Apple Rumored to Provide Anti-Glare iMac Screen Option

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iMac Anti-Glare RumorBase image via The Simpsons, 20th Century Fox

The long-requested option of an anti-glare screen may finally be coming back to Apple’s iMac line, according to rumors about Taiwanese glass company G-Tech Optoelectronics’s increased production numbers for 2012. 

As reported by DigiTimes and discussed by MacRumors, G-Tech is ramping up production of its cover glass products by over 66 percent this year to provide support for iPad manufacturing, with industry estimates expecting the Taiwanese company to provide 25 to 30 percent of the total glass for iPads in 2012.

If true, this may mark a turn for Apple away from domestic glass suppliers, as the company recently identified U.S.-based Corning as providing the “majority” of the glass for its devices. However, it is unclear at present if G-Tech will be competing with Corning for iPad glass contracts or if the “Gorilla Glass” manufacturer has outsourced the production of its technology to G-Tech or other companies.

Along with the increased production of standard glass for iPads, rumors suggest that G-Tech will also begin providing anti-reflective glass for the iMac line, which currently only offers a highly reflective glossy screen. While glossy displays provide a rich and high contrast viewing experience, they can be distracting for users who are required to view their iMac’s display in a well-lit room with significant light shining directly on the screen.

Apple, which traditionally used “anti-reflective” displays for the majority of its products, began a switch to glossy displays, starting with the Intel transition in 2006 when the new MacBook replaced the iBook and offered only a glossy option. The 2007 aluminum iMac refresh brought the same result to the all-in-one desktop line, and 2008’s MacBook Pro redesign made glossy displays mandatory. An “anti-glare” build-to-order option was added back to the 15- and 17-inch models in 2009 for an additional cost.

If the rumors prove true, it is likely that, rather than replacing the entire iMac line with anti-reflective displays, Apple will offer a build-to-order option on one or both iMac models as they currently do with the MacBook Pro.

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Comments

Lee Dronick

20 minutes ago my wife said that she wish she had got the anti glare option for her MacBook Pro. She wants to take it out back on the patio and do her homework while enjoying this gorgeous day. I suppose that I could let her use my MacBook Pro which has an anti glare screen, but then she would probably commandeer it; I had to apply the Jaws of Life to get my iPad back.

mrhooks

If this is true, Apple needs to do the same with their monitors.  Although I probably would still buy an NEC (which I did).

BTW, awesome Simpsons reference!

d'monder

Money in hand here, Apple.

The moment it’s available you’ll be selling two iMacs.

Lee Dronick

I remember back in the old days, the ‘80s,  when when we would cut the anti glare nylon mesh off of monitors so that we would have sharper images.

PSMacintosh

I hope so!
‘cause I ONLY buy anti-glare.
I’d love an iMac, but it has to be anti-glare.
(And if Apple comes out with a TV, they’d better offer and anti-glare option….or I’ll raise holy hell.)
Please, please, please, please!
When will they every learn….......

It’s no use to have a device that has an anti-glare screen, but has shiny glass.
Therefore, there needs to be consideration given to the anti-glare aspect of BOTH the screen and the glass (that covers the screen).

My anti-glare 2007 MBP has been excellent!  No glare from the various office light sources and windows.

iJack

20 minutes ago my wife said that she wish she had got the anti glare option for her MacBook Pro. She wants to take it out back on the patio and do her homework while enjoying this gorgeous day.

You give your wife homework?
I wish I had thought of that.

Alex

my wife said that she wish she had got the anti glare option for her MacBook Pro. She wants to take it out back on the patio and do her homework

You give your wife homework?

You let your wife out of the kitchen?

Lee Dronick

My wife is changing careers and went back to college. I do the housework so that she can concentrate on her studies.

I don’t let her in the kitchen as her cooking is the miracle cure for appetite.

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