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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.

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    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. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      It's free for the next update, guys! Are you too lazy to read the terms & agreement or is it too long? OMGZ!
    1. volcomc's Avatar
      volcomc -
      Messany, why do you continue to post these irrelevant articles. All I had to do was look at the title and I knew it was you. Reporting is not about speculation and opinions. Is it about factual information reported as fact. You are a terrible writer and MMI needs to seriously reconsider your contract. Stop wasting your time
    1. redcard's Avatar
      redcard -
      Quote Originally Posted by tocnai View Post
      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
      Big deal. You paid £429 for something. A freetard like you would have been better off with Android
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tocnai View Post
      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
      there's no need for crack lol. Someone just buys it and uploads it on the Internet. I remeber when you had to pay for one of the iPod touch firmwares I just went here http://www.felixbruns.de/iPod/firmware/ for all free firmwares. Bookmark this site. It's awesome for when iTunes doesn't want to connect to server.

      Quote Originally Posted by JacquesChirac View Post
      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)
      Maybe but since most firmwares are already free without iAds I don't think that iAds would change how apple thinks about charging for firmwares. It just means more money.

      Quote Originally Posted by consultant View Post
      Some people are pretty clueless.

      Apple already announced iOS 4 for iPad is free in one of the keynote speeches.
      This was the first thing I was going to say lol but anyways that doesn't stop apple from changing their minds or charging other future updates. It's like to iPod touch firmwares some were free but some weren't. Just because apple said 4.0 is free doesn't mean 5.0 will be... but hopefully it will be lol.

      Anyways even if they do charge for future updates I don't think they would be thy expensive. Non free iPod touch firmwares were like $10. If you could buy a $400 dollar ipad, I think you could spare $10 for an update. And the updates that were charged by apple were big updates like 2.0 not small ones like 2.1
    1. screenname007's Avatar
      screenname007 -
      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
      Umm... hate to break this to you but Apple charged me $10 for a set of apps (mail, weather, etc.) for my iPod Touch 1G and then included them in 2.0 and STILL charged me another $10 for that upgrade and then $10 again for 3.0... just sayin' that they (used to) charge for EVERY major iOS upgrade and not just 2.0
    1. Xtremeiphone's Avatar
      Xtremeiphone -
      no charge, no worries. If they do decide to charge we wont have to pay. You know modmyi will waive that charge so way.
    1. julioa350's Avatar
      julioa350 -
      Whoever pays for updates is a complete and utter t**t.
    1. ScottishDan's Avatar
      ScottishDan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Antman217 View Post
      Maybe but since most firmwares are already free without iAds I don't think that iAds would change how apple thinks about charging for firmwares. It just means more money
      Apple will want as many devices as possible to be on iOS4 so they can maximize impressions of their iAd service (which is iOS4+ compatible).
      This is the primary reason that all devices capable of iOS4 will receive it for free.
    1. Hmar9333's Avatar
      Hmar9333 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Antman217 View Post
      If you could buy a $400 dollar ipad, I think you could spare $10 for an update.
      No, just no! In a lot of cases I'm sure this is true, but especially not in my case, I'm 15 and could barely scrounge together enough cash to buy an iPad because it is such a luxury item. I now have better things to spend the cash I earn on than an upgrade to the product I bought, which should have been there in the first place anyway.

      That's also like the logic that if you go to a private school, you must be loaded. Not true.
    1. screenname007's Avatar
      screenname007 -
      Quote Originally Posted by julioa350 View Post
      Whoever pays for updates is a complete and utter t**t.
      I paid for the updates because I wanted to update LEGALLY, however nowadays... I could care less because my iPod Touch isn't supported. (however I have been jailbroken since 2.0 just cause I couldn't take apple's restrictions anymore.)