smcFanControl

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Description of App: 

smcFanControl controls the fans of every Intel Mac to make it run cooler. smcFanControl lets the user set the minimum speed of the build in fans. So you can increase your minimum fan speed to make your Intel Mac run cooler. However in order not to damage your machines smcFanControl doesn't let you set a minimum speed to a value below Apple's defaults.

Version: 

2.4

Free or Paid: 

Free

Version Of macOS App Was Tested On: 

10.9.1

Accessibility Comments: 

The preferences screen has a few unlabelled buttons which always seem to be dimmed. Apart from this, everything is read correctly.

Usability: 

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments: 

After you launch the app, it will appear in your menu bar. The default settings for its icon will show you the current temperature and fan speed, but you can change this. When you press VO-space on the icon, you will get more detailed fan information, as well as the ability to switch your "active setting". You also get the option to open preferences, the about screen, the developer's webpage, check for updates and quit. In the preferences, you can add more presets (the "+" and "-" buttons are used to add and remove), as well as set the app to change the active setting based on when the mac is on AC power/charging/on battery. To change the settings on a preset, after adding one, you select it using the pop-up button and interact with the table to get access to the various fans. You won't actually notice any change until you press save however.