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iTunes Connect "Closed for the Holidays"

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iTunes Connect closing December 21 to December 27, no new apps or price changes that week

iTunes Connect, the portal iPhone, iPad, and Mac developers use to manage their apps on the App Store, will be shutting up shop for the holidays on December 21 and won't re-open until December 27. For developers, this means you'll be needing to submit any changes to apps or prices before or after those dates. For us regular, non-developer folk, that just means there'll be no new apps and no price changes until after December 27.

It is the holidays, after all, and Apple's team will be taking a well earned break. Here's the full details:

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.

So, if you've got a roadmap that includes late December, better get sorted, then eat, drink and be merry. Everyone will be back on it from December 28.

Richard Devine

Senior Editor at iMore, part time racing driver, full time British guy

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Time to submit your apps for the holiday week! I'm sure many people will receive iOS devices for the holidays, so this is a deadline you don't want to miss when they're eager to fire up the latest and hottest apps on the App Store.

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I don't blame them one bit for wanting a/that week off. Hope they enjoy it and get some well deserved rest.

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It's good that they are giving a them a break. I bet they have been working really hard with iOS 7 UI changes and all.

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Always one of my favorite times to shop the App Store. Tons of great sales during the shutdown.

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Always one of my favorite times to shop the App Store. Tons of great sales during the shutdown.

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I have a list if apps that I really want to buy but I am holding off for thanksgiving and Christmas sales. I know if I bug that $5 app now it will be $1 one of those times. Of course because I am not buying it the app won't go on sale.

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I like that apple gives their employees a good enough time off during thanksgiving and Christmas. Also means great discount on apps before iTunes connect is offline.

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I like that apple gives their employees a good enough time off during thanksgiving and Christmas. Also means great discount on apps before iTunes connect is offline.

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I think it's good that they give folks a break. They deserve it for all their hard work. The reality the availability of great apps play an important role in the iPhone and iPads success. It's good that apple recognizes this.

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I think it's nice that this part of the process is still handled by people and not handed off to an automated system. I wonder how enjoyable a job it is.

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This boggles my mind every year. iTunes Connect closes and then I get emails and RSS feeds about apps going on sale or free for the holidays over that time. I guess the so the change before the blackout date, but it doesn't seem that way. I also don't understand why this effects price changes. Isn't that automated anyway. If I have an app I schedule a price change though iTunes Connect and it happens on that date automatically. Isn't it all computerized?

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So that means we'll get at least a week of holiday discount! Frakkin' yeah! (Sorry, can't help it. I recently watched the movie BG-B&C.) Good, coz I've been making a list of games to buy. To hell with backlog and playing them all, I'll just be as satisfied with just the fact that I have them on my iTunes. But seriously, sometimes I feel bad for the devs (who worked very hard to make these apps and deserves to get paid in full) because I know a lot of people are waiting for this time to buy apps. Its just that in this time it pays to be practical and honestly I don't have that much dough to spend on apps.

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