Originally Posted by g3pro
The legal reasons where a ploy to see how many people would cough up the money to be able to use something that they already paid for. Sorry, but that's cold money-grabbing on the part of Apple. Sarbanes-Oxley does not require Apple to charge additional fees for installing something on their products. Plain and simple.
The blu-ray analogy is perfectly suited for this discussion because it parallels perfectly what Apple did with the 802.11n capability. Perfectly. You bought function with the computer, but Apple disabled it. In order to use the function, you need to pay for it again. Perfectly suitable analogy.
You don't see a problem with $20 because you see Apple with rose-colored glasses. You would say something completely different if it were Microsoft who was charging $20 to unlock some hidden feature
in the mice they sell, such as being allowed to use the fourth button on the intellimouse. You would complain in that instance, and you are right to do so. Just make sure you're not a hypocrite at the same time.
you are free to have your interpretation, of course... i don't know the specifics of the precedent, however iirc, the discussion here around the added 802.11n capability was, after initial whining, generally positive as apple were early adopters of 802.11n, that a token charge was
required, and that you were getting an additional benefit - for said token, yet required, charge. even if you are correct, for goodness sake it is $5 - and apple - like microsoft - is a money making venture within a capitalist society!
the blu-ray analogy does not fit as the macbooks still had wireless capability before and after the option was offered and customers were under no obligation to pay the $5. again, ridiculous scenario - even for apple which has a history of offering optical drives with lower burn speeds, or graphics cards with reduced capability (eg. iBook g4).
rose colored glasses? where here have you seen me gush over apple? just because i would be more than happy to pay $20 to improve an existing product, add extra functionality that previously it didn't have. it is better than having to buy a brand new MBP!
re: the quoted text in bold - so when apple was making trackpads for the powerbook 1.67ghz and onwards, they knew that one day they would be able to screw buyers over for another $20?? simply lollable.
oh, and btw, don't take it all so seriously!