Apple announced to developers bout the iTunes Connect annual shutdown for this year which is scheduled to be held from December 27 to December 31. During the shutdown, the Mac and iOS store developers will not be able to upload/manage apps.
The announcement was made by Apple in the form of an E-Mail to all the developers on the platforms.
The iTunes connect annual shutdown is primarily focused at giving the employees a time off the year. These holidays also include the Christmas break.
Mac and iOS developers can use the iTunes Connect feature to upload and manage apps. The feature also lets the users to perform in-app purchases. The scheduled week will therefore not allow such tasks.
The users will however still be able to get the maximum out of the app other than the in-app purchases but no action can be taken from the developer side.
The sales reports and statistical data about the apps will also not be available to the developers and they also cannot update app information.
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.
Apple iTunes Connect will resume its full functionality on December 28th, 2013. All the transactions made in the shutdown period will be postponed and executed once the store is back online.
Apple performs this shutdown every year with a purpose to give the employees an official holiday. This also is the only holiday season the Connect employees get.
The last year shutdown was held between December 22 to 28 (announced 29 earlier).