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WWDC June 10th, 2024.
Apple unveiled macOS 15 Sequoia.
As usual, 1st beta version was made available to developers with immediate effect and 1st public beta will be available in July with a final release in the fall.

Surprisingly, Sequoia only drops support for 8th gen. Amber Lake MacBookAir8,1 thereby raising the minimum MacBook Air platform to final 2020 Ice Lake-based MBA9,1. The rest of the supported platforms remain identical to Sonoma so we can kind of thank Apple for the reprieve. Who knows whether Apple will chop it all next year or retain only 10th gen Comet Lake/Ice Lake models next year in Sequoia's successor?
Minimum platform requirements are therefore:
iMac19,x (8th gen. Coffee Lake) iMacPro1,1 (Skylake Xeon) MacBookAir9,1 (10th gen. Ice Lake) MacBookPro15,x (8th gen. Coffee Lake) Macmini8,1 (8th gen Coffee Lake) MacPro7,1 (Cacade Lake)
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Released May 13th, 2024.
Build 23F79
Enhancements, bug fixes ans security updates. Safe to install on our Hackintosh platforms.
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Sonoma dropped support for Broadcom cards that were supported up to Ventura. This has long been stated and a solution based on OpenCore boot loader and the OCLP Patcher has been available since the summer of 2023.
Nothing new on the matter as I post this article in January 2024, except that the solution now works for users of Clover (yes we still exist).
The issue for Clover users was that there was no readily available solution to block vanilla IOSkywalkFamily kext from being loaded at startup, even when trying to do this through patching the Info.plist file of the kext in the clover config. No matte what, as long as the vanilla kext loaded, injecting the replacing kext would result in immediate KP.
This was finally resolved in Clover r5157 which integrate a kext patch in the form of a flag that can be enabled in the Clover config: BlockSkywalk.
With this patch enabled, the abandoned IO80211LegacyFamily from previous macOS version can be loaded/injected and so can the older/replacement version of the IOSkywalkFamily kext that remains required. This being put in place, the OCLP patcher can then be used to apply the wireless root patch (whether Modern wireless or Legacy wireless).
Cards that we all previously used up to Ventura, whether DW1560 (BCM5352 chipset), DW1820A (BCM4350 chipset) or Apple's own BCM94360xxx (BCM4360 and related chipsets) can now be used in macOS Sonoma exactly as they could in Ventura and earlier macOS versions.
See our dedicated thread on the matter for full details.
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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.
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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).
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