Apple’s iOS 5 will be released on October 12th for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad 2 and the last two iPod touch generations. We’re expecting the Gold Master to be released for developers later today. Apple’s free iOS 5 software update brings over 200 new features to the platform including some big ones like redone notifications, iMessage, built-in Twitter integration, Newsstand and more.
Apple’s iPhone press conference is currently under way and as is customary, things kicked off with a recap of where the company’s mobile business sits today. Of course this time around it’s new CEO Tim Cook going through the bullet points instead of former chief Steve Jobs, and he kicked things off with an understated, “Good morning. This is my first product launch since being named CEO.” Here are some highlight’s from Apple’s event so far:
- Apple opened several new Apple Store retail locations recently — in Shanghai, more than 100,000 people visited the company’s new store on opening day alone. At the Hong Kong opening, they sold more Macs on day-one than any other store in the world.
- So far, 6 million copies of OS X Lion have been sold — 80% more than Snow Leopard.
- The MacBook Air and iMac are the best-selling notebook and desktop models in the U.S. Mac sales outgrew PC sales by six times.
- Mac’s installed base now sits at 58 million — Apple’s PC market share now sits at 23% according to The NPD Group.
- The iPod launched 10 years ago, and now over 300 million iPods have been sold. Apple sold 45 million iPods between June 2010 and June 2011 alone.
- iTunes is now home to 20 million songs and it has served more than 16 billion song downloads.
- The iPhone 4 accounts for more than half of Apple’s total iPhone sales to date — it’s the No. 1 smartphone in the world with a 5% market share of all cell phones (not smartphones, cell phones).
- iPad customers satisfaction sits at 95% according to Tim Cook. 80% of the top hospitals in the U.S. use iPads and Cook also pointed out the device’s popularity in the educations sector. 92% of Fortune 500 companies have deployed iPads in some capacity.
- More than 250 million iOS devices have been sold at this point. IOS’s installed base share now sits at 43% compared to Android’s 33% according to Apple.
- Apple’s iOS App Store is now home to more than 500,000 apps, including 140,000 iPad apps.
- 1 billion apps are now downloaded from the App Store each month, and Apple has paid out more than $3 billion to developers.
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