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Sarbanes-Oxley convinces Apple to charge for hidden feature

Sarbanes-Oxley convinces Apple to charge for hidden feature

by Rick Turoczy on January 16, 2007

I’m not going to claim to understand this next part, which really just makes no sense to me at all, but the claim Apple’s making is that it can’t give you the 802.11n-unlocking software for free. The reason: the Core 2 Duo Macs weren’t advertised as 802.11n-ready, and a little law called the Sarbanes-Oxley Act supposedly prohibits Apple from giving away an unadvertised new feature for one of its products. Hence, said the Apple rep, the company’s not distributing new features in Software Update any more, just bug fixes. Because of Sarbanes-Oxley. If this is an accurate statement of Apple’s position, which as an attorney (but not one with any Sarbanes background) I find at least plausible, this is really crazy.

Sarbanes-Oxley convinces Apple to charge for hidden feature

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