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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.

    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. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Hi Nintendo....oohhh that looks nice.....yoink!
      Lol! That made me laugh! Good stuff!

      I hate seeing 3D everywhere I go now a days, especially at the movie theater, mainly because I don't think 3D is that cool. Everyone does the same lame-o 3-D stunts in the movies. Maybe change it up every once in awhile..
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      Ehh I don't know. 3D technology is still trying to catch on and I don't think it ever will. It still needs a lot of work and a lot of people aren't too impressed by it.
    1. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      Quote Originally Posted by delusion950 View Post
      I cant wait to put those 3D glasses while am driving or walking and just play need for speed.

      On that small screen
      I'm struggling to understand how someone could be stupid enough to read the title of this thread and miss the 'glasses-free' part.
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      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.

      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.
      maybe 5 hours on it's lowest brightness though?
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale1v View Post
      maybe 5 hours on it's lowest brightness though?
      How long could you play infinity blade with an iPod Touch battery powering 3 screens?
      A DS already powers 2 screens and the 3DS now has to essential power the top screen twice when in 3D mode. Not to mention the more powerful CPU and GPU.
      It's not like the iPhones and iPod Touches are known for their fantastic batteries. I would most certainly not get 5 hours of game play or video on my 3GS even at low brightness
    1. seann33uk's Avatar
      seann33uk -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Hi Nintendo....oohhh that looks nice.....yoink!
      thats apple.