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An application developed by Apple to automatically install the latest version of Apple software on Apple computers.

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How can I disable the red Software Update notification bubble on the System Preferences app in MacOS Mojave (not App Store)?

I keep the "System Preferences" app icon in my dock in Mojave. I recently checked for updates, and found one, but I'm not ready to install it just yet and the red notification dot over the settings ...
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Mac App Store update stuck (Installing - Calculating...)

I opened GarageBand for the first time, to find that most of the loops required me to download the Apple Loops from Software Update. I agreed to this. The App Store opened and gave me the option to ...
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High Sierra - The path /System/Installation/Packages/OSInstall.mpkg appears to be missing or damaged

Got the following error The path /System/Installation/Packages/OSInstall.mpkg appears to be missing or damaged while upgrading Mac Mini (Late 2012) to High Sierra. The only option on the screen ...
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Keychain won't let copy passwords after 10.11.1 update

After the 10.11.1 update, I can not get access to some of encrypted data stored in my keychains with Keychain Access.app. Most notably, I can not see or copy passwords stored. Normally, to do so, you'...
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MacOS High Sierra: An error occurred while verifying firmware

I have a Mid 2011 iMac currently running MacOS 10.12 Sierra. It’s not my main machine, but I would like to install 10.13 on it. Updating starts smoothly enough, but when it comes to restarting, I get ...
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Security update 2016-003 10.11.6 issues [closed]

I'm not sure whether this is a request for a fix, a warning to others, or just a 'did you see this too?' Mac Pro 4,1 [firmware upgraded to 5,1] 2 x 3.46GHz X5690 Aftermarket Samsung 1TB Evo 840, AMD ...
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What is a combo update and how is it different than the regular update?

What is a combo update and how is it different from a normal update?
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Is there a Meltdown vulnerability fix already available for macOS?

While Apple has yet to comment on the flaw, Alex Ionescu, Windows security expert, noted a fix was present in a new 10.13.3 update to macOS. source: How to Protect Yourself From Meltdown and ...
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Are my macOS man pages outdated?

I run macOS 10.14.6, "Mojave". I've been studying man screen to make some changes to its default behavior. The 2nd & 4th paragraphs under CUSTOMIZATION read: 2nd para: When screen is ...
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Remove OTA downloaded (but not installed) iOS 8

I've downloaded the new iOS 8 update on my iPhone 5 but am getting second thoughts about actually installing it. Is there a way for me to delete that download or am I at the point of no return?
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Can I copy (myself) an app purchased through the Mac App Store to another of my licensed computers?

I have some applications purchased through the Mac App Store, and I have two Macs. Presently, if I buy an application on my Mac mini, I just go and launch the App Store on my MacBook Air, and then ...
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Why can't I install iOS 9.3?

I saw an update for my iOS 9.2.1 device to iOS 9.3. However, it said that the update cannot be verified, although it was downloaded. I even deleted all data and applications from the device, but I ...
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Stuck in update boot (not enough disk space)

I'm currently having a Macbook Air 120GB SSD where I tried to update the OSX to El Capitan. Very first it did not want to update due to lack of disk space. After I cleared up some photos so it had ...
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How to upgrade OpenSSL in OS X?

Today the heartbleed OpenSSL exploit was announced in the wild, which allows an attacker to surreptitiously detect and steal private server keys (allowing them to MitM and decrypt your encrypted data ...
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App Store asking for other Apple ID when updating apps

My friend's mate reset his phone to prove him wrong about a situation and ever since then when he tries to update his apps it asks for his mom's iCloud password yet it says at the bottom of the App ...
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How to block updates to Mac OS X Catalina?

Mac OS X Catalina will be released in a few days, so how can I block updates to that OS so it doesn't get downloaded and, ideally, I don't even get prompts to upgrade. I have 32-bit software I intend ...
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Ghost Updates on Mac

My dock tells me I have 8 available updates: I also got the notification asking to install updates. However, when I open App Store, I only see recently installed updates (with no updates to apps or ...
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Beta Command Line Tools offered as update—why?

Today the App Store is offering me the Command Line Tools for Xcode 10.0 beta 1. I do not recall ever signing up as a beta tester for any Apple software. Why do I get this update and how can I ...
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Can't update Developer Tools on Mojave

Hello, This question is about the Command Line Developer Tools that are usually installed with xcode-select --install and updated via a software update from the Mac App Store (at least until macOS 10....
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Do I have to repurchase Apple apps through the Mac App Store to get updates there?

Back when Apple announced iLife '11 I bought a copy, but now I see that it's also available on the Mac App Store. If I want to be eligible to use the Mac App Store's built-in update mechanism to ...
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How to remove deleted app from OS X update list?

I'm using a Macbook Pro mid 2010. I have an deleted app always showing in my update list and it's very annoying. Problem has occurred since Mountain Lion, but has since become quite eye-catching after ...
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Update from Mac OS X 10.6.8 to the newest version

I want to update from Mac OS X 10.6.8 to the newest version which is macOS Sierra. My Mac should be able to run this version of macOS. If I try to download the update on the App Store it fails because ...
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Is it possible to update macOS without Apple ID? [closed]

I don't really like an idea of using an Apple ID and want to refrain from it. Is there a way to update macOS without registering into the Mac App Store?
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Can I update apps that I've already purchased through the Mac App Store?

I've previously purchased several apps (Pixelmator, Rivet, a few others I can't think of now) that are now available in the Mac App Store. Given that apps in the store are not allowed to use their own ...
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Where is my iPhone backup kept? (Created prior iOS5 upgrade)

I've just updated my wife's 3GS to iOS 5.1 from iOS 4. The restore seem to only restore the messages/photo roll and some other settings. I don't see most of the apps but the most important part is the ...
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How do I turn off App Store notifications in Mountain Lion

The App Store on Mountain Lion pushes update notifications through Notification Center. Unfortunately, this also happens for users that are not system administrators (and so cannot run the App Store). ...
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Installation of macOS High Sierra Update 10.13.4 failed; how do I recover without losing data?

