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Apple today seeded the release candidate (RC) version of an upcoming macOS Sonoma 14.2 update to developers for testing purposes, with the software coming a week after Apple seeded the fourth beta of macOS Sonoma 14.2. The RC represents the finalized version of macOS Sonoma 14.2 that will be released to the public should no major issues be found.

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Registered developers can opt-in to the beta through the Software Update section of the System Settings app. Under Beta updates, toggle on the Sonoma Developer Beta. Note that an Apple ID associated with an Apple Developer account is required to get the beta.

macOS Sonoma 14.2 adds support for enhanced AutoFill for PDFs, along with Contact Key Verification for Messages, a sticker tapback option, new Weather widgets, and more. Apple's release notes for the update are below.
This update introduces enhanced Autofill for PDFs and improvements to Messages and Weather. This release also includes other features, bug fixes, and security updates for your Mac.

PDFs
- Enhanced AutoFill identifies fields in PDFs and other forms enabling you to populate them with information such as names and addresses from your contacts

Messages
- Catch-up arrow lets you easily jump to your first unread message in a conversation by clicking the arrow visible in the top-right corner
- Add sticker option in the context menu lets you add a sticker directly to a bubble
- Contact Key Verification provides automatic alerts and Contact Verification Codes to help verify people facing extraordinary digital threats are messaging only with the people they intend

Weather
- Precipitation amounts help you stay on top of rain and snow conditions for a given day over the next 10 days
- New widgets let you choose from next-hour precipitation, daily forecast, sunrise and sunset times, and current conditions such as Air Quality, Feels Like, and wind speed
- Wind map snapshot helps you quickly assess wind patterns and access the animated wind map overlay to prepare for forecasted wind conditions for the next 24 hours

Clock
- Multiple timers let you run several timers simultaneously and create a name for each timer
- Timer presets help you quickly start a timer with a range of preset options
- Recents makes it easy to restart your recently used timers

This update also includes the following new features:
- Favorite Songs Playlist in Apple Music lets you quickly get back to the songs you mark as favorites
- Use Listening History in Apple Music can be disabled in a Focus so music you listen to does not appear in Recently Played or influence your recommendations
- Shazam Music Recognition allows you to quickly identify songs playing online or around you, even when wearing AirPods
- New keyboard layouts provide support for 7 additional Sámi languages
- 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: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222
Apple is expected to release macOS Sonoma 14.2 next week.


Article Link: Apple Seeds macOS Sonoma 14.2 Release Candidate to Developers
 
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RigSatMe

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Keep refreshing, no update so far! Has anyone managed to get the update?

Update:
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eas

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Does this still have the mis-feature that you can only remove iCloud Drive downloads if you've enabled "Optimize Storage?"
 

Realityck

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Released to devs
  • iOS 17.2 Release Candidate (21C62) - December 5, 2023
  • iPadOS 17.2 Release Candidate (21C62) - December 5, 2023
  • macOS 14.2 Release Candidate (23C63) - December 5, 2023
  • watchOS 10.2 Release Candidate (21S364) - December 5, 2023
  • tvOS 17.2 Release Candidate (21K364) - December 5, 2023
  • iOS 16.7.3 Release Candidate (20H232) - December 5, 2023
  • iPadOS 16.7.3 Release Candidate (20H232) - December 5, 2023
 

yukari

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Keep refreshing, no update so far! Has anyone managed to get the update?
Not yet, for me. Keep getting "managedappdistributionagent quit unexpectedly" errors on the last beta.

Looking to get rid of this error that happens 2 -5 times a day.
 
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Comparison of 14.2 RC to previous 14.2 beta 4

macOS 14.2 RC (23C63)
  • Safari Version 17.2 (19617.1.17.11.9)
  • System Firmware Version: 10151.61.4 (M1 based Macs)
  • Darwin Kernel Version 23.2.0: Wed Nov 15 21:53:18 PST 2023; root:xnu-10002.61.3~2/RELEASE_ARM64_T6000 arm64
macOS 14.2 beta 4 (23C5055b)
  • Safari Version 17.2 (19617.1.17.11.5)
  • System Firmware Version: 10151.61.4 (M1 based Macs)
  • Darwin Kernel Version 23.2.0: Wed Nov 15 22:11:37 PST 2023; root:xnu-10002.61.2.505.1~2/RELEASE_ARM64_T8103 arm64
Note the only changes were with Safari
 

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iMessage Contact Key Verification

New Features

  • With iMessage Contact Key Verification, users can choose to further verify that they are messaging only with the people they intend. iMessage Contact Key Verification uses Key Transparency to enable automatic verification that the iMessage key distribution service returns device keys that have been logged to a verifiable and auditable map. When a user enables the feature, they will be notified about any validation errors directly in the Messages conversation transcript and Apple ID Settings.
    For even higher security, iMessage Contact Key Verification users can compare a contact verification code in person, on FaceTime, or through another secure call. They can also choose to create or edit a contact and save a public key to turn on iMessage Contact Key Verification with that person.
    All devices signed into your iCloud account must be on the minimum supported version of iOS 17.2 Beta, macOS 14.2 Beta, or watchOS 10.2 Beta. If you wish to keep using other devices on older versions of the OS, you will need to sign out of iMessage on these devices in order to enable contact key verification. (111356044)

