Apple to Bring Back Matte Displays as an Option on More Macs?

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  1. tcphoto macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2005
    Madison, GA
    I realize that anti glare may not be for everyone but some of us prefer it. I was happy to see the post on Apple Insider that Apple may be offering an option on all MBP models. For some of us, the glossy display simply does not work in our workflow and we would simply like to make our own choice.

    I am a photographer and I work on locations ranging from open sunlight to cave like conditions. Those display hoods do not always block enough light or kill the reflections of objects. I certainly look forward to hearing that Apple understands what their customers need, not just what Apple wants to sell. Not all of us are buying their products for play but to make a living and deliver a project.
  2. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    Apple to Bring Back Matte Displays as an Option on More Macs?


    AppleInsider reports that Apple is considering bringing back matte antiglare displays in the form of an option on more of the company's Mac offerings. Currently available only as a $50 option on the 17" MacBook Pro, the report speculates that the 13" and 15" MacBook Pros are the most likely candidates for future inclusion of the option.
    Apple's glossy displays have come under criticism from both professional image editors who note that the glossy displays interfere with color matching and a wider array of users who find the glare generated by Apple's glossy displays under bright conditions distracting. Apple has reportedly been following various petitions and discussions regarding the complaints and is making plans to address them in future product revisions.

    Article Link: Apple to Bring Back Matte Displays as an Option on More Macs?
  3. DELLsFan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 6, 2009
    Oh yeah ... the return of the matte displays would be a great change (or option) for those wanting one.
  4. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
  5. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
  6. HerQ macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2008
    The Netherlands

    That's the only crappy thing about my MacBook Pro, it's glossy screen. I just don't want it, and I won't be buying a 24" ACD as long as it's only glossy.
  7. igazza macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2007
  8. shoebobs macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2008
    So glad I bought an older generation (with matte) at a deep discount when the Unibody Macs first came out. Now hopefully when I need to replace that in a couple years the matte option will be back, along with SSD being cheaper
  9. happydude macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2006
    a gasping dying planet
    great news. i love my clear/glossy screen, but more choices will make more people happy. and this should be an easy option to add in. good work apple. way to listen to your customers!
  10. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    Thank frickin God. I couldn't use my sister's Unibody MacBook Pro on our deck for more than 10 minutes without the reflection of myself and trees- I can't stand to stare at my own ugly mug all day on my computer.
  11. conradzoo macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2005
    Was about to buy a Macbook pro, but was always thinking 'such a beautiful thing, but such a pitty that shinny screen'....

    Guess I will wait a bit longer, for sure. Please let there be matte!
  12. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    Now just give us Express Card and we will be happy (maybe:D)
    Get prices in line with PC's and we will talk.
  13. derek1984 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2008

    And that's why they call it Anti-Glare. At least they're not in denial about it. They are telling you that glassy is glare by having something called Anti-Glare.
  14. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    This is wonderful news.

    Definitely is better for customers to have more options.
  15. jorasho macrumors regular

    May 10, 2005
    VERY welcome. Hope it returns before the end of the BTS promo.
  16. rustedshut macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2005
    Glossy screens are terrible for computers. They should not be offering a glossy/matte option for an increased amount.
  17. Achiever macrumors 6502


    Jan 23, 2008
  18. dhc macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2006
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_0 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7A341 Safari/528.16)

    A quiet inclusion to the customise your mac page perhaps? Regardless, it's good news.
  19. Henk Poley macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2008
    Ah, this means I can finally upgrade from the white macbook. The times I used those glass mirrors (friend's macbook) I have been absolutely annoyed with the reflections. And the time I used it at an Apple Store I had to work around the ceiling lights.

    Much appreciated, if true..

    If they could jump right away to something like Pixel Qi's 3Qi sunlight readable screens, that would be even better. Sadly Pixel Qi will only target ~ 10" screens in their initial production runs. So maybe for the hypothetical iTablet / MacBook Mini.
  20. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    i so hope this is true. i'm on the fence of buying a 13"MBP.

    the only reason to wait and lose the free ipod deal so far was the matte screen and the arrandale cpu's.

    with a matte screen i wouldn't care about the cpu upgrade anymore.
  21. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    "Professional" image editors that rely on a TN LCD panel fail..:rolleyes:
  22. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
    Well I do favor the matte displays but here is the problem. I saw the matte MBP 17", it doesn't look as good as the glossy version. Partly has to do with the black glass edges, but since they are going matte version, it means bye bye to the black edges and to me the silver border just looks weird with the unibody.
  23. RebootD macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2009
    NW Indiana
    Oh happy day! If this is true I will delete my account and start a new one where I post nothing but cheerful pro-Apple comments :D
  24. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    I strongly prefer matte, but I even MORE strongly prefer cleanability and durability. Glass for me! (Or glossy plastic, failing that.)

    But having more options would always be the best of all.

    (And I don't think the iPhone's good reception spurred the move to glossy screens. Many people simply LIKE glossy screens--they look better in some ways, and had been a premium option on laptops before Apple started offering them. And the glossy screens do already have an anti-glare treatment. They reflect in a way matte doesn't, and that annoys me, but they don't by any means reflect as much as plain glossy surfaces do. That's easy to test. Bright white lights reflect in an Apple display greatly dimmed. Enough to be useable, for me.)
  25. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
    Ah, good news!

    I had a good chuckle after reading this. :)

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