iPad 3 To Get 3D Display?

iPad 2

RCR Wireless claims that according to their source who is an “Hollywood insider”, Apple is planning to bring 3D technology to the next generation iPadiPad 3.

They claim that the information about the 3D plans was leaked to their source by Foxconn, the Taiwan-based company that makes Apple’s iPhone and iPad.

RCR Wireless reports:

“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.

Before Apple unveiled iPad 1 last year, it was speculated that Apple’s iPad could come with 3D graphics based on a patent filed by Apple. In this patent, the inventors wrote:

“[T]here is a need for electronic devices with touch screen displays that provide more transparent and intuitive user interfaces for navigating in three-dimensional virtual spaces and manipulating three-dimensional objects in these virtual spaces. Such interfaces increase the effectiveness, efficiency and user satisfaction with such devices.”

Back in December 2010, Imagination Technologies, a UK based video chip manufacturing company acquired Caustic Graphics for $27 million, which owns technology that is capable of rendering cinema-quality 3D graphics to mobile phones. The deal was of great interest to Apple observers as Imagination Technologies is an Apple partner that supplies video chips for iOS devices.

If you want to get a glimpse of glasses-free 3D experience on the iPad, checkout the impressive video by Jeremie Francone and Laurence Nigay who work in the Engineering Human-Computer Interaction (EHCI) research group of Laboratory of Informatics of Grenoble have figured out a way to use iPad 2’s front facing camera for glasses-free 3D experience:

We hope that Apple brings 3D tech to iPhone 5 and iPod Touch 5G rather than waiting until iPad 3.

[RCR Wireless via MacRumors]