Patents Assigned to Apple, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10263340
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with wireless circuitry. The wireless circuitry may include one or more dual-frequency dual-polarization patch antennas. Each patch antenna may have a patch antenna resonating element that lies in a plane and a ground that lies in a different parallel plane. The patch antenna resonating element may have a first feed located along a first central axis and a second feed located along a second central axis that is perpendicular to the first central axis. The patch antenna resonating element may be rectangular, may be oval, or may have other shapes. A shorting pin may be located at an intersecting point between the first and second axes. The patch antennas may be used in beam steering arrays. The patch antennas may be used for wireless power transfer at microwave frequencies or other frequencies and may be used to support millimeter wave communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Basim H. Noori, Khan M. Salam, Liang Han, Matthew A. Mow, Mattia Pascolini, Ruben Caballero, Thomas E. Biedka, Yi Jiang, Yuehui Ouyang
  • Patent number: 10264269
    Abstract: In a coding system, an encoder codes video data according to a predetermined protocol, which, when decoded causes an associated decoder to perform a predetermined sequence of decoding operations. The encoder may perform local decodes of the coded video data, both in the manner dictated by the coding protocol that is at work and also by one or more alternative decoding operations. The encoder may estimate relative performance of the alternative decoding operations as compared to a decoding operation that is mandated by the coding protocol. The encoder may provide identifiers in metadata that is associated with the coded video data to identify such levels of distortion and/or levels of resources conserved. A decoder may refer to such identifiers when determining when to engage alternative decoding operations as may be warranted under resource conservation policies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexandros Tourapis, David W. Singer, Krasimir D. Kolarov, Steven E. Saunders, Guy Cote, Sorin Cismas
  • Patent number: 10264070
    Abstract: A network media delivery system includes client devices and a host device. Each client device has a network interface, an engine for processing media data, and a media interface. The host device, which can be a computer, establishes network communication links with the client devices, which can be networked media stations, and sends media data to the client devices. The media data can be sent wirelessly as packets of media data transmitted at intervals to each client device. In one embodiment, the host device controls processing of media data such that processed media is delivered in a synchronized manner at each of the client devices. In another embodiment, the host device controls processing of media data such that processed media is delivered in a synchronized manner at the host device and at least one client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Bob Bradley, Robert Dale Newberry, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10263677
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention provide additional MAC functionality to support the PHY features of a wireless communication system framework. The additional MAC functionality aids in enabling feedback from wireless terminals to base stations. In some aspects of the invention the feedback is provided on an allocated feedback channel. In other aspects of the invention the feedback is provided by MAC protocol data units (PDU) in a header, mini-header, or subheader. The feedback may be transmitted from the wireless terminal to the base station autonomously by the wireless terminal or in response to an indication from the base station that feedback is requested. Aspects of the invention also provide for allocating feedback resources to form a dedicated feedback channel. One or more of these enhancements is included in a given implementation. Base stations and wireless terminals are also described upon which methods described herein can be implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Hang Zhang, Mo-Han Fong, Peiying Zhu, Jianglei Ma, Wen Tong
  • Patent number: 10263391
    Abstract: An optoelectronic device includes a semiconductor substrate and a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) light source formed on the substrate and configured to emit coherent light at a predefined wavelength along a beam axis perpendicular to a surface of the substrate. A block of a transparent material is mounted on the surface of the substrate and forms, with the VCSEL, a resonant cavity at the predefined wavelength having an entrance face that is aligned with the beam axis and an exit face that is laterally displaced with respect to the entrance face along a cavity axis running parallel to the surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Shpunt, Andrew J. Sutton, Yakov G. Soskind
  • Patent number: 10263353
    Abstract: Contacts that may be highly corrosion resistant, may be readily manufactured, and may conserve precious materials. One example may provide contacts having a layer of a precious-metal alloy to improve corrosion resistance. The precious-metal-alloy layer may be plated with a hard, durable, wear and corrosion resistant plating stack for further corrosion resistance and wear improvement. The resources consumed by a contact may be reduced by forming a bulk or substrate region of the contact using a more readily available material, such as copper or a material that is primarily copper based.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Wagman, Benjamin J. Kallman, Hani Esmaeili, Stefan A. Kowalski, Daniel T. McDonald, Eric S. Jol, Raymund W. M. Kwok
  • Patent number: 10263753
