I am trying to stop my MacOS from periodically checking for updates and displaying these notifications:
I have unchecked seemingly all relevant checkboxes in App Store preferences:
And in System Preferences / Software Update as well:
Yet every time I open the latter it defiantly checks for updates:
How do I get it obey my directions? I am aware that some updates are required to actually fix security issues (as opposed to enhance the telemetry / data collection / spying etc. for the benefit of Apple). Yet I expect the OS to do what it apparently supposed to: not to check for updates if the checkboxes are unchecked (otherwise why would those checkboxes exist in the first place?). I am happy to take the risk to live without updates where I choose to, and I do not need Apple to override my decision.
This is Big Sur 11.3.1 (20E241).