On Monday, November 17, some users began experiencing an elongated downtime with iMessage, Apple’s messaging platform for iOS and Mac.
Apple launched iMessage in 2011 as a cross-platform messaging service for iOS and Mac users, and since then the service has grown quite a bit. It’s seeing plenty of improvements in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, in fact. But the service hasn’t always been rainbows and butterflies for everyone.
A new report claims that iMessage accounts for more than 30% of all spam messages on mobile devices, based on research conducted by Tom Landesman of security and anti-spam company Cloudmark. The messaging platform is increasingly becoming a target for spammers to advertise their counterfeit luxury goods or other junk messages front-and-center on both mobile and the desktop.
If you’ve switched from an iPhone to an Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone, and are not getting text messages from your friends who are using an iPhone, then you’re not alone.
Apple has acknowledged that an iMessage bug is affecting some users, and plans to provide a fix for the issue in a future iOS software update.
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