Moving the entire Mac lineup to shiny, glossy displays has been one of Apple’s many controversial decisions in recent times. When the company initially launched the unibody MacBooks and 15-inch MacBook Pros in October 2008, it made a glossy display the only option on the latter, raising the ire of a large minority of very vocal customers. The introduction of the glossy 24-inch LED Cinema Display during the same event, which replaced its matte-screened 23-inch predecessor, didn’t do anything to appease said users either.
Perhaps taking a lesson from the outcry, Apple retained the option to custom order the 17-inch MacBook Pro, which was introduced in January of this year, with an antiglare display for an additional charge of $50. Furthering that trend, Apple has now made the $50 antiglare display an optional installation for the 15-inch MacBook Pro as well. As with its heftier sibling, you’ll only be able to take advantage of this option if you order your notebook through the Apple Online Store.
Fans of Apple’s 13-inch notebooks—the MacBook, MacBook Air, and 13-inch MacBook Pro—still only have the glossy display as the available option. If you really want an antiglare display on your existing Apple notebook though, TechRestore has just the right service for you. Now that Apple seems to have decided that the matte look isn’t so bad after all, we can only hope that the company will consider bestowing it upon the whole notebook family—and maybe even the iMac and LED Cinema Display as well. Or is that asking for too much?