Apple Patents

Apple Inc. designs, manufactures and markets smartphones, tablets and personal computers, including the iPhone, iPad, Mac. It also produces the iPod, Apple Watch and Apple TV, as well as the operating systems and applications that support these devices. The company also sells digital content and applications through its iTunes Store, App Store, Mac App Store, iBooks Store and Apple Music.

Apple Patents by Type

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  • Publication number: 20170211936
    Abstract: A method for performing continuous calibration of a magnetometer in a device includes during operation of a device, continually performing magnetometer measurements; continuously determining a state of the device; determining a magnetometer calibration model based on the magnetometer measurements and the state of the device; continually evaluating an accuracy of the magnetometer calibration model based the magnetometer measurements and the state of the device; and updating the magnetometer calibration model based on the evaluation of the accuracy magnetometer calibration model, the magnetometer measurements, and the state of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Adam HOWELL, Hung A. PHAM, Xiaoyuan TU
  • Publication number: 20170215128
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods are provided for automatically detecting and connecting to a Wi-Fi network. In these methods, a wireless device listens for beacons that are sent using a low-power wireless protocol. Once the wireless device detects a first beacon at a first location, the wireless device extracts a first beacon region identifier from the beacon and correlates the first beacon region identifier with a first Wi-Fi network that is located at the first location. Next, the wireless device retrieves a first set of credentials for connecting to the first Wi-Fi network. Once the first set of credentials is retrieved, the wireless device uses the first set of credentials to connect to the first Wi-Fi network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Artiom SHAMIS, Kapil CHHABRA
  • Patent number: 9715262
    Abstract: A wired-line transmitter may include architecture that provides control of the current profile during power-up and/or power-down of the transmitter. The current profile may include a sloped ramp up during power-up and/or a sloped ramp down during power-down. The sloped ramps of the current profile mitigate supply bouncing during power-up and/or power-down. Individual enable signals may be derived from an enable signal provided to the transmitter. These individual enable signals may be provided (or turned off) in a time delayed (e.g., staggered) manner to provide the sloped ramps for the current profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Wenbo Liu, Raman S. Thiara, Shingo Hatanaka
  • Patent number: 9717109
    Abstract: To establish a connection between electronic devices some embodiments include a system, method, and/or computer program product for password pairing user-interface devices in wireless proximity. A first electronic device (e.g., a keyboard) transmits an advertising packet, and receives a password, where the password has been generated by a second electronic device (e.g., a smartphone) and the password enables pairing between the first electronic device and the second electronic device. The first electronic device transmits a message including the password to the second electronic device, where the second electronic device is within a predefined range of the first electronic device. In some embodiments the first device receives a command from the second electronic device to transition to a discovery mode, transitions to the discovery mode, and transmits a confirmation to the second electronic device that the first device is in the discovery mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Xi Yang, Hsin-Yuo Liu, Indranil S. Sen, Vusthla Sunil Reddy, Peter M. Agboh, Mohit Narang, Ruben Caballero, Qiyang Wu
  • Patent number: 9713865
    Abstract: Magnetic apparatuses and systems for shaping parts are described. One or more magnets can be used to direct a magnetically responsive fluid having magnetically responsive particles around surfaces of a part. The magnetically responsive fluid can include abrasive particles that follow movement of the magnetically responsive fluid across surfaces of the part and remove material from the part until the part takes on a desired shape. The magnetic apparatuses can be configured to provide a rough cut, similar to machining process, and/or a fine cut, similar to polishing or buffing process, to the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alfredo Castillo, Adithya Raghavan, Peter R. Muller
  • Patent number: 9713851
    Abstract: A method and system for securing a flexible circuit to a mounting structure is disclosed. The system can include a surface-mount device, flexible circuit, stiffener, and bracket. The stiffener is used as an intermediate coupling device between the flexible circuit and bracket. The flexible circuit is coupled to the stiffener with a heat-activated adhesive. Next, the surface-mount device is mounted to the flexible circuit with surface-mounting techniques. A peripheral area of the stiffener is then welded to the bracket. The bracket in turn can be fastened to the enclosure of an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas G. Merz, Shayan Malek, Sawyer I. Cohen, Timothy Lui
  • Patent number: 9716986
