Apple explains how to fine-tune the calibration on the MacBook Pro display

Each mini-LED display on the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro is calibrated at the factory to ensure reliable color reproduction in a wide variety of color spaces. If your workflow requires custom calibration, Apple has a new support document that explains how to refine the calibration of the Liquid Retina XDR display on notebooks.


  • The new MacBook Pro is Apple’s first computer with a mini-LED screen
  • It supports a billion colors, HDR video, and the wide P3 color space
  • With Apple, you can measure and refine the calibration of the display

How to calibrate MacBook Pro displays individually

A new support document is published on the Apple website confirms that every new MacBook Pro on the assembly line goes through a state-of-the-art factory display calibration process. This ensures the accuracy not only of the notebook’s P3 wide color panel, but also of the individual backlight LEDs (and there are thousands of them).

In addition, the factory calibration process enables sophisticated built-in algorithms to accurately reproduce a wide variety of color spaces used by media workflows today, including sRGB, BT.601, BT.709 and even P3-ST.2084 (HDR).

The result of this meticulous process is remarkable image quality.

The factory display calibration allows MacBook Pro users an exceptional viewing experience right out of the box. If your workflow calls for custom calibration, you can measure your display and then refine the calibration.

How to calibrate MacBook Pro displays individually

To customize your MacBook Pro display, the document goes on, you must first download QuickTime Film Test Samples from the Apple Developer website. You will also need a spectroradiometer. Then follow the instructions in the Apple support document.

The process involves changing the white point and luminance of the display until it matches your custom calibration target. This feature requires your Mac to be running macOS 12 Monterey software or higher. Custom calibration is available via System Settings → Displays → Display Settings → Preferences → Fine-tune the calibration (If the option is grayed out, your Mac doesn’t support custom screen calibration).

“If Fine Tune Calibration is grayed out and you’re using a supported Mac, you may need to change the reference mode your display is using.” Apple explains . “If you are using a custom reference mode, select Limit luminance to Full screen capability to enable fine tuning. “

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