The redesigned MacBook Pro might be more powerful than you think, provided you have the right configuration. Apple has confirmed to Engadget and MacRumors that the 16-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 Max chip can invoke a previously hinted-at “High Power Mode.” While the company was shy on details, macOS Monterey beta code suggested the mode would “optimize performance” for demanding tasks in return for the possibility of more fan noise.
This could be frustrating if you buy either the 14-inch MacBook Pro or a 16-inch system with the M1 Pro. This isn’t surprising, though. Features like this by their nature drive up power consumption and heat, and Apple may want to make sure there’s enough battery and thermal headroom (that is, a larger enclosure). The M1 Max is also a better fit for a mode like this than the M1 Pro — there’s simply more performance to unlock.
If you do buy a higher-end MacBook Pro, though, this could be particularly helpful. Many pro users have moments when they need performance at all costs, such as a hurried video export or last-minute code compile. High Power Mode might help finish those tasks on time while putting a ceiling on noise in most situations.
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