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macOS Sonoma Overview: Beta, Compatibility, Features & More

Updated on Friday, June 14, 2024

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Summary: This is an overview of macOS 14 Sonoma. It introduces macOS 14 beta, release date, compatibility, and features. Also, it will tell you how to download macOS 14 (Beta). - From iBoysoft

macOS 14

On the 2023 June WWDC, Apple unveiled the newest macOS 14 named macOS Sonoma (the incomer of macOS 13 Ventura), and released the macOS 14 Beta for developers.

If you are curious about the macOS 14's beta version, compatibility, release date, features, download, and more, follow this post. This article is an overview of macOS Sonoma 14.

macOS Sonoma release date

On June 5 2023 WWDC, Apple has already released the macOS 14 Beta for developers. For the macOS Sonoma public version, the release date is a little later. You can install macOS Sonoma Beta on your Mac to have firsthand experience.

Here is the macOS Sonoma release date:

  • June 5, 2023: macOS 14 Beta for developers
  • July 12, 2023: macOS 14 Public Beta
  • September 26, 2023: The official macOS 14 for the public.

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macOS Sonoma compatibility (supported devices)

Not all Mac models support macOS Sonoma. In view of macOS Ventura's compatibility, these Macs are probably compatible with macOS 14:

  • MacBook Air: 2018 and later
  • MacBook Pro: 2018 and later
  • iMac: 2019 and later
  • Mac Pro: 2019 and later
  • Mac Mini: 2018 and later
  • Mac Studio: 2022 and later
  • iMac Pro 2017

If you are preparing to install macOS 14 Sonoma on your Mac machine, firstly you need to check whether your Mac supports it or not. To check your Mac model, go to the Apple menu > About This Mac. In the Overview tab, you can see the release date of your Mac model.

macOS 14 download

Usually, when a new macOS version is available, you can update your Mac from System Preferences (or System Settings), App Store, or support.apple.com. If you prefer a safer installation, you can clean install macOS Sonoma.

Attention please, if you are a developer who wants to install macOS Sononma Developer Beta, you need to update to macOS 13.4 first, or else, you'll face the macOS Sonoma Developer Beta not working issue.

Here are the detailed steps about how to download macOS Sonoma:

Download macOS 14 in System Preferences: Go to the Apple menu > System Preferences > Software Update.

Download macOS 14 in App Store: Simply click the Apple menu > App Store, search for macOS 14 in the search box, and press Return to search it.

Download macOS 14 in support.apple.com: Access the Apple Support macOS download webpage, find macOS 14 and then click the link to jump to the App Store, and then download Sonoma to your Mac.

If you want to install macOS Sonoma, you'd better back up your Mac with Time Machine and keep your Mac charged and MacBook lid open to get a successful macOS 14 installation.

Check out more tips before upgrading to macOS Sonoma in this post: What to Do Before Upgrading to macOS 14 Sonoma?

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macOS 14 features

Software improvements in macOS 14 will bring you an absolutely new and fun experience. Let's explore the well-designed features of macOS Sonoma.

Relaxing new screen savers relieve the pressure

The dynamic screen savers reduce the boredom of your work on the Mac machine. When you want to take a breath from the tedious writing, stack video clips, endless collation of data, etc., you can take a look at the slow-motion landscape screen savers.

macOS 14 screen savers

Add widgets to your desktop for a quick look

macOS 14 allows you to put your frequently-used widgets to your desktop from the new widget gallery, such as podcasts, the clock, notes, and more. Besides, with the assistance of Continuity, you can also directly add your favorite iPhone widgets to your desktop without installing those programs on your Mac.

Then, you can have a quick check and use of these widgets, which greatly streamline the use process and improve work efficiency. It is worth mentioning that the widgets' fade design makes you more concentrated on your current task.

macOS 14 widgets

Presenter Overlay highlights you in the video conference

The advanced Presenter Overlay functionality puts you in the center of a video conference.   There are two overlays, large and small. The large overlay stands your screen frame out of the shared screen, helping other members spotlight your screen when you are talking. The small overlay turns your screen frame into a movable bubble over the shared screen, allowing others to see clearly the content you want them to pay attention to.

During the video call, you can also share apps from your screen.

macOS 14 presenter overlay

Other worth-mentioning improvements in macOS Sonoma

  • Fill the camera frame by adding a reaction with your hands.
  • Separate the browsing via different profiles in Safari. And private browsing windows stop trackers from accessing the pages.
  • Support adding websites to your Dock like adding apps.
  • Re-designed AutoFill enables you to use the saved info from Contacts to fill out PDFs or other scanned files.
  • Game Mode reduces the usage of background tasks to improve your gaming speed and experience.
  • Click wallpaper to reveal desktop.

By the way, you should know that some Sonoma features are unavailable on Intel Macs.