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

  • Apple Patents Granted: Apple patents that have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Apple Patent Applications: Apple patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Publication number: 20170054774
    Abstract: A network media device is described that pulls multimedia data from one or more sources (e.g., a multimedia website or a multimedia server computer) at a first time, stores it to long-term storage within the device and transmits the stored multimedia data to one or more designated multimedia playback devices at a second time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Robbin, David Heller
  • Publication number: 20170054257
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for selectively communicating data and audio over a limited-size audio plug. A host device determines whether an audio accessory or a data communicating accessory is plugged therein via a signal, or lack thereof, communicated to the host device via the audio plug of the accessory. The host device then either communicates audio or data over the audio plug contacts that are typically used only for audio communication based on whether its connected to an audio accessory or data communicating accessory. An audio plug may also include a split-ring contact where multiple, independent contacts are formed in place of a single tip, ring, or sleeve contact. The split-ring contact may be used for communicating audio and/or data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Cesar Lozano Villarreal, Ruenjou Lu, Mahmoud R. Amini, Jonathan M. Zweig, David C. Breece, III
  • Publication number: 20170052031
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products for determining the location and direction of travel of a mobile device using map vector constraints is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Donald MacGougan, Stephen J. Rhee, Robert Mayor, Ronald K. Huang
  • Publication number: 20170052343
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an apparatus for performing temperature-compensated measurement of a position of a lens assembly is attached to an autofocus actuator. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes a light source for emitting light in a first direction. In some embodiments, a measurement sensor is affixed for receiving light reflected from a reflector. In some embodiments, a lateral shield is affixed in a position blocking detection by the measurement sensor of light having been emitted from light source but having not been reflected from the reflector. In some embodiments, a monitoring sensor is affixed in a position relative to the light source to receive light having been emitted from light source but having not been reflected from the reflector. In some embodiments, a transverse shield is affixed in a position blocking detection by the monitoring sensor of light reflected from the reflector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Calvin K. Wong, Ho Seop Jeong
  • Publication number: 20170052341
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the method includes measuring a first responsive voltage value for a first voltage drop between a first terminal attached to a first suspension spring of an actuator housing a voice coil motor for moving a lens assembly and a second terminal of the magnetic coil of the voice coil motor. In some embodiments, the method includes calculating a first resistance of the magnetic coil based at least in part upon the first voltage value and measuring a second responsive voltage value for a second voltage drop between the first terminal attached and the second terminal. In some embodiments, the method includes calculating a second resistance of the magnetic coil based at least in part upon the second responsive voltage value and calculating a relative temperature for the magnetic coil based at least in part upon the first resistance and the second resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Calvin K. Wong, Shashikant G. Hegde, Richard L. Baer
  • Publication number: 20170054318
    Abstract: A three-dimensional inductive charging coil assembly and a method of making the same. The method can include patterning a first conductive layer affixed to a first surface of an insulating layer to form a coil configured to transmit or receive power, patterning a second conductive layer affixed to a second surface of the insulating layer opposite the first surface to form a conductive trace element, and electrically coupling the coil and the conductive trace element. The coil, insulating layer, and conductive trace element can be molded (e.g., simultaneously) into a three dimensional shape. In some embodiment, the molding can include a thermoforming process such as compression molding, vacuum forming, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Naoto Matsuyuki, Christopher S. Graham, Makiko K. Brzezinski
  • Patent number: 9574896
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to techniques for managing navigation alerts. The disclosure generally describes an exemplary technique whereby a first device, such as a smartphone, coordinates the timing or sequence of alerts for a navigation instruction on the first device and on a second device, such as a smartwatch. In some examples, the second device presents an alert to a user indicating an event condition has been met before the first device presents a different alert to the user indicating that the same event condition has been met. The alert at the second device allows the user to anticipate the alert at the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christine McGavran, Joshua Weinberg, Marcel Van Os, Hugo Verweij, Jefferey Meininger, Eric L. Grundstrom, Usama M. Hajj
  • Patent number: 9575354
