Apple has notified its developer community of scheduled iTunes Connect downtime for later this month. For four hours on May 14 at 8 a.m. PDT, the service will be unavailable for iOS developers.
The iTunes Connect platform is the system used by Apple developers to submit applications for the App Store. It closes annually for the Christmas period, and during the year Cupertino sometimes performs essential maintenance on the platform, too.
As 9to5mac explains, Apple has now informed iOS developers that iTunes Connect is closing its virtual doors for four hours on May 14 at 8 a.m. PDT. Significantly, the date comes just a couple of weeks ahead of Apple’s WWDC keynote, at which the company is expected to unveil its next-generation mobile and desktop operating systems – iOS 8 and OS X 10.10.
Could significant changes to Apple’s App Store be inbound? We hope so: elements such as iOS app trials, an easier refund system, and a reduced number of “scam” applications would all be appreciated by Apple’s iOS user base.
We’ll keep you updated with further information as we receive it. If you’re an iOS developer, be sure to bookmark the date and time: as noted, iTunes Connect will be unavailable on May 14 for around four hours from 8 a.m. PDT.