Patents Assigned to Apple, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20190138073
    Abstract: Embodiments describe a receiving element that includes a ferromagnetic structure axially symmetrical around a central axis disposed along a length of the ferromagnetic structure. The ferromagnetic structure includes a groove region defining two end regions on opposing sides of the groove region, where the groove region has a smaller length than the two end regions. The receiving element also includes an inductor coil wound about the groove region of the ferromagnetic structure and in between the two end regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Blake R. Marshall, Florence W. Ow, Joel N. Ruscher, Liquan Tan, Aidan N. Zimmerman, Reza Nasiri Mahalati, Hao Zhu, Qigen Ji, Madhusudanan Keezhveedi Sampath, Nan Liu, Robert Scritzky, Gianpaolo Lisi
  • Publication number: 20190137621
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for compressing radio maps of fingerprint-based positioning systems using different compression models. In an embodiment, a method comprises: receiving, by a computing device, access point (AP) data from a plurality of mobile devices operating in a geographic region, the AP data including signal strength measurements of AP signals received at a plurality of reference locations in the geographic region and uncertainty measurements associated with the signal strength measurements; determining a level of accuracy with the first compression model; responsive to the determining, selecting one of the first compression model or a second compression model to compress the AP data, the second compression model being different than the first compression model; compressing the AP data using the selected compression model; and responsive to a request from a mobile device operating in the geographic region, sending a data packet including the compressed AP data to the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Wuzhou Zhang, Benjamin A. Detwiler, David Benjamin Millman, Jasvinder Singh, Anders M. Holtsberg, Darin Tay
  • Publication number: 20190141248
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a camera actuator includes an actuator base, an autofocus voice coil motor, and an optical image stabilization voice coil motor. In some embodiments, the autofocus voice coil motor includes a lens carrier mounting attachment moveably mounted to the actuator base, a plurality of shared magnets mounted to the base, and an autofocus coil fixedly mounted to the lens carrier mounting attachment for producing forces for moving a lens carrier in a direction of an optical axis of one or more lenses of the lens carrier. In some embodiments, the optical image stabilization voice coil motor includes an image sensor carrier moveably mounted to the actuator base, and optical image stabilization coils moveably mounted to the image sensor carrier within the magnetic fields of the shared magnets, for producing forces for moving the image sensor carrier in a plurality of directions orthogonal to the optical axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aurelien R. Hubert, Qiang Yang, Douglas S. Brodie, Scott W. Miller, Shashank Sharma
  • Publication number: 20190139317
    Abstract: A device can receive live video of a real-world, physical environment on a touch sensitive surface. One or more objects can be identified in the live video. An information layer can be generated related to the objects. In some implementations, the information layer can include annotations made by a user through the touch sensitive surface. The information layer and live video can be combined in a display of the device. Data can be received from one or more onboard sensors indicating that the device is in motion. The sensor data can be used to synchronize the live video and the information layer as the perspective of video camera view changes due to the motion. The live video and information layer can be shared with other devices over a communication link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brett C. Bilbrey, Nicholas V. King, Aleksandar Pance
  • Patent number: 10280504
    Abstract: A sapphire structure including an ion-implanted, anti-reflective layer and a method of forming an ion-implanted, anti-reflective layer within a sapphire component is disclosed. The method includes forming an ion-implanted layer in a sapphire material at a first depth, and annealing the sapphire material to a second depth. The second depth may be greater than or equal to the first depth. The ion-implanted layer may have a first index of refraction, and the sapphire material may have a second index of refraction different from the first index of refraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Matthew S. Rogers, Avery P. Yuen, Xianwei Zhao
  • Patent number: 10284769
    Abstract: An imaging area in an image sensor includes a plurality of photo detectors. A light shield is disposed over a portion of two photo detectors to partially block light incident on the two photo detectors. The two photo detectors and the light shield combine to form an asymmetrical pixel pair. The two photo detectors in the asymmetrical pixel pair can be two adjacent photo detectors. The light shield can be disposed over contiguous portions of the two adjacent photo detectors. A color filter array can be disposed over the plurality of photo detectors. The filter elements disposed over the two photo detectors can filter light representing the same color or different colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Xiangli Li, Terry L. Gilton
  • Patent number: 10282623
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a sensor data-processing system which generates a depth data representation of an environment based on sensor data representations which are generated by passive sensor devices. The sensor data-processing system generates the depth data representation via applying an algorithm which includes an model architecture which determines depths of various portions of the represented environment based on detecting features correspond to depth information. The model architecture is established via training an algorithm to generate depth data which corresponds to a sample set of depth data representations of environments, given a corresponding set of image data representations of the environments. As a result, the sensor data-processing system enables depth perception of portions of an environment independently of receiving depth data representations of the environment which are generated by an active sensor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tarin Ziyaee, Byron B. Han
