Patents Assigned to Apple, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10277722
    Abstract: Electronic devices are provided with ejectable component assemblies that can be substantially flush with the external surfaces of the housings of the devices, despite variations in their manufacture. The ejectable component assemblies may include connectors coupled to circuit boards of the devices, and trays that can be loaded with removable modules, inserted through openings in the housings of the devices, and into the connectors for functionally aligning the removable modules with the circuit boards. The ejectable component assemblies may also include ejectors coupled to the housings of the devices for ejecting the trays from the connectors and, thus, from the devices themselves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Erik L. Wang, Robert Sean Murphy, Tang Yew Tan, Jeffrey Eugene Neaves, Lawrence E. Davis, Sung Kim
  • Patent number: 10277154
    Abstract: In an embodiment of a system for closed-loop control of a linear resonant actuator, a system processor coupled to a magnetic field sensor is configured to: receive a magnetic field sensor signal from a channel coupling a magnetic field sensor and the system processor; receive measurements of actuator current and actuator voltage from drive electronics; receive a temperature signal from a linear resonant actuator, the temperature signal indicating a temperature of the magnetic field sensor; calculate a first estimate of mass position using the magnetic field sensor signal, actuator current and a magnetic model; calculate an estimate of coil resistance based on the temperature signal, the actuator current, the actuator voltage and a thermal model; and calculate a second estimate of mass position and an estimate of mass velocity based on the first estimate of mass position, the actuator current, the actuator voltage and the estimated coil resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Arman Hajati, Hari Vasudevan
  • Patent number: 10276950
    Abstract: A connector system for transferring electricity and data. The connector system includes a receptacle and a plug. The receptacle includes a shield, a power contact, a ground contact, and a data contact. The shield includes power apertures through which power conductor segments of the power contact extend, ground apertures through which ground conductor segments of the ground contact extend, and a data aperture through which a shield member and a data conductor of the data contact extend. The plug includes another power contact connected to a power wire, another ground contact connected to a ground wire, and another data contact. The plug is receivable by the receptacle to electrically connect the power wire conductor to the power conductor segments of the receptacle, to electrically connect the ground wire conductor to the ground conductor segments of the receptacle, and to electrically connect the data contact to the other data contact, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mahmoud R. Amini, Peter J. Cameron, Venus Kumar, Neven Pischl, Abhilash Rajagopal
  • Patent number: 10277294
    Abstract: The present invention provides for an improved application of signal strength weightings in a SDMA sectorized cellular network. The improved signal strength weightings application is conducted through the improved selection of weightings from a new codebook subset or by the selection of weightings from a larger codebook subset. In a further embodiment, an antenna beam index or bit map can be used to select the best beam(s) in a SDMA sectorized cellular network. In another embodiment, a field or factor in an uplink or downlink transmission packet can designate which directional transmission beam is best suited for the transmission or when the directional transmission beam should be activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lai King Tee, Yi Song, Neng Wang
  • Patent number: 10274426
    Abstract: An illuminator/collector assembly can deliver incident light to a sample and collect return light returning from the sample. A sensor can measure ray intensities as a function of ray position and ray angle for the collected return light. A ray selector can select a first subset of rays from the collected return light at the sensor that meet a first selection criterion. In some examples, the ray selector can aggregate ray intensities into bins, each bin corresponding to rays in the collected return light that traverse within the sample an estimated optical path length within a respective range of optical path lengths. A characterizer can determine a physical property of the sample, such as absorptivity, based on the ray intensities, ray positions, and ray angles for the first subset of rays. Accounting for variations in optical path length traversed within the sample can improve accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Alan Arbore, Matthew A. Terrel
  • Patent number: 10277973
    Abstract: Ear buds may have sensors to gather orientation information such as accelerometer measurements during user movements. A host electronic device may communicate wirelessly with the ear buds and may form part of an ear bud system that supplies the user with coaching and feedback while evaluating user performance of a head movement routine or other exercise routine. During operation, the ear buds may gather accelerometer data in a first reference frame such as a reference frame associated with the ear buds and may use a rotation matrix to rotate the data in the first reference frame into a second reference frame such as a neutral reference frame with a fixed orientation to the earth. The data in the neutral reference frame may be analyzed using a user head pose look-up table to categorize measured user head positions as corresponding to respective user head poses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Perry, Maulik V. Choksi, Wei-Yang Sun
  • Patent number: 10276419
