“The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 13 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today and one was a real stunner,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Today’s report focuses on this advanced 3D display and imaging system that packs one hell of a wallop. Apple’s patent covers a wild 3D system that could generate an invisible space in front of the user that could allow them to work with holographic images or project their hands onto a screen in front of them to manipulate switches or move pieces of virtual paper or parts of a presentation,” Purcher reports.

“One could only image how this could be applied to 3D gaming, business or medical applications in the future,” Purcher reports. “This is Apple’s second major revelation about such an advanced 3D system and many supporting patent applications would suggest that the system is progressing quite well in Apple’s research labs. The good news, is that future iOS devices will be one of the drivers behind this new beast.”

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