  • Patent number: 10282169
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to floating-point operations with down-conversion. In some embodiments, a floating-point unit is configured to perform fused multiply-addition operations based on first and second different instruction types. In some embodiments, the first instruction type specifies result in the first floating-point format and the second instruction type specifies fused multiply addition of input operands in the first floating-point format to generate a result in a second, lower-precision floating-point format. For example, the first format may be a 32-bit format and the second format may be a 16-bit format. In some embodiments, the floating-point unit includes rounding circuitry, exponent circuitry, and/or increment circuitry configured to generate signals for the second instruction type in the same pipeline stage as for the first instruction type. In some embodiments, disclosed techniques may reduce the number of pipeline stages included in the floating-point circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Liang-Kai Wang, Terence M. Potter, Andrew M. Havlir, Yu Sun, Nicolas X. Pena, Xiao-Long Wu, Christopher A. Burns
  • Patent number: 10284835
    Abstract: Generating an image with a selected level of background blur includes capturing, by a first image capture device, a plurality of frames of a scene, wherein each of the plurality of frames has a different focus depth, obtaining a depth map of the scene, determining a target object and a background in the scene based on the depth map, determining a goal blur for the background, and selecting, for each pixel in an output image, a corresponding pixel from the focus stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Bishop, Alexander Lindskog, Claus Molgaard, Frank Doepke
  • Patent number: 10285013
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for allowing a mobile device (e.g., a key fob or a consumer electronic device, such as a mobile phone, watch, or other wearable device) to interact with a vehicle such that a location of the mobile device can be determined by the vehicle, thereby enabling certain functionality of the vehicle. A device may include both RF antenna(s) and magnetic antenna(s) for determining a location of a mobile device relative to the vehicle. Such a hybrid approach can provide various advantages. Existing magnetic coils on a mobile device (e.g., for charging or communication) may be re-used for distance measurements that are supplemented by the RF measurements. Any device antenna may provide measurements to a machine learning model that determines a region in which the mobile device resides, based on training measurements in the regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brent M. Ledvina, Robert W. Brumley, Robert William Mayor, William J. Bencze, Alejandro J. Marquez, Shang-Te Yang, Xu Chen, Mohit Narang, Indranil S. Sen
  • Patent number: 10279564
    Abstract: A structural member having an internal geometry capable of receive an object and substantially seamless outer surfaces, and that is obtainable by a method that includes providing several small plates, welding together the small plates, removing the weld residue, and polishing an outer surface of the structural member to achieve a certain desired visual effect. A middle plate, or several middle plates, may be positioned between a first plate and a second plate. The middle portion occupied by the middle plates includes an opening, cavity, and/or channel. The opening, cavity, and/or channel may receive a cable from an electronic device, or house a component. The plates and the opening, cavity, and/or channels between the plates, generally have a small form factor, and accordingly, require an assembly process to create the opening, cavity, and/or channels rather than using traditional drilling and/or milling techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew S. Theobald, Sarah J. Montplaisir
  • Patent number: 10282727
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to making payments with a mobile device. In one example process, the mobile device receives and stores information for one or more payment accounts on the mobile device. The mobile device is used to make payments using the payment accounts. In some examples, authorization to proceed with a payment is performed before each purchase made by the user. The authorization process can include receiving a verification of the user, such as a fingerprint scan or passcode. In some examples, a payment account is selected from among available payment accounts. In some examples, an indication is displayed of a digital item associated with a purchased item. In some examples, a payment transaction is initiated with participants of an ongoing communication. In some examples, an application of a retailer is invoked based on the availability of the application. In some examples, a purchase recommendation is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marcel Van Os, Pablo F. Caro, Woo-Ram Lee, George R. Dicker, Christopher D. Adams, Charles Ahn, Craig M. Federighi, Brian Tucker, Giancarlo Yerkes
  • Patent number: 10282014
    Abstract: A system can include a display, a first device, and a second device all operatively connected to a controller. The first and second devices each use or share at least a portion of the display area. The controller is adapted to transmit during a pixel refresh time period of the display a first signal that is received by the first device. The first sync signal indicates a first time period in which a first operation can be performed in the first device. The controller is also adapted to transmit a second sync signal that is received by the second device indicating a second time period in which a second operation can be performed in the second device. The second time period can be during the pixel refresh time period or outside of the pixel refresh time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Butler, Peter W. Richards, Christian M. Sauer, Manu Agarwal
  • Patent number: 10285107
