Apple made a big leap this year by increasing the screen size of its iPhones, and next year it may again focus on display technology. According to a report out of Taipei recently, Apple is working to build 3D displays that don’t require special glasses for its next iPhone.
Yes, we suppose this means the iPhone 7 rumors are officially off to the races.
Economic Daily said Wednesday that Apple is developing special software and 3D hardware that will enable 3D image viewing on its next iPhone. We’ve already seen this sort of technology in mobile devices before, phones like the LG Optimus 3D and HTC EVO 3D offered a glasses-free experience, but the devices mostly felt gimmicky. Apple will need to show why consumers should enjoy 3D displays, and what they offer over flat-screen in-cell screens that are the standard across the industry. That may be one reason why it’s also allegedly focusing on a large software ecosystem, however; 3D software could help make the experience more compelling. The news report also said Apple has tapped TPK, a touchscreen supplier, to help provide the 3D panels.
We’re proceeding cautiously with this rumor. It seems a bit outlandish right now that Apple would add a 3D display to its next iPhones, but maybe Cupertino has some magic up its sleeves that will help make 3D more useful than gimmicky.