macOS Sonoma 14.4.1 update fixes USB hubs, audio plugins, and Java crashes

Apple has recently rolled out the macOS Sonoma 14.4.1 update, aimed at addressing several bugs and security vulnerabilities that surfaced following the previous 14.4 release. This minor update brings crucial fixes to ensure a smoother and more secure experience for Mac users.

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Apple also released iOS 17.4.1 and iPadOS 17.4.1 recently. These updates focus on fixing bugs and improving security for various iPhone and iPad models. While the tech giant did not disclose specific details about the security fixes, installing these updates is crucial for maintaining a stable and secure device, so Apple recommends them for all users.

Everything new in macOS Sonoma 14.4.1

One of the key issues tackled by the macOS Sonoma 14.4.1 update is the recognition problem with USB hubs connected to external displays. This issue caused inconvenience for users and has been swiftly resolved in this latest release.

Additionally, the update addresses issues related to copy-protected Audio Unit plug-ins used in professional music applications, ensuring they now open and pass validation correctly. Furthermore, apps incorporating Java no longer experience unexpected crashes, enhancing overall stability and reliability.

In addition to bug fixes, Apple has included security patches in the 14.4.1 update. These security enhancements are crucial for safeguarding Mac systems against potential threats and vulnerabilities. While specific details about the security updates were initially limited, they are an integral part of keeping your device secure and protected.

Unfortunately, it does not seem like macOS Sonoma 14.4.1 addresses the critical iCloud Drive bug that can lead to data loss. For users with “Optimize Mac Storage” enabled, removing files using “Remove Download” deletes all saved versions, unlike in previous updates. This significantly impacts productivity and disrupts workflow continuity.

How to install macOS Sonoma 14.4.1

This new macOS software update is compatible with the following Mac models:

  • iMac (2019 and later)
  • iMac Pro (2017)
  • Mac Pro (2019 and later)
  • Mac Studio (2022 and later)
  • MacBook Air (2018 and later)
  • Mac mini (2018 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (2018 and later)

Before you attempt to update to macOS Sonoma 14.4.1, make sure your Mac has at least 50% battery life and is connected to a reliable Wi-Fi network.

  1. Open System Settings.
  2. Click General.
  3. Click Software Update.
  4. Click Update Now.
  5. Your Mac will download the update.
  6. When the update is complete, your Mac will restart.

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