There are rumors and then there are crazy rumors. This one falls into the latter.
Ever since Avatar hit the big screen, there’s been a big push towards 3D movies. This, of course, has been accompanied by an influx of 3D HDTVs. Depending on who you talk to, 3D is the wave of the future. Still, others remain skeptical that the public will ever view putting on a pair of glasses as an integral part of the entertainment experience.
So how does Apple relate to all of this?
Well, a shaky rumor RCR Wireless reports that Apple is already working on the iPad 3 and that it will support 3D viewing.
“The fact that the iPad 3 is 3D is a dead cert,” one Hollywood insider close to the big movie studios told RCR, adding that the screen would be the real magic. She went on to say that the big film studios were currently running around like blue arsed flies trying to gear up to release plenty of 3D content in time for Apple’s next launch.
The report also notes that Foxconn, who manufacturers many of Apple’s products, has already divulged that the next iPad will support 3D viewing. Aside from this report, though, we haven’t seen any mention of Foxconn and supposed iPad 3 features. Hell, it’s been challenging enough to produce enough iPad 2s.
Joking aside, it’s probably too early on in the iPad 3 planning process for Foxconn to have any inkling of what features the iPad 3 will ultimately support. Still, a number of Apple patent applications over the past few months show that Apple is taking an increasing interest towards 3D technology and displays. Also note that not all 3D displays necessarily require funky glasses – to wit, the recently released Nintendo 3DS handheld.
At the end of the day, we’ll have to file this rumor away into the “we’ll believe it when we hear more substantial news” cabinet.
Still, some interesting fodder for thought on a Friday afternoon.