Apple confirms iTunes Connect Christmas closure

Apple has told app developers to work around the Christmas closure of iTunes Connect.

The Cupertino-based company sent out an email yesterday, warning developers that iTunes Connect -the developer portal used for the management of apps to sell in the App Store - will not be functioning between 21 and 28 December.

This means that developers will not be able to push forward brand new apps, or even updates to existing apps, during the specified period.

The original email, as MacStories reports, states that "releases scheduled to appear on the App Store for the first time," and "pricing changes scheduled through the interval pricing system in iTunes Connect," will be subject to delays.

In other words, app releases and price modifications scheduled for that particular period will not be displayed on the App Store until the reopening of iTunes Connect, presumably on 29 December.

However, any app or update submitted before 21 December will be available experience the usual update treatment.

Last year, Apple shut iTunes Connect to developers during a similar time period around Christmas - between 22 and 29 December in the case of the 2011 holiday season.