Apple Patents

Apple Inc. designs, manufactures and markets smartphones, tablets and personal computers, including the iPhone, iPad, Mac. It also produces the iPod, Apple Watch and Apple TV, as well as the operating systems and applications that support these devices. The company also sells digital content and applications through its iTunes Store, App Store, Mac App Store, iBooks Store and Apple Music.

Apple Patents by Type
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  • Publication number: 20240127705
    Abstract: Techniques described herein include receiving selection of information identifying one or more members for participating in a fitness session and a session type of the fitness session. The techniques also includes determining fitness related notification transmit parameters for a first member of the one or more members. The techniques also includes presenting one or more notifications from a second computing device associated with a second member of the one or more members at a rate, wherein the rate is based at least in part on the session type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2023
    Publication date: April 18, 2024
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jay Kriz Blahnik
  • Publication number: 20240129563
    Abstract: The present disclosure can provide devices, methods, and computer-readable medium for secure frame management. The techniques disclosed herein provide detection of triggering items in one or more frames of streaming video. The camera transmits one or more frames of the video over a network to a computing device. The computing device can begin a streaming session with a server and stream the one or more frames of video and accompanying metadata to the server. The frames, metadata, and associated keys can all be encrypted prior to streaming to the server. For each subsequent segment of video frames that includes the triggering item, the server can append the frames of that segment to the video clip in an encrypted container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2023
    Publication date: April 18, 2024
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Anush G. Nadathur, Keith W. Rauenbuehler, Kenneth A. York, Varinder Singh, Nicholas M. Fraioli
  • Publication number: 20240126496
    Abstract: In some implementations, a user device can coordinate adjustments to a composite GUI generated in cooperation with an accessory device that presents the composite graphical user interface. For example, the user device can receive configuration data that defines the maximum GUI display area (e.g., size, dimensions) of the accessory device, various view areas within the GUI display area of the accessory device into which the user device can render GUIs, and/or transitions between the various view areas. The user device can generate a display buffer based on the maximum GUI display area, generate a graphical user interface in an area of the buffer corresponding to a current view area specified by the accessory device, and send to the accessory device video frames corresponding to the display buffer. The accessory device can generate a composite GUI based on the received video frames that include the user device generated GUI.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2023
    Publication date: April 18, 2024
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian D. Pietsch, Jianhong Jiang, Kevin W. Mar, Thomas R. Powell, Glenn A. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20240129001
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses disclosed herein can compensate for imbalances between multiple transport streams of an uplink (UL)-multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) transmission. These systems, methods, and apparatuses can adjust one or more signal metrics of multiple recovered transport streams of the UL-MIMO transmission that are received in the presence of imbalances between the multiple transport streams of the UL-MIMO transmission. As an example, these systems, methods, and apparatuses can inject noise into one or more of the multiple recovered transport streams to adjust the one or more signal metrics of the multiple recovered transmission streams to lessen the imbalances between the multiple transmission streams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2023
    Publication date: April 18, 2024
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lijie ZHANG, Zhiwei WANG, Lakshmi N. KAVURI
  • Publication number: 20240127400
    Abstract: A multi-layer low-pass filter is used to filter a first frame of video data representing at least a portion of an environment of an individual. A first layer of the filter has a first filtering resolution setting for a first subset of the first frame, while a second layer of the filter has a second filtering resolution setting for a second subset. The first subset includes a data element positioned along a direction of a gaze of the individual, and the second subset of the frame surrounds the first subset. A result of the filtering is compressed and transmitted via a network to a video processing engine configured to generate a modified visual representation of the environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2023
    Publication date: April 18, 2024
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Can Jin, Nicolas Pierre Marie Frederic Bonnier, Hao Pan
  • Patent number: 11959751
