Apple has officially introduced the next version of macOS, named Sonoma, and it brings a plethora of exciting features for Mac users. Here’s a glimpse of what macOS Sonoma has to offer:
- Aerial Wallpapers and Screensavers: Sonoma introduces aerial wallpapers and screensavers reminiscent of those on Apple TV. These videos are categorized into Landscape, Cityscape, Underwater, and Earth themes, providing a visually appealing experience.
- Presenter Overlay: This new video effect, Presenter Overlay, seamlessly overlays the speaker’s face onto presentations, enhancing the presenter’s presence during screen sharing.
- Reactions: Users can now express their feelings during video chats with 3D effects. Reactions include heart-shaped hands, victory signs with balloons, and fireworks for thumbs-up reactions.
- Video Effects: Sonoma allows users to adjust the intensity of video effects and control camera framing, especially when using Studio Display or Continuity Camera.
- Screen Sharing Improvements: Apple has simplified screen sharing, making it easier to share content from open apps. The new macOS system screen-sharing app picker offers consistency across various video conferencing apps.
- Enhanced Password Manager: Sonoma introduces password sharing, allowing users to share passwords and passkeys with trusted contacts. Passwords can be organized into groups, and changes sync across devices.
- Updated Text Cursor: The text cursor has been redesigned to match the iOS look and feel. When Caps Lock is enabled, a blue icon appears next to the cursor.
- Desktop Widgets: Interactive widgets similar to iPhone widgets are now available on the Mac desktop. They adapt to the desktop’s background color and can be used from iPhone apps without installing corresponding Mac apps.
- Safari: Safari now supports separate browsing profiles, helping users keep their work and personal browsing separate. Profiles sync across Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
- Web Apps: Users can save favorite websites to the Dock for easy access, making it feel like loading an app.
- PDF Enhancements: Sonoma includes enhanced AutoFill for PDFs, making it easier to complete forms. It intelligently identifies documents and fields to streamline the process.
- Notes: The Notes app offers an improved experience for reviewing PDFs and scanned documents within notes. Users can link one note to another for better organization.
macOS Sonoma introduces a range of features designed to enhance the user experience, from visual improvements to productivity enhancements, making it an exciting update for Mac users.