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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 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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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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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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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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How to view all Software Update history, including ones when not signed in with Apple ID

In OS X 10.8, for system updates that were installed without being signed into an Apple ID, how can I view the update history? I looked in Library/Logs for an update log, and also in the Software ...
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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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Can I install or update Mac App Store apps through a command line using terminal? [duplicate]

Is there an official way provided by Apple or a workaround so that I can install or update Mac App Store apps through Terminal?
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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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Software update on obsolete system: is it real?

I've got an old PowerPC Mac Mini running Leopard that I keep around to run legacy software. Today, for the first time in years, Software Update opened up, offering to upgrade Airport Utility from 5.2....
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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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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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Why does the OS X Software Update check take so long?

Why does it take so long for Software Update in OS X to tell me that I'm up to date? I'm currently running 10.7.2, but this has been the case for all versions of OS X I've run. I just performed a ...
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Is there a way to disable update notifications in Mojave?

Short of killing all notifications, is there a way to stop "Updates Available" notifications from showing up, for app and system updates? I already have "Automatically keep my Mac up to date" ...
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Are there credible technical bases for reports of “Apple deliberately slows down older devices when new software is released”?

Today while I was choosing an iPhone to buy, a clerk said that choosing iphone 7 would be unwise, as it's old and in few years it will stop receiving updates. At first I thought "so what, device'...
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Is there a way to turn off iOS 9 update reminders?

The answers to this question imply that the reminders do not recur... but that's for versions prior to iOS 9. Much like with newer versions of OSX, iOS 9 will remind you every other day or so to ...
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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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Unexplained and persistent "OS X 10.13 is not supported" dialog

I am being interrupted multiple times a day by a mysterious dialog box that says: "OS X 10.13 is not supported. There is an update but you are on OS X 10.13 or an earlier version. Upgrade to the ...
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'The requested version of macos is not available - macOS Catalina

I have nothing more to say other than I can't seem to download macOS Catalina beta... it's not available apparently? I even followed this link, which shows the update in the app store: https://apps....
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What is "signpost_reporter"?

Today I updated my 2014 MacBook Air to macOS Mojave 10.14.5 as it just released. After the update finished, I checked console logs and noticed in 'System Reports' there's a log named "...
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xcode-select --install not available on update server

I'm trying to install the new command line tools in OS X 10.9, and I get this weird error from Apple. Can't install the software because it is currently available from the Software Update server. ...
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Can't install the software because it is not currently available from the software update server - iPad

I'm attempting to sync my iPad with my MacBook pro, but every time I plug it in I'm getting a message from iTunes, "A software update is required to connect to your iOS device." When I click "Install,"...
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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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Xcode update would not work, and now won't leave the App Store update queue

Hello I am trying to remove this update. It was not working and I ended up downloading the Xcode update directly from apple.developer, it gave me no problem. This has been my spring cleaning project ...
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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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What is causing softwareupdated to use excessive resources and kill the responsiveness of my Mac?

Usually my Mac performs pretty comfortably but for the last hour or so it's been almost unusable. When I type it takes a few seconds to actually display what I've typed or just beachballs for a little ...
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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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Xcode 12.3 is not responding a few seconds after opening it

I updated to Xcode 12.3 on my MacBook Pro 2018 13" yesterday and face a strange problem right now. Problem: Every time I open up Xcode, it will first work fine. However, after a few actions / ...
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Disable shrinking spaces bar in El Capitan

I can't find a single piece of information about my issue. Is it possible to disable the 'feature' that the spaces bar reveals the content only if I hover with the mouse on it? It drives me nuts and I ...
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How to disable updates for specific app in Mac app store?

How can I disable updates of a particular app (in this case: iMovie) in the Mac App Store? The method documented here (right click on update, select Hide Update) no longer works. I have app Store ...
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How to update some application to latest version with homebrew-cask?

I noticed some packages provided by homebrew-cask uses a url of the latest version and a version number of "latest" such as dropbox and chrome. Thus they will never be upgraded with brew upgrade. Is ...
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Stop notifying me about Monterey upgrade

I'm running the latest version of Big Sur, and I'm not really interested in upgrading to Monterey at the moment (none of the enhancements interest me much). System Preferences keeps displaying a 1 ...
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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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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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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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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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Error message com.apple.Safari.History was closed unexpectedly

Since updating to Max OS 10.11.6 this morning I've seen this message several times. It's a bit weird as I never use Safari. I suspect it might be something to do with the AppStore trying to update. ...
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Is every program that ran on Intel Macs capable of being run on the new M1 Macs?

I am aware that the M1 is a different chip and requires programs to be rewritten to run on that new chip. I am also aware that some programs which have not yet been rewritten to work on M1 chips can ...
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Dual boot macOS Catalina 10.15 beta and macOS Mojave 10.14

I wish to keep my fully working MacBook Pro running macOS Mojave 10.14, but I also want to install macOS Catalina 10.15 beta on another drive, so I can choose which OS to use when booting. I've ...
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How do I prevent prompts to update to iOS 10

I've got an iPhone 6 that I would like to keep running iOS9 for the purpose of testing iOS applications. Is there any way to prevent the prompts to install iOS10?
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Facebook message notification showing blank message

Since I updated the system to 10.11.5, the Facebook message notification is not showing message text. Is this a bug in this software upgrade of OSX?
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App Store thinks apps are installed

I had a few apps originally purchased through the App Store that got corrupted. I removed them with the intent of re-installing them from the App Store, but it seems that the App Store thinks they're ...
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Where does MacBook save Sierra OS update files for Mac, not iPhone?

I downloaded an update today and had to click "install later." Now, not sure where that update is. Where does MacBook save Sierra OS update files?
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How can I dismiss the App Store banner in Notification Center without taking an action?

This is the notification that pops up from the App Store on Mountain Lion: As you can see, the only options are Details and Update. Most of these banners have a 'close' button, to dismiss the ...
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How long does Apple provide support for Mac OS X?

I am currently using Apple 10.6 (Snow Leopard). How long will Snow Leopard be supported for? Does Apple provide an end-of-life policy in writing? I have read that Apple tends to only provide security ...
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Why do macOS/iOS upgrades take so long?

Even on an iMac Pro, it still takes some time (maybe 15 minutes) to upgrade the OS (after everything is downloaded). During this time, I can't use the computer. Why is that? What is it actually doing?...
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Where do screenshots go now that I've installed Ventura?

Until upgrading my operating system to Ventura, screenshots taken with Cmd+Shift+3 and Cmd+Shift+4 went to my Desktop. Now I can't find them. Does anyone else have this problem? Any idea where they ...
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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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