    Abstract: An electronic device display may have a color filter layer and a thin film transistor layer. A layer of liquid crystal material may be interposed between the color filter layer and the thin film transistor layer. A layer of polarizer may be laminated onto the surface of the color filter layer. Laser trimming may ensure that the edges of the polarizer are even with the edges of the color filter layer. The thin film transistor layer may have an array of thin film transistors that control pixels of the liquid crystal material in the display. Driver circuitry may be used to control the array. The driver circuitry may be encapsulated in a planarized encapsulant on the thin film transistor layer or may be mounted to the underside of the color filter layer. Conductive structures may connect driver circuitry on the color filter layer to the thin film transistor layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Dinesh C. Mathew, Thomas W. Wilson, Jr., Victor H. Yin, Bryan W. Posner, Chris Ligtenberg, Brett W. Degner, Peteris K. Augenbergs, John Z. Zhong, Steve Hotelling, Lynn Youngs, Kuo-Hua Sung
  • Patent number: 9573165
    Abstract: A screen having a hydrophobic portion to resist the entry of liquid into an acoustic module and a hydrophilic portion to aid in the removal of liquid from an acoustic chamber is described. The screen is placed in an orifice in the acoustic module between the external environment and the internal acoustic chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas J. Weber, Naoto Matsuyuki
  • Patent number: 9575514
    Abstract: An enclosure for a portable computing device is disclosed. The enclosure includes a top case and a bottom case. The bottom case includes a retention feature that receives a snap member. The top case includes a tapered protrusion that is received by the snap member in order to secure the top case to the bottom case. Other features may be included. For example, the retention feature may also receive a tab member that secures the snap member to the retention feature. The retention feature and the tapered protrusion allow for alternate securing means between the top case and the bottom case. As a result, fewer fasteners are required to secure the top case with the bottom case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin M. Robinson, Houtan R. Farahani
  • Patent number: 9574959
    Abstract: Sensor packages and manners of formation are described. In an embodiment, a sensor package includes a supporting die characterized by a recess area and a support anchor protruding above the recess area. A sensor die is bonded to the support anchor such that an air gap exists between the sensor die and the recess area. The sensor die includes a sensor positioned directly above the air gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Caleb C. Han, Tongbi Jiang, Jun Zhai
  • Patent number: 9575507
    Abstract: A cover glass including a center region and an outer region abutting the center region at an interface. The interface inhibits crack propagation from the outer region to the center region and vice versa. In another embodiment the cover glass may include mitigation voids introduced into the cover glass to inhibit crack propagation. The interface may be formed from the mitigation voids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Jones, Alexander W. Williams, Dale N. Memering, Matthew S. Rogers
  • Patent number: 9575508
    Abstract: A docking station configured to mate to an electronic device enables methods of interacting with the electronic device by impacting (e.g., knocking) on a table on which the device and/or the docking station are disposed and by means of contactless gestures. The electronic device may remain in a powered off state while the docking station continuously monitors for user input. The docking station may have a processor that is capable of detecting a user's impact and contactless gesture inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Darshan R. Kasar, Greg Nayman, Robert Doran Watson, James L. McPeak, Edwin Foo, Albert Golko, Jeffrey J. Terlizzi
  • Patent number: 9575524
    Abstract: An electronic device such as a portable computer may be provided with a lower housing and an upper housing. The electronic device may include hinge structures which allow the upper housing to rotate about a rotational axis relative to the lower housing. The electronic device may include a ventilation port structure with intake openings that allow air to be drawn into the electronic device. The ventilation structure may also include exhaust openings that are used to expel air from the lower housing. When the electronic device is in an open position, it may be desirable for the ventilation structure to form more exhaust openings than when the electronic device is in a closed position. The ventilation structure may form lower exhaust openings when the electronic device is in the closed position and form upper and lower exhaust openings when the electronic device is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eric R. Prather, Christiaan A. Ligtenberg, Jay S. Nigen, Laura M. Campo, Nicholas D. Mancini, Brett W. Degner
  • Patent number: 9575382
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with a display. The display may be a liquid crystal display having a thin-film transistor layer and a color filter layer. The thin-film transistor layer may have diagonally opposed recesses in its edges that form diagonally opposed display driver ledges that protrude outwardly from under the color filter layer. Display driver circuitry may be mounted on the display driver ledges. Gate driver circuitry may be formed on the thin-film transistor layer. Recesses may be formed along the left and right edges of the display to form left and right display driver ledges to support the gate driver circuitry. A single display drive integrated circuit or multiple display driver integrated circuits may be mounted on each display driver ledge. The recesses may accommodate components in the electronic device such as a camera and audio jack or other components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas J. Weber, Kenneth A. Jenks
  • Patent number: 9575392
    Abstract: An electronic device may contain a camera, a camera flash, and a display in a housing. The camera flash or the display may provide illumination while capturing images with camera. The camera flash may be formed from light guiding structures that receive camera flash light from a light source. The camera flash may be located under a speaker port mesh. A speaker port may contain a camera and a camera flash. Light guiding structures may have a ring shape with an opening. A speaker port, camera, or button may be located within the opening. A button may have an opaque portion in which a transparent light guiding structure for a camera flash is embedded. Camera flash structures may produce camera flash light to capture images and can serve as a status indicator to indicate when a message is received or other state change is detected during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lee E. Hooton, Kelvin Kwong
