Remember those expensive magazine subscriptions you could get in the App Store? The New Yorker, for instance. It's beautiful, but pricey. $4.99 per digital issue? Even if I'm a subscriber? That's quite a pricey weekly habit. How about free? How does free sound?
Sounds pretty good, right? We have to admit, we were tempted to try this out since we're big fans of The New Yorker, and we balked pretty hard at $4.99 per when we've been loyal subscribers to the print edition lo these many years. But we must note, we at Mac|Life can't condone piracy unless it involves parrots, hooks for hands, and a certain buccaneer bravado. Simply stealing content is not only illegal, kids, it's just a jerk move.
Steal content and you have to deal with these two.
Buuuuuuuut, back to the news. According to Dark Apples, as reported by Luca Sofri in The Huffington Post, with a bit of tinkering around under the iPad's hood, you can change one single word in one single file and get your hands on the free stuff. No jailbreaking necessary.
Voila, as they say. The next steps happen within the app when you click to delete the magazine issue and instead of in-app purchasing, you're in-app viewing. Same goes for Wired magazine and any other Condé Nast publication you can find out there.
And that's all there is to it. At least until this Friday, when Adobe, who manages the Condé Nast iPad apps, claims they'll have a fix (or a break of an exploit, if you prefer).