Apple has assured registrants of its $99/year Apple Developer program that the portal’s recent downtime, which so far has lasted for two days, will not count towards users’ membership.

In a post updated to its Developer website, the Cupertino, Calif. company explains:

We’ll be back soon.

We apologize that maintenance is taking longer than expected. If your program membership was set to expire during this period, it has been extended and your app will remain on the App Store. If you have any other concerns about your account, please contact us.

Thank you for your patience.

Of course, now is a particularly busy time for iOS and Mac developers.

Prerelease beta versions of both iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks have been published at the Apple Developer website, in order to allow subscribers to prepare their applications for the forthcoming software. As such, developers need to access Apple’s website in order to publish important updates for iOS and Mac apps, along with new additions to the App Store.

Here’s hoping the company’s maintenance doesn’t take much longer. We’ll keep you updated with further information as we receive it.

In the meantime, see: Apple Buys HopStop To Add Travel Directions To MapsApple, Samsung Renew Talks To Settle Massive Patent Battle, and Oops! Google Gets Caught Copying An Apple Patent Graphic.