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SMU macOS Users, Don’t Upgrade to Sonoma Just Yet!

macOS Sonoma iconWhile Apple has launched Sonoma as their latest update to macOS, we recommend that users wait until the next update before upgrading University-owned computers. We know you may be chomping on the bit to click install, but we are currently reviewing any potential conflicts with other University applications or fixes that might be needed.

While you wait, here are a few features that our Mac users can expect in the upcoming weeks.

Widgets on Desktop:  Place widgets on your desktop from the new widget gallery. And you can now play a podcast, turn off the lights, and more — right from a widget.

A screenshot of widgets on the desktop of macOS Sonoma

New Screen Sharing picker: Easily share an app or even multiple apps when on a video call, right from the window you’re in.

A screenshot of the new screen sharing selection feature in macOS Sonoma.

Safari – You can now separate browsing history, extensions, cookies, saved passwords, and more using separate profiles for personal, work, etc. This includes the ability to switch profiles on-the-fly! Search is also improved in Safari.

A screenshot of two different Safari profiles in macOS Sonoma

If you’re interested in these features, sit tight! We will do our testing and update you soon. Remember, if you use applications that you downloaded on your own, it is your responsibility to ensure they are compatible with the new OS before you upgrade. We recommend visiting the application’s website or reaching out to their customer support team to check before upgrading.

Photos and OS Information © Apple.

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Zach Peterson and Laurene Klassen

Zach is a Senior IT Training & Communications Consultant with OIT. Zach began his SMU career at the IT Help Desk in 2012 and joined the Training & Communications Team in 2015. He is a 2011 graduate from the University of North Texas and obtained a Master of Liberal Studies degree from SMU in 2018. He enjoys reading and collecting vintage and antique radio sets. He grew up in Valley View, Texas near Denton.