MacOS Sonoma 14.5 Update Released with Security Fixes

May 13, 2024 - 3 Comments

MacOS Sonoma 14.5

Apple has released MacOS Sonoma 14.5 for Mac users running the Sonoma operating system. The MacOS 14.5 update includes bug fixes, security enhancements, and some changes and improvements to add various word games to the paid Apple News+ service.

Mac users running earlier versions of system software will find MacOS Ventura 13.6.7 and MacOS Monterey 12.7.5 available as security updates.

Separately, Apple has also released the final versions of iOS 17.5, iPadOS 17.5, iOS 16.7.8, iPadOS 16.7.8, watchOS 10.5, and tvOS 17.5.

How to Download & Install MacOS Sonoma 14.5 Update

Be sure you backup the Mac with Time Machine prior to starting any software update.

  1. Go to the  Apple menu
  2. Select “System Settings”
  3. Choose “General”
  4. Select “Software Update”
  5. Select to “Update Now” for MacOS Sonoma 14.5 to download and install the update to the Mac
  6. MacOS Sonoma 14.5 update download

The download for MacOS Sonoma 14.5 is about 2.5 GB, and requires the Mac to restart.

Mac users running Monterey or Ventura will find software updates for those versions available instead.

macOS Sonoma 14.5 Installer Direct Download

You can also download the package installer directly from Apple. This can be useful for making a bootable Sonoma USB installer, for installing onto multiple Macs without having to download repeatedly, and for archive purposes.

MacOS Sonoma 14.5 IPSW Restore Firmware File

You can also download an IPSW file for macOS SOnoma 14.5, which may be useful for restoring an Apple Silicon Mac, or for installing macOS Sonoma into a virtual machine using free software like UTM.

MacOS Sonoma 14.5 Release Notes

macOS Sonoma 14.5 update has short release notes for some users, and no release notes for others where instead it will only say “Restart Required” – it’s uncertain why this is. Nonetheless here’s the release notes when they are shown:

macOS Sonoma 14.5 includes the following improvements and bug fixes:
– Quartiles is a new and original daily word game that is now available in Apple News+
– Scoreboard in News+ Puzzles gives you access to new player data for Crossword, Mini Crossword and Quartiles, including stats and streaks

Some features may not be available for all regions, or on all Apple devices.

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit:

Don’t forget to update your other devices as well for the latest updates for iOS 17.5 for iPhone, iPadOS 17.5 for iPad, watchOS 10.5 for Apple Watch, tvOS 17.5 for Apple TV, and updates for older iPhone and iPad as iOS 16.7.8 and iPadOS 16.7.8, and other Macs with macOS Ventura 13.6.7, and macOS Monterey 12.7.5.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS, News


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  1. Lee says:

    I am running 14.3 Sonoma on an M1 mini and a 2014 Mac mini and there are no issues at all with it

  2. John says:

    I think that I will play and wait and see on these updates.

  3. Expo Bill says:


    Monterey survives another update issue!

    Just (for those sticking with Monterey) make sure that you click the “Another Update is Available” install of update Sonoma,
    or “snore-oma”

    I hope this helped!

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