The world has caught 3D fever. It’s in our TVs, game consoles, Blu-ray players, and movie theaters. In due time, 3D features will probably even appear in our shampoo and breakfast cereal (”No, Mommy--I want Cap’n Crunch 3D!”). Yet Apple seems conspicuously ambivalent about all the 3D hype. Are Steve’s engineers really treating 3D as a passing fad? Of course not. They’re just going to wait until 2013 in order to do it right.
Everyone wants to know what Apple's Next Big Thing will be. So we gazed into our crystal ball to glimpse these four ripped-from-the-future prototypes of devices that Apple could make in the years ahead. Join us this week as we post a new prototype every day thought up by the Mac|Life staff, and feel free to share your own ideas in the comments.
Whether it’s a lovely 3.5-inch Retina display on an iPhone 4 or the absolutely stunning 27-inch Cinema Display, Apple’s rightly famous for putting gorgeous visuals first. But they’d never bother with a device as mundane as a regular television set. No, when Apple moves into the living room to capitalize on the snowballing convergence of the internet, gaming, apps, computing, and plain old movie-watching, the least significant thing the AppleVision will do is deliver a pretty picture.
But let’s start with that. The AppleVision’s 65-inch P-IPS display will offer 30-bit color depth capable of displaying more than a billion colors. That alone will make it prettier than any picture currently on the market.
If you're in Paris this week, and are underwhelmed by the centuries of culture, art and architecture muddling up the place, you could do worse than reporting to the 2010 Paris motor show. If you choose to do so, you'll have a chance to take a gander at some of the most advanced transportation technology in the world. If you're an Apple fan (and if you're not, we have to wonder why you're visiting our site: glutton for punishment, perhaps?) you'll want to pay particular attention to some of the wheels brought to the show by BMW and Mercedes. Both companies have opted to use the show to show off prototype scooters that utilize an iPhone not only as a key but also as the only user-interface element outside of the handlebars.
In one of the weirdest Apple leak sagas in recent memory, what appears to be a 4th-generation iPhone prototype surfaced over the weekend, was summarily debunked and then “confirmed” as real all over again.
Eighteen months. It’s been 18 long months since Apple last released a game-changing piece of hardware, the iPhone. While we wait for the next surprise out of Apple, to satisfy our curiosities, we conjectured, spec’d, and illustrated,
four amazing fauxtotypes that could maybe, possibly,
conceivably find a home in the Apple product universe.