Got a new Mac Pro? SMC update keeps Power Nap activities quiet

Got a new Mac Pro? SMC update keeps Power Nap activities quiet

If you have a new Mac Pro, check Software Update for Mac Pro SMC Firmware Update 2.0, a change to the System Management Controller (SMC) firmware used in your shiny new computer.

According to Apple, the new SMC 2.0 update "enables the Mac Pro to enter Power Nap without running the fan for most Power Nap activities, and addresses a rare issue where a low-speed USB device may not be detected at boot."

Power Nap is a feature Apple first introduced in Mountain Lion, or OS X 10.8. It enables your Mac to establish a network connection even when it goes to sleep, so you can receive new mail messages, sync content through iCloud, download software updates and more.

The System Management Controller is the part of your Mac that is responsible for, among other things, power management, waking it from sleep, thermal management and more.

If you have a new Mac Pro and you run the update, let me know if you notice a difference!

Thanks Marc Edwards!

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Peter Cohen

Mac Managing Editor of iMore and weekend Apple Product Professional at a local independent Apple reseller. Follow him on Twitter @flargh

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Got a new Mac Pro? SMC update keeps Power Nap activities quiet


That is awesome piece of machine. Way too much for my use, but it is awesome to look at.

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Applied it last night. The most interesting thing for me was that while the update is applied, for a few seconds the fan runs at full speed. Sounded like a jet turbine, and pushed out a lot of air! I've already pushed the CPUs to 100% as an experiment and the fan never reached 1000RPM, and remained virtually silent. Just another example of the over-engineering that went into the design.