CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA, June 6 – Apple has provided a sneak peek into the future of Mac with the introduction of macOS Sonoma, the latest version of its powerful desktop operating system. This update brings a wealth of features that enhance the Mac experience, including personalized widgets, stunning screen savers, improved video conferencing capabilities, major updates to Safari, and an optimized gaming experience. With macOS Sonoma, Apple aims to make the Mac even more delightful and productive, enabling users to personalize their desktop, boost productivity in video conferencing, elevate web browsing, enjoy captivating screen savers, and experience incredible gaming performance.
The new macOS Sonoma is set to launch later this year. Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, expressed excitement about macOS Sonoma, stating, “macOS is the heart of the Mac, and with Sonoma, we’re making it even more delightful and productive to use. We think users are going to love macOS Sonoma and the new ways it enables them to personalize with widgets and stunning new screen savers, see new levels of gaming performance, and gain powerful productivity for video conferencing and browsing with Safari.”
One of the standout features of macOS Sonoma is the interactive widgets that provide users with a powerful and personal experience. Users can place widgets directly on their desktop, seamlessly integrating them with the wallpaper while they work in apps. Through Continuity, users can also access the wide range of iPhone widgets on their Mac. These interactive widgets allow users to perform various tasks directly from their desktop, such as checking off reminders, controlling media playback, and accessing home controls.
Video conferencing receives a significant boost with macOS Sonoma, offering enhanced features for more engaging presentations and sharing experiences. The Presenter Overlay feature places the presenter on top of the content being shared, elevating their presence during remote presentations. Reactions enable users to add fun gesture-triggered video effects, such as balloons and confetti, to enhance the video experience. Additionally, the Screen Sharing picker simplifies the process of sharing apps during video calls, making content sharing seamless and efficient.
Safari, known for its speed, receives major updates in macOS Sonoma to enhance the web browsing experience. Private Browsing now offers advanced tracking and fingerprinting protections, ensuring greater privacy and security while browsing. Profiles enable users to keep their browsing separate between different topics or projects, with separate cookies, history, extensions, Tab Groups, and Favorites. Safari also introduces web apps that behave like normal apps, providing quick access to users’ favorite sites and a simplified toolbar for an app-like experience.
macOS Sonoma introduces stunning screen savers featuring slow-motion videos of breathtaking locations worldwide. These screen savers, categorized into Landscape, Earth, Underwater, and Cityscape themes, enhance the visual experience on the Mac, seamlessly transitioning from the login screen to the desktop.
Gaming on Mac gets even better with macOS Sonoma. Apple silicon-powered Macs deliver incredible graphics performance, allowing demanding games to run with great performance, long battery life, and stunning visuals. Metal 3, along with a new game porting toolkit, makes it easier for developers to bring more games to Mac, reducing development time and optimizing performance for Apple silicon. The introduction of Game Mode ensures an optimized gaming experience with smoother frame rates, lower audio latency with AirPods, and reduced input latency with popular game controllers.
In addition to these features, macOS Sonoma offers enhanced accessibility options, streamlined PDF functionality, improved Siri activation, password sharing and autofill, messaging enhancements, intelligent grocery lists in Reminders, keyboard improvements, and expanded privacy and safety features. With macOS Sonoma, Apple continues to prioritize user experience and productivity, providing Mac users with a comprehensive set of tools and capabilities to elevate their creativity and get more done.