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
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