Apple distributes unwanted enterprise tool to Windows users

Apple has pushed out an unwanted update to Windows PC's through the Apple Software Update tool called iPhone Configuration Utility, reported by ZDNet. The unwanted utility was made available to every Windows users, regardless if they have an iPhone or iPod device.

The enterprise software update is pushed to all iTunes users on Windows based PC's, even if the user does not have an iPhone, making the update unnecessary and unwanted to many iTunes users.

The iPhone Configuration Utility description reads:
"iPhone Configuration Utility lets you easily create, maintain, encrypt, and install configuration profiles, track and install provisioning profiles and authorized applications, and capture device information including console logs.

Configuration profiles are XML files that contain device security policies, VPN configuration information, Wi-Fi settings, APN settings, Exchange account settings, mail settings, and certificates that permit iPhone and iPod touch to work with your enterprise systems. For instructions on how to use iPhone Configuration Utility, see the iPhone and iPod touch Enterprise Deployment Guide, available for downloading at https://www.apple.com/support/iphone/enterprise/"

The update only is only required for iPhone users running Mac and Windows based PC's and is not required for all users, although the update is checked by default. However, many users will download and install the useless update on their machines, not knowing what it does or why it is available to them. Users can skip the update if they do not own an iPhone, as it will only take up disk space on their machines.


(Image courtesy of: ZDNet.com)

Thanks to Mephistopheles for pointing this out on the forums

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