Automatic updates haven’t been turned on yet. The core team is watching the results of over 1 million manual ones and will turn on the automatic updates in the very near future, assuming nothing bad is detected.
Thank you for informing the community, but joannacraig is right …
That info should have been communicated on the 4.9.6 release post.
The 4.9.6 release post currently states:
Sites that support automatic background updates are already beginning to update automatically.
This reply was modified 4 years, 10 months ago by nlpro.
Thanks for your reply Steve. Can you give an estimate of ‘the very near future’?
sorry, no. If you want it immediately, update manually.
@sterndata – but just to confirm, it will auto-update soon. Yes?
Per what’s in the core channel on Slack, there will be some sort of decision made, probably today, on the next steps
Still not seeing it happening here.
Is delaying automatic updates a new thing or has this always happened since they were finally introduced and I’ve not noticed?
If you want to follow the discussion, lurk in the core channel on slack.https://make.wordpress.org/chat/
Automatic updates should now be rolling out, depending on timings users should be receiving these within the next ~12 hours give or take.
It’s not a new thing, when a new version is released we generally wait a little bit before turning them on, but it’s usually around an hour.
This release is a bit different, as we’ve not added features to a release in this way before. Because of this we chose to err on the side of caution when noticing a potential issue with some plugins, and chose to postpone the automated updates until we felt confident it would not cause issues for large groups of users.
Thanks a lot for your thorough explanation. I fully understand the reasons why you postponed the automatic updates. My sites are auto updating now!