You’ll find that most consumer-level notebooks come with glossy displays, because these tend to give brighter colors that “pop” off the screen. The gloss also happens to create quite a bit of glare. At long last, Apple could be addressing this issue by bringing the matte display option to more of its lineup.
Currently, the only place where you can find the matte display option is with the pricier 17-inch MacBook Pro. According to some recent rumors, the option for antiglare displays will soon be extended to more Macs.
More specifically, there’s word that the matte display will be offered as an option to buyers of the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the 15-inch MacBook Pro. Regular MacBooks will presumably still get “stuck” with the glossy display.
The glossy display is good for providing “crisp images and vivid colors,” but they’re not so good for video and image editing professionals. The glossy displays “tend to complicate color matching.” Personally, I just don’t like the reflection I get when I use my computer until brighter conditions.
When (and if) the matte option will indeed get extended to the smaller MacBook Pros remains to be seen. Stay tuned.