Patents Assigned to Apple, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20200205116
    Abstract: Described is an apparatus of a User Equipment (UE) operable to communicate with a fifth-generation Evolved Node-B (gNB) on a wireless network. The apparatus may comprise a first circuitry and a second circuitry. The first circuitry may be operable to process a Tracking Reference Signal (TRS) transmission and to process a Synchronizati on Signal block (SS-block) transmission. The second circuitry may be operable to measure a reference signal parameter based on the TRS transmission and the SS-block transmission.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yushu ZHANG, Guotong WANG, Alexei DAVYDOV, Gang XIONG
  • Publication number: 20200204406
    Abstract: Described is an apparatus of a User Equipment (UE). The apparatus may comprise a first circuitry and a second circuitry. The first circuitry may be operable to process a message carrying an indicator to indicate a selection of a Sounding Reference Signal (SRS) resource set, wherein the message is received from a gNB. The second circuitry may be operable to generate an SRS transmission, based on the indicator. The apparatus may comprise an interface to send the SRS transmission to a transmission circuitry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yushu ZHANG, Alexei DAVYDOV, Hong HE, Gang XIONG, Sameer PAWAR, Guotong WANG
  • Publication number: 20200201588
    Abstract: An accessory device application executes on an accessory device of limited resources. The accessory device application includes an accessory device stub application and an interface definition. When a user interacts with the accessory device application, display changes are generated in response, in accordance with the interface definition, and are sent to a companion extension at an associated companion device. The companion extension receives the changes, and generates updated display values for the accessory device display. The updated display values are sent from the companion device daemon to the daemon of the accessory device, which displays the updated display values at the accessory device display. The functionality and operation of the accessory device application permit an accessory device of limited resources to leverage data processing and computational power of the companion device, to provide a more involving user experience at the accessory device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Marcos, Andrew E. Platzer
  • Publication number: 20200202600
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a map application with novel map exploration tools. In some embodiments, the map application executes on a mobile device (e.g., a handheld smartphone, a tablet, etc.) with a touch sensitive screen. The map application of some embodiments has a first display area to display a map of a region, and second and third display areas to display information about items displayed on the map in the first display area. In some embodiments, the second display area slides over the first display area to overlap at least a portion of the first display area. After the second display area slides over the first display area, the third display area in some embodiments slides over the first display area to overlap at least a portion of the first display area. In some embodiments, the second and third display areas slide over the first display area from one side of the first display area. This side is the bottom of the first display area in some embodiments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jae Woo Chang, Marcel Van Os
  • Patent number: 10694465
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a user equipment device (UE) implements improved communication methods which include radio resource time multiplexing, dynamic sub-frame allocation, and UE transmit duty cycle control. In some embodiments, the UE may communicate with base stations using radio frames that include multiple sub-frames, transmit information regarding allocation of a portion of the sub-frames of a respective radio frame for each of a plurality of the radio frames, and transmit and receive data using allocated sub-frames and not using unallocated sub-frames. In some embodiments, the UE may operate according to a sub-frame allocation based on its current power state. The UE may transmit information to the base station and receive the sub-frame allocation based on at least the information. In some embodiments, the UE may switch transmit duty cycles based on an occurrence of a condition at the UE. The UE may inform the network of the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Li Su, Stephan V. Schell, Jianxiong Shi, Sami M. Almalfouh
  • Patent number: 10694411
    Abstract: Embodiments include apparatuses, methods, and systems that may test a UE for its idle period distribution. A test system may identify a set of bins in which a union of the set of bins may be equal to a contention window, wherein each individual bin of the set of bins may have an associated probability. A first bin of the set of bins may have a first associated probability, and a second bin of the set of bins may have a second associated probability that is larger than the first associated probability. Each individual idle period may be assigned to a corresponding bin of the set of bins. A UE may have a pass status or a failure status based on the individual idle periods assigned to the corresponding bin of the set of bins, and the associated probability for the bin. Other embodiments may also be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Markus Dominik Mueck, Biljana Badic
  • Patent number: 10694449
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Artiom Shamis, Kapil Chhabra
  • Patent number: 10689783
    Abstract: A fabric-based item may include a housing that is covered in fabric. Areas of the fabric may overlap input circuitry such as button switches, touch sensors, force sensors, proximity sensors, and other sensing circuitry and may overlap other components such as light-emitting components and haptic output devices. The fabric-based item may include control circuitry that gathers user input from the input circuitry and wireless communications circuitry that the control circuitry uses to transmit remote control commands and other wireless signals in response information from the input circuitry. The fabric-based item may have a weight that is located in the housing to orient the housing in a desired direction when the housing rests on a surface. A movable weight may tilt the housing in response to proximity sensor signals or other input. Portions of the fabric may overlap light-emitting components and optical fiber configured to emit light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel A. Podhajny, Daniel D. Sunshine, Kathryn P. Crews
  • Patent number: 10694603
