Apple has adopted the auto-download feature for their latest macOS Sierra on Mac devices. But the upgrade will only instigate if the mac PC is eligible for supporting the new OS. The macOS 10.12 will be automatically downloaded but not automatically installed but requires certain storage capacity to stomach the download. But if a computer has a limited or no free storage space, the auto-download won’t initialize. Even if it does and the memory space starts running short, the update will be terminated and the downloaded files would be deleted.
The users,however, can decline the upgrade process in the authorization permission notification that pops up to inform users of the downloading of OS.
Ironically, it is the same approach that Microsoft adopted last year and faced immense criticism for it as well. Although the Apple approach is a little varied and provides some impartiality to its users whereas Microsoft basically forced their update on users that caused a havoc.
“On Mac [automatic downloading] has been available for all software except major releases until today [emphasis added],” an Apple spokeswoman informed via an email.
Though users still have the equity to turn it off so it’s not all that bad. If you want to prevent your Mac PC from upgrading to the latest mac Sierra OS, just navigate to System Preferences, choose the App Store and deselect the automatic downloading option.
Some updates were automatically downloaded on Mac computers previously, for instance, the updates given version number 10.11.4. But now, what is termed as ‘annual upgrades’ by an Apple spokesperson, are not being pushed automatically to Macs.
This latest trend of automatic downloading that Apple has adopted, puts their OS Sierra in the same standing as tvOS, an operating system of the Cupertino, Calif. company. Both OS would ultimately download major releases of their upgrades to the devices running them – for example, iOS after a period would auto-retrieve upgrades and updates sans additional user authorization despite cancelling previously inquired ones.
Mac devices running the previous two OS X Yosemite updates- 10.11.5 or 10.11.6, would auto-run the Sierra upgrade – presuming that App Store settings for download preferences have been set to default on a system; as stated by Apple.