Apple Copying Worst Feature Of Windows 10? Starts Automatic macOS Sierra Download


macos-sierra-download-automaticShort Bytes: Apple has decided to follow the footsteps of Microsoft’s Windows 10. The technology giant is now automatically downloading latest macOS Sierra on supported Macs. However, users have the option to change the automatic download settings in App Store and defer the download.

Soon after iPhones took an inspiration from exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Apple has decided to copy another controversial feature from a fierce rival. Apple is implementing automatic macOS Sierra–formerly dubbed OS X–download on supported devices, just like Microsoft pushed Windows 10.

If your Mac has enough storage space, it’ll automatically download the new operating system. However, you’ll have to authorize the installation process. Sierra will automatically be downloaded on the Macs running OS X 10.11.5 or 10.11.5.

You have the option to turn off the automatic download from App Store. On needs to untick the setting that says “Download newly available updates in the background.” You can also delete the installer later. If your Mac starts running low on storage, macOS Sierra installer will get automatically deleted.


Apple is randomly choosing the download time and users should expect the macOS Sierra download sometime over the upcoming week.

This move to push macOS Sierra comes after it became generally available two weeks ago. This step makes the Mac operating system’s behaviour same as iOS and tvOS, which automatically download major upgrades to the devices.

Microsoft faced flak over a similar issue when it automatically downloaded the Windows 10 installer on Windows 7 and 8.1 operating systems without user consent. To counter the critics, Apple has updated its support document, stating that “Large automatic downloads don’t occur when your Mac is using a Personal Hotspot.”

macOS Sierra is being seen as a solid improvement for Apple’s desktop devices. It has brought along some useful features like Siri, Apple Pay, picture-in-picture, auto-unlocking etc.

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Adarsh Verma

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