Patents Assigned to Apple, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10289235
    Abstract: Touch and hover switching is disclosed. A touch and hover sensing device can switch between a touch mode and a hover mode. During a touch mode, the device can be switched to sense one or more objects touching the device. During a hover mode, the device can be switched to sense one or more objects hovering over the device. The device can include a panel having multiple sensors for sensing a touching object and/or a hovering object and a touch and hover control system for switching the device between the touch and hover modes. The device's touch and hover control system can include a touch sensing circuit for coupling to the sensors to measure a capacitance indicative of a touching object during the touch mode, a hover sensing circuit for coupling to the sensors to measure a capacitance indicative of a hovering object during the hover mode, and a switching mechanism for switching the sensors to couple to either the touch sensing circuit or the hover sensing circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Michael King, Omar S. Leung, Paul G. Puskarich, Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Andrea Mucignat, Avi E. Cieplinski, Muhammad U. Choudry, Praveen R. Subramani, Marc J. Piche, David Amm, Duncan Robert Kerr
  • Patent number: 10289191
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an integrated circuit may include one or more processors. Each processor may include multiple processor cores, and each core has a different design/implementation and performance level. For example, a core may be implemented for high performance, but may have higher minimum voltage at which it operates correctly. Another core may be implemented at a lower maximum performance, but may be optimized for efficiency and may operate correctly at a lower minimum voltage. The processor may support multiple processor states (PStates). Each PState may specify an operating point and may be mapped to one of the processor cores. During operation, one of the cores is active: the core to which the current PState is mapped. If a new PState is selected and is mapped to a different core, the processor may automatically context switch the processor state to the newly-selected core and may begin execution on that core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Williamson, Gerard R. Williams, III
  • Patent number: 10286761
    Abstract: A passenger vehicle includes a body, a powertrain, a first door, and a second door. The body defines a passenger compartment having an opening. The powertrain propels the passenger vehicle on a public roadway. The first door is movably coupled to the vehicle body to at least partially close the opening. The first door includes a door structure, which defines a cavity, and a first window that is movable between a lowered position in the cavity and a raised position in which a forward edge thereof is substantially coextensive with a forward end of the cavity. The second door is movably coupled to the vehicle body to at least partially close the opening. The second door includes a second window having a second forward edge. The rearward edge of the first window at least one of engages the second forward edge or compresses a seal with the second forward edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John Raff, Donald R. Monroe
  • Patent number: 10289199
    Abstract: Localized haptic feedback at discrete locations or regions of a surface is disclosed. Controllable haptic transmission nodes can be selectively controlled to transmit a haptic feedback signal to a surface. The nodes can be controlled between a first state that transmits the haptic feedback signal to the surface and a second state that dampens or prevents the haptic feedback signal to the surface. The nodes can be located around the perimeter of the surface, where each node can be associated with a particular location or region of the surface and can provide haptic feedback to that particular location or region when the node is selected. A touch surface of a touch sensitive device is an exemplary surface for using localized haptic feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Quin C. Hoellwarth
  • Patent number: 10288476
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a display with a cover layer. An ambient light sensor may be aligned with an ambient light sensor window formed from an opening in a masking layer on the cover layer in an inactive portion of the display. To help mask the ambient light sensor window from view, the ambient light sensor window may be provided with a black coating that matches the appearance of surrounding masking layer material while allowing light to reach the ambient light sensor. The black coating may be formed from a black physical vapor deposition thin-film inorganic layer with a high index of refraction. An antireflection layer formed from a stack of dielectric layers may be interposed between the black thin-film inorganic layer and the display cover layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Zhang Jia, Naoto Matsuyuki, Matthew S. Rogers
  • Patent number: 10288963
    Abstract: A display may have an array of pixels arranged in rows and columns. Display driver circuitry may be provided along an edge of the display. Data lines that are associated with columns of the pixels may be used to distribute data from the display driver circuitry to the pixels. Gate lines in the display may each have a horizontal straight portion that extends along a respective row of the pixels and may each have one or more non-horizontal segments such as zigzag segments. The non-horizontal portion of each gate line may be connected to the horizontal straight portion of the gate line by a via. The non-horizontal portions may each have portions that are overlapped by portions of the data lines. Dummy gate line structures may be provided on the display that are not coupled to any of the pixels in the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick B. Bennett, Kwang Soon Park, Chun-Yao Huang, Byung Duk Yang, Shih Chang Chang
  • Patent number: 10286839
