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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  • Patent number: 9632563
    Abstract: Data processing systems with interrupts and methods for operating such data processing systems and machine readable media for causing such methods and containing executable program instructions. In one embodiment, an exemplary data processing system includes a processing system, an interrupt controller coupled to the processing system and a timer circuit which is coupled to the interrupt controller. The interrupt controller is configured to provide a first interrupt signal and a second interrupt signal to the processing system. The processing system is configured to maintain a data structure (such as, e.g., a list) of time-related events for a plurality of processes, and the processing system is configured to calise the entry of a value, representing a period of time, into the timer circuit. The timer circuit is configured to cause an assertion of the first interrupt signal in response to an expiration of the time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua P. de Cesare, Bernard Joseph Semeria, Michael John Smith
  • Patent number: 9629431
    Abstract: This application relates to methods and apparatus for reinforcing fragile portions of a device case. In some embodiments, the device case can be reinforced by a reinforcing member made up of composite extrusions that are embedded within a top edge portion of the stiffening shell. The device shell can be utilized to define and maintain an overall shape of the device case. Composite fibers suitable for use in these embodiments can have high tensile strength and high tensile modulus. The device case can include a single length of embedded twisted composite fibers that extend continuously around the top edge or alternatively can include a number of discrete segments that reinforce particularly fragile portion of the top edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua A. Hoover, Aaron P. Beese, Ambert T. Yeung
  • Patent number: 9631930
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a novel prediction engine that (1) can formulate predictions about current or future destinations and/or routes to such destinations for a user, and (2) can relay information to the user about these predictions. In some embodiments, this engine includes a machine-learning engine that facilitates the formulation of predicted future destinations and/or future routes to destinations based on stored, user-specific data. The user-specific data is different in different embodiments. In some embodiments, the stored, user-specific data includes data about any combination of the following: (1) previous destinations traveled to by the user, (2) previous routes taken by the user, (3) locations of calendared events in the user's calendar, (4) locations of events for which the user has electronic tickets, and (5) addresses parsed from recent e-mails and/or messages sent to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christine B. McGavran, Bradford A. Moore, Gregory D. Bolsinga, Christopher Blumenberg, Seejo K. Pylappan, Marcel van Os
  • Patent number: 9631942
    Abstract: For a device that runs a mapping application, a method for providing maneuver indicators along a route of a map. The maneuver indicators are arrows that identify the direction and orientation of a maneuver. A maneuver arrow may be selected and displayed differently from unselected maneuver arrows. Maneuver arrows may be selected automatically based on a user's current location. The mapping application transitions between maneuver arrows and provides an animation for the transition. Complex maneuvers may be indicated by multiple arrows, providing a more detailed guidance for a user of the mapping application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Marcel van Os, Cédric Bray, Yaohua Hu, Elisabeth Lindkvist, Adrian Lindberg, Christine B. McGavran, Billy P. Chen
  • Patent number: 9631945
    Abstract: A method of providing a sequence of turn-by-turn navigation instructions on a device traversing a route is provided. Each turn-by-turn navigation instruction is associated with a location on the route. As the device traverses along the route, the method displays a turn-by-turn navigation instruction associated with a current location of the device. The method receives a touch input through a touch input interface of the device while displaying a first turn-by-turn navigation instruction and a first map region that displays the current location and a first location associated with the first turn-by-turn navigation instruction. In response to receiving the touch input, the method displays a second turn-by-turn navigation instruction and a second map region that displays a second location associated with the second turn-by-turn navigation instruction. Without receiving additional input, the method automatically returns to the display of the first turn-by-turn navigation instruction and the first map region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christine B. McGavran, Bradford A. Moore, Christopher D. Moore, Harold O. Habeck, Marcel van Os
  • Patent number: 9632137
