iTunes Connect, the portal iPhone, iPad, and Mac developers use to manage their apps on the App Store, will be shutting down between December 21 and December 28, 2012. For regular folks, that means no new apps will become available that week, no app updates will show up that week, and no price changes (i.e. sales or end of sales) will occur during that week.
Basically, Apple's review team has the week off.
For developers, here are the details:
iTunes Connect will be temporarily shut down from Friday, December 21, 2012 to Friday, December 28, 2012, for the winter holidays. During this shutdown, the following functionality will be unavailable:
- Access to iTunes Connect
- Delivery of any apps or updates
Additionally, the following will be delayed:
- Releases scheduled to appear on the App Store for the first time
- Pricing changes scheduled through the interval pricing system in iTunes Connect
We strongly recommend that you do not schedule any pricing changes in iTunes Connect that would take effect between Friday, December 21, 2012 and Friday, December 28, 2012. Pricing changes scheduled to take effect during this date range will not be reflected on the App Store and your app or In-App Purchase will become unavailable for purchase until after the shutdown.
We also recommend that you do not schedule any apps to go live during the shutdown. Releases scheduled with a start date between Friday, December 21, 2012 and Friday, December 28, 2012 will not go live on the App Store until after the shutdown.
The App Store team
In other words, release, update, and change your prices before the eggnog starts flowing and the systems shuts down for the holidays.