Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of macOS 14 Sonoma to Developers

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of the upcoming macOS 14 Sonoma update to developers for testing purposes. The beta comes two weeks after the launch of the third beta.

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Registered developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center and after the appropriate profile is installed, with the betas available through the Software Update mechanism in System Settings.

macOS Sonoma introduces new Apple TV-like screen savers that also serve as wallpapers after you log in, plus it moves widgets to the desktop. You can use the new widget gallery to choose from a range of widgets, and then drag them to your Mac's desktop.

Widgets can be arranged in any way that's useful, and when you're using an app, they are designed to fade into the background so they're less distracting. ‌Widgets‌ are more interactive than before, so you can use them to do things like play music, turn off the lights in your home, and more. Through Continuity, your iPhone's widgets can also show up on your Mac's desktop.

Video conferencing has improved with a new Presenter Overlay view that shows your desktop or project in new ways, plus Safari now supports web apps for the Dock and the option to create Profiles so you can separate personal browsing from work browsing.

Other new features include improved search that's faster and more responsive, password and passkey sharing, a revamped stickers interface for the Messages app, PDF integration in notes that makes it easier than ever to manage PDFs, and more.

‌macOS Sonoma‌ will be in beta testing for several months, with a public release coming this fall.

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Realityck Avatar
13 months ago
After 3 weeks get to discover if things like Safari 17.0 are working better loading certain URLs like this MacRumors for example. (page loading animation that doesn't stop) ;)
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sdf Avatar
13 months ago
The Sonoma beta has been pretty dull so far. I like dull betas.
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Realityck Avatar
13 months ago
Comparison of DB3 and DB4 release

macOS 14 beta 4 (23A5301g)

* Safari Version 17.0 (19616.1.24.11.3)
* System Firmware Version: 10151.0.255.0.4 (M1 based Macs)
* Darwin Kernel Version 23.0.0: Tue Jul 18 20:35:19 PDT 2023; root:xnu-10002.0.199.505.1~3/RELEASE_ARM64_T8103 arm64

macOS 14 beta 3 (23A5286i)

* Safari Version 17.0 (19616.1.20.11.3)
* System Firmware Version: 10151.0.172.0.3 (M1 based Macs)
* Darwin Kernel Version 23.0.0: Fri Jun 30 17:48:23 PDT 2023; root:xnu-10002.0.168.505.3~1/RELEASE_ARM64_T8103 arm64
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13 months ago
Apple needs to bring this back!

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patearrings Avatar
13 months ago

So how will you be able to install beta 5 when it comes out?

Might be better to downgrade to beta 3 and skip beta 4.
Networking was broken on boot up. No internet connection at all. Reboot fixes everything.

You gave up reading just ONE sentence too soon......
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13 months ago
This one seems to be new!

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