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Apple Reportedly Developing ‘Pro Mode’ for MacBook Lineup That Boosts Performance

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Code found within the new version of macOS Beta is hinting at a new feature for Apple’s laptops aimed at those who are looking to get more performance out of their machine.

Apple may add a “Pro Mode” to its MacBook line in a future software update that boosts performance, according to code found in the macOS Catalina 10.15.3 beta.

A report from 9to5Mac, the code refers to Pro Mode as a feature where “Apps may run faster, but battery life may decrease and fan noise may increase,” with the Mac’s “Fan speed limit overridden” when the Pro Mode is activated.

Similar to how Do Not Disturb works on the Mac, Pro Mode will be a setting that can be enabled or disabled according to a user’s requirements, with macOS by default turning the setting off the next day after being enabled.



9to5Mac reckons the Pro Mode has been built with MacBooks in mind, specifically the new 16-inch MacBook Pro that boasts a new thermal design. It’s not clear whether it’ll be compatible with earlier models if Pro Mode makes it into the main build of Catalina any time soon.

We don’t know whether Pro Mode will provide a meaningful boost until someone is able to run benchmarks, but it’s nice to see Apple continue its renewed emphasis on Pro users. No word on when the feature will come to life, but we’ll keep you updated if it shows up in the final version of Catalina 10.15.3.

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