMe subscriber is so unhappy that his favorite features are missing from iCloud that he emailed Tim Cook to complain.

To his surprise, he got a call back from the Apple camp in Cupertino. While the company would has no plans to reintroduce these forgotten features anytime soon, Tim’s people say “Apple is open to it if there’s enough feedback on the subject.”

So, if you’re really bummed that you can no longer publish your iWeb website to MobileMe, tell all your friends to tell all their friends’ friends to tell Apple about it — you might just get it back.

Apple seeds OS X 10.7.2 to developers

The latest developer seed build of the next version of the Mac’s OS isavailable for download. OS X 10.7.2 build 11C55 is on Apple’s servers, and it reportedly includes iCloud beta features for testing.