Apple releases macOS Sonoma 14.4 with security improvements

Apple has released macOS Sonoma 14.4, the fourth major update to the macOS Sonoma operating system that was introduced in September last year. This new version follows macOS Sonoma 14.3, which introduced collaborative playlists in Apple Music, marking another step forward in the constant evolution of macOS.

Update available to everyone

Eligible Mac users can download macOS Sonoma 14.4 free of charge through the Software Update section in System Settings. Additionally, Apple has released macOS 13.6.5 for those still operating under macOS Ventura and macOS 12.7.4 for macOS Monterey users, thus ensuring continued support across its operating systems.

New features and improvements

With macOS Sonoma 14.4, Apple introduces a number of new features and improvements aimed at enriching the user experience:

New Emojis: The update brings new emojis, including a mushroom, a phoenix, a lime, a broken chain, and shaking heads emojis. It also adds 18 people and body emojis that can face the opposite direction. Full Reading in Podcasts: It is now possible to read full text of episodes in Podcasts, search for words or phrases, play from a specific point, and use accessibility features such as Text Size, Increase Contrast, and VoiceOver. Business Updates in Messages: This functionality allows you to receive updates from trusted businesses to which the user has subscribed, such as order status, flight notifications, fraud alerts, among other transactions. Favorites Bar in Safari: An option is added to show only website icons, simplifying and purifying the browsing experience in Safari. The macOS Sonoma 14.4 update significantly improves the user experience by fixing bugs that compromised basic system functionality.

Security and compatibility

Apple reiterates that some of these features may not be available in all regions or on all Apple devices, underscoring the importance of regional and device compatibility. For those interested in the security aspects of this update, you can visit Apple’s support website for detailed information on the security content of macOS Sonoma 14.4.

macOS Sonoma 14.4 marks another significant step forward in the development of macOS, offering not only new features and emojis for users but also important security improvements. This update reflects Apple’s continued commitment to innovation and protecting its users by keeping its operating systems up to date and secure.

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