macOS Sierra is Now Available as an Automatic Download

Apple on Monday told The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple that the free macOS Sierra software update will be available as an automatic download later today. This means that the software update will download in the background for Mac owners who have auto update downloads enabled in System Preferences.

Apple will begin pushing macOS Sierra today, it’s a staggered release that will be gradually rolling out to all customers over the next week or so.

What that means, for the users who have automatic downloads turned on, is that macOS Sierra will now automatically download in the background, but it will not install on the user’s machine without explicit permission. Users need to have computers that fit the minimum requirements, as far as specifications go, to download the software.
“The update will only be downloaded on computers that meet the specs for macOS Sierra, so if you have an older computer, you will not receive the download.
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.”
To prevent software updates from downloading automatically in the background, open System Preferences → App Store and untick the boxes next to the options labeled “Download newly available updates in the background” and “Install OS X updates”.

If you use third-party software which requires custom kernel extensions—especially if your Mac Pro has an unsupported, non-flashed graphics card—be sure to uncheck the option to automatically install macOS updates until any custom kernel extensions have been updated to support Sierra.


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