Want Some 802.11n Action? Mac Owners, Get Your Wallets Out

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Owners of most Core 2 Duo-based Macs already have machines with native 802.11n wireless support. You just can't use it right now. If you want to unlock it without dropping $180 on the new 802.11n AirPort Extreme that launches in February, however, you'll need to pay five bucks to download the AirPort Extreme 802.11n Enabler 1.0 patch which looks to come out at the same time. Apparently, some sort of legal mumbo-jumbo about unadvertised features is "forcing" Apple to take your lunch money. Couldn't they just have slapped a sticker on the box in a surreptitious place in a very tiny font?

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Apple to impose 802.11n unlocking fee on Intel Mac owners [AppleInsider]

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you'll need to pay five bucks... Apparently, some sort of legal mumbo-jumbo about unadvertised features is "forcing" Apple to take your lunch money.

Well that's just bull. If it was actually a legal issue, then they could get by charging a penny or something.

I know the laws are all outdated with respect to the internet and copyright...but if this supposed legal issue actually exists, then it's completely retarded. I could see "unadvertised features" like those in the GTA Hot-Coffee mod being objectionable for parents who bought the game for their kids, don't mind violence, but think sex will corrupt their innocent little 16 year-old....but I can't imagine why any over-18 person would object to getting more than they paid for.

Hmmm...perhaps the legal issue, then, is with some sort of standards committee, not wanting new standards being "forced" down people's throats? Like if the PS3 shipped without announcing the BluRay drive, I could see HD-DVD being a bit upset. Even still, why $5 instead of 1c?