It also explains why copies that have been illegally downloaded and activated with a serial number likely used thousands of times aren't being flagged up by Apple's system: the App Store appears to only check that the software exists, without verifying where it comes from or who bought it.For Apple software without a serial number, it could be that there's no way to verify its legality at all.

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Apple has never been overzealous in protecting its Mac software from piracy, but with software worth up to $200 being given away through its own store, we could see that change.

Although it hasn't responded to our request for comment, Apple no longer offers trial versions of the old i Work suite, so the bug's effects are somewhat restrained.

It also provides all the features that Final Cut Pro has.

Final Cut Pro is an amazing video editing application that allows you to edit just about any type of video for all your video modification needs.

In addition to the i Life and i Work suites, which include Pages, Numbers, and Keynote alongside popular apps like i Movie, i Photo, and Garage Band, the issue also extends to Aperture, which was recently updated to version 3.5.

Anyone with a trial or illegal copy will get all the new features, including i Cloud photo sharing, Smug Mug integration, and i OS 7 filter support.

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.

More worryingly for Apple, users downloading illegal software are being given legitimate copies in exchange.

“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.” Read more in the full article here.