    Abstract: An integrated circuit (IC) having a bridge for interfacing a debugger and method of operating the same is provided. In one embodiment, an IC includes a debug control circuit and a debug interface block (DIB) implemented thereon. The DIB is coupled to the debug control circuit. The IC also includes an interface for a debugger and a number of interfaces for external circuits, each of the interfaces being coupled to the debug control circuit. The debug control circuit may function as a bridge for coupling an external debugger to the DIB and to external circuits coupled to the IC through corresponding ones of the interfaces. The debug control circuit may establish a connection between the debugger and one of the external circuits. Communications between the debugger and the external circuit may be conducted while bypassing the DIB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Ramsay, Manu Gulati, Mitchell Palmer Lichtenberg, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9632327
    Abstract: Some embodiments include an image sensor and a zoom lens assembly including a plurality of movable lens elements arranged to be moved independent of one another. In some embodiments, the plurality of movable lens elements share an optical axis. Some embodiments include a lens and mirror assembly for admitting light to the miniature camera. The lens and mirror assembly includes a folded optics arrangement such that light enters the lens and mirror assembly through a first lens with an optical axis of the first lens orthogonal to the plurality of moveable lens elements. The lens and mirror assembly includes a mirror for folding the path of light from the optical axis of the first lens to the optical axis of the plurality of movable lens elements, and the lens and mirror assembly further includes an actuator for tilting the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ning Y. Chan, Richard J. Topliss, Steven Webster
  • Patent number: 9632561
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system that reduces power consumption by power-gating media decoders are described. During operation of the system, a decoder circuit receives encoded audio data and outputs corresponding decoded audio data to a memory, which is electrically coupled to the decoder circuit. Moreover, control logic, which is electrically coupled to the memory and the decoder circuit, provides commands to the memory and the decoder circuit that selectively disable at least a portion of the memory based on an amount of decoded audio data in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aram Lindahl, Anthony J. Guetta
  • Patent number: 9633186
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling output of content based on human recognition data captured by one or more sensors of an electronic device are provided. The control of the output of particular content may be based on an action of a rule defined for the particular content, and may be performed when at least one human feature detection related condition of the rule is satisfied. In some embodiments, the action may include granting access to requested content when detected human feature data satisfies at least one human feature detection related condition of a rule defined for the requested content. In other embodiments the action may include altering a presentation of content, during the presentation of the content, when detected human feature data satisfies at least one human feature detection related condition of a rule defined for the presented content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Michael I. Ingrassia, Jr., Nathaniel Paine Hramits
  • Patent number: 9632591
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an input device having variable make points. More specifically, the various embodiments described herein are directed to an input device having a key, a first button member and a second button member. A dielectric may be positioned between the first button member and the second button member. The key is also associated with a capacitive sensor that is configured to determine a change in capacitance as a distance between the first button member and the second button member changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Blake R. Marshall, Liquan Tan
  • Patent number: 9632566
    Abstract: The present embodiments provide a system that dynamically controls power consumption in a computing device. During operation, the system measures the performance of the computing device while executing a work-loop. Next, the system determines a derived completion time for the work-loop based on the measured performance. (For example, the derived completion time can be an expected completion time, a maximum completion time, or more generally a completion time distribution.) The system then determines a deadline-proximity for the work-loop based on a comparison between the derived completion time and a deadline for the work-loop. (For example, the deadline-proximity can be an expected deadline-proximity, a minimum deadline-proximity, or more generally a deadline-proximity distribution.) Finally, the system controls the power consumption of the computing device based on the determined deadline-proximity for the work-loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel J. Culbert
  • Patent number: 9632384
    Abstract: A mobile device lens assembly having an electrically activated lens component with an electro-optic portion is disclosed. More particularly, embodiments of the mobile device lens assembly include the electro-optic portion and an interlock feature to engage a second lens element. The second lens element may have an interlock surface, which when engaged or mated with the interlock feature of the electrically activated lens component, may maintain alignment of the lens components along an optical axis. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Miodrag Scepanovic, Yoshikazu Shinohara, Iain Alexander McAllister, Jun Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9632608
