Our November Fiksu Indexes marked the start of the 2013 holiday season rush, with app marketing costs and daily downloads beginning their upward climb. And, when combined with our device usage tracker, they hinted at what’s in store for a record-shattering December!

A glance at our iOS 7 adoption tracker shows an incredible growth curve in the first 48 hours. At this same point in 2012, 48 hours after iOS 6 was released, 25% of devices had been updated - which dwarfed the 15% adoption rate that iOS 5 had seen in the same timeframe. This week, iOS 7 blew both those numbers away, and it's on its way to reach 40% of all iOS devices in 48 hours.

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.

  • 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.
  • A new report shows mobile advertising prices rose dramatically in the fourth quarter of 2012, underscoring the role of mobile as a key marketing strategy during the recent holiday season.
  • After much industry speculation, Facebook debuted its beta Graph Search, a social search engine powered by Microsoft Bing.
  • Check out seven ways mobile apps are driving revenue for major brands this year.
  • 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.
  • Mobile app downloads are set to reach 45 billion by the end of 2012, with much more ahead for 2013.
  • With just 8 days left before Christmas, competition is heating up and app developers are wishing for the gift of app downloads.
  • Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices are still the crowd favorite for app developers, but they’re looking to build across both iOS and Android devices.

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.

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:

This week, Apple announced its third quarter earnings. Though the company missed Wall Street’s lofty expectations this time around, Apple still moved an enormous amount of iDevices over the last three months, TechCrunch reports.

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