macOS Sonoma 14.3 Public Beta is here: What you need to know about the new update

MacBook macOS Sonoma widgets on desk
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The public beta of macOS Sonoma 14.3 has arrived — but don’t expect anything new. Compared to 14.2, which brought new features such as iMessage Key Verification, there’s little to see here.

For those unaware, Apple’s beta program allows any user to install an upcoming update that’s currently being tested. These may bring new features, such as new emojis in macOS Ventura 13.3, or new apps like Journal in iOS 17.2.

Sometimes, however, a new update simply brings bug fixes — and that’s exactly what you’ll find with macOS Sonoma 14.3. Looking at the release notes, it seems to be a very small update that resolves an issue with transactions on the Mac App Store.

Regardless of how minor this update is though, we always recommend updating to the latest version if you’re running the beta. Once this is released to everyone running macOS Sonoma, you go to the Apple logo in the Menu Bar > System Settings > Software Update, where 14.3 will be available to download and install.

For 14.4, could widgets on the desktop be fixed please? — iMore’s take

macOS Sonoma screenshot

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I’ve been enjoying macOS Sonoma since it came out in September 2023 — mainly thanks to desktop widgets. For the first couple of months, they worked well and proved how useful they were. I was able to look at my to-do list in a Things 3 widget, or have a huge Photos widget of my dog, Jolly, which changes every hour.

Since installing the 14.1 update, however, some widgets simply refuse to load. So instead, I’ll have a square widget with nothing in it — or I’ll have a desktop with no widgets at all. It dampens the excitement I had for widgets, ever since they were showcased back at WWDC 2023.

Apple, if these can be fixed in the inevitable 14.4 update, all will be forgiven. I’ll finally go back to checking off my to-do list from a widget without having to launch Things 3 from my dock.

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Daryl Baxter
Features Editor

Daryl is iMore's Features Editor, overseeing long-form and in-depth articles and op-eds. Daryl loves using his experience as both a journalist and Apple fan to tell stories about Apple's products and its community, from the apps we use every day to the products that have been long forgotten in the Cupertino archives.

Previously Software & Downloads Writer at TechRadar, and Deputy Editor at StealthOptional, he's also written a book, 'The Making of Tomb Raider', which tells the story of the beginnings of Lara Croft and the series' early development. His second book, '50 Years of Boss Fights', came out in June 2024, and has a monthly newsletter called 'Springboard'. He's also written for many other publications including WIRED, MacFormat, Bloody Disgusting, VGC, GamesRadar, Nintendo Life, VRV Blog, The Loop Magazine, SUPER JUMP, Gizmodo, Film Stories, TopTenReviews, Miketendo64, and Daily Star.