Apple Dev Center outage (seventh day)

It’s been more than a week now since a security researcher tapped an iAd Workbench vulnerability, prompting an unprecedented shutdown of Dev Center, but Apple is still struggling to bring all of the fifteen different services back up (only Bug Reporter and iTunes Connect were live at post time).

The outage isn’t alarming (yet) – at least compared to the PSN breach – and Apple assured no credit card data or iTunes accounts was compromised.

But tell that to frustrated Apple developers who are unable to access their documentation, beta code and development tools. You can tell the unnerving situation is getting out of hand when satirists start joking about it…

Here’s Jof of Tech’s take on the Dev Center shutdown, courtesy of Geekculture.

Dev Center outage (Joy of Tech comic 001)

So, what’s next to go down?

iTunes activation servers?

Wait, what…

  • ɑղժɾҽա

    Not even funny.

  • JaeM1llz

    To me it sounds like they’re joking about the non-developers complaining about the outage even though it doesn’t effect them, not the actual outage itself.

    • Yup, I think you got the point of the comic

      • Tom Sullivan


  • …. 😐

  • Neil Sardesai

    Joy of Tech often has neat, funny comics many times. This was not one of those times. :/

  • Anthony Aaron Anderson

    Christian, your posts about the dev site being down almost seem as if you are angry at apple for repairing the problem. Would you prefer they just leave it alone, vulnerable to breach? As a developer, I feel like apple is doing a fine job of solving it. At the very least they responded to the problem quickly, and told us the nature of the down. Also as a developer (of apps, web pages, and indie games) I have empathy for the team repairing the problem. Quickly redesigning and rebuilding a website, as dynamic and complex as the apple dev portal, would be a chore that would leave even the most skilled team of web developers with a bad case of stress migraines.

    • I’m with you on all points. as a blogger, I also have to scrutinize Apple’s every move and criticize them when they drop the ball

      • Anthony Aaron Anderson

        Very true. Fair enough. Criticism can’t hurt. And as pleased as I am with apple’s handling of it, I will admit that I am a bit frustrated with my lack of access.

  • Adithya Sairam

    iCloud, FaceTime, Messages, iTunes Store, Airport, and Game Center. Thus all of Apple will fall.

    • Guest

      Cheque or cash or free phone?

      • Adithya Sairam


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  • Falk M.

    It was funny, but I expected a little more geek humor and less “bickering between two friends” humor which was essentially all the punchline was about.

  • Amp

    Typo Jof of tech’s