Apple iPad iOS 4 Pay-To-Upgrade Rumour False

The rumour that Apple is planning to charge iPad users for upgrading to the new iOS 4 are false, AppleInsider reports.

Online blog Stuff.tv had cited an anonymous source that claimed that the company planned to charge iPad users up to £5 to upgrade to the new operating system, which was launched with the iPhone 4 smartphone device.

AppleInsider claimed that Apple's own licensing agreement does not permit the company to charge users for the update.

The agreement clearly states: “For example, if your iPad originally shipped with iPad 3.x software, Apple would provide you with any iPad OS software updates it might release up to and including the iPad 4.x software release.”

"Such updates and releases may not necessarily include all of the new software features that Apple releases for newer iPad models."

Also, if Apple were to charge for the update, it would limit to number of users upgrading to the new iOS 4 platform, which, in turn, would limit the amount of users that can be targeted by Apple's iAd mobile advertising platform.