Apple’s latest macOS, Sonoma, promises a slew of new features and improvements. Here’s a comprehensive guide to what’s new, how to get it, and whether your device is compatible.
Compatibility Check: Is Your Mac Ready for Sonoma?
Before diving into the new features, it’s essential to determine if your Mac can run macOS Sonoma. Apple has listed the following devices as compatible:
- MacBook Air (2018 and later)
- MacBook Pro (2018 and later)
- Mac Mini (2018 and later)
- Mac Pro (2019 and later)
- iMac (2019 and later)
- iMac Pro (2017 and later)
- Mac Studio (2022 and later)
If your device isn’t on this list, macOS 13 Ventura remains your last available update.
Step-by-Step: Installing macOS Sonoma
For those with eligible devices, here’s a simple guide to upgrading:
Access System Settings: Click the Apple logo in the menu bar > System Settings or use the cog icon in your Mac’s Dock.
Navigate to Software Update: Inside System Settings, go to General > Software Update. Wait for the system to check for updates.
Initiate the Upgrade: If macOS Sonoma is available, click “Upgrade Now.”
Installation: Your Mac will download and install the update. Multiple restarts might occur, which is standard. Once done, you’ll be greeted with the macOS Sonoma login screen.
Spotlight on Features
macOS Sonoma is packed with enhancements and new features:
- Desktop Widgets: Place interactive widgets directly on your desktop. Even if an app isn’t on your Mac, you can use its widget if it’s on your iPhone or iPad.
- FaceTime Upgrades: Add flair to your video calls with hand gestures, triggering background effects like fireworks and balloons.
- Continuity Camera: Enhanced controls provide more customization options.
- Game Mode: Apple’s dedicated Game Mode optimizes CPU and GPU performance, ensuring smoother and more consistent gaming experiences.
- Safari Enhancements: Create and switch between different browsing profiles. Plus, enjoy more robust private browsing protection against advanced tracking techniques.
- Additional Updates: Apple has also revamped Notes, Screen sharing, Messages, Reminders, Keyboard, and Passwords.