tvOS 14.5 released with color balance feature and PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X controller support

Apple has released tvOS 14.5 with a new color balance feature that was announced during the 2021 Apple TV 4K launch. The update also brings support for PlayStation 5 DualSense and Xbox Series X controllers to Apple TV.

tvOS 14.5 release candidate

What’s new in tvOS 14.5?

The new color balance feature allows users to use their iPhone with any Apple TV released after 2015, and use its light sensors to achieve an industry-standard color balance. The colors are automatically adjusted on the Apple TV, without the user needing to touch any controls on their TV.

Through an innovative color balance process, Apple TV works with iPhone and its advanced sensors to improve a television’s picture quality. Apple TV uses the light sensor in iPhone to compare the color balance to the industry-standard specifications used by cinematographers worldwide. Using this data, Apple TV automatically tailors its video output to deliver much more accurate colors and improved contrast — without customers ever having to adjust their television settings.

To use the color balancing feature, users must have an iPhone with Face ID running iOS 14.5 or later. The feature will work  Apple TV 4K (1st generation and later) and Apple TV HD, as long as they are on tvOS 14.5 or later. Unfortunately, it seems that the color balance feature will not work with iPad Pro with Face ID.

Apple has also added support for PlayStation 5 DualSense and Xbox Series X controllers for gaming on Apple TV. They can be paired simply by using Bluetooth.

How to upgrade to tvOS 14.5?

To upgrade to the latest version of tvOS, go to Settings > System > Software Updates > Update Software on your Apple TV. The update is supported on the following Apple TV models:

  • Apple TV HD
  • Apple TV 4K (1st generation)
  • Apple TV 4K (2nd generation)

Since HomePod also runs on tvOS, the same update will also work for it. Make sure to update it by going to the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, and going to Home Settings > Software Update.

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