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In a roundup of touch panel supplier news, Digitimes reports that G-Tech Optoelectronics is not only ramping up production of cover glass for the new iPad but is also working with Apple on anti-reflective glass for the next-generation iMac. The iMac is due for an update in the near future as Intel's Ivy Bridge processors become available later this month.
G-Tech is ramping up its production capacity of cover glass from 1.8 million units a month currently to three million units in 2012 as the company is likely to take up 25-30% of total cover glass orders for Apple's iPads in the year, according to an industry estimate.

G-Tech is also expected to supply AR (anti-reflective) glass solutions for Apple's all-in-one (AIO) PCs with the new products to also serve as a growth driver for G-Tech, indicated industry sources.
Apple's iMac has utilized a glass front for a number of years, leading to some user complaints due to the reflectivity interfering with usability in bright environments. An anti-reflective glass would likely help alleviate some of these complaints.

Apple utilizes a similar glossy display glass standard on the MacBook Pro, but offers a build-to-order option of an antiglare matte display on 15-inch and 17-inch models.

Article Link: Apple to Utilize Anti-Reflective Glass in Next-Generation iMac?
 

basesloaded190

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This sure would stop a lot of pissing and moaning from people hating the Glossy screen. It also will probably sell more for those who refused to buy them with the current screens
 

nelsonammo

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Can't wait for all the new Mac refreshes this year. Ivy bridge airs and the redesigned Pros and iMacs.
 

daneoni

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I wonder if it would be transplanted to the ACDs and notebooks as well...maybe even iPhones too.
 

macrumorsuser10

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If this is true, then thank you! Non-glossy reflective screens are long overdue. Let's hope it will also be available on the Thunderbolt Display.
 

Marx55

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Sign the petition for anti-glare screens at MacMatte:
http://macmatte.wordpress.com

Maybe with the "Invisible Glass":

Japanese Firm Develops ‘Invisible Glass’
http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/NEWS_EN/20111028/199970

Amazing Invisible Glass Kills Glare Dead
http://gizmodo.com/5854321/amazing-invisible-glass-kills-glare-dead

‘Invisible glass’ could reduce display glare, fails as food-in-teeth mirror
http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/31/invisible-glass-could-reduce-display-glare-fails-as-food-in-t
 

mrfoof82

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That WOULD be a big and welcome change for both the iMacs and Cinema Displays. I have a 27" i7 Sandy Bridge and a 27" LED Cinema Display and although it's annoying at best, I'd certainly welcome a significant glare or reflection reduction with the glass panels.

For the record, I still stand by my current estimate of a May 8th announcement date for the Ivy Bridge iMacs.
 

fingernagel

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This my friend would be incredible! My eyes hurt after 10 hours of working in front of the glossy screen...
 

Mr-Stabby

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The Glass displays on iMacs in general have been the bane of my life! When you run a suite of over 100 Macs with many different people operating them, you can spend a whole day cleaning the finger marks off only to find the next day they are grubby all over again. The matte displays never had this problem, i only have to clean them once every few months.
 

SPNarwhal

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It's about time.. They're really missing out on a large audience by not providing anti-glare screens on their iMacs.

I love the glossy, and it looks great, but it's really not the best for photo/video/graphic editing.

I bought an older 30" ACD because of that. Just seems like it's an over-due feature to add. They have it on their laptops, why not their desktops.
 

Bubba Satori

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This sure would stop a lot of pissing and moaning from people hating the Glossy screen. It also will probably sell more for those who refused to buy them with the current screens

Why is it pissing and moaning to not want a computer monitor that isn't a mirror?

Why do you want to stop customers from requesting the choice of having a non-reflective monitor?

Can all the Sandyginas please refrain from regurgitating "complaining, whining, pissing, haters''
about everybody who wants something different than they do or that Apple doesn't offer? :rolleyes:

Thank you.
 

Padraig

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This story makes me happy. Hopefully, this marks a transition away from glossy screens across the line.
 

Macopotamus

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If this were to be true, you would think they would have started with the iPad right? You could use it as a signaling device, it's the most reflective thing I own.

I hope it's not true though, I actually like the glass look. It's gorgeous indoors, though awful outdoors.
 

reallynotnick

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This could actually be a big enough reason for me to upgrade my MacBook instead of building a Hackintosh, assuming this comes to MacBooks also.
 

baryon

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The only reason I don't like anti glare screens is because they're plastic, and more difficult to clean. If they find a way to do anti glare with glass, I would love that. Glass is a higher quality material and gives the product a better look and feel, in my opinion.
 

cargath

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So you can't get mobile Macs like the MBA with non-glossy screens although the technology exists, but they are developing non-glossy glass in order to put it in non-mobile Macs? Also doesn't non-glossy glass already exists, for example in glasses?

It'd be great, if they'd use it in iPads.
 
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