Let’s welcome macOS Sonoma. If you want to install and test macOS Sonoma on virtual machines like Oracle VirtualBox then you’ll learn here the process to install macOS Sonoma on VirtualBox in Windows 10/11.
The future major update of macOS, Apple’s operating system for Mac computers, is called Sonoma (version 14). It was revealed as the replacement for macOS Ventura during Apple’s WWDC 2023 on June 5, 2023, and a late 2023 release was predicted. On June 5, 2023, the initial developer beta was made available. The Sonoma, California-based operating system bears this name.
According to Apple’s normal annual schedule, a public beta of macOS Sonoma should be available sometime in July, and the complete release should follow in September. Any mention of generative AI, which Microsoft is integrating into Windows with Copilot, is notable for its omission. However, if you own a Mac that was made after 2018, these are the most notable new features of Apple’s next desktop OS update.
Before we start to install macOS Sonoma on VirtualBox, let’s have a look at compatible Macs for macOS Sonoma and its features.
Compatible Macs for macOS Sonoma (macOS 14)
macOS Sonoma drops support for the following Macs:
- 2017 MacBook Pro
- 2017 iMac
- 2017 MacBook (12-Inch)
macOS Sonoma remains compatible with the following Macs:
- MacBook Pro: 2018 and later
- MacBook Air: 2018 and later
- Mac Mini: 2018 and later
- iMac: 2019 and later
- iMac Pro: 2017
- Mac Studio: 2022 and later
- Mac Pro: 2019 and later
macOS Sonoma New Features
1. Widgets on the Desktop
Widgets were restricted to the notification sidebar on the right side of the desktop in earlier iterations of the macOS operating system. You may put them wherever on the desktop while using Sonoma. When you launch an app window, desktop widgets become translucent and tinted to match your wallpaper so as not to be distracting. You can utilize widgets on your Mac desktop if you use them on an iPhone. These “anywhere widgets” have been compared to the desktop widgets Microsoft released in Windows Vista back in 2006, albeit widgets have returned in Windows 11, where they are (for the time being) restricted to their own panel. What is thrown out, is thrown back.
2. Gaming Mode
A new Gaming mode for Macs with Apple Silicon processors aims to change the fact that Apple has never been the primary choice for playing PC games. To celebrate the release of a director’s cut of his 2019 title Death Stranding on the Mac, the firm even brought in gaming veteran Hideo Kojima at WWDC 2023. The new macOS Game Mode will release system resources from background processes so the game can make use of them, just like Windows’ Game Mode does. Additionally, the mode is designed to lessen controller latency for the Xbox and PlayStation.
3. Video Conferencing Tools
The need to engage in video conferences is common among business customers, and Apple has released several enhancements that improve the experience whether you’re using Zoom, Teams, or Webex. Users can overlay a cutout or thumbnail image of themselves over a shared desktop using the Presenter Overlay function. Reaction films, which embellish your video feed with balloons and streamers, are another innovation. For more visit here.
Required Files to Install macOS Sonoma on Oracle VirtualBox in Windows 10/11
In order to install macOS Sonoma on VirtualBox on Windows 11/10, you’ll need to download the below-given links:
Step 1. Install VirtualBox and the Extention Pack
Oracle VM VirtualBox has been developed by Oracle Corporation as a free and open-source virtualization framework. Using Windows, macOS, Linux, Solaris, as well as OpenSolaris you can mount the VirtualBox. This allows users to build virtual machines to run other operating systems. “It supports guest development and management of Windows and Linux running virtual machines and restricted virtualization on Apple hardware of macOS guests.”
A virtual machine is a virtual system or program that offers the same features as physical machines (eg, a computer system with its own CPU, memory, network interfaces, and storage capacity). A virtual machine like a real device is used to run applications or OS.
Steps to install VirtualBox:
- Navigate the folder where you have downloaded your VirtualBox and double-click on the downloaded “VirtualBox” file to install it.
- Oracle VM VirtualBox Setup” window will appear on the screen and click on the “Next” button to continue.
- Choose the location where you want to install the VirtualBox and click on the “Next” button to continue.
- Click Next.
