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Exec: BB10 will launch with 'tens of thousands of apps'

A RIM exec has high hopes for BB10's app offering, with tens of thousands expected on launch day.

RIM's new operating system is just a couple of weeks from launch, and now comes word it'll be bolstered with a huge array of apps. Tens of thousands of the blighters, if one RIM exec is to believed.

In just 36 hours last weekend, more than 15,000 apps were ported to BlackBerry 10, according to Bob El-Hawary, RIM's senior director of channel accounts. "We've been accepting BlackBerry 10 apps since 12 October," he told the official Vodafone blog, "and with more coming in every day as we close in on launch, we're confident that we'll launch with tens of thousands of apps, a record for the launch of any new mobile platform."

To put that in perspective, iOS only had 500 apps when it launched, though they were much simpler times back then.

These 15,000 last weekend were a 'Port-A-Thon' run by RIM's developer relations team, according to El-Hawary. Another was scheduled to take place yesterday. Not all the apps ported will be available on BB10, but it looks like RIM could be on target for its tens of thousands of launch apps.

El-Hawary also promises BB10 devices will be at "the leading edge of battery power", which is good news for power-sapping BlackBerry users. And for anyone who's sick of their phone dying by four o'clock in the afternoon.

This week, specs leaked for the BlackBerry Z10, which will be one of the first BB10 handsets to launch. (It was previously spotted under the working title of the BlackBerry London.) It'll have a 4.2-inch touchscreen, with a resolution of 1,280x786 pixels -- that's 355 pixels per inch, which is higher than the iPhone 5 -- so cat videos should look a real treat.

Inside is 2GB of RAM, 16GB of memory, and an 1,800mAh battery.

Are you excited about BB10? What will RIM have to do to save itself from the same fate as former high street giants? Let me know in the comments, or on Facebook.