    Abstract: Message notifications to an accessory from a mobile communication device are provided according to some embodiments of the invention. When a message such as a text message, email, and/or voicemail is received at a mobile communication device, the mobile communication device can notify an attached accessory that a message has been received. In response, the accessory can request the full message, media associated with the message, an attachment to the message, and/or an audio/video stream of the message for presentation to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence G. Bolton, Shailesh Rathi
  • Patent number: 9715107
    Abstract: A scanning device includes a substrate, which is etched to define an array of two or more parallel rotating members and a gimbal surrounding the rotating members. First hinges connect the gimbal to the substrate and defining a first axis of rotation, about which the gimbal rotates relative to the substrate. Second hinges connect the rotating members to the support and defining respective second, mutually-parallel axes of rotation of the rotating members relative to the support, which are not parallel to the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Yuval Gerson, Naftali Chayat, Noel Axelrod, Alexander Shpunt
  • Patent number: 9715386
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a processor may implement a conditional stop instruction that includes a first predicate vector identifying the active elements of the instruction, a second predicate vector indicating true and false results for a conditional expression within a loop that is being vectorized, and a source operand specifying which combinations in the true and false results may indicate a dependency. The conditional stop instruction may generate a vector result indicating vector elements that have a dependency on a prior vector element, as well as an identification of which element position the dependency is on. More particularly, dependencies may be detected only on active elements as indicated by the first predicate vector. False dependencies that may occur due to inactive elements may be avoided, which may improve performance and/or provide for correct functional operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffry E. Gonion
  • Patent number: 9717065
    Abstract: In some implementations, wireless transceivers (“nodes”) can be located throughout a building. In some implementations, an originating mobile device can request the current location of a target mobile device. In some implementation, if a direct connection cannot be established between the originating mobile device and the target mobile device, the originating mobile device can send the location request to one or more nodes in the building. The nodes can relay the location request to the target mobile device. The target mobile device can determine the target mobile device's current location and send the current location of the target mobile device back to the originating mobile device through the nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Devrim Varoglu, Michael U. Kim, Swapnil R. Dave
  • Patent number: 9715257
    Abstract: An electronic device includes one or more screens, multiple screen protectors moveable between a retracted position and extended position where they extend above the screen to create a gap, and one or more sensors. When the sensor detects a drop event, the screen protectors move from the retracted to extended position, functioning as a shock absorber and preventing the screen from connecting with a surface that the electronic device contacts. In some implementations, the screen protectors may be multiple tabs that may be moved between the retracted and extended positions by one or more motors and/or other actuators coupled to one or more pinions. Such tabs may be formed of various flexible and/or rigid materials such as plastic, plastic film, polyethylene terephthalate or other polymers, metal, thin film metal, combinations thereof, and/or other such materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tyson B. Manullang, Stephen B. Lynch, Emery A. Sanford
  • Patent number: 9715394
    Abstract: Methods and a computer program product for providing a user interface including earlier versions of data. In one implementation, a method is provided. The method includes receiving, while a current view is displayed in a user interface, a first user input requesting that a backup interface be displayed. In response to the first user input, the transition from displaying the current view in the user interface to displaying the backup interface is animated. The backup interface is displayed including a display area for presenting at least a first visual representation of an earlier version of the current view, where the earlier version includes a first element. While the backup interface is displayed, a second user input is received requesting that the current view be modified according to the earlier version. In response to the second user input, the current view is modified according to the earlier version.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Pavel Cisler, Mike Matas, Marcel M W A van Os, Gregory N. Christie, Kevin Tiene, Gene Zyrl Ragan, Scott Forstall
  • Patent number: 9715301
