Apple’s iTunes Connect maintenance points to imminent Lion launch

Apple’s iTunes Connect maintenance points to imminent Lion launch

Emails sent to developers on Tuesday evening warning of scheduled maintenance on the iTunes Connect platform suggest rumours that Apple is to launch Mac OS X Lion imminently, 9to5mac reports.

The notification alerts developers that iTunes Connect, a platform that allows content providers to upload and manage music, film, apps and other media content, will undergo maintenance from 9am to 4pm Pacific Time. Apple has warned that App Stores in Mexico, UK, Australia, Switzerland, Norway or Japan may stop selling apps during this time, suggesting that the company intends to ensure all new Lion app submissions are approved with correct details for its launch.

Apple’s email reads as follows:

iTunes Connect will be undergoing scheduled maintenance on Wednesday, July 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT.

During this time, iTunes Connect will still be available. However, pricing changes made between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. PDT will cause the app to become unavailable for purchase until maintenance is complete, at which point the app will become available at the new price. To avoid interruptions to the availability of your apps, do not make price changes during this time.

Apple is making Mac OS X Lion a Mac App Store exclusive, allowing customers to download and upgrade without needing to purchase or order a physical disk.

The new operating system will be bundled on Apple’s new desktop and laptop products, expected to launch by the end of the month. Reports indicate that Apple will refresh its Mac Mini range, as well as updating its white MacBook. This could be followed by updated MacBook Airs and a new MacBook Pro lineup.

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