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Keeping Apple Software Products Up-To-Date

Article ID = 10
Article Title = Keeping Apple Software Products Up-To-Date
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 15th June 2011
Article Last Updated = 28th December 2016
Article URL = http://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?10

Article Brief Description:
A guide to keeping your Apple software products up-to-date

Primary Apple Software List (for Mac users):

SECURITY WARNING: OS X 10.8.5 or earlier are no longer support by Apple.
OS X 10.8 and later
  • Check for an update now: Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > App Store > click the "Updates" icon at the top
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > App Store > tick "Automatically check for Updates" and tick all the boxes underneath that heading.
  • Download updates manually from the Apple support downloads page.
Mac OS X (10.0 to 10.7)
  • Check for an update now: Go to Apple menu > Software Update…
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Software Update and tick "Check for Updates" plus set your preferred recurrence timeframe.
  • Download updates manually from the Apple support downloads page.
Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard malware definitions
  • NOTE: You must be running at least Mac OS X 10.6.7 + Security Update 2011-003 to be able to automatically update your malware definitions file.
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Security > General tab and tick "Automatically update safe downloads list".
  • Check for an update now: Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Security > General tab and untick "Automatically update safe downloads list" and then immediately tick it again (this forces OS X to update the definitions list).
Safari
SECURITY WARNING: Safari is no longer supported on Apple PowerPC computers or OS X 10.9.5 or earlier. If you still use a PowerPC computer/OS X 10.9.5 or earlier for browsing the internet you are strongly recommended to use an alternative web browser.
  • Check for an update now: Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > App Store > click the "Updates" icon at the top
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > App Store > tick "Automatically check for Updates" and tick all the boxes underneath that heading.
  • Download updates manually from the Apple Safari download page. - updates can no longer be downloaded manually
iTunes
SECURITY WARNING: iTunes is no longer supported on Apple PowerPC computers or OS X 10.8.5 or earlier. If you still use a PowerPC computer/OS X 10.8.5 or earlier you are strongly recommended to be careful with what media you add to your iTunes library - always add files from legitimate/trusted sources.
  • Check for an update now: Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > App Store > click the "Updates" icon at the top
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > App Store > tick "Automatically check for Updates" and tick all the boxes underneath that heading.
  • Download updates manually from the Apple iTunes download page.
QuickTime + QuickTime web browser plug-in
As of 10th December 2015 the QuickTime internet plug-in is no longer supported/updated. The latest security updates for OS X 10.9 or later should automatically disable the plugin. If you are running OS X 10.8 or earlier or you want to manually disable the plug-in go to Macintosh HD > Library > Internet Plug-Ins and disable/move/delete "nsIQTScriptablePlugin.xpt" and "QuickTime Plugin.plugin".
Up to date QuickTime is no longer supported on Apple PowerPC computers or any Mac with OS X 10.9.5 or earlier. If you still use a PowerPC computer/OS X 10.9.5 or earlier go to Macintosh HD > Library > Internet Plug-Ins and disable/move/delete "nsIQTScriptablePlugin.xpt", "QuickTime Plugin.plugin" and "QuickTime Plugin.webplugin". Don't use, archive or delete the QuickTime Player application and use an alternative media player.
  • Check for an update now: Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > App Store > click the "Updates" icon at the top
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > App Store > tick "Automatically check for Updates" and tick all the boxes underneath that heading.
  • Download updates manually from the Apple QuickTime download page. - updates can no longer be downloaded manually
iPhoto, iMovie and Garageband (Mac App Store versions)
SECURITY WARNING: iPhoto is no longer supported. You should upgrade to an operating system that supports Photos or use a third party alternative.
  • Check for an update now: Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > App Store > click the "Updates" icon in the top right > click the "Update" button to the right of the application that you wish to update (sign in, if necessary).
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > App Store > tick "Automatically check for Updates" and tick all the boxes underneath that heading.
  • Manual updates cannot be downloaded for these applications.
