MacOS Monterey gets low-power mode for longer battery life
It's like the feature your smartphone already has.
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Apple showed the feature briefly at its WWDC developer conference on Monday, part of a graphic summarizing the new abilities coming to MacOS Monterey, the successor to today's Big Sur operating system.
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The feature will slow your Mac's processor clock speed, both on older Intel-powered machines and on new models using Apple's M1 processor. And it'll lock your screen brightness to a dimmer setting. That's important since screens are one of the top users of electrical power.