While most OEM’s are investing more resources into bringing quad HD displays to their devices, Apple is looking to outdo its competitors by attempting to bring glasses-free 3D to the next iPhone.
Sources from Taiwan has claimed that Apple is looking to not just bring a 3D display to the iPhone but also to build a so-called 3D “hardware and software ecosystem.” This is one ambitious project even by Apple standards and is of course, rife with challenges. For one, the incorporation of a glasses-free 3D screen is not possible using the current embedded touch technology employed in the displays since the release of the iPhone 5. To find a solution, Apple are consulting touch screen manufacturer TPK to assist in the development of such a technology primed for its next generation of iPhone.
Although this is just a rumor, it is not exactly right to say it does not have merit. Apple has shown a great interest for 3D technology, going as far as to apply for a patent for a glasses-free 3D display more than six years ago. They also applied for another patent after that, this time for 3D “Hyper Reality” displays, which uses a combination of hardware and software to change the perspective of displayed objects on screen to match the movement of the device. On top of these, Apple is currently employing a 3D-oriented parallax feature that gives depth and 3D effects to iOS as the device is moved.
With so little interest shown by other competitors, Apple would strike a home run in terms of innovation if they could develop and implement a fully functional, glasses-free 3D display into their devices.