After trying out Vivid 1.0 on my 14-inch MacBook Pro (2021) in April, which expands the brightness to take advantage of the HDR display beyond Apple’s settings, the developers released version 2.0, which remakes the app from scratch.
On a tweet (opens in new tab) announcing the free update, it means that when you enable the expanded brightness setting, it’s not as much effort on your CPU, so your battery usage will be higher than before when using Vivid.
There’s also a new ‘Eclipse’ setting, which does the opposite by making your screen much darker, so you can see some of your content without having to turn the screen off completely.
In addition, its two developers, Jordan Bruin (opens in new tab) and Ben Harraway (opens in new tab) launched Vivid’s web browser on iPhone that was previously in testing, allowing you to also take your iPhone’s brightness beyond Apple’s settings.
No, it does not harm your display
Vivid’s browser has improved a bit since my test as you can do a Google search without having to go to the website itself, similar to Safari and all other browsers.
However, it’s the macOS version I’ve been enjoying more than usual since this new update. Since I use my 14-inch MacBook Pro (2021) every day, I like to use Vivid when it’s plugged in, but there have been occasions when I’m watching a video and the brightness would go back to the Apple settings.
Since using the new update I haven’t come across this, which is already a win for me as I don’t have to close and reopen Vivid for the video to play brighter.
There’s an understandable fear with these apps that they might ruin your Mac’s screen as it goes beyond Apple’s brightness settings, but developer Bruin previously assured me that there’s no truth to that – your screen won’t burn out after overuse.
After using Vivid weekly since April 2022, my Mac hasn’t succumbed to any issues, it’s just gotten a lot better using macOS, especially when it hit the UK summer season where its expanded brightness defeated the glare of the sun itself.
If Bruin and Harraway are thinking about the next steps for the app, I’d be curious to see how Vivid would work on an M2 iPad Pro with its screen. However, we may be restricted to a web browser similar to Vivid on iOS – but it can be expected that there will be a solution to using Vivid in apps other than just browsing the web on an iPad soon.