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On Tuesday, when Jobs announced the new iMac, he really made an effort to sell the new materials…aluminum and glass (which are two major components of the new iMac). Glass is significantly more durable than the current material used in the LCD screens. It’s almost completely […]

On Tuesday, when Jobs announced the new iMac, he really made an effort to sell the new materials…aluminum and glass (which are two major components of the new iMac).

Glass is significantly more durable than the current material used in the LCD screens. It’s almost completely scratch resistant and has a much smaller chance of getting punctured in some way. Glass is also a lot easier to recycle.

Another thing Jobs mentioned was that they’ve had overwhelming feedback about the glossy displays on the MacBook and MacBook Pro.

So, those things being noted, do you think the next revision to their Cinema Display line with feature glass screens? I know I love the sharper colors on my glossy MBP screen. It’d be nice to see it on a larger scale (say…a 30″ display?).

By Josh Pigford

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  1. Will they ever update the ACDs? I’d buy one, but I would need an HDMI input for my DirecTV HD receiver.

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  2. I think the fact they still offer matte displays for MacBook Pros speaks loudly that while Apple might think people love their glossy displays, there are still working professionals who cannot be forced to work around reflections in their work.

    No matter how much crisper the display might look because Apple doesn’t have to coat it (in the case of the new iMacs) with protective overlays, matte displays work better when detail counts.

    I don’t mind the MacBook’s display, but I ordered my MBP with a matte display, and while the glossy might provide clearer movies, the matte is what I need to work.

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  3. Yeah, from what I’ve heard from colleagues and read online, the matte finish still has a large following, especially among graphics and video pros (or really anyone who stares at their screen 10+ hours a day). I personally find the matte finish less fatiguing.

    I don’t mind the gloss on the little MacBooks, it looks fine. But it seems to me that the larger the screen, the more distracting it gets. I didn’t like it at all on the 17-inch MacBook Pro, so I ordered mine with matte.

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  4. Richard Lomas Thursday, August 9, 2007

    PLEASE NO GLOSSY CINEMA DISPLAYS.
    I actually need to get work done Apple, and I can’t see a glossy screen in my work environment!

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  5. I have two MBP’s, one with a glossy screen and one matte. Both have benefits, but I think I like the matte display better, actually. Glossy is fine on my iPhone but the bigger the screen, the bigger the reflections. I can’t imagine not having glare in a 30″ glass screen!

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  6. Stephanie Guertin Thursday, August 9, 2007

    Please, please, please, no glossy cinema displays! Or at least only as an option. I had to argue with the Apple salesdude to get a matte MBP, and a bigger, more expensive reflection field would be impossible to work on.

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  7. I guess you can’t order a new iMac with a matte display then?

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  8. As previously mentioned, anyone working on colour critical work can’t use the new iMac display. Those ‘sharper colors’ are over staurated and innacurate, the glass overlay makes it harder to calibrate.

    I hope the cinema displays have (at least optional) matte screens forever.

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  9. Noooo!!! Glossy displays are nice for awhile, but become a real pain real quick. I REALLY hope they don’t move to the glossy displays.

    BUT if they did, I bet I could score a deal on the current generation.

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  10. Video looks amazing on my MacBook’s glossy screen. Reflections aren’t too big a problem. I only have trouble seeing the screen outside when its really bright.

    I’ve actually just order a 22-inch glossy screen monitor for my desktop PC. Looks great for games!

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