Last week,announced a , including a new , new , , a and a new along with a new . Among the updates and flashy new features is one that made me say "whoa": Being able to tune the color of your TV using just your phone. Of course, for Apple, it works just with your Apple TV and your iPhone.
are an enormous part of any viewing experience, and usually involve diving into specific settings to fine-tune the picture. The right balance of settings can change depending on what kind of movie or show you're watching -- or a slideshow of your photos. Apple's idea is to remove a lot of these steps by using your iPhone's front-facing camera to do much of the work.
The new feature saves you time trying to tune the colors on your own and give you more consistent picture quality when using your Apple TV. Better yet? The new feature works on older Apple TV models, not just the shiny, new Apple TV 4K.
Here's what you'll need to use the new Color Balance feature
- An Apple TV HD running TVOS 14.5
Apple, so make sure you and Apple TV to access the new feature.
How to color balance your Apple TV using your iPhone
To color balance your Apple TV to match your TV's picture and color quality, you need to open the Settings app on your Apple TV. Go to Video & Audio and scroll down to the bottom of the screen, where you'll find a Color Balance option in the Calibration section. Select Color Balance.
If your TV is using Dolby Vision, the option will be grayed out, and you can rest assured your TV is already properly tuned. However, if you can select the option, unlock your iPhone and bring it close to your Apple TV. An alert will show up on your phone, asking if you want to use it to color-calibrate your television. Tap Continue, and then follow the instructions on your phone.
You'll see a giant rectangle on your TV. Hold your iPhone inside that square, with the front-facing camera facing the screen, about an inch away from your television. You'll feel a haptic vibration from your iPhone when you're close enough and the calibration process is about to begin.
Hold your phone still while the screen flashes several different colors. Your iPhone measures and records those colors, giving your Apple TV the information it needs to tune the colors to look the best on your TV. When the process is complete, your TV will let you switch back and forth between a balanced and unbalanced preview to show you the difference and ask which one you prefer.
The entire process takes less than 30 seconds, start to finish. I turned off Dolby Vision on my TV to see how much of an impact the tuning feature had, and it was night and day. The balanced picture was preferred by every family member in my home.
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