Apple has sent an email to registered developers on Wednesday informing them about shutting down its iTunes Connect service December 22 to December 29 as part of the holidays. That means, that during this time, developers will not have the ability to submit new apps, app updates or in-app purchases on the App Store. In addition, they will not allowed to access to iTunes Connect, Application Loader, iTunes Connect for iOS.
The email from Apple says: “During this time, you will not be able to submit new apps, updates, or In-App Purchases.” While the connect service will be shutdown, the company will let developers schedule app releases and price changes during the December 22 to December 29 period. Any changes that developers want to be made during the time, must be submitted by December 18 “to ensure your app remains available during this busy period.”
Apple tradtionally shut down its iTunes Connect during the holidays, offering Apple staff a short break during the festive season. Most developers, who were expecting the shutting down, will probably release their new apps and holiday sales on the App Store in the days leading up to December 22. Those developers, who are now testing or users offered to test prerelease products with TestFlight Beta Testing will not face the shutdown.
Both the App Store and iTunes Connect should get back to normal on December 30.