Apple had activated the automatic download of macOS Sierra between computer users of the firm, and this made the debate on whether that decision was the same as Microsoft had done a few months ago with Windows 10 be reopened.

The truth is that there are important differences between the two types of strategy, and although Apple seems more “aggressive” than normal company does not force users to install the system, something that Microsoft did try in various ways with Windows 10.

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Automatic discharge is not automatic installation

This discharge is conditional on several factors. First, the download will be made for computers with OS X 10.11.5 or higher, and in those cases will occur only if the user has enabled automatic updates enabled.

The download also occur automatically if there is not enough to store the file space, and if notification occurs we warn you that the installation file is available (in the Applications folder) and we can proceed with the installation if we or do nothing.

We can delete the file if you need more space, but the operating system also will do if it detects that we are running out of space available for normal activity.

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Apple is more user friendly than Microsoft

Automatic download is therefore more users friendly and in System Settings, you can select if we want the new updates are downloaded in the background and what we want to automatically install updates.

This control is more powerful than that offered by Microsoft, which automatically downloading Windows 10 continued with the automatic installation of the operating system without the user could do much about it.

In fact, the dialog box Windows 10 changed and that forced users to disable the facility, which was the default option. Redmond they even pose an even more curious alternative: Microsoft programmed the automatic installation of Windows 10 on a certain date, and that date change or disable the option was not entirely easy for usurious.

Complaints, however, there

In Sierra otherwise macOS ago: The user has to confirm the installation after automatic download. This manual control options in the Settings makes users who are not interested in the update can disable those downloads in the background.

There are complaints, however: Some users indicate that one thing is to download and install security updates automatically and quite another to do it with a full version of the operating system , which involves much more disk space and a larger download. Depending on the connection that we have, that could become a problem.

Not only that: it is not clear if that background downloading occurs when we connect based OS X to a mobile data connection equipment. Devour then share data that automatic download without us noticing? In official Apple support pages do not clarify this situation, which suggests that this indeed is a possibility. If you have activated downloads in the background and do you use much tethering your teams, watch this.

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