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  • Next iPod Touch May Feature Glasses-Free 3D


    A report from Japanese blog Macotakara states that according to their sources, Apple is toying with the idea of adding glasses-free 3D technology to the next generation iPod touch. The iPod touch would be a direct pocket-gaming competitor to Nintendo's upcoming 3DS.

    This report comes after a multitude of 3D related patents that Apple has been granted over the past few years. MacStories, discussing the report, writes that Apple would integrate the 3D technology "without any external peripheral or accessory."

    It appears that the 3D screens would be supplied by Sharp, who is currently developing small, glasses-free LCD screens that could theoretically be used as the screen for a future iPod. Macotakara writes that the company is currently preparing to manufacture the screens.

    Although strictly a rumor at this point, a move towards glasses-free 3D does make relative sense for Apple, particularly on the iPod touch, as it continues to compete for pocket-gaming supremacy. This would be considered a technological feat for Apple, but I suspect that the company will wait and make sure the glasses-free technology is truly ready for prime time, and does not sacrifice any current functionality, before it is used in the iPod touch or any Apple device.

    Source:
    MacStories
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Next iPod Touch May Feature Glasses-Free 3D started by Matt Savoca View original post
    Comments 46 Comments
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      It's glasses free 3D technology

      Any impressions I've read about the upcoming Nintendo 3DS have said that the 3D is actually very very good. Surprisingly good. And the 3DS has the option to turn on or off the 3D effect at any moment.
      I don't want 3D on my iPhone just to play Cut the Rope for 5 mins in 3D. At least Apple is looking into copying other peoples ideas.
      The 3DS battery life is reported to be anywhere between 3-8 hours with the screen at its lowest brightness,
      so 5 minutes may be all you'll get lol
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale1v View Post
      The 3DS battery life is reported to be anywhere between 3-8 hours with the screen at its lowest brightness,
      so 5 minutes may be all you'll get lol
      Battery life is the problem for the 3DS. I assume Nintendo will solve later in a new 3DS. 3DS Lite?
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeSlayer View Post
      Battery life is the problem for the 3DS. I assume Nintendo will solve later in a new 3DS. 3DS Lite?
      lite would imply that it's not as good as the original. A newer model will come 3 years down the road when portable 3d tech has progressed enough be good and practical. I just don't see any company doing that this year.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Now this is something I'd like to see
    1. Silverado87's Avatar
      Silverado87 -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeSlayer View Post
      Battery life is the problem for the 3DS. I assume Nintendo will solve later in a new 3DS. 3DS Lite?
      Ugh then that would be another version of a nintendo lol. Jk. Why don't they hold off and make it better so that they don't fix everything with a new version
    1. ev_ol's Avatar
      ev_ol -
      I'm so sick of the "stealing other peoples ideas" comments. There's no such thing as an original idea anymore. Every idea comes from something else. What makes Apple so awesome, is that they take other peoples ideas and make them a hundred times better. They turn good ideas into great ideas.
    1. steelersfan32's Avatar
      steelersfan32 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado87 View Post
      I agree although I'm not sick of 3D I would love the option to turn it on or off
      Exactly, I was never a fan of 3D things. To me, it always felt more like a gimmick than a selling point with movies and more than likely will feel the same with my handheld device.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      This would make theming so much better. Can't wait fir that
    1. IAMHD2's Avatar
      IAMHD2 -
      Knew This Was Coming. As Soon As Nintendo Showed Off Their 3DS, I was Think Apple Wants a Piece Of This Pie

      I Think The 3DS Will Win, With Real Games
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Deffinately interesting!! I'd love to see what's /NEXT/ if this is actually brought to the table!
    1. algojobathosai's Avatar
      algojobathosai -
      WOW.....What next? In the future you might not have an ipod....Apple will install a chip in your head and it will run in your brain everytime you needed it.....
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado87 View Post
      Ugh then that would be another version of a nintendo lol. Jk. Why don't they hold off and make it better so that they don't fix everything with a new version
      You mean like Apple has done with all their iDevices?
    1. cellmate75's Avatar
      cellmate75 -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Hi Nintendo....oohhh that looks nice.....yoink!
      Lmao!
    1. leathelisor's Avatar
      leathelisor -
      And this is why i didn't buy the latest iTouch .
    1. Amraam's Avatar
      Amraam -
      Quote Originally Posted by relkorama View Post
      I am sick of 3D. I go out of my way to watch movies in the theater that are NOT in 3D.

      Same, getting bored of 3D. Apple shouldn't adding this to iOS, but instead concentrating on not being utter complete control freaks and put some faith in the end user. I only jailbreak to get more complex status bars (SBsettings etc) and theming. How is that possibly unsafe of not secure?
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale1v View Post
      lite would imply that it's not as good as the original. A newer model will come 3 years down the road when portable 3d tech has progressed enough be good and practical. I just don't see any company doing that this year.
      No... it wouldn't. Their DS lite was better than the original. Same specs, less power, higher quality screen, overall system smaller and sleeker. Running 2 screens simultaneously with 3D and the graphics capabilites it has, I wouldn't say 5 hours is bad for battery life.

      Quote Originally Posted by IAMHD2 View Post
      Knew This Was Coming. As Soon As Nintendo Showed Off Their 3DS, I was Think Apple Wants a Piece Of This Pie

      I Think The 3DS Will Win, With Real Games
      Nintendo needs to start pushing for the development of smaller games, maybe even their own "app store" or something. The games don't NEED to be 3D compatible. I think the games on the app store are hugely successful partly for the fact that the vast majority or just a buck. That makes them a low risk purchase for people.
    1. Skater_2409's Avatar
      Skater_2409 -
      what do you think.. when will apple release the ipod touch 5??
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      This would be a dream come true, and my dreams never come true, so I'm doubtful.

      Quote Originally Posted by Skater_2409 View Post
      what do you think.. when will apple release the ipod touch 5??
      Probably September.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Hi Nintendo....oohhh that looks nice.....yoink!
      Lol nice


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    1. mahatmt's Avatar
      mahatmt -
      I like my iPod, don't get me wrong but I hope any supposed 3D display is better than the low-red camera they put in the iPod 4.

      For now this rumor is nothing more than a rumor.