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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. ro0oney's Avatar
      ro0oney -
      gd idea, and ppl will be more demanding on getting ur ipad
      u might make even more profits
      gd luck, I like how u think
    1. giancarlo's Avatar
      giancarlo -
      Quote Originally Posted by madczech View Post
      why not? why should you get it for free? im mean it's a OS... You had to pay from panther to tiger to leopard and to snow leopard and no one complained.... It's just a OS for a phone and not a computer but other than that its the same thing
      It's not a full blown OS Upgrade. 3.1 to 3.2 isn't a new OS...just added features. They're basically going to charge you for when you receive security updates and such. iTouch owners would pay for this from time to time in case they needed to use certain apps. For the iPad i think staying up to date with firmware updates is important because of the internet and email use. iTouch really only had internet where a WiFi connection is, but the iPad 3G model is just like the phone...i dunno, still not an iPad advocate.

      I don't think it's right to charge unless its a full overhaul system change...just my .02
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      It's the same principle with OSX. Apple doesn't charge you for minor updates and bug fixes. 10.6.1 > 10.6.2 > 10.6.3 is all free. iPod OS 3.0 > 3.1 > 3.1.2 is all free. They're even going to give you the next major upgrade to 4.0 (considering it's slated for release this summer) and every other upgrade for free until 5.0. When you go out to upgrade your OSX from 10.6 to 10.7 you'll have to fork over that upgrade fee. It just makes sense and it's just good business. Apple doesn't exist to give away their software so you shouldn't expect them to. Buy some Apple stock.. then see what you think about giveaways, lol.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      *Sits back and thinks*... I won't ever pay for any of these "upgrade" fees! Why?! Because I'll just sell my old iPad and pre-order the new one every year just like I do my iPhone
      This is exactly as I do every year. Because Apple products have high resale values. I usually end up not having to pay anything for new devices or just paying a tiny bit for the new device. I got an employee that buys all my old electroic devices because he sends them to sell in another country.
    1. lexball50's Avatar
      lexball50 -
      Thats wack