    Abstract: Systems, methods, devices and computer-readable storage mediums are disclosed for correcting a compass view using map data. In an implementation, a method comprises: receiving, by one or more sensors of a mobile device, sensor data; determining, by a processor of the mobile device, compass offset data for a compass view based on the sensor data and map data; determining, by the processor, a corrected compass view based on the compass offset data; and presenting, by the processor, the corrected compass view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anil K. Kandangath, Adam S. Howell, Ronald K. Huang, Xiaoyuan Tu
  • Patent number: 11960334
    Abstract: Cable assemblies for providing electrical communication between hinged sections of an electronic device are described. The cable assemblies can include a cover that covers one or more cables that run through a hinge region of the electronic device. The cable and cover can be drawn over a mandrel of the hinge region. The cover and the portions of the mandrel can be visible to a user at the hinge region of the electronic device. The cover can be sufficiently rigid to guide a path of the cable and protect the cable from bending beyond a prescribed angle during rotation of the electronic device at the hinge region. The cover can also be sufficiently rigid to prevent ceasing or folding of the cover and the cable during rotation of the electronic device at the hinge region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Mikael M. Silvanto, Bartley K. Andre, Adam T. Garelli, Simon Regis Louis Lancaster-Larocque, Robert Y. Cao, Dinesh C. Mathew, Jacob S. Kononiuk, Robert J. Lockwood, Bryan W. Posner, Kevin M. Keeler, Bruce E. Berg, Yi-Chen Kuo, Kevin M. Robinson, Houtan R. Farahani
  • Patent number: 11963288
    Abstract: An assembly for heat-generating components includes a metal and a non-metal layer. To secure to a circuit board that carries a heat-generating component, a metal standoff is secured on a perimeter of the circuit board. Multiple protruding elements of the metal layer of the assembly secure within a respective opening of the standoff. The assembly secures, through metal-to-metal contact, to the standoff by multiple mechanical couplings. The assembly not only covers the circuit board, but also extends laterally beyond the circuit board (and the circuit board components). As a result, the assembly receives thermal energy from a heat-generating component(s) on the circuit board and allows the thermal energy to flow through assembly from one portion of the assembly covering the heat-generating component(s) to the lateral portion of the assembly that does not cover the heat-generating component(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Trevor J. Edmonds, Jay S. Nigen, Richard D. Kosoglow, Ron A. Hopkinson
  • Patent number: 11960701
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to providing electronic devices with faster, more efficient methods and context-specific user interfaces for indicating time. Such methods and interfaces optionally complement or replace other methods for indicating time. Such methods and interfaces reduce the cognitive burden on a user and produce a more efficient human-machine interface. For battery-operated computing devices, such methods and interfaces conserve power and increase the time between battery charges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Wilson
  • Patent number: 11960699
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an electronic device present user interfaces for initializing a remote locator object. In some embodiments, an electronic device presents notifications when a remote locator object is separated from the user. In some embodiments, an electronic device presents notifications when an unknown remote locator object is tracking the user. In some embodiments, an electronic device presents a user interface for a short distance locator user interface for finding a remote locator object. In some embodiments, an electronic device presents user interfaces for finding a remote locator object using a map user interface or using a short distance locator user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Arian Behzadi, Marcel Van Os, Pedro Mari, Per Haakan Linus Persson, Stuart J. Wood, Gemma A. Roper, Jean-Francois M. Albouze
  • Patent number: 11960641
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to determining when the head position of a user viewing user interfaces in a computer-generated reality environment is not in a comfortable and/or ergonomic position and repositioning the displayed user interface so that the user will reposition her/his head to view the user interface at a more comfortable and/or ergonomic head position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron M. Burns
  • Patent number: 11960714
    Abstract: An electronic device transitions from a power saving state to wake state in which a wake screen user interface is displayed. From the wake screen user interface, the device transitions to a home screen user interface in response to an input that includes movement in a first direction meeting first criteria, and transitions to a widget user interface in response to an input that includes movement in a second direction meeting second criteria. The widget screen user interface includes user interface objects corresponding to different applications, including a respective user interface that is larger than one or more of the application icons corresponding to different applications in the home screen user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: William M. Tyler
