Is your network feeling a bogged down? Perhaps someone in your house is downloading App Store updates … again! In fact, the image at top is from the FOURTH time yesterday I had waiting updates available! This time it was only three, but I would estimate more than 30 apps have updated in the last 24 hours! That is because this is the time of year where everyone tries to get their updates released … because next week updates and additions are closed until the 29th. The reason? The Christmas holiday means millions of new iPod/iPhone/iPad owners will be flocking to the App Store to fill their new toys with great games like Avadon and Bard’s Tale (ok, Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies), so suspending updates and additions allows the network resources to be focused on delivering to these new customers.
Here is the notice developers got about the iTunes Connect shutdown:
iTunes Connect will be temporarily shut down from Thursday, December 22 to Thursday, December 29 for the winter holidays.
During this shutdown, the following functionality will be unavailable:
Access to iTunes Connect
The 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 pricing changes through the interval pricing system in iTunes Connect that would take effect from December 22 through December 29. Pricing changes scheduled to take effect during this date range will not be reflected in the App Store and the app will become unavailable for purchase.
We also recommend that you do not schedule any apps to go live during the shutdown. Releases scheduled with a sales start date between these dates will not go live until after the shutdown.
The App Store team