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Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Starflyer, Jun 26, 2008.
Can Apple account for the iPhone 3G over a 2 year period?
No iPhone owner will ever pay for software updates.
I am sure i have read it somewhere that because the iPhone is a subscription service the software updates are free. this is why the same update for the touch is chargable.
The iPhone, as stated above, is accounted by Apple on a subscription-based business model. This means, because
iPhone users are throwing money to Apple & the carrier every month (paying for their phone service amongst other services),
they qualify to receive extra software-based functionality, without the extra fees.
The iPod touch on the other hand is not based on a subscription accounting model, as it is a one-off-purchase,
and this therefore requires these users to pay for extra software-based functionality (hence, why I'm currently selling mine).
This will never change.
what i dont get is how apple can give apple tv owners a free update that gives many new features for free and there is no subscription service, and the ipod touch is also not a subscription service and you need to pay for upgrades...
Apparently the AppleTV is accounted for like the iPhone - as a recurring source of income for Apple.
As an iPod Touch owner I find the whole thing annoying. Especially now that I'll be buying an iPhone 3G, which will likely get free updates.
I think it's not so much it's an upgrade as it's unadvertised features.
AppleTV plays content, videos and the like.
The iPod touch plays the same with a few extra doodads.
Atv gets an update for a menu change and renting movies. Not a feature set update.
iPod touch gets an update to send email - that was charged for.
It's kinda shady and I haven't heard of other companies doing this. Maybe Apple's trying to get this "law" known so the people can vote against it?