Apple's redesigned 2012 iMacs rumored to feature anti-reflective glass displays

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014


Should the latest rumors pan out, a completely redesigned family of Apple's iMacs due for release later this year will not only arrive noticeably slimmer than existing models but may also be the first of the company's desktops to feature anti-reflective displays.



That's according to a brief report published Monday by hit-or-miss DigiTimes, in which the taiwanese rumor publication claims that G-Tech is ramping up its monthly production capacity of cover glass from 1.8 million units to 3 million units in an effort to supply 25% or more of the cover glass for Apple's new iPad.



The report curiously cites sources in adding that "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."



That would be a first for an Apple desktop, as the Mac maker has thus far only offered anti-reflective solutions as built-to-order options on its MacBook family of notebooks.



Apple's last major redesign of the iMac arrived in October 2009 in the form of new 21.5- and 27-inch aluminum-clad models with an edge-to-edge glass design. Since then, the company has been working on a pair strikingly slimmer and lighter models that will more closely resemble the footprint of today's most popular LED televisions, people familiar with the matter have told AppleInsider.














Rumored for an introduction sometime in the second half of the year, the new iMac will help define a trend that will also see several of the company's other core products adopt slimmer, more streamlined footprints throughout the year, including new MacBook Pros that resemble MacBook Airs and a thinner iPhone.











Separately, Apple has also been working to cut the fat from peripherals that ship with its industry-leading all-in-one desktop, with recent company filings revealing techniques for a new, slim-form keyboard with keys that could have a total travel range of as little as 0.2 millimeters.



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  • digitalclipsdigitalclips Posts: 15,311member
    Oh, you mean it won't be glossy? All those matte people will be so conflicted now ... Is anti glare to be considered matte ... I doubt it!



    On the keyboard ... I wonder if we will one day have virtual key boards from Apple, as in the keyboard will just be a screen like an elongated iPad. It would have the huge advantage of running any language and be context aware for apps with the ability to control this when running. It seems like the logical evolution to me. Why make mechanical keyboards in this day and age?
  • idaveidave Posts: 1,283member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    ...may also be the first of the company's desktops to feature anti-reflective displays.



    Yes! I might actually buy one, if this is true.
  • rot'napplerot'napple Posts: 1,839member
    Anyone care to venture a guess when iMacs will be coming out? April? June? Later? Looking forward to upgrade my old iMac...

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  • bandittbanditt Posts: 23member
    The white iMacs already had anti glare displays. Apple switched to "glossy only" on the aluminium iMacs...
  • nkhmnkhm Posts: 928member
    I guess in losing an optical drive, there would be plenty of scope for slimming the iMac down. Most of the weight is in the lcd display though, so guess they wouldn't be too much lighter. Heat has always been an issue for me, the 27inch can run very hot, but the screen glare 'issue' has never been a factor, simply position the iMac correctly in a properly lit room, no issue at all.



    Very excited for a revised form factor and an even more powerful top end 27" bto machine.



    About time desktops got some love from Apple!
  • Quote:
    Originally Posted by BandiTT View Post


    The white iMacs already had anti glare displays. Apple switched to "glossy only" on the aluminium iMacs...



    You are correct sir/madam.



    I was hoping a Tim Cook Apple would be more flexible when it comes to function over form. If this is true, then I will be buying two.
  • nkhmnkhm Posts: 928member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by BandiTT View Post


    The white iMacs already had anti glare displays. Apple switched to "glossy only" on the aluminium iMacs...



    They weren't anti-glare, they were matt. They suffered terribly from 'white-out' if direct sunlight hit them.
  • suddenly newtonsuddenly newton Posts: 13,080member
    Quote:

    That would be a first for an Apple desktop, as the Mac maker has thus far only offered anti-reflective solutions as built-to-order options on its MacBook family of notebooks.



    It is not correct to say "a first for an Apple desktop," because the iMac used to come with antireflective screens, back when it was the "sunflower" design. Also, up until recently, Mac Pros were sold with Cinema Displays that had antireflective matte screens. Maybe the people who write these articles should be required to pass a test on Apple history?
  • mcrcnmcrcn Posts: 27member
    I would be more interested in upgrading if it were silent. My fan is a bit loud and annoying at times.
  • nkhmnkhm Posts: 928member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post


    It is not correct to say "a first for an Apple desktop," because the iMac used to come with antireflective screens, back when it was the "sunflower" design. Also, up until recently, Mac Pros were sold with Cinema Displays that had antireflective matte screens. Maybe the people who write these articles should be required to pass a test on Apple history?



