Apple is soon to launch its newest operating system, macOS 14 Sonoma, which promises to offer a myriad of innovative features. These include interactive widgets that can be directly placed on user desktops, high-performance screen sharing, and a new game mode. Additionally, Apple has adapted the widgets to blend seamlessly into the background, preventing distractions to user app windows.
Several exciting features from iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 will now be available on macOS 14 Sonoma. These include the option to share passwords and passkeys with third parties to use together, a revised autocorrection and dictation function, simpler completion of PDF forms, and improved data protection for the Safari browser.
While competitors Microsoft and Google have deeply integrated AI capabilities within their operating systems, Apple’s keynote omitted any mention of “AI.” Instead, Apple used the term “machine learning” to describe certain features, such as those related to auto-correction.
Notably, macOS 14 Sonoma will not be compatible with certain older Mac model series. With the exception of the iMac Pro, the update cannot be installed on Macs built in 2017. To work around this, tools such as the OpenCore Legacy Patcher can be used to bring the latest macOS version to older unsupported hardware.
macOS 14 Sonoma will be released this autumn as a free update, with developers already able to download its first beta. A public beta is expected from July. The new operating system runs on MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini 2018 and later, iMac and Mac Pro 2019 and later, iMac Pro and Mac Studio. Certain features, such as high-performance screen sharing and Game mode, require a Mac with an Apple chip.