There are a lot of things I like about the new MacBook Pro, but if you’re hesitant about spending an extra $ 600 on an M1 Max model, a new macOS setup might convince you. Along with the battery-saving low-power mode introduced in macOS Monterey, Apple also offers a high-power mode that will take advantage of the full performance of the new chips.
The new setting, which was spotted in the latest macOS beta and confirmed by Apple to Macrumors by Apple, was originally reported by 9to5Mac weeks before the new MacBooks arrived. According to the macOS Monterey beta text, High Performance mode will be used for processor-intensive tasks such as video playback and 3D modeling. The option text in System Preferences reads: “Your Mac will optimize performance to better support resource-intensive tasks. This can result in louder fan noise ”, so it is clearly designed for extreme tasks.
The new feature will likely be available in the macOS Monterey version that ships with the new MacBook Pro.
After the MacBook Air M1 featured a fanless design, Apple’s new MacBooks contain a couple of fans. However, the 13-inch MacBook Pro’s fan rarely needs to spin, and Apple claims that the “MacBook Pro’s advanced thermal systems move 50 percent more air, even at lower fan speeds,” so you won’t hear them very often. However, the high-power mode will apparently put pressure on the processor enough for one or both of the fans to come on.
According to Macrumors, who confirmed the details of the new configuration with Apple, the high-power mode will only be available for the 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Mx processor, which starts at $ 3,099. It will not be available for the M1 Pro models or the 14-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Max processor. It’s unclear why the smaller MacBook doesn’t have the same feature, but it likely has something to do with heat and battery life.
Michael Simon has been covering Apple since the iPod was the iWalk. His obsession with technology dates back to his first PC: the IBM Thinkpad with the lift-up keyboard to change the drive. Still waiting for that to come back in style tbh.