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Apple Charges $5 Fee To Enable 802.11n
On devices that should already be able to use 802.11n
by Karl Bode 06:33PM Monday Jan 15 2007
Users in our Mac forum point to this report that says Core 2 Duo-based Mac owners who want to unlock the currently inactive 802.11n functionality embedded in their machines will have to fork over $5 to Apple in order to do so. Apple's been shipping the majority of their Core 2 Duo systems with the draft 802.11n capable networking cards working in 802.11 b or g mode. The $5 "AirPort Extreme 802.11n Enabler 1.0" patch will be released next month when Apple begins shipping its new AirPort Extreme Base Station. Apple's excuse? They're blaming the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which supposedly "prohibits Apple from giving away an unadvertised new feature of an already sold product without enduring some onerous accounting measures."

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West Orange, NJ

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The problem isn't that they don't want to do the proper accounting. The problem is the way they'd have to account for it.

According to Apple's accountants, if they deliver a free new feature for an existing product, they can't book any of the revenue for that existing product until the time the new feature has been delivered. This is because the new feature is considered part of the existing product, hence the existing product isn't considered "delivered" until the new feature is delivered. Since they've already booked that revenue, they can't deliver the free new feature without risking a trip to Federal "PMITA" prison.

If they charge for it, they can consider it a separate product and there's no problem.

It's crazy enough to be true. Sarbanes-Oxley is a major albatross around the necks of every public company in the US.


Cary, NC

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Complete BS!

So, by their account I can never get updated software (for a piece of hardware) with new features from a company w/o being charged for it? Sorry to say it's been done before and will be done in the future. Come up with another excuse Apple, this one doesn't fly.

Call a spade and spade here and say we want to charge you for it, that's all.