Despite slowly declining from June until September, the number of free apps downloaded from Apple’s App Store hit a record high during November, with 5.65 million downloads per day. And Apple has the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 to thank.
For the second month in a row since the fifth-generation device was launched, the App Store has seen record downloads among the top 200 free apps.
That’s according to marketing firm Fiksu, which published the chart above today. During November, free downloads from the App Store exceeded the 5 million a day mark for the first time ever, showing a 15% increase over October’s figures when 4.91 million apps were downloaded each day. That’s an 83% increase over downloads in November 2010.
While App Store downloads had slowly been declining since June, the launch of the iPhone 4S and the iOS 5 software boosted downloads as developers updated their apps to accommodate the new device and the new firmware.
And thanks to the iPhone 4S, App Store downloads will continue to grow, according to Fiksu, with analysts predicting that Apple will sell 30 million units of the device during this quarter.