- Click Yes and then click the Install button to start the installation process.
Steps to Install VirtualBox Extension Pack
- Double-click on the installer of VirtualBox Extention. It will open the VirtualBox and click Install.
- Select I Agree.
- VirtualBox Extension Pack installed successfully. Click OK.
Step 2. Create macOS Sonoma Virtual Machine & Configure it
Launch the VirtualBox VM and select New.
When the next window opened click on the Expert Mode option.
Now give a name for the virtual machine, simply type macOS Sonoma, specify the location, and Type Mac OS X, Version, Mac OS X (64-Bit).
On the Hardware tab increase the base memory size and the processor.
Select the maximum disk size for macOS Sonoma then specify the location. Click Finish.
Now, select Settings to customize certain things.
When the settings window opened, from the left-handed window side select the System tab, then uncheck the floppy disk.
Select the Display tab, then increase the video memory size to 128 MB.
Select the Storage tab, click Empty > disk icon > Choose a disk file.
Choose the macOS Sonoma ISO and click Open.
Enable the USB 3.0 from the USB tab.
At last, select OK.
Step 3. Run VirtualBox Code to the Command Prompt
Once you’ve created and customized your virtual machine, it’s time to run some codes in order to install macOS Sonoma on VirtualBox. First, you should notice your virtual machine name because later on, we will use it.
Note: It’s highly recommended that you should quit the VirtualBox program before executing the code. If you don’t do it, your virtual machine might not proceed to the installation step.
Open the VirtualBox code. Go to the Edit tab and select Replace.
Now, replace “VM Name” with your virtual machine name and select Replace All.
Now navigate to the Windows start menu and type their cmd, once the cmd appears right-click and run as administrator.
Copy the first line of the commands and paste it into the command prompt window then hit enter, then copy the rest of the commands and paste it into the command prompt window then and hit enter.
Step 4: Start the macOS Sonoma Virtual Machine
Open the VirtualBox app then click the Start button. You will then see a set of codes running for about 90 seconds.
Once you have started the virtual machine, you’ll see some code running in the background. Just wait until you see the Apple logo.
Select your preferred language and click the arrow icon at the bottom right-hand corner.
Select Disk Utility and click Continue.
Choose VBOX HARDDISK Media then click Erase.
Configure the settings such as name, format, and scheme. Click Erase.
Click the Disk Utility tab and select Quit Disk Utility.
Select Install macOS 14 beta and click Continue.
On the next screen, click Agree and once again select Agree.
Select the macOS Sonoma hard disk and click Continue.
Now, wait patiently. It will take a good 40 to 60 minutes, depending on the speed of your PC or laptop.
Step 5. Setup macOS Sonoma for the First Time on Oracle VirtualBox
While the VirtualBox installation of macOS Sonoma on a Windows PC has been successful. As a result, you must finish configuring macOS Sonoma on VirtualBox before using it for the first time. The procedures listed below should be followed to finish configuring macOS Sonoma on VirtualBox.
- Select your country/region and click Continue.
- Choose your preferred language and continue.
- On the Accessibility page, click Not Now.
- Click Continue on the Data & Privacy page.
- On the Migration Assistant screen, click the Not Now button to continue.
- Sign in to your Apple ID or set it up later.
- Select Agree to Terms and Conditions. Once again select Agree.
- Create an account with a Full name and password. Click Continue.
- Enable location services and click Continue.
- Select your time zone and continue.
- Click Continue on the Analytics screen.
- Set up Screen time later and continue.
- Now, select your preferred look like Light, Dark, or Auto, and click Continue.
- Finally, macOS Sonoma is successfully installed on VirtualBox.
1. Failed to query SMC value from the host (VERR_INVALID_HANDLE)
Run this command in CMD:
VBoxManage.exe setextradata “VM name”
2. If nothing of these solutions work, you may downgrade VirtualBox and it will still function. You can access earlier builds.
3. If your virtual machine is stuck while running codes when you start the VM then change the CPU Processors to 1. After that restart the virtual machine.
That’s it. This is how you can install and run macOS 14 Sonoma on VirtualBox on a Windows 11 PC or laptop.