Apple is increasingly focused on the professional consumer market, with the launch of the 16-inch MacBook Pro and the new Mac Pro. We have now found evidence that the company is working on a new macOS feature that should further improve the professional workflow.
The latest beta build for macOS Catalina 10.15.3 contains references to a new “Pro Mode” which users can turn on and off. Several strings claim that “Apps can run faster, but battery life may decrease, and fan noise may increase” and “Overridden fan speed limit” when the Pro Mode is activated.
Since these strings are directly related to the macOS power management system, we think it will be possible to temporarily improve the performance of the machine by ignoring some power-management restrictions. With Pro Mode the internal fans run at a higher speed, probably to avoid thermal throttling issues. Close to Do Not Disturb, Pro Mode should be automatically disabled by the day afterwards.
While we’re not sure of the Pro Mode’s availability, it seems to have been developed for MacBooks alone. Compatibility is also uncertain but there is some evidence that it will only work with models that introduce the new thermal design with the new 16-inch MacBook Pro.
Apple today registered a new MacBook edition, which could be an improved 13-inch version of the MacBook Pro with the scissor keyboard and the new thermal design Although this isn’t verified, the company may be waiting for this new MacBook to be released to announce the Pro Mode.