    Abstract: In various implementations, a sensor operates in a force sensing mode by determining an applied force based on a first change in capacitance between first and second electrodes related to compression of a compressible material positioned between while the third electrode functions as a shield and in a proximity sensing mode by sensing proximity of an object based on a second change in capacitance of the third electrode while the first and/or second electrodes function as a shield. In some implementations, a device has a cover glass including a surface having a display area, an edge surface, and a cavity; a touch sensing electrode oriented toward the surface; an electrode positioned in the cavity oriented toward the edge surface; and a processing unit operable to detect touch or proximity of an object to the edge surface based on a change in capacitance between the electrode and the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yuta Kuboyama, Vikram Garg, Richard D. Shuma
  • Patent number: 9715273
    Abstract: A method to transition focus of a display corresponding to an object's motion tracked by a video camera or like device is disclosed. In one implementation, the display shows one or more windows or user interfaces on the display. The object's motion can be used to select one of the windows or user interfaces on the display and manipulate content presented in the window or user interface. In another implementations, the object's motion can manipulate a three-dimensional graphical icon in a three-dimensional display environment, for example, by rotating it. In another implementation, the method further tracks motion of a second object and shifts focus of the display corresponding to the motion of the second object. In another implementation, a second display may be added to mirror the focus transition corresponding to the object's motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Kevin H. Quennesson
  • Patent number: 9715751
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, are described for zooming into a portion of an image that is associated with a specified feature, for example, a portion of an image that depicts a human or an animal face. In one aspect, the subject matter described in this specification can be embodied in methods that include the actions of receiving user input requesting to zoom to faces depicted in one or more digital images, where the faces include either human faces or animal faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Nikhil Bhatt
  • Patent number: 9715306
    Abstract: A multi-stimulus controller for a multi-touch sensor is formed on a single integrated circuit (single-chip). The multi-stimulus controller includes a transmit oscillator, a transmit signal section that generates a plurality of drive signals based on a frequency of the transmit oscillator, a plurality of transmit channels that transmit the drive signals simultaneously to drive the multi-touch sensor, a receive channel that receives a sense signal resulting from the driving of the multi-touch sensor, a receive oscillator, and a demodulation section that demodulates the received sense signal based on a frequency of the receive oscillator to obtain sensing results, the demodulation section including a demodulator and a vector operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Porter Hotelling, Christoph Horst Krah, Marduke Yousefpor, Thomas James Wilson
  • Patent number: 9715616
    Abstract: A sequence of biometric data images is received, such as, for example, a sequence of fingerprint images, and a set of biometric data images is selected from the sequence of images. The set of images can include one or more segments of at least one image in the sequence of images. One or more portions of at least one image of biometric data in the set of images can be selected to be included in the unified image of biometric data. The unified image of biometric data can be constructed using the one or more portions of the at least one image of biometric data. If the unified image of biometric data is not complete, a user can be prompted for one or more additional images of biometric data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Byron B. Han, Craig A. Marciniak, Wayne C. Westerman
  • Patent number: 9715816
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a reminder to a mobile device are provided. After receiving a request to establish a reminder from a user, a plurality of reminder options are provided. Each reminder option corresponds to a different category of reminders, and a first reminder option of the reminder options corresponds to a connection state of the mobile device with a processor of a vehicle. A selection of the first reminder option for the reminder is received. An indication of a transition that is to trigger the reminder is also received. The transition corresponds to the mobile device establishing a wireless connection to a processor of the vehicle or the mobile device disconnecting from the vehicle processor. Content for the reminder is received. In response to detecting the transition between the mobile device and the processor of the vehicle, the content of the reminder is provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Adler, Viktor Miladinov
  • Patent number: 9715487
    Abstract: Multi-level naming of grouped data is disclosed. In some embodiments, a specification of a plurality of levels of headers with respect to at least one dimension of a group of cells is received, and header cell values of header cells comprising the plurality of levels of headers are enabled to refer to one or more associated cells in the group of cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Peter William Rapp