Resolved Issues

  • Fixed: When verifying another user, Contact Verification Code will not show unless both users are on beta 4 or higher. (114462363)
  • Fixed: After verifying a contact, the verificaton checkmark might not show up in Messages app. (116142336)
  • Fixed: Users might see an error to Turned Off transcript every few hours. (116405131)
  • Fixed: Users might see that they’re are not eligible to enable Contact Key Verification on some of their upgraded devices. (117044482)

Known Issues

  • The Learn More links do not link to Knowledge Base articles during Beta. (101563811)

Messages

Resolved Issues

  • Fixed: Unlocalized string shown for member count in the full screen Map View of Group Messages might appear (e.g. DETAIL_NUMBER_OF_PEOPLE_LABEL). (117287069)

ServiceManagement

Resolved Issues

  • Fixed: Requirements for agents and daemons registered with SMAppService have changed to prevent sandbox escapes. The target executable must be sandboxed if the main app is sandboxed. A small sandboxed trampoline tool can be written to execute scripts and unsandboxed or system tools. (113037504)

StoreKit

New Features

  • New pricing properties price, currency, and currencyCode are now available on Transaction. If an offer was applied to the transaction, a new property offer is available to see information about it (id, type, payment mode), as well as convenience properties offerID, offerType, and offerPaymentMode. (106650768)

Resolved Issues

  • Fixed: The StoreKit 2 Transaction properties price, currency, and Offer.paymentMode now have Optional types. (116592563)
  • Fixed: The StoreKit 2 Transaction properties price, currency, and Offer.paymentMode now have Optional types. (116809380)
  • Fixed an issue causing the refund request “Done” button to not dismiss the sheet when using StoreKit Testing in Xcode. (117482750)
  • Fixed an issue where StoreKit 2 deviceVerification was incorrect, which caused transaction verification to fail. (117689523) (FB13315344)

Swift Charts

Resolved Issues

  • Fixed an issue where a scrollable chart did not respect the initial non-zero binding value passed to chartScrollPosition. (114889276)

SwiftUI

New Features

  • Use _logChanges() to log causes of SwiftUI view updates.
    Call the new debugging method _logChanges() in the body of a SwiftUI view to log information about why the system is updating the view. For example:
    struct MyView: View {
    var body: some View {
    #if DEBUG
    let _ = Self._logChanges()
    #endif
    // … rest of view body …
    }
    }

    As well as the physical property names, “@self” marks that the view value itself has changed, and “@identity” marks that the identity of the view has changed (that is, that the persistent data associated with the view has been recycled for a new instance of the same type).
    The new _logChanges() method is like the existing _printChanges() one, except that the new method uses the system console, which is useful in some debugging workflows.
    Calls to _logChanges() log at the info level to the “com.apple.SwiftUI” subsystem with the category “Changed Body Properties”. (113352555)

Resolved Issues

  • Fixed: Resolved a possible Swift access conflict crash that could occur with toolbar items. (113992797)
  • Fixed: To prevent unintentional implicit dependency cycles, ImageRenderer no longer sends Observable updates when the image it produces changes. This change does not affect the behavior when a dependency is explicitly declared by observing the ImageRenderer’s publisher. (116836341)

WidgetKit

Resolved Issues

  • Fixed: In widgets Text(_:style:) does not animate its content by default. (107582710)
 

mythAtlas

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Some folks over here are still waiting for the previously promised native wheel support. That was silently removed from Apple's site.
Feral also now finally have announce the release ofGrid Legends. Originally announce to launch late 2022.This was silently pushed back.

Both were promised during WWDC of 2022.... I wonder... maybe, macOS Sonoma 14.2 has a surprise...?
You're saying it was removed but wheel support is listed on both https://developer.apple.com/games/ and they have an API collection here https://developer.apple.com/documentation/gamecontroller/racing_wheel_device_support . It is up to the wheel manufacturers like Logitech to take advantage of these and create proper drivers for macOS. Apple can't do this for them.
 

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A trivial bug, but I am still unable to download many of their newer wallpapers/screensavers on my M1 MBA. I've read many fellow M1 users having the same issue.
 

dannys1

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It also finally reverts the worst change in macOS history - making "recently added" on Music only display the last 60 albums instead of your entire collection by date added. Thankfully it's now back to how it was - the key reason i've been running the dev beta since beta 4 last week.
 

dannys1

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I thought the same, but now I'm enjoying the Mac widgets more than the iPhone ones.
How are you ever seeing the widgets, are you using a large external display?

On my MacBook I literally never see the desktop wallpaper due to all the windows i've got open on top of it.
 
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