  • Patent number: 9576176
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a biometric sensing device connected to a processing channel that includes at least one amplifier having a gain. One or more processing devices is operatively connected to the biometric sensing device and adapted to compensate for signal fixed pattern noise in signals received from the processing channel. The signal fixed pattern noise can include signal measurement variation noise and gain variation noise. The biometric sensing device captures a new image or data, and at least one processing device compensates for the signal fixed pattern noise in the newly captured image or data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Giovanni Gozzini, Benjamin B. Lyon, William M. Vieta, Pavel Mrazek
  • Patent number: 9576178
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a fingerprint sensor having a set of capacitive elements configured for capacitively coupling to a user fingerprint. The fingerprint sensor may be disposed under a control button or display element of an electronic device, for example one or more of a control button and a display component. A responsive element is responsive to proximity of the user fingerprint, for example one or both of a first circuit responsive to motion of the control button, and a second circuit responsive to a coupling between the fingerprint and a surface of the display element. The fingerprint sensor is disposed closer to the fingerprint than the responsive element. The control button or display component may include an anisotropic dielectric material, for example sapphire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Pope, Shawn Arnold, Barry J. Corlett, Terry L. Gilton, Syed Husaini, Steven Webster, Scott A. Myers, Matthew D. Hill, Benjamin B. Lyon
  • Patent number: 9576126
    Abstract: A template of a biometric attribute for use with a biometric recognition device includes a long term component and a short term component. The long term component can include a plurality of nodes that each represents at least a portion of the biometric attribute. The short term component may include one or more newly captured nodes that each represents at least a portion of the biometric attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Boshra, Pavel Mrazek, William M. Vieta
  • Patent number: 9575945
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a method that parses an unstructured document that includes a number of primitive elements. The method stores the primitive elements in a random order in a first storage. The method stores references to the primitive elements in a second storage in an order based on locations of the primitive elements in the unstructured document. The method receives instructions to perform a document reconstruction operation. The method performs the received instructions without storing any new references to the primitive elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Andrew Mansfield, Michael Robert Levy
  • Patent number: 9575555
    Abstract: A tablet device determines a spatial relationship between the tablet device and a protective cover. The tablet device operates in accordance with the spatial relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel G. Smith, Matthew I. Brown, Nicholas Zambetti, Rohan Goel, Laura Charlotte Shumaker, Jeremy C. Franklin, Michael A. Cretella, Jr., Paul Meade, Chris Mullens
  • Patent number: 9575569
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for operating a portable device based on an accelerometer are described. According to one embodiment of the invention, an accelerometer attached to a portable device detects a movement of the portable device. In response, a machine executable code is executed within the portable device to perform one or more predetermined user configurable operations. Other methods and apparatuses are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Paul J. Wehrenberg, Aaron Leiba, Richard C. Williams, David R. Falkenburg, Louis G. Gerbarg, Ray L. Chang
  • Patent number: 9575573
    Abstract: A stylus may have an elongated body with opposing ends. Electronic equipment may have a touch sensor that receives electromagnetic signals from one or more electrodes. The stylus may have a touch sensor on the elongated body. The touch sensor on the body may have electrodes that gather touch input and optional force input when the fingers of a user touch the stylus. The touch input may include touch gestures in which a user's fingers move along the length of the stylus and may include rotational information indicative of how the stylus is being rotated between the user's fingers. The stylus may have a force sensor that monitors how firmly the stylus is being pressed against external surface and may have other input-output devices. The stylus may transition between operating modes based on signals from the force sensor and other input-output devices in the stylus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Ray L. Chang
  • Patent number: 9575610
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are liquid-crystal display (LCD) touch screens that integrate the touch sensing elements with the display circuitry. The integration may take a variety of forms. Touch sensing elements can be completely implemented within the LCD stackup but outside the not between the color filter plate and the array plate. Alternatively, some touch sensing elements can be between the color filter and array plates with other touch sensing elements not between the plates. In another alternative, all touch sensing elements can be between the color filter and array plates. The latter alternative can include both conventional and in-plane-switching (IPS) LCDs. In some forms, one or more display structures can also have a touch sensing function. Techniques for manufacturing and operating such displays, as well as various devices embodying such displays are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Porter Hotelling, Wei Chen, Christoph Horst Krah, John Greer Elias, Wei Hsin Yao, John Z. Zhong, Andrew Bert Hodge, Brian Richards Land, Willem Den Boer
