The already much rumoured iPad 3 will be “very much 3D", a Hollywood insider informed Sylvie Barak from RCR Wireless, adding that the next generation tablet was already in the advanced planning stages.
This rumour may not seem all that surprising, if we take into account that Apple was granted, back in December 2010, “a projection system capable of allowing multiple users to simultaneously view 3D images without wearing special glasses”.
The patent is described as having "highly effective, practical, efficient, uncomplicated, and inexpensive autostereoscopic 3D displays that allow the observer complete and unencumbered freedom of movement."
"The fact that the iPad 3 is 3D is a dead cert," the Hollywood insider said. The person who is close to big movie studios also mentioned that movie production companies are already readying 3D films to be synchronized with the iPad 3 launch.
It is possible though that Apple would not take such a risky move, if one considers the relative lack of success of the Nintendo 3DS, which reported less than expected sales. Sources at Foxconn mentioned that the 3D subject has been analyzed and considered for the future.
If Apple does decide to come up with a 3D iPad, it will definitely put the company under the spotlight, and throw down the gauntlet to its rivals again.