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iPad: future paid OS updates

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Future iPad software updates may be subject to a fee: Apple directly declares it within the software license for tablet users, made available together with the iPad Firmware 3.2, released last night and appeared on some websites.

The Cupertino document specifies that all software updates will be free for users up to and including the major release following the one supplied with the device, after which further versions may be provided for a fee. So starting from the Firmware 3.2 supplied with the iPads at the launch of this Saturday 3 April in the USA, users will have all the 3.x software updates free of charge, including the major release 4 and then also all the updates of this up to version 4. x. From this point forward, Apple may ask iPAd users for payment for future updates.

In essence, the scheme chosen by Apple for iPad updates seems a middle ground between the free solution adopted for iPhone users and the always paid solution for iPod touch users. Recall that the payment of updates for iPod touch linked to accounting needs.

More important to note that these and other details on iPad have emerged from the latest preparations underway in Cupertino and not only for the launch of iPad this Saturday. Apple has communicated to developers the deadline for the presentation of the apps that will first be available with the inauguration of the iPad Store. Developers must submit the final version of their Apps by 5pm US West Coast tomorrow. Apple advises developers to check and fix the notes reported by the App Review Team, and finally to test the latest version of its App using the latest version of the SDK for iPad.

The iPhone 3.2 firmware is the Gold Master version, the first version of the operating system that includes support for iPad. The file is already available for download for all developers enrolled in the Apple Developer Connection who can use it for the latest tests with the iPad simulator: for the final test on the real hardware, all that remains is to wait for this Saturday, April 3, at least for users and U.S. developers.

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