iTunes Connect – the web portal which controls the availability of applications published to the iTunes App Store, will undergo a period of scheduled maintenance on Saturday, January 26, according to a new mailshot send out by Apple to developers of the ADC this morning.
The scheduled maintenance period will begin at 8PM PST and last for approximately 4-hours. During this time, Apple notes that both content delivery through iTunes Connect, (and iTunes Connect itself), will not be available.
It is therefore advisable that, if you do happen to be a developer and were previously planning to make changes to your applications during this time period, that you make these changes prior to the service going into lock-down this Saturday.
News of the service’s shutdown arrives just days after the company made changes to its App Store policies, which from January 9 will see screenshots developers submit to the store in relation to their new (or existing) apps – “locked” into place – until such time as a new app binary with differing screenshots is submitted to the store for Apple’s approval.