Reminder: Why there won't be any new or updated iPhone or iPad apps or games this week

iTunes Connect is closing for the holidays tomorrow -- from Thursday, December 23 to Tuesday, December 28 to be exact -- and that means there won't be any new iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad apps, games, or updates next week.

iTunes Connect is the portal developers use to submit and manage their apps. So the shutdown might be just to give Apple's review team a holiday of their own or it could give Apple time to do some system maintenance and improvements behind the scenes. Either way come tomorrow all the apps and games in the store will be locked down until just before New Year.

(Yes, that's also why so many apps and games are on sale now -- they can't change prices until after iTunes Connects opens again, and they're hoping a sale bumps them up in the rankings for all those new iPhone and iPads under the tree!)

We here at TiPb are used to getting a steady stream of new apps and games to keep us busy so I'm not even going to lie, it's going to be hard week. How about you? Is it going to feel strange going to the App Store and seeing nothing changed and nothing new?