MacOS Sonoma (14): News and Price (Free), Release Date, Features, and News

Update day will be September 26

Apple, Inc.
Apple, Inc.

At Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), the company announced macOS 14 Sonoma, which will replace macOS 13 Ventura.

When Will MacOS 14 Be Released?

Apple revealed macOS 14's name—Sonoma—and its new and updated features at its WWDC keynote on June 5. The full version of macOS 14 will be out on September 26, 2023. Previous releases of macOS were:

  • macOS 13 (Ventura): October 24, 2022

  • macOS 12 (Monterey): October 25, 2021

  • macOS 11 (Big Sur): November 12, 2020

Lifewire's Release Date Estimate

MacOS 14 will come out on September 26, 2023.

MacOS 14 Price Rumors

Apple doesn't charge for any updates to its operating systems; macOS 14 will be free.

Pre-Order Information

You can't pre-order macOS 14 because it will be free when it comes out. You can, however, sign up for the beta program to try it out early.

MacOS 14 Features

macOS Sonoma 14 doesn't represent a huge update with many new features, but it offers a few notable updates.

Apple unveiled three main updates to macOS:

  • Widgets on Mac. You can now add Widgets to your desktop and access iPhone widgets on your Mac. The iPhone just needs to be nearby or on the same Wi-Fi network. (No need to download the apps on your Mac!)

  • Game Mode. This macOS version will have all sorts of gaming-related improvements, including less lag time when using AirPods or game controllers.

  • Safari updates. Apple's always valued privacy, and its browser will see improvements to private browsing, identifying and blocking known URL trackers. You can also securely share passwords and passkeys using iCloud Keychain (which has end-to-end encryption). Finally, you can create multiple profiles on Sarai to keep your work and personal lives separate.

Related: 10 Hidden Features in macOS Sonoma (2023)

MacOS 14 Specs and Hardware

Apple hardware typically gets about five years of support from macOS; for example, macOS 13, which came out in 2022, worked with Macs made in 2017 and later. The following models of Macs will work with macOS Sonoma:

iMac and iMac Pro

  • All iMac Pro models (there was just one)

  • 2019 (21.5-inch Retina 4K, 27-inch Retina 5K)

  • 2020 (27-inch Retina 5K)

  • 2021 (24-inch M1)

Mac Mini

  • 2018

  • 2020 (M1)

  • 2023 (M2)

MacBook Pro

  • 2021 (14-inch, 16-inch)

  • 2022 (13-inch M2)

  • 2023 (14-inch, 16-inch)

Mac Studio

  • All models

MacBook Air

  • 2018 (13-inch Retina)

  • 2019 (13-inch Retina)

  • 2020 (13-inch Retina, M1)

  • 2022 (M2)

MacBook Pro

  • 2018 (13-inch, four Thunderbold; 15-inch)

  • 2019 (13-inch, two Thunderbolt; 13-inch, four Thunderbolt; 15-inch; 16-inch)

  • 2020 (13-inch, two Thunderbolt; 13-inch, four Thunderbolt; 13-inch M1)

  • 2021 (14-inch, 16-inch)

  • 2022 (13-inch M2)

  • 2023 (14-inch, 16-inch)

What Is MacOS 14 Called?

Every version of macOS since Mavericks in 2013 has been named after a landmark in California, and that pattern holds with macOS Sonoma, named after the famous wine region.

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