Apple officially launched the latest version of its desktop operating system, macOS Sonoma. It is available as a free software update for compatible Macs. The new OS brings a host of new features and enhancements, such as desktop widgets, video conferencing tools, Safari updates, and more.
One of the most noticeable changes in macOS Sonoma is the addition of interactive widgets on the desktop, which can be accessed from the new widget gallery. Users can customize their desktop with widgets that show information such as weather, calendar, stocks, podcasts, and more. Users can also access iPhone widgets on their Mac without having to install the corresponding apps, thanks to Continuity.
Another major feature of the update is the new video conferencing tools that allow users to elevate their presence on video calls. Users can choose from two overlays, large and small, that keep them in front of their shared screen. Users can also react with their hands using 3D augmented reality effects, such as hearts, confetti, fireworks, and more. Users can also easily share an app or multiple apps when on a video call, right from the window they are in.
Safari, Apple’s web browser, also gets a makeover in macOS Sonoma. Users can create profiles to keep their browsing separate for topics like work and personal, with different history, extensions, tab groups, cookies, and favorites. Users can also use any website like an app and pin it to their Dock. Safari also offers faster and more relevant search suggestions, enhanced private browsing, and password and passkey sharing.
Other notable features include PDF viewing inside Notes, shared passwords, better search filters in Messages, a new column view inside Reminders, improved Autocorrect when typing, a new high-performance mode in Screen Sharing, and a litany of general bug fixes and performance improvements.
MacOS Sonoma is compatible with MacBook Air (2018 and later), MacBook Pro (2018 and later), Mac Mini (2018 and later), iMac (2019 and later), iMac Pro (2017 and later), Mac Pro (2019 and later), and Mac Studio (2022 and later). To download the software update, go to System Preferences > Software Update on your Mac.
For more information about macOS Sonoma and its features, users can visit Apple’s website.