Apple has been working towards a 3D version of OS X for some time. In late 2008 we first learned about a "multi-dimensional" OS and later in December 2009 Apple revealed a 3D version of OS X using head-tracking technology. In today's patent, we get to see another angle that Apple is working on that somewhat relates to their 2008 patent and yet is unique. As the graphic above illustrates, Apple will employ advanced ambient light sensors on their hardware that could interact with surrounding light. In the graphic above, an in home lamp is reflecting on the laptop screen and casting shadows on elements on the display. This is yet more proof that Apple is on track for an advanced 3D OS sometime in the future as hardware adopts more cores. Intel had forecasted at CES this year that Sandy Bridge based systems would kick start 3D internet and advanced avatar creating software in 2011.