I recently started seeing an odd software update on my Mac whenever I plug in an iOS device. There’s an Apple support article about it, and looking at the discussion off that article shows that this update is generating some degree of confusion.
It starts with a dialog to update your software in order to communicate with your iOS device. The first strikingly odd thing is that it’s not the usual update mechanism - the dialog box is not coming from the App Store (normal for a macOS update), and it’s not coming from iTunes (normal for an iOS update), in fact it’s not directly connected to any process that has a UI; if you cover it with another window, there’s nothing that you can click in the dock to bring it back up and can’t command-tab back to it. You need to minimize or hide the other applications windows to reveal this dialog again.
The next odd thing is that, after a download progress indicator finishes, it usually ends with a message that the update is not available on the servers.
This is all happening on fully updated systems that are not running (and have never run) any betas.
Does anyone know what this is, or why it’s happening? (my personal theory, completely devoid of any fact, is that it’s meant for people running the latest iOS beta but accidentally got pushed out to everyone, or maybe incorrectly identifies a non-beta iOS device as running a beta?)