Apple Seeds Third Public Beta of macOS Sonoma 14.2

Apple today seeded the third public beta of an upcoming macOS Sonoma 14.2 update, allowing non-developers to test out the software ahead of its release. The third public beta comes two weeks after the second public beta.

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Beta testers can opt-in through the Software Update section of the System Settings app. Under Beta updates, simply toggle on the Sonoma Public Beta. Note that you must sign up to participate on Apple's beta testing website.

‌macOS Sonoma‌ 14.2 adds Messages sticker reactions, which make it quicker to add a sticker or an emoji to an iMessage. It also includes support for collaborative Apple Music playlists, allowing multiple people to add songs to a single playlist.

There's a new Favorites ‌Apple Music‌ playlist as well, better support for Messages in iCloud syncing, and iMessage Contact Key Verification for people who face extraordinary digital threats.

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Top Rated Comments

Fuzzball84 Avatar
27 weeks ago
Beta testers can opt in... I wish the regular users could opt out.. the state of Apple software quality in recent times.

I know some of these features certain people will like.. but for the most part, for most people.. they just want a solid stable OS that runs well and is dependable. Despite starting really well on Sonoma, Ive had my Mac mini (intel) wobble a few times lately.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
soyazul Avatar
27 weeks ago

Beta testers can opt in... I wish the regular users could opt out.. the state of Apple software quality in recent times.

I know some of these features certain people will like.. but for the most part, for most people.. they just want a solid stable OS that runs well and is dependable. Despite starting really well on Sonoma, Ive had my Mac mini (intel) wobble a few times lately.
If are using an INTEL Mac you shouldn't update to the last OS until x.5 or x.6 If you do this you will always have a very stable OS. I am running the latest version of Ventura and is great.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bousozoku Avatar
27 weeks ago

Mah cake.
The cake is a lie.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tex210 Avatar
27 weeks ago
Battery I believe.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
3xBoom Avatar
27 weeks ago

"I wish the regular users could opt out..."
What are you talking about? No one forces you to partake in the testing process...
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lkrupp Avatar
27 weeks ago
macOS 14.1.1 has been rock solid on my Studio Max M1. Only one minor glitch solved by 14.1.1.

Yeah, I was tempted to wait.. but went for it as compared to my MacBook Air M2, it doesnt run on battery and I have light usage.. so any issue would likely be a non issue.. Having said that, Im sure it's fine on my M2... but Im waiting just a little longer. Ventura is solid at this point. Likewise for iOS 16
The Apple Discussion forums would dispute the solidity of both Ventura and iOS 16. The problem is what’s good for the goose may not be good for the gander. All you hear about on social media is the stuff that goes wrong. And often the cause is user error, misconfigurations, misbehaving third party software, and not actual bugs. Sure there are multiple bugs but very few actual showstoppers.
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