The Røde products, which are popular with creative people, have problems with the soon-to-be-released macOS 14 aka Sonoma: The company has now issued a compatibility warning for a total of ten devices. The Australian company writes in a statement that these should not currently be used with the new operating system. Eight well-known microphones and two podcaster consoles from the Rødecaster line are affected.
Problem mit “Made for i”
macOS 14 aka Sonoma will be released on September 26th. There are difficulties here in connection with Apple’s “Made for i” certification (MfI), which should actually guarantee compatibility with the Mac. However, these lead to the devices being unusable under Sonoma. “Many RØDE products are MFi certified and will be affected by this limitation. This will result in compatibility issues and likely means you will not be able to use your RØDE product with your device running macOS Sonoma.” However, there is an important limitation: only Intel Macs are affected. According to Røde, computers with Apple Silicon, i.e. M1 or M2 SoC, are not affected.
The manufacturer currently names AI-Micro, NT-USB+, PodMic USB, VideoMic GO II, VideoMic NTG, Wireless GO II, Wireless ME and Wireless PRO among its microphones, which do not work as usual on Intel Macs with macOS 14. The podcast consoles are RØDECaster Pro II and Duo – but this only affects the USB 2 connection.
The error is in all betas including the release candidate
According to Røde, the bug can be found in all pre-release versions of macOS 14, including the recently released release candidate, which could also be the final version. Why Apple has not yet responded remains unclear. “Røde has escalated this issue to Apple and we are awaiting further information on when it will be resolved.” Until the fix comes, it makes sense not to use macOS 14 on Intel Macs if you want to continue using your Røde products.
However, the popular manufacturer is unlikely to be the only one affected. Røde assumes that other audio devices with MfI certification will not work as usual. USB audio is always affected. It can be expected that Apple will quickly update macOS 14 with macOS 14.1 – whether this contains a bug fix remains to be seen. The company will continue to maintain the Intel version of macOS for the time being, but will treat the Apple Silicon variants with priority, including in terms of functions.
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