November 16, 2013
It has been customary for Apple to shut down iTunes Connect for the holidays every year. And this year, as first reported by iMore, the company is set to temporarily close the developer portal from Saturday, Dec. 21, to Friday, Dec. 27. As a result, new titles or updates, including pricing changes, in the App Store, Mac App Store, and iBooks Store won't be available during that week. Normal iTunes Connect operations are, of course, scheduled to resume on Saturday, Dec. 28. Apple details the temporary closure in an email sent out to developers:
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.See also: Apple Is Now Allowing Developers To Transfer Apps To Others and What Users Should Know About Apple's Planned iTunes Connect Shutdown.