Apple weathers July 4 outage affecting iCloud, Apple Pay

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Apple Inc. on July 4 experienced a widespread outage that affected its iCloud services and some retail store operations in North America for about three hours.

The incident underscored the vulnerability of digital payment platforms to technical troubles. Visa and Mastercard have each experienced serious outages within the last couple of years.
On Thursday, many customers were unable to sign in to their iCloud accounts or access related services, which Apple tracked on its system status page.

Twitter carried accounts of customers who were temporarily unable to check out at some Apple Stores during the midday outage, according to a Macrumors report. Apple did not return a request for comment.

Visa had a multinational processing outage in June 2018, and Mastercard suffered a serious outage in the U.K. about a year ago. Target had back-to-back payment system glitches one weekend last month, crippling its in-store checkout systems nationwide.

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