Will apple update for free forever on the apple tv?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by bbydon, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. bbydon macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2005
    I know Forever is and odd statement for technology but what i'm getting at is...
    How many Updates will we get before Apple moves on to the next apple tv device.
    How many times can they keep updating.
    For instance, the iphone's free software updates will keep coming for 2 years from its arrival....just my opinion.

    Just curious as to what people think.
  2. FreeState macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    Apple has stated they are accounting for the AppleTV over a 24 month period (thats what allows updates that add new features without charging). I don't know what happens after the 24 months - new hardware Im guessing (one more year).
  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    Think of the ATV software as iTunes for your TV. They want revenue from rentals and purchases from the iTS.
  4. bbydon thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2005
    24 months sounds about right....i didn't know how long is was spread out over apple accounting.
  5. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    There are really three questions:
    1. For how long will Apple add new features to first-generation models of the Apple TV?
    2. For how long will Apple support the current features on the first-generation Apple TV?
    3. Once they drop official suppport, which features will remain (not requiring support) and which will cease working?
    Presumably, Apple will consider the money they can make from rentals (and purchases) vs. the cost to them of providing support on older Apple TV models once there are new models with greater capabilities.

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