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to techniques for dynamically changing coverage modes and/or communication bandwidth in a wireless communication system. According to some embodiments, a wireless device may attach to a serving cell associated with a cellular network. A volume of data for upcoming communication with the cellular network may be determined. An indication of a requested communication bandwidth may be provided to the serving cell. The wireless device may communicate data with the serving cell using the requested communication bandwidth. In some instances, a request for narrowband communication bandwidth may result in use of a coverage enhancement mode, while a request for wideband communication bandwidth may result in use of a normal coverage mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Li Su, Srinivasan Nimmala
  • Patent number: 10281630
    Abstract: A display may include an optical film to promote sunglass-friendly viewing of the display. Displays may include linear polarizers. For example, a liquid crystal display may have a linear polarizer above a liquid crystal layer, whereas an organic light-emitting diode display may have a linear polarizer that forms a portion of a circular polarizer to reduce reflections in the display. Displays that emit linearly polarized light may not be compatible with polarized sunglasses. To ensure an optimal user experience for users wearing sunglasses, displays may include sunglass-friendly optical films. A sunglass-friendly optical film may be a film formed from a birefringent material such as a polymer or liquid crystal. The sunglass-friendly optical film may have an optical axis that is at a 45° angle relative to the optical axis of the underlying linear polarizer. The sunglass-friendly optical film may be patterned to have reduced thickness regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yuan Chen, Hossein Nemati, Chia Hsuan Tai, Jin Yan, Young Cheol Yang, Zhibing Ge
  • Patent number: 10282055
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a non-transitory machine readable medium having a computer program which when executed by at least one processing unit performs a set of image editing operations on an image. The computer program performs a first image editing operation on a first image to produce an edited second image. Upon receiving a request to perform a second image editing operation on the edited second image, the computer program performs the second image editing operation on the first image to produce an edited third image. Upon receiving an indication of completion of the second image editing operation, the computer program automatically performing the first image editing operation on the edited third image to produce an edited fourth image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Timothy D. Cherna, Randy Ubillos, Kirk E. Paulsen
  • Patent number: 10282090
    Abstract: Systems and methods for disambiguating user input using dual strikes zones are disclosed herein. An exemplary method includes: establishing a plurality of default actuation regions for each key on a virtual keyboard and providing adaptive actuation regions, each associated with a respective region of a touch-sensitive display within which a predetermined number of previous typing inputs have been received for a respective key. The method also includes: receiving a sequence of typing inputs with an observed cadence, including an ambiguous input within a first adaptive actuation region associated with a first key and within a first default actuation region associated with a second key. If the observed cadence satisfies a cadence threshold, the method includes: determining that the ambiguous input is associated with the first key and, if the observed cadence doesn't satisfy the cadence threshold, the method includes: determining that the ambiguous input is associated with the second key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Randal J. Marsden
  • Patent number: 10282339
    Abstract: Systems for presenting electrically supported devices and methods for assembling the same are provided. A platform assembly may be equipped with one or more features for enabling a support module assembly to be easily removed from a bottom table surface of a table and replaced with another support module subassembly (e.g., to physically upgrade the support module assembly) while maintaining the position of a user device and/or cable assembly with respect to the table).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Clayton R. Woosley, Aditya Rao, Bo Feng, David S. Kumka, Joseph I. Briskey, Min Chul Kim, Paul Z. Yuan, Yufan Liao, George Tziviskos, Charles A. Schwalbach, Eric H. Wong, David B. Kosecoff, Steven C. Michalske, Ariadne G. Smith
  • Patent number: 10284812
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a display, one or more processors, and memory storing one or more programs configured to be executed by the one or more processors. The device can display a messaging user interface of a messaging application. The device can receive first data indicating that a live communication session that is available to three or more participants is active, and in response to receiving the first data, display a notification indicating that the live communication session is active. While displaying the notification indicating that the live communication session is active, the device can receive second data indicating that the live communication session between the three or more participants is no longer active. In response to receiving the second data, the device can cease to display the notification or update the notification to indicate that the live communication session is no longer active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marcel Van Os, Pablo F. Caro, Jae Woo Chang, Allison Dryer, Craig M. Federighi, Robert Garcia, Nicholas V. King, Stephen O. Lemay, Hoan Pham
  • Patent number: 10285292
    Abstract: A transparent component of an electronic device having a nano-crystalline layer is disclosed. The nano-crystalline layer may be formed as a series of layers separated by or interspersed with one or more other layers including a non-crystalline or amorphous material. The series of layers may also be interspersed with one or more anti-reflective layers configured to reduce optical reflections off the transparent component. The nano-crystalline layer may be formed by a deposition process or by an ion-implanting and annealing process to form crystals having a size of less than 10 nanometers. The protective coatings may be utilized on portions of an electronic device, such as a housing or a cover glass, to protect the electronic device from scratching and/or damage caused by impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Matthew S. Rogers, Que Anh S. Nguyen