  • Patent number: 9715500
    Abstract: Methods and systems for publishing a playlist are disclosed. A user generates or selects a playlist, which is then provided (e.g., uploaded) for publishing. A playlist identifying at least one of one or more tracks and one or more albums is received. The playlist may then be published such that the playlist is viewable by one or more individuals. A user may then purchase one or more tracks/albums identified in the playlist via an online store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Eddy Cue, Robert Kondrk, Patrice Gautier, Jeffrey L. Robbin, David Heller
  • Patent number: 9715584
    Abstract: An electronic device provides a tracking report to a computing device that is located remotely from the electronic device. The tracking report may include location information that identifies the geographical location of the electronic device, and device user information that identifies the user of the electronic device. The electronic device acquires location information for the tracking report through a location awareness capability such as a global positioning system. The electronic device acquires user identification information for the tracking report through a biometric scanning component, such as a finger print sensor or other device that senses biometric properties when a user is touching or in close proximity to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Byron B. Han, Craig A. Marciniak, John A. Wright
  • Patent number: 9715815
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer-readable mediums are disclosed for wirelessly tethered device tracking. In some implementations, a method comprises: determining, by a first wireless device, an estimated distance between the first wireless device and a second wireless device, the second wireless device paired with the first wireless device; selecting, by the first wireless device, a first alarm to be generated by the first wireless device based on the estimated distance; and causing, by the first wireless device, the selected first alarm to be generated on the first wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Sanjay K. Verma
  • Patent number: 9715875
    Abstract: Systems and processes for selectively processing and responding to a spoken user input are provided. In one example, audio input containing a spoken user input can be received at a user device. The spoken user input can be identified from the audio input by identifying start and end-points of the spoken user input. It can be determined whether or not the spoken user input was intended for a virtual assistant based on contextual information. The determination can be made using a rule-based system or a probabilistic system. If it is determined that the spoken user input was intended for the virtual assistant, the spoken user input can be processed and an appropriate response can be generated. If it is instead determined that the spoken user input was not intended for the virtual assistant, the spoken user input can be ignored and/or no response can be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe P. Piernot, Justin G. Binder
  • Patent number: 9716586
    Abstract: Methods, media, and systems for, in one embodiment, protecting one or more keys in an encryption and/or decryption process can use precomputed values in the process such that at least a portion of the one or more keys is not used or exposed in the process. In one example of a method, internal states of an AES encryption process are saved for use in a counter mode stream cipher operation in which the key used in the AES encryption process is not exposed or used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benoit Chevallier-Mames, Mathieu Ciet, Thomas Icart, Bruno Kindarji, Augustin J. Farrugia
  • Patent number: 9715964
    Abstract: This disclosure describes methods and systems for minimizing electromagnetic interference (EMI) noise emanating from a ceramic capacitor. The ceramic capacitor may include several terminations are on a bottom portion of the capacitor. The capacitor may be designed to include several capacitors formed from electrode layers. The capacitor may include a conductive coating on an outer peripheral portion. The coating may include conductive materials such as Cu, Ni, Ag, and/or graphite. Alternatively, some regions of the capacitor may include electrode layers built into the capacitor that are not associated with capacitors. In this manner, the ceramic capacitor may be free of the conductive coating to locations proximate to the described electrode layers not associated with capacitors. The conductive coating can act as an electromagnetic shielding to prevent the EMI noise from emanating outside the electromagnetic shielding. Also, the conductive coating can be electrically grounded (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gang Ning, Pradeep Vengavasi, Linda Y. Dunn, Yonas A. Hartanto, Shawn X. Arnold
  • Patent number: 9716937
    Abstract: This application relates to earbuds configured with one or more biometric sensors. At least one of the biometric sensors is configured to be pressed up against a portion of the tragus for making biometric measurements. In some embodiments, the housing of the earbud can be symmetric so that the earbud can be worn interchangeably in either a left or a right ear of a user. In such an embodiment, the earbud can include a sensor and circuitry configured to determine and alter operation of the earbud in accordance to which ear the earbud is determined to be sitting in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Qian, Esge B. Andersen
