Apple is alerting iBooks publishers on iTunes that the iTunes Connect service will be unavailable during the holiday season, reports MacStories. The hiatus will begin December 22 and last until December 29. While the notice is addressed only to iBooks authors, this shutdown also applies to iOS developers, OS X developers and other publishers.
This shutdown prevents developers and publishers from making price changes, submitting new apps or updating existing apps. Changes can be scheduled in advance, but new submissions will not be processed during the break. For customers, this means there will be few changes in the App Store for a full week.