  • Patent number: 9575588
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a housing in which components such as a display are mounted. A strain gauge may be mounted on a layer of the display such as a cover layer or may be mounted on a portion of the housing or other support structure. The layer of material on which the strain gauge is mounted may be configured to flex in response to pressure applied by a finger of a user. The strain gauge may serve as a button for the electronic device or may form part of other input circuitry. A differential amplifier and analog-to-digital converter circuit may be used to gather and process strain gauge signals. The strain gauge may be formed form variable resistor structures that make up part of a bridge circuit that is coupled to the differential amplifier. The bridge circuit may be configured to reduce the impact of capacitively coupled noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bingrui Yang, Martin P. Grunthaner, Steven P. Hotelling
  • Patent number: 9575591
    Abstract: An electronic device with a display can receive an alert comprising information, and in response to receiving the alert, issue a perceptual output. The device can detect a user input and determine whether the user input was detected within a predetermined time interval after the perceptual output. In accordance with a determination that the user input was detected within the predetermined time interval, the device can display a notification on the display, wherein the notification comprises a first portion of the information. If the device continues to detect the user input after a second predetermined time period, the device can display a second portion of the information, where the second portion is different from the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Lawrence Y. Yang, Stephen O. Lemay, Alan C. Dye, Christopher Patrick Foss, Jonathan R. Dascola, Imran Chaudhri, Gary Ian Butcher, David Chance Graham, Jonathan P. Ive, Kevin Lynch, Natalia Maric
  • Patent number: 9575648
    Abstract: At least certain embodiments of the present disclosure include an environment with user interface software interacting with a software application to provide gesture operations for a display of a device. A method for operating through an application programming interface (API) in this environment includes transferring a scaling transform call. The gesture operations include performing a scaling transform such as a zoom in or zoom out in response to a user input having two or more input points. The gesture operations also include performing a rotation transform to rotate an image or view in response to a user input having two or more input points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Christopher Blumenberg
  • Patent number: 9575635
    Abstract: In some implementations, a return to sender option can be invoked from within a file editing application when a user has edited a file received as a message attachment. The user can select a file attached to a message from within a messaging application. A file editor can be invoked to open and edit the file. The user can select a return to sender option from within the file editor. In response to the selection of the return to sender option, the edited file can be automatically saved, a reply message can be automatically generated and the edited file can be automatically attached to the reply message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Conrad Rhodes Carlen
  • Patent number: 9578769
    Abstract: Various components of an electronic device housing and methods for their assembly are disclosed. The housing can be formed by assembling and connecting two or more different sections together. The sections of the housing may be coupled together using one or more coupling members. The coupling members may be formed using a two-shot molding process in which the first shot forms a structural portion of the coupling members, and the second shot forms cosmetic portions of the coupling members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Charles B. Woodhull, David A. Pakula, Tang Y. Tan, Douglas Joseph Weber, Christopher D. Prest, Dale N. Memering, Bryan P. Kiple
  • Patent number: 9576400
    Abstract: An avatar editing environment is disclosed that allows users to create custom avatars for use in online games and other applications. Starting with a blank face the user can add, rescale and position different elements (e.g., eyes, nose, mouth) on the blank face. The user can also change the shape of the avatar's face, the avatar's skin color and the color of all the elements. In some implementations, touch input and gestures can be used to manually edit the avatar. Various controls can be used to create the avatar, such as controls for resizing, rotating, positioning, etc. The user can choose between manual and automatic avatar creation. The avatar editing environment can be part of a framework that is available to applications. One or more elements of the avatar can be animated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marcel van Os, Thomas Goossens, Laurent Baumann, Michael Dale Lampell, Alexandre Carlhian
  • Patent number: 9575968
    Abstract: Methods, program products, and systems of intelligent data delivery and storage based on data characteristics are disclosed. A database server can receive, from a user device, a request for data. The database server can determine a data size and a data type of the requested data. The database server can identify, based on the data size and data type, and from multiple candidate data delivery protocols for responding to the request, a data delivery protocol designated for delivering data having the data size and data type. The database server can deliver the data to the user device in response to the request using the identified data delivery protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hui Carl Wang, Oleg Zaydman
  • Patent number: 9575976
