Patents Assigned to Apple, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20190156518
    Abstract: A system comprises an encoder configured to compress attribute information and/or spatial for a point cloud and/or a decoder configured to decompress compressed attribute and/or spatial information for the point cloud. To compress the attribute and/or spatial information, the encoder is configured to convert a point cloud into an image based representation. Also, the decoder is configured to generate a decompressed point cloud based on an image based representation of a point cloud. A closed-loop color conversion process is used to improve compression while taking into consideration distortion introduced throughout the point cloud compression process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Khaled Mammou, Yeping Su, David W. Singer, Alexandros Tourapis, Fabrice A. Robinet, Hsi-Jung Wu
  • Publication number: 20190157635
    Abstract: Battery packs are presented having structural members for improving thermal management of battery cells therein. In some embodiments, the battery packs include a first end-member positioned opposite a second end-member and parallel thereto. The battery packs also include a first side beam positioned opposite a second side beam and parallel thereto. The first side beam and the second side beam extend longitudinally between the first end-member and the second end-member. A longitudinal member is disposed between the first side beam and the second side beam and defines a plurality of longitudinal rows. The battery packs may additionally include a lateral member disposed between first end-member and the second end-member to partition the plurality of longitudinal rows into an array of battery cell compartments. A battery cell is disposed within at least one battery cell compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Josef L. Miler, Luke A. Wilhelm, Andrew C. Chu
  • Publication number: 20190156520
    Abstract: A system comprises an encoder configured to compress attribute information and/or spatial for a point cloud and/or a decoder configured to decompress compressed attribute and/or spatial information for the point cloud. To compress the attribute and/or spatial information, the encoder is configured to convert a point cloud into an image based representation. Also, the decoder is configured to generate a decompressed point cloud based on an image based representation of a point cloud. A block/sub-block organization scheme is used to encode blocks and sub-blocks of an occupancy map used in compressing the point cloud. Binary values are assigned to blocks/sub-blocks based on whether they contain patches projected on the point cloud. A traversal path is chosen that takes advantage of run-length encoding strategies to reduce a size of an encoded occupancy map. Also, auxiliary information is used to further improve occupancy map compression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Khaled Mammou, Yeping Su, David W. Singer, Alexandros Tourapis, Fabrice A. Robinet, Hsi-Jung Wu
  • Publication number: 20190159005
    Abstract: The described embodiments transfer an activity from a source electronic device to a companion electronic device. The source electronic device receives activity information describing an activity performed in a first application at the source electronic device, determines an activity identifier for the activity information, and broadcasts an activity advertisement comprising the activity identifier. Upon receiving the activity advertisement, the companion electronic device determines whether a second application that is associated with the first application is available at the companion electronic device. If the second application is available, the companion electronic device requests extended activity data from the source electronic device. The source electronic device responds by sending extended activity data from the first application to the companion electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Linn, Keith Stattenfield, Alexander J. Dunn
  • Publication number: 20190156519
    Abstract: A system comprises an encoder configured to compress attribute information and/or spatial for a point cloud and/or a decoder configured to decompress compressed attribute and/or spatial information for the point cloud. To compress the attribute and/or spatial information, the encoder is configured to convert a point cloud into an image based representation. Also, the decoder is configured to generate a decompressed point cloud based on an image based representation of a point cloud. The encoder is configured project the point cloud on to patch planes to compress the point cloud, and supports multiple layered patch planes. For example, some point clouds may have a depth, and points at different depths may be assigned to different layered patch planes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Khaled Mammou, Yeping Su, David W. Singer, Alexandros Tourapis, Fabrice A. Robinet, Hsi-Jung Wu
  • Publication number: 20190157636
    Abstract: Battery packs are presented. The battery packs include a plurality of cell blocks, each cell block comprising a plurality of battery cells. The battery pack also includes a plenum chamber configured to fluidly couple each of the cell blocks to an exterior of the battery pack in response to a thermal event in the battery cell in a separate cell block. In some embodiments, at least one of the cell blocks is configured to be fluidly coupled to the plenum structure via a cell block vent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Josef L. Miler, Alexander J. Clarabut, Mujeeb I. Ijaz, Jonathan Hall, Luke A. Wilhelm, Abraham B. Caulk, Dirk E. Long, Yu-Hung Li
  • Patent number: 10292505
    Abstract: A retail electronic product demonstration fixture for demonstrating portable electronic devices. The product demonstration fixture may include an exhibition portion and a base portion. A portable electronic device offered for sale may be affixed to the exhibition portion. The base portion may include an electronic display, an auxiliary battery, and an auxiliary controller. The auxiliary controller may direct power from the auxiliary battery to the electronic display upon determining that a battery within the electronic display has fallen below a particular selected level. Similarly the auxiliary controller may direct power from the auxiliary battery to the portable electronic device offered for sale upon determining that a battery within the portable electronic device has fallen below a selected level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Emery A. Sanford, David G. Havskjold, Steven G. Herbst, Anthony S. Montevirgen, Jeffrey J. Terlizzi, Tyson B. Manullang, Charles A. Schwalbach
  • Patent number: 10293718
    Abstract: A seating system for a vehicle is disclosed. The seating system includes a support surface having a surface contour formed by first springs having fixed stiffness values, a frame, and second springs having adjustable stiffness values coupling the support surface and the frame. The first springs and the second springs together control motion of the support surface in relation to motion of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Filip Ilievski, John J. Baker, Kathryn C. Zhou, Matthew E. Last, Randol W. Aikin, Donald J. Novotney, Stephen P. Zadesky
