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Antiglare displays to propagate to more Macs?

updated 09:45 am EDT, Thu July 16, 2009

Antiglare on more Macs?

Apple is currently considering antiglare options for more Macs, say sources claimed to be familiar with the company's plans. In recent years Macs have migrated to a glossy display surface, which Apple describes as providing a "crisp" and "vivid" picture, along with a seamless design aesthetic. The move has engendered complaints however, as in many cases reflections can obscure onscreen images, or affect the appearance of colors.

While buyers of the 17-inch MacBook Pro can pay for antiglare protection, the option does not exist with iMacs, or even other MacBooks. It is not known precisely which Macs may gain antiglare options, but it is believed that the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros are the most likely candidates. Apple has indeed being paying attention to petitions and discussion threads regarding glossy displays, the sources say.

by MacNN Staff



  1. InfraredAD

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Fashionably Late

    This is like, so 2 days ago.

  1. djbeta

    Joined: Dec 1969


    WTH ???

    I really, really, really don't like having to guess about what the h*** this all means. Is anti-glare the same as matte from the old days??? If so, why not just be done with this and call the offerings "matte" and "glossy." I hope this is not the case and this new "anti-glare" is some new rendition of "matte" that retains some of the benefits of "glossy" but I am skeptical because of the lack of details on this. Someone please set me straight on this. My apologies if I'm being ignorant about some aspect of this.

  1. Rolando_jose

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Let's hope they do

    Because I Have put buying a MBP off for so long and can blame it on the screen, let's hope that by September they will put 'em out with SL, and I'll get one.

  1. Loren

    Joined: Dec 1969


    antiglare is matte

    The technical name is "antiglare hardcoat screen"-- it's what Apple signed on to for years.The technical name for the opposite, candy-coated shiny bling Windoze screen is "ceiling lighting review system."This is good good news for Mac eyeballs everywhere, IMHO.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I can see it now. Apple brings back Matte displays, and then make a big announcement like its some type of great advance in computer monitors, as opposed to admitting they made a grand mistake in the first place removing the option.

  1. Loren

    Joined: Dec 1969


    i bet

    they'll do what Steve has done in the past back when he conducted keynote addresses -

    "We goofed. They're back."

    And that's just fine by me.

    Choice is good.

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    whats the big deal?

    Any mac can run an external screen. If you need anti glare, go buy it. Wah wah wah.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Steve Jobs staring...

    While SJ was in the hospital, he wasn't able to have an all-black/all-velvet hospital room, so he was staring at the reflection coming from all the surrounding white surfaces. That was when he realized that the glossy junk was a big mistake.

  1. Loren

    Joined: Dec 1969



    LOL - or it could have been he could see his heart and fluids monitor in the screen and couldn't get any work done. There you are...presto, antiglare is back.

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