According to a new Apple job listing the company is looking for a new iOS software engineer to “strengthen its multi-view stereo research group,” A.K.A. 3D technology. This isn’t just a software developer job, however, as the listing calls for candidates with a Ph.D. in a computer vision related field like physics, math or computer science.
3D iDevice rumors have been for a while, driven by patents held by the company alluding to the technology, and now with this job listing cropping up, we’re sure to see a renewed interest in the subject. Though, I’m not convinced it’d be a good idea.
The only example of glasses-less 3D technology I’ve used is the Nintendo 3DS. And, I mean, it was cool for a little while, but it definitely felt like more of a gimmick than technology to use everyday.
Personally I don’t think I’d be happy with a 3D iPhone at all. It makes me dizzy and just doesn’t really seem to fit with the simplistic, minimalist design of iOS. That being said, there’s no guarantee that anything will come out of this job listing. And, even if it does, it won’t necessarily be a 3D iOS device. There’s speculation that this could be for some sort of motion tracking program – perhaps for the much-hyped Apple HDTV – Microsoft Kinect style.
What do you guys think about this? Would you like to see a 3D iPhone similar to the HTC Evo 3D or Nintendo 3DS or do you like the super-crisp, two-dimensional Retina display? Let me know in the comments section below or on twitter!