  • Patent number: 11958421
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first electrical component, a second electrical component, and a brake line. At least part of an electrical connection between the first electrical component and the second electrical component is defined by the brake line. The electrical connection may be a secondary electrical connection for rerouting an electrical path. The brake line may include first and second tubular conductive structures for defining first and second electrical connections. A repeater may be used to retransmit a data signal along the brake line. A nonconductive layer may be disposed on a tubular conductive structure of the brake line. A controller may switch operation of the brake line between an electrical power transmission mode and a data signal transmission mode. A controller may be operable determine a connected state or a disconnected state of the brake using the electrical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Mario Tippelhofer
  • Patent number: 11960739
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a reference voltage calibration. An apparatus includes a memory and a memory controller including a calibration circuit configured to perform a reference voltage calibration to determine a reference voltage used to distinguish between logic values read from the memory. The reference voltage calibration comprises performing horizontal calibrations at different reference voltage values to determine a range of delay values applied to a data strobe signal at which valid data is read from the memory. The calibration includes determining scores corresponding to ones of the plurality of horizontal calibrations in which a score for a particular one of the plurality of horizontal calibrations is based on a corresponding range of delay values and a reference voltage margin. Thereafter, the calibration circuit selects a calibrated reference voltage based on the scores corresponding to ones of the plurality of horizontal calibrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Jeter, Jingkui Zheng, David A. Knopf, Satish B. Dulam, Kai Lun Hsiung, Venkata Ramana Malladi, Rahul Ranjan
  • Patent number: 11960128
    Abstract: A photonics package may include a substrate, a hanging connector, and a fast-axis collimator (“FAC”). The hanging connector is typically affixed to a side of the substrate other than the side through which a light output is emitted. The hanging connector may be L-shaped in cross-section, having a base section and an extended section projecting from the base section. The base section affixes to the substrate while the extended section affixes to the FAC, so that the FAC extends downward along the emitter surface of the substrate; a vertex of the FAC is coplanar with an emitter outputting the light output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Goldis, Jeffrey T. Hill, Michael J. Bishop
  • Patent number: 11960093
    Abstract: A head-mounted device may have displays that provide images. Waveguides may be used in conveying the images to eye boxes. The waveguides may overlap lenses in a glasses frame or other head-mounted support structure. The waveguides and lenses may be transparent. This allows real-world objects to be viewed from the eye boxes. Infrared-light reflectors may overlap the lenses. Gaze tracking system light sources may supply infrared light that reflects from the infrared-light reflectors to the eye boxes to illuminate a user's eyes. Gaze tracking system cameras capture gaze tracking images of the eyes from the eye boxes to track the user's gaze. Fiducials associated with the infrared-light reflectors may be monitored using the gaze tracking system cameras. This allows components such as the gaze tracking system cameras to be calibrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian S. Lau, David A. Kalinowski, Michael J. Oudenhoven
  • Patent number: 11960173
    Abstract: A switchable panel is described that includes exterior layers, a switchable component disposed between the exterior layers, a lamination frame extending from outer edges of the switchable component to outer edges of the panel between the exterior layers, and spacers embedded within the lamination frame. The spacers are configured to prohibit the exterior layers from moving toward each other at the outer edges of the panel when a central portion of the panel experiences tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Peter F. Masschelein, Yuan Chen, Derek C. Scott
  • Patent number: 11960589
    Abstract: A method and system for generating an encrypted and authenticated message for authenticating a first component of an electronic device as the originator of the message are disclosed. The method and system comprise encrypting a block of information based on a key associated with a second component of the electronic device to generate an encrypted block of information; accessing, from a memory of the first component, a previous version of a dynamic unique key, the previous version of the dynamic unique key being at least partially based on a original unique key; generating a current version of the dynamic unique key based on the previous version of the dynamic unique key; generating a message authentication code based on the encrypted block of information and the current version of the first dynamic unique key; and transmitting, to the second component, the encrypted block of information and the message authentