In rapidly evolving industries, uncertainty can be a killer -- so the introduction of the Advertising Identifier (IDFA) with iOS 6 was a welcome relief. The app marketing industry needed a privacy-respecting, industry-standard way to attribute ad performance, and the IDFA seemed like an ideal answer to an unsettled situation. 

Apple's new iPad Air went on sale on Friday 11/1, and according to our tracker, it's having a remarkable opening weekend. As of this writing, the Air is now making up 0.69% of active iOS tablets using apps in our network. While that's objectively a pretty small share, it stands out when compared to recent iPad launches. After the opening weekend a year ago, the iPad 4 had just 0.14% of activity, and the iPad mini had 0.21%.

As we've discussed, the upcoming introduction of two new iPhones is likely to create a significant opportunity for app marketers as users load up their new phones with apps. On the heels of today's formal introduction of the iPhone 5S, 5C, and announcement of iOS 7's release date of 9/18, here are a few thoughts for app marketers.

The months and weeks of speculations are almost over as we count down the days to the much-anticipated Apple event on Tuesday at which the iPhone 5S, iOS7, and potentially a low-cost iPhone 5C will be publicly unveiled.

  • Apple reported record revenue numbers this week, along with record iPhone and iPad sales.
  • As if the App Store isn’t packed enough, 2013 will bring an estimated 435,000 new apps to iOS users – further aggravating discovery challenges for app marketers.
  • Across iOS, Android, and RIM, Facebook is the No. 1 app in the U.S., with nearly 86 million unique visitors per month.
  • The Apple App Store hits a new record – 40 billion downloads!
  • Recent reports indicate that Apple’s iOS tops 50 percent of U.S. smartphone sales, up nearly 36 percent from last year, achieving the highest percentage of sales in the American market to date.
  • Expect to see many more tablets in the workplace this year as the BYOD (bring your own device) trend adds more personal tabets to the business environment and companies seek to purchase these devices over computers.
  • Christmas 2012 saw record iOS and Android device activations, while industry reports show App Store downloads soared by 87 percent.
  • Both the Apple App Store and Google Play saw healthy revenue gains in 2012, with more monetization and potential for global growth ahead in 2013.
  • 2012 was (finally!) the year of mobile – from the launch of the iPhone 5 to Android device supremacy. But some say we’ll look back on 2013 as the year of the tablet.

With the iPhone 5’s reported release less than one month away, iPhone prices and sales have dropped, while reports about the device’s new features have continued swirling. According to new industry research, Apple’s iPad has continued its market dominance. And, as we say goodbye to the 2012 Summer Olympics, it’s clear that mobile earned “gold” as the channel delivering the greatest online audience engagement during the Games.

Following months of rumors, a date has reportedly been set for the launch of the iPhone 5. In other welcome news, two industry reports chart the significant growth of mobile ad spending and app revenues. Meanwhile, Android developers received word of important policy changes for the Google Play app store.

School’s out, and just as we saw last year, iPhone app downloads started increasing during the beginning of the summer months, causing App Store competition to heat up. Fiksu’s June Indexes reflect this trend, plus a significant rise in the costs of loyal user acquisition.

Here’s a snapshot of the latest data:

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