WELL WELL WELL!!!
I had a cracked tooth and needed to see the dentist first thing this morning. So I'm very late to this party to say the least.
It's going to take me some time to read through all the posts here, but let me state my position.
1: I'm for CHOICE! If you like glossy, good for you! I can't use a glossy display at all, it seriously hurts my eyes and I'm not alone on the subject. So all I ask is glossy people respect mine and others need for a matte screen option alongside glossy choices. Everyone wins, there is no "what is better debate", it's subject to variable environmental conditions.
2: Many many polls taken, and more people prefer matte screens than glossy. But it's something like 60% matte 40% glossy on average. Even if it was 40% matte and 60% glossy, the large market share being denied is way too much to ignore.
3: Apple is the only legal provider of OS X as it's tied to their hardware. When Apple makes a computer that 60% of people can't use, what are they supposed to do with thousands of dollars of invested software/files etc?
Right now Apple is losing a sale with me, because I need a new 15" matte MacBook Pro and I can't get it, without having to spend an additional $200 and void my AppleCare/warranty by having TechRestore replace the glossy with a matte screen. And then, what about the next versions of Mac's?, will there be a option to switch the screen? Perhaps not.
Multiply my case by 60% of Mac users out there and you see there is a problem.
Peal and stick anti-glare films totally suck. They trap display heat, bubble and peel, collect dirt. Not good for a top of the line computer system. So that's not a solution.
The first PC company to introduce glossy screens was HP, who has had their eye on the consumer market since the cozy HP/Apple iPod breakup.
It costs MORE to make a glossy screen than a matte one. So why do we have to pay more for a matte screen 17" MacBook Pro? And why no matte screen MacBook Air?
When Phil said "Our customers love glossy screens" does he really mean "We only want to have customers who love glossy screens"??
There are tons of poll results, people's opinions and vital information on this subject if you click on the link "glossy bah humbug" in my signature.
Please take the time and review the information and evaluate. I will then welcome any intelligent responses to the subject.http://macmatte.wordpress.com/http://blogs.zdnet.com/Apple/?p=2417