Unreleased 'Pro Mode' may bring performance boost to MacBooks

Unreleased ‘Pro Mode’ may bring performance boost to MacBooks


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Apple is working on a new software feature for macOS that can crank Macs’ processing powers into overdrive. References spotted by 9to5Mac in the latest macOS Catalina beta mention a new “Pro Mode.” Details on how Pro Mode will work remain hazy. However, a few lines of code hint that it might only be available on MacBooks.

Apple has renewed its focus on making better tools for professionals lately with the new Mac Pro that launched at the end of 2019 along with the new 16-inch MacBook Pro with an improved keyboard. Adding the ability to increase performance on the go could be another huge boost for Apple’s growing Pro tool chest.

What is ‘Pro Mode’?

The strings of code related to Pro Mode appear to indicate that it can be turned on and off by users. One line describing the feature warns that “apps may run faster, but battery life may decrease and fan noise may increase.” Such a feature might prove incredibly useful for people who use a MacBook Pro as their main machine and are usually connected to a power outlet.

It sounds like Pro Mode may run your processor at a higher speed or even overclocked, with fans also running at max. Other references to the unannounced feature mention overriding the Mac’s fan speed limit and resetting back to normal.

Pro Mode might only be available on the 16-inch MacBook Pro and other upcoming MacBook Pros that share its thermal architecture. A new MacBook Pro could be on the way soon, though. Recent listings in the Eurasian Economic Commission database revealed Apple could be working on a 13-inch MacBook Pro.


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