Apple’s screens are generally very bright, but it’s true that sometimes you’d like a boost when you’re in direct sunlight or when it hits the glass hard. Vivid, announced two weeks ago, is now available: it is an application that allows you to push the lights under the slab, which can be twice as bright.
The utility works with the 2021 MacBook Pro, in other words the 14 and 16 inches, as well as with the Pro Display XDR, which integrate screens capable of going up to 1,600 nits. But only for displaying HDR videos and apps that use Metal. Vivid relies on standard Apple APIs to increase brightness beyond the limits imposed by macOS.
The screen temperature will increase by 5-10% when using Vivid. The app will occupy about 2% of the Mac’s process, and less than 40MB of RAM. On the other hand, you have to keep in mind that increasing the brightness of the MacBook screen drains the battery, and using Vivid will not help the situation: an informed user is worth two! Also, some colors may not be 100% accurate, the developer is working on this.
Changing brightness strength with Vivid is like using the brightness function keys on the keyboard. A SplitScreen mode is also available to see the difference, it is also the one offered for free. Of course, you’ll have to checkout to appreciate the full-screen brightness ($16.45).