Apple Seeds Third Beta of macOS Sonoma 14.1 to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming macOS Sonoma 14.1 update to developers for beta testing, with the update coming one week after the launch of the second 14.1 beta.

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Registered developers can opt-in to the beta through the Software Update section of the System Settings app. Under Beta updates, toggle on the Sonoma Developer Beta. Note that an Apple ID associated with an Apple Developer account is required to get the developer beta.

‌macOS Sonoma‌ 14.1 includes updates for the Music app, introducing an option to favorite songs, albums, artists, and more, plus there's a new Coverage section in System Settings for keeping track of AppleCare+. No other major new additions have been found in the beta as of yet, but there are several promised features that did not make it into the ‌macOS Sonoma‌ launch.

Apple says that these features are coming in an update later this year, so we could begin seeing some of them in this beta.

Additions we are waiting on include interactive Music widgets, iCloud Sync improvements, the option to use Stickers through the Tapback menu in Messages, Intelligent form detection and Enhanced AutoFill for PDF documents and forms, an option to complete words by pressing the space bar, collaborative playlists in the Music app, and a favorite songs playlist.

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Top Rated Comments

Realityck Avatar
8 months ago
Comparison of 14.1 beta 3 to previous 14.1 beta 2

macOS 14.1 beta 3 (23B5067a)

* Safari Version 17.1 (19616.2.9.11.6)
* System Firmware Version: 10151.41.10 (M1 based Macs)
* Darwin Kernel Version 23.1.0: Tue Oct 3 22:41:31 PDT 2023; root:xnu-10002.41.8~15/RELEASE_ARM64_T8103 arm64

macOS 14.1 beta 2 (23B5056e)

* Safari Version 17.1 (19616.2.8.11.2)
* System Firmware Version: 10151.40.171.501.2 (M1 based Macs)
* Darwin Kernel Version 23.1.0: Tue Sep 26 22:11:17 PDT 2023; root:xnu-10002.40.89.501.1~3/RELEASE_ARM64_T8103 arm64
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CarAnalogy Avatar
8 months ago

why are they taking so long to add the music widget?
The real question is, why is the Music app part of the OS in the first place? They need to fully break the services apps out into the App Store. Especially on the Mac where they wind up on the System partition and can’t be removed.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Realityck Avatar
8 months ago
[SPOILER="macOS Sonoma 14.1 Beta 3 Release Notes"]
[HEADING=2]Remote Widgetsin page link ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/macos-release-notes/macos-14_1-release-notes#Remote-Widgets')[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Resolved Issuesin page link ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/macos-release-notes/macos-14_1-release-notes#Resolved-Issues')[/HEADING]

* Fixed: Remote Widgets might render blank on mismatched iOS and macOS releases. (115436466)

[HEADING=2]Walletin page link ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/macos-release-notes/macos-14_1-release-notes#Wallet')[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Resolved Issuesin page link ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/macos-release-notes/macos-14_1-release-notes#Resolved-Issues')[/HEADING]

* Fixed: Some event ticket passes might fail to ingest into Wallet when added from a website on a Mac. (115216417)

[HEADING=2]WidgetKitin page link ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/macos-release-notes/macos-14_1-release-notes#WidgetKit')[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Known Issuesin page link ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/macos-release-notes/macos-14_1-release-notes#Known-Issues')[/HEADING]

* In widgets Text(_:style:) doesn’t animate its content by default. (107582710)
Workaround: To explicitly request an animation, use the View.contentTransition(_:) modifier.

[HEADING=2]iPhone 12 in Francein page link ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/macos-release-notes/macos-14_1-release-notes#iPhone-12-in-France')[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Notesin page link ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/macos-release-notes/macos-14_1-release-notes#Notes')[/HEADING]

* Updates the iPhone 12 for users in France to accommodate a test protocol for Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) testing. For more information, visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT213923(116601274)

[/SPOILER]

This is looking like just an another beta (4) and a RC left to do.
Todays releases to devs

* iOS 17.1 beta 3 (21B5066a) - October 10, 2023
* iPadOS 17.1 beta 3 (21B5066a) - October 10, 2023
* macOS 14.1 beta 3 (23B5067a) - October 10, 2023
* watchOS 10.1 beta 3 (21S5063a) - October 10, 2023
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mitthrawnuruodo Avatar
8 months ago

If they allow you to favourite artists, then you can display your favourite artist's music, I'll come back to Apple Music.

As it stands with Apple music, if you want to add an artist's music to your library, you have to add each one of their albums which is tedious. Spotify allows you to favourite an artist, and their discography becomes instantly available in your library.
You can Favourite artists, and then filter to see "Only Favourited Artists" or "All Artists" when in Library > Artists... is that what you're looking for?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mdekker Avatar
8 months ago
Beta 3 solved a bunch of applications crashing at start up in beta 2.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JosephAW Avatar
8 months ago
Sonoma runs fair on my 2012 Mac mini using opencore :)

It seems that every iteration of macOS slightly improves the performance of AFPS by squeaking even more performance out of their code.

Mojave was atrociously slow even on SSDs but now all the way to Sonoma it really seems faster on the same hardware.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)