Will Apple charge iPad owners for firmware updates?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by 4DThinker, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2008
    Touch owners certainly got screwed. Apple is the only PMP maker in the world that charges for updates. The ipad is no iphone, so it won't get a break because development cost is in the monthly fee.

    Do YOU think Apple will charge you for updating firmware on the ipad? Should they?

  2. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

    May 29, 2007
    Hasn't Apple stopped charging for iPod Touch updates? And didn't they do it before because of some tax rule that is no longer relevant?

    Edit: never mind. I see it's still a few bucks. I thought I read that the fee was going away.
  3. LinkMx macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2007
    To be fair Apple is the only "PMP" maker that does substantial software updates to its old hardware every year, (even if its does cost to do these updates).
  4. Nebrie macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2002
    Apple mentioned something about setting aside a portion of the purchase price in its books in new products to account for upgrades. The current paid upgrades may be residual because it was enacted before the accounting change. We won't really know until they release a new update.
  5. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    I think that they've said they would start accounting for the profits from touches ver a 24 month period, as they do with iPhones and AppleTVs, so they could give free updates.

    I think they will give iPad owners free updates because it's a flagship product that they need to succeed. The touch is sort of second fiddle to the iPhone flagship, so they could get away with those charges in that case, imo.
  6. marksman macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007
    The weakest arm of Apple is its accounting department, so I will say yes.
  7. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    not for 4.0 in my opinion. why would they charge you a month or 2 after release.

    also they charge you because they like iphone people better. they dont have anything getting in the way of the ipad like the iphone/touch.
  8. SteveSparks macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2008
    St. Louis, MO.
    I could see point releases Yes and minor release No.

    However during the first year all releases are included in the price of the device...
  9. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Apple did make OS 3.x free for iPod Touch users in mid-February. Then they suddenly reverted back to paid. There was news about it being free all over the Internet. I didn't realize it had gone back until now. Apple had announced changing their subscription accounting, so probably starting with OS 4.0 things will be free.

    All the whiners need to cool it. Feel lucky that Apple is giving you additional functionality for only $5. You bought it and paid for it fair and square. They don't owe you crap. Get off your high-horse. $5 isn't much for a brand-new OS. I'd gladly pay $20 for 4.0. I predict lots of big changes with that.
  10. Jason Lee macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    Someone should e-mail Steve, and, this time, actually hope for a "no."
  11. gan6660 macrumors 65816


    Aug 18, 2008
    It used to be $20 then $10 then $5 so hopefully next it will be free!
  12. aaquib macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2007
    Toronto, Canada
    Listen to the last quarter earnings. Apple has changed their model, so iPhone users, iPod touch users and presumably even iPad users will be paying for all future software updates.
  13. gibbz macrumors 68030

    May 31, 2007
    Quite the opposite.
  14. bbydon macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2005
    I tend to believe it is a revenue stream that Apple would be crazy to ignore.
    I see iphones, ipods, and ipads all paying for version updates in the future, just like OSX version updates. Sad reality, but i do.

    I think if Apple never wanted ipod touch users to have to pay for updates they would have priced it .99 cents because they had to charge something.

    Instead, they made it $4.99 or something which is a value they thought appropriate. It used to be be more, but they seemed to be pricing the market at different levels.
  15. macdim macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2007
    I look at things differently. What happens to apps on the app store when a new OS version comes out? Do people HAVE to pay to upgrade their OS to be able to use an app that was updated and now only runs on the newer version? Apple makes 30% on each app sale, so in my eyes, they should allot some of that revenue to the OS upgrades and make it free, but say that customers are paying for them indirectly. Better for app developers, and better for customers.
  16. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    or since no one can get the new apps they have no choice but to fork over 5 bucks
  17. wackymacky macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2007
    38°39′20″N 27°13′10″W
    I would make sence to charge all users a small about, say $5.00.

    I mean there will be a fair amout of moaning, but if OS 4 offered multi-tasking etc, then most would fork out 5 bucks.

    How may iphones/touchs have been sold around the world?

    Add the number of pending iPad sales, then in September or when ever OS 4.0 is released at $5.00 it would net Apple well over $100 million if only 50% of pepole upgrade.
  18. macdim macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2007
    I'm not saying Apple wouldn't do this, I just mean that it would be better for developers selling apps (and thus Apple --> 30%), and better for consumers if they made it free.

    Anyways, I remember hearing about a change in the way they count revenue during their last financial conference call, and they mentioned that iPod Touch OS upgrades would be free since they were moving to an iPhone style accounting system for them. I only assume the iPas would follow.
  19. CoreyMac macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2008
    I guess I'm the only one that thought they made Touch users pay for updates because they were afraid it would cannibalize iPhone sales a little bit......afterall, they are essentially the same device minus the phone+texting.
  20. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    Plus we pay twice as much for our devices.
  21. CoreyMac macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2008
    That too. Wouldnt have been fair to iPhone users to pay twice as much for the same features. I don't see them charging for the iPad updates.

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