Other Not a fan of True Tone

rockitdog

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I'm not a fan of Apple's True Tone technology. I've found it to be over aggressive when lighting conditions change, sometimes so much so that the over compensation makes the screen really look awful, IMO. I've had multiple devices with True Tone and now I find myself turning it off automatically. I miss the displays of the iPhone 6/6+ and 7/7+ days. No color shifting issues, just a nice cool tone to them.
 

Closingracer

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I'm not a fan of Apple's True Tone technology. I've found it to be over aggressive when lighting conditions change, sometimes so much so that the over compensation makes the screen really look awful, IMO. I've had multiple devices with True Tone and now I find myself turning it off automatically. I miss the displays of the iPhone 6/6+ and 7/7+ days. No color shifting issues, just a nice cool tone to them.
I hate it as well which is why I turned it off.



 
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MyMacintosh

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I absolutely hated it until I forced myself to try it. It was extremely red the second I turned it on and thought it would stay like that but I think it just has to adjust? Like after I turned it on and went into a few different rooms, outside, etc it adjusted pretty quick and now I just keep it on because I dont notice the difference. Maybe try that.
 

zorinlynx

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One thing I noticed with True Tune on the iPad is that if your hand is near the sensor, reflected light from your skin will make the sensor think the room lighting is more reddish-orange than it really is, so you'll end up with a reddish-orange display.

If you hold your iPhone "wrong" (haha I know) this might be your problem. It's probably less of an issue on the iPhone; on the iPad it's a problem when in landscape on the stand and my hand is near the side with the front-facing camera.
 

doboy

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I really love the True Tone. Can’t stand my 1st gen 12.9” Pro since it doesn’t have TT. Screen is too cold without it (on any devices).
 
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Closingracer

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I really love the True Tone. Can’t stand my 1st gen 12.9” Pro since it doesn’t have TT. Screen is too cold without it (on any devices).
I personally hated it on the iPads and hate it on my X. Thank god for the toggle. Has this weird color shift. I might try to force myself to use it all day perhaps.
 

Ralfi

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Warm colours are preferred when calibrating home theatre televisions, of which I've done a few of. Reason being is that they're a more natural looking palette, especially for skin tones.

Hence why I'm used to True Tone & as the day ends, my eyes are thankful for it.

I've even set my Windows PC to auto-enable it, but it goes a step further than Apple's in some ways, where it's not trigerred by a time you set, but on the weather App's determined sun set time scheduled for your area, so as dusk kicks in, so does Windows' version of True Tone.
 
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Closingracer

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Ok I’m forcing myself to use it and first impressions of it is that it’s not terrible. Still prefer it off but I’ll see if I can keep it on for the rest of the day. It gives the white screen more of a pink hue or something
 

melancholy

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True Tone is poorly calibrated on the iPhone XS, it gravitates more towards the warmer temperature and is weak to pick up on neutral to blue light.

Majority of the time, it’s too harsh when adapting the white balance, it’s too yellow or too blue. Sometimes when the device is near my face in a neutral color light condition, it’ll just suddenly shift to a gross yellow cast. Apple says True Tone is supposed to subtly adapt the white balance, but this is just poorly calibrated.

I’ve gone through many iPhone XS models and all yielded the same results. This is different from my previous iPhone X where True Tone would look properly.

My MacBook Pro and now my new iPad Pro have perfect working True Tone. I can’t even notice offset white balance, because it looks just right.

Sadly, the same cannot be said about my iPhone XS. When tested side-by-side between my other devices and a piece of white paper, it is the iPhone XS that’s incorrectly adjusting the white balance.
 

GrumpyMom

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I loved it on my 8 Plus. I had to turn it off on my Xr. It didn’t seem to apply an even tone change across the display. It looked like the ears were slightly more colored and/or darker than the rest of the display and if anything is going to be a source of eye strain for me it seems to be uneven tones across a display. Oh and it also seemed to make off axis views look more markedly different (pinker) when on than when off. My Xr seems naturally warmer anyway.
 

Relentless Power

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As bright as Apples displays are on the blue spectrum, I have actually grown fond of True tone since it was introduced on the 9.7 iPad Pro years back. It just makes it easier transition on the eyes by adjusting the display based on the lighting in the room. I know some conflate True tone with Night Shift mode, but they really are two different things.
 
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BigMcGuire

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As someone who spends hours ... (3 according to screen time?) reading on his phone every day... True Tone was awesome on my 8+... now on my Xs MAX I can't imagine life without it. Reading is amazing. I have glasses that get rid of blue light too. Makes reading on computers a lot easier.
 

Ralfi

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I know some to conflate True tone with Night Shift mode, but they really are two different things.
I may be guilty of this. :oops:

Any mention of yellow screens &/or cool temp preferences, I presume Night Shift's being referred to...:(

Just looking into Night Shift's settings now, the colour temperature can be set from 'less' to 'more' warm.

True Tone's preset by Apple however, so no adjustments are available.
 

EightyTwenty

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Warm colours are preferred when calibrating home theatre televisions, of which I've done a few of. Reason being is that they're a more natural looking palette, especially for skin tones.

Hence why I'm used to True Tone & as the day ends, my eyes are thankful for it.

I've even set my Windows PC to auto-enable it, but it goes a step further than Apple's in some ways, where it's not trigerred by a time you set, but on the weather App's determined sun set time scheduled for your area, so as dusk kicks in, so does Windows' version of True Tone.
Are you thinking of “night shift”?

What you described sounds nothing like “True Tone”, as sunrise and sunset are completely irrelevant to True Tone.
 

BugeyeSTI

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I turned tru-tone off a few weeks after getting my X last year. I prefer a cooler screen during the day. I do use night shift after sundown though..
 
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Relentless Power

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Darker environments is when True Tone is most helpful, mainly because when you have immediate bright light emanating off the iPhone or iPad, it’s so blinding when in a pitch black room, that it strains your eyes, True tone helps alleviate that, and personally, I wouldn’t want a device without it now.
 

Whoakapi

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People were (and still are) raging about displays on iDevices that are too yellow.

Then Apple introduces TrueTone that essentially makes the display yellow.

Fans = *Applause*

Me = Whaaaat?

Yeah, I'm not a fan of the p*** filter. Seems like a pointless feature Apple added because they didn't have anything else exciting.
 

adamgbiggs

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Never used it, tried it on my Xs when I first got it and thought it looked like someone took a morning slash all over my screen, turned it off and not bothered with it since.

Adam.