iOS 5 To Be Released October 12th
Promptly at 10:00 a.m. PST today, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage at the "Town Hall" auditorium to begin the long-awaited presentation and introduction of the new iPhone. "This is my first product launch since being named CEO. I'm sure you didn't know that," Cook joked, obviously less engaging and charming than Steve Jobs, but still enjoyable to watch on the big stage.
But before we got to the new hardware, there was ample time - per tradition - for some self-congratulatory remarks about the company's growth in recent months. Praise and exaltation aside, attention soon shifted to Apple's new mobile operating system - iOS 5. Until today, we simply knew that it was coming this fall. Now we have a definite release date: October 12th.
Taking the stage to dish on some of the attributes of iOS 5 was Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. Despite feeling like somewhat of a rehash from early summer's WWDC, iOS 5 was heralded in all its glory, with Cue confirming that iCloud is free for iOS 5 and Lion users. 5GB of online data will be free, with users having the option to purchase additional data storage.
iOS 5 will be released as an update, compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, iPad 2 and the 3rd and 4th generation iPod touch.
Cue also confirmed that iTunes Match will be available before the end of October, once again largely reiterating that which we already knew.