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Apple Store status widget for Mac OS X

A month ago we released an Apple Store status banner that was powered by Pingdom’s uptime monitoring service. Anyone could put it on their website to show the US Apple Store status (up or down) in real time. The reason this is interesting is of course because Apple usually updates or releases new products in connection with taking down the Apple Store.

It became a success and we got a lot of really positive feedback. One thing that people kept asking for was a widget for their Mac OS X desktops, so they could have the status icon always available in the Dashboard.

So here it is, by popular demand: An Apple Store status widget for Mac OS X (10.4 and later):

Download widget

Just add it to your Dashboard and it will work automatically (when the Dashboard is activated). No more manual checking!

Apple Store Status widget screenshots

Above: The different status icons for the widget. The “loading error” is only shown if your computer cannot connect and get the status from Pingdom.

How it works

Pingdom handles the actual monitoring of the US Apple Store website. The widget will connect to Pingdom and update its status once per minute. For details on how the monitoring is done on Pingdom’s end, check out the post about the Apple Store status banner.

This means that no matter how many people add this widget to their desktops, Apple will not get bombarded with tests since the only tests are those performed once per minute by Pingdom’s uptime monitoring service.

Let us know what you think

We hope you like this widget. It’s actually the first one we’ve made.

Let us know what you think in the comments. :)



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Excellent! :) I will definitely try this out. It will make Tuesdays a little extra interesting.

Good God! Are people so obsessed that they have to know every minute what new products of Apples are up, what’s in stock, etc. etc.?

I’m not a Mac basher since I’ve only used Macs from 1989 onwards, and before that was an Apple ][e so it’s been Apple since day one for me. Still….seems a little more than obsessive!

Excellent, now I can ditch my weblcip version. The only improvement I can see is if I clicked on it that I could get a summary of down times. Other than that, I love it!

I would love to see a web based version of this…to put on a blog or website or whatnot. Maybe even port it to an iGoogle gadget. That would rock.

Ryaninc: Read the first sentence again and click the link. :)

They already have a banner: http://royal.pingdom.com/?p=251

It would be great if an audible “ping” could somehow alert us. Great idea specially for Tuesdays now and then. Thanks

Is there a OS X widget that allows you to monitor your pingdom sites?

Sorry but widget is not working on my iOS X.8 mountain lion. other widgets in dashboard are working. any suggestions for getting it to work?
Thanks,
Reggie Rowell