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Apple blames FaceTime pricetag on accounting rules

updated 12:45 pm EST, Thu February 24, 2011

May be trying to avoid complicated finances

The unexpected 99-cent pricetag for FaceTime at the Mac App Store is a result of accounting regulations, Apple explains. US accounting rules sometimes require companies to charge for updates if they provide a significant feature left out of original products. An alternative solution can be to restate past earnings, something Apple would likely prefer to avoid.

Apple has sometimes been infamous for charging for updates typically expected for free. The most frequent example has been major iPod touch firmware upgrades, which cost a small fee up until iOS 4. In 2007, the company went so far as charging $2 to enable 802.11n Wi-Fi on some Macs.

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    that's a boatload of c***

    It only applies to an enhancement to the OS.

    And how does Apple not have to charge for the MacAppStore, which is certainly more of an update to the Operating System, but they charge for FaceTime?

  1. umijin

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If they just called it iChat HD or something like that, none of this would have been needed. Oh, wait we still have iChat - why??

  1. Grendelmon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    PR Damage Control


  1. facebook_Mike

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Feb 2011



    Apple is on track to nickel and dime for EVERYTHING they do. I LOVE Apple, But this is horsesh*t!. Wait till Lion, which will most certainly have FaceTime built into the OS.

  1. Teq

    Joined: Dec 1969


    They can keep it...

    ... and I'll stick to Skype, or MSN, or Fring, or half a dozen other FREE services

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You folks sound bitter. No offense, but facetime works directly with the contacts on my phone's address book. I've tried the beta, and i like it. 99 cents isn't that much, and if you don't want to pay for it, don't.

    - A

  1. apple4ever

    Joined: Dec 1969



    But that doesn't make any sense. 10.6.6 added the App Store without any cost. And those accounting rules DON'T require it anywhere. Its stupid.

  1. ilovestevejobs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's another Apple tax.

    Nothing new and the only people who will see through Apple BS are the uneducated isheep crowd

  1. aross99

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's only $0.99!

    Why all the complaints about $0.99?

    It's obviously not a money grab, or they would have charged a lot more.

    If you don't want it, then don't pay the $0.99. I already paid my $0.99 and I'm fine with it.

    Yes, I paid the $2 for the 802.11n connectivity on my MBP back in 2006 also - and everyone complained about that too.

    You would think they were charging $19.99 or something...

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You miss the point. It is called nickel-and-diming the customers. $1 doesn't seem like much and people like you are will to fork it over without thinking making a boatload of $$$ for Apple.

    The POINT is that there shouldn't be a fee for this. It is the PRINCIPLE of the matter. The App Store was a significant addition to the OS and there was no charge for why facetime?

    If you are willing to pay these extra fees, here and there, you are a fool...and just the sort of customer that Apple wants.

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