iLife suite including iPhoto, iMovie, Garageband, iWeb and iDVD (bundled or CD/DVD versions)
  • Check for an update now: Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > App Store > click the "Updates" icon in the top right > click the "Update" button to the right of the application that you wish to update (sign in, if necessary).
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > App Store > tick "Automatically check for Updates" and tick all the boxes underneath that heading.
  • Manual updates cannot be downloaded for these applications.
SECURITY WARNING: Some of these software versions are no longer supported any more. Upgrade to the Apple Mac App Store version or use a third party alternative:
  • iPhoto (all versions) --> upgrade to an operating system that supports Photos or use a third party alternative
  • iMovie v9 or earlier --> upgrade to the Mac App Store version Buy it now on the Mac App Store or try Adobe Premiere Elements Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Garageband v9 or earlier --> upgrade to the Mac App Store version Buy it now on the Mac App Store
  • iWeb (all versions) --> try Sandvox
  • iDVD (all versions) --> try Roxio Toast
Pages, Keynote and Numbers (Mac App Store versions)
  • Check for an update now: Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > App Store > click the "Updates" icon in the top right > click the "Update" button to the right of the application that you wish to update (sign in, if necessary).
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > App Store > tick "Automatically check for Updates" and tick all the boxes underneath that heading.
  • Manual updates cannot be downloaded for these applications.
iWork suite including Pages, Keynote and Numbers (bundled or CD/DVD versions)
  • Check for an update now: Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > App Store > click the "Updates" icon in the top right > click the "Update" button to the right of the application that you wish to update (sign in, if necessary).
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > App Store > tick "Automatically check for Updates" and tick all the boxes underneath that heading.
  • Manual updates cannot be downloaded for these applications.
SECURITY WARNING: Some of these software versions are no longer supported any more. Upgrade to the Apple Mac App Store version if necessary:
  • Pages v5 or earlier --> upgrade to the Mac App Store version Buy it now on the Mac App Store
  • Keynote v6 or earlier --> upgrade to the Mac App Store version Buy it now on the Mac App Store
  • Numbers v3 or earlier --> upgrade to the Mac App Store version Buy it now on the Mac App Store
Aperture (all versions)
SECURITY WARNING: Aperture is no longer supported any more. Upgrade to a third party alternative:
Final Cut Express/Pro/Studio (retail versions)
SECURITY WARNING: Final Cut Express/Pro/Studio retail versions are no longer supported any more. Upgrade to:
Logic Pro
SECURITY WARNING: Logic Pro version 9 and earlier are no longer supported. Upgrade to the Mac App Store version.
  • Check for an update now: Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > App Store > click the "Updates" icon in the top right > click the "Update" button to the right of the application that you wish to update (sign in, if necessary).
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > App Store > tick "Automatically check for Updates" and tick all the boxes underneath that heading.
  • Manual updates cannot be downloaded for these applications.

Primary Apple Software List (for Windows users):

Safari
SECURITY WARNING: Safari is no longer supported on Windows computers. If you still use Safari you are strongly recommended to use an alternative web browser.
  • Check for an update now: Go to Start menu > Apple Software Update
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: Go to Start menu > Apple Software Update > then go to Edit menu > Preferences… > Schedule tab and choose your preferred recurrence timeframe.
  • Download updates manually from the Apple Safari download page.
iTunes
  • Check for an update now: Go to Start menu > Apple Software Update
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: Open iTunes and go to Edit menu > Preferences… > General tab and tick "Check for new software updates automatically".
  • Download updates manually from the Apple iTunes download page.
QuickTime + QuickTime web browser plug-in
SECURITY WARNING: As of 14th April 2016 QuickTime is no longer supported on Windows computers and there are security risks with using it/having it installed. You are therefore recommended to unistall it.
  • Check for an update now: Go to Start menu > Apple Software Update
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: Open QuickTime Player and go to Edit menu > Preferences > QuickTime Preferences… > Update tab and tick "Check for updates automatically".
  • Download updates manually from the Apple QuickTime download page.
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