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???