Why you should enable True Tone on your iPhone or iPad

“True Tone is a display technology first introduced in 2016 on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro that has since made it’s way into Apple’s 2017 iPad Pros, along with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X,” Joseph Keller writes for iMore.

“The feature tries to match the color temperature and intensity of your device’s display to that of the ambient light in your surroundings,” Keller writes. “This allows the content on your screen to appear more natural, while also, at least Apple hopes, reducing eye strain.”

“Unlike Night Shift, for which you set a single preference for color temperature, True Tone works dynamically. It’s like Night Shift with intelligence and nuance. Powered by a multichannel sensor, True Tone works throughout the day by dynamically adjusting the temperature, intensity, and percentage of white light on your iPhone or iPad’s display depending on your current environment. The goal is to make adjustments to your device’s display appear more natural, with an effect similar to what would be seen when putting a white piece of paper under different kinds of light,” Keller writes. “On days where I have to do more work on my Mac, I feel my eyes getting strained faster than on days when I can use my iPad.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If you have an Apple device with a True Tone display, use it! Give your eyes a break, will ya?

To make sure True Tone is active on your iOS device:
1. Open Control Center
2. Press firmly on the Brightness slider on your iPhone or press and hold it on your iPad
3. Tap the True Tone button to enable True Tone

Note: Some display accessibility settings, including Invert Colors, Grayscale, and Increase Contrast, might turn off True Tone.

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      1. Got. I thought with it adjusting brightness and White Level the OLED on iPhone X would use less power. At least that’s what I read about OLED screens. Then again I’m no engineer. lol

  1. I HATE True Tone. It shifts too far into the warm end of the spectrum. They need a “half True Tone color setting” to make it less so.

    I have a real beef with the damn password window on my iPad Pro. It is all light grey, nearly white (with little contrast between it and the password number circles) and logging on in the middle of the night it is BLINDING. Perhaps a setting to make it black and the number circles a light grey?

    Does Apple ever run their devices through all these practical user situations of everyday use??

  2. Neither this nor the source article mentions which of the two camera ports that TrueTone works through. Is the TrueTone sensor built into the front, rear or both camera ports? If one has tape over the front camera port (as so many do these days on all devices) does that nullify TrueTone completely (in which case it should be turned OFF to conserve battery), OR is it just hobbled to partial availability?

  3. What devices have True Tone?

    The following iOS devices are equipped with True Tone-capable displays.

    • iPhone 8
    • iPhone 8 Plus
    • iPhone X
    • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
    • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
    • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2017)

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