Apple Seeds First Public Beta of macOS 14.4

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming macOS Sonoma 14.4 update to public beta testers, allowing non-developers to test the software ahead of its launch. The public beta comes a day after Apple released the developer beta.

macos sonoma 4
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 14.4 introduces some of the features in the iOS 17.4 beta, such as new emoji characters. We don't know what Mac-specific features are included, but nothing new was found in the developer beta.

Related Roundup: macOS Sonoma
Related Forum: macOS Sonoma

Popular Stories

Apple Intelligence General Feature

Apple Intelligence Features Not Coming to European Union at Launch Due to DMA

Friday June 21, 2024 9:44 am PDT by
Apple today said that European customers will not get access to the Apple Intelligence, iPhone Mirroring, and SharePlay Screen Sharing features that are coming to the iPhone, iPad, and Mac this September due to regulatory issues related to the Digital Markets Act. In a statement to Financial Times, Apple said that there will be a delay as it works to figure out how to make the new...
iOS 18 on iPhone Feature

Everything New in iOS 18 Beta 2

Monday June 24, 2024 12:52 pm PDT by
Apple today released the second betas of iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 to developers, and the software adds support for new features that Apple is working on, plus it tweaks some of the interface changes that have been made in the updates. Apple will refine iOS 18 over the course of the next few months, with multiple changes and refinements expected from now until September. We've highlighted...
Apple WWDC24 Apple Intelligence hero 240610

Apple Explains iPhone 15 Pro Requirement for Apple Intelligence

Wednesday June 19, 2024 4:48 am PDT by
With iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia, Apple is introducing a new personalized AI experience called Apple Intelligence that uses on-device, generative large-language models to enhance the user experience across iPhone, iPad, and Mac. These new AI features require Apple's latest iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models to work, while only Macs and iPads with M1 or later chips will...
amazon echo dot

Amazon Could Charge Up to $10/Month for Alexa

Friday June 21, 2024 2:55 pm PDT by
Apple competitor Amazon is working on a revamp of its Alexa assistant, and the new version could cost up to $10 per month, according to a report from Reuters. The upcoming version of Alexa will support conversational generative AI, and Amazon is planning for two tiers of service. There will be a free tier and a second, premium tier that is priced at $5 at a minimum, with Amazon considering...
top stories 22jun2024

Top Stories: Apple Watch X Rumors, New Final Cut App for iPhone, and More

Saturday June 22, 2024 6:00 am PDT by
The avalanche of news coming out of WWDC earlier this month is finally starting to slow, but that doesn't mean there wasn't still lots to talk about in Apple news and rumors this week. This week saw some additional rumors about the upcoming Apple Watch models, the release of major Final Cut Pro updates, the launch of Apple's annual Back to School promo in the U.S. and Canada, new...

Top Rated Comments

masterhiggins Avatar
21 weeks ago
I wish Apple would stop holding Logic versions hostage to newer OS releases. It's annoying how they arbitrarily decide which version you can install based on which OS release you have. Don't tell me Ventura can't run the latest version of Logic, dude.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
magdogg Avatar
21 weeks ago
Man I’m sick of hearing about new emojis.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ChrisA Avatar
21 weeks ago

I wish Apple would stop holding Logic versions hostage to newer OS releases. It's annoying how they arbitrarily decide which version you can install based on which OS release you have. Don't tell me Ventura can't run the latest version of Logic, dude.
I worked in the software business for a long time. What happens is the Logic developers want to improve their product. Perhaps they are trying to shave a millisecond off of latency in some parts of the system. So they go to the OS developers and beg for some small change and the change is approved then it gets used. This is good but now Logic is tied to the latest OS.

A solution is to look at run-time what OS is being used and then branch the code to take advantage of the new way or not. But this doubles the code size and the check slows it down.

Also what must skew the decision for them is that Logic and Garage Band are almost the same software and GB ships with the OS. They can't let GB and Logic diverge or they would need to maintain two separate code bases.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Realityck Avatar
21 weeks ago
Reposting to this thread

Comparison of 14.4 beta to previous 14.3 RC

macOS 14.4 beta (23E5180j)

* Safari Version 17.4 (19618.
* System Firmware Version: 10151.100.738.0.1 (M1 based Macs)
* Darwin Kernel Version 23.4.0: Fri Jan 12 22:41:06 PST 2024; root:xnu-10063.100.610.0.2~19/RELEASE_ARM64_T8103 arm64

macOS 14.3 RC (23D56)

* Safari Version 17.3 (19617.
* System Firmware Version: 10151.81.1 (M1 based Macs)
* Darwin Kernel Version 23.3.0: Wed Dec 20 21:30:27 PST 2023; root:xnu-10002.81.5~7/RELEASE_ARM64_T8103 arm64

* Apple Music/TV now was

Note the higher build letter to start "j"

Stability wise so far it's been running fine. I don't think I seen the weird text shifts bug with forum posts yet.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jayryco Avatar
21 weeks ago
Uhhh can they hurry up and add karaoke feature to Apple Music on MacOS. lol I wanna have sing alongs while I'm working DAMMIT!!!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Harry Haller Avatar
21 weeks ago
And when it's the only feature mentioned.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)