Apple 23 inch cinema display EOL'ed, glossy is the future

Like it or not, Apple is going glossy.

(we’ve heard this directive comes from the tip top) 

First it was the MacBooks, then the Aluminum iMac, and now the MacBook Pros (old 17 inch notwithstanding).  Today, the Cinema Displays are falling.   Apple just EOL’ed the 23 inch (matte) display in favor of the 24-inch DisplayPort (glossy) beauty that will be shipping later this month.  It isn’t a huge stretch that the 20 inch and 30 inch displays will likely follow at Macworld 2009.  You soon won’t be able to buy a non-glossy screen from Apple in portable or desktop or iPod/iPhone form.

That’s not to say, your options aren’t open.   First of all, why buy a 24 inch Cinema display when for $400 more you can get a full 24-inch iMac for a few hundred bucks more – ($1299 at times)?  Not only that, but solid (yes they aren’t Apple LED, save it) matte 24-inch displays are are coming in around $300 from Dell, Samsung and other vendors.  You can literally buy three 24 inch displays for the cost of an Apple display.    LED, not OLED mind you.  If you don’t have one of the new Unibodies, you don’t really have a choice, do you?  If you want a 24 inch monitor, you have to look elsewhere.

I like Apple but there is no way I can justify this…especially when I…hate…glossy.  What do you think?

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