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macOS Sierra Available as an Automatic Download Starting Today

Starting today, Apple is making the new macOS Sierra operating system available as an automatic download to customers running OS X El Capitan in order to encourage them to update.

Customers who have auto downloads enabled will see macOS Sierra start to download automatically, but it will not install without express user permission.

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Apple shared the news with The Loop and says the update will only be downloaded on computers that meet the specs for macOS Sierra and have an adequate amount of storage space.
Apple is also being smart about the download. If your computer is low on space, macOS Sierra will not download. In addition, if it has downloaded and your computer starts to get low on space, the download will be automatically deleted.
Customers who do not want to upgrade to macOS Sierra can manually delete the update to keep from being prompted to do the install, and the download can be turned off by disabling automatic downloads. Disabling the feature can be done by going to System Preferences -> App Store and unchecking "Download newly available updates in the background."

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Automatic downloads of macOS Sierra will be rolling out to customers over the next week.

Related Roundup: macOS Sierra


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25 weeks ago
*hurriedly disables auto updates*
Rating: 31 Votes
25 weeks ago
somebody there did homework with Microsoft
Rating: 22 Votes
25 weeks ago
OMG this place truly is troll heaven... Nothing but a bunch of whiney little bi__hes here!
Rating: 13 Votes
25 weeks ago
I bet people will complain about this below.
Rating: 10 Votes
25 weeks ago
Thanks for the "Encouragement" Apple.

Keep your beta software to yourself.

Everybody was griping about slow internet this morning, turns out four machines were all downloading it.
Rating: 7 Votes
25 weeks ago
They should at least wait until 10.12.1 is available. No need to bring the pleasure of bugs to users who didn't take the initiative themselves to get the first public release of Sierra.
I've turned off the background download feature a long time ago as it was using valuable bandwidth when I really needed it.
Rating: 7 Votes
25 weeks ago
I don't get why people are upset about this. How is it any different than iOS? Actually the only difference is that it can be disabled as where iOS does it automatically. I guess I'm not understanding why people are complaining about it unless it's because it's Apple and people here complain more about Apple lately than on Android Central.
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quick -- how can we spin this negative?!


Look above, somehow they already are.
Rating: 7 Votes
25 weeks ago
At least it can be disabled, unlike iOS.
Rating: 7 Votes
25 weeks ago

But you're not, so no worries.

For those who are, turning off automatic updates should be already done.

It should be off default. If not it’s the wrong angle to take Mr. Holier than thou
Rating: 7 Votes
25 weeks ago
quick -- how can we spin this negative?!
Rating: 6 Votes

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