$5 to “unlock” the 802.11n feature you already paid for? no way…

They cannot be serious, maybe when people bring the machines back to the Genius Bars to get it unlocked, MAYBE… since the software will be shipped with the new base stations, it won’t be long til it is available on file-sharing networks… Maybe Jeremy Horwitz was right, he was an attorney and shit… (thought it has more to do with accounting…)
Doesn’t matter though, I will probably be getting the new base station, or better yet, the updated Airport Express with 802.11n, if that is ever gonna come out. 🙂

AppleInsider | Apple to impose 802.11n unlocking fee on Intel Mac owners

Core 2 Duo-based Mac owners who want to unlock next-generation 802.11n wireless technologies hidden inside their computers will first have to fork a few bucks over to Apple, AppleInsider has confirmed.Reasons behind the move — and such a small obnoxious fee — are not necessarily clear at the moment. However, iLounge’s Jeremy Horwitz is offering an explanation from some Apple representatives present at last week’s Macworld Expo.

According to the editor, the fee stems from a law called 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.

“Because of the Act, the company believes that if it sells a product, then later adds a feature to that product, it can be held liable for improper accounting if it recognizes revenue from the product at the time of sale, given that it hasn?t finished delivering the product at that point,” he wrote.

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