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    Upgrades free or for sale?
    How do I tell if an "update” is free or for sale? I keep getting unrequested “updates available” notifications, daily, giving me no option to say “no thanks” but only to select update now or try tomorrow. That sounds like a free update, but it does not say so, nor does it give a price for the updates that are offered (Pages, OSX, Keynote, PDF OCR X) if they are recommended that I BUY.

    How can I find out? For sale or free “update”? Please help.

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    Assuming you mean on the Mac App Store, they are ALWAYS free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McThomas View Post
    How do I tell if an "update” is free or for sale? I keep getting unrequested “updates available” notifications, daily, giving me no option to say “no thanks” but only to select update now or try tomorrow. That sounds like a free update, but it does not say so, nor does it give a price for the updates that are offered (Pages, OSX, Keynote, PDF OCR X) if they are recommended that I BUY.

    How can I find out? For sale or free “update”? Please help.
    As already stated, if the updates are from the MAS (Mac App Store), then they apply to programs already on your computer and will be installed at no cost to you.

    Now if you want to control notification and manual vs. automatic installation of these apps, then go into System Preferences > App Store (pic of how mine is setup) - you have plenty of choices in deciding how you want this process to operate. Dave
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    What you may be seeing is the automated update check. This is the same thing as the "Software Update" option under the Apple drop-down menu. These have always been free.

    Depending on the OS version that is installed. The frequency of this "update check" can be adjusted by going to:

    - Apple Menu
    - System Preferences
    - Software Update
    - Then adjust as desired.

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    Thank you all. What you have said certainly is reasonable - but I didn't want to presume.

    Thanks.

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    Generally, Apple and other software developers use the term update for free software that improves something in the currently available version. An upgrade is a new version, and is not usually free. Apple has released some upgrades that are free, just to make this more confusing.

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