Apple TV app adds 3D movies ahead of Vision Pro release

Apple Vision Pro at WWDC 2023

Long after the death of 3D TVs, the Apple TV tvOS 17.2 app has recently been updated includes 3D versions of films, presumably designed to be viewed on an Apple Vision Pro headset.

At the launch of Vision Pro, Apple demonstrated viewing 3D movies through the device, but did not specify how they would be available. Now, according to FlatpanelsHD, it's x via the regular Apple TV app — and some 3D titles are already being added.

Using the updated beta version of tvOS 17.2, the publication found what they described as several films with 3D logos, including Jurassic World: Dominion and Kung Fu Panda 3. They say the logo also resembles a typeface.

3D headset icon seen in tvOS 17.2

This logo is an outline of the headset's glasses with “3D” written in the middle. On the FlatpanelsHD screen, screenshots — AppleInsider does not play yet — The icon is in the same row as the Dolby, 4K, Closed Caption, and other symbols. He can currently be seen on the following lists:

  • 47 Ronin
  • Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away
  • Everest
  • Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
  • Dominion in Jurassic World
  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Death Machines
  • Pacific Rim Uprising
  • Sanctuary
  • Shrek
  • Skyscraper
  • Ted, the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas
  • Boss Baby: family business
  • A Little Princess
  • Job Crazy 2: Naturally Crazy
  • The Secret Life of Pets 2
  • Trolls
  • Trolls World Tour

While it seems premature to add 3D movies since the Vision Pro headset won't be released until 2024, it may already be too late. The last craze for 3D TVs ended in 2017, and while Apple may well reignite demand for 3D, manufacturers will also need time to develop their TVs.

Apple's Vision Pro is reportedly slated for release in early 2024, but it's not at all clear whether that means spring or not.

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