The news comes from Calcalist via Reuters.
Apple is in early negotiations to buy Israel-based PrimeSense, a developer of chips that enable three-dimensional machine vision, for $280 million, the Calcalist new website said on Tuesday. A delegation of Apple engineering executives visited PrimeSense in early July, Calcalist said.
PrimeSense has raised $85 million in venture capital funds thus far.
Notably, Apple has done some work on 3D itself. Last year the company patented a 3D Graphical User Interface for iOS devices that would work with proximity sensor arrays and would respond to hovering gestures.