2012 iMac and reduced glare?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jaybar, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. jaybar macrumors 6502a


    Dec 11, 2008

    Apple maintains the 2012 iMac significantly reduces glare? If you have received a 2012 iMac or have gotten a chance to do a comparison, have you found this to be the case?

    I looked at the 2012 iMac at the apple store. There was no older imacs to compare them to and the lighting was so intense, that I could not tell anything useful.

    As a visually impaired person, the issue of reduced glare is important to me. Hence, I am trying to reach out to those who may have a new iMac to get your sense.

    Comments would be appreciated.

  2. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    I saw one at Best Buy. There is a difference, it's not as huge as some might say, but a difference all of the same. It is possible that the difference might be magnified in your case.
  3. BSoares macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2012
    I have the 2012 next to a 2009 and the new screen is a lot better and has less glare. It gets dirty easier but the glare is definitely less noticeable.
  4. HunterMaximus macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2008
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    ArsTechnica has a pretty good example in their review of the difference in glare.

    From the brief time I had to play with one at an Apple Store, it was pretty obvious to me. It's unlikely they'll have any old iMacs left, but the Thunderbolt/Cinema Displays use the same panel as the old iMacs, and are a good point of comparison.
  5. Divided macrumors newbie

    Dec 18, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    This is a big concern for me as well; the glossy display.

    I got to check out the 27" in the Apple store, along with the older Thunderbolt Display. From what I saw, the new 27" iMac's glare/reflections were more diffused and darker compared to the the Thunderbolt Display. They were absolutely still there, but knocked back.

    I couldn't compare them side by side, but they were relatively close to one another - enough to get a quick comparison.
  6. apple-win macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2012
    I have both 2010 and 2012 21.5" iMac. 2012 has less glare but not zero.

    I cannot tolerate any glare. Before I buy, I always hold up a mirror in front of me at my desk to make sure I don't see ceiling lights and windows, I don't want to waste money.
  7. cosmicjoke macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2011
    Portland, OR
    I think there's a pretty huge difference for average home lighting... The tempered glass was a huge source of the glare on prior iMacs.
  8. boto macrumors 6502


    Jun 4, 2012
    I find the new iMac a significant improvement from last year's model. Despite it being more prone to dust and fingerprint marks (from wiping screen with the included cloth), it is no doubt less reflective. I am bearly able to see the details of my face when viewing on a dark background and it is even a bit better than my rMBP. I absolutely love this beast machine, but I'm unfortunately going to replace this since there is a unusual "Bo" mark on the middle of the screen behind the front panel that I can't clean off.
  9. done84 macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2009
    Does anyone own both a mid-2011 and the 2012 iMac 21.5" models?

    Can someone verify if the Front Glass Panel of the most recent model, the one with less glare fit in the mid-2011 model?

    If they did i would buy one, glare in the 2011 model is huge...
  10. jaybar thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Dec 11, 2008

    I do not understand your post? Are the screen dimensions, except for width, not the same?

  11. kaellar macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2012
    how would you replace it? the front glass and display surface are laminated together in 2012 model.
  12. thedeske macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2013
    Replaced a Thunderbolt display with a 2013 iMac27 for a client and shortly after did an upgrade for myself - 2009 iMac27 to 2013.

    The panels are much better, and it's subtle in certain lighting conditions. One thing that seemed to stand out was brightness. In both situations I noticed I needed much less brightness on the new screens. If you've been around any screen calibrating, you might notice Black is very good on these out of the box. Someone who works in a critical color environment might laugh at Apple's claim of "Per Unit Calibration" but the two I set up look really good.

    Apple's claim of 70% less glare in likely by way of a very targeted test. It was very easy to see the difference when I had the old/new sitting together.
  13. mmomega macrumors demi-god


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    2012 iMac, there is not a 2013 model yet. Let's not confuse folks.
  14. Chippy99 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2012
  15. smiddlehurst macrumors 65816

    Jun 5, 2007
    My own experience is there's a huge difference between the two. The 2012 model isn't glare free (then again I can think of very screens that are) but it's good enough that I'm never distracted by it. If you're after a good comparison in an Apple store look at the iMac then a Thunderbolt display as that's pretty close to the glare from the older iMac.

    As weird as this sounds might be worth explaining the situation to a Genius. At the very least you could ask them to hold a coat or something similar up and over the iMac to cut down on the store lighting and give you a more representative look?
  16. forty2j macrumors 68030


    Jul 11, 2008
    The glare reduction is not as good as the old G5 models with the matte screens. But it is very good. In common use I rarely notice anything, where before I would always curse the blinds behind me that planted vertical streaks of sunlight on my screen.
  17. done84 macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2009
    Ohh Sorry i didnt know about that, so the 2012 front glass is non-removable?
    i guess its impossible then.

    yes, i meant 2012 model not 2013, my bad.
  18. mcpix macrumors regular

    May 13, 2005
    You could always do what I did and remove the front glass screen. I found that it reduced a lot of the glare and made it much more comfortable to work on.
  19. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    You cannot do that on the late 2012 iMacs.
  20. thedeske macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2013
    Purchased mine in 2013 with a config (512Flash) that was not available in late 2012. That said, it still has the 13,2 (A1419) model number, so you are correct from that perspective.

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