Ask Apple to bring iPhone-style low power mode to MacBooks

Joanna Estrada
January 17, 2020

Apple is apparently working on a new 5G iPad Pro and it could possibly land this year, we are going to see apple's first 5G iPhones with the iPhone 12 later in the year.

Multi-core performance is more hard to predict with any accuracy, Cross says, but if Apple follows the trend line, the A14 in the iPhone 12 could easily hit a Geekbench 5 score of around 4,500, placing it well above the faster Android phones on the market, which only come in at 3,000, and if Apple pushes the process even a bit it shouldn't have any difficulty reaching 5,000, which puts it in in the same territory as the 15-inch MacBook Pro and six-core mainstream desktop CPUs.

Apple will likely offer this Pro Mode option as a way to temporarily boost the performance of its select MacBook models when the user does not care about fan noise or battery life.

With Turbo Boost disabled, peak CPU power consumption drops by 62%, with a correspondingly huge reduction in temperature.

The fans never audibly spin up. Disable it, and it's nearly impossible to get them to be audible.

It runs significantly cooler.

The low power mode of an iPhone reduces battery usage by disabling background application updates and automatic downloads, locking the screen after 30 seconds and using other methods. However, some of the users may not find it too convenient in most cases. Disable it, and the laptop only heats up moderately, does not heat up, and the hands remain comfortably dry.

Parallel workloads are affected far less than single-threaded tasks, and most modern heavy workloads are parallelized.

When I really want to maximize performance, Turbo Boost Switcher Pro lets me quickly toggle it in the menu bar, so switching between modes is easy. Your only concern is that the application that allows you to enjoy these benefits is on borrowed time: Turbo Boost Switcher Pro is based on an inherited kernel extension that is probably not compatible in future versions of macOS.

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