iPhone may get 3D display
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.