Apple TV Color-Balance
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Apple TV Color-Balance
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Apple TV Color-Balance
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Apple TV Color-Balance

Apple TV 4K has been a staple for all Apple users that have upgraded their television viewing experience with that of Siri and Apple Arcade, but the latest feature for tvOS 14.5 debuts the Color-Balance experience. This lets users have a better viewing experience that configures the image output using an iPhone X or later devices.

Apple TV Color-Balance
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What is more iconic with this feature is that it does not require the public to purchase the new Apple TV 4K (2021) that was released last April 20, during the Spring Loaded event by Apple. Instead, users with an existing Apple TV device that is eligible for the tvOS 14.5 updates can utilize this feature, and experience a new output from Apple. 

However, the downside of this is that Apple does not allow Dolby Vision to work alongside the Color-Balance feature, meaning that users can only choose one feature to function at a time. While this may be a downside, the Color-Balance for the Apple TV 4K aims to bring the best color output for image and video to give better viewing pleasure. 

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Apple TV 4K Color-Balance: How to Use

The first thing to do here is to ensure that one uses an iPhone with a Face ID feature, meaning that it requires it to be the iPhone X or later devices. Additionally, the iPhone should be updated to iOS 14.5 to have this feature enabled.

Apple TV Color-Balance
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On the other hand, users also need to ensure that the Apple TV device (2015 or later) they would use is also updated to tvOS 14.5, which is the latest version of the operating system for the black box. With these in hand, the Color-Balance setup would be available and could fulfill its role and function for the device. 

Setting Up Color-Balance on Apple TV with iPhone

  1. Go to Apple TV Settings via the television navigation.
  2. Select Video and Audio
  3. Go to Calibration > Color-Balance
  4. Have the iPhone (X or later) unlocked and ready for scanning when the box to match in front of the TV appears.
    Apple TV Color-Balance
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  5. A notification will appear on the phone screen and would prompt instructions by holding it at least an inch away from the TV while scanning. This would take more or less than several seconds to complete.
    Apple TV Color-Balance
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  6. Select View Results to finish

Apple TV 4K Color-Balance vs. Dolby Vision: What to Choose?

It is known that only either of these features, Color-Balance or Dolby Vision, can be used at a certain time with regards to the image color output of the Apple TV. Choosing between the two would be mostly based on user preference and choice, as both offer to maximize the viewing experience of the Apple TV box. 

However, users can opt to try either, especially if the Color-Balance feature is available to be used via the Settings, and choose for themselves on what to stick with. Apple's latest addition of the Color-Balance is aimed to feature the best image possible, basing itself on iPhone data of color and output. 

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