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The Next iPhone Might Come with 3D Vision

By Timothy Stenovec 

It’s time for another installment of “This Week In Apple Rumors,” where we bring you the latest speculation and gossip about the machinations and iWidgets coming out of the notoriously secretive company in Cupertino. We heard rumors about an iPhone with 3D vision, a bigger iPad, a trackpad-like Touch ID and yet another release date rumor for the iWatch.

3D Vision on the “iPhone 6?”

Apple confirmed that it had acquired PrimeSense, an Israeli company that designs sensors that allow people to interact with products. PrimeSense built the technology that powers the Xbox Kinect motion sensor, and the acquisition reportedly cost Apple $350 million.

For months, as rumors about the purchase circulated, observers were quick to suggest that if Apple purchased the company, it would incorporate the technology into a long-awaited, but not announced, television-type device.

The technology PrimeSense developed has gotten so small that it could soon be incorporated into the next iPhone, giving it 3D-sensing capability. This would allow someone to take a picture of an object or person to determine size and even mass.

iPad Pro, But Not For A While

The Korea Times reported that Apple is working on an iPad with a 12.9-inch Retina display. The iPad, which was released in 2010, has a 9.7-inch display, while its smaller sibling released in 2012, the iPad Mini, comes in at 7.9 inches.

But if you think bigger is better, you may have to wait awhile to get your hands on one: Digitimes reported that the rumored bigger iPad, which people are already calling the iPad Pro, won’t ship until the second half of next year.

An Enhanced Touch ID

Some people love Touch ID, the home-button fingerprint scanner that Apple included on the iPhone 5S, and others can’t get it to work. But according to Unwired View, which relayed a massive patent application filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization, Apple wants to turn Touch ID into a trackpad.

People using iPhones or iPads could control their devices by “revolving” or “twisting” their finger on the home button, the patent suggests.

iWatch Watch: Wearable Could Be Months Away

It wouldn’t be “This Week in Apple Rumors” if we didn’t talk about the iWatch, the wrist-worn device that Apple is supposedly developing. Digitimes says that “mass production” of the device will come in the second quarter of next year. Apple is reportedly looking to Foxconn, Inventec and Quanta for manufacturing, according to Digitimes.

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