Rumor: Apple to Use Anti-Reflective Glass in New iMac

Even though Macs are great, one aspect that has been continually irritating is the presence of a perfect reflection in the glass that protects their displays. Not everyone is annoyed by this, but many users have recognized it as a distracting element of the computer. For those who wish to rid themselves of this glare, Apple has offered an option to add anti-glare glass to the display of MacBook Pros for an extra $150 on the 15-inch and 17-inch models. Sadly, this optional characteristic is lacking in their iMac line, though DigiTimes¬†reports today that all this may change with the next generation of Apple’s all-in-one desktop.

The rumor mill has included a small bit of information pertaining to the rumored new iMac in a roundup of touch panel supplier news published earlier today. According to the report,¬†G-Tech Optoelectronics is both increasing the production rate of glass for the new iPad and also collaborating with Apple to manufacturer some anti-reflective glass for a new iMac that would sport Intel’s Ivy Bridge CPU technology; these processors will become available on March 29th, according to a report. More after the break.

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.

I’ve always found the glare on my 13-inch MacBook Pro to be very distracting, especially since there’s a window directly behind my desk. What do you think about this? Would you purchase a new iMac for less glare or just get some film to put over it? Let us know in the comments.


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