With all that new graphics power tucked-away inside the next-generation iOS devices, here’s a huge dose of speculation to brighten up your day — that Apple’s next iPod touch will be boast a glasses-free 3D screen. And that’s got to be something to worry Nintendo, who will introduce its Nintendo 3DS this week.
Apple has been known to be working on 3D display technology for some time. There’s a trail of 3D patent filings to show this. Beyond iOS, there’s some claims Apple’s developing 3D tech for Mac OS X, and as we all know CE firms are now pushing 3D TV as they move forward from their time at the Blu-ray ‘bag of hurt’ epicenter.
All this evidence and speculation doesn’t necessarily mean anything immediate, of course, but Japan’s Macotakara blog has thrown its hat into the ring, citing sources which, in a badly-translated Google translate page, essentially claims sources have confirmed Apple is “ready to start producing up to make” small 3D panels, panels which look a little like those made by Sharp.
The report also speculates the device may have a 3D integrated gaming interface, the ability to position and control a game using the Facetime camera, and face recognition.
Anyway, there’s a rumor — what’s your reaction to it? Let us know in comments below.