macOS Sonoma Release Candidate 2 Available to Download

Sep 21, 2023 - 1 Comment

MacOS Sonoma Release Candidate 2 is available to download

MacOS Sonoma Release Candidate 2 is available for Mac users involved in the beta testing programs for macOS Sonoma system software. The RC 2 build is 23A344, and is available for both developer beta and public beta testers. It’s likely that this RC 2 build matches the final version of macOS Sonoma, which is set to be released next week on September 26 to all Mac users.

MacOS Sonoma includes a variety of new features and improvements to MacOS, including a redesigned Lock Screen, widgets on the Mac desktop to easily see things like weather reports or your calendar, a fancy moving wallpaper feature, over 100 new screen savers and wallpapers, FaceTime Video voicemail support, Safari Profiles, improvements to autocorrect, and much more.

Aside from the macOS Sonoma RC 2 build, which is technically still in the beta track, Apple device users will find other software updates with security enhancements available for macOS Ventura, macOS Monterey, along with updates for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

How to Download MacOS Sonoma Release Candidate 2 Update

If you’re currently running macOS Sonoma beta or RC, getting the RC 2 build is like any other software update:

  1. Go to the  Apple menu on the Mac
  2. Select “System Settings”
  3. Go to “General”
  4. Go to “Software Update”
  5. Click on “Update Now” for MacOS Sonoma 14.0 to download and install the 2nd RC build

MacOS Sonoma RC 2 download

You will have to restart the Mac to complete installation.

If you don’t want to wait until next week to get the final version of MacOS Sonoma, you can get the RC 2 build right now by installing MacOS Sonoma beta onto your Mac. The only real requirement is that you have a Mac which is compatible with MacOS Sonoma.

Apple has stated that MacOS Sonoma will be released on September 26 as a final version to the general public.

Download MacOS Sonoma RC 2 IPSW

A full package installer for Sonoma RC 2 does not appear to be available, yet anyway, but you can download an IPSW file for Apple Silicon MacOS Sonoma RC 2 if interested:

MacOS Sonoma Release Candidate 2 Release Notes

Release notes are as follows:

macOS Sonoma brings all‑new capabilities that elevate your productivity and creativity. Discover even more ways to personalize your Mac with stunning screensavers and widgets that you can add to your desktop. Elevate your presence on video calls with a new way to present your work that keeps you a part of the presentation. Safari profiles and web apps help you organize your browsing in all-new ways. Game Mode boosts your gaming performance. Sonoma also brings big updates to Messages, Keyboard, and Accessibility. And when you upgrade, you get the latest security and privacy protections available for Mac.

Screen Savers
• Stunning screen savers of locations from around the world seamlessly become your desktop wallpaper when you log-in
• Shuffle settings for rotating through screensavers by theme including Landscape, Cityscape, Underwater, and Earth
• Widgets can be placed anywhere on the desktop and adapt to the color of your wallpaper while working in apps
• iPhone widgets can be added to your Mac when your iPhone is nearby or on the same Wi-Fi network
• Interactive widgets let you take actions directly from the widget such as running a shortcut, pausing media, and more
Video Conferencing
• Presenter Overlay keeps you front and center while sharing your screen in FaceTime or third-party video conferencing apps (Mac with Apple silicon)
• Reactions layer 3D effects like hearts, balloons, confetti, and more around you in video calls and can be triggered with gestures (Mac with Apple silicon, Continuity Camera with iPhone 12 and later)
Safari and Passwords
• Profiles keep your browsing separate for topics like work and personal, separating your history, cookies, extensions, Tab Groups, and favorites
• Web apps let you use any website like an app, complete with an icon in the Dock for faster access and a simplified toolbar for easier browsing
• Enhanced Private Browsing locks your private browsing windows when you’re not using them, blocks known trackers from loading, and removes tracking that identifies you from URLs
• Password and passkey sharing allows you to easily share accounts with trusted contacts
• Live Stickers sync from iOS and iPadOS to macOS, giving you access to the Live Stickers you create on your iPhone and iPad
• Search filters for people, keywords, and content types like photos or links help you more easily find what you are looking for
• Swipe to reply inline on any iMessage bubble
• Game Mode gives games the highest priority on the CPU and GPU, delivering more consistent frame rates and lower latency to wireless controllers and AirPods (Mac with Apple silicon)
• Improved autocorrect accuracy makes typing even easier by leveraging a more powerful transformer-based language model
• Inline predictive text shows single- and multi-word predictions that you can add by pressing the Space bar
• Improved Dictation experience supports using your voice and keyboard together to enter and edit text
• Adaptive Audio delivers a new listening mode that dynamically blends Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency to tailor the noise control experience based on the conditions of your environment (AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with the latest firmware)
• Personalized Volume adjusts the volume of your media in response to your environment and listening preferences over time (AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with the latest firmware)
• Conversation Awareness lowers your media volume and enhances the voices of the people in front of the user, all while reducing background noise (AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with the latest firmware)
• Press to mute and unmute your microphone by pressing the AirPods stem or the Digital Crown on AirPods Max when on a call (AirPods (3rd generation), AirPods Pro (1st and 2nd generation), or AirPods Max with the latest firmware)
• Improved AirPods automatic switching now detects Mac up to 2X faster (AirPods (2nd and 3rd generation), AirPods Pro (1st and 2nd generation), AirPods Max with the latest firmware)
• Sensitive Content Warnings can be enabled to help prevent users from unexpectedly viewing sensitive images in Messages
• Expanded Communication Safety protections for children now detect videos containing nudity in addition to photos shared through Messages and the system Photos picker
• Improved sharing permissions let you choose which photos to share and add calendar events without providing access to your entire photo library or calendar
• Live Speech lets you type what you want to say and reads it aloud in FaceTime calls or in-person conversations
• Personal Voice helps users at risk of speech loss create a voice that sounds like them in a private and secure way using on-device machine learning
• Made for iPhone compatible hearing devices can be paired and used with Mac (MacBook Pro (2021), Mac Studio (2022), and Mac computers with M2 chip)
This release also includes other features and improvements:
• One-Time verification code AutoFill from Mail helps you quickly sign into sites in Safari, without leaving the browser
• Inline PDFs and document scans in Notes are presented full-width making them easy to view
• Grocery Lists in Reminders automatically group related items into sections as you add them
• Visual Look Up for recipes helps you find similar dishes from photo
• Visual Look Up in video helps you learn about objects that appear in paused video frames
• Pets in the People album in Photos surfaces individual pets just like friends or family members
• Option to say “Siri” in addition to “Hey Siri” for a more natural way to activate Siri (Mac with Apple silicon, AirPods Pro (2nd generation))
• High performance mode in Screen Sharing supports color workflows and improves responsiveness while remotely accessing a Mac (Mac with Apple silicon)
• Item sharing in Find My allows you to share an AirTag with up to five other people
• Activity History in Home displays a recent history of events for door locks, garage doors, security systems, and contact sensors
• Battery health management updated on 13-inch MacBook Air with M2 chip to better optimize long term battery health

Some features may not be available for all regions or on all Apple devices.
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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS, News

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  1. Mark Koops says:

    I use and enjoy both mac and windows…
    Just got to say, when reading the list of new features in Sonoma, I can’t help but think of vista..

    Gadgets on the desktop
    Moving wallpapers

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