Apple TV Color Balancing: Color and white balance even with old models

With the new Apple TV 4K Apple also introduced the "Color Balancing" function. The color calibration or white balance is not exclusive to the new model, but also to older TV boxes. If they support the upcoming version of the operating system, namely tvOS 14.5, then all you need for white and color comparison is an iPhone with iOS 14.5 and Face ID. The latter is important because the ambient light sensor on the front of the iPhone is used for color balancing. Face ID came up with the iPhone X in 2017; In the meantime, many users should have a device with this unlocking technology.

tvOS 14.5 and iOS 14.5 are out next week

The updates for Apple TV, iPhone and iPod Touch should appear next week. Then there are not only additional privacy features on the iPhone, but also the option of making the TV picture more true-to-color. Color balancing is either with Color balance or White balance translated.

With tvOS 14.5 on the Apple TV (2015, 2017, 2021) and with iOS 14.5 on iPhone models with Face ID, color balancing is also coming to you as a feature. Here you can find the instructions for color balance with Apple TV and iPhone.

With tvOS 14.5 on the Apple TV (2015, 2017, 2021) and with iOS 14.5 on iPhone models with Face ID, color balancing is also coming to you as a feature. Here you can find the instructions for color balance with Apple TV and iPhone.

You can then use the new feature with the current Apple TV 4K (from 2017) and with the Apple TV HD (from 2015). So if you already have an Apple TV and also use an iPhone equipped with Face ID that has been on the market since 2017, then you will be ready to use the color balance / white balance from week 17 in 2021.

White balance and color calibration of the Apple TV: This is how color balancing works

To use Color Balancing for color calibration on the television, have your iPhone ready and start the Apple TV. Calls the menu for video and audio in its settings. There should be a menu item for white or color balancing (from tvOS 14.5). If you select this, you will be given the appropriate instructions on the TV and on the iPhone. 

The new color balance function for white balance on TV with Apple TV and iPhone is made very easy to implement by means of messages on both screens.

The new color balance function for white balance on TV with Apple TV and iPhone is made very easy to implement by means of messages on both screens.

For example, an iPhone-sized field appears on the television in front of which you place the Apple smartphone. The two screens must point to each other. The television then displays white and various colors in the field so that the iPhone can "look at" them and assess their color fastness.

If you have placed the iPhone in front of the TV screen, different colors are displayed. Color Balance ensures that these will be displayed more realistically in the future.

If you have placed the iPhone in front of the TV screen, different colors are displayed. Color Balance ensures that these will be displayed more realistically in the future.

Depending on how the color rendering of the television is rated by the iPhone and Apple TV, there is then an adjustment. This comes from the Apple TV. Apple shows what the color calibration process looks like in this video. Beta testers report that the correction made the colors more natural, warmer and stronger. You can find an example of this at this point at 9to5Mac.

By the way, how you can achieve a white balance in Adobe Photoshop very quickly even as a dummy, I have in this post explained. Has nothing to do with the iPhone and Apple TV, but it might still be interesting for one or the other.

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4 comments

  1. Horst Hader says:

    My Apple TV 4K is connected to my PC (Windows 10 Version 20H2 Version Build 19042.985) on which iTunes 12.11.3 is installed via WLAN. On my Apple TV 4K, films that I have recorded with MediathekView 13.7.1 are displayed under "My videos". All I had to do was right-click the relevant MP4 files and select "Open with iTunes" from the context menu. These films were previously also displayed in iTunes under "Films / My Videos". Now I had to restore my Windows 10. This also included reinstalling iTunes (from an existing setup file: Itunes64setup.exe, which I downloaded from Apple). The iTunes version offered in the Windows Store only caused problems for me because with this version the above-mentioned procedure with the MP4 files did not work (iTunes could not be displayed / selected when opened with ...
    Perhaps you or a reader have some advice
    Thanks in advance

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hello Horst! I have to fit ... I have no idea about Windows. : D But maybe there is someone who has a clue and can help you.

  2. Horst Hader says:

    Hi Jens,
    I was amazed that I didn't hear from you. So I checked again whether I actually posted my request. I forgot that I activated the notification via email. The connection from AppleTV 4K to ITunes on the PC or ITunes on the Mac takes place via LAN or WLAN, provided the so-called private sharing is activated if I suspect correctly. How it works with a Mac is of course an assumption of mine, but in principle it should be quite similar. From this I conclude that the "Own Videos" are stored on the hard drive of the PC / Mac or in the ICloud. In any case, my PC must be switched on and iTunes started so that I can play the music or "My Videos" etc. I can find the data (music etc.) on my hard drive in the iTunes folder. On an older backup of iTunes I found my own videos under ITunes / ITunes Media / Home Videos. I just noticed in my current iTunes installation that the Home Videos folder still exists but it is empty! I suppose on the Mac there should be a similar folder structure in the Finder (is it called like that on the Mac?).
    Greeting Horst

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Well on the Mac there is your user folder and in it "Movies". But I guess you've already checked.

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