When you need to install software updates on your Mac, you probably head to the Mac App Store. But when it comes to macOS software updates, the Mac App Store is really just a front end for a UNIX command, and fans of the Mac’s Terminal can actually use this command to update their Mac and first party apps while bypassing the Mac App Store altogether. Here’s how.
By default, the Mac App Store will check for updates once a week. But in the fast-paced world of software, a week may be too long to wait for the latest features or bug fixes. Here’s how to change the Mac App Store’s update frequency using a handy Terminal command, allowing your Mac to check for updates as frequently as once a day.
Automatic updates in OS X El Capitan can be a huge time saver, saving you from frequently checking for the latest versions of your favorite apps and ensuring that you’re up-to-date with features and security fixes. But some users prefer to maintain control of exactly how and when their software and operating system gets updated. For these users, here’s how to turn off automatic app and system updates in OS X El Capitan.
Mac users not running the latest version of OS X are shown a large banner in the Mac App Store urging them to upgrade. If you’re not ready or willing to upgrade to Yosemite, here’s how you can hide its prominent banner, keeping it out of the way until you’re ready.
It can be fun to participate in the OS X Yosemite Beta Program or Developer Preview and get early looks at new OS X features, but sometimes it’s best to return to the safer and more stable public builds. Here’s how to remove your Mac from the OS X beta update program and stop receiving pre-release updates in Software Update.
The Windows 10 Technical Preview gives consumers and businesses unprecedented access to Microsoft’s upcoming operating system and an opportunity to provide valuable feedback before it launches next year. But this access is only valuable if you’re running the latest Windows 10 builds. Here’s how to check for and install the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview builds so that you’ve always got the latest changes to play with.