iTunes Connect to go down for maintenance, OS X Lion release tomorrow?

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Speculation that Apple was going to release its Mac operating system upgrade within the next week has been growing lately. We have already looked at why the release of Mac OS X Lion was important to Apple for various reasons. Now we have news that iTunes Connect is to go down for planned maintenance, so does this mean that OS X Lion is releasing tomorrow?

Last week we reported of rumors that the Mac OS X Lion update could be coming this week alongside the New MacBook Air refresh. Now Christian Zibreg over at 9 to 5 Mac is reporting that they have been getting reports from developers of Apple saying that iTunes Connect is down for planned maintenance. The scheduled downtime is today between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Pacific Time.

iTunes Connect if you don’t already know is a site where developers can manage and upload their iTunes submissions. This may include the likes of apps, movies, songs, and more. The developers are also being advised not to change prices during the downtime as this will cause the applications to be unavailable for users to purchase.

Apple are also stating that in certain areas the App Store may not be able to sell applications, the areas listed are Australia, UK, Japan, Switzerland, Norway, and Mexico. There were some reports of problems accessing the Mac App Store by some people, but all seems well now. If we do see Mac OS X Lion released tomorrow we could see the MacBook Air refresh anytime.

There are also rumors of some new Mac minis and an updated white MacBook that could be coming from Apple soon. The update is being made exclusive to the Mac App Store by Apple, which will give customers the opportunity to download the update without having to purchase or order a hardcopy of it, and it will also be bundled with new Apple desktop and laptop products, and will cost users $29.99 to upgrade.

This will test Apple’s new data center for the first time and spells a new era with Apple software updates. Developers have already started submitting applications to Apple for Mac OS X Lion in preparation for release of the software update.

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