    Abstract: Embodiments are related to user input devices that accept complex user input including a combination of touch and push (or pick) input. Embodiments of the invention provide for selective ignoring or rejection of input received from such devices in order to avoid interpreting unintentional user actions as commands. Furthermore, some input signals can be modified. The selective rejection or modification can be performed by the user interface device itself or by a computing device that includes or is attached to the user interface device. The selective rejection or modification may be performed by a module that processes input signals, performs the necessary rejections and modifications and sends revised input signals to higher level modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Carl Westerman, Christopher Tenzin Mullens
  • Patent number: 9632622
    Abstract: Ground detection of a touch sensitive device is disclosed. The device can detect its grounded state so that poor grounding can be selectively compensated for in touch signals outputted by the device. The device can include one or more components to monitor certain conditions of the device. The device can analyze the monitored conditions to determine the grounding condition of the device. The device can apply a function to compensate its touch signal outputs if the device determines that it is poorly grounded. Conversely, the device can omit the function if the device determines that it is well grounded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Porter Hotelling, David T. Amm, Michael Lammers, John T. Orchard, Brian Michael King, Omar Leung, Deniz Teoman
  • Patent number: 9633368
    Abstract: The effectiveness of targeted content delivery at a multi-user interface can be directly linked to a proper targeting of users. A way of improving targeted content delivery at a multi-user interface can be to determine which users should be targeted based on one or more criteria. The present technology provides various methodologies for selecting one or more users associated with a multi-user interface to receive targeted content. Such users can be selected based on criteria associated with a ranking or priority of the users, criteria associated with an analysis of their interactions with the multi-user interface, criteria based on their most common characteristics, or any combination thereof. The user characteristics associated with such identified used can then be utilized to determine which content should be delivered to the multi-user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Froimowitz Greenzeiger, Mehul K. Sanghavi, Ravindra Phulari
  • Patent number: 9632537
    Abstract: A ceramic material having an electronic component embedded therein, and more particularly to a sapphire surface having an electrically energized component embedded within. In some embodiments, the sapphire surface may take the form of a portion of a housing for an electronic device. Since sapphire may be substantially transparent, it may form a cover glass for a display within or forming part of the electronic device, as one example. The cover glass may be bonded, affixed, or otherwise attached to a remainder of the housing, thereby forming an enclosure for the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Dale N. Memering, Erik G. de Jong, Fletcher R. Rothkopf, Samuel Weiss
  • Patent number: 9632664
    Abstract: An electronic device with a touch-sensitive surface, a display, and one or more sensors to detect intensity of contacts: displays a plurality of user interface objects in a first user interface; detects a contact while a focus selector is at a location of a first user interface object; and, while the focus selector is at the location of the first user interface object: detects an increase in a characteristic intensity of the contact to a first intensity threshold; in response, visually obscures the plurality of user interface objects, other than the first user interface object, while maintaining display of the first user interface object; detects that the characteristic intensity of the contact continues to increase above the first intensity threshold; and, in response, dynamically increases the amount of visual obscuring of the plurality of user interface objects, other than the first user interface object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher P. Foss, Marcos Alonso Ruiz, Gregory M. Apodaca, Sebastian J. Bauer, Imran A. Chaudhri, Jonathan R. Dascola, Alan C. Dye, Jonathan Ive, Chanaka G. Karunamuni, Sophia Teutschler, Wan Si Wan, Kenneth L. Kocienda
  • Patent number: 9632695
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, a computer-implemented method is performed at a portable electronic device with a touch screen display. The method includes: displaying a window on the touch-sensitive display; detecting a single-finger gesture on the touch-sensitive display; in response to the detected single-finger gesture on the touch-sensitive display, displaying a magnifying screen that includes an expanded view of a first portion of the window that comprises at least a part of the texts and an insertion marker; detecting movement of a single finger on the touch-sensitive display while the magnifying screen is displayed; and in response to detecting the movement of the single finger on the touch-sensitive display, replacing the display of the expanded view of the first portion of the window with an expanded view of the second portion of the window in the magnifying screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Kocienda, Stephen O. Lemay, Imran Chaudhri, Bas Ording
  • Patent number: 9632706
