Apple's macOS Sierra will download on users' computers in the background. Photo credit: Apple
Apple's macOS Sierra will download on users' computers in the background. Photo credit: Apple

Apple is pushing out its new macOS Sierra as an automatic download, according to The Loop.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based company told the site that the update will download on users' computers in the background beginning this week – if a user has automatic downloads enabled in their preferences.

While the upgrade will be pushed to computers, users will be alerted and must then initiate the install manually.

The download would not occur should a user's computer be unable to handle the 5G of space needed or if an older computer is not equipped to integrate the upgrade. 

Alternatively, users can download the new version from Apple's App Store.

While some sites are raising concerns over the “pre-download” process, comparing the rollout to the negative response Apple earned for its automatic push of a U2 music download with its launch of iPhone 6, automatic downloads have been an option for some time on Macs and iOS.