Great Steve thinks we all want to look at ourselves while we code

Apples new gear is pretty neat, mostly.

I dig the track pad thing, even though gestures are pretty much limited to Apples’ own products. The 4 finger thing might be cool for espose, etc.. The instant on LED backlight will definitely be a nice touch!

The glossy screen, SUCKS. Damnit Apple! why can’t you leave well enough alone? Why do do you think we want laptop screens that are useless? I can’t use my macbook air in well lit rooms, like our main conference room, the reflection pretty much blocks out the screen. I mean look at the pic from Engagdet, you can see the guy taking the picture for crying out loud!

I do dig the keyboard, I’ve gotten very used to the contrast on the keys, though they stick out like a sore thumb amid all that shiny aluminium. But the gray keys, with the lights on underneath hard sometimes hard to see.

Over all this wasn’t a completely lame announcement but I don’t think I’ll be running out to buy a new latop just yet. My current MBP is doing just fine, and since I don’t game, at. all. the fancy new video chips don’t do a thing for me, sorry.

I’m glad Apple has standardized on yet another display plug type, so when I do get a new machine, if I have any of my old ones, I’ll need to carry yet another adapter, yippy skippy!

I certainly am not looking forward to having two tanning mirrors on my desk in a bright room :(

8 thoughts on “Great Steve thinks we all want to look at ourselves while we code

  1. JulesLt Post author

    Guess there will be a nice secondary market in stick-on anti-glare products.
    Bit worrying they’re extending this gloss-only approach to the MacBook Pro too.

  2. Freelance Web Developer Post author

    I agree. I have an older iMac at home with matte screen. When I got a new one at work (when I did work at a job full time) I got a new iMac with glossy screen. It was horrible. How can any professional do any work with so much visual interference? It’s cool to show off and looks great in a showroom. But to get any actual work done, glossy screen is not good. And for artists, too! How can you color correct an image or make subtle pixel pushings with reflections??

  3. Rob Wilkerson Post author

    My thoughts (more or less) exactly. And I was actually in the market. I was _specifically_ holding off buying a new MBP to see what the next gen was going to be. My biggest concerns:

    – Like you, I’m not a fan of glossy screens. Look great (awesome, really) in low light but not in bright or varied lighting. The reflection is distracting.
    – The clickable trackpad. Feels like a recipe for inadvertent clicks. Might not be, but it’s a concern.
    – The resolution. Can we _really_ do no better than 1440×900 on the 15" MBPs?

    That said, I like:

    – the Multi-touch trackpad
    – The styling (of course)
    – The magnetic "latch"

    Problem is, none of the things I like are enough to compel me to buy. And two of the things I don’t are compelling reasons _not_ to buy. Too bad.

  4. Randy Troppmann

    I have had my glossy MBP for a year now and I have no complaints. Love it. Love the screen. Well, love is a strong word. Don’t let the glossy screen scare you. Unless of course you work in a darkened room with a big window directly behind you. Then you will have some issues.
    – Randy

  5. Rob Wilkerson

    My thoughts (more or less) exactly. And I was actually in the market. I was _specifically_ holding off buying a new MBP to see what the next gen was going to be. My biggest concerns:

    – Like you, I'm not a fan of glossy screens. Look great (awesome, really) in low light but not in bright or varied lighting. The reflection is distracting.
    – The clickable trackpad. Feels like a recipe for inadvertent clicks. Might not be, but it's a concern.
    – The resolution. Can we _really_ do no better than 1440×900 on the 15" MBPs?

    That said, I like:

    – the Multi-touch trackpad
    – The styling (of course)
    – The magnetic "latch"

    Problem is, none of the things I like are enough to compel me to buy. And two of the things I don't are compelling reasons _not_ to buy. Too bad.

  6. JulesLt

    Guess there will be a nice secondary market in stick-on anti-glare products.
    Bit worrying they're extending this gloss-only approach to the MacBook Pro too.

  7. Freelance Web Develo

    I agree. I have an older iMac at home with matte screen. When I got a new one at work (when I did work at a job full time) I got a new iMac with glossy screen. It was horrible. How can any professional do any work with so much visual interference? It's cool to show off and looks great in a showroom. But to get any actual work done, glossy screen is not good. And for artists, too! How can you color correct an image or make subtle pixel pushings with reflections??

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