Inc. is a master at getting its customers to give it plenty of
revenue when it comes to operating systems. On desktops it
follows a more frequent release schedule than competitor Microsoft,
which means that even with cheaper
licenses, it still typically ends up making as much or more
money.In the mobile sphere, Apple has become one of the first
vendors to charge customers money for major updates to some of its
mobile devices. While the iPhone still enjoys free updates,
major OS updates for the iPod Touch must
be purchased via Apple's iTunes. The iPod Touch is
built on similar hardware and can browse the internet via Wi-Fi,
.Now it looks like the iPad will become Apple's latest OS
cash cow.The news that iPad users will have to purchase some
OS updates aired with the release of the iPhone OS 3.2 SDK, a
software development kit compatible with Apple's new tablet-cum-ebook
reader. The documentation file, which can be found here [IPD
file], contained this juicy tidbit:
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. 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.
other words, with the iPad, Apple is following a rather unique
approach. It will be giving users one freebie -- a single major
OS upgrade. After that users will be on their own and will be
forced to pay to upgrade the OS. Upgrades will likely be priced
similar to those on the iPod Touch, at about $10.Apple claims
that the upgrade fees are just a necessity due to accounting
difficulties with giving away free upgrades to its loyal customers.
Nonetheless, if the iPad proves a commercial success as some
are predicting, those upgrades could eventually sum to a nice
revenue stream for Apple.
quote: "iPad suppliers forecast shipments of 8 - 10 million for calendar year 2010" http://www.tuaw.com/2010/03/29/ipad-suppliers-fore...
quote: It's a huge leap forward
quote: New bug fixes justify a fee, just like with OSX.
quote: Maybe we'll be charged for firmware updates to stop our televisions crashing in the middle of programs, or for game patches that improve latency in multiplayer. Maybe Apple will just charge us for all software updates, even security fixes. quote: "we'll" be charged? Mabye you will, but I won't.
quote: "we'll" be charged? Mabye you will, but I won't.
quote: Yes well, I filed the "Electronic distrobution of Princess Bride modified quotes on random tech news blog sites" Patent about fifteen years ago...
quote: Does the same apply for Windows 7 based tablets? Will they come with a free upgrade to Windows 8 Tablet Edition?
quote: You should be riding on the wave of success that Apple is currently riding on & make your big buck !.
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quote: I know of start ups who exclusively work on apps for smartphones/iPods,Ipads/ etc for any App store .
quote: The potential is huge enough for everybody to take their share.....this is the NO secret. So get to work...may be one day you would thank yourself for taking some FREE advice.