    Abstract: A system includes a space with at least one window separating an interior space from an exterior space; band-pass filter layers provided in the window and configured to block narrowband light; and a light source provided in the interior space and including at least red, green and blue light emitting diodes. The light source is configured to selectively provide broad spectrum white light and narrowband light blocked by the filter layers in the window, such that the interior space is visible from the exterior space through the window when illuminated by the broad spectrum light, but not visible when illuminated by the narrowband light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Clarisse Mazuir, David E. Kingman, Martin Melcher
  • Patent number: 10290774
    Abstract: A conformable electronic device and methods for forming such devices are described. Embodiments of a conformable electronic device may include a silicon substrate having a thickness of 50 ?m or less. An array of LEDs that are electrically coupled to a controller chip may be formed on a surface of the silicon substrate. In an embodiment, a top passivation layer is formed over the array of LEDs, the one or more controller chips, and the top surface of the silicon substrate. An embodiment also includes a bottom passivation layer formed on a bottom surface of the silicon substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hsin-Hua Hu, Andreas Bibl
  • Patent number: 10288417
    Abstract: An optoelectronic device includes a semiconductor substrate, an array of optical emitters arranged on the substrate in a two-dimensional pattern, a projection lens and a diffractive optical element (DOE). The projection lens is mounted on the semiconductor substrate and is configured to collect and focus light emitted by the optical emitters so as to project optical beams containing a light pattern corresponding to the two-dimensional pattern of the optical emitters on the substrate. The DOE is mounted on the substrate and is configured to produce and project multiple overlapping replicas of the pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Zafrir Mor, Boris Morgenstein
  • Patent number: 10289565
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for efficiently allocating data in a cache are described. In various embodiments, a processor decodes an indication in a software application identifying a temporal data set. The data set is flagged with a data set identifier (DSID) indicating temporal data to drop after consumption. When the data set is allocated in a cache, the data set is stored with a non-replaceable attribute to prevent a cache replacement policy from evicting the data set before it is dropped. A drop command with an indication of the DSID of the data set is later issued after the data set is read (consumed). A copy of the data set is not written back to the lower-level memory although the data set is removed from the cache. An interrupt is generated to notify firmware or other software of the completion of the drop command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Wolfgang H. Klingauf, Kenneth C. Dyke, Karthik Ramani, Winnie W. Yeung, Anthony P. DeLaurier, Luc R. Semeria, David A. Gotwalt, Srinivasa Rangan Sridharan, Muditha Kanchana
  • Patent number: 10290441
    Abstract: An electronic device may have buttons, a display, and a vibrator unit. Buttons may be included in electronic devices such as glass buttons, metal buttons, buttons that are assembled on printed circuit boards, and buttons that are partly formed from antenna structures. Button coatings may be used to improve the sliding performance of metal-on-metal buttons. A layer of polymer may be interposed between a button plate and a housing structure. A glass button member may have an underside on which a layer of patterned ink is formed. Elastomeric members may be used to reduce button rattle. Portions of a button may be provided with conductive features that form portions of an antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Trent Weber, Michael B. Wittenberg, Michelle Yu, Scott A. Myers, Kurt Stiehl
  • Patent number: 10289302
    Abstract: A keyboard image is displayed on the touchscreen of a computing device, with images of individual keys of the keyboard being rendered in respective locations on the touchscreen. User contact with the touchscreen is detected at a location corresponding to a first key of the keyboard image and interpreted as an intentional key selection with respect the first key. An animation is thereafter displayed on the touchscreen in response to the key selection, the animation including a visual effect emanating from the touchscreen location corresponding to the first key and moving substantially away from the keyboard image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Randal J. Marsden, Wayne Carl Westerman
  • Patent number: 10288937
    Abstract: A display system with a distributed LED backlight includes: providing a plurality of tile LED light sources, each tile LED light source having a tile and a plurality of similar LED light sources on each tile connected for emitting light therefrom; orienting the plurality of tile LED light sources for illuminating a display from the back of the display; and integrating the plurality of tile LED light sources into a thermally and mechanically structurally integrated distributed LED tile matrix backlight light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Hillman, Gregory L. Tice, William Sauway Law, Sean Bailey, Ann Torres, Efrain Alcorta, Perry Anderson
  • Patent number: 10289292
    Abstract: An electronic device: displays a first window and a second window within a display area, the first window having a first edge parallel to a second edge of the second window; and detects an input moving the first edge toward the second edge. In response to detecting the input, the device: pairs the first edge to the second edge such that the first window stops moving before it overlaps the second window when the user input satisfies pairing criteria, the pairing criteria include a first pairing criterion that is met when the input corresponds to movement of the first edge toward the second edge that deviates from a predefined axis by less than an angular threshold value; and continues the movement of the first window based on the input so that the first window overlaps the second window when the user input does not satisfy the pairing criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Corbin Robert Dunn, John O. Louch, Kevin James Van Vechten, Patrick Lee Coffman, Troy N. Stephens
