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The bug will save you from having to pay full price for each app

A bug has allowed Mac users' trial versions of certain software to be updated to the new versions for free. 

According to 9 to 5 Mac, a Mac App Store bug is allowing trial software versions of iWork and Aperture to be updated for free. More specifically, the Mac App Store -- which identifies boxed versions of software -- is detecting trial versions as full purchased copies as well.


So if you've never purchased the full iWork suite or Aperture program, this bug will recognize your trial version as the real deal and save you from having to pay full price for each app.

Apparently the Mac App Store can't tell the difference because the trial versions of old iWork apps are identical to the retail copies, and since the apps use the same identifier (whether activated or not), the Mac App Store can't determine if the trial has been activated. 

Source: 9 to 5 Mac



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Looks like it isn't a bug
By TakinYourPoints on 10/25/2013 2:52:24 AM , Rating: 0
Someone who reached out to Apple regarding this got this response: http://www.mactrast.com/2013/10/truth-free-mac-app...

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It’s no coincidence that Apple’s support site doesn’t have downloads for the new Aperture, iWork, and iLife updates. They aren’t in our Software Update system either – and there’s a good reason for that. With Mavericks, we have changed the way we distribute updates for legacy versions of our apps

Rather than maintain separate updates for these in addition to the Mac App Store versions of each app, Apple has decided to eliminate their legacy software update system for apps entirely. Instead, when Mavericks discovers legacy apps installed on your Mac, it provisions them as a Mac App Store purchase using your Apple ID. It saves us a lot of time, effort, and bandwidth. After the provision is complete, it will appear in your Mac App Store history as though you have purchased the Mac App Store version of the app.

While we are aware that this enables piracy of our apps for unethical users, Apple has never taken a strong stance or action against piracy in the past. We like to believe that our users are honest, even if that belief is in vain.


Free updates serve to reduce legacy support costs for Apple and to justify their hardware premiums. It makes sense given that Apple's direct revenue comes from hardware sales.




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