  • Patent number: 9715978
    Abstract: A key of a keyboard and a low travel dome switch utilized in the key. The key may comprise a key cap, and a low travel dome positioned beneath the key cap, and operative to collapse when a force is exerted on the low travel dome by the key cap. The low travel dome may comprise a top portion, and a group of arms extending from the top portion to a perimeter of the low travel dome and at least partially defining a tuning member located between two of the group of arms. The low travel dome may also comprise a group of elongated protrusions. Each of the group of elongated protrusions may extend from one of the top portion, or one of the group of arms. At least one of the group of elongated protrusions may extend into the tuning member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Keith J. Hendren
  • Patent number: 9716265
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments relate to the manufacture of a precursor co-precipitate material for a cathode active material composition. During manufacture of the precursor co-precipitate material, an aqueous solution containing at least one of a manganese sulfate and a cobalt sulfate is formed. Next, a NH4OH solution is added to the aqueous solution to form a particulate solution comprising irregular secondary particles of the precursor co-precipitate material. A constant pH in the range of 10-12 is also maintained in the particulate solution by adding a basic solution to the particulate solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hongli Dai, Christopher S. Johnson, Huiming Wu, John David Carter
  • Patent number: 9716774
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer-readable medium for method for syncing a user interface on a server device to a user interface on a client device are disclosed. The method includes broadcasting a signal from a server device to a client device when the server device presents an active user input interface on a display screen, wherein the active user input interface illustrates input from a user via a remote control that is separate from the client device, wherein the remote control requires multiple steps for inputting a character. The method next includes establishing a connection between the server device and the client device if certain pre-defined criteria are met. Next the method includes transmitting parameters for displaying a client user input interface on the connected client device that is associated with the active user input interface, including loading existing data in an input field of the active user input interface into a client input field on the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Rainer Brodersen, Amandeep Jawa, Alan Cannistraro, Daniel Davis, Jeffrey L. Robbin
  • Patent number: 9716698
    Abstract: A method and system for securely enrolling personal identity credentials into personal identification devices. The system of the invention comprises the manufacturer of the device and an enrollment authority. The manufacturer is responsible for recording serial numbers or another unique identifier for each device that it produces, along with a self-generated public key for each device. The enrollment authority is recognized by the manufacturer or another suitable institution as capable of validating an individual before enrolling him into the device. The enrollment authority maintains and operates the appropriate equipment for enrollment, and provides its approval of the enrollment. The methods described herein discuss post-manufacturing, enrollment, backup, and recovery processes for the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Abdallah, Barry W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9716248
    Abstract: A display having thin-film transistor (TFT) structures may be used to display images within an active area of the display, which is surrounded by an inactive border area. In order to reduce the inactive area, a TFT passivation layer may be used to help protect conductive routing lines at the outer edge of the border so that encapsulation layers need not be formed all the way to the edge. At least some of the conductive routing lines in the inactive area may be stacked or coupled in parallel to help reduce border width. The TFT passivation layer may also cover the lateral edges of the routing lines to help prevent corrosion during an anode etch. The encapsulation layers may also be formed in a bent portion of the display substrate to help adjust the neutral stress plane such that metal traces formed in the bent portion do not crack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bhadrinarayana Lalgudi Visweswaran, Zhen Zhang, Warren S. Rieutort-Louis, Tsung-Ting Tsai
  • Patent number: 9716871
    Abstract: An encoder may include a luma transform, a transformer, and a chroma transform. The luma transform may determine a linear luminance value based upon a plurality of primary color values of a pixel. The transformer may generate a transformed luminance value based upon the linear luminance value and a plurality of transformed color values based upon corresponding more than one of the primary color values of the pixel. The chroma transform may determine a plurality of chroma values based upon corresponding plurality of transformed color values and the transformed luminance value of the pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jiefu Zhai, Yeping Su, Hsi-Jung Wu, Chris Y. Chung, Xiaosong Zhou, Ke Zhang
