Released Sep 26th, 2023 as announced.
Version 14.0, build 23A344 (same as RC2 published Sep 21st).
Sonoma drops official support for Kaby Lake platforms that remained supported in Ventura, Apple raising minimal requirements to Amber Lake and Coffee Lake platforms (with the exception of iMacPro1,1 as in Ventura). However, support for Kaby Lake graphics remain provided with all KBL kexts still present, this in order to ensure support for Amber Lake MacBook Air8,1. By extension, this means that graphics support for Skylake iGPUs can also be retained using those same KBL settings as used in Ventura. For other iGPUs, patches are available through OCLP tool to regain graphics acceleration.
Officially supported Intel platforms are now limited to :
iMac19,x (8th gen. Coffee Lake)
iMacPro1,1 (Skylake Xeon)
MacBookAir8,1 (8th gen. Amber Lake)
MacBookPro15,x (8th gen. Coffee Lake)
Macmini8,1 (8th gen Coffee Lake)
MacPro7,1 (Cacade Lake)
With Sonoma, Apple also dropped official support for what they call "legacy" Broadcom cards that remained supported up to Ventura. These include cards based on Broadcom BCM4350, BCM4360 or BCM43602 chipsets. If Bluetooth remains natively supported on such legacy cards, native Wifi support is now limited to those Apple proprietary Broadcom SOCs that have been fitted to the above Mac models. Support for "legacy" Broadcom cards can however be recovered with specific patching using OpenCore bootloader, kexts blocking and OCLP patches.
There's renewed interest on the development of drivers for Realtek PCIe card readers and it's fantastics news!
Last year, we reported here on developper Cholonam's work that gave a new life to some of our Realtek card readers, building on the original work of developper Sinetek. It was pretty good stuff and allowed many of us with, say RTS525a card readers, to finally be able to use SD cards under macOS. Performance was however pretty limited.
This year, Austere.J (aka Firewolf) has embarked on writing a brand new driver and, my God, is it good! The driver is under active development as we write but Austere.J has started on the RTS525a with super results and he's adding support for other Realtek RTS model.
You can follow the on-going R&D here at Insanelymac and drivers are posted here on FireWolf's GitHub repo.
Please join me in helping Austere.J in the testing and give him the support and thanks he deserves.
Bronxteck recently reminded us of links Apple publish in relation to creating bootable installers for OS X and macOS from El Capitan 10.11, so here's a link to the related main page:
Very useful as a replacement to the old AppStore method that allowed registered users to re-download an OS X/macOS installation package if they had already done so in the past.
12GB required for USB keys/flash disks.
Whilst the information is obviously meant for Apple Mac computers, it's nevertheless 100% relevant to the 1st phase of creating USB installers for Hackintosh computers, the 2nd phase being the necessary installation of the bootloader (Enoch, Clover or otherwise).