What is Apple’s new iMac 27 nano-texture glass?
The new iMac 27in comes with a special option that allows you to choose a nano-textured glass for the display. This is something we first saw on the very expensive Pro Display XDR monitor, but now Apple has taken it to more accessible ground.
So what is nano-texture? And, do you have to pay what it costs to add this option to your new Mac?
What is nano-texture glass?
Glare is often a problem in brightly lit offices and homes, which can make iMacs’ large, bright 27-inch displays little more than elaborate mirrors. One way to combat this is through matte displays, but these aren’t really on sale at the Apple Store – until now.
When purchasing the new 27-inch iMac, you can opt for the new nano-textured glass, which dramatically reduces glare, but seems to avoid the coldness and washed-out colors that are often the compromise made when opting for a matte finish.
All this thanks to clever design and a meticulous process that results in displays that can happily cope with bright light sources, albeit with a rather expensive addition to the price.
How does nano-texture glass work?
One of the main causes of glare is light from lamps, windows and other sources that are reflected due to the smooth surfaces of modern screens. Matte finishes combat this by having some type of coating on the screen that diffuses or breaks down light due to its more angular surface.
Unfortunately this works both ways, so the light emanating from the screen itself is also altered, leading to the darker results that often accompany the technique.
Apple has taken this to the next level by forgoing a coating and instead physically altering the surface itself through tiny (nano) etchings. The pattern of the etchings means that light rays hitting the screen are reflected at a range of angles, eradicating most of the glare in the process.
The smartest part is that this somehow doesn’t seem to have much of an effect on the on-screen display. Early reviews of the new iMac (including that of Roman Loyola for Macworld in the US) report that it offers bright, vibrant colors that look on par with the non-nano texture model.
Of course, doing all those microscopic etchings on the glass is precision work, which is why the price is 500, but we hope that as Apple streamlines the process over time, we will see the feature rolled out on additional screens and at a cost. less.
How can I clean the nano-texture glass?
One of the peculiarities of Apple’s new nano-texture glass screen is that the company insists that it can only be cleaned with an Apple-specific cloth. One is included with every shade, but we’re not entirely sure what magical ingredients make it such a special piece of fabric.
It goes without saying that if you’ve just spent half a million dollars on special display technology, it’s probably a good idea to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and not buy a $ 5 knockoff cloth on eBay.
How durable is nano texture glass?
The need to use a special cloth suggests that nano-textured glass is sensitive, which in turn raises questions about durability. The Verge’s Dieter Bohn spoke to Apple about these concerns, then reported the following:
“I asked Apple about the durability of the finish. They told me that they don’t want to give anyone the impression that it is brittle, but that, yes: over time, using something that is too abrasive could damage that finish. Unlike others screens, there’s really no coating on top of the nano – finish – it’s just etched, bare glass. “
Should I pay for the nano-texture glass on my iMac?
The main reason for adding the expensive nano-textured glass feature is if you’re battling glare on your iMac. Those with money in their pockets are sure to enjoy the non-reflective glory of the new “Deep L” display. But for most people it seems like an expensive luxury to add to an already expensive machine.
Maybe before you take it out on the nano-textured glass in your new iMac, you can try moving to another part of the room, invest in curtains, or just try working in the dark. With the money you save, you could buy the new iPad 2020 or an iPhone SE. Just don’t make them shine on your screen.