    Abstract: A compliant electrostatic transfer head and array are described. In an embodiment a compliant electrostatic transfer head includes a base substrate, and a plurality of interdigitated spring electrodes that are deflectable together into a cavity toward the base substrate. Each spring electrode includes mesa structure, and the mesa structures of the plurality of interdigitated spring electrodes are aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hyeun-Su Kim, Dariusz Golda, John A. Higginson
  • Patent number: 10277829
    Abstract: In scenes that have low lighting, it may be difficult for a personal electronic device to capture video images that meet a scene lighting criteria. In some low-lighting situations, the receiving party may be unable to sufficiently see the face of the party that they are videoconferencing with. Described herein are techniques for utilizing a device's display to illuminate the scene surrounding the device. Improved lighting may come from global display adjustments, local display adjustments that do not alter the display's contents (other than to change their brightness levels), and/or local display adjustments that alter the display's contents. In some embodiments, background elements on a device's display may be identified for brightening in a first attempt to meet the scene lighting criteria without negatively impacting foreground scene content. If such approaches are unsuccessful, the device may next replace one or more regions of displayed content with regions of brightened pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Garrido, David L. Biderman, Eric L. Chien, Gurtej Singh G. Chandok, Kartik P. Sathappan, Komei Harada, Ming Jin, Patrick Miauton, Wenhui Xu, Xiaoxiao Zheng, Yichao Shen
  • Patent number: 10271784
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device can remind a user to perform sleep ritual activities. The computing device can automatically determine the user's sleep ritual. The users sleep ritual can include various activities performed before going to sleep. The computing device can detect when the user performs the various sleep ritual activities. The computing device can remind the user about specific sleep ritual activities when the user forgets to perform the sleep ritual activities before going to sleep. In some implementation, the computing device can perform sleep ritual activities (e.g., turning off devices, locking doors, setting the air conditioning, etc.) on behalf of the user in response to user input. In some implementation, the computing device can perform sleep ritual activities on behalf of the user automatically and without user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Roy J. Raymann, Wren N. Dougherty, Divya Nag, Deborah M. Lambert, Stephanie Greer, Thomas R. Gruber
  • Patent number: 10276148
    Abstract: Some examples of assisted media representation can be implemented as a system and method that uses screen reader like functionality to speak information presented on a graphical user interface displayed by a media presentation system, including information that is not navigable by a remote control device. Information can be spoken in an order that follows a relative importance of the information based on a characteristic of the information or the location of the information within the graphical user interface. A history of previously spoken information is monitored to avoid speaking information more than once for a given graphical user interface. A different pitch can be used to speak information based on a characteristic of the information. Information that is not navigable by the remote control device can be spoken after time delay. Voice prompts can be provided for a remote-driven virtual keyboard displayed by the media presentation system. The voice prompts can be spoken with different voice pitches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher B. Fleizach, Reginald Dean Hudson, Eric Taylor Seymour
  • Patent number: 10277230
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to clock and data recovery circuitry. In some embodiments, a slicing circuit may be configured to sample an input signal to generate a first and second sampled data signal. In some embodiments, a phase detector circuit may be configured to compare the phases of the first and second sampled data signals. In some embodiments, a first charge pump may be configured to supply a first current to a circuit node, and a second charge pump may be configured to supply a second current to the circuit node. In some embodiments, a voltage-controlled oscillator may be configured to adjust a frequency of first and second clock signals based on a voltage of the circuit node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Wenbo Liu, Ming-Shuan Chen, Sanjeev K. Maheshwari
  • Patent number: 10273568
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to the use of cellulosic materials, such as wood, paper, etc., or synthetic polymeric materials, such as a thermoplastic, rubber, etc., or a composite containing one or more of these materials as feedstock barrels for the process of injection molding of metallic glasses by rapid capacitor discharge forming (RCDF) techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignees: Glassimetal Technology, Inc., Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Lee, Joseph P. Schramm, Marios D. Demetriou, William L. Johnson, Montague Rittgers
  • Patent number: 10272605
    Abstract: Compound structures and methods for forming the same are described. The compound structures can be used to form an enclosure. The enclosure may be formed from metal, such as aluminum, and further include one or more non-metal regions that allow for transmission and receipt of electromagnetic waves, such as radio frequency waves. The non-metal region can include a first section, a second section, and an optional cosmetic section. The first section can be firmly molded onto a metal section of the enclosure by small pores formed within the metal section. The second section can engage with interlock features of the first section. The optional cosmetic section can cover the first section and the second section such that the first section and the second section are not visible from an exterior of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin Shane Bustle, Tyler B. Cater, Derek C. Krass, Scott A. Myers
