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Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models to receive a performance boost in macOS 12 Monterey

macOS Monterey contains references to a High Power Mode. (Image source: Mia Baker)
macOS Monterey contains references to a High Power Mode. (Image source: Mia Baker)
Reputedly, Apple is developing a High Power Mode for MacBook hardware. The mode will be introduced with a future macOS 12 Monterey update and should benefit all MacBooks, including the long-awaited 14-inch and 16-inch M1X-based models.
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macOS has had a low power mode for a few months now, which works a lot like 'Battery Saver' in Windows 10 and Windows 11. However, Apple was also working on a 'Pro mode', which first emerged last January in macOS 10.15.3 Catalina Beta. Evidently, Apple did not integrate the mode in macOS Catalina, but 9to5Mac believes that it may return in macOS 12 Monterey.

According to the website, macOS Monterey Beta 8 contains references to a 'High Power Mode', the Ronseal of power modes. Details on how this mode works remain unknown currently, with 9to5Mac speculating that it will maximise CPU and GPU performance at the expense of increased fan noise. We doubt that Apple will allow the likes of the upcoming MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 to run their fans at 100% constantly, mind you. Nonetheless, the original MacBook Pro 16 could have benefited from a more aggressive fan profile, in our opinion.

Apple is expected to launch macOS 12 Monterey this autumn, presumably alongside its M1X-based MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 169to5Mac has been unable to determine if this 'High Power Mode' will be ready in time for the OS' release, though. In saying that, we would expect to confirm if it plans to include a High Power Mode when it formally unveils macOS Monterey.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-10- 1 (Update: 2021-10- 1)