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There was a reason they charged for it and it's only $1 and the licence lets it run on all the Macs you own
The only reason I could find was essentially 'because they can'. I don't mind them charging for it but when they hyped it as an open standard on release I think most people figured it would be just that, an open standard that would be free for other developers and platforms to use. Here we are 8 months later and they are just barely releasing it for another device than the initial few.
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The only reason I could find was essentially 'because they can'.
Must not have looked very hard then:

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"In 2002 a little something called Sarbanes-Oxley Act was put forth to keep publicly traded companies in check. The act prohibits Apple from giving away an unadvertised new feature of an already sold product without enduring some onerous accounting measures. This isn’t Apple’s first time of having to do this either. Anyone remember when you found out that your MacBook Pro actually had an 802.11N card in it? They had to charge you for the patch to enable it. This is also the same act that made iPod Touch owners have to pay for the iOS 3 upgrade (They changed the rules by the time 4 was released). So there you go, Apple is not gouging you out of $.99 because they are greedy. Their hands are legally tied."
http://www.gizmocrunch.com/apple/556...-mac-app-store

Apple basically had no choice but to charge a buck for it. I can confirm however that it was preloaded on my new MacBook Pro. The above should also clear up any of those arguments about charging for firmware upgrades and the like. So there you have it.
Edited by ForumViewer - 2/27/11 at 5:52pm
 
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post #23 of 43
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Must not have looked very hard then:



http://www.gizmocrunch.com/apple/556...-mac-app-store
Gosh, thanks for the vote of confidence. "Must not have looked very hard" since the internet is only a few pages to search through.

I guess my question would be then why doesn't Microsoft charge for service packs? Or any software company from releasing free updates with more features? Obviously Apple COULD release it for free but they don't because their users will pay for it.
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post #24 of 43
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Apple Exclusive.
false. it's an "open standard".
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I honestly do not understand how all of you use Microsoft Windows and still flame Apple/Mac at every turn. They are both corporations both trying to make money and honestly for consumers Apple offers a far superior product.

Personally I would never buy a windows laptop and never use a Mac desktop, but that's just me.

BTW, this mobile solution does look very innovative.
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post #26 of 43
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I honestly do not understand how all of you use Microsoft Windows and still flame Apple/Mac at every turn. They are both corporations both trying to make money and honestly for consumers Apple offers a far superior product.

Personally I would never buy a windows laptop and never use a Mac desktop, but that's just me.

BTW, this mobile solution does look very innovative.
I'm not quite sure where the flaming is to which you are referring... Skype is a free program that offers voice chat, text chat, conference calls, video chat, file sharing, and video recording. All for free to a current userbase of millions of users. Facetime offers one on one video chatting for $.99 to a select few people with iDevices and just barely to Macs. How is calling Skype a superior alternative 'flaming'?
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post #27 of 43
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The only reason I could find was essentially 'because they can'. I don't mind them charging for it but when they hyped it as an open standard on release I think most people figured it would be just that, an open standard that would be free for other developers and platforms to use. Here we are 8 months later and they are just barely releasing it for another device than the initial few.
Actually Facetime on Mac has been available since Facetime was made on the iPhone 4. It was also free for awhile. No $1 charge.
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post #28 of 43
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Actually Facetime on Mac has been available since Facetime was made on the iPhone 4. It was also free for awhile. No $1 charge.
Though it was a beta, correct? If not, what is so different about the new one?
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post #29 of 43
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Though it was a beta, correct? If not, what is so different about the new one?
thats just it - I dont think there is anything new about it stability fixes aside.
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post #30 of 43
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The only reason I could find was essentially 'because they can'. I don't mind them charging for it but when they hyped it as an open standard on release I think most people figured it would be just that, an open standard that would be free for other developers and platforms to use. Here we are 8 months later and they are just barely releasing it for another device than the initial few.
It's free for other developers and platforms to use. Apple is just charging $1 for the FaceTime app and, as ForumViewer posted, it was required.
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