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I picked up this post citing a supposedly validated email response from CEO Steve Jobs (the headers weren’t displayed for review) explaining that SOX is the reason for Apple charing to enable the 802.11n functions in customer’s products. The good thing about this is that Apple […]

I picked up this post citing a supposedly validated email response from CEO Steve Jobs (the headers weren’t displayed for review) explaining that SOX is the reason for Apple charing to enable the 802.11n functions in customer’s products. The good thing about this is that Apple does have the ability to do a few things to get customers taken care of on this crazy accounting issue. Speculation warning: This doesn’t mean it’s confirmed to happen, it just means there are ways around only directly charging for the ‘upgrade’.

1) They can include the software needed in the purchase of any applicable device or software. That means Leopard, a new Airport Extreme, an iPhone, or possibly iApps should they include the 802.11n requirement on the box.

2) The enabler software is sold through the Apple store and ships with a $5 iTunes or Apple Store giftcard. This might not work under SOX, anyone want to weigh in on this?

To add to this, I would assume that they will have to develop a Windows version since they advertise the ability to install it on their hardware.

Edit: Apple confirms 1.99 price via Macworld Mag

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  1. afaik under bootcamp, you can already use the N mode.

  2. I like that idea, if they’re really just doing it to get around that law, why not give it with iTunes or something? It’s just a new feature!

  3. I’ve seen a lot of grief on this subject from other blogs. I don’t understand why people are annoyed by Apple charging $5 to enable 802.11n. The alternative would be for them to put out a new set of notebook computers with 802.11n in them and all these grief’ers would have to go out and buy a whole new notebook just to take advantage of 802.11n.

    Seems like a great deal to me.

  4. SOX is legislation mainly to support the implementation and review of CONTROLS within a public company. Yes, those controls impact how accounting is done within the company. I doubt, however, that SOX has that much to do with the fee.

  5. Forgive a possibly stupid question but is there any way to upgrade an intel mac core duo (not core 2 duo) – at any price? Or is the only option to buy a new machine? Thanks for your patience.

  6. What it was like at the Vista line at CompUSA at The Apple Blog Tuesday, January 30, 2007

    [...] I was so excited to see that after five years, 50 million lines of code, and 5 billion spent that I could finally wipe out that OS X install for a Windows Vista Ultimate Edition with Office Ultimate Edition 2007. I’ve been saving all this time to spend the $1080 in Microsoft goodness that will free me from the clutches of Apple’s closed door ecosystem. No more 802.11n taxes, widgets and ill-placed search bars, and an Office system with a great UI. [...]

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    [...] goodness that will free me from the clutches of Apple’s closed door ecosystem. No more 802.11n taxes, widgets and ill-placed search bars, and an Office system with a great [...]

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