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Rumor: Apple hopping aboard the glasses-free 3D train

Ninten-who? 3D-what? Rumors out of Japan this week are indicating that Apple is pursuing glasses-free 3D technology for its next generation of iPhones and iPod touches. 

The enticing news comes from the Japanese blog, Macotakara, which recently posted confirmation from one of its sources that Apple was indeed outfitting future iPod Touches and iPhones with a 3D LCD screens. Combined with the iPod's built in cameras, motion sensors and gyroscopes, it's reported that the iDevices would then track the movement of the user's face in order to render true 3D images in accordance to their position. Macotaka also provided a mock-up of how this might look:

True or not, glasses-free 3D tech on iPhones and iPod Touches makes complete sense. Not only are Apple's mobile systems small enough to make it work, but similar smartphone innovations have already begun to crop up in Japan. Moreover, Apple has been exploring 3D functionality on its devices for a few years now, and recently won patent approval for a 3D Stereoscopic Display System.

It may be a while before Apple chimes in on its 3D strategy, but it's a safe bet that someday the Angry Birds will return...in 3D!!

Jan 20, 2011 

Source: Macotakara via InRumor

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4 comments

  • Japanaman - January 21, 2011 2:11 p.m.

    Sounds better than 3DS. No bulky handheld, one super nice screen, and easy to move around than a two-screened system. I might actually have to buy an Apple product for once.
  • StrayGator - January 21, 2011 8:03 a.m.

    Lenticular lens (the schtick used in 3DS) and head-tracking cannot be used together currently, as the lents require you to keep your head in a specific degree relative to the screen. Move it, and the effect is lost.
  • HowdyCowboyCheesesBurger0911 - January 21, 2011 12:13 a.m.

    is 3d still a fad If iphones and ipods use it?
  • MonocledYaoGuai - January 21, 2011 12:08 a.m.

    Damn Apple, stealing Nintendo's thunder...

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