Just pulled the trigger on a new iMac.

ctmpkmlec4

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Hi folks. I just purchased a new iMac from the online Apple Store. It is a refurbished base 21.5" model spec'd as a 2.7 GHz i5 with 8 GB of RAM and Iris Pro Graphics. While I wait for it to arrive in the mail, I thought I would ask for feedback from those of you who have a similar model. Personally, I have always liked the design of the iMac and was impressed by its slim bezel when this particular generation was released back in '13. I don't plan to do any gaming, but how well do the Iris Pro graphics perform? My last iMac was a late 2007 model that was given to my father-in-law sometime before Christmas. With that said, I despised the screen glare, but performance was find under Mavericks with a 6 GB RAM upgrade. I understand the 2013 model has a screen coating which significantly reduces glare. Are you other iMac owners pretty satisfied?
 

SmallDane

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Didn't the 2007 iMac have a matte display? I hate the screen glare on my 2011 iMac. But I seem to remember not having this problem with the 2007 model (it died last year so I don't have it anymore).

Anyway, the new iMacs still suffer a lot from screen glare. Whatever Apple did to the screen, it is still a blank and highly reflective surface. So I wouldn't say that they have significantly reduced glare.
 

ctmpkmlec4

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Maybe some did? My old one was an August 2007 model, aluminum body. You may be thinking of the white iMacs from 2006? Those had matte screens.
 

Apple fanboy

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Maybe some did? My old one was an August 2007 model, aluminum body. You may be thinking of the white iMacs from 2006? Those had matte screens.
I believe with the early Aluminium Macs (and MacBook Pro's) you could select the matte screen as an option. I have a similar specked slim iMac from late 2012 (launch), and it's still holding up well. Drives my 24" NEC Spectraview 241 (with Matte screen!) pretty well too.
 

redheeler

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I believe with the early Aluminium Macs (and MacBook Pro's) you could select the matte screen as an option.
MBPs yes, all the way up to the mid 2012. However, iMacs after the white plastic ones didn't have that as an option.
 

WilliamG

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Didn't the 2007 iMac have a matte display? I hate the screen glare on my 2011 iMac. But I seem to remember not having this problem with the 2007 model (it died last year so I don't have it anymore).

Anyway, the new iMacs still suffer a lot from screen glare. Whatever Apple did to the screen, it is still a blank and highly reflective surface. So I wouldn't say that they have significantly reduced glare.
The difference in glare between a pre-2012 and later iMac is HUGE.
 

WilliamG

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True, that's when the ant-glare coating was introduced. The Retina iMac is also a slight improvement over the late 2013.
I don't see any improvement from my 2012. The panel has had improvements, but the actual screen lamination process looks identical.
 

redheeler

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That thread is just comparing the retina MBP to the iMac. No question the current iMacs have less glare.
Ok, I will check my 13" rMBP against a late 2013 iMac later today and see if the difference is still present.