Will ipad owners have to pay for OS 4.0 firmware update?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by cyberheater, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. cyberheater macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2010
    Near Glasgow
    itouch owners typically have to pay for firmware revision updates. Will ipad owners be in the same boat?
  2. Ratty macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2007
    Hampshire, UK
    No, see the OS4 announcement details, free for this one, pay for the next.
  3. cyberheater thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2010
    Near Glasgow
    Thanks. Good to know.
  4. cyberheater thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2010
    Near Glasgow
    Thanks. The fact that it's free probably means that apple had intended to ship OS4 with the iPad but couldn't get it ready in time.
  5. fraggot macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2009
    Cox's Creek, KY
  6. Goldfrapp macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
    Stop acting clueless.
  7. jeff323 macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2010
    Why do only iPod touch users have to pay? Is there a reason they do this other than wanting money?
  8. Jinkst macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2008
    London via Sydney
    By memory didn't 1st gen iPhone owners have to pay for the 3.0 update? If wrong, my mistake.
  9. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    It is something about some accounting rules, that they can't give away free software upgrades. The reason they can on iPhone and iPad is because they spread the income out over some period of time.

    I don't really understand it though.
  10. tigres macrumors 601


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    No. iPhones never paid for updates.
  11. jeff323 macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2010
    That sucks. IIRC, 1.X with a few new apps including notes was paid too.
  12. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    No, it means that they want to take the iPad in the same path of the iPhone in software updates since iPhone owners don't have to pay for OS updates.

    An iPod touch.

    No need to be like that. Just answer the question and move on.:(
  13. Maaz macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2010
    No not true, since you will have to pay for updated after the 4.0 update.
  14. 3goldens macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
    Ive heard they will be charging $50.00 for the update.
  15. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Let's take a look at that MacRumors post (http://www.macrumors.com/2010/03/29...gm-ipad-sdk-firmware-and-licensing-agreement/) one more time and look at the policy:

    it states nothing regarding OS 5.0 and whether it will be free or a paid upgrade.

    Instead of assuming it will, look at the facts.

    Get new sources, buddy!
  16. waltermitty, Apr 25, 2010
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2012

    waltermitty macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2010
  17. apilot4life macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2010
    The Reason they have to charge

    The reason for the charge for iPod OS updates and not for iPhone relates to a piece of legislation called the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (deals with the collapse of Enron). It deals with when you can actually claim profits. Because iPhones are on a subscription based model, they are allowed to include the update, but the you are legally not allowed to add new features to a product which has already been paid for (not monthly subscription based) like the iPod touch, without charging for those features. See this engadget article for more detail.


    UPDATE: And I forgot, as previously posted, Apple has said we get OS 4.0 for free.
  18. Cinder6 macrumors 6502


    Jul 9, 2009
    Plenty of free firmware/software updates provide new features.
  19. racer1441 macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
    No, but we should.

    We bought the device as is. Expecting upgrades for free is just silly.
  20. Chwisch87 macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2008
    4.0 Would be a free upgrade because its a tick on the tick tock cycle. OS 3.0 didn't really add major new features like 4.0 is and Apple wants to be sure you can buy the applications.

    I can see iPad owners in the future having to pay for 5.0
  21. d21mike macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2007
    Torrance, CA
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 3GS: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_1_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.4 Mobile/7D11 Safari/531.21.10)

    I always thought it had something to do with the iPhone being on a cell phone plan. So I would think iPad without the 3G data plan would be similar to iPod touch.
  22. AJsAWiz macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2007
    Thanks for the link. I really wouldn't complain anymore than I would for a Mac OS upgrade. So, I'll just accept 4.0 (for my iPad that is) and be prepared to pay after that ;)
  23. breakin2 macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2010
    Are you serious? I have a PS3 that upgrades for free all the time. I have an Xbox 360 that does the same. My Zune? Free upgrades. Service Packs for Windows are always free. PC games are always patched after release. There's a ton of examples that could be used. There's nothing "silly" about expecting an upgrade.
  24. zub3qin macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    No "we" didn't buy the device as is.

    The unseasoned Apple purchasers among us may have bought it as is, but most others here buy Apple because we know that Apple supports their products for years with upgrades.

    It is one of the main reasons I have Macbooks, iPod Touches, iPhones, and iPads.

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