NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Apple's iPhone 4S boosted app downloads to new heights in 2011. An onslaught of new iPhone users, combined with iOS 5 updates, created a surge in app discovery this year, according to a new report from mobile marketing technology company Fiksu.
During November, iPhone app downloads surged 83% over last year, the report said.
App downloads are expected to climb even higher as more consumers purchase the iPhone. Analysts predict as many as 30 million iPhones could be shipped in the first quarter of 2012.
As both new and old iPhone users look to fill their phones with new apps, here are four new or recently updated programs poised to make a big splash in 2012.
Wenzani (Zulu for 'what are you doing?') is a new mobile travel guide that makes suggestions for places to eat, shop and bar-hop based on recommendations from friends, experts and other guide brands like Frommers and Lonely Planet.
Besides gaining access to expert recommendations, the app also has a social component. Our favorite feature: through Wenzani, you can ask friends for real-time travel recommendations via Facebook or Twitter ("What's a good Italian place in the financial district?"). Answers are then pushed instantly to your phone.
In the future, Wenzani's developers say that you'll be able to tailor your recommendations depending on the weather, time of year, etc. -- for example, the app will eventually know not to suggest visiting a particular park if it's raining in the area.