Apple’s annual round of upgrades arrives on Macs: A little earlier than in previous years, the manufacturer is delivering a major update with macOS 14 Sonoma, which now also delivers many of the new functions introduced with iOS and iPadOS 17 on Macs. These include major innovations in Apple apps such as Reminders, Notes, iCloud Keychain, Autocorrect and Safari. The Apple browser now also allows web apps and websites to be saved directly as standalone programs on the Mac.
As with the other Apple operating systems, widgets are playing an increasingly important role in macOS 14: These are now interactive and thus (again) allow certain functions to be carried out without having to open the associated app. If you want, you can place the widgets directly on your desk for the first time and keep them within sight; even widgets that are only available for the iPhone can be displayed in macOS.
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macOS Sonoma is renovating the lock screen – with lots of new Slowmo screensavers.
New functions from screen sharing to gaming
macOS Sonoma also simplifies screen sharing in video conferences; this is now integrated directly into the window controls. A new “high-performance mode” for screen sharing is intended to enable even remote audio and video workflows through the lowest possible latency and high frame rates – but only between Macs with an Apple chip.
Apple has also integrated a gaming mode to give top priority to games in full-screen mode and to connect Bluetooth accessories such as game controllers with as little latency as possible. A new gaming initiative is intended to expand the range of games, with Resident Evil 4 Remake, Stray and Death Stranding among others in the starting blocks.
On which Macs you can install macOS Sonoma
macOS 14 Sonoma cannot be installed on Macs built in 2017 such as the MacBook Pro 2017, the only exception to this is the iMac Pro. The new operating system is only intended for MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini from 2018, iMac and Mac Pro from 2019, iMac Pro and Mac Studio. The manufacturer is likely to continue to provide security updates for macOS 13 Ventura and macOS 12 Monterey, but Apple only wants to fix all known security gaps in the latest version of the operating system.
GPG Mail users should wait before upgrading to Sonoma. On Intel Macs, problems can also arise when using Rode audio hardware.
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