iCloud syncing issues are plaguing third-party apps as Apple stays silent
Added 01-24-22 01:31:01pm EST - “Over the last several months, an issue with iCloud has emerged that is impacting many popular third-party applications that rely on Apple's cloud infrastructure for syncing and other tasks. Apple has not yet publicly acknowledged…” - 9to5mac.com
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Over the last several months, an issue with iCloud has emerged that is impacting many popular third-party applications that rely on Apple’s cloud infrastructure for syncing and other tasks. Apple has not yet publicly acknowledged the problem, but some developers have reportedly been privately contacted by the company to confirm that it’s an iCloud server problem impacting their apps rather than an issue with the app itself.
A thread on Apple’s Developer Forums has garnered attention and responses from hundreds of developers. The issue seems to center on Apple’s CloudKit technology, which is used by developers to sync user content across devices, encrypt data stored within an application, and much more.
CloudKit is designed for manageability, flexibility, and power. By organizing apps in containers, CloudKit ensures each app is siloed so its data won’t get entangled with other apps. Specialized databases and zones also let you easily separate app information by access type or function. And together with efficient syncing and sharing capabilities, CloudKit provides a comprehensive feature set that lets you easily develop powerful cloud apps.
The popular note taking application GoodNotes has published a dedicated support article addressing these issues. The company says that some GoodNotes users are seeing an error message reading “Service unavailable” citing that the “Request failed with HTTP Status Code 503.” In the case of GoodNotes, this issues appears to impact syncing across devices.
GoodNotes says that this issue is not unique to its application, and that it is working with Apple Technical Support:
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