macOS Sierra Now Available As An Automatic Download… What Could Go Wrong?

It seems Apple is taking a page out of the Microsoft playbook by enabling thei bright and shiny new macOS Sierra to come down to your computer if you have automatic downloads enabled. Apple announced this via The Loop and according to them, the update will only be downloaded on computers that meet the specs for macOS Sierra and have enough free space for the 5GB download.

Now, let me tell you how to stop that from happening. Then I will tell you why this is a #fail waiting to happen:

  • Go to System Preferences
  • Go to App Store
  • Uncheck Download newly available updates in the background

One thing to note is that even if you do have automatic downloads turned on, it will not install until you trigger the process. So no middle of the night upgrades should be experienced by Mac users. Another thing to note is that the default setting for Automatic Updates in Apple’s last OS which was El Capitan is on.

Now, back to why this is a #fail waiting to happen. For starters, if I was someone who was on a limited allotment from an ISP and I didn’t want Sierra, and I didn’t know how to turn this off,  I’d be mad. Plus this creates the impression that Apple are trying to force feed the update down users throats. Just like Microsoft was accused of doing with Windows 10. True, nothing can happen unless you tell it to. But it still doesn’t exactly pass the smell test, and it opens Apple up to bad press when, not if something connected to this scheme goes sideways. One last thing, this is a new behavior from Apple that I am sure is intended to jack up the install base of Sierra seeing that they’re likely counting on El Capitan users not turning off automatic updates. One has to wonder if we can expect more aggressive tactics if this doesn’t get the desired results.

My advice, after you turn off automatic updates on your Mac is to keep an eye on this one.


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