This app brings the fan noise back to your super-quiet M1 Mac

Macbook Air M1
Macbook Air M1 (Image credit: Daniel Bader / iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple's M1 Macs are so quiet some people are finding them too quiet.
  • FanFan is an app that brings the whirring fans back.

Apple's M1 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and iMac are apparently so quiet that some people are finding that it's putting them off doing their work, so there's an app that does one thing and one thing only — it brings that fan whir back.

When Apple announced its Apple silicon transition, power consumption and raw performance were two of the big benefits we heard all about. Both of those things mean that Apple doesn't need to spin the fans up quite so often — because it isn't trying to cool an Intel chip moments before combustion. But that means that the new machines are too quiet for some. And that's where FanFan comes to the rescue.

With its state of the art Fan Simulation Engine (patent pending), FanFan can bring back that soothing sound of computer fans to your Apple Silicon Mac.

Okey dokey! You can download FanFan for free right now and while it's unlikely too many people will be desperate to get that fan whir back into their life, it's true that a lot of people don't like working in an environment that's silent. So there you go — this is for you!

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.