    Abstract: In order to improve the quality of communication between electronic devices, one or more sub-channels used during communication between the electronic devices are dynamically modified based on one or more performance metrics and allowed transmit powers of the sub-channels. In particular, when the one or more performance metrics indicate that a distance between the electronic devices falls within a mid-range of distances, the one or more performance metrics may be used to guide selective changes to the sub-channels used during the communication based on the allowed transmit powers. The changes to the sub-channels used during the communication may increase, decrease or leave the total bandwidth unchanged. Moreover, by changing the sub-channels used during the communication, the allowed transmit power(s) of the sub-channel(s) used may be increased, which may improve the performance during the communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lei Li, Xiaojun Chen, Vusthla Sunil Reddy, Diego C. Hernandez, Peter M. Agboh, Mohit Narang, Ruben Caballero, Indranil S. Sen
  • Patent number: 10264266
    Abstract: Display brightness adjustment apparatus and methods are described in which the average brightness of a display may be scaled up or down using a non-linear function. When applying the non-linear function to scale down brightness, the contrast of the output signal may not be reduced so that the dynamic range and highlights are preserved. The non-linear brightness adjustment may be performed automatically, for example in response to ambient light level as detected by sensor(s), but may also be applied in response to a user adjustment to a brightness control knob or slider. The non-linear brightness adjustment may be performed globally, or alternatively may be performed on local regions of an image or display panel. The non-linear function may be a piecewise linear function, or some other non-linear function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Hao Pan
  • Patent number: 10263683
    Abstract: The present invention is a method and system for supporting a beamforming antenna system in a mobile broadband communication network with an improved beam pattern, beam sweep pattern, pilot channel design with feedback and reporting rules, and control signaling design. Specifically, the improved beam pattern includes a method of supporting wireless communications in a wireless network forming at least two spatial beams within a cell segment where the at least two spatial beams are associated with different power levels, and separately, where at least two spatial beams can be moved across the cell segment according to a unique sweep pattern. The pilot channel design improves network bandwidth performance and improves user mobility tracking. Feedback and reporting rules can be established using a particular field designator, CQI, in the preferred embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yi Song, Lai King Tee, Jun Li
  • Patent number: 10263984
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods to support authentication failure handling by network elements and by a wireless communication device when attempting access to services through non-cellular wireless networks by the wireless communication device are disclosed. Error messages received from evolved packet core (EPC) network elements, such as an authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) server, are mapped to failure messages provided to wireless communication devices by internetworking equipment, such as an evolved packet data gateway (ePDG). The wireless communication device determines a failures cause based on the failure messages and disallows retry attempts until select criteria are satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Krisztian Kiss, Thomas F. Pauly, Ajoy K. Singh, Rohan C. Malthankar, Vikram Bhaskara Yerrabommanahalli, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto
  • Patent number: 10263381
    Abstract: Contacts and connector assemblies that may be space efficient, provide direct connections to flexible circuit boards, provide corrosion resistance, prevent moisture leakage into an electronic device housing the connector assembly, are readily assembled, and have an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Kallman, Michael B. Wittenberg, Eric S. Jol
  • Patent number: 10264319
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device can send a priming command to a media application to cause the media application to load media items and media item metadata into memory associated with the media application. The computing device can predict a media application that is likely to be invoked by a user. The computing device can launch the media application. The computing device can send the priming command to the media application to cause the media application to prepare media items for playback or presentation to the user. After the media application loads the media items, the computing device can receive metadata associated with the loaded media items and present the metadata and appropriate media application controls on a display of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Charles Magahern, Edward T. Schmidt, Gregory R. Chapman, Ronald K. Huang, Thomas Alsina
  • Patent number: 10264084
    Abstract: Some implementations allow users to create and share data including playlists. Such playlists may be subscribed to by other users. Changes to such playlists, such as updates by the curator of the playlist, must be propagated to subscribers in a timely manner while efficiently utilizing resources. Some implementations allow updates to be propagated using a push notification to cause client devices to request the update (push). Alternatively, updates may be made when the client devices of the subscribers next accesses the system (pull). An aggregator system may be used to make decisions on which users to send push notifications, and which users to wait to pull updates on their own. Additionally, the aggregator may determine that certain playlist updates should be distributed using push notifications. The aggregator may determine that only certain playlist subscribers should receive push notifications regarding playlist updates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Arvind S. Shenoy, Priyo Mustafi, Paul C. Irvine, Venkat Kranthi Chalasani, Thomas Alsina, Cody D. Jorgensen