    Abstract: A method includes, in a memory system that includes multiple memory units, holding information indicative of respective programming durations of the memory units. Data is stored in a stripe that includes a plurality of the memory units, by programming the memory units in the stripe in an order that is set based on the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Shai Ojalvo, Eyal Gurgi, Yoav Kasorla
  • Patent number: 9633004
    Abstract: Systems and processes for operating a virtual assistant programmed to refer to shared domain concepts using concept nodes are provided. In some examples, to process a textual representation of user speech using an active ontology having these concept nodes, a primary user intent can be determined from the textual representation of user speech. Concepts referred to by the primary user intent can be identified, and substrings of the textual representation of user speech corresponding to the concepts can be identified. Secondary user intents for the substrings can be determined and a task flow based on the primary user intent and the secondary user intents can be generated and performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Richard D. Giuli, Nicholas K. Treadgold
  • Patent number: 9633671
    Abstract: An echo canceller can be arranged to receive an input signal and to receive a reference signal. The echo canceller can subtract a linear component of the reference signal from the input signal. A noise suppressor can suppress non-linear effects of the reference signal in the input signal in correspondence with a large number of selectable parameters. Such suppression can be provided on a frequency-by-frequency basis, with a unique set of tunable parameters selected for each frequency. A degree of suppression provided by the noise suppressor can correspond to an estimate of residual echo remaining after the one or more linear components of the reference signal have been subtracted from the input signal, to an estimated double-talk probability, and to an estimated signal-to-noise ratio of near-end speech in the input signal for each respective frequency. A speech recognizer can receive a processed input signal from the noise suppressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Daniele Giacobello, Jason Wung, Joshua Atkins, Ramin Pichevar, Raghavendra Prabhu
  • Patent number: 9633464
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a method that receives a selection of an animation to apply to two or more graphical objects in a scene over a particular time duration. The method identifies parameters for each of the graphical objects. Based on the selected animation, the method generates modifications to at least one parameter for each of the graphical objects over the particular time duration. The parameter of a first graphical object is modified differently than the parameter of a second graphical object. The method stores the modifications as data for the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Samir Gehani, Tyler C. Rayner
  • Patent number: 9633191
    Abstract: While an electronic device with a display and a touch-sensitive surface is in a screen reader accessibility mode, the device displays an application launcher screen including a plurality of application icons. A respective application icon corresponds to a respective application stored in the device. The device detects a sequence of one or more gestures on the touch-sensitive surface that correspond to one or more characters. A respective gesture that corresponds to a respective character is a single finger gesture that moves across the touch-sensitive surface along a respective path that corresponds to the respective character. The device determines whether the detected sequence of one or more gestures corresponds to a respective application icon of the plurality of application icons, and, in response to determining that the detected sequence of one or more gestures corresponds to the respective application icon, performs a predefined operation associated with the respective application icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher B. Fleizach, Darren C. Minifie, Gregory F. Hughes, Ryan N. Dour, Ian M. Fisch, Joel M. Lopes Da Silva, Michael M. Pedersen, II, Eric T. Seymour, Devang K. Naik, Ryan S. Dixon
  • Patent number: 9635677
    Abstract: Devices at either end of a wireless communication link are each configured to support multiple different link settings. During communication, a device that is receiving data can monitor the signal quality and initiate a dynamic transition to a new link setting if performance of the current link setting falls below a lower threshold or exceeds an upper threshold. Dynamic link adaptation can be implemented within a wireless communication interface of the device and can be transparent to application and/or operating system software executing on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hsin-Yuo Liu, Peter M. Agboh, Indranil S. Sen, Xi Yang, Chia Yiaw Chong, Mohit Narang, Ruben Caballero
  • Patent number: 9632791
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to a cache for patterns of instructions. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes an instruction cache and is configured to detect a pattern of execution of instructions by an instruction processing pipeline. The pattern of execution may involve execution of only instructions in a particular group of instructions. The instructions may include multiple backward control transfers and/or a control transfer instruction that is taken in one iteration of the pattern and not taken in another iteration of the pattern. The apparatus may be configured to store the instructions in the instruction cache and fetch and execute the instructions from the instruction cache. The apparatus may include a branch predictor dedicated to predicting the direction of control transfer instructions for the instruction cache. Various embodiments may reduce power consumption associated with instruction processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Muawya M. Al-Otoom, Ian D. Kountanis, Ronald P. Hall, Michael L. Karm
