Briefly pausing from their adoration of the new iPhone 5, Apple fanboys are airing a gripe they have with their current Apple smartphones -- and naturally are atwitter with complaints. Apparently iMessage, Apple's proprietary text messaging service, was down for some (but not all) users on Monday.
iMessage is an Apple-exclusive alternative to traditional SMS texting that lets owners of iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac users message each other via the Internet rather than over cellular networks. Pennywise iFans opt for iMessage in order to save some money on their monthly cellphone bills.
Posts about the service being down began popping up on Internet forums like this one at apple.com and this one at MacRumors on Monday morning, with users in the U.S., UK, Canada, France and Afghanistan reporting unsent messages. (Others wrote in that the service was working fine for them; we, too, were able to successfully send messages.) iMessage experienced similar problems in July.
Fixed or not (we're sure Apple's on the problem), Apple users took to Twitter to vent their frustration and crack wise. They knew they could still send normal text messages, right?