Apple has just confirmed that the 16-inch version of the latest MacBook Pro will support the new High Power mode. This only applies to models that run on the M1 Max chip. The High Power mode is Apple’s new invention to maximize performance in times of intense workload, e.g. B. when color grading an 8K ProRes video.
To activate the new High Power mode, users will likely need the 16-inch version of the new MacBook Pro, which comes with an M1 Max chip and runs on MacOS Monterey. According to Apple, the new mode is activated through the system settings and is not activated by default.
It is still a little unclear what the new high power attitude will bring with it completely. It is clear that it is intended for the MacBook Pro to handle periods of very intense workloads. Such tasks can include working with 4K or 8K video, video editing, design work, and more.
Although this feature should keep the 16-inch MacBook Pro running smoothly during resource-intensive tasks, the code-level references found earlier suggest that doing so makes the fans louder. Whether temperatures will rise above acceptable levels remains to be seen, but Apple has tweaked these new Macs to provide better airflow. A reduction in battery life can also be expected when using in high power mode.
The first indications of the new feature were discovered last month by Filipe Espósito of 9to5Mac in the beta of MacOS Monterey. Previously, in 2020, references to the “Pro mode” were found in MacOS Catalina 10.15.3. At this point, the internal code it found suggested that this option would make apps run faster while draining the Mac’s battery quickly.
Apple has yet to say whether the feature will be enabled on the M1 Pro chip or whether it will even be available on the 14-inch MacBook Pro. For the time being, it can be assumed that the high-power mode will be reserved for the 16-inch MacBook. This differs from previous assumptions that the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros will offer exactly the same level of performance, but it remains to be seen whether this is the case.
Pre-orders for the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, which feature the new and improved M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, have already begun. The first units will be delivered shortly and will arrive on October 26th. At this point in time, we can expect more reviews of the High Power mode that should illustrate the extent of the increase in performance from this setting. Regardless of the end result, it is already clear that the new notebooks will quickly top the list of the best MacBooks due to the new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips installed inside.