fully 30% of respondents (nearly 2,000 people) indicated they would not buy a glossy-screened Mac laptop. The results aren't scientific, of course,
Of course. Especially considering the audience. I think it's again safe to say there were enough "my buddy, who has a Mac, said they stink, so..."-voters amongst the ballot-fillers, to consider it anything but that.
I think the closest you'll actually ever get in the near future, is by waiting for the 17" to come out and watching the numbers!
but I think they show there's clearly more than a small minority willing to vote with their checkbooks.
Um... haven't they already? Granted the numbers for the forth quarter "laptop" sales aren't purely the LED
MBPs (whereby the MacBook has had glossy only
for quite some time, if you'll recall), but of those 18% more sales in comparison to 2007?? Hmmm...
Given it'd cost Apple next to nothing to offer both options -- and they'd actually make more selling matte screens -- I don't understand the limitation. Make it special order, so you don't have to stock them. Charge extra for them; we'll pay for the option. It's a win-win with very few downsides.
Okay. So basically, assuming you were right, which I don't, using simple reverse logic with what you're saying, I guess that means that Apple IS doing it after all, merely to piss us off
Sorry, don't really see much of an alternative there. Since (your) logic would seem to suggest that Apple otherwise is too narrow-minded or blind to catch the "obvious": they're blowin' a huge amount of sales/cash by NOT offering mattes.
Somehow that doesn't compute.
But in the end? I think Apple is keeping an eagle's eye on the 17" sales in terms of matte or glossy and will change the options on the 15" accordingly. Should that not be the plan either way already of course, only they're holding out on getting a tighter grip on the production... which they apparently are struggling with at the moment. Be it because of the screens or not.