Apple iPhone 6/iPhone 5S: Live 3D Video Calls Might Be A 'Killer Feature'

Knowing that it has to do something pretty darn special for its upcoming iPhone 6 (or iPhone 5S, whichever the case may be), Apple is allegedly set to unveil 3D video calls for its new handset, which may help make it a formidable competitor to, say, Samsung's Galaxy S4.

Apple iPhone 6's new 3D video call technology may also allow for the user to view information about various objects viewed through the display's Augmented Reality technology.

"The technology elaborated as Synchronized, Interactive Augmented Reality (AR) Displays for iDevices is basically a linking technology to rope together [a] number of devices for live videos calls and information sharing," The News Tribe says in its report.

The new 3D video call technology Apple may be rolling out for its iPhone 6 / 5S phone is "likely to be an important part of the future" for other upcoming Apple devices, such as the next generation iPad, as well. This unique technology also includes:

  • Object Identifying
  • Distance Learning
  • Medical Application (aided by patient recognition)
  • Vehicle Application
  • Video Information Sharing

On Tuesday, March 19 Apple received its patent for Augmented Reality (AR), one of 48 Apple patents the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published that day.

"According to Apple, the granted patent is about a device that can receive live video of a real-world, physical environment on a touch sensitive surface," Patently Apple says.

Both the live video and "information layer" that the user can integrate into the feed would be shared via communication linking with other devices.

Brett Bilbrey, Nicholas King and Aleksandar Pance have been credited by Apple as the inventors of AR. The original patent was filed in Q1 2010.

As relayed by Computer World, Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty told CBS News on Monday, March 18 that the world should expect a true comeback on the part of Apple with its upcoming iPhone iteration.

"You saw Samsung Galaxy S4 come out last week, that shows you the innovation cards are up for grabs," Huberty said. "What is lacking in that product [the S4] is a killer feature. We think that's where Apple will surprise this year."

The next iPhone is likely to be released in Q3 2013. Could the inclusion of AR be the "killer feature" Huberty was hinting at? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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