“Along with a free update to OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Apple promised owners of its iWork and iLife suites free upgrades to the latest versions, as well as anyone that bought a Mac after October 1st,” Aaron Souppouris reports for The Verge.

“However, thanks to a flaw in the company’s Mac App Store, even users with trial copies are being given free editions of Apple’s new software,” Souppouris reports. “More worryingly for Apple, users downloading illegal software are being given legitimate copies in exchange.”

Souppouris reports, “In addition to the iLife and iWork suites, which include Pages, Numbers, and Keynote alongside popular apps like iMovie, iPhoto, and GarageBand, the issue also extends to Aperture, which was recently updated to version 3.5.”

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Mike Beasley writes for 9to5Mac, “Since the Mac App Store now detects boxed copies of iWork and allows them to be updated to the Mac App Store version, it seems the trial versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are perceived by the App Store as being a full purchased copy.”

“It’s unlikely that Apple can even fix the issue, since the trial versions of old iWork apps are identical to the retail copies (but require a serial number to activate),” Beasley writes. “Since the apps use the same identifier whether activated or not, the App Store has no way to determine if the trial has been activated.”

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