This particular piece of intel rates high on the rumor-Richter scale, so do take this one with a hefty dose of salt. Stuff.tv is reporting that a source “working on a future iPad app” has informed the online publication that Apple plans to charge users for the privilege of upgrading from iPhone OS 3.2 to iOS 4 on their iPads. Why someone working on a future iPad application would have this type of information is beyond us, but Apple charging for mobile OS upgrades certainly isn’t out of the question (see: iPod Touch). The closest we’ve gotten to a timeline for iOS 4 on the iPad is “fall.” It looks like we’ll just have to wait until then to find out.
UPDATE: From the iPad 3.2 documentation:
Apple will provide you any iPad OS software updates that it may release from time to time, up to and including the next major iPad OS software release following the version of iPad OS software that originally shipped from Apple on your iPad, for free. For example, if your iPad originally shipped with iPad 3.x software, Apple would provide you with any iPad OS software updates it might release up to and including the iPad 4.x software release. Such updates and releases may not necessarily include all of the new software features that Apple releases for newer iPad models.
Adam Savage: What do you think Jaime?
Jaime Hyneman: Well, I think it’s busted.
Adam Savage: Definitely busted.