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Apple pushes unnecessary iPhone utility to Windows users

updated 01:30 pm EDT, Tue September 29, 2009

Echoes Safari controversy

Windows users have again been pressed into downloading an unneeded program through Apple's Software Update utility, MacNN can confirm. The latter is requesting that users download iPhone Configuration Utility 2.1, which is identified as an update rather than just an optional add-on. The program is unimportant to the general public, intended for enterprise management of iPhone apps and profiles.

The problem mirrors a controversy from March 2008, when Software Update then asked Windows users to download the latest version of Safari, even though they did not already have the browser installed. The tactic is believed to have been designed to increase Safari's PC marketshare, which it did. Only in April did Apple change Software Update to include a "New Software" category, one which does not trigger pop-up windows.

At present, the only means of avoiding the iPhone Configuration Utility alert are to either download the code, or uninstall Software Update entirely [or use the 'Ignore Update' option]

Update: Apple has removed the software update "push" as of Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009 and Windows users are no longer asked to install the enterprise tool.




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  1. Art Vandelay

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Already fixed by Apple

    Apple already removed this entry yesterday. It's very likely it was a mistake and should never have appeared in the first place since it's an enterprise tool.

  1. DiabloConQueso

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Unavoidable?

    *At present, the only means of avoiding the iPhone Configuration Utility alert are to either download the code, or uninstall Software Update entirely.*

    Or, by selecting Tools > Ignore Selected Updates from the Software Update window.

  1. macuserssmelllikebum

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Whatever

    It's not like Windows users don't already have a shitload of useless software on their boxes. One more little utility won't make any difference.

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