Apple Announces macOS Sonoma With Desktop Widgets and More

Apple today announced macOS Sonoma, the latest version of its Mac operating system. Launching this fall, macOS Sonoma includes several new features, including desktop widgets, Apple TV-like aerial screensavers, enhancements to apps like Messages and Safari, a new Game mode that prioritizes CPU and GPU performance for gaming, and more.

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The first feature that Apple detailed was new interactive widgets, which can now be placed right on your desktop. Widgets blend into your desktop wallpaper to not be obtrusive when you're working, and with Continuity you can use the same widgets from your iPhone on your Mac.

macOS Sonoma also introduces enhanced video conferencing features, including Presenter Overlay to allow a user to display themselves in front of the content they are sharing. Reactions let users share how they feel within a video session, and Screen Sharing has been improved with a simplified process.

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As is usual with macOS updates, Safari is getting numerous new features within Sonoma. There's an update to Private Browsing that provides greater protection from trackers and from people who might have access to the user's device.

Profiles within Safari offer a way to separate browsing between topics, like having one for work and one for personal browsing. There's also a new way to create web apps that work like normal apps and let you get to your favorite website faster.

When you're not actively using macOS Sonoma, the new screen savers feature slow-motion videos of various locations worldwide. They shuffle between landscape, Earth, underwter, or cityscape themes, similar to what you'll see on tvOS.

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For gamers, there's a new Game Mode in macOS Sonoma that delivers an optimized gaming experience with smoother and more consistent frame rates. It dramatically lowers audio latency with AirPods and reduces input latency with game controllers, and it works with any game on Mac.

The beta version of macOS Sonoma is available today through the Apple Developer Program, and a public beta will launch next month. All Mac users can expect a public release of the software sometime this fall.

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Top Rated Comments

eicca Avatar
12 months ago
If only there had been a way to run desktop widgets back ten years ago…
Score: 39 Votes (Like | Disagree)
oofio2461 Avatar
12 months ago
reminds me of something... (fun fact: this was taken in Sonoma County.)
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jayducharme Avatar
12 months ago
I guess it's just me, but so far I haven't heard anything that makes a difference to me on a daily basis. I guess most users are interested in adding balloons and fireworks to their messages.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ricketysquire Avatar
12 months ago

If only there had been a way to run desktop widgets back ten years ago…
If only there was a way to run desktop widgets say back in 2006....hmmm...

MacOS Vista

Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nelloismello Avatar
12 months ago
Can't wait for the next macOS to allow us to add apps to the desktop... wait a second
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Calle68 Avatar
12 months ago
Wallpapers, widgets ... so 2000's ... Games ...
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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