The developer portal for the App Store, known as iTunes Connect, is shutting down for its usual holiday break. Apple has been busy today sending out reminder emails to all the registered developers. So from Friday, December 21, 2012 to Friday, December 28th, 2012, don’t expect to see any price changes or new apps hitting the App Store. The email from Apple, for those developers that haven’t seen it, is as follows:
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.
So there you have it. This also is a reason that many app developers have been cutting prices, as they are all trying to secure a top spot for the week.