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Apple to charge $1.99 for 802.11n enabler


CNet reports that Apple has confirmed reports that it will charge to distribute the 802.11n enabler software but that it will charge $1.99 for this enabler rather than the $5.00 previously reported on TUAW. There's a big emotional distance between $5 ("Those bastards[1]! They're messing with us by making us pay again!") and $1.99 (The phrase "nominal" actually does come to mind). Affected products include Intel Core 2 Duo iMacs (except 17-inch, 1.83GHz iMac), Intel Core 2 Duo MacBooks, Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook Pros, and Mac Pros with the AirPort Extreme card option.

The lower cost point may truly be a victory over the "Sarbanes-Oxley Act", which readers suggest may protect Apple's accounting department against charges of improper finances (as if Apple really needed that charge being thrown around) due to delivery of incomplete purchases[2].

[1] "They killed Kenny."

[2] Blame Enron. (I know. South Park blames Canada, not Enron.)

Thanks Mitch Greenfield

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