As promised, Apple has released macOS 14 Sonoma, and while we urge caution for everyday Mac users, eager early adopters are busy installing it and playing with the new features. On the iPhone side of the fence, we report on the results of our poll about what percentage of iPhone 14 Pro users keep the Always-On display enabled. Julio Ojeda-Zapata joins us to review a pair of laptop stands he tested for use with the 15-inch MacBook Air. Finally, this week’s Do You Use It? poll asks which Web browsers you use on your Mac. Notable Mac app releases this week include Safari 17, Mimestream 1.1.2, Acorn 7.4.3, Transmit 5.10.2, Scrivener 3.3.3, DEVONthink 3.9.3, SuperDuper 3.8, Alfred 5.1.3, OmniFocus 3.15 and OmniOutliner 5.12, Quicken 7.3.1, and Fantastical 3.8.4 and Cardhop 2.2.13.
Apple has released macOS 14 Sonoma, and you can upgrade compatible Macs now. The features aren’t likely life-changing, but nor are they causing significant compatibility issues. Read on for more details and upgrade advice.
The results of our poll of iPhone 14 Pro users are in, with two-thirds of respondents saying they keep the Always-On enabled. The remaining third cited distractions and reduced battery life as their reasons for turning it off.
The new 15-inch MacBook Air with its large screen awakened Julio Ojeda-Zapata’s interest in laptop stands. He wants one that is robust but portable, and adjustability is a must. He found two stands that qualify in different, ingenious ways.
Adds new Profiles feature, enhances Private Browsing, and adds support for multiple tab selection. (Free, various sizes, macOS 10.12+)
Fixes bugs related to macOS 14 Sonoma. ($49.99 annual subscription, free update, 12.1 MB, macOS 12+)
Brings new features, improvements and bug fixes to the image editor. ($39.99 new, free update, 21.1 MB, macOS 10.14+)
Adds new AWS S3 storage regions from around the globe. ($45 new, free update, 35.4 MB, macOS 12+)
Brings improvements and compatibility with macOS 14 Sonoma. ($49 new, free update, 126 MB, macOS 10.13+)
Brings improvements to quoting, working with custom metadata, and viewing computer code in Markdown. ($99 new, free update, 134 MB, macOS 10.14+)
Brings full support for macOS 14 Sonoma, plus several bug fixes. ($27.95 new, free update, 9.7 MB, macOS 10.10+)
Updates the keyboard-driven launcher for issues related to macOS 14 Sonoma. (Free for basic functionality, £34 for Powerpack update, 5.3 MB, macOS 10.14+)
Update the Omni Group's task management and outlining apps with improved compatibility with macOS 14 Sonoma. ($49.99/$19.99 new, free update, various sizes, macOS 11+)
Adds a new Bills & Income card to the Home Dashboard. ($35.99/51.99/77.99 annual subscription, free update, 3.2 MB, macOS 10.15+)
Maintenance release with bug fixes for the calendar and contact management apps. ($56.99 annual subscription, free update, 70/30.4 MB, macOS 11+)