Demand for iOS 5 and iCloud was so high, Apple almost broke the Internet

“Owners of an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Apple TV were yesterday able to update their devices to Apple’s new iOS 5 software, providing them with a number of new features and access to the company’s new cloud service iCloud,” Matt Brian reports for TNW.

“It appears that whilst Apple stuggled to cope with demand, ISPs were facing issues trying to keep traffic flowing through their networks, as Apple device owners attempted to download at least 600 megabyte updates,” Brian reports. “One ISP, AAISP, was ‘caught unawares’ and yesterday evening saw ‘silly high usage since around 18:40 [BST]’ leading them to think that ‘something [was] clearly ‘up’ and there [was] some ‘internet event’ happening.'”

Brian reports, “As Cult of Mac notes, that ‘internet event’ was the release of iOS 5, Mac OS X 10.7.2 and a number of new applications. Throughout the evening, AAISP engineers posted on the company’s Incident and Status Page, noting just what was happening to its network as subscribers fired up their iTunes clients and updated their iOS devices.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. It would be interesting to see what the loads were at the Apple iCloud facilities. And aren’t they glad Apple delayed the iPhone 4S to this Friday. Maybe Apple brings down the Telcos.

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