On Monday, we commented on the possibility that macOS could win a feature called “Pro Mode”, which was “delivered” by codes from the penultimate beta version of the Apple operating system.
As we reported, this feature would be able to increase the Mac’s performance at the expense of battery consumption; still, the option could be quite something for users who prioritize the execution of tasks – and who do not necessarily depend so much on the battery cycle.
On the other hand, there are people who depend (and a lot) on it, especially when you are on the street. In his daydreams about “Pro Mode”, the developer and writer Marco Arment published an article considering the possibility of Apple also implementing a Low Power Mode on Mac.
The feature itself is not exactly a novelty: since iOS 9, launched in 2015, iPhones have the option of preserving the battery by pausing some background tasks, such as receiving emails, updating iCloud Photos and downloading files.
In fact, Low Energy Mode can make a significant difference in terms of battery life – at least on the iPhone. In this sense, it is possible to activate it at any time, regardless of the remaining battery level (but the system alerts the user with the remaining 20% and again with 10%, if you have not activated the first time).
On the Mac, however, there is no such switch to Low Energy Mode; there are actually some things you can do, like closing apps that consume a lot of energy. But, in short, it is not possible to extend the battery of your portable Mac natively.
Even though Apple has its reasons for not (yet) implementing a Low Energy Mode on the Mac, it is interesting to note that we, the users, are not asking for much: this feature could work on macOS in the same way as on iOS, that is, reducing screen brightness and avoiding background downloads (like app and system updates).
Thinking about the complexity of the Mac, however, Low Energy Mode could go further and, for example, show in the Activity Monitor which apps are consuming the most energy (so that the user can shut them down); in addition, certain functions could be automatically disabled by the system itself, such as the use of graphics cards (if they are not needed).
Arment says he has been prolonging his Mac’s battery life (for years, it’s worth noting) with Turbo Boost Switcher Pro, a software that forces the Mac to stay out of this intense work mode. In practice, the Switcher Pro reduces CPU power consumption by 62% (in tests done by the developer) and reduces the temperature by up to 30ºC. All of this helps to extend the life of the battery, which can increase between 30% and 50%.
Finally, I make the words of the developer mine: please Apple, provide a Low Energy Mode so that macOS can be as productive as it is economical – will it ever be fulfilled?