When did Apple start auto-installing software without our permission?

St8kout

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May 17, 2010
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I woke up today to new software on my ipad. It wasn't there last night when the battery died and I plugged in the charger before going to bed. There's new icons for some of my apps, and when I open an app it tells me what changes have been made.

Apparently, the dialog box announcing software updates, tap "Install" or "Cancel" is just a formality to make you think you have some control over your IOS device.

It's a little disturbing, in light of today's news about the NSA using a counterfeit Facebook server to implant their spyware, codenamed TURBINE, on anyone's computer. More revelations coming to light thanks to Edward (my hero!) Snowden.

20 or 30 years ago, if you had told me that not only would the government have a camera and mic in every household in the country, but that the public would spend their own money to have it, I would have thought it'd make a good sci-fi movie, but never a reality. Yet here we are.
 

St8kout

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May 17, 2010
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Hmm, under General, it says IOS 7.1 downloaded BUT it still wants me to install it.
 

Mystic Eddy

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Hmm, under General, it says IOS 7.1 downloaded BUT it still wants me to install it.
iOS updates won't auto install; it'll download when connected to power and WiFi, but needs user input to start installing. What you've experienced is App Store auto updates, which as outlined by a previous poster, can be disabled in settings.
 

maflynn

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[MOD NOTE]
Lets keep the PRSI comments out of this thread, if you wish to talk about the NSA, or other political aspects of the US government please use our PRSI forum