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Bryan M. Wolfe
| December 20, 2013
Expect A Day Full Of App Updates And Pricing Discounts In Apple's Digital Stores
Are you hoping the developer adds a few new levels to your favorite iOS game? Are you looking to score a huge price discount on a few of those apps on your App Store Wish List? Today, Dec. 20, is the last day either of these events can occur. Beginning tomorrow, Dec. 21 and lasting until Dec. 27, Apple is shutting down iTunes Connect. After today, new titles or updates, including pricing changes, in the iTunes Store, App Store, Mac App Store, and iBooks Store won’t be available. Normal iTunes Connect operations are scheduled to resume on Saturday, Dec. 28. [caption id="attachment_499524" align="aligncenter" width="630"] The big freeze is coming (Source: Disney's "Frozen")[/caption] As we previously reported, Apple posted the following on this year’s holiday closure:
iTunes Connect will be temporarily unavailable from Saturday, December 21, to Friday, December 27, 2013. During that time, iTunes Connect will not be accessible and you will not be able to submit any apps or In-App Purchases. Processing of any Newsstand Atom feeds will be delayed until after December 27. Sales and Trends reports via the Autoingestion tool will be available but may also be delayed. Also, you should not schedule any pricing changes or apps to go live between those dates. Pricing changes scheduled to take effect in that date range will cause the app to become unavailable for purchase until after December 27. Similarly, apps scheduled to go live during that range will not be released until after December 27. If you have any additional questions, use the Contact Us module on iTunes Connect.If past practice holds, look for plenty of iTunes updates to occur in the coming hours -- including pricing discounts. Otherwise, developers are out of luck. See also: Apple Finally Enables Gifting Option In iBooks Store Just In Time For The Holidays, Apple Debuts Heartwarming Holiday-Themed Ad Featuring iPhone 5s And AirPlay, and Get Started With Apple's 12 Days Of Gifts By Downloading A Free Single By Lorde.