One of the surprise announcements from Apple’s spring event in 2021 that may have gone unnoticed to some is the new tool that uses your iPhone’s TrueDepth camera to correct your TV’s display color.
The idea is that you can perform image calibration without having to navigate complicated menu options. You also don’t need a next-gen Apple TV to use it. Is this how it works:
- To get started, you’ll need an iPhone with Face ID with iOS 14.5 or later and an Apple TV or Apple TV 4K with tvOS 14.5 or later.
- Turn on your Apple TV and open the “Settings” app.
- Scroll down and open the “Video and Audio” tab.
- Select “Calibration”.
- Then choose “Color Balance”.
With the iPhone in hand and next to your TV, a pairing notification will appear stating that “ color balance ” is available. Press “Continue” and a sketch of a phone will appear on your TV screen.
You should keep your phone very close to the TV (about three feet from the screen) with the front (selfie) camera facing the screen, within the colored outline that appears on the TV screen. Don’t be surprised if it is not detected the first time.
Once it recognizes the camera, the silhouette of the phone on the TV flashes in a series of colors. Keep your phone still and close to the screen. If this works, your TV will display a beach scene with a before and after to display the result of the calibration.
You can switch between old (Original) and new (Balanced) color to see which one you like best and easily click to change it.
This does not actually change your TV settings, but rather the signal output of your Apple TV device. This way the calibration will work fine for everything you see through your Apple TV but not for the rest of the content on your cable box.
Original article published in igamesnews United States.