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What happens to iWork if I deauthorize my computer

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Apr 25, 2013 11:51 PM

I am using a Mac at work which came pre-installed with iWork.  I used my personal apple ID to update Pages, Keynote & Numbers.

What happens to these apps if I deauthorise the Mac?  Can they then be updated with another Apple ID?

iMac G4, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,445 points)

    How do you deauthorise a Mac? It isn't a PC.


    If you purchased a Mac App Store app then that can be installed again on any of your computers using the same Apple I.D.



  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,445 points)

    Legally the copies for your work and for yourself are 2 separate purchases.


    You are entitled to install on your own computer/s using your Apple I.D.


    I suppose you could create a personal account on the office Mac and install on that.


    Frankly there is no physical requirement for you to arrange it whichever way wish, just an ethical one.


    The iWork apps are so cheap, surely work can simply pay for its own set. One day you will not be working there and they should have their own software, not be accessing yours.



  • Jeff Shenk Level 4 Level 4 (2,000 points)

    I think that once an App Store application is associated with an Apple ID, it can't be reassigned to a different one.


    When your employers "allowed" you to sign in with your personal Apple ID for the bundled applications, in effect, they were giving the bundled applications to you (albeit inadvertantly; the applications should have been associated with a company Apple ID before the computer was given to you). I don't think signing in to the App Store with a company Apple ID will prevent "your" copy of iWork from working on the company machine, but it probably won't update unless you sign in with your own ID.


    If you would care to share some details about how you signed in with your Apple ID and updated preinstalled versions of the iWork applications, it might be helpful to some other people who have been posting here about their inability to do just that.

  • Jeff Shenk Level 4 Level 4 (2,000 points)

    Thanks, Crystal. 


    That's pretty much what I expected; I don't know why some people can't figure out how to do that. It doesn't sound like Apple is making it particularly difficult.


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