The case for ‘Low Power Mode’ for Mac notebooks

The 16-inch MacBook Pro is the world’s best pro notebook.
Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro is the world’s most powerful pro notebook.

Marco Arment is again making the case for a “Low Power Mode” on macOS — and explains why now is the time.

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Low Power Mode on iOS, seems to be a huge hit: by offering a single toggle that chooses a different balance, people are able to greatly extend their battery life when they know they’ll need it.

Mac laptops need Low Power Mode, too. I believe so strongly in its potential because I’ve been using it on my laptops (in a way) for years, and it’s fantastic.

I’ve been disabling Intel Turbo Boost on my laptops with Turbo Boost Switcher Pro most of the time since 2015… The vast majority of the time I’m using it, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is a much better laptop with Turbo Boost disabled… But soon, I bet I won’t be able to do this anymore.

Turbo Boost Switcher Pro relies on a kernel extension that’s grandfathered into Apple’s latest security requirements, but it can never be updated — and when macOS Catalina loads it for the first time, it warns that it’ll be “incompatible with a future version of macOS.” I suspect that this is the last year I’ll get to run the latest OS and be able to turn off Turbo Boost at will, making all of my future laptop usage significantly worse.

Please, Apple, make this feature official…

MacDailyNews Take: Why isn’t Low Power Mode a macOS feature already? Our 16-inch MacBook Pros run with Intel Turbo Boost disabled pretty much exclusively. (We’re not rendering Toy Story 4 here. We’re bloggers who like large displays and rock-solid keyboards.) With Turbo Boost off, the batteries in our 16-inch MBPs last seemingly forever.

We agree with Arment: Let us be able to switch on/off Turbo Boost on our Mac notebooks, Apple!

Perhaps when Apple delivers the first ARM-based Apple SoC-powered Mac, that’s when Low Power Mode will migrate from iOS to macOS?

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