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iPad and Future IOS updates

Discussion in 'iPad OS' started by Gunny008, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. Gunny008
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    Who thinks iPad 1 will stop getting updates?

    I think iPad will get up to IOS 6 update but will be limited in features

    IPad 2 will get IOS 7 but limited in features etc
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    It won't until maybe the iPad 6.
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    I agree. iPad 1 support should be carried until iOS 6. I know my original iPod Touch had support for a little while but one of the iOS upgrades I had to pay $10. Hopefully they won't do that with the iPad updates.
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    Original iPad will probably get up to 6.1 or something then.
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    Customers are required to pay for each major update, I.e. from iOS 4 to iOS 5. This has always been the case and is unlikely to change.
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    I did not have to pay when I went from 3 to 4 on any of my iOS devices. That was a pretty major update.
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    My iPod Touch 2G started with iOS 2.x and support ended at 4.2 albeit with many of the "cool" features left out. That is about 1.5 major updates (I can't call the update from 3 to 4 a complete update). I will be happy if the iPad gets to iOS 6 but I'm not counting on it. Even if it does, I imagine many of the features that come with such an update will not be available on the original iPad.
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    I'm actually not fussed about iPad 1 not getting a major update: the iOS 4.3.1 seems stable enough so far and it does everything I need it to, and Apple is generally very good with their OS platform code.

    But another truism (especially with electronics) is: "if it's not broke, don't try to fix it." In a way it's nice to not have to worry or stress about "should I upgrade this time?"
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    It's not quite as black and white as dontunderstandmyipad made out...

    Apple's policy as per the terms of use you sign up to by using your iDevice indicates that you are entitled to one major OS upgrade free of charge, however future upgrades may be chargeable at Apple's discretion. Nice and vague!

    In practice Apple makes a judgement call based on whether the upgrade will improve security or open up additional revenue streams meaning it is highly advantageous to have the majority of users upgrade.

    Since IOS 5 is supposed to have an radical cloud based model it is anyones guess as to how this will be pitched. My money would be it will be free to all users who's device is capable of running it. The cloud based model will significantly increase Apples potential to make money and further dominate the market.
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    Yep.

    Even then, paid OS updates are DIRT cheap. Anyone in this thread ever look at the cost of a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade, lately?

    Michael "Spam, spam, bacon, eggs and spam. Hold the bacon and eggs." Sent from my iPad using iPF
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    A Mac OS X disk costs $40 (US).
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    $40 still beats $200 any day.

    Michael "Spam, spam, bacon, eggs and spam. Hold the bacon and eggs." Sent from my iPad using iPF
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    Same here. I paid $10 for iOS 3 on my iPod touch 2g but not to update it to 4.

    64GB 3G White iPad
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    strange my friend didn't have to pay anything to update anything and he has a 2G ipod Touch.
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    I had to pay $10 to upgrade my 2G Touch to iOS 3.0. I believe at some point Apple started giving it out for free though.
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    Yes, but the OSX pricing is completely different than Windows pricing. OSX only comes on Apple branded computers, and any disk you might purchase after that is an upgrade disk. Part of the high price you are paying for an Apple computer is to pay for the operating system, but it is hidden in the cost of the system. Of course, Apple is kind enough to put the full OS on each upgrade disk, so enterprising people can build their own Macs if they are so inclined.
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    "Part of the high price you are paying for an Apple computer is to pay for the operating system, but it is hidden in the cost of the system. Of course, Apple is kind enough to put the full OS on each upgrade disk, so enterprising people can build their own Macs if they are so inclined. "

    Every PC and Laptop I have purchased has had windows. It too is hidden in the cost and it is not even close to the Apple computer costs.
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    If somebody need some advance feature the he should be ready to pay more.
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    I'm not encouraging this but what about Hackingtoshes?

    Sent from my interestingcompanionPad using iPF!

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