A new patent filed by Apple was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office describe a display capable of displaying 2D and 3D images at the same time.
The Cupertino-based tech giant has filed a patent application for a "spatially interactive computing device," which would allow the firm to produce displays that project a mix of 2D and 3D images, either separately or at the same time, without requiring users to wear glasses.
Apple's 3D display patent utilizes eye-tracking technology to "maintain the type of image being displayed" as the user moves around. The application also states "multiple view images," in which different users would see different things on the screen based on their position.
The application doesn't specify what exact device this technology will advantage for, though the patent images show a device that looks like an iPad. The filing further states that the 3D display could come to "any kind of computing device," including smartphones, laptops and even desktops.
Beyond just watching movies in 3D with friends, viewers looking at an image displayed in 3D, like a map or picture of an object, would be able to look at it from different angles, as if they were moving around a virtual object, SlashGear noted.