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

imac 2011In 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.

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Top Rated Comments

Bubba Satori Avatar
124 months ago
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.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macrumorsuser10 Avatar
124 months ago
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.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Marx55 Avatar
124 months ago
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
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nelsonammo Avatar
124 months ago
Can't wait for all the new Mac refreshes this year. Ivy bridge airs and the redesigned Pros and iMacs.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Padraig Avatar
124 months ago
This story makes me happy. Hopefully, this marks a transition away from glossy screens across the line.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SPNarwhal Avatar
124 months ago
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.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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