Apple has announced the dates for the annual holiday shutdown of iTunes Connect. As in the previous year, Apple’s developer portal is scheduled to be unavailable this year from Dec. 22 through Dec. 29.
During the week-long freeze, iTunes Connect will be inaccessible, and developers will not be able to submit any new apps and app updates for approval and release. Developers are then advised to act in advance of the temporary shutdown if they wish to have their new apps and app updates go live on the App Store in time for the peak of the holiday season.
For non-developers, this simply means that no new apps and app updates will be released during the week.
Normal iTunes Connect operations are, of course, expected to resume on Dec. 30.
Here’s Apple’s announcement of this year’s iTunes Connect holiday closing dates, which concludes with a nice thank you to developers:
The busiest season on the App Store is almost here. Make sure your apps are up-to-date and ready for the winter holidays. New apps and app updates will not be accepted December 22-29, so any releases should be submitted, approved, and scheduled in advance. Other iTunes Connect functionality will remain available.
Because of your incredible apps, the App Store crossed 100 billion cumulative downloads. Revenue from the App Store increased 25% year over year, and the number of transacting customers grew 18%, setting a new all-time record. We want to thank you for all your hard work and dedication to our platforms.