Apple Working on Multi-Dimensional Mac OS X Interface

Submitted by lalit on December 11, 2008 - 12:16pm.

Many believe that after multitouch user interface, multi-dimensional (3D) user interface is the next frontier for personal computer space. Many companies have talked about 3D user interface for computers and Apple doesn’t wants to be left behind. According to the recent patent applications filed by Apple, the company is working on “Multidimensional” user interface and true 3D desktop environments.
There are series of patent describing use of 3D space for computing. In one patent application tilted Multidimensional Desktop, Apple shows diagrams illustrating various ways a 3D display could be used. In the diagram above, on the bottom surface, icons and other system object representations can be displayed according to a large scale; on the side surface, icons and system object representations can be displayed according to small scale; on the back surface, icons and other system object representations can be displayed in a list format.
Overall, Apple talks about various ways the 3D display field can be used for interaction and information. There is no information about when Apple will use the 3D technology in its operating system. But we can tell you for sure it won’t be in upcoming Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
[Via MacRumors]