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses that maintain birth time for a file system to optimize file update operations are described. The file system can include a plurality of snapshots or clones of data stored in one or more extents of blocks allocated in a storage device. Each extent may be associated with a time stamp according to the birth time. A request may be received from an executable using the file system to update data in a particular extent associated with a particular time stamp. In response, the current birth time in the file system and the particular time stamp may be compared to determine if the particular extent is not shared by more than one of the snapshots. If the particular time stamp is equal to the current birth time, the particular extent may be updated directly without performing an expensive operation to check whether a reference count of the particular extent is equal to one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Wenguang Wang, Deric Horn, David Alexander Majnemer, Owen Strain
  • Patent number: 9576056
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for identifying a new set of media items in response to an input set (or “query set”) of media items and knowledge base metrics. The system uses a knowledge base consisting of a collection of mediasets. Various metrics among media items are considered by analyzing how the media items are grouped to form the mediasets in the knowledge base. Such association or “similarity” metrics are preferably stored in a matrix form that allows the system to efficiently identify a new set of media items that complements the input set of media items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Francisco J. Martin, Jim Shur, Marc Torrens
  • Patent number: 9575754
    Abstract: A system and method for reducing the latency of data move operations. A register rename unit within a processor determines whether a decoded move instruction is eligible for a zero cycle move operation. If so, control logic assigns a physical register identifier associated with a source operand of the move instruction to the destination operand of the move instruction. Additionally, the register rename unit marks the given move instruction to prevent it from proceeding in the processor pipeline. Further maintenance of the particular physical register identifier may be done by the register rename unit during commit of the given move instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James B. Keller, John H. Mylius, Conrado Blasco-Allue, Gerard R. Williams, III, Suparn Vats
  • Patent number: 9576574
    Abstract: Methods and systems related to intelligent interruption handling by digital assistants are disclosed. In some embodiments, a first information provision process is initiated in response to a first speech input. The first information provision process comprises preparing a first response and a second response to the first speech input. After or concurrent with the provision of the first response to the user, but before provision of the second response to the user, an event operable to initiate a second information provision process is detected. The second information provision process is initiated in response to detecting the event. The second information provision process comprises preparing a third response to the event. A relative urgency between the second response and the third response is determined. One of the second response and the third response is provided to the user in an order based on the determined relative urgency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Marcel van Os
  • Patent number: 9576588
    Abstract: A close-talk detector detects a near-end user's speech signal, while an adaptive ANC process is running, and in response helps prevent the filter coefficients of an adaptive filter of the ANC process from being corrupted, thereby reducing the risk of the adaptive filters diverge. Upon detecting speech using a vibration sensor signal and one or more microphone signals, the detector asserts a signal that slows down, or even freezes or halts, the adaptation of the adaptive filter. The signal may be de-asserted when no more speech is being detected, thereby allowing the adaptive ANC process to resume its normal rate adaptation of the filter. The detector may continuously operate in this manner during the call, as the user talks and then pauses and then resumes talking. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andre L. Goldstein, Esge B. Andersen
  • Patent number: 9576388
    Abstract: A graphics animation and compositing operations framework has a layer tree for interfacing with the application and a render tree for interfacing with a render engine. Layers in the layer tree can be content, windows, views, video, images, text, media or other type of objects for an application's user interface. The application commits state changes of the layers of the layer tree. The application does not need to include explicit code for animating the changes to the layers. Instead, after a synchronization threshold has been met, an animation is determined for animating the change in state by the framework which can define a set of predetermined animations based on motion, visibility and transition. The determined animation is explicitly applied to the affected layers in the render tree. A render engine renders from the render tree into a frame buffer, synchronized with the display. Portions of the render tree changing relative to prior versions can be tracked to improve resource management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph Brunner, John Harper, Peter Graffagnino
  • Patent number: 9575646
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, a computer-implemented method is performed at a portable multifunction device with a rectangular touch screen display that includes a portrait view and a landscape view. The method includes detecting the device in a first orientation, and while the device is in the first orientation, displaying an application in a first mode on the touch screen display in a first view. The method also includes detecting the device in a second orientation, and in response to detecting the device in the second orientation, displaying the application in a second mode on the touch screen display in a second view. The first mode of the application differs from the second mode of the application by more than a change in display orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Scott Forstall, Charles J. Pisula, Imran Chaudhri, Freddy Allen Anzures, Steven P. Jobs, Scott Herz