  • Patent number: 9716934
    Abstract: An acoustic device such as a microphone or speaker is positioned with and coupled to a housing to connect an acoustic port of the acoustic device with an external opening of the housing. A reservoir is connected to the external opening via a bleed channel. The bleed channel may be less resistive to liquid ingress than the acoustic port. As such, the reservoir and bleed channel may redirect liquid from the external opening away from the acoustic port. In some implementations, the reservoir and/or the bleed channel may be defined by one or more acoustically permeable barriers such as meshes that cover the acoustic port, compressible materials such as foams that form a perimeter around the acoustic port, and/or adhesive layers that couple the acoustic device, the housing, and/or one or more other components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Qian, Edward Siahaan, Erik L. Wang, Esge B. Andersen
  • Patent number: 9716815
    Abstract: An electronic device can include a camera and a cover glass arrangement disposed over the camera. The cover glass arrangement includes a thinner region or cover glass that is positioned over a light-receiving region of the camera. Additionally, the thinner region or cover glass can be disposed over the light-receiving region and at least parts of one or more non-light receiving regions of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Kelvin Kwong, Lee E. Hooton, David G. Havskjold, Anthony S. Montevirgen, Emery A. Sanford
  • Patent number: 9716825
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to user interfaces. In some examples, the electronic device transitions between user interfaces for capturing photos based on data received from a first camera and a second camera. In some examples, the electronic device provides enhanced zooming capabilities that result in visual pleasing results for a displayed digital viewfinder and for captured videos. In some examples, the electronic device provides user interfaces for transitioning a digital viewfinder between a first camera with an applied digital zoom to a second camera with no digital zoom. In some examples, the electronic device prepares to capture media at various magnification levels. In some examples, the electronic device enhanced capabilities for navigating through a plurality of values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Behkish J. Manzari, Pavel Pivo{hacek over (n)}ka, Daniel Trent Preston
  • Patent number: 9710069
    Abstract: Multi-functional keyboard assemblies include an array of keys formed from stacked component layers. A top portion of the key may be capable of travelling vertically with respect to a base of the key. The top portion can include a keycap and a circuitry module coupled to the keycap. The keys may be capable of receive at least two distinct types of inputs and/or receiving at least one type of input and providing at least one type of output. Such output may include use of one or more light sources, displays, and/or haptic feedback devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Craig C. Leong, James J. Niu, John M. Brock, Keith J. Hendren, Thomas W. Wilson, Jr., Bartley K. Andre, Mikael Silvanto, Dinesh C. Mathew
  • Patent number: 9709607
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system that facilitates the use of an electronic device. The electronic device may be a keyboard, a mouse, a trackpad, a remote control, a mobile phone, a wireless phone, a toy, a portable media player, a game controller, and/or a camera. During operation, the system monitors a state-of-charge of a battery used to power the electronic device. Next, the system calculates a charge threshold associated with a low-battery warning for the battery based on the monitored state-of-charge. If the state-of-charge of the battery reaches the charge threshold, the system generates the low-battery warning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Liquan Tan, Wing Kong Low, Alda Y. Luong
  • Patent number: 9710017
    Abstract: A portable computing device is disclosed. The portable computing device can take many forms such as a laptop computer, a tablet computer, and so on. The portable computing device can include at least a single piece housing. The single piece housing can be machined from a single billet of material, such as a billet of aluminum. The single piece housing can include ledges with a surface receiving a trim bead and a cover. Corner brackets can be attached to the single piece housing to improve the damage resistance of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Stephen R. McClure, Sean S. Corbin, John P. Ternus, Kevin D. Gibbs, Jeremy C. Franklin, Elvis M. Kibiti, John Raff, Jules B. Henry, Benjamin Rappoport, Derek W. Wright, Erik A. Utterman, Ming Yu, Carl R. Peterson
  • Patent number: 9710023
    Abstract: Perforated structures and methods for forming perforated structures are disclosed. The perforated structures include partial holes or blind-holes that pass partially through the substrate. The partial holes can be positioned proximate to through-holes that pass entirely through the substrate. The partial holes add mechanical strength to the perforated substrate. Described are methods for modifying the optical appearance of the partial holes such that the partial holes appear indistinguishable from the through-holes, which allows for flexibility in designing cosmetically appealing patterns within the perforated structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Ming Kun Shi, Jason O. Mettler, Hilbert T. Kwan, Christopher Bruni, Qi Tian, Jing Zhang, Howard E. Bujtor, Stephen V. Jayanathan, Houtan R. Farahani