    Abstract: An LED driver circuit is disclosed. The LED driver circuit includes an amplifier having a first input coupled to receive a reference voltage and a second input coupled to receive a feedback voltage. The circuit further includes first and second transistors each having respective gate terminals coupled to an output of the first amplifier. In a first mode, a first switch alternately couples a source terminal of the first transistor to the second input of the amplifier (when the pulse is asserted) and a source terminal of the second transistor to the second input (when the pulse is de-asserted). A third transistor includes a gate terminal that is coupled to ground, by a second switch, when operating in the first mode. When operating in the second mode, the switch couples the third transistor to the output of the amplifier, while the pulse remains asserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Cristian Grecu, Bogdan-Eugen Matei, Angelo Bassi, Andrei-Cosmin Gaidam, Alessandro Molari
  • Patent number: 10694453
    Abstract: Systems and methods of providing communications between UEs are generally described. A notification resource indicating subsequent transmission of a discovery message is transmitted from a UE to another UE using a discovery ID selected from a limited number of discovery IDs stored in the other UE. The other UE transmits a random access request to the UE having a temporary ID. The UE may not respond if the temporary ID is already used or may transmit data transmission information scrambled by the temporary ID. The other UE transmits a contention resolution PDU to the UE and may receive an ACK to indicate ID contention is not present, or either no response or a NACK to indicate the presence of ID contention. The other UE may either select a new temporary ID or use a backoff timer to retransmit the random access request at a random time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Satish Chandra Jha, Qian Li, Guangjie Li, Yaser M. Fouad, Joonbeom Kim, Vesh Raj Sharma Banjade, Lu Lu, Dawei Ying, Hassan Ghozlan, Xiaoyun May Wu, Geng Wu
  • Patent number: 10694629
    Abstract: A magnetic stand for a tablet device is disclosed. The magnetic stand is configured to rigidly hold a portion of the tablet device in place and to shield the magnetic field from adversely affecting nearby devices susceptible to strong magnetic fields. The shielding portion of the magnetic stand allows for significant increases in magnetic field strength when compared to similarly configured, unshielded products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew D. Rohrbach
  • Patent number: 10694624
    Abstract: Electronic devices may be provided that contain multiple housing portions. The housing portions may be coupled together using hinges. The hinges may include hinges based on a three-bar linkage, hinges based on a four-bar linkage, hinges with slotted members, hinges formed from flexible support structures, and hinges based on flexible housing structures. Flexible displays may be mounted to the housing portions overlapping the hinges. When the housing portions in a device are rotated relative to each other, the flexible display may bend. The hinge may be configured to allow the flexible display to be placed in a front-to-front configuration in which an active side of the display faces itself or a back-to-back configuration. Engagement structures may be used to help the housing grip external objects and to hold the housing portions together. The hinges may be provided with rotational detents to help hold the flexible display in desired positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Fletcher R. Rothkopf, Andrew J. M. Janis, Teodor Dabov
  • Patent number: 10690591
    Abstract: Methods and systems for measurement time distribution for referencing schemes are disclosed. The disclosed methods and systems can be capable of dynamically changing the measurement time distribution based on the sample signal, reference signal, noise levels, and SNR. The methods and systems can be configured with a plurality of measurement states, including a sample measurement state, reference measurement state, and dark measurement state. In some examples, the measurement time distribution scheme can be based on the operating wavelength, the measurement location at the sampling interface, and/or targeted SNR. Examples of the disclosure further include systems and methods for measuring the different measurement states concurrently. Moreover, the systems and methods can include a high-frequency detector to eliminate or reduce decorrelated noise fluctuations that can lower the SNR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Chen, Trent D. Ridder, Miikka M. Kangas, David I. Simon, Matthew A. Terrel
  • Patent number: 10687707
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system and method of detecting activity by a wheelchair user. In one aspect, a method comprises collecting motion data of a user device located on an appendage of the user; detecting, by a processor circuit, that one or more activities by the wheelchair user occurred based on the motion data; calculating, by a processor circuit, an energy expenditure by the user based the one or more activities by the wheelchair user occurred; and outputting, by a processor circuit, the energy expenditure estimation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Xing Tan, Karthik Jayaraman Raghuram, Adeeti Ullal, Umamahesh Srinivas, Mrinal Agarwal, Daniel Trietsch, Alexander Singh Alvarado, Hung A. Pham, Ronald K. Huang, Adam Howell
  • Patent number: D887750
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Robert Edwards, Tracey Adam Finger, Jean-Marc Gady, Gregory Guillaume Lespinard, Constantino Siampos, Moritz Wilsberg
  • Patent number: D887828
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Francesca Amor Delle Cese, Lorraine Y. Tang, Bhautik H. Mehta, Mark T. Uyeda, Alissa Anderson, Jonathan Berk, Margaret Madigan Burke, Jack Wanderman, Kevin Scott Fetterman
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    Patent number: D887857
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    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, Michael Korinek, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D887989
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Birgers, Michael Joseph Solomon, Charles Werley
  • Patent number: D888035
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Bartley K. Andre, 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, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D888080
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Freddy Anzures, Imran Chaudhri, Alan C. Dye, Bradley William Griffin, Jonathan P. Ive, Tiffany Jon, Chanaka Karunamuni, Nicholas V. King, Daamun Mohseni, Hoan K. Pham, William McMillan Tyler, Wan Si Wan, Giancarlo Yerkes