Macs May Be Getting 'Pro Mode' Option to Boost Performance, According to macOS Catalina Beta

Apple's Macs could soon have the option for a "Pro Mode" that boosts performance according to data found in the macOS Catalina 10.15.3 beta.

Released in December, the beta contains code discovered by 9to5Mac that references an optional Pro Mode that appears to override fan speed limits and energy saving restrictions to improve performance. Code in the beta says "Apps may run faster, but battery life may decrease and fan noise may increase" when Pro Mode is turned on.


As with Do Not Disturb, Pro Mode is a temporary option that is set to turn off the next day after being enabled, likely to make sure Macs are running in optimal conditions.

The code found in the beta seems to suggest Pro Mode is coming to the 16-inch MacBook Pro, but MacRumors has also received an anonymous tip suggesting the Mac Pro will also get a Pro Mode option that will override maximum fan speed software limits for improved thermal performance.

More information on Pro Mode should be available when macOS Catalina 10.15.3 sees a release, provided this is the update where it will be introduced.

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2 weeks ago
Psh, innovate my ass. My 486 had one of these:



Rating: 84 Votes
2 weeks ago
If my fans are allowed to run even higher under full load, my iMac will start flying around my office.
Rating: 35 Votes
2 weeks ago
So when I'm running my 16" in "Pro Mode" can you switch off all your resource hungry launchd jobs like photoanalysisd photolibraryd and spotlight please ?
Rating: 31 Votes
2 weeks ago
Before everybody acts like it's stupid or innovative, Dell, Lenovo, HP have had this feature for at least a decade, along with lap mode and quiet mode.







Rating: 25 Votes
2 weeks ago
Translation: get ready for cpu throttle mode as default
Rating: 17 Votes
2 weeks ago
Pro mode. Or... Err...the way the CPU is designed to run in the first place.
Rating: 14 Votes
2 weeks ago
Can Pro mode unlock the Snow Leopard interface?
Rating: 11 Votes
2 weeks ago
Class action lawsuit incoming, for all this time that MacBook Pros have apparently been running sub-Pro.
Rating: 7 Votes
2 weeks ago
Back in the old days, I had a MDD PowerMac that must have always been in Pro Mode.
Rating: 5 Votes
2 weeks ago
I assume this lets you do the same thing that iStat Menus already does with the fan maxing?
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