Apple has unveiled its latest desktop operating system, macOS Sonoma, promising to elevate productivity and creativity while providing a more personalized experience. macOS Sonoma introduces a plethora of new features ranging from widgets, enhanced video conferencing tools, updates to Safari, improved gaming experience, and much more.
Personalization with Widgets
macOS Sonoma introduces interactive widgets that users can place right on their desktop, blending seamlessly with their wallpaper. Furthermore, the widgets are interactive, allowing users to complete tasks directly from their desktop. For instance, users can check off reminders, play or pause media, access home controls, and more. Additionally, thanks to Continuity, users can now enjoy the vast ecosystem of iPhone widgets on their Mac.
Smarter Video Conferencing
Apple is bringing enhanced video conferencing features to macOS Sonoma. These include the Presenter Overlay, a feature that places the presenter on top of the content being shared, and Reactions, which enables gesture-triggered video effects. Sharing content during video calls has also been simplified, thanks to the improved Screen Sharing picker.
Major Updates to Safari
Safari has received significant updates, including greater protection with Private Browsing, which offers advanced tracking and fingerprinting protections. Users can now keep browsing separate between multiple topics or projects with the new profiles feature, making browsing smoother and more organized.
Stunning Screen Savers
macOS Sonoma comes with stunning slow-motion video screen savers of various locations worldwide. The login experience has been redesigned and is now repositioned at the bottom of the screen, leaving room for these breathtaking screen savers that transition seamlessly into the desktop.
Enhanced Gaming Experience
macOS Sonoma also introduces an optimized gaming experience, thanks to the introduction of Game Mode, exciting new titles, and a game porting toolkit for developers. Game Mode ensures games get the highest priority on the CPU and GPU, resulting in smoother and more consistent frame rates, lower audio latency with AirPods, and significantly reduced input latency with popular game controllers.
Hybrid and Remote Pro Workflows
Leveraging Apple’s silicon advanced media engine, macOS Sonoma brings a high-performance mode to the Screen Sharing app. This new feature enables incredibly responsive remote access, allowing professionals to securely access their content creation workflows from anywhere.
macOS Sonoma also introduces a range of accessibility features, making the Mac more customizable for all users. These include support for Made for iPhone hearing devices, Live Speech for nonspeaking users, phonetic suggestions when dictating with Voice Control, and more.
macOS Sonoma marks a significant leap in Apple’s desktop operating system, offering a plethora of features that cater to a wide range of user needs. With the introduction of interactive widgets, major updates to Safari, smarter video conferencing experiences, enhanced gaming experiences, and improved accessibility features, macOS Sonoma is truly poised to offer an unparalleled desktop experience.
The developer beta of macOS Sonoma is available today through the Apple Developer Program, and a public beta will be available next month through the Apple Beta Software Program. The release will be available as a free software update this fall.
For more information, visit apple.com/macos/sonoma-preview.