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

in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited January 16

Long after the death of 3D televisions, the recently-updated Apple TV app in tvOS 17.2 is including 3D versions of movies, presumably intended to be watched on the Apple Vision Pro headset.

Apple Vision Pro at WWDC 2023
Apple Vision Pro at WWDC 2023

During its launch of the Vision Pro, Apple demonstrated watching 3D movies through the device, but did not specify how they would be available. Now according to FlatpanelsHD, they will be available to watch through the regular Apple TV app -- and there are already some 3D titles being added.

Using the redesigned tvOS 17.2 beta, the publication found what it describes as a handful of movies that have a 3D logo, including "Jurassic World: Dominion," and "Kung Fu Panda 3." They say the logo also resembles a headset.

The 3D headset icon as spotted in tvOS 17.2
The 3D headset icon as spotted in tvOS 17.2

This logo is the outline of headset glasses with "3D" written the middle. On FlatpanelsHD's screen grabs -- not so far reproducible by AppleInsider -- the icon is in the same row as the Dolby, 4K, Closed Caption, and other symbols. Currently it has been seen on the listings for:

  • 47 Ronin

  • Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away

  • Everest

  • Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters

  • Jurassic World Dominion

  • Kung Fu Panda 3

  • Mortal Engines

  • Pacific Rim Uprising

  • Sanctum

  • Shrek

  • Skyscraper

  • Tad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas

  • The Boss Baby: Family Business

  • The Little Princess

  • The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

  • The Secret Life of Pets 2

  • Trolls

  • Trolls World Tour

While it seems early to be adding 3D movies when the Vision Pro headset is not due out until 2024, it's arguably also late. The latest fad for 3D TV sets ended in 2017 and although Apple could conceivably reignite demand for 3D, manufacturers would need time to develop their sets too.

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

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  • Reply 1 of 6
    Nice move!
    3D was no “fad” for me.  Thoroughly enjoying 3D still despite poor numbers being released.
    Yes, many folk suffer eye issues but many do not.
    Now, to have Aliens in 3D spherical would be thrilling!
  • Reply 2 of 6
    mike1mike1 Posts: 3,299member
    Maybe it'll succeed, but probably will be the third time an attempt to make 3D a commercial success fails.
  • Reply 3 of 6
    I wonder is it possible to sideload appleTV onto say the quest3 and watch these 3d movies using that ?
  • Reply 4 of 6
    mike1 said:
    Maybe it'll succeed, but probably will be the third time an attempt to make 3D a commercial success fails.

    This time 3D movies are not the product, they're the cream on top of the product. If anything gets good, it'll be 3D 180 degree viewing of sports events, like being on the sidelines at the Super Bowl.

  • Reply 5 of 6
    sflagelsflagel Posts: 809member
    3D should be great on Apple Vision Pro. It did not work on TVs because it just looked like little people walking around in a terrarium. I remember a side shot of golf players on a green: creepy.
  • Reply 6 of 6
    danoxdanox Posts: 2,963member
    And now it begins….
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