updated 09:25 am EST, Tue January 20, 2009
iWork drops serial numbers
Apple has removed a common security measure from its iWork '09 office suite, according to an official support document. Mirroring a decision taken with iLife, which is bundled with new Macs as well as sold separately, Apple has eliminated the need to enter a serial number when installing a retail copy of iWork '09. A number is still needed to unlock trial versions of iWork, unless users install a retail copy over top.
It is uncertain why Apple would remove anti-piracy measures from iWork, as the suite is entirely optional and likely to be pirated. The combined iLife and iWork decisions may indicate that Apple feels serial numbers are no longer effective, however, or that they are simply an unnecessary hassle when copies of both suites may often be pre-installed on Macs.