  • Patent number: 10289251
    Abstract: A touch controller is disclosed. In some examples, the touch controller can include sense circuitry configured to be coupled to a first touch pixel and a second touch pixel on a touch sensor panel. In some examples, the sense circuitry can be configured to drive and sense the first touch pixel during a first time period while coupling the second touch pixel to a reference voltage. In some examples, the sense circuitry can be configured to drive and sense the second touch pixel during a second time period while coupling the first touch pixel to the reference voltage. In some examples, the reference voltage can be a system ground of the touch controller. In some examples, the sense circuitry can be configured to drive and sense pluralities of touch pixels in a similar manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David H. C. Shih, Albert Lin
  • Patent number: 10290367
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable medium are provided for managing user information. For example, subscription information may be received from an application that identifies a data type associated with information of a user. The application may be launched as a background process at least in response to receipt of a portion of the information that corresponds to the data type. In some examples, the application may be relaunched as the background process at least until receipt of a confirmation that the application has processed the portion of the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel S. Keen, Justin S. Rushing, Todd Allan Shortlidge
  • Patent number: 10288944
    Abstract: A display may have an active area surrounded by a border area. The display may be a liquid crystal display having a liquid crystal layer sandwiched between a color filter layer and a thin-film transistor layer. The liquid crystal layer may be retained within the display using a ring of sealant that is dispensed along the border area on the thin-film transistor layer. The thin-film transistor layer may include at least a substrate, a dielectric layer formed over the substrate, a first planarization layer formed on the dielectric layer, and a second planarization layer formed on the first planarization layer. A first continuous trench structure may be formed along the border of the display to help prevent moisture seepage. A second trench structure that is separate from the first trench structure may be formed along the border of the display to help provide proper sealant adhesion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Abbas Jamshidi Roudbari, Shih-Hung Yeh, Ting-Kuo Chang
  • Patent number: 10290941
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a display in a housing with a metal wall. An antenna may have an antenna ground formed from the wall and an antenna resonating element. Transceiver circuitry may be coupled to an antenna feed that extends between the antenna resonating element and the antenna ground. A return path may extend between the antenna resonating element and the antenna ground in parallel with the feed. The antenna resonating element may have segments that are coupled by a frequency dependent filter. At a first frequency, the filter may have a low impedance so that the antenna resonating element has a first effectively length. At a second frequency that is greater than the first frequency, the filter may have a high impedance so that the antenna resonating element has a second effective length that is shorter than the first effective length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Erdinc Irci, Carlo Di Nallo, Jayesh Nath, Zheyu Wang, Eduardo Da Costa Bras Lima, Hongfei Hu, Mario Martinis, Mattia Pascolini
  • Patent number: 10289660
    Abstract: An electronic device with a display: concurrently displays a first electronic document and a second electronic document, the first electronic document including a displayed content object; detects a first user input that starts on the content object; in response to a determination that the first user input corresponds to a first command, creates and displays a copy of the content object in the second electronic document; and, in response to a determination that the first user input corresponds to a second command, distinct from the first command: selects the content object; displays an animation of the content object separating from the first electronic document; and initiates display of a plurality of icons proximate to the separated content object, the plurality of icons including at least one icon to initiate display of a user interface for sending the content object to one or more other users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Chanaka G. Karunamuni, Laurent Baumann, Julien Yann Robert, Alexandre F. Carlhian, Alexandre Moha, Philippe Champeaux
  • Patent number: 10290926
    Abstract: Two shot knuckles include a first shot component and a second shot component. Both shot components are composed of different dielectric materials, where the first shot is composed of a relatively high strength structural material and the second is composed of a cosmetic material. The first shot component can physically couple two conductive sections together by interfacing with a coupling structure of that section. The first shot component includes second shot retaining regions and a cosmetic region. The second shot component occupies the cosmetic region and anchors itself to the first shot component using the second shot retaining regions. The second shot may be the only part of the two-shot knuckle visible to a user of an electronic device and can exhibit any desired color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Daniel William Jarvis