It has been days since the first problem with iMessage was reported. Many iOS users are unable to use the service as the loading bar doesn’t seem to get completed for a few while others can’t even get to see the loading bar.
Though unofficial, the reason is said to be attributed to Hurricane Sandy as all major communication channels are affected with the heavy wind flow. Anyhow, Apple promised that they will look into the issue and will do what is necessary in the minimum possible time.
Apple’s own iCloud status site has even indicated that the service isn’t functioning for some users. Generally, Apple is pretty good about these kind of fixes, so hopefully this will be the last outage issue for a while.
In the meantime, if you’re facing the problem on your iPhone, then you can disable iMessage until the issue is resolved by following these simple steps. Launch the Settings app, scroll down to Messages, tap on it and then tap on iMessage toggle to disable it. As soon as you hear that the issues are resolved you can go back to the menu and enable the service.
iMessage allows users to send texts, photos, videos, contact information, and group messages over Wi-Fi, 3G or LTE to other iOS or OS X users, thus providing an alternative to standard SMS/MMS messaging for all users with devices running iOS 5 or later.
iMessage is accessible through the Messages app on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 5 or later or on a Mac running OS X Mountain Lion or later. All iMessages are encrypted and can be tracked using delivery receipts. If the recipient enables Read Receipts, the sender will be able to see that the recipient has read the message.
iMessage is very similar to MMS; therefore, it not only allows the user to send plain text, but also allows the user to send pictures, movies, locations, and contacts.