  • Patent number: 10264403
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a method for displaying a map. The method provides a first display area to display a map, and a second display area to overlap a portion of the first display area to display (i) a field to receive a search parameter and (ii) a set of predicted locations to view on the map. The second display area is moveable over the first display area in order to decrease its size to allow a larger portion of the map to be displayed in the first display area, or to increase its size to allow a larger number of predicted locations to be displayed in the second display area. In some embodiments, the second display area overlaps a bottom portion of the first display area. In some embodiments, the method is implemented by a map application that executes on a mobile device. The set of predicted locations displayed in the second display area in some embodiments include addresses harvested from applications executing on the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Tim A Aerts
  • Patent number: 10264274
    Abstract: A new file format for coded video data is provided. A decoder may identify patterns in the coded video data in order to make the decoding process and/or display of data more efficient. Such patterns may be predefined and stored at the decoder, may be defined by each encoder and exchanged during terminal initialization, or may be transmitted and/or stored with the associated video data. Initialization information associated with the fragments of video data may also provide for carouseling initialization updates such that the initialization fragments may indicate either that the initialization information should be updated or that the decoder should be re-initialized. Additionally, media files or segments may be broken into fragments and each segment may have an index to provide for random access to the media data of the segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Singer
  • Patent number: 10264264
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving decoding of encoded image data using parallel multi-bin decoding are provided. In one embodiment, multiple context bins per cycle are decoded for a set of syntax elements, by decoupling and/or retiming particular syntax parsing and/or arithmetic decoding tasks of the decoding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Abheek Banerjee, Syed Muhammad A. Rizvi, Yaxiong Zhou, Sorin C. Cismas
  • Patent number: 10264545
    Abstract: Various mechanisms for paging link-budget-limited (LBL) devices are disclosed, including: (1) transmitting paging message with non-conventional paging identifier; (2) transmitting paging message(s) with increased power; (3) repeating transmission of paging message to support combining at receiver. Various mechanisms for UE device to signal LBL status are disclosed, including, transmitting status flag or special value of DRX cycle to network node as part of tracking area update and/or attach request. The network node informs a base station of the device's LBL status as part of a paging message. (The network node may, e.g., assign an S-RNTI to the LBL device from a reserved subset of S-RNTI space.) The base station invokes a paging enhancement mechanism when paging an LBL device. Alternatively, the base station may page UE devices without knowledge of LBL status, e.g., by counting paging attempts for a given UE, and boosting power after the Nth paging attempt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Li Su, Sami M. Almalfouh, Venkateswara Rao Manepalli, Srinivas Burugupalli, Srinivasan Nimmala, Vijay Kumar Ramamurthi, Stephan V. Schell
  • Patent number: 10264188
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a first camera unit includes a first actuator for moving a first optical package configured for a first focal length. A second camera unit of the multifunction device for simultaneously capturing a second image of a second visual field includes a second actuator for moving a second optical package configured for a second focal length, and the camera system includes a shared magnet positioned between the first camera unit and the second camera unit to generate magnetic fields usable in creating motion in both the first camera actuator and the second camera actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott W. Miller, Shashank Sharma, Simon S. Lee
  • Patent number: 10264383
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a multi-listener stereo image array which provides multiple separate stereo images of audio content to each of multiple listeners while mitigating interference of audio signals which provide separate stereo images to separate listeners. The array can include sensors which can monitor the environment and can identify relative positions of various listeners and can further control the audio signal patterns generated by the drivers of the array to propagate towards positions associated with particular listeners and be at least partially restricted from propagating towards positions associated with other listeners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Martin E. Johnson, Justin D. Crosby, Tom-Davy W. Saux
  • Patent number: 10264355
    Abstract: An operating power level for a loudspeaker cabinet and a target power level for the loudspeaker cabinet are determined during output of an audio signal by the loudspeaker cabinet. The target power level is based on temperature data for the loudspeaker cabinet and varies as the temperature data changes. Based on the operating power level and the target power level, values of two or more control parameters for controlling audio output of the loudspeaker cabinet are generated, where at least one of the control parameters controls the gain of a specific audio frequency band. The audio signal is adjusted according to the generated values of the control parameters, where doing so reduces power consumption of the loudspeaker cabinet during the audio output. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Klingler, Afrooz Family, Brandon J. Rice, James M. Hollabaugh