Apple’s Developer Portal will shutdown for the holidays on Thursday. Developers will not have any new apps accepted into the App Store for 8 days. Every year since the App Store opened this occurs and causes developer to scramble. As the New York Times reports,
In the weeks leading up to the cutoff, developers often pull all-nighters so they can get their work to Apple in time.
The holidays are obviously the busiest time for app downloads as people receives new devices. This year, Electronic Arts released 36 new games and updates for iOS devices.