How to improve the MacBook Air screen image if the picture is faded

Since 2011, Apple has been using matrices from Samsung and LG in the MacBook Air. Both displays are quite high quality, but it seems like LG panels perform worse with Apple’s standard color profile. This makes the picture a little flat and pale.

To rectify the situation, it is enough to replace the standard color profile with a modified one specifically for the MacBook Air. In practice, it turned out that it will improve the picture of not only LG matrices, but also Samsung. In any case, this is what happened with my MBA 11 ″ (2013).

Checking the matrix manufacturer

To find out the manufacturer of your display, just start the Terminal and run the command:

ioreg -lw0 | grep "EDID" | sed "/[^<]*</s///" | xxd -p -r | strings -6

The manufacturer of your MacBook display can be identified by the serial number

You will get something like LTH116AT01A04 in the output. This case is deciphered simply:

  • LP – LG
  • Everything else is Samsung

If you’re interested, you can Google this code and double-check the manufacturer. But, again, judging by the reviews, the new color profile helps not only matrices from LG, but also from Samsung.

Change the color profile

I tried several color profiles for the MacBook Air and my favorite is the MacRumors version. If you’re interested, you can find other options in that forum thread.

  1. Download and unzip the profile archive. Here is my version with a Russian name – CustomMBA.icc.zip;
  2. Open Finder and click CmdShiftG;
  3. In the window that appears, enter /Library/ColorSync/Profiles/Displays/;
  4. The Displays folder will open. Copy the CustomMBA.icc profile to it.

Now go to Системные настройки ▸ Монитор ▸ Цвет and find a new profile, called a clory For MacBook Air

A new profile has appeared in the system settings

Once you select it, you will immediately notice the difference. To get everything back, simply choose the standard Apple option.

As I said above, my LTH116AT01A04 (Samsung) sensor also behaves better. The image is slightly darker and sharper. Moreover, on the MacRumors forum they say that this profile helps even the owners of the MacBook Pro.

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