Apple previewed macOS Sonoma, its latest desktop OS. The new OS includes new interactive widgets, better video conferencing, substantial Safari browser changes, gorgeous screen savers, enhanced accessibility tools, and more to boost productivity and creativity.
New interactive desktop widgets let you switch off lights, pause and play podcasts, manage your to-do list, and more from your desktop. Widgets fade out when you launch an app, window, or Stage Manager to focus on the task at hand.
Video conferencing users will soon experience 3D augmented reality effects activated with hand gestures and Presenter Overlay, which keeps you in the conversation when sharing your screen. Presenters can appear green-screened or as moving bubbles. You can also zoom and pan the frame or use Recenter to place yourself for the greatest impact.
Safari’s new suggestions are more dynamic and easier to understand. Work and personal profiles have different histories, extensions, tab groups, cookies, and favorites.
A new Game Mode automatically prioritizes games over background duties and reduces wireless accessory latency during off time. The Screen Sharing app now has a high-performance mode for work, allowing responsive remote access to hybrid in-studio and remote pro workflows “whether editing in Final Cut Pro or DaVinci Resolve, or animating complex 3D assets in Maya.” Lockdown Mode boosts cyber security.
“macOS is the heart of the Mac, and with Sonoma, we’re making it even more delightful and productive to use,” said Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi. “We think users will love macOS Sonoma and the new ways it enables them to personalize with widgets and stunning new screen savers, see new gaming performance, and gain powerful productivity for video conferencing and browsing with Safari.”
Apple’s website details macOS Sonoma’s various upgrades. Fall brings the OS.