Apple heeds customer complaints, contemplates adding anti-glare to glossy screens

Thu, Jul 16, 2009


When Apple introduced glossy screens as the default screen across its entire product line, graphics and video professionals groaned.  Glossy screens, they argued, came with a glare that often times made getting things done a challenging proposition when working in lit areas.  Apple, however, touted how the new glossy screens had colors that simply “popped” off the page.  While true, this was no consolation to the graphics and video professionals who would have much rather preferred using a glare free Matte screen.

As it stands now, the only machine for which a Matte screen is available is the 17-inch MacBook Pro.  While this option is obviously better than nothing at all, the cost of the 17-inch pro model effectively prices out  a good number of consumers and professionals who long for a world with no glare.

Well, Apple has apparently heeded the complaints of the masses.

Citing people familiar with Apple, AppleInsider is reporting that the Cupertino-based company is considering adding an anti-glare option to a number of its products.  AI speculates that the most likely candidates for the anti-glare feature would be the 13 and 15-inch models of the MacBook Pro.  The 15-inch MacBook Pro has long been considered the “bread and butter” amongst video professionals, and many speculated that the absence of a matte screen or anti-glare option might end up hurting sales of the particular model.

As you can see below, the difference between a glossy and matte screen is not only discernable, but clearly significant.


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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Jake Says:

    How about you turn the screen in the unibody to show the difference??? I bet it wouldn’t show the keyboard at all.

  2. Sean Says:

    Considering the guy used the flash on his camera to take the picture, it would still show up.

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