What's unique about the file containing the EULA is that it shows that future OS updates for iPad may not be free. Paraphrasing the statement, it says that Apple will provide free iPad OS updates from time to time, up to and including the next major iPad OS release following the version that the iPad shipped with. The example notes that if the iPad shipped with iPad 3.x software, Apple would provide free updates up to and including 4.0.
The common interpretation is that the next major OS update (iPad 4.0) will be available to iPad owners for free, but that Apple reserves the right to charge for iPad 5.0 and beyond.
This is the case with the iPod touch as well -- iPhone owners have received OS updates for free, while iPod touch owners have had to pay US$9.95 for major OS updates. This policy has to do with Apple's interpretation of the ever-popular GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) requirements that are usually talked about during the quarter earnings calls.
- Key specs
- Form factor Tablet
- Operating system iOS (8)
- Screen size 9.7 inches
- Storage type Internal storage (16 GB, Flash)
- Maximum battery life Up to 10 hours
- Dimensions 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.24 in
- Weight 0.96 lb
- Announced 2014-10-16
Apple iPhone OS 3.0
Apple iPod touch 6th-gen