RCR Wireless claims to have multiple sources telling it that Apple is planning on incorporating 3D technology into the next-generation iPad.
Besides this “Hollywood insider”, they also cite sources from iPad manufacturer Foxconn about the 3D plans.
We’re not sure about the reliability of these sources, but Apple has clearly been exploring 3D technology over the years as evidenced by numerous patent applications. Not all of this research has been in the typical 3D technology found in recent movies and television sets. Some of the research has been in pseudo-3D technologies that involve head tracking that was effectively demoed in a recent iPad app. 3D, of course, has also been a big recent trend with the release of many 3D TVs, 3D movies, and Nintendo’s 3DS handheld gaming console.
Also interesting is that this isn’t the first time this has been suggested. Earlier this year, Japanese blog Macotakara cited their own sources who said that Apple’s LCD supplier was beginning to manufacture small glasses-free 3D LCD panels for the iPod touch, though they suggested it might involve user head-tracking to accomplish the effect.