Attempts to access the services are thwarted with either a ‘fatal internal error occurred’ message being shown or the software simply saying that the password hasn’t been recognised.
One Reg reader said that Apple’s support lines were “congested”, but when they eventually got through, the support person said that Apple ID computers were down.
Apple had not answered a request for comment at the time of publication.
The twitosphere is alive with complaints about the problem (#appleid) and seem to indicate that the issue is happening all over the world – judging by the number of tweets appearing in various different languages.
So far, Apple itself has made no public statements about the problem, leaving most Apple-lovers to thank social networking sites for giving them the news that they’re not alone in having issues.