Mac users have discovered evidence of a new feature coming in a future version of macOS called “Pro Mode”. This feature would temporarily remove the restrictions imposed on Macs to run smoothly and silently to increase short-term performance for demanding tasks common in professional workflows.
9to5Mac reports that users have found references to this “Pro Mode” in the beta version of macOS Catalina 10.15.3. This included text describing the functionality that says “the fan speed limit can be replaced” and “the applications can run faster, but the battery life may decrease and the noise of the fan may increase”.
The evidence found in the beta seems to indicate that Pro mode would work something like Do Not Disturb: it would be an optional toggle which, by default, would automatically deactivate after a certain period of time.
While the initial report in 9to5Mac indicated that there is evidence that this functionality is intended for the MacBook Pro, MacRumors says it received anonymous advice “suggesting that the Mac Pro will also have an option in Pro mode”.
Little else is known about the deployment of Pro mode, as Apple has made no public statement about it. However, it should be noted that Apple recently filed a new model of MacBook with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). Apple recently overhauled the 15-inch MacBook Pro with a 16-inch display, a new thermal system, and a new (well, old, really) keyboard. Apple could likely work on making similar changes to the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the company could hold the Pro mode announcement until it was ready to tell the public about the new hardware.
macOS Catalina 10.15.3 will be the next major release of the Mac operating system, but the update is still being tested and it is not known when the public version of 10.15.3 will be released.
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