Among the services affected by the outage were reportedly the iOS, Apple TV and Mac app stores; iCloud Photos; and iCloud backup.Apple reportedly offered no explanation for the outage.While the downtime appeared to be a short-term problem, the company is also dealing with a longer-term thorn, its Maps app.

But it still lacks features compared to other navigation apps and devices and its reputation remains tarnished in users minds by its initial rollout.Potentially to help with its Maps effort, Apple has hired Sinisa Durekovic, who helped develop the satellite navigation systems used BMW and Mercedes Benz, Bloomberg reported.

Durekovic joined Apple in October and has relocated from his native Germany to San Francisco.News of Durekovic s hiring comes some two weeks after Apple announced that it was setting up a software development office in Hyderabad, India, that would focus on the Maps application.

Apple said it would hire up to 4,000 people for that office.The Hyderabad office opening and the Durekovic hire could also potentially be related to Apple s not-so-secret effort to develop a car, dubbed Project Titan.

As part of that effort, Apple is reportedly developing autonomous car technologies, which often rely on well-developed digital maps.Apple s service business was one of the few bright spots in the company s last earnings report.

In the quarter, services accounted for more revenue than either Apple s Mac or iPad business lines, the first time that ever happened, and the growth in services came as Apple s overall sales fell 13 percent.Photo: Screen shot from the website for Apple s iCloud service.Tags: Apple, apple maps, iCloud, maps, outage, Project Titan

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