Apple in an email communication sent to its registered developers confirmed that it will be shutting down the iTunes Connect service for the holidays, between December 21-28. During that period, developers will not be able to use the iTunes Connect portal to upload new app submissions, make price changes or update apps. As a result, the state of the App Store will remain frozen for the holidays so customers should not expect new apps or app updates…

MacStories first confirmed the email communication from Apple, which reads:

iTunes Connect will be temporarily shut down from Friday, December 21, 2012 to Friday, December 28, 2012, for the winter holidays.

Apple also warns that “In-App Purchase will become unavailable for purchase until after the shutdown”.

Cupertino will also delay apps scheduled to appear on the App Store for the first time and price changes scheduled through the interval pricing system in iTunes Connect.

Apple typically shuts down iTunes Connect during winter holidays, causing software prices to be frozen during the designated period.

Hey, even the hard-working Apple employees are entitled for a holiday break!

  • i bet android don’t do this.

    • Im sure on Christmas you would like to be home not working behind a desk maintaining the integrity of the app store

  • i hope we get some new apps before Christmas  Christmas themed apps always get me into the Christmas spirit.

  • Oliver Jamieson

    This isn’t news, it’s the end of the world that day

  • MacHaggis

    The Mayans already predicted this hundreds of years ago….

  • Jordash

    You wrote: “In-App Purchase will become unavailable for purchase until after the shutdown” out of context, that only should apply to in-app purchases that had their price changed