Patents Assigned to Apple, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10261585
    Abstract: A haptic device in an electronic device includes a feedback surface, one or more actuators, and a connection member connected between the feedback surface and each actuator. At least one actuator produces an attracting or repelling force that creates movement in the connection member and the feedback surface. An acoustic and a haptic output of the haptic device can be adjusted at least in part by producing an out of plane movement in the feedback surface, by changing a cross-sectional area of at least a portion of the connection member, by changing dynamically one or more biasing supports disposed below the feedback surface, and/or by changing at least one waveform characteristic of a haptic input signal received by at least one actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin A. Bard, Curtis P. Wiederhold
  • 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: 10261668
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a touch-sensitive display and one or more programs stored in memory for execution by one or more processors. The one or more programs include instructions for displaying a first application view that corresponds to a first application in a plurality of concurrently open applications. The one or more programs include instructions for detecting a first input, and in response, concurrently displaying a group of open application icons that correspond to at least some of the plurality of concurrently open applications with at least a portion of the first application view. The open application icons are displayed in accordance with a predetermined sequence of the open applications. The one or more programs include instructions for detecting a first gesture distinct from the first input, and in response, displaying a second application view that corresponds to a second application adjacent to the first application in the predetermined sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Kocienda, Imran Chaudhri
  • Patent number: 10263032
    Abstract: An image sensor pixel is disclosed. The pixel may include a photodiode having a first region with a first potential and a second region with a second, higher potential, with the second region being offset in depth from the first region in a semiconductor chip. A storage node may be positioned at substantially the same depth as the second region of the photodiode. A storage gate may be operable to transfer charge between the photodiode and the storage node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple, Inc.
    Inventor: Chung Chun Wan
  • Patent number: 10261192
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer program products for radionavigation for swimmers are described. A mobile device configured to estimate a location using radio frequency signals can estimate a position of the swimmer when the mobile device is worn on a limb of the swimmer and periodically submerged. The mobile device can supply auxiliary information to a radionavigation subsystem to correct a navigation solution affected by limb motion of the swimmer and affected by the periodic submersion of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Isaac Thomas Miller, Glenn Donald MacGougan, Xiao Xiao
  • Patent number: 10263335
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with wireless circuitry. The wireless circuitry may include antenna structures such as an antenna resonating element arm and an antenna ground. A split return path may be coupled between the antenna resonating element arm and the antenna ground. The antenna structures may form one or more inverted-F antennas when operated at non-near-field communications frequencies. The antenna structures may be coupled to near-field communications transceiver circuitry using a conductive path. When operated at near-field communications frequencies, near-field communications signals may be conveyed using the conductive path, the antenna resonating element arm, the return path, and the antenna ground. A capacitor may be coupled between the conductive path and an antenna ground. The capacitor may short non-near-field communications signals to the antenna ground and block near-field communications signals from passing from the conductive path to the antenna ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yijun Zhou, Yiren Wang, Jennifer M. Edwards, Hao Xu, Mattia Pascolini
  • Patent number: 10262182
    Abstract: An electronic device with a display and a fingerprint sensor displays a fingerprint enrollment interface and detects, on the fingerprint sensor, a plurality of finger gestures performed with a finger. The device collects fingerprint information from the plurality of finger gestures performed with the finger. After collecting the fingerprint information, the device determines whether the collected fingerprint information is sufficient to enroll a fingerprint of the finger. When the collected fingerprint information for the finger is sufficient to enroll the fingerprint of the finger, the device enrolls the fingerprint of the finger with the device. When the collected fingerprint information for the finger is not sufficient to enroll the fingerprint of the finger, the device displays a message in the fingerprint enrollment interface prompting a user to perform one or more additional finger gestures on the fingerprint sensor with the finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Byron Han, Matthew E. Shepherd, Imran Chaudhri, Gregory N. Christie, Patrick L. Coffman, Craig M. Federighi, Matthew H. Gamble, Brittany D. Paine, Brendan J. Langoulant, Craig A. Marciniak, Donald W. Pitschel, Daniel O. Schimpf, Andrew R. Whalley, Christopher R. Whitney, Jonathan R. Dascola, Lawrence Y. Yang
  • Patent number: 10261667
