Why no matte display?

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  1. chad.petree macrumors 6502

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    I've been wondering why does Apple not offer a matte display option? Whenever I have to work at home , now specially on summer, I have to close my shades , otherwise the reflections on the screen are too annoying, I know apple used to offer matte displays, what happened?
     
  2. rapicell macrumors regular

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    What happened is the retina display has a special coating that's supposed to reduce glare. So that's why the matte option has disappeared
     
  3. chad.petree thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well in my opinion it doesn't really do a good job at it :(
     
  4. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    It`s simpler for Apple to produce one standard display for each notebook, reduces cost, increases margin.

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  5. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    Plus the majority of people prefer the shininess of the glass. It looks pretty.
     
  6. diggy33 macrumors 6502

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    +1 on this. I actually prefer a matte screen over a gloss one, even the Retina, but I understand possible reasons for opting for one type of display
     
  7. the-bigwig macrumors newbie

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    I absolutely hate matte display tbh and I found Air display so unflattering. I don't know, but it looks washed and unpleasant to my eye.
     
  8. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    That`s solely due to the Air`s display panel being a cheap TN panel, and Apple wanting to boost it`s margins. The Air should had received a decent quality IPS display panel years ago. Want an example of matte done properly check out a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, as ever Apple`s focus is Apple not the user.

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  9. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - As well, of course, due to it not being Retina.
     
  10. azentropy macrumors 68020

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    The Air had a much inferior quality display even before Apple went Retina.
     
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    If Apple wanted a matte Retina option, it can be easily produced, equally additional complexity adds cost, and highly likely Apple`s target audience is good with the current glossy display. Personally I am ok with the rMB & rMBP display option, equally for business system I would tend to defer to matte as lighting conditions are harder to control in my role.

    Reality is Apple is a small audience for 16:10 display panels, add in a true matte display panel, magnitudes less, this I think we can agree on. No right or wrong, more personal preference. Those seeking a matte display need to look to an external solution or the likes of Lenovo`s ThinkPad line...

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  12. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - I'm actually not familiar with that. In what way?

    - I'll just add a little something: The Air doesn't have a matte display.
     
  13. azentropy macrumors 68020

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    The Air always used a lower quality panel that was washed out, had poor color gamut and had worse viewing angles than the screens of the "classic" Macbook Pro.
     
  14. chad.petree thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Apple does not care about their laptops anymore , pretty much every midtier laptop now a day has a 1080p display , the retina MacBook pro hasn't been really updated in 4 years , even the almighty iPhone 6 still has a 720p display in 2016... and please don't tell me that you cannot tell the difference because at least I can !
     

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