Apple Releases macOS Sonoma 14.4.1 With Fix for USB Hub Bug

Apple today released macOS Sonoma 14.4.1, a minor update for the ‌macOS Sonoma‌ operating system that launched last September. ‌macOS Sonoma‌ 14.4.1 comes three weeks after ‌macOS Sonoma‌ 14.4.

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The ‌‌‌‌‌macOS Sonoma‌‌‌ 14.4‌.1 update can be downloaded for free on all eligible Macs using the Software Update section of System Settings. There's also a macOS 13.6.6 release for those who are still running macOS Ventura.

According to Apple's release notes, the ‌macOS Sonoma‌ 14.4.1 update fixes an issue that could cause USB hubs connected to external displays not to be recognized. It also addresses an issue that could cause apps with Java to quit unexpectedly, and it fixes an issue that could cause Audio Unit plug-ins for professional music apps not to open.

All three of these bugs are notable issues that Mac users have been complaining about since the launch of macOS 14.4. Oracle warned users about the Java issue last week, letting customers know that Apple silicon Mac users relying on Java should hold off on updating to macOS 14.4 if possible, and there were a number of reports about problems with hubs and monitors from customers who had installed 14.4.

This update provides bug fixes for your Mac, including:
- USB hubs connected to external displays may not be recognized
- Copy protected Audio Unit plug-ins designed for professional music apps may not open or pass validation
- Apps that include Java may quit unexpectedly
For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

More on all of the features that are included in ‌macOS Sonoma‌ update can be found in our dedicated roundup.

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Top Rated Comments

jz0309 Avatar
16 weeks ago
Bug fixes that actually say what is fixed are always welcomed!
Score: 41 Votes (Like | Disagree)
antiprotest Avatar
16 weeks ago

I don't see an update?
Hang tight. Apple usually doesn't release updates until they see it announced on MacRumors. It'll be here in a few minutes.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Fuzzball84 Avatar
16 weeks ago
Its easier to just unplug the USB hub and shake it outside to get rid of the bug. Its impossible to always be bug free when ports are still so big allowing them to get in. Its a nice warm dark place for them.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
backstreetboy Avatar
16 weeks ago

Apple is bugging out
Windows: "hold my beer..."
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jdb8167 Avatar
16 weeks ago

This is awesome news for the dozen people who are still running Java software on Macs in 2024! :cool:
You seem unaware that there are a variety of developer tools (like PyCharm) that use Java to run. There are many thousands of developers who are actively using Java on the Mac.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iObama Avatar
16 weeks ago

Great job. That was a very fast turnaround for such a stack of problems.
Ish. I just wish security patches weren't tied to OS updates. Three weeks without actively exploited bug patches is a long time.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)