    Abstract: A device may include a dynamic function row (DFR) comprising a touchscreen. A device processor may operate a DFR agent controlling the DFR. The DFR agent may generate and/or select images to display on the DFR based on rules and/or contexts, and the DFR may display the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ali T. Ozer, Christopher A. Dreessen
  • Patent number: 10262538
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure involve systems, methods, computer program products, and the like, for creating a database of pull-off areas for a vehicle based on aggregated pull-off information received from a plurality of vehicles and other sources. In one embodiment, the aggregated, crowd-sourced pull-off information may be available to a mobile device (such as an autonomous vehicle or mobile communication device) for reference by the device to understand the condition, location, and availability of potential pull-off areas near a roadway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matisse J. Milovich, YoungWoo Seo, Matthew E. Last
  • 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: 10262586
    Abstract: A display may have an array of pixels. Display driver circuitry may supply data and control signals to the pixels. Each pixel may have seven transistors, a capacitor, and a light-emitting diode such as an organic light-emitting diode. The seven transistors may receive control signals over three control lines, may receive data over a data line, may receive a reference voltage from a reference voltage terminal, and may receive power from a pair of power supply terminals. The display driver circuitry may repeatedly operate each pixel in an initialization phase in which the drive transistor is preconditioned with on-bias stress, a data loading and threshold voltage sampling phase, and an emission phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Chin-Wei Lin, Shih Chang Chang, Vasudha Gupta
  • 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: 10262605
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory media are presented that provide for improving color accuracy. An electronic display includes a display region having multiple pixels each having multiple subpixels. The electronic device also includes a display pipeline coupled to the electronic display. The display pipeline is configured to receive image data and perform white point compensation on the image data to compensate for a current drop in the display to cause the display to display a target white point when displaying white. The display pipeline also is configured to correct white point overcompensation on the image data to reduce possible oversaturation of non-white pixels using the white point compensation. Finally, the display pipeline is configured to output the compensated and corrected image data to the electronic display to facilitate displaying the compensated and corrected image data on the display region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Adria Fores Herranz, Guy Côté, Arthur L. Spence, Mahesh B. Chappalli, Peter F. Holland, Ross Thompson
  • 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: 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: 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: 10262245
    Abstract: Electronic devices are provided with ejectable component assemblies. Each ejectable component assembly may include a tray that can be loaded with one or more types of removable module, such as a mini-SIM card and a micro-SIM card, and inserted into the device. Each assembly may also include a base coupled to a circuit board for electrically coupling with the removable module, a cage for biasing the module down against the base, and a guide for retaining the module at a functional insertion position within the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jason Sloey, Michelle Yu
  • Patent number: 10261632
    Abstract: One embodiment describes an electronic display that includes display driver circuitry that displays at least a first image frame and a second image frame on the electronic device using a first display pixel and a second display pixel. A timing controller of the electronic display determines at least a first insertion time for a first intra-frame pause for the first image frame and a second insertion time for a second intra-frame pause for the second image frame, which pause rendering of image data to allow the touch sensing circuitry to detect user interaction. The insertion times for the first and second intra-frame pauses are varied from one another by a determined step size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Peter F. Holland, Christopher P. Tann, Malcolm D. Gray
  • Patent number: 10263332
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with wireless communications circuitry and control circuitry. The wireless communications circuitry may include centimeter and millimeter wave transceiver circuitry and a phased antenna array. A dielectric cover may be formed over the phased antenna array. The phased antenna array may transmit and receive antenna signals through the dielectric cover. The dielectric cover may have first and second opposing surfaces. The second surface may face the phased antenna array and may have a curvature. The antenna elements of the phased antenna array may be formed on a dielectric substrate. The dielectric substrate may have one or more thinned regions between antenna elements of the phased antenna array to promote bending. The dielectric substrate may have a smaller thickness in the thinned region than in the regions under the antenna elements. The dielectric substrate may be totally removed in the thinned region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Siwen Yong, Yi Jiang, Jiangfeng Wu, Lijun Zhang, Mattia Pascolini
  • 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