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Could Apple Launch The iPhone 5 With 3D?

Apple has filed a number of patents related to glassless 3D displays over the past few years, not unlike the Sharp Electronics model that will equip the Nintendo 3DS.

This has led the authors of Japanese blog Macotakara (opens in new tab) to suggest that Apple could be planning to add 3D features into the iPod Touch to fend off the Nintendo 3DS.

The jump from the iPod Touch to the iPhone 5 is too obvious not to be ignored. There's one specific patent, which refers to the adjustment of display based on the user's position, that could combine visual clues gathered by the camera with onboard gyroscope and other motion sensors to deliver an optimum 3D projection.

Check the video below bearing in mind that it is meant to be seen in 3D. We suspect that Apple will be waiting for at least another generation before embracing 3D as it learns from the mistakes of others although the first-comer advantage (like the Nintendo with the Wii) cannot be totally ignored.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.