Looking for more performance from your MacBook Pro? Something needs to run a little bit faster on your iMac? Need a big red button that says ‘turbo’? It looks like Apple is getting ready to offer a performance based ‘pro mode’ in the next version of MacOS Catalina.
Evidence for this new ‘Pro’ mode has been found inside Apple’s own code. The released version of MacOS Catalina 10.13 beta 3 mass references to allowing the fans to overspeed in something internally called ‘ProMode’. Filipe Espósito reports:
“The latest macOS Catalina 10.15.3 beta build contains references to a new “Pro Mode,” which can be turned on and off by users. Some strings mention that “Apps may run faster, but battery life may decrease and fan noise may increase” and “Fan speed limit overridden” when the Pro Mode is activated.”
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While there are no concrete details on what ProMode is actually doing, the fact that battery power will be impacted, apps will run faster, and the fan will be running faster (and therefore create more noise) suggests that Apple will be widening the thermal limits of the system, allowing the processor to run faster in exchange for more air being circulated to compensate for the higher load.
In essence Apple had an ‘everyday’ balance between power usage, performance, and excess heat, and that was the maximum you could work with. With the presumptively named ProMode you could boost the performance of your MacOS machine for intensive tasks (for example, when rendering HD video), safe in the knowledge that if you forget to switch back to regular, it would happen automatically as the next day started.
I suspect there’s also some canny marketing will come in to play when new Macs are announced. Battery life and endurance will no doubt use the ‘everyday’ setting to show the longest endurance, while performance will be measured with the ProMode active.
But Apple offering the user the choice of a balance point is a good decision. Tim Cook and his team do not know what’s best for each individual, and it is only right that control of how their laptop or desktop performs is in the hands of the user.