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Apple Has Just Announced the iPhone 4S, Not Stereo 3D Capable

October 4th, 2011 · 3 Comments · General 3D News

As expected today Apple has announced their next smartphone in the iPhone range, the new device is called iPhone 4S (not iPhone 5) and contrary to all the rumors about the new iPhone getting stereoscopic 3D support it does not come with a 3D display or a camera. The new iPhone 4S is just an upgrade of the previous iPhone 4 following the same path Apple went on with the iPhone 3G and 3GS update. Apple may have decided to add stereo 3D capabilities to their mobile smartphone in the next version that may as well be called iPhone 5 or iPhone 3D or whatever, but for now you are stuck with the nice high-resolution Retina display in 2D and a new 8 megapixel 2D camera. The only thing you get to have in dual is the dual-core A5 processor… so Apple will not yet join the battle of the 3D-capable smartphones and will not directly compete for now with LG’s Optimus 3D, HTC’s EVO 3D or the upcoming Samsung Galaxy 3D, at least in terms of stereo 3D capabilities. The new iPhone 4S will start appearing on the market on 14th of October, in black and white versions and with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB configurations for $199, $299 and $399 USD respectively. Initially iPhone 4S will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK, then iPhone 4S will roll out worldwide to 22 more countries by the end of October including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. And until the end of the year it should be introduced in 70 more countries around the world…

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i3DSteroid is a Stereoscopic 3D Photo App for iPhone and iPod touch

October 1st, 2011 · 5 Comments · Other S3D Tech

There are already a lot of applications for iPhone and iPod touch (should also work on iPad tablets) available on the App Store that are intended for making and viewing stereoscopic 3D photos on your device, so what sets apart the i3DSteroid? Well, the fact that its author Masuji Suto is a well known name in the stereoscopic 3D community and that the program is easy to use and offers pretty much all that you need for easy taking, adjusting and saving stereoscopic 3D photos with the help of the 2D camera of your iDevice. You can consider the i3DSteroid application as the mobile version for iPhone of the StereoPhoto Maker software that you may already be using on your PC. Taking 3D photos is easy as just taking two photos with a slight shift of the device in between and you have a visual guide displayed from the first photo when taking the second one, so if you are careful enough you can easily get good results in 3D. But don’t worry, if you don’t take the two photos perfectly aligned you have adjustment controls to improve the result right from your iPhone and then you can save and view the photo in multiple viewing formats. Of course since neither the iPhone or the iPod touch have a 3D-capable display you’d probably use one of the supported anaglyph viewing methods and use a pair of anaglyph 3D glasses, but you can transfer the photos from the mobile device to the PC and view the Side by Side photos with 3D Vision or another such 3D-capable solution for best results. The i3DSteroid application is not available for free, but for just $0.99 USD instead on the AppStore and don’t forget that you will be supporting the author when you get it, so that he can continue developing his stereo 3D tools.

For more information about the i3DSteroid 3D photo application by Masuji Suto…

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World’s Most Beautiful 3D Magazine for Mobile Phones and Tablets

August 18th, 2011 · 5 Comments · Anaglyph Glasses

World’s Most Beautiful (WMB) 3D is an ambitious new magazine that is going to be available on print in 3D and online for mobile devices such as Android-based smartphones and iPhone, as well as for Android-based tablets and Apple’s iPad in both 2D and 3D. The mobile applications for accessing the magazine from Android-based devices as well as for the iPhone and iPad are already available in the Android Market and Apple’s AppStore respectively. WMB actually is a 3D magazine with the 2D version being there just for the sakes of “backwards compatibility” as not everyone is yet 3D-ready and here by 3D I’m referring to anaglyph 3D made for anaglyph glasses with red-cyan color filters. The magazine’s first issue is just out and it features Kim Kardashian as a cover girl, but the magazine is not only about models and celebrities, it covers topics such as travel, gadgets and technology and so on, so it seems promising so far. But don’t get the wrong idea it will be most for the photos in 3D and not as much for the content in the form of text as the text is after all still in 3D and it won’t look that cool even if it is made in 3D as would the photos of beautiful girls or expensive cars.

There were a lot of newspapers and magazines all over the world that went out with single issues made in mostly or entirely in 3D, but this appears to be the first commercial magazine that starts as a completely 3D publication and will continue to be made entirely in 3D. Will this turn out to be a successful strategy or not is yet to be seen, but if it succeeds we are sure to see more publications to follow this trend. So let us see how things go from now on with the WMB 3D magazine now after the first issue is already out…

Visit the official website of the World’s Most Beautiful 3D Magazine for more information…

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