After trying out Vivid 1.0 on my MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021) in April, which extends the brightness to take advantage of the HDR display beyond Apple’s settings, the developers released version 2.0, which built the app from the ground up makes new .
in one tweet (opens in new tab) With the announcement of the free update, this means that enabling the advanced brightness setting will not tax your CPU as much, so battery consumption will be higher than before when using Vivid.
There’s also a new “Eclipse” setting that does the opposite by making your display much darker, allowing you to see some of your content without having to turn the display off completely.
In addition, the two developers Jordy Brun (opens in new tab) and Ben Harraway (opens in new tab) have released Vivid’s web browser on iPhone, previously tested, allowing you to boost your iPhone’s brightness beyond Apple’s settings.
No, it will not harm your display
Vivid’s web browser has improved slightly since my testing, as you can do a Google search without having to go to the site itself, similar to Safari and any other web browser.
Still, it’s the macOS version that I’m enjoying more than usual since this new update. Since I use my MacBook Pro 14″ (2021) every day, I like using Vivid when it’s plugged in, but there have been instances where I was watching a video and the brightness reverted to Apple’s settings.
Since using the new update I haven’t encountered it again, which is already a win for me as I don’t have to close and reopen Vivid for the video to play at a higher brightness.
There’s an understandable concern with these apps that going beyond Apple’s brightness settings could ruin your Mac’s display, but developer Bruin has previously assured me there’s nothing wrong with that — your display won’t burn out after overuse.
Having used Vivid weekly since April 2022, my Mac hasn’t succumbed to any problems, it’s just been made much better with macOS, especially during the UK summer season where its enhanced brightness defeated the sun’s own brightness.
As Bruin and Harraway consider the next steps for the app, I’d be curious to see how Vivid would perform on an M2 iPad Pro with its display. That said, we may be limited to a web browser there that’s similar to Vivid on iOS – but one can hope there’s soon a solution for using Vivid in apps other than just browsing the web on an iPad.
https://www.techradar.com/news/a-favorite-app-on-macos-gets-updated-to-make-my-macs-display-even-brighter A favorite app on macOS gets updated to make my Mac’s display even brighter