Apple Lays Out Plans to Bring Developer Website Back Online

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Apple apologized to developers on Wednesday evening for the ongoing outage of the company's developer website. In the letter, Apple laid out its plans for bringing services back online, though the company didn't specify when that would happen.

Apple took its site offline last week after a security researcher announced that he had hacked into the site. The company told developers that it was rebuilding the site due to the security breach, a move that has kept developers from downloading developer tools, iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks betas, and other software, and from managing their developer accounts.

In the letter sent out Wednesday, Apple specified the order in which it would relaunch services, and the company assured developers that expiring memberships would be extended and that apps would remain available in the App Store.

Apple's letter:

We apologize for the significant inconvenience caused by our developer website downtime. We've been working around the clock to overhaul our developer systems, update our server software, and rebuild our entire database. While we complete the work to bring our systems back online, we want to share the latest with you.

We plan to roll out our updated systems, starting with Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles, Apple Developer Forums, Bug Reporter, pre-release developer libraries, and videos first. Next, we will restore software downloads, so that the latest betas of iOS 7, Xcode 5, and OS X Mavericks will once again be available to program members. We'll then bring the remaining systems online. To keep you up to date on our progress, we've created a status page to display the availability of our systems.

If your program membership is set to expire during this period, it will be extended and your app will remain on the App Store. If you have any other concerns about your account, please contact us.

Thank you for your continued patience.

Apple has also launched a status page so that developer can check to see which services are online.

As of this writing, iTunes Connect and Bug Reporter show as online, while all other developer services remain offline.

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4 Comments

wab95

One has to wonder whether or not this will delay consumer releases of the OSes.

John C. Welch

Why would it? Apple does have an internal IT staff and other people not on the OS Dev teams that can deal with this.

iJack

I assume that part of the reason that developers use the Apple site, is for help from fellow developers, testing, etc. If that is the case, it’s disappearance might well set back new app releases. Right?

wab95

@John C. Welch:

You’re right about that, of course. My thought had more to do with the availability of optimised apps, and whether these might affect OS release decisions. I concur with you that it is unlikely.

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