Due to Accounting requirements, Apple is charging people with older Macs 99 cents to purchase the FaceTime 1.0 app which has just been released on the Mac App Store.
- Apple Releases FaceTime 1.0 on Mac App Store with HD Support
FaceTime beta was free but the final version of the app is priced at $0.99 and free for newer Macs. This is not a huge price at all and everyone can afford it. Still it has bewildered a lot of people and they have been wondering why it’s not free. Some even went about calling Steve Jobs a liar when he said FaceTime is going to be an open technology. So this is why apple is charging us for FaceTime, as observed by us and Dan Moren.
Macworld’s Dan Moren has confirmed that Apple’s charging us because of an Accounting requirement,
Apple told me that the FaceTime $1 charge for existing Mac users is regulatory related (remember the $2 802.11n patch circa 2007?).
The same had also happened when Apple had released the firmware upgrade for the first generation iPod Touch.
The whole point is that if a feature, not announced at the time of sale, is released at a later time the company is required to either charge a small fee or restate its past earnings to retroactively delay recognition of a tiny slice of revenue from each past machine sale.
That explains how the new Macbook Pros introduced today by Apple can have this app for no charge at all.