  • Patent number: 10296062
    Abstract: A memory controller includes an interface and a processor. The interface is configured to communicate with one or more memory devices that require an operation voltage. The memory devices are capable of obtaining the operation voltage either from a power supply external to the memory device or from respective charge pumps internal to the memory devices. The processor is configured to predict storage activity in the memory devices, and to cause the memory devices to select a source for the operation voltage between the power supply and the respective charge pumps in accordance with the predicted storage activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Barak Rotbard, Assaf Shappir
  • Patent number: 10296075
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an apparatus includes an input circuit coupled to a first power supply with a first voltage level, a power circuit coupled to a second power supply with a second voltage level, and an output driver. The input circuit may receive an input signal, and generate an inverted signal dependent upon the input signal. The power circuit may generate a power signal in response to first values of the input and the inverted signals, wherein a voltage level of the power signal may be dependent upon the second voltage level. The power circuit may also generate a third voltage level on the power signal in response to second values of the input and the inverted signals. The output driver may generate an output signal dependent upon the input signal. The output signal may transition between the voltage level of the power signal and the ground reference level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Zhao Wang, Miles G. Canada
  • Patent number: 10296093
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein generally relate to a portable electronic device. The portable electronic device can include a processor and a sensor coupled with the processor, the sensor capable of detecting a stimulus, and responding to the stimulus by providing a detection signal to the processor. The portable electronic device can further include an interface unit capable of interacting with a user. The portable electronic device can further include a feedback unit in communication with the interface unit and the processor, the feedback unit providing a feedback response that is perceptible to the user during the interaction, where when the sensor detects the stimulus, the detection signal provided to the processor by the sensor causes the processor to respond by instructing the feedback unit to alter the feedback response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Christensen, Daniel A. Greenberg, Thomas R. Matzinger
  • Patent number: 10296160
    Abstract: Systems and processes are disclosed for virtual assistant request recognition using live usage data and data relating to future events. User requests that are received but not recognized can be used to generate candidate request templates. A count can be associated with each candidate request template and can be incremented each time a matching candidate request template is received. When a count reaches a threshold level, the corresponding candidate request template can be used to train a virtual assistant to recognize and respond to similar user requests in the future. In addition, data relating to future events can be mined to extract relevant information that can be used to populate both recognized user request templates and candidate user request templates. Populated user request templates (e.g., whole expected utterances) can then be used to recognize user requests and disambiguate user intent as future events become relevant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Rushin N. Shah, Devang K. Naik
  • Patent number: 10295612
    Abstract: An array of resistive sensor circuits may be used to gather sensor data. Each resistive sensor circuit may have a resistive sensor and an associated switch. Row decoder circuitry may supply rows of the sensor circuits with control signals on row lines. Capacitors associated with respective columns of the array may be provided with an initialization voltage. The control signals on the row lines may be used to turn on the switches in a selected row of the resistive sensor circuits and thereby discharge the capacitors through the resistive sensors of that row. Comparators may have first inputs coupled to the capacitors and second inputs that receive a reference voltage. A column readout circuit may have memory and processing circuitry that receives count values from a counter and that stores the count values in response to toggling output signals from the comparators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jian Guo
  • Patent number: 10296123
    Abstract: A force sensing device can be included in a display. Noise produced by various sources can be injected into the force signals produced by the force sensing device. Example noise sources include, but are not limited to, the display, Johnson or Thermal noise from the force sensing device, system noise, and magnetically-coupled or background noise produced by ambient light sources. A sampling scheme that includes one or more noise cancelling techniques can be employed to reduce the amount of noise in the force signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Manu Agarwal, John Stephen Smith
  • Patent number: D848773
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    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: D848999
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Marine C. Bataille, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniele De Iuliis, Markus Diebel, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Lee E. Hooton, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Julian Jaede, Daniel W. Jarvis, Duncan Robert Kerr, Robert F. Meyer, David A. Pakula, Michael D. Quinones, Marwan Rammah, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Ian Spraggs, Christopher J. Stringer, Joe Sung Ho Tan, Tang Yew Tan, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D849010
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Marine C. Bataille, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniele De Iuliis, Markus Diebel, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Lee E. Hooton, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Julian Jaede, Daniel W. Jarvis, Duncan Robert Kerr, Robert F. Meyer, David A. Pakula, Michael D. Quinones, Marwan Rammah, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Ian Spraggs, Christopher J. Stringer, Joe Sung Ho Tan, Tang Yew Tan, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D849017
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alan C. Dye, Christopher Foss, Jonathan P. Ive, Britt Nelson, Christopher Wilson, Eric Lance Wilson
  • Patent number: D849026
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Freddy Anzures, Greg Apodaca, Ismael Basso, Imran Chaudhri, Jonathan P. Ive, Chanaka Karunamuni, Matthew Dean Rohrbach
  • Patent number: D849045
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Lee Coffman, Chun Kin Minor Wong