Interactive widgets, which enable users to place and interact with widgets directly on the desktop, are one of the significant innovations. This feature allows users to carry out actions without opening certain applications and brings the iPhone widget ecosystem to the Mac. With features like Presenter Overlay, Reactions, and a better Screen Sharing picker for seamless content sharing during video conversations, Sonoma also enhances the video conferencing experience. Updates to Safari, the default web browser, also include improved privacy features, browsing profile organisation, and the capacity to build web apps for rapid access to favourite websites.
Sonoma releases new screen savers with slow-motion movies of various spots across the world to improve the visual experience. A game porting tools for simpler game development and porting, the addition of Game Mode for greater performance, frame rates, and lower latency, and higher graphics performance with Apple Silicon are all examples of how gaming has been optimised. Professionals can enjoy low-latency remote professional workflows with support for up to two virtual displays and reference colour for remote colour workflows thanks to Sonoma’s high-performance mode in the Screen Sharing app. Various accessibility improvements are also included in Sonoma, including compatibility with Made for iPhone hearing aids, Live Speech for typing and vocalising thoughts, phonetic dictation recommendations, and customisation choices for people with visual and cognitive impairments.
Other noteworthy features include enhanced PDF functionality, inline PDF display in Notes, voice-activated Siri, improved Messages and Reminders apps, enhanced keyboard features, and additional privacy and security safeguards like Communication Safety and Sensitive Content Warning.
The beta of macOS Sonoma is already available to developers, and the public beta will be available in one month. In the autumn, all Apple users will be able to download the finished product for free.