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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.