Apple Seeds Second Release Candidate Version of macOS 14 Sonoma to Developers

Apple today seeded a second release candidate version of the upcoming macOS 14 Sonoma update to developers for testing purposes. The software update comes over a week after the launch of the first RC.

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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 is set to see a launch on September 26.

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Realityck Avatar
9 months ago
Comparison of RC2 to previous RC

macOS 14 RC2 (23A344)

* [B]Safari Version 17.0 (19616.1.27.211.1)[/B]
* System Firmware Version: 10151.1.1 (M1 based Macs)
* [B]Darwin Kernel Version 23.0.0: Fri Sep 15 14:41:34 PDT 2023; root:xnu-10002.1.13~1/RELEASE_ARM64_T8103 arm64[/B]

macOS 14 RC (23A339)

* Safari Version 17.0 (19616.1.27.111.16)
* System Firmware Version: 10151.1.1 (M1 based Macs)
* Darwin Kernel Version 23.0.0: Thu Aug 17 21:24:14 PDT 2023; root:xnu-10002.1.11~3/RELEASE_ARM64_T8103 arm64

Note Darwin kernel and Safari updated, and build used.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SmokyT18 Avatar
9 months ago
Of course since previous was an RC I had turned off the developer beta updates. Should have waited, lol.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Realityck Avatar
9 months ago

Not this again. No update showing on M2, yet.
If the OTA isn't available yet, why do you assume there are problems? It always takes like a half hour for it to show up. ;)
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jz0309 Avatar
9 months ago
Interesting, upgrades for every device, security fix?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Realityck Avatar
9 months ago

OTA is out now.
Yes just came up. People don't seem to realize that larger packages take longer to show up on Apple's servers. For M1 Macs it's 2.17 GB download. ;)
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pacificblue Avatar
9 months ago

Not upgrading to Sonoma until they fix the VPN vulnerability.
Good news for you then, it has been fixed:

https://mullvad.net/en/blog/2023/9/22/macos-14-sonoma-firewall-bug-fixed/
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)