  • Patent number: 10275633
    Abstract: An acoustic imaging system includes multiple acoustic transducers disposed to circumscribe a portion of imaging surface. An acoustic imaging system also includes a controller and an image resolver. The acoustic transducers convert electrical signals into mechanical energy and/or mechanical energy into electrical signals. The controller is adapted to apply an electrical signal to the acoustic transducers which, in response, induce a mechanical wave, such as a surface wave, into the circumscribed portion. The controller is also adapted to receive electrical signals from the acoustic transducers. The image resolver uses the electrical signals received by the controller in order to construct an image of an object in physical contact with the imaging surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marduke Yousefpor, Mohammad Yeke Yazdandoost, Brian Michael King
  • Patent number: 10278209
    Abstract: Mechanisms enabling link-budget-limited (LBL) devices to more effectively perform random access may include: (1) broadcasting a Physical Random Access Channel (PRACH) configuration index (PCI) reserved for LBL devices; (2) configuring LBL devices to use a PCI that is offset from the conventional PCI of current cell; (3) configuring LBL devices to transmit PRACH messages using an alternative set of subframes, different from conventionally-defined subframe set; (4) configuring LBL devices to transmit PRACH messages on odd frames when the conventional PRACH configuration specifies even frames; (5) configuring LBL devices to generate and use extra PRACH preambles that are not used by non-LBL devices; (6) configuring LBL devices to use group B preambles while non-LBL devices are configured to use group A preambles; and (7) boosting power of a random access response message after an Nth random access failure with preamble conforming to an LBL-reserved pattern of preambles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Li Su, Sami M. Almalfouh, Venkateswara Rao Manepalli
  • Patent number: 10276173
    Abstract: An audio encoder encodes a digital audio recording having a number of audio channels or audio objects. A Dynamic Range Control (DRC) processor produces a sequence of encoder DRC gain values, by applying a selected one of a number of DRC characteristics to a group of one or more of the audio channels or audio objects. The encoder DRC gain values are to be applied to adjust the group of audio channels or audio objects, upon decoding them from the encoded digital audio recording. A bitstream multiplexer combines a) the encoded digital audio recording with b) the sequence of encoder DRC gain values, an indication of the selected DRC characteristic, and an indication of an alternate DRC characteristic, the latter as metadata associated with the encoded digital audio recording. Other embodiments are also described including a system for decoding the encoded audio recording and performing DRC adjustment upon it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Baumgarte
  • Patent number: 10276326
    Abstract: An item may have regions that are illuminated by light from a light source. The light source may be based on components such as light-emitting diodes. Diffusing material, luminescent material, and other light-adjusting materials may be incorporate into the item. The item may include movable structures such as movable keyboard key members. Light-emitting diodes may be mounted on a substrate. The substrate may be coupled to keyboard key members, additional substrates, or other structures in an item. The item may include a layer of fabric and layers of other material. Openings in the layers of material may be configured to receive light-emitting diodes. Opaque layers of material may have patterned openings that help define shapes for the illuminated regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul X. Wang, Craig C. Leong, Joel N. Ruscher, Reza Nasiri Mahalati, Liquan Tan
  • Patent number: 10274700
    Abstract: An optical imaging lens assembly that may have six lens components. The optical imaging lens assembly may provide a 74 degree field of view. The first and fourth lens components may have positive refractive power. The second, third, and sixth lens components may have negative refractive power. The first lens component may have convex object-side and image-side refractive surfaces. The second and fifth lens components may have convex object-side and concave image-side refractive surfaces. The fourth lens component may have concave object-side and convex image-side refractive surfaces. The sixth lens component may have concave object-side and image-side refractive surfaces. The refracting surfaces may be aspheric. The optical imaging lens assembly may have a total track length of less than 6 millimeters and be part of a digital camera integrated into a portable wireless communications device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Romeo I. Mercado
  • Patent number: 10274605
    Abstract: Systems, methods and non-transitory, computer-readable storage mediums are disclosed for a multimode GNSS odometer. In some implementations, a method comprises: obtaining, by a device, position and velocity data from a sensor embedded in, or coupled to the device; statistically combining, by the device, the position and velocity data to generate a first delta distance travelled by the device over a period of time, the statistical combining including weighting a contribution of an integrated speed to the first delta distance, the integrated speed derived from the obtained velocity data and period of time; filtering, by the device, the first delta distance to generate a filtered first delta distance; and generating, by the device, a first estimate of total distance travelled by the device based on the filtered first delta distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Pejman Lotfali Kazemi, Glenn Donald MacGougan
  • Patent number: D847010
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Duncan Robert Kerr, Marc A. Newson, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer