Patches are already commonly installed
"Apple users are going to have to get used to the same things that Microsoft and Unix users have dealt with for a long time and that's that patches are a fact of life."
Isn't that what all the Ys in the 10.X.Y updates are about? Patches? Not only have mac users been installing these since 10.0, but what about the security updates? They've been a fact of life for a long time now.
Microsoft prefers the nomenclature "Patch" whereas Apple prefers "Software Update" Same same...