  • Patent number: 9633226
    Abstract: Prior art attempts to manage authority designation in GUI-based computer systems have set up various “handshaking” schemes between a graphics management system, such as a window server, and the various processes that are attempting to offer and accept access to each other. However, these schemes have certain limitations. In particular, when windows are used as the “fundamental basis” for implementing authority designation, events that should treat all content within a window identically can't do so because, even though all content in the window may appear to be “owned” by the window, there may be some other process that is actually rendering the content to some portion of the window. Thus, described herein are systems and methods to manage authority designation and event handling within “hierarchical” GUIs using “handshaking” schemes that are secure, sub-window granular, and that generalize recursively when applied to the various graphical layers used to construct the windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Philip J. Holland, Chendi Zhang
  • Patent number: 9633247
    Abstract: An electronic device may have electrical components such as sensors. A sensor may have sensor circuitry that gathers sensor data using a conductive structure. The sensor may be a touch sensor that uses the conductive structure to form a capacitive touch sensor electrode or may be a fingerprint sensor that uses the conductive structure with a fingerprint electrode array to handle fingerprint sensor signals. Near field communications circuitry may be included in an electronic device. When operated in a sensor mode, the sensor circuitry may use the conductive structure to gather a fingerprint or other sensor data. When operated in near field communications mode, the near field communications circuitry can use the conductive structure to transmit and receive capacitively coupled or inductively coupled near field communications signals. A fingerprint sensor may have optical structures that communicate with external equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Pope, Daniel W. Jarvis, Nicholas G. L. Merz, Scott A. Myers
  • Patent number: 9632775
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a processor may include a completion time prediction circuit. The completion time prediction circuit may be configured to track one or more aspects of previous instances of a vector memory operation, and may be configured to predict a completion time for a current instance of the vector memory operation. The prediction may be used by the issue circuit to schedule operations dependent on the vector memory operation, if any.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffry E. Gonion
  • Patent number: 9632785
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to specification of instruction operands. In some embodiments, this may involve assigning operands to source inputs. In one embodiment, an instruction includes one or more mapping values, each of which corresponds to a source of the instruction and each of which specifies a location value. In this embodiment, the instruction includes one or more location values that are each usable to identify an operand for the instruction. In this embodiment, a method may include accessing operands using the location values and assigning accessed operands to sources using the mapping values. In one embodiment, the sources may correspond to inputs of an execution block. In one embodiment, a destination mapping value in the instruction may specify a location value that indicates a destination for storing an instruction result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Blomgren, Terence M. Potter
  • Patent number: 9634351
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments relate to the design and manufacture of a battery cell. The battery cell includes a jelly roll containing layers which are wound together, including a cathode with an active coating, a separator, and an anode with an active coating. The battery cell also includes a mechanical structure disposed around a perimeter of the jelly roll to maintain a structural integrity of the jelly roll. Finally, the battery cell includes a pouch enclosing the mechanical structure and the jelly roll, wherein the pouch is flexible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher R. Pasma, George V. Anastas, Richard M. Mank
  • Patent number: 9633674
    Abstract: The method is performed at an electronic device with one or more processors and memory storing one or more programs for execution by the one or more processors. A speech input containing a request is received from a user. At least one action in furtherance of satisfying the request is performed. A user interaction is detected, such as a speech input to a digital assistant or a physical interaction with a device. It is determined whether the user interaction is indicative of a problem in the performing of the at least one action. Upon determining that the user interaction is indicative of a problem, information relating to the request is stored in a repository for error analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Anoop K. Sinha
