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  • Apple Will Most Likely Not Charge for iOS 4 iPad Upgrade



    This one may seem like a no-brainer, but Apple Insider today pointed yet again to a persistent rumor that has plagued the forthcoming arrival of iOS 4 for the iPad. It's a rumor-mill original that has been around since the operating system (and its name-change) were officially unveiled in late spring. The allegation maintains that Apple is not only considering, but planning to make iPad owners upgrade to the iPad iOS 4 later this fall (at a price) upon its release.

    Just today, Stuff.TV blasted the rumor to the tech community yet again with a headline reading "Apple to charge for iPad iOS 4 upgrade." The "source" indicates to the website that Apple's plan is, indeed, "definite." Then again, how many "definite" moves by Apple have been hyped in theory without ever manifesting in reality?

    As if it wasn’t bad enough having to wait months to get the iOS 4 update on the iPad, Stuff.tv can reveal that Apple now plans to charge for the software bump.
    This information is based on what a "source" had allegedly revealed to the folks at Stuff.TV. While "sources" can sometimes get the inside scoop on major developments and internal happenings at Apple, this claim blatantly contradicts Apple's licensing agreement, which says that iPad owners will receive free of charge the next major software update. Last month, during the unveiling of Apple's iAds platform, it was suggested that iOS 4 would reach the iPad, most likely, sometime in November.

    If there is, however, any vestige of truth to this report, it could be that future iPad iOS upgrades will come at a charge, as nothing is guaranteed in writing by Apple behind the iOS 4's iPad unveiling. Of course, that potential move would represent a stark contrast to Apple's usual operating procedure in rolling out software updates for hardware owners, although many of us will recall in displeasure certain cost-added software releases for the iPod touch.

    Stuff.TV

    Apple Insider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Will Most Likely Not Charge for iOS 4 iPad Upgrade started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. tocnai's Avatar
      tocnai -
      After paying £429 for my iPad apple can get f**k if they think I'm paying for a update I will just wait for some clever mods to crack it like they did with the iPod touch and 2.0
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      This again

      iPod touch finally got free update. Now Apple will take the advantage of the ipad's users. iPad users is not gonna be happy about this.
    1. zinjen's Avatar
      zinjen -
      Are you kidding? It's like Windows charing me for Service Pack 2, what kind of crap is that?
    1. romeoz's Avatar
      romeoz -
      Not to worried...just wait till a ipsw comes down from someone else and upgrade for free
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Guys... this is like 2 months away from being released! Stop complaining about a rumor.
    1. skeels's Avatar
      skeels -
      I believe if you read the purchase/license agreement - all iPad users are entitled to one free major OS upgrade. Every iPad user will receive an upgrade to 4.0 free. Please update the post accordingly.
    1. Luppin's Avatar
      Luppin -
      Quote Originally Posted by zinjen View Post
      Are you kidding? It's like Windows charing me for Service Pack 2, what kind of crap is that?
      Well apple charged for Leopard service pack 1 aka Snow Leopard so why would this be any different
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by psuskeels View Post
      I believe if you read the purchase/license agreement - all iPad users are entitled to one free major OS upgrade. Every iPad user will receive an upgrade to 4.0 free. Please update the post accordingly.
      Of course all iPad users will get one free major OS upgrade, if not more than one. This site, just like 9to5, and other blog sites all now post BS, FUD, rumors, and all sorts of other crap just to get hits. There's no journalism in these sites.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      They normally charge for big software updates, I was surprised they didn't for 4.0 on the IPhone
    1. h2a's Avatar
      h2a -
      i paid $1299 for my MacBook Pro and i still get charged for major Mac OS X releases. Why should iOS be any different beyond the first free upgrade as noted in the license agreement?
    1. Comedy's Avatar
      Comedy -
      oops
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      They normally charge for big software updates, I was surprised they didn't for 4.0 on the IPhone
      Now I know you're clueless and/or full of crap. Apple doesn't usually charge for major iOS upgrades. They never charged for any iPhone upgrades and they only charged for 2.0 on iPods touch
    1. h2a's Avatar
      h2a -
      Quote Originally Posted by NSXrebel View Post
      Now I know you're clueless and/or full of crap. Apple doesn't usually charge for major iOS upgrades. They never charged for any iPhone upgrades and they only charged for 2.0 on iPods touch
      because the iphone is on a subscription based model and the iPod touch is not, just to expand on that a bit.
    1. Jaxxster's Avatar
      Jaxxster -
      If apple charged to upgrade to 4.0 would that mean it'd be unfair for them to have apps in the appstore that require 4.0? Just wondering
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      this will suck for ipad users but i am sure they will still upgrade anyway
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      read the agreement idiots, it's free for the next update. plus I bought a $2000 computer form apple but I'm going to have to pay for 10.7. Life isn't free. get over it.
    1. juggz143's Avatar
      juggz143 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zinjen View Post
      Are you kidding? It's like Windows charing me for Service Pack 2, what kind of crap is that?
      Actually its more like Microsoft charging to go from Vista to 7... I'm just sayin
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      It gives apple wiggle room to either charge or put the for free stamp on it, we all know apple doesnt charge like Microsoft does so I don't see that being an argument, just look at the running systems, Next if they were to charge for 4.0 I couldn't see it costing that much. who knows for sure....
    1. consultant's Avatar
      consultant -
      Some people are pretty clueless.

      Apple already announced iOS 4 for iPad is free in one of the keynote speeches.
    1. JacquesChirac's Avatar
      JacquesChirac -
      Change that most likely to most definately. iOS4 will stay free for all idevices because of one thing: iAds

      (at least that's what I think)