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Apple adopts Windows 10 tactic to auto-download Sierra to Macs

Gregg Keizer | Oct. 4, 2016
Starts pushing 4.8GB upgrade to eligible Macs today; users still have to authorize install

A support document that was revamped on Friday to account for Sierra's auto-download made mention of one way that Apple figured to pre-empt bandwidth-theft critics. "Large automatic downloads don't occur when your Mac is using a Personal Hotspot," the document stated, referring to the feature that lets a Mac access the Internet using an iPhone's cellular modem.

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Macs running Yosemite 10.11.5 and later, with the 'Download newly available updates in the background' item checked, will be served the Sierra upgrade as an automatic download.


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