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Microsoft Might Bring iPhone’s True Tone to Windows 10

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One of the features that Microsoft may be working on for Windows 10 is inspired by the Apple ecosystem, according to a recent leak.

Twitter user Albacore claims that Windows 10 will be updated with new functionality similar to True Tone on iOS devices, “adjusting your screen’s colors base on the lighting of the environment you’re in.”

No other specifics were shared, so we don’t know yet when this feature could be released to users, but if the company is already working on it, there’s a chance it may see daylight with the launch of Windows 10 19H1 in the spring of 2019.

On the other hand, it’s important to keep in mind that while Microsoft may indeed bring True Tone to Windows 10 devices, this doesn’t mean anything for existing users. Such a feature would require dedicated sensors to track the ambient light and detect any changes in the environment, thus adjusting the white balance on the screen in order to maintain the same settings.True Tone on Apple devicesThis is exactly how True Tone works on Apple’s devices as well. Already available on the iPad Pro, iPhone X and newer and 2018 MacBook Pro, True Tone uses four-channel sensors to measure ambient light and to detect changes caused by the user moving from one room to another or by someone turning on the light, for example.

Because the display would technically automatically adjust brightness to match the environment changes, True Tone also keeps an eye on the coloring, tuning white balance to align with the previous settings. This means the user shouldn’t notice any change in terms of display color settings, making the transition from one stage to another more or less seamless.

When I tested the iPhone XS earlier this year, I described the updated True Tone as an almost perfectly-calibrated system, as Apple has substantially refined the experience from the first version that debuted on the iPhone X.

Certainly, Microsoft could also borrow a few more ideas from its long-time rival, including support for 120Hz displays, but maybe the software company is just taking things one at a time for now.
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