Updated “Vivid” HDR App with “Eclipse Mode” and iOS Web Browser

Vivid is a macOS app introduced earlier this year that brings the HDR experience system-wide, so users can enjoy the high brightness level of the MacBook Pro’s built-in display and Pro Display XDR at all times. from Apple. This week, the app was updated with a new “Eclipse mode”, while the developers also released a new web browser for iOS.

The 2021 MacBook Pro and Pro Display XDR can achieve up to 1,600 nits of brightness. However, this is limited to when the user is watching HDR content, while other parts of the system can only take brightness up to 500 nits.

When Vivid was created, it overlaid an invisible HDR window to unlock higher brightness levels. With the new Vivid 2, the app has been completely rewritten to make this experience even smoother, as the original method could conflict with some video players. Even so, the app is still entirely based on Apple APIs and uses no hacks or system modifications that require root-level access.

But the update also includes a new feature called “Eclipse Mode”. While Vivid was created to unlock the brightness potential of Apple’s displays, it now allows users to make the display “darker than the normal minimum”. According to the developers, Vivid 2 also uses less CPU when running.

Over the past seven months, we’ve listened carefully to feedback from our users and focused on improving compatibility across the board. Vivid 2.0 is completely rebuilt from the ground up with a focus on performance, battery usage, compatibility and system integration.

Vivid brings HDR web browsing to iOS

But that’s not all. Vivid now also has an iOS app. But since Apple’s mobile operating system would not allow an app like Vivid to run on the system, the developers created a web browser that can also force the iPhone screen to its brightness level. maximum.

Vivid 2 is now available on the Mac App Store. Users can try it for free, while a full license of the app costs $22.99. As for the new Vivid Browser for iOS, it is now available for free on the App Store.

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