updated 01:15 am EDT, Thu October 24, 2013
Apple may have difficulty closing loophole quickly
Due to an error in the way the Mac App Store treats official (though in some cases, years-old) trial software of some iWork and pro apps, some users are finding that their long-expired iWork or Aperture trials still on their hard drive have turned into their ticket to get a copy of the latest versions of the full software for free. Apple on Tuesday released the latest iWork and iLife apps for free to new iOS or Mac buyers, or those who previously owned the software and upgraded to Mavericks or iOS 7 respectively.
Reports have come in from users who were able to download the old iWork trials, and that this worked to gain them free updated versions through the Mac App Store -- though Apple is said to have removed the older iWork and Aperture trials from its website now. Users who previously bought any of the iWork apps can now obtain the suite for free legally once they upgrade to OS X Mavericks; likewise, users who bought any iOS iWork app can also upgrade for free once they have made the leap to iOS 7.
Whether Apple will address the bug -- which would likely be difficult to fix -- or simply allow the relatively small number of "cheaters" to obtain the software freely remains to be seen. Apple's purpose in making the software suites free to new buyers and those who previously owned it is a clear attempt to take advantage of the void left by the lack of Microsoft Office for iOS devices.