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Apple is reluctantly bowing to the European Commission's demands that it align iPadOS with the changes planned for iOS. It has also grudgingly added two conditions in which the Core Technology Fee will not apply. Apple did not specify a date for when the changes would apply, saying only it would be "later this fall." …

  1. karlkarl Silver badge

    Its not really about the fee, more about the DRM.

    No serious client will purchase a solution where the lifespan of it working is dictated by Apple's DRM servers. It will keep Apple's tablet as a consumer play thing whilst things like hospitals will go for a mishmash of random Android-based hardware.

    1. DS999 Silver badge

      You're seriously suggesting anyone chooses Android tablets because they think they will have a LONGER support life than iPads? You live in upside world, I guess!

      Apple's product life cycles are longer than corporate depreciation cycles, which is all they care about. They're not trying to use tablets for 10 years.

      Apple is still providing security updates for iPads as old as the second gen Air released in 2014. Can you point to a single Android tablet from 2014 that's still getting updates?

      1. Richard 12 Silver badge

        Working != Updates

        For most people, working is more important than whether it still gets updates.

        If you wake up one morning and your tablet won't run the app you need, you will be far more annoyed than if you wake up and find that the supplier isn't updating it anymore.

        In fact, many users would be happy that the supplier has stopped fiddling, because that means they won't change stuff for no reason or break things.

        1. Jon 37

          Re: Working != Updates

          In a corporate environment, where you have secrets to protect, you need security updates.

          1. Jeroen Braamhaar
            Big Brother

            Re: Working != Updates

            If you have secrets to keep, I'd recommend not using either because you have one heck of a security hole every time your device phones home for an OS/app update.

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: Working != Updates

              Depends on who it is calling. A shop which takes care of what is made available to upload or one that just says 'gimme the money and all your personal details' - easy choice.

          2. 43300 Silver badge

            Re: Working != Updates

            Yes, and it's also about compliance - cyber insurance policies normally specifically state that software must be in-support and kept patched.

    2. CowHorseFrog Silver badge

      Most Android phones never get any updates of any kind to the OS and you want to lie and pretend that Android is the better platform for support ?

  2. ChoHag Silver badge

    How would Wozniak have fared if he'd had to pay for permission to tinker around with his own electronics?

    1. CowHorseFrog Silver badge

      What makes you think Woz gives a shit about today ?

      He has his "money"...

  3. Bebu Silver badge

    Pure poetry...

    "irked Eurocrats," ... "brought under the gimlet gaze of"

    A picture of little ratty chappies not happy...

    I am surprised Apple didn't make a bigger splash in the Banking pond - CTF - charges and fees - they have that part down pat. :)

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