  • Patent number: 9633697
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for zoom indication for stabilizing unstable video clips is described. To indicate zoom, a zoom value associated with an unstable segment of a video clip is received. The zoom value represents a value by which frames of the video clip in the unstable segment need to be zoomed to stabilize the unstable segment. An indicia is displayed representing the zoom value in a thumbnail in a user interface. The thumbnail represents the video clip. The indicia displayed over a region in the thumbnail corresponding to the unstable segment in the video clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Randy Ubillos
  • Patent number: 9634225
    Abstract: An artificial muscle structure has an electro-active polymer (EAP) layer having a frusto-conical shape and whose tip has an opening formed therein for use as a camera variable aperture. First, second and third electrode segments are formed on a rear face of the EAP layer. The second segment is positioned in a gap between the first and third segments so as to be electrically isolated from the first and third segments. The second segment has an opening formed therein that is aligned with the opening in the EAP layer. A complementary electrode is formed on a front face of the EAP layer. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aurelien R. Hubert, Douglas S. Brodie, Iain A. McAllister, Jeffrey N. Gleason
  • Patent number: 9633953
    Abstract: A methodology for addressing package warpage is described. In an embodiment a package includes a die mounted on a wiring board. Portion of a metal plane within the wiring board includes a reduced portion, characterized by a reduced thickness that is less than a baseline thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jun Chung Hsu, Jie-Hua Zhao
  • Patent number: 9633974
    Abstract: Packages and methods of formation are described. In an embodiment, a system in package (SiP) includes first and second redistribution layers (RDLs), and a plurality of die attached to the front and back side of the first RDL. The first and second RDLs are coupled together with a plurality of conductive pillars extending from the back side of the first RDL to a front side of the second RDL.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jun Zhai, Kunzhong Hu, Kwan-Yu Lai, Mengzhi Pang, Chonghua Zhong, Se Young Yang
  • Patent number: 9634695
    Abstract: An electronic device may include wireless communications circuitry that has first and second digital predistortion circuits. The first predistortion circuit receives a first signal at a first frequency while the second predistortion circuit receives a second signal at a second frequency. The first circuit may perform predistortion operations on the first signal using non-unity predistortion coefficients to generate a predistorted signal. The second circuit may apply unity predistortion coefficients to the second signal to generate an undistorted signal. An adder may combine the predistorted and undistorted signals to generate a combined signal that is amplified by amplifier circuitry. An antenna may transmit the amplified signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gurusubrahmaniyan Subrahmaniyan Radhakrishnan, Wassim El-Hassan, Srinivasa Yasasvy Sateesh Bhamidipati, Hailong Yang
  • Patent number: 9633409
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to predication. In one embodiment, a graphics processing unit is disclosed that includes a first set of architecturally-defined registers configured to store predication information. The graphics processing unit further includes a second set of registers configured to mirror the first set of registers and an execution pipeline configured to discontinue execution of an instruction sequence based on predication information in the second set of registers. In one embodiment, the second set of registers includes one or more registers proximal to an output of the execution pipeline. In some embodiments, the execution pipeline writes back a predicate value determined for a predicate writer to the second set of registers. The first set of architecturally-defined registers is then updated with the predicate value written back to the second set of registers. In some embodiments, the execution pipeline discontinues execution of the instruction sequence without stalling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew M. Havlir, Brian K. Reynolds, Michael A. Geary
  • Patent number: 9634428
    Abstract: An electrical plug and receptacle relying on magnetic force from an electromagnet to maintain contact are disclosed. The plug and receptacle can be used as part of a power adapter for connecting an electronic device, such as a laptop computer, to a power supply. The plug includes electrical contacts, which are preferably biased toward corresponding contacts on the receptacle. The plug and receptacle each have a magnetic element. The magnetic element on one of the plug or receptacle can be a magnet or ferromagnetic material. The magnetic element on the other of the plug or receptacle is an electromagnet. When the plug and receptacle are brought into proximity, the magnetic attraction between the electromagnet magnet and its complement, whether another magnet or a ferromagnetic material, maintains the contacts in an electrically conductive relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: John C. DiFonzo, Bartley K. Andre, Kanye Lim, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Mark Edward Doutt, Jean-Marc Gery
  • Patent number: 9634378