This morning I updated macOS High Sierra from 10.13.3 to 10.13.4. It appeared to install fine (I got to the login window), so I clicked on "Shutdown", and when I got to the office, and turned on my ...
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How can I permanently dismiss Updates Available notifications?

With the Notification Center in Mountain Lion, I get an alert when software updates are available. The problem is, my only options are 'Details' and 'Update'. I don't want to interrupt my work to ...
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iOS Software Update over cellular data

How can I software update over cellular data? I've got enough data on my SIM but when go to update my iPad to iOS 8, it requires Wi-Fi. I do not have a router.
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What is Apple's policy for supporting security updates on older versions of OS X?

Does Apple have a policy regarding how long they will continue to release and support security fixes for each OS X release? I've looked around the Internet, and found some forum posts that claim "...
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How do I install Xcode if I'm getting this message "Xcode can’t be installed on “Mac HD” because macOS version 10.14.4"?

So I'm programming on a MacBook from mid-2010, and I have the most recent update (10.13.6) but when I try to install Xcode it says I need to update again, but it's not listed as an update in the ...
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Cannot Upgrade Xcode 11 to Xcode 11.1

I'm unable to upgrade Xcode 11GM to 11.1 for some time on my Mid 2014 MacBook Pro running macOS Catalina. I've installed Xcode from Mac AppStore ages ago (IIRC circa 2014), and upgraded step by step ...
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Can I delete /Library/Updates on EI Capitan

I'm trying reduce my drive space requirement. I discovered /Library/Updates is taking up a lot of space. After a quick Google, I found /Library/Updates is used to store system updates file which have ...
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Is there anyway to stop Microsoft Office 2016 on macOS prompting for update?

I want to stop this prompt: Normally I’d encourage people to keep their system / app up-to-date, but there is only one word that can describe what Microsoft had done in Office for Mac: catastrophe. ...
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How do I turn off the automatic downloading of iOS updates?

I have a data plan for all of my smartphones, computers, and tablets, so I have to be very careful staying within my allotted usage. When I discovered that my iPad downloaded a 3 GB software update (...
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Why are my updates being managed by swscan.apple.com?

I would like to find a well-substantiated answer to WHY this is appearing, not simply claims about WHAT it is that appear in this other question's answers. It is really creepy (for someone who owns ...
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Does iOS download iOS updates when using a hotspot?

I can see that iTunes and App Store has in Settings to not automatically download updates. But what about iOS updates themselves? The recent iOS 11.3 update for example, is near 800MB, and when I use ...
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Mac Sierra won't boot - SmartBattery: finished polling type 4

I did an update on my Macbook Retina 13" to the most recent version of Sierra OS X. The computer never gets past the Apple logo (black screen with a full progress bar). I booted into Verbose Mode (...
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Software Update shows multiple Command Line Tools updates for Xcode versions not even installed

Following problems with the GNU gcc compiler installed through brew (messages about missing libraries that suddenly started appearing) I had to reinstall Xcode 13.4.1 yesterday. This morning I’m now ...
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App Store Updates does not renders correctly in High Sierra [duplicate]

It has been around a week that my Updates tab in the App Store looks like this: All the other tabs are looking normal. The only thing I tried was a restart, the iMac does not have any other weird ...
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Can you tell if updates came from OS X caching server?

If I run software update on a Mavericks Mac it will find a caching server automagically if there are any running locally rather than using the CDN Apple hosts on the internet. I'm not so much ...
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Mac OS 10.13.6 and newer mobile devices not working with iTunes 12.8.3.1 MobileDeviceUpdater.app not working [closed]

I bought an iPhone SE (Gen 2) and installed latest iOS 16 on it. When connecting to a MacPro 5,1 with 'latest' iTunes 12.8.3.1 running on OS X 10.13.6 I repeatedly get an Update Software popup every ...
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Cannot install macOS Beta version on MacBook Pro July 2019

I just got the new MacBook Pro, which was released few days ago. It is running macOS Mojave 10.14.5. I am trying to install macOS Catalina beta version, either beta or developer beta. I have ...
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Applying Mac firmware updates manually

Recently an important change regarding Mac firmware installation was introduced. Apple does no longer provide up-to-date standalone firmware updaters. (Older firmwares are still available. (Note the ...
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How much free space do I need to install an app update?

For very large apps, such a GPS apps, the app store will decline updating an app if you don't have enough free space. How much free space is needed? For instance, I have a GPS navigation app that is ...
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Change update frequency of App Store in Mountain Lion?

The Mac App Store on Mac OS X (10.8.3) notifies me frequently about new app updates by showing a little popup. How can I change the update frequency or the way Mac OS X notifies me?
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iOS 7 upgrade - how much space will I get back?

I've got an iPhone 5 running iOS6 and I'm considering upgrading to 7.0.6. I see I need 3.9 GB to run the update and I'm pretty sure I'm going to get some of that back, but don't know how much. How ...
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Update from macOS Big Sur public Beta to official release

My MacBookPro is currently running macOS Big Sur Version 11.0 Beta. Now that an official release for Big Sur has arrived, is it possible to move to the public release, just like a regular software ...
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Most program icons look the same after high sierra update

After an update to high sierra most program icons look the same. Any ideas how to fix that?
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iPad 1 update from 5.1.1 to 7.1

How can I update iPad 1 from iOS 5.1.1 to iOS 7.1? I tried checking for updates but I get a message "your software is up to date".
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