How To Use True Tone Display On MacBook Pro 2018

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All 2018 MacBook Pro models are equipped the True Tone technology so that it can make the images on the Retina screen as well as Touch Bar display more natural. By matching the color temperature on the display to the surrounding light, True Tone will help in reducing eyestrain. If you have just grabbed a new MacBook Pro 2018, here’s how to use this handy feature on your device.

Currently, True Tone is only available for 2018’s MacBook Pro variants, but it is making its way into other Mac devices. True Tone was first introduced in the original 9.7-inch iPad Pro in 2016 before it was widely added to the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X last year, 2017’s iPad Pros (both 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models) and now 2018’s MacBook Pros.

True Tone in clamshell mode

On 2018 MacBook Pro models, True Tone will take advantage of a multi-channel ambient light sensor placing near the FaceTime HD camera at the top of the notebook. If there is an external display connected to it, the lid will remain open for True Tone to work. Saying in other words, True Tone does not work if you use your device in clamshell mode.

According to App’s support document, True Tone can adjust the color temperature on both UltraFine 4K and UltraFine 5K displays, as well as Apple’s Thunderbolt Display when your notebook is connected through an Apple Thunderbolt 3 to a Thunderbolt 2 adapter.

How to use True Tone on your MacBook Pro

You can enable/disable True Tone from the Displays preference pane. To do so

1) Head to System Preferences through the Apple menu, Siri, the Dock or Applications folder.

2) Click Displays icon

3) Next, move to the Display tab.

4) Check the box near True Tone option to enable the feature.

Similarly, disable True Tone off just by unticking the box.

Here are the following display accessibility settings, which can turn off True Tone:

  • Grayscale
  • Invert Colors
  • Increase Contrast

If you see the True Tone switch is not in the Display preferences, it means your MacBook has only ambient light sensors for measuring brightness, not color temperature.

With adapting brightness of the display as well as temperature to make the colors display consistent in different ambient lighting conditions, True Tone can help in reducing eyestrain.

If you use your MacBook at night, it’s a great idea to enable the Night Shift to help reduce the amount of blue light emission. You can use also True Tone along with Night Shift mode.


True Tone and pro work

You should note that True Tone will not clash with work done by creative professionals who require accurate color reproduction. If you usually edit videos, touch up photographs or work on an illustration, you can make use of Apple’s ColorSync color management system to get the accurate color reproduction across screens as well as operating systems.

That’s how you can use True Tone on your MacBook like a pro!

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