A new ‘High Power Mode’ was discovered in the code of macOS Monterey Release Candidate. MacRumors confirmed from Apple that the 16-inch MacBook Pro will feature the new battery mode for demanding workflows or tasks which require more power.
On October 18, Apple announced 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with advanced M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, designed for professional users. The M1 (SoC) delivers faster CPU and GPU performance than the latest PC laptop chips with incredible power efficiency and the new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips take that performance to a whole new level. The M1 Pro chip delivers 70% faster CPU performance, 2x faster graphics performance than M1, and the M1 Max chip is even faster and power-efficient than the M1 Pro chip.
The new ‘High Power Mode’ will be exclusively available on 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Max chip
As discovered by MacRumors, the description of the new battery mode read; “Your Mac will optimize performance to better support resource-intensive tasks. This may result in louder fan noise.”
This new setting is the opposite of “Low Power Mode,” which aims to decrease system performance to prolong battery life. The new mode will only be available on the 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Max chip, not the 14-inch model or models with the M1 Pro.
How to enable ‘High Power’ mode on 16-inch M1 Max MacBook Pro
Exclusively available on the 16-inch M1 Max MacBook Pro, the new High Power mode can be enabled easily. Just follow the listed steps to enable the High Power mode on the battery and when plugged in.
- Click on ‘System Preferences‘ > Battery option.
- In the UI, click on the ‘Battery‘ option in the sidebar, and in the ‘Energy Mode‘ drop menu, select ‘High Power’
- Click on the ‘Power Adaptor’ option in the sidebar menu and again in the ‘Energy Mode‘ drop menu, select ‘High Power’ to give the machine a power boost when working on demanding tasks.
Currently, Apple is selling both models of the new pro notebooks with multiple configurations offering different numbers of CPU and GPU cores, memory, and SSD storage. 14-inch MacBook Pro comes with M1 Pro chip only with up to 10- Core CPU, up to 16-Core GPU, 16GB Unified Memory and up to 1TB SSD Storage and the only the 16-inch MacBook Pro comes with the M1 Max offer the highest configuration with 10-Core CPU, 32-Core GPU, 32GB Unified Memory and 1TB SSD Storage which retails for $3,499.