Apple Offering 'Free' Updates to All Owners of Aperture, iWork, and iLife; Not Worried About Unethical Users

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    As part of its efforts to ensure that all eligible software owners are able to upgrade to the latest versions of its software on the Mac App Store, Apple is intentionally allowing users with any version of Aperture, iLife and iWork installed on their system to upgrade to the latest versions on the Mac App Store -- even illegally acquired or trial versions.

    In order to ensure that no legitimate software owners are left behind, according to MacTrast, Apple has eliminated its legacy software update mechanism entirely and is instead pushing all software updates onto the Mac App Store.

    According to a MacTrast source at Apple:
    When the new apps were released on the Mac App Store, many users with legitimate copies were unable to upgrade to the latest versions, though many users who were having difficulties seem to be able to upgrade now.

    As a result of Apple's changes, all users with older versions of Aperture, iWork or iLife installed -- even if acquired through less-than-ethical means -- should be able to upgrade to the latest versions through the Mac App Store.

    Article Link: Apple Offering 'Free' Updates to All Owners of Aperture, iWork, and iLife; Not Worried About Unethical Users
     
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    Damn. A+ for Apple!
     
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    Klae17

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    Free software to sell the sexy hardware. I'm liking this entire week.
     
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    Thumbs up for Apple! :)
     
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    Seriously, that's a cool move.

    Maybe I'm naive, but if certain corporations didn't treat their customers with such disdain perhaps they would see less piracy (but that is not to say they have to give their products away)...
     
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    Unlike Microsoft, where all customers are treated as criminals.
     
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    I was trying to buy iPhoto yesterday, and was positively surprised that it let me download it for free. Happy customer!!
     
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    Thoroughly impressed by Apple's stance on this issue. :D
     
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    GoodGuyApple.jpg
     
  10. macrumors member

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    "It's more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy."
     
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    Great - this should help speed up my credit for rushing to update and paying for something I should not have had to do. And no, I was not using stolen software. It was the store bought iWork pack I started with and have had issues since then updating.

    I've already gotten one response back from a MAS rep, but that was just to let me know he was working on it.
     
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    Apple can see the sense in keeping users up to date. It means fewer resources needed to supper multiple aging versions and eventually having to push grumbling users into buying new versions...as another company does. It took that other company a full day and a half to come out saying that free is bad. I knew they would but this time it was a direct statement and not dribbled out through their media minions.
     
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    I managed to upgrade my old versions of Page, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto, iMovie, Garageband and aperture for free :)

    Thanks Apple :apple: !
     
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    Good. Can we stop people from making Powerpoint presentations that look like a middle schooler made them and have people start using Keynote now please?
     
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    If we're to believe Microsoft, all these "efforts" are because Apple's software cannot be taken seriously. It doesn't allow people to be productive, and is priced as such.

    Yet the last time I checked, Microsoft didn't even produce a DAW like Garageband. Lol...
     
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    Hopefully they tell their customer service reps this - I just receive an email from them saying I was not eligible for an upgrade or a refund (I purchased them when I thought I was not eligible).

    Apples online customer service has been awful for me the last couple times I have used it.
     
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    I see all the updates but I'm still getting the same error:

     
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    :apple: RULES.
     
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    Allowing unethically obtained software intentionally downloaded from users is a bit extreme.
     
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    I'm not ashamed to say that I did this with Aperture Trial :cool:,
    you can't download it from apple site anymore. and I can upgrade it to the latest version.

    good guy Apple.
     
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    So true. Their 'activation' process is miserable.
     
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    This is proof a few unethical acquisitions are not worth the cost involved to police it properly. Apple was always easy on this front but now they are even easier. Also proof Apple's war chest is so large they don't know what to do with it.

    I know this is the way via proof of how I upgraded even though I bought all the apps originally, the app store receipt system is being phased out. I didn't just blindly believe words someone supposedly has claimed Apple has said.
     
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    Really liking the way Apple is doing things for free!
     
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    This is why I left Microsoft. When I needed to call Microsoft's India call center to re-register my legal copies of Windows and Office to reinstall when my hard drive died was the last straw.
     
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    Depends on the rep you talk to. Most didn't get the memo that it was a free update for all existing users.
     

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