Apple’s new 16-inch MacBook Pro powered by the M1 Max chip will include a new “high power mode” for intensive workloads. The new setting will come with a “low power mode” that will help with better battery life, but at the cost of limited system performance. “High Power Mode” on the 16-inch MacBook Pro (2021) was first discovered in macOS code earlier this month. It could practically push the new M1 Max chip to its full potential for performance-intensive tasks.
MacRumors contributor Steve Moser initially discovered the existence of “high power mode” in macOS Monterey beta code. The code suggested that switching to the new turbo mode would give you better performance but with louder fan noise. He said that by switching to the new mode, users would get “optimized performance to better support resource-intensive tasks.”
Apple then confirmed to MacRumors the availability of the new performance-oriented offering. This would be limited to the 16-inch MacBook Pro (2021) model with the M1 Max chip. This means that you won’t be able to use the feature if you go for the 14in MacBook Pro (2021) – if the M1 Max version – or the new 16in MacBook Pro with the M1 Pro chip.
Gadgets 360 has contacted Apple for clarity on the functionality and will update this space when the company responds.
At the launch event, Apple made several statements regarding various performance enhancements available on new MacBook Pro models with the new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. The M1 Max was particularly renowned for delivering up to four times faster GPU performance and nearly six times the memory bandwidth compared to last year’s M1 chip. However, the actual results are yet to be determined.
The M1 Max chip has the same 10-core processor that is available on the M1 Pro, although it doubles the number of GPU cores to 32 cores and includes up to 400 GB per second of memory bandwidth. It also has up to 64GB of unified memory for enhanced multitasking support.
Besides the exclusive turbo switch, the 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Max was recently revealed to be the only model in the new series to support fast charging via the included 140W charger. The 14-inch version, on the other hand, will come with a 67W adapter that doesn’t support fast charging.