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#11390 19-Jan-2007 16:26
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Straight out of the "what a crock" files, Apple have decided to charge their more gullible Mac users US$2 to download a software patch that enables 802.11n, the faster, more shiny and spanky generation of Wifi.

An Apple spokesperson justified this by saying that it "is required under generally accepted accounting principles to charge customers for the software upgrade. "The nominal distribution fee for the 802.11n software is required in order for Apple to comply with generally accepted accounting principles for revenue recognition, which generally require that we charge for significant feature enhancements, such as 802.11n, when added to previously purchased products," Fox said in a statement.

Is it just me or does this statement strike you as weasel speak??? Surely purchasers of Intel core duo and Xeon Macs paid for the 802.11n hardware as part of the already inflated purchase price when they bought the hardware??? If I'm reading this situation correctly, the download is simply a firmware upgrade something which most manufacturers provide for free???? Imean how much is this really costing Apple???

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  #58361 19-Jan-2007 17:19
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not one to stick up for AAPL :)
 
but I thought it was US$5 they are charging

They claim it is for accounting rules from the US Sarbanes Oxley act

If thats true, it probably costs them $5 to cover the transaction costs




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#58365 19-Jan-2007 17:50
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#58366 19-Jan-2007 18:10
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Apple already charges users to upgrade from Mac OS X 10.2 to 10.3 to 10.4 to 10.5 and so on... Next they will start charging for security updates.





 

 

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  #58370 19-Jan-2007 18:22
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Apple already charges users to upgrade from Mac OS X 10.2 to 10.3 to 10.4 to 10.5 and so on... Next they will start charging for security updates.


Microsoft charges for upgrading from 95 to 98 to ME and NT4 to 2K to XP...

Microsoft also charges money to go from XP home to XP pro... and will also do so for their vista line even if the cd has those features there...

And onecare (Microsofts security product).....

I'm not trying to defend Apple however they are not the only ones doing this.




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#58371 19-Jan-2007 18:41
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There's a difference between major releases and point releases though...






 

 

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  #58373 19-Jan-2007 18:49
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Which is why you can download point releases off the apple website (or software update)... for instance 10.2.x, 10.3.x, and 10.4.x.




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#58375 19-Jan-2007 18:56
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Wait a minute... Where do you download free point releases from Apple? AFAIK I had to purchase the Mac OS X box from the distributor because there's no free upgrade from 10.2 to 10.3 to 10.4 and so on. The only thing you can download are updates (security updates, etc).






 

 

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  #58376 19-Jan-2007 19:04
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10.2, 10.3, 10.4 are considered separate products... just like you don't get free (downloadable) upgrades for NT4, NT5, and NT5.1 (last two specially compared to say 10.2 and say 10.3).




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#58377 19-Jan-2007 19:05
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You see, I understand they are separate products, but as far as naming goes they are just point releases. Why don't they make it clear? Nope, Apple is known for hiding things... Too well.






 

 

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  #58385 19-Jan-2007 21:01
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nathan: not one to stick up for AAPL :)

but I thought it was US$5 they are charging

They claim it is for accounting rules from theUS Sarbanes Oxley act

If thats true, it probably costs them $5 to cover the transaction costs


Engadget: [Apple confirms 802.11n unlock fee, but it's just $2]




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  #58387 19-Jan-2007 21:52
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> not one to stick up for AAPL :)
 
> but I thought it was US$5 they are charging

> They claim it is for accounting rules from the US Sarbanes Oxley act

Eh? How does an act intended to prevent corporate fraud justify charging for a download that isn't even a major OS upgrade release??? Surely the cost of the 802.11n hardware/software was factored into Apples already grossly over priced hardware??? I'm sorry to sound a tad repetitive, but the whole deal reeks of rip-off to me????


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  #58388 19-Jan-2007 21:55
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BTW thats US$2 for a PRE STANDARD 802.11n implementation - hmm kinda stinky if you ask me - Will Apple charge their poor  users another US$2 when the 802.11n standard is finalised????

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  #58389 19-Jan-2007 22:03
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If your not happy with it, dont pay for it.

Are you going to spend the money on upgrading/replacing existing wireless equipment so that it is all n compliant.

Maybe you should wait for Leopard to be released, im sure it will be included in that.

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This doesn't really bother me, as leopard will include this and a final version of bootcamp.

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  #58581 23-Jan-2007 13:10
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You may want to hold onto that shoe phone - rumours are beginning to appear that Apples also going to charge for boot camp....

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