Apple could bring 3D smarts to its next–generation iPhone, according to a new report from Taiwan.
Economic Daily News, which earlier this week claimed that Apple would discontinue the iPad mini in 2015, says plans are afoot for a glasses–free 3D screen.
The site reckons Apple is plotting a total redesign of the screen tech found in the iPhone range, as well as readying a ‘3D hardware and software ecosystem’. It is thought screen-maker TPK is helping Cupertino with its strategy.
Such stories should always be treated with caution. Supply-chain reports, while sometimes accurate, usually focus on developmental plans that may never see the light of day on the high street.
The news comes at a time when 3D has lost its allure for TV manufacturers, which are more focused on 4K.
3D screens on phones have been largely hit and miss, with the effort on Amazon’s new and terribly disappointing Fire phone proving to be a particularly poor example.
However, Apple has previously revealed patents for 3D products, especially as displays. Whether consumer appetite for such kit is there remains to be seen.