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3D movies show up in Apple's movie store

08 Nov 2023 | Rasmus Larsen |

In apparent preparation for the launch of the Apple Vision Pro, the iTunes movie store now offers a handful of 3D movies, including Jurassic World Dominion and Pacific Rim Uprising.

When the Vision Pro headset was announced in June, Apple confirmed that it would support both 2D, 3D and 'Immersive' movies through a dedicated home cinema mode.

One of the movies showcased in 3D at the event was Avatar: The Way of Water. 

The movie is available through the Apple TV app (iTunes) and Disney+, so to enable 3D movies on Apple Vision Pro, either one or both apps would need to be updated to add 3D support.

The first batch of 3D movies

This week, FlatpanelsHD discovered that the redesigned Apple TV app on the tvOS 17.2 beta has added support for 3D movies. The app also lists a handful of movies with a 3D logo that resembles a headset.

Jurassic World Dominion 3D

Jurassic World Dominion is showing up in 3D. Notice the small logo at the bottom. Photo: FlatpanelsHD

3D titles include Jurassic World Dominion, Pacific Rim Uprising, Trolls, Minions: The Rise of Gru, Everest, and more. A full list is provided in the table below. The two Avatar movies are not yet listed as 3D compatible in the app. FlatpanelsHD currently has no way to play these 3D movies, as we do not have access to the Vision Pro developer kit. Therefore, it remains unclear what resolution and frame rate these 3D movies play in. Reportedly, Apple is also gearing up to offer TV+ series in its own new 'Immersive Video' 3D format. One of the first titles rumored to have been shot in this format is Monarch: Legacy of Monsters.

3D movies on Apple TV 4K?

An intriguing question that arises is whether Apple has plans to revive 3D movies for devices other than the Vision Pro, such as the Apple TV 4K. New TVs no longer support 3D after Samsung and Philips were the first major TV makers to declare the format dead in 2016. All other TV makers followed later in 2016 or 2017. However, if a tech giant like Apple fully embraces 3D, it could potentially lead to a resurgence of interest in the format. There are still projectors available that support 3D. Also read: Apple Vision Pro features a home cinema mode, revives 3D movies The Apple Vision Pro is set to launch early next year in the US.

3D movies on the Apple TV app

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 Warcraft

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