After introducing the feature in iOS 7, Apple has brought automatic application updates to OS X. The new feature does exactly what you’d expect: automatically download and install application updates from the Mac App Store. While many users love the feature on their iDevice and have looked forward to it in OS X, power users may want to disable the feature. As we all know, sometimes application updates introduce critical bugs, remove features, or outright change parts of the app for the worse. For users who want to have exacting control over exactly what gets installed on their Mac and when, here’s how to disable automatic app updates in OS X Mavericks.
Automatic app updates are handled exclusively by the Mac App Store; your third-party non-App Store software won’t automatically update with Apple’s new feature. To change the App Store’s settings, head to System Preferences > App Store. Here, you’ll see a number of app-related options.
While many users will still want the App Store to automatically check for new updates, and perhaps even download them in the background, users who want to determine when these updates are installed will want to uncheck the box next to “Install app updates.”
For users who want to keep automatic updates enabled, the Mac App Store features a new list that shows all updates installed in the last 30 days. Along with its iOS 7 companion, this list is the easiest way to keep track of which apps are getting updated on your Mac. Even if you disable automatic app updates, this list will remain in place, providing a handy history of your recent updates.