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WWDC 2023: MacOS Sonoma

Updated: Jan 16

[Edited] In an exciting announcement at the WWDC 2023 event, Apple introduced its latest operating system for Macs, macOS Sonoma, also known as macOS 14.

macOS Sonoma
Credit: Apple

Packed with innovative features, Sonoma aims to enhance the user experience across various aspects of the system.

One of the standout features of macOS Sonoma is the new Game Mode, designed to optimize hardware performance and deliver an exceptional gaming experience. With Game Mode, Mac users can enjoy immersive gameplay, benefitting from reduced audio latency with AirPods and improved input latency with popular game controllers like those for Xbox and PlayStation.

In addition to Game Mode, macOS Sonoma brings several other notable updates. The iMessage interface has been revamped with a cleaner design, and users can now enjoy a new emoji stickers interface. The introduction of the Profiles feature allows for separate accounts tailored to different aspects of users' lives, such as Personal, Business, School, and Work.

Desktop widgets have also been introduced in Sonoma, offering users a customizable and interactive experience. These widgets can adapt to users' preferences without taking up the entire screen, allowing for seamless multitasking. Users can even perform tasks like selecting images directly from the widget window.

macOS Sonoma
Credit: Apple

Apple's Safari browser has received enhancements as well. Users can now lock private browsing sessions and add web apps to the system dock for quick access and convenience.

macOS Sonoma introduces an exciting Overlay feature, which adds a new level of engagement during video calls. Users can now apply video effects, such as fireworks, to enhance their presence and make video conversations more enjoyable. These effects are compatible with popular video conferencing platforms like FaceTime, Zoom, and Teams.

macOS Sonoma
Credit: Apple

Furthermore, macOS Sonoma offers a stunning collection of new screensavers. Users can enjoy breathtaking slow-motion videos showcasing iconic locations like the sweeping skyline of Hong Kong, the majestic sandstone buttes of Monument Valley in Arizona, and the picturesque rolling hills of Sonoma in Northern California.

Apple has also prioritized accessibility in macOS Sonoma. Users with hearing disabilities can connect their Made for iPhone hearing devices to their Mac for calls and media consumption. Additionally, those who are nonspeaking can utilize Live Speech to type and vocalize their thoughts during conversations. For users with physical and motor disabilities, Voice Control on Mac now provides phonetic suggestions when dictating and editing text.

  • Apple introduces macOS Sonoma at WWDC 2023 event

  • New features include Game Mode for enhanced gaming experience

  • Revamped iMessage interface and new emoji stickers

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