Apple: Stereoscopic Displays?
In looking back over previous rumors, and exploring the winners and the losers, it's interesting to find out the accuracy of previous rumors.
I can't credit the 10gig iPod to any one particular source, as it's like saying "there will be faster Macs"...
However... one item which made the MacWorld San Francisco Rumor Roundup was this tidbit from a Jan 3, 2002 EETimes article:
In addition to the desktops, Apple is expected to roll out a new high-end desktop LCD monitor. The existing 22-inch Apple Cinema Display, which sports a 1,600 x 1,024 resolution, will be superceded by a model with a 2,048 x 1,280 display.
The new screen's exact size has not been made public, but analyst Doherty said "it's bigger than an HDTV." Though something of a glamour product, the display is expected to find use in Apple's traditional publishing markets as a monitor suitable for checking color matching on two simultaneously displayed 11 x 17 inch pages.
While this is nice to realize after the fact... it may bring some further credibility to other information found in the article:
Separately, Apple is said to have other flat-panel technologies cooking in the labs, including stereoscopic displays.
Stereoscopic displays would presumably simulate 3d/VR environments. A bit unique for the consumer market... but an interesting area of research for Apple.