Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

64 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 2

# 18607 16-Jan-2008 09:34
Send private message

It looks like greed has got the better of Steve Jobs. Apple in their infinite wisdom have decided to charge US$20 for the latest iPod Touch software update which gives the UI an overhaul and 5 apps. Apps similar to these are avialable elsewhere for other platforms as free downloads (e.g. Google Maps)...

Even more galling is the fact that all new iPod touch's are getting the upgrade and apps pre-installed for free whilst loyal early adopters get smacked down and forced to subsidise yet another black skivvy for his royal jobness

Is it just me or does this really blow goats? If Microsoft decided do the same thing as Apple and charge for software updates there'd be hell to pay - why should Apple get away with this? I reckon we should all e-mail apple to tell them how sucky this really is

Here's a copy of the Apple press release:
Apple Announces Major Software Upgrade for iPod touch

MACWORLD SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Apple(R) today
announced a major software upgrade for the iPod(R) touch, making the best iPod
into even more -- the world's best Wi-Fi mobile device. iPod touch customers
already have the most advanced mobile web browser in the world with
Safari(TM), and now Apple is adding five more great mobile applications --
Mail, Maps, Stocks, Weather and Notes. The iPod touch software upgrade also
includes new features such as Web Clips, a customizable home screen and
beginning today, the ability to watch iTunes(R) Movie Rentals. New iPod touch
products shipping from the factory will include the software upgrade and
existing iPod touch customers can get the software upgrade for $19.99 by
purchasing and downloading it from iTunes (
"These amazing new mobile applications make iPod touch not only the best
iPod, but the best Wi-Fi mobile device in the world," said Steve Jobs, Apple's
CEO. "With its revolutionary touch interface and software, plus its stunning
3.5 inch screen, iPod touch is evolving into the first mainstream Wi-Fi mobile
platform of the 21st century."
Mail on iPod touch is a rich HTML email client that fetches email in the
background from most POP3 or IMAP mail services and displays photos and
graphics along with the text of the email. Users can configure Mail for
Google's Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, .Mac Mail or most POP or IMAP based mail services
with just a few clicks.
Maps on iPod touch features the ability to automatically find your current
location using nearby Wi-Fi base stations*, and use it as a starting or ending
point for directions or to find local points of interest. Users can get
real-time traffic conditions, and view maps in map or satellite view, or a
hybrid view which combines map and satellite views so you can see major street
names overlaid on satellite imagery.
Stocks and Weather allow users to access live stock and weather reports at
their fingertips, and Notes lets you jot down information on-the-go using the
intelligent keyboard.
The iPod touch home screen can now be customized, allowing users to
reorder and add new icons, with support for up to nine different home screens
which they can easily flick between. With the new Web Clips feature, you can
even create custom icons on your home screen for your favorite websites. Web
Clips are a great way to easily track web sites that you frequently check such
as news, blogs, sports sites, movie listings and more.
With Apple's new iTunes Movie Rentals, movie fans can rent movies on their
computer, easily and quickly transfer them to their iPod touch, and watch them
anywhere on iPod touch's gorgeous 3.5 inch screen. Users can also now navigate
forward or backward through their movies by chapters, select alternate
language tracks and view subtitles, if available.

Pricing & Availability
The software upgrade for iPod touch is available immediately. New iPod
touch products shipping from the factory will include the software upgrade and
existing iPod touch customers can get the software upgrade for $19.99 by
purchasing and downloading it from iTunes ( iTunes
Movie Rentals are available in the US only. Further information for iPod touch
can be found at

*Availability and precision of Maps positioning features will vary
depending on actual location.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple
II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh.
Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-
winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional
applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its
iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered
the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone.

(C) 2008 Apple Inc. All rights reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, Mac
OS, Macintosh, iPod, Safari and iTunes are trademarks of Apple. Other company
and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Create new topic
1240 posts

Uber Geek


  # 105176 16-Jan-2008 12:06
Send private message
2483 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4


  # 105177 16-Jan-2008 12:09
Send private message

Although I'm very sad I lost $28, I'm still happy.

Find me on Twitter!

I posted 1, 2 x 10^3 times!


1240 posts

Uber Geek


  # 105178 16-Jan-2008 12:11
Send private message

I already had all of those features :o mmm jailbreak FTW

5529 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1538

Lifetime subscriber

  # 109094 7-Feb-2008 15:43
Send private message

...screwed even harder now that the 32Gb version has been released!

2483 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4


  # 109095 7-Feb-2008 15:47
Send private message

So, let's go over:
  • Free built in "5 apps" and other features for future iPod touches from the factory
  • Discounted iPod touches (it seems like it's only for the NZ market)
  • Surprising 32GB iPod touch for $100 more than the original price for the 16GB ($649)

Find me on Twitter!

I posted 1, 2 x 10^3 times!

264 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 2

  # 110281 12-Feb-2008 23:49
Send private message

How is this any different to upgrading your computer's OS to the latest version? If I bought a new Mac prior to Leopard's release, I'd obviously have to pay to upgrade. If I bought it after Leopard's release, I would get it free. Why is it so disgusting that the same concept be applied to a mobile OS?

Furthermore, think of how pissed all the iPhone owners are that bought an iPhone primarily for the apps that the Touch didn't (at the time, anyway) have? I imagine the $20 is, for some, a 'justice tax'; after all, he/she may have spent the extra $100 for the iPhone purely for the Maps/Mail apps alone...

Create new topic

Twitter and LinkedIn »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

New Zealand PC Market declines on the back of high channel inventory, IDC reports
Posted 18-Jun-2019 17:35

Air New Zealand uses drones to inspect aircraft
Posted 17-Jun-2019 15:39

TCL Electronics launches its first-ever 8K TV
Posted 17-Jun-2019 15:18

E-scooter share scheme launches in Wellington
Posted 17-Jun-2019 12:34

Anyone can broadcast with Kordia Pop Up TV
Posted 13-Jun-2019 10:51

Volvo and Uber present production vehicle ready for self-driving
Posted 13-Jun-2019 10:47

100,000 customers connected to fibre broadband network through Enable
Posted 13-Jun-2019 10:35

5G uptake even faster than expected
Posted 12-Jun-2019 10:01

Xbox showcases 60 anticipated games
Posted 10-Jun-2019 20:24

Trend Micro Turns Public Hotspots into Secure Networks with WiFi Protection for Mobile Devices
Posted 5-Jun-2019 13:24

Bold UK spinoff for beauty software company Flossie
Posted 2-Jun-2019 14:10

Amazon Introduces Echo Show 5
Posted 1-Jun-2019 15:32

Epson launches new 4K Pro-UHD projector technology
Posted 1-Jun-2019 15:26

Lenovo and Qualcomm unveil first 5G PC called Project Limitless
Posted 28-May-2019 20:23

Intel introduces new 10th Gen Intel Core Processors and Project Athena
Posted 28-May-2019 19:28

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.