I disabled the service as per the instructions on this page: How to disable Apple Push Notification Service (apsd) on OS X 10.8?
Yet this service is still running at startup!
How do I disable it once and for all?
Edit: I'm using Mojave
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Found this googling around:
If you don't use FaceTime, put this in a Terminal window to get rid of apsd permanently: "sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.apsd.plist"
This will unload apsd from launchctl (the process that launches it at startup), but you'll still need to kill now.
I finally just changed the permission of /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/ApplePushService.framework/apsd after disabling System Integrity Protection and reenabling it when done.
I'm still wondering why I couldn't disable apsd the normal way though.