  • Patent number: 9577315
    Abstract: Electronic devices are provided that contain wireless communications circuitry. The wireless communications circuitry may include radio-frequency transceiver circuitry and antenna structures. The antenna structures may include antennas such as inverted-F antennas that contain antenna resonating elements and antenna ground elements. Antenna resonating elements may be formed from patterned conductive traces on substrates such as flex circuit substrates. Antenna ground elements may be formed from conductive device structures such as metal housing walls. Support and biasing structures such as dielectric support members and layer of foam may be used to support and bias antenna resonating elements against planar device structures. The planar device structures against which the antenna resonating elements are biased may be planar dielectric members such as transparent layers of display cover glass or other planar structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Qingxiang Li, Robert W. Schlub, Fletcher R. Rothkopf, Adam D. Mittleman, Yi Jiang, Emily McMilin, Li-jun Zhang
  • Patent number: 9577397
    Abstract: Methods are provided for manufacturing a shell assembly for an electrical connector. First and second shells of a shell assembly may be formed from metal sheets via a stamping process. The stamping process may produce a number of first shells attached to a section of metal sheet remaining after the stamping process—a guide rail—with the front end opening of the first shell being oriented at 90 degrees relative to the guide rail. A second shell may be formed and severed from a metal sheet as a result of the stamping process. One end of the first shells may be exposed after the stamping process such that the second shells may be assembled over the exposed end of the first shells to form a shell assembly. Additional operations can be performed on the shell assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Cowan, Brett A. Rosenthal
  • Patent number: 9577318
    Abstract: An electronic device may have wireless circuitry and components such as sensors. The electronic device may have a metal housing having first and second planar rear wall portions separated by a gap. Conductive structures may bridge the gap to electrically couple the first and second rear wall portions. The wireless circuitry may include a hybrid slot inverted-F antenna. The antenna may have an inverted-F antenna resonating element formed from peripheral housing structures that are separated from the second rear wall portion by an opening. The opening may form a C-shaped slot antenna resonating element for the antenna. The sensors may include a fingerprint sensor. The fingerprint sensor may be coupled to a button member in a button. The fingerprint sensor and other portions of the button may overlap the second planar rear wall portion to minimize interference with antenna operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mattia Pascolini, Nanbo Jin
  • Patent number: 9577846
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for channel estimation in a Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (MBMS) Single Frequency Network (MBSFN) are disclosed. A representative method includes a wireless communication device receiving multiple frames, each frame including multiple subframes, each subframe including multiple symbols. The wireless communication device determines whether subframes include MBMS data or not. For subframes that include MBMS data, the wireless communication device excludes all or certain symbols of the subframes that include MBMS data from a channel estimation process. The wireless communication device determines whether the subframes include MBMS data based at least in part on a channel impulse response and/or a channel energy response for one or more symbols of the subframes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Navid Damji, Zhu Ji, Johnson O. Sebeni, Gaurav Nukala, Srinivasan Vasudevan
  • Patent number: 9578768
    Abstract: A colored sapphire material and methods for coloring sapphire material using lasers are disclosed. The method for coloring the sapphire material may include positioning the sapphire material over an opaque substrate material, exposing the opaque substrate material to a laser beam passing through the sapphire material to impact the substrate material, and inducing a chemical change in a portion of the sapphire material exposed to the laser beam. The method may also include creating a visible color in the portion of the sapphire material as a result of the chemical change. The colored sapphire material may include a first transparent portion, and a second, colored portion substantially surrounded by the first portion. The second, colored portion may have a chemical composition different than that of the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Michael M. Li, Christopher R. Fagan, Anubhav Prasad
  • Patent number: D779240
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Federico F. Tio, Frank Craig Thaler, Kevin Fenton Smeds, Chahe Demian, Wesley Bryan Hamm
  • Patent number: D779244
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, Christopher M. Green, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Duncan Robert Kerr, Kully Kraig Mandon, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Jonathan P. Siegel, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D779484
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 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: D779485
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, 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, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D779489
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, 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, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D779490
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, 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, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D779547
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond Sepulveda