updated 10:37 am EDT, Mon August 26, 2013
Users encounter error messages at iCloud.com
Apple is restricting some users' access to the iWork for iCloud beta, anecdotes indicate. People trying to launch Pages, Numbers, or Keynote from the iCloud website may find themselves blocked by an error message stating that Apple has had an "overwhelming response," and asking them to "check back soon." The company promises however that documents saved in the Mac and iOS versions of iWork will still be backed up to iCloud.
The beta opened up to the public late last week, following a phase that began with developers and Apple workers, only gradually reaching people outside that sphere. Apple appears to have been unprepared for the demand on iCloud servers; the company should however have enough time to build up infrastructure in time for iWork for iCloud's final release. Apple hasn't set a date, but it will likely want to time the launch to coincide with the introduction of iOS 7-native iWork apps. iOS 7 is expected to debut sometime in mid-September.