Macrumors posted an interesting tidbit that shows that Apple may charge for major releases of iPad OS software. But before you get all in a tizzy, remember that this is the way that they do upgrades for the software on the iPod touch (and it is only $10). The indications are that the first major release after the one you get when you buy your iPad will be free, but major releases after that will have a charge. For example, 3.1 will probably be on the iPad when it arrives this week, and when 4.0 comes out, that will be free, but version 5.0 (sometime in the future) would have a fee.
From macrumors: “The iPad licensing software provides the usual legal documentation for use of Apple’s software, Google Maps and YouTube videos, but also reveals one interesting aspect of Apple’s plans for iPad OS updates:
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.”
That sure won’t cause you not to buy the iPad, but it is good to be prepared for.