Apple needs to stop using the Sarbanes-Oxley Act as an excuse to charge its customers

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by Jack Flash, Mar 6, 2008.

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  1. Jack Flash macrumors 65816

    May 8, 2007
    It's not about accounting, it's not about adding new features, it's about money and Apple needs to be upfront about it.

    Yes, software costs money to develop. Yes, developers need to get paid. No, these software updates don't enable new hardware features and therefore don't have much of anything to do with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

    How does Apple account for Safari updates? They certainly add new features to Mac computers that are already sold. How can Microsoft and Sony update their Zune and PSP systems with so many new features for free? I honestly don't believe accounting has anything to do with it.

    When will Apple admit that they're selling firmware, without any requirement by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act?

    Are these new features updates to what we have now? Yes. Are new applications and hardware functions being added through the 2.0 update? No.

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  2. Tuta macrumors member


    Dec 27, 2007
    taken from the latest 10-q
    ok, so this is purely apple trying to balance out their iPhone revenue stream --- in case it was a complete flop they would get to recognize the income over this estimate of 24 months, take all the costs up front -- if it sunk, they would slow production and tell the world that the iPhone was still profitable for them.

    I would now like to ask Apple why they chose to account for the touch differently?

    The development costs of the software are going to be, well, identical.

    Other than the phone hardware and whatever is necessary to connect to EDGE in AT&T network, are there other big differences?

    my brain at 10:50 is tired, but it seems to me that they chose this way to manage their exposure in case it failed.

    they continue to charge the touch only because they said they wouldn't charge the iPhone users and apple must maintain this difference.

    BUT -- hopefully they will be a little more forgiving on the cost for updates as it appears they have set themselves up with a solid potential revenue stream with the apps...

    /crosses fingers
  3. pondie84 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2008
    Weren't you just discussing this in another thread?
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