Some iPad confusion this morning, as reports out of Stuff.tv suggest that Apple may be planning to charge iPad owners a fee to upgrade their tablets to iOS4 this fall. According to their app developer sources, the upgrade fee is a “definite” and if they refuse to pay it then iPad owners will miss out on multitasking, folders and other tidbits. Of course, that strongly contrasts with talk of the iPad EULA back in March, which suggested that Apple would provide iPad owners with “the next major iPad OS software release following the version of iPad OS software that originally shipped from Apple on your iPad, for free.”
“Apple will provide you any iPad OS software updates that it may release from time to time, up to and including the next major iPad OS software release following the version of iPad OS software that originally shipped from Apple on your iPad, for free. For example, if your iPad originally shipped with iPad 3.x software, Apple would provide you with any iPad OS software updates it might release up to and including the iPad 4.x software release. Such updates and releases may not necessarily include all of the new software features that Apple releases for newer iPad models.” Apple iPad EULA
Apple, for their part, are declining to comment on “rumors and speculation”. While the company does have a history of charging iPod touch owners to update to new versions of the iPhone OS, they also released iOS4 for the PMP with no charge. To then turn around and treat the iPad differently seems unlikely. Anybody dug through the iPad EULA recently to see if there have been any telling changes?