  • Patent number: 9710092
    Abstract: A device has a touch processing module that processes touch screen input to determine if the manner in which the input was entered indicates that the user intends for execution of a particular command. In one embodiment, the module may acquire fingerprint data from the user's input and analyze the data to determine if the input was entered with a particular finger or finger sequence. In another embodiment, the module may also acquire timing data from the user's entry of a plurality of inputs and analyze the timing data to determine if the touch screen input was entered with a particular timing or cadence. In still another embodiment, the module may also acquire force data from the user's entry of a plurality of touch screen inputs and analyze the force data to determine to determine if the touch screen input was entered with a particular force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Byron B. Han, Craig A. Marciniak, John A. Wright
  • Patent number: 9710095
    Abstract: A multi-touch sensor panel is disclosed that can include a glass subassembly having a plurality of column traces of substantially transparent conductive material that can be formed on the back side, wherein the glass subassembly can also act as a cover that can be touched on the front side. Row traces of the same or different substantially transparent conductive material can then be located near the column traces, and a layer of dielectric material can be coupled between the column traces and the row traces. The row and column traces can be oriented to cross over each other at crossover locations separated by the dielectric material, and the crossover locations can form mutual capacitance sensors for detecting one or more touches on the front side of the glass subassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Porter Hotelling, Brian Richards Land, Mark Arthur Hamblin, Tang Yew Tan
  • Patent number: 9710061
    Abstract: A haptic feedback device configured to provide tactile or haptic feedback for an electronic device. The haptic device includes a platform operably secured to the electronic device to allow rotation about a center axis. An activating member is operably associated with the platform and configured to selectively cause the platform to rotate in a first direction. Also, the haptic feedback device includes a restoring member operably associated with the platform and configured to selectively return the platform to a first position after it has rotated for at least one of a select period of time or a select distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Aleksandar Pance, Nicholas U. Webb, Sean A. Mayo
  • Patent number: 9709409
    Abstract: A mobile device can obtain wireless network signal strength map data that indicates, for various nearby geographical regions, the wireless network signal strength in each such region. A mobile device can transmit that data to a vehicular navigation system responsible for automatically selecting a high-quality route of vehicular travel between a specified source and destination. The system can take the wireless network signal map data into account when selecting that route. When selecting from among multiple different routes of vehicular travel between a specified source and destination, the system may employ an algorithm that considers wireless network signal strengths along those routes, in addition to the other factors. Consequently, the system can select a longer route having better signal strength over a shorter route having worse signal strength. The system can present the selected route within a set of suggested routes, potentially along with reasons for each route's suggestion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Swapnil R. Dave, Devrim Varoglu
  • Patent number: D792133
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Schwalbach, Sheng Yang, Russell John Kaaihue Heirakuji, Carly Lynn Marasco, Michael Gorman
  • Patent number: D792378
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Brunner, Christopher Kuh
  • Patent number: D792393
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Bartley K. Andre, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Duncan Robert Kerr, Shin Nishibori, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D792440
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Butcher, Imran Chaudhri, Alan C. Dye, Christopher Foss, Aurelio Guzmán, Jonathan P. Ive, Britt Nelson
  • Patent number: D792453
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Butcher, Graham Clarke, Craig Dehner, Alan C. Dye, Bradley Griffin, Cyrus Irani, Jonathan P. Ive, Pedro Mari, Henrique Penha, Andre Souza Dos Santos, Christopher Wilson
  • Patent number: D792458
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran Chaudhri, Jonathan P. Ive, Chanaka Karunamuni
  • Patent number: D792768
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Bartley K. Andre, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Shota Aoyagi, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Duncan Robert Kerr, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer