I held off on reporting this myself until I could find some real information on the matter.
While updates for legit, paid versions of each app – even those obtained before the days of the Mac App Store – have always received updates through Software Update via the Mac App Store, the fact that trial versions were being converted into fully functioning paid versions of Apple’s software piqued my interest, so I decided to dig around and figure out exactly what was going on.
9to5Mac theorizes the issue relates to boxed copies of the software not being tied into the Mac App Store system.
As each copy of Aperture has a unique serial number, that suggests the App Store is unable to check if an app has been activated.
I didn’t care about any of the cute little enhancements (and spare me the dedicated Siri button on the latest Mac Book Pro).
Other colleagues assured me that 10.11.6 (the last version of El Capitan) was safe so I went to look for the download. And after 3 calls to Apple and escalation to the next level of tech support, I found out that once Apple releases an OS update (in this case Sierra 10.12), earlier versions are no longer available.
When you buy a piece of software from Microsoft — and indeed most other companies — it comes with a serial number that you need to enter during the installation process to activate the app.
Final Cut Pro X 10.3 was unveiled at Thursday’s Apple product introduction session with numerous UI, speed and feature enhancements.
Reviewers have hailed it as the most significant update the software has ever seen.
First, the Mac App Store alerted me that it would associate the apps with my Apple ID, and asked me to sign in.
Along with a free update to OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Apple promised owners of its i Work and i Life suites free upgrades to the latest versions, as well as anyone that bought a Mac after October 1st.