Apple’s popular App Store is now back up and running after a short holiday shutdown. The downtime probably went unnoticed by most consumers as the shutdown only impacted iTunes Connect which is the portal in the App Store where developers upload and manage their applications. With iTunes Connect down, developers were unable to add new applications or release any updates during the closure.
Apple notfied developers in November that they would shutdown iTunes Connect during the holidays. With the store now back up, consumers will start seeing new apps appear in the store and they should begin receiving app update notifications.
iTunes Connect will be temporarily unavailable from Thursday, December 23 through Tuesday, December 28 for the winter holidays. iTunes Connect access will be back online for use on December 29. If you choose to set an available date for your app to go live during the scheduled holiday shutdown, your app will not go live on the App Store until iTunes Connect resumes for business on December 29. Please plan your releases accordingly.
Apple initiated a similar shutdown this past Thanksgiving holiday and also during Christmas in 2009.