Three months following the release of iPhone OS 3.1 and the third-generation iPod touch, Apple is still selling refurbished iPod touch models with the older 2.2.1 iPhone OS installed, forcing users to pay for upgrades to get software that debuted in September. Unusually, the Apple Store page for the refurbished iPod touch does not explicitly state the version of the OS that is included with these models—an issue dating back months—while a small link is provided on the page to “Visit iTunes to buy the iPhone 3.1 Software Update for iPod touch.” Apple representatives have confirmed to iLounge as recently as today that refurbished models still ship with the older version of the iPhone OS, and that the $5 3.1 update must be purchased separately. Notably, new 8GB iPod touch units sold by Apple since September of this year use the same second-generation hardware, and do include the latest iPhone OS.
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