As you'd expect, Apple [AAPL] is prosletyzing its iOS platform during its keynote speech today, revealing that is has become the number one mobile OS with a claimed 43 percent of the market -- and that iOS5 will ship on October 12. And will be free.
Apple's mobile gorilla
In a list of superlatives, the company's Scott Forstall dazzled us with statistics:
-- iTunes is number one for apps
-- over 18 billion apps downloaded so far
-- 1 billion apps downloaded each month
-- Apple has paid developers $3 billion so far.
Forstall took a moment to look at some of the new features within iOS 5:
- iMessages: To all your devices.
- Reminders: Set them up -- pick up your laundry -- also these things are location-based, so you could say "remind me to pick up my laundry when I leave work", or any other location-based demand. This is Siri-usly interesting...
- Twitter: Tweet photos and sites from Safari and video from YouTube.
- Newstand: Get your daily news fix there.
- Camera: New editing options and better quality photos because of these feature improvements, he said.
- Gamecenter: 67 million users now get Friend discovery and game recommendations.
- Safari: Nothing new here: tabbed browsing and Reader have been discussed before. He also talked about improved search in Mail/
- PC-free: with wireless updates.
The best thing? For many of us the wait is over -- the new mobile OS will ship on October 12, and will be free to download for supporting iOS devices.
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Also from yesterday's Apple's 'Let's Talk iPhone' event coverage, read: