The Mac does something I want the iPhone and iPad to do. Automatic power on and off according to a schedule.
That's how it is. Open the Mac system settings. Select energy saver (light bulb icon).
See? Not much happens. However, if you click the Schedule button at the bottom right of the Preferences screen, you will see a drop-down menu with start and shutdown options. Handy, right. That's all it does, but what if you can do more?
What Apple gives Mac users in MacOS High Sierra is pretty much what we've had to spend in a decade or two. It's easy enough to set up your Mac to boot at a specific time every day, weekends or weekdays, with similar options to shut down, sleep or start a Mac, but that's all she wrote people.
It's almost like Apple's software engineers forgot about Energy Saver, and it has not changed for almost always. For more power, look at Power Manager, the Mac tool app that does all the cool things you want Energy Saver.
Take a look at just some of the basic options in Power Manager.
Tasks can be automated according to a schedule and it includes power on a Mac or the power of a Mac so you do not have to be around to boot or close down or check to make sure the tasks run.
They can be as easy as starting or starting according to what schedule you can dream up. But they can also schedule a backup to take place, run a script to do this or do some of a few dozen different features – all related to a schedule if you want to.
Power Manager works like this. Select a task. Set up the schedule. Repeat as many actions and schedules as you need.
The app is perfect for managing startup items because it runs unattended. Just set up the task, set the schedule, and let it work. It can work in the background even when a user is not logged in. It contains countdowns, warnings, and alerts, but is smart enough not to be pulled by a Mac app refusing to quit.
Did I mention smart?
Not only does Power Manager provide AppleScript and Automator actions, it can run Mac's embedded command line as if in Terminal, display a status menu and much more. There is even a cookbook-like guide with dozens of recipes on how the app can be used. Additionally, there is also a Pro version for network deployment.
Why do not Apple find alternatives found in Power Manager?
Apple often prefers the lowest common denominator, and most Mac users are unaware of the power-saver's boot-up and shutdown options, and will find the Power Manager to be quite intimidating. But if you want more, you pay more. Power Manager has a full thirty-day trial version, and it may take a while to find out how to implement some of the features in the Mac management routine.
If Energy Saver is completely limited, and then 1999, Power Manager is the next stop in the 21st century.