    Matte != anti-glare
  • redgeminiparedgeminipa Posts: 317member
    I really hope they do something about the gap between the LCD and glass. One of my biggest complaints about my iMac is the ghosting that forms between the layers due to a poor seal between the two. I already had the glass and LCD replaced once within the first 7 months, as well as the optical drive. The ghosting started to return within a month, and now there's a dead pixel in the LCD. Good thing I bought AppleCare. The downside is driving 2 hours to the nearest Apple Store, since I can't trust the poor quality of work and service I received from my closer (40 minutes away) Apple Authorized Repair center.
  • kedakeda Posts: 722member
    I hope the timeframe mentioned in this article is wrong. As someone who is ready to buy an iMac, the second half of the year seems like a long wait.
  • kiweekiwee Posts: 102member
    I have been waiting for this. Made a promise to myself not to buy a new iMac before anti-gloss came out. Unfortunately, I can only place the computer with the windows directly behind it.



    The reflections are terrible. As much as I enjoy co-staring in porn flicks, it is getting old.
  • neilmneilm Posts: 445member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by McRCN View Post


    I would be more interested in upgrading if it were silent. My fan is a bit loud and annoying at times.



    Really? We have a couple of iMacs at the office, an older aluminum 24" and a brand new 21.5", and I've never heard the slightest noise from either of them.
  • vanfrunikenvanfruniken Posts: 239member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post


    ... I wonder if we will one day have virtual key boards from Apple, as in the keyboard will just be a screen like an elongated iPad. It would have the huge advantage of running any language and be context aware for apps...



    It may a feature for the keyboard to disable or discourage the entry of inappropriate characters, but on a full-size keyboard that doesn't necessarily mean the layout should change depending on context. Why not just de-emphasize the key labels if they don't fit the current context's syntax.



    I suspect many people are frustrated hunting for the "-" (minus/dash) character on the ever changing iOS keyboards. Barely bearable on iPhone/iPad but totally inappropriate for full-size keyboards.
  • isheldonisheldon Posts: 570member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by nkhm View Post


    They weren't anti-glare, they were matt. They suffered terribly from 'white-out' if direct sunlight hit them.



    Suffered terribly? As opposed to burning out someone's retina if a simple lightbulb was reflected in a glossy?

    Who uses an iMac in direct sunlight?



    I cannot wait for this if it is true. I will pounce. Thank you Tim Cook.
  • carmissimocarmissimo Posts: 837member
    Imagine if Apple wanted to use the iMac as the basis for the rumoured Apple TV set. You could, for example, take the insides of the base iMac, combined with a 40-inch screen and some additional connection options yet bring the device in at around the $2,000 price point now applied to the higher-performance 27-inch model.



    There would be no need in such a device for the higher performance bits found in the current top-end iMac. This would result in a computer/TV for the rec room that would be a rather compelling all-in-one.



    For that matter, adding additional connectivity to all of the iMac line would not be a bad way to go. In doing that you would effectively turn the iMac line into a line of TVs that feature an Apple computer built in.



    Seems to me that if you took the base iMac, upgraded the screen and the connectivity hardware, such a device could come in at around $2,000 and really blow away anything of a similar price point. If there were concerns about form factor with the smaller models, an option would be to offer additional connectivity via a Thunderbolt attachment.



    Just some thoughts on how this could go.
  • drewyboydrewyboy Posts: 70member
    Quote:

    "but may also be the first of the company's desktops to feature anti-reflective displays."



    The way it's stated makes it sound like more than one of apple's desktop lines has screens... which the iMac is the only one.
  • applegreenapplegreen Posts: 421member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iSheldon View Post


    I cannot wait for this if it is true. I will pounce. Thank you Tim Cook.



    Ditto.
  • tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 40,286member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by drewyboy View Post


    The way it's stated makes it sound like more than one of apple's desktop lines has screens... which the iMac is the only one.



    The implication is that this tech would also come to the Thunderbolt Display. Indeed, it's written ambiguously.
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