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  • iPad Owners Must Pay for OS Updates, May Not Get All Features


    People who buy the new iPad with version 3.2 of the iPhone OS are entitled to one free update when version 4 comes out, according to the licensing agreement that was released last night. This positions the new device - at least in terms of software licensing - as somewhere between an iPod and an iPhone, rather than between an iPhone and a MacBook, as Apple has said.

    Apple officially released the iPhone SDK 3.2 gold master for developers to download last night. The final version fixed some minor bugs and completed iPad support, and included the licensing agreement. MacRumors waded through the standard terms and conditions to discover the limitation of one free major iPad software update before you have to pay. According to the agreement, "Apple will provide you any iPad OS software updates that it may release from time to time, up to and including the next major iPad OS software release following the version of iPad OS software that originally shipped…on your iPad, for free. If your iPad originally shipped with iPad 3.x software, Apple would provide you with any iPad OS software…up to and including iPad 4.x.” However, the agreement also stipulates that "such updates and releases may not necessarily include all of the new software features that Apple releases for newer iPad models".

    iPod touch owners are used to paying for OS updates, but those updates have been full versions, including all the features supported by their hardware. If future releases of the iPhone OS are feature-limited to newer models, though, how happy are owners of older iPads going to be to pay for the updates?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad Owners Must Pay for OS Updates, May Not Get All Features started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 105 Comments
    1. santaf's Avatar
      santaf -
      ridiculous, but also very reasonable wonder if we can still get these updates free somehow just like the ipod could right?
    1. Luppin's Avatar
      Luppin -
      $10 is chump change but it's the principle of the thing. If I owned an iPad I wouldn't want to be paying for features that should have been there in the first place like we did with firmware versions 2.0 and 3.0 (MMS, copy and paste etc.)
    1. fearlessx's Avatar
      fearlessx -
      this will only make people want to jailbreak ipad even more, apple fails big time, paying for an update, why dont they have a entrnace to apple store
    1. Cow_King's Avatar
      Cow_King -
      All the updates on osx are free and windows for that matter you really wanna make people pay for you to keep their devices working the way they should? Sad day I won't be buying an ipad I'll stick with my 3gs
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      So if they release an update that has bugs I should pay to have those bugs fixed in the next update? What about if it really screws up your iPad and they have to release an update to fix bricked iPads? I wouldn't put it past them to do that either, after all Apples MO is to nickle and dime customers to death. You guys really do love just handing over money. Jesus.
    1. caleb9707's Avatar
      caleb9707 -
      Is everyone forgetting that when a paid update comes out, some will buy it and post a FREE download on MMi or rapidshare or something?
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ If they do post it, they will be banned for doing so
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      As for paying for the updates... it would have been nice to know this before anyone bought it? I did not see it myself and if I did then I could have either bought it or not because of it.

      Now if the iPad came out like the 3G iphone and then they charged for the second update etc.... I would not be happy as we all know the problems that came with it when it was released.

      I am not going to get into this heavy but there is ***** that came on many computers a while ago and from my understandings many people felt they got robbed also....
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by DubbaCTrumpetMSU View Post
      Vathgol, I find your post ironic considering your signature...respect other members indeed. The macbook is 999, but you had to pay $29 to get to Snow Leopard. Work costs money..if you can't afford it, stay with the previous version until you can.
      He's a confessed thief. He won't pay for anything no matter what the content is, justified price or not. He's a thief and is too immature to realize what he's saying or too stupid or both. Give it up, he's not going to be swayed when he can steal things and will only learn when he gets stolen from.


      I don't think SL was worth $29 after all the problems I've had with it and I don't think they should charge for updates for any mobile platform. MMS and copy and paste should have been included from day one and they could have charged for the update for both platforms. Bug fixes and things like that should be free, if a major OS overhaul is there then they can pay for it, but the crap they are going to charge for updates for on the iPad are almost guaranteed to be possible on the day one release. Apple is a nickle and dimer, always have been always will be.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by caleb9707 View Post
      Is everyone forgetting that when a paid update comes out, some will buy it and post a FREE download on MMi or rapidshare or something?
      We do not allow warez or pirating on MMI so I don't think anyone will post it here as they could be banned for doing so.
    1. TooSlo's Avatar
      TooSlo -
      I'm quite curious as to what the process will be for reloading a maxipad. Currently, Apple forces a check against the Apple DB to see if you can actually load the FW.

      Assuming this is the case, I wonder what type of problems they could run into if they "forced" people to buy new versions of the software even if they didn't want one.
    1. ajl917's Avatar
      ajl917 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Luppin View Post
      $10 is chump change but it's the principle of the thing.
      Exactly...
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by KartRacer View Post
      He's a confessed thief. He won't pay for anything no matter what the content is, justified price or not. He's a thief and is too immature to realize what he's saying or too stupid or both. Give it up, he's not going to be swayed when he can steal things and will only learn when he gets stolen from.
      I agree with KartRacer on something
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Hmmmm just as an odd thing. With say Android phones you basically have to buy a new phone to get the updated Android. The phone makers for them don't update them after release. A select few do, like Motorola finally did.

      Start collecting the coins that friend's drop in the couch now and that way your friend's are actually paying for the possible 10$ update of 5.0 next year.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Updates are to correct mistakes or position your device to make money off new software for itunes products. Thats just life. I will buy the ipad when price comes down maybe $200-250 for the 16gb model but I will not buy it at no $550 with tax no way buddy.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by cerote View Post
      Hmmmm just as an odd thing. With say Android phones you basically have to buy a new phone to get the updated Android. The phone makers for them don't update them after release. A select few do, like Motorola finally did.

      Start collecting the coins that friend's drop in the couch now and that way your friend's are actually paying for the possible 10$ update of 5.0 next year.
      Actually it's the carriers that decide who gets what update and when. Google has no control over that and they are trying to streamline the process and feature set with the next update. The carriers are the ones holding the updates back, blame them.

      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I agree with KartRacer on something
      Holy crap! The world is going to end now!

      Quote Originally Posted by mikerlx View Post
      Updates are to correct mistakes or position your device to make money off new software for itunes products. Thats just life.
      I agree that's life, but it's a real bitc h when Apple tries to lie about MMS not supported on the 1st iPhone or that copy and paste wasn't included for reasons unknown or why a simple software update would make bluetooth not a joke on the iPhone. It's just plain greed, and being a ****. None of those things abouve require anything other than Apple being good to their customers and enabling things that do work with software rather than bold face lying and not giving us what we paid for.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      Don't worry, you still can download from somewhere for free, after that press shift and left click on itunes....and you are done update it....
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ yes there are ways to steal it
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      There are ways to steal food too, or anything for that matter but doesn't make it right. I bet there are ways to steal stuff from your house but that would not be cool to you.