Apple: Free iOS 5 upgrade ships October 12

October 04, 2011 2:11 PM EDT

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:

Why the iPhone 4S critics are wrong, wrong, wrong

Apple: Faster iPhone 4S ships October 14

Apple breaks iCloud October 12

Apple: Free iOS 5 upgrade ships October 12

Apple confirms Mac sales are up, up, upĀ 

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