Googling this gets me a lot of talk about iCloud & App Store. I understand these utilities are used for those connections and services. What else though? I have all that disabled (I think) and they still want to call home every 5 seconds. Little Snitch is getting a constant workout. The system is using over 2GB ram just at idle from these things trying to do their thing. My aim is to simply be able to shut this stuff down when I wish. I’m not even paranoid about data sharing (I don’t trade with the Russian mob or organize protests). Just the ability to control the system if I might want to do something intentionally resource heavy myself.