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.