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iPhone 5 3D: Industry changer, or unneccessary gimmick

It’s safe to assume that a fifth generation iPhone is on the way within the next months, providing that the recent speculation over the last few months turns out to be real. However, how many of you considered the idea of Apple possibly releasing a 3D-supported iPhone handset onto the market?

It seems pretty farfetched we agree, but considering Apple’s ability to surprise there’s definitely no chance of ruling it out from happening completely. A recent picture has surfaced over in China, appearing to show just that – a 3D-supported fifth generation iPhone model out in the wild for everyone to see.

The only problem here though, is that this picture is almost certain to be a fake, due to a number of factors. The first reason, is that nobody has even heard of a potential 3D iPhone as it’s common practise for a new iPhone to get leaked in some form or another before Apple announce it officially. We don’t know many official details about the upcoming device, but the general consensus is that it’s going to be an iPhone with a much bigger display, possibly a 4-inch ‘edge-to-edge’ screen and a dual core processor most likely to be the A5 as seen on the iPad 2.

The second reason why we believe it’s fake is that Apple are highely unlikely to include the ‘5’ numbering as seen in the supposed iPhone 3D image over at RedmondPie. It just doesn’t look right and it would seem a strange move for Apple if they were to begin featuring iPhone 5, iPhone 6 branding on each device every year.

Thirdly, the origin of the picture has been tracked back to Shenzhen, China which most of you probably know as the captial of counterfeit smartphones, or KIRF models as they’re more commonly known online. Obviously we don’t know for sure if this image is fake or not, but when you sum up these three factors we’ve mentioned it does cast a huge shadow of doubt over the authenticity of this image.

Don’t get us wrong though, we would love to see Apple surprise everyone by releasing a 3D capable iPhone to go head-to-head with the HTC EVO 3D and the LG Optimus 3D handsets. Glasses-free 3D technology is still very much in favor at the moment, so it would definitely be a logical step for Apple to have their input on it with a device that would undoubtedly shake up the industry.

Take a look at the picture above for yourself. We’re not uploading here for obvious reasons, but we’d love to hear your opinions on whether you think it’s real or not. Regardless of the outcome, would you welcome a 3D iPhone release from Apple sometime in the future, or do you still see is it as a industry gimmick that isn’t necessary.

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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