For the last few years, Apple has increasingly made efforts to please its professional customers, which will always be more demanding.
According to 9to5mac, the latest macOS Catalina 10.15.3 beta build contains references to a new “Pro Mode,” which would give the MacBook more tools to perform better.
Strings in the code mention “Apps may run faster, but battery life may decrease and fan noise may increase.” and “Fan speed limit is overridden”. These strings are directly related to the macOS power management system, so it seems Apple is willing to ignore some energy-saving restrictions to improve the machine’s performance. Also, it looks like “Pro Mode” can be set to turn itself off the next day, same as other MacOS features like Do Not Disturb or Night Shift.
We don’t really know how much improvement the performance will get from these measures, but time will tell.
We can expect the official release of “Pro Mode” in March when Apple often releases new MacBooks. Recent leaks suggest Apple is working on a MacBook Pro equipped with the 16-inch model’s Magic Keyboard and thermal architecture.