    Abstract: An electronic device such as a handheld device may have a rectangular housing with a rectangular periphery. A conductive peripheral housing member may run along the rectangular periphery and may surround the rectangular housing. Radio-frequency transceiver circuitry within the electronic device may be coupled to antenna structures for transmitting and receiving radio-frequency signals. The conductive peripheral housing member may form part of the antenna structures. A gap in the conductive peripheral housing member may be filled with dielectric. The conductive peripheral housing member may be configured to form a recess. The recess may have the shape of a rectangle, oval, diamond, or other shape that overlaps and is bisected by the gap. The recess may also have the shape of a groove that extends around the entire periphery of the housing. The dielectric in the recess may include one or more different materials such as clear and opaque polymers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Albert J. Golko, Daniel W. Jarvis
  • Patent number: 9634426
    Abstract: An electronic device has a self-healing elastomer applied over one or more external electronic connectors. The self-healing elastomer may obscure the electronic connectors from the user as well as provide environmental protection for the connector and the electronic device. Electronic probes may temporarily penetrate the self-healing elastomer to mate with the electronic connector. After removal of the probes the self-healing elastomer may elastically reform and self-heal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: David I. Nazzaro, Tyler S. Bushnell, Ibuki Kamei
  • Patent number: 9634817
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for enabling H-ARQ communication between a base station and one or more wireless terminals. Methods for enabling incremental redundancy (IR) based H-ARQ, Chase based H-ARQ and Space-Time Code combining (STC) based H-ARQ between devices for down-link and up-link direction transmissions are provided in the form of an information element (IE) for use with a Normal MAP convention as currently accepted in the draft version standard of IEEE 802.16. In addition, embodiments of the invention provide a resource management scheme to protect a network from abuse of resources from a wireless terminal not registered with the network. Components of the down-link and up-link mapping components of a data frame transmitted from the base station to one or more wireless terminals included messages that are readable by all wireless terminals as well as some messages that are encrypted and only readable by wireless terminals that are authenticated as being registered with the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Hang Zhang, Mo-Han Fong, Peiying Zhu, Wen Tong
  • Patent number: 9634709
    Abstract: A removable case may receive an electronic device. A male connector in the case may mate with a female connector in the device. A battery in the case may supply power to the device through the male connector. The electronic device may have an antenna formed from peripheral conductive housing structures and an antenna ground. The case may have a supplemental antenna that restores antenna performance when the device is received within the case. The supplemental antenna may be formed from a monopole antenna resonating element coupled to the antenna ground through the power pin. The monopole element may have a portion that runs parallel to the peripheral conductive housing structures. During operation of the antenna in the electronic device, the supplemental antenna in the case may be indirectly fed by near-field coupling between the supplemental antenna and the antenna of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hongfei Hu, Enrique Ayala Vazquez, Hao Xu, Mattia Pascolini, Ruben Caballero, Erdinc Irci
  • Patent number: 9635127
    Abstract: Devices are personalized while the devices are still at least partially contained within packaging. Discovery information may be exchanged between a packaged device and a user device. Such discover information may be exchanged as a result of the packaged device and the user device being moved into proximity with each other. A communication connection may be configured between the packaged device and the user device. Data may be obtained at the packaged device related to the communication connection. The packaged device may be personalized for a user utilizing the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Tucker, Christopher Russell Costello
  • Patent number: D784831
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Duncan Robert Kerr, Marc A. Newson, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D784995
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 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, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D785010
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: William Martin Bachman, Drew Rocky Domm, Alexander C. D. Fringes, Monika E. Gromek, Joseph Andrew Magnani, Ofer Morag, Jeffrey L. Robbin
  • Patent number: D785026
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Christopher Capela, Anton Davydov, Alexander Charles MacLean, Charles Janusz Migos, Parthiban Mohanraj
  • Patent number: D785027
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alan C. Dye, Aurelio Guzmán, Jonathan P. Ive, Christopher Wilson, Eric Lance Wilson
  • Patent number: D785028
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Craig M. Federighi, Christopher Foss, Woo-Ram Lee, Stephen O. Lemay, Caelan G. Stack, Lawrence Yang
  • Patent number: D785045
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Lee Coffman, Chun Kin Minor Wong