Apple Brings Back Matte LCD to 15'' MBP

When Apple launched its unibody MacBook like in October 2008, we were fairly impressed with the design of the hardware.

What we didn't like was the glass cover over the LCD, making it ultra glossy and reflective. While the glass looked exceptional when the screen is off or under controlled lighting conditions, it was simply a headache to deal with in bright conditions.

Perhaps in response to professionals wanting a more versatile display, Apple has finally reintroduced the matte option to the MacBook Pro 15-inch model.

The option, termed "antiglare" by Apple itself, was already available on the 17-inch model since its launch in early 2009 as a $50 option. The same option for the 15-inch also costs $50. Mind you, the antiglare option was previously a no cost thing, but at least it's back for you thinking about picking up a MacBook Pro 15-inch.

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  • snoxy
    Still not on the 13" though - which is the smallest, and thus most likely to be used outside on a bright day!
  • david__t
    Cool - they take away some glass and actually charge you more for the priviledge - if that isn't Apple tax then I don't know what is.
  • back_by_demand
    david__tCool - they take away some glass and actually charge you more for the priviledge - if that isn't Apple tax then I don't know what is.


    Totally!

    Apple are charging $50 extra for the privilige of having a screen that is minus the shiny coating. Pay more for getting less. Does that mean if I don't have the carry case I pay $40 more, if I don't get a USB mouse it is another $20 extra? I should be very careful when buying one, if I remove all of the options and have just the laptop on its own it could cost a fortune.