Apple patent points to WGA-like functionality


I don’t like to post patent applications but this one is fairly interesting. It seems Apple has something in the works to enable Windows Genuine Advantage capabilities into its OSes, ensuring you’re only using genuine Apple products and not pirating like a little weenus.

And, like most patent applications, this one won’t see daylight. Think about it: the OS costs $129 and is rarely pirated. How much money could they save by ensuring your Leopard disk is true and real when their market share is 2.2% and anyone booting up a Leopard DVD — be it a copy or real — into a computer is a win for the company.

Apple’s Antipiracy Patent Similar To Microsoft’s WGA [InformationWeek]