Apple To Charge iPad Users For OS Updates

Apple has given away more details regarding operating system upgrades for the iPad in the future, under which the company will reportedly charge the iPad users for major OS upgrades after providing them with the first such upgrade for free, it has been reported.

The electronics titan on Monday kicked off seeding the Golden Master iteration of its iPhone OS 3.2 software development kit (SDK) to developers, which will incidentally be the iteration of the OS that powers the iPad.

Additionally, the company also issued iPad licensing agreement on its server, in which it asserted that the iPad owners would receive a major OS upgrade after the one that comes shipped with the device, and after that, all such upgrades would have a fee.

Indicating the same, the licensing agreement mentioned: “Apple will provide you any iPad OS software updates that it may release from time to time, up to and including the next major iPad OS software release following the version of iPad OS software that originally shipped from Apple on your iPad, for free.”

Such an upgrade policy in fact falls in between that for the iPod Touch and the iPhone, as the iPod Touch users were required to pay a $10 charge in order to upgrade iPhone OS 2.0 to iPhone OS 3.0, while the iPhone users received these upgrades for free.

Our Comments

Paying for what is essentially a firmware upgrade is unfair because it is yet another excuse to extract a few more dollars from existing customers. How much money can Apple get users that upgrade to other platforms is peanuts compared to the overall scheme.

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