Disabling the iCloud sign-in pop-up message on Lion and later
Starting in 10.7.2, Apple set the iCloud sign-in to pop up on the first login.
10.7.5 iCloud pop-up message
10.8.5 iCloud pop-up message
10.9.0 iCloud pop-up message
Since having this appear may not be desirable in all Mac environments, it makes sense to be able to turn this off for new user accounts. As part of preparing for Mavericks in my own shop, I’ve developed a script that should disable the iCloud pop-up on 10.7.2 – 10.9.0. See below the jump for the details.
Apple is using /Users/username/Library/Preferences/com.apple.SetupAssistant.plist to store the settings that indicate whether or not the iCloud sign-in process has run. Building on work done by the folks behind DeployStudio, I’ve built a script that pre-sets those values for new and existing accounts on a particular Mac. In turn, that should stop the iCloud pop-up message from appearing on that Mac.
Update – 10-30-2013: It looks like setting the following values are not needed to block the iCloud pop-up:
I’ve updated the script to remove the parts that referenced setting those values.
The script is below and is also available on my GitHub repo.