Apple to challenge Nintendo 3DS with iPhone 5 or iPod Touch?
Apple inc’s iPod Touch (and even iPhone 5) might challenge Nintendo 3DS too? Reports suggest possibility.
According to a report posted by ITPortal quoting a Japanese tech site Macotakara, Apple inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) could be planning to add 3D features into the iPod Touch (ITPortal’s speculation includes the iPhone 5) to challenge the forthcoming product of the Japanese company Nintendo, called the 3DS.
Nintendo 3DS is a glass less portable gaming device which is scheduled to arrive in the United States this quarter.
The speculation is based on Apple inc’s previous patents filed related to the 3D display, and the Japanese website thinks Apple inc might incorporate the 3D screens to enhance their devices’ FaceTime feature, as well as the UI display, and game apps.
Other possible enhancements of iPhone 5 reported by some blogs and news organizations are the NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, capable of giving the iPhone 5 (or the next-gen iPod Touch) to act like a credit card.
Google’s Android branded phone Nexus S has the NFC technology, but the functions are still limited. Aside from storing credit card information and making a purchase, advance NFC capability also includes fetching information from other NFC chips.
Another rumored iPhone 5 enhancement is the LTE capability. Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) and AT&T (the carrier will commercially launch their LTE network in mid-2011), are both upgrading their networks to “4G” LTE, which is capable of delivering faster internet access, as well as voice calls.
If the pattern is still correct, Apple inc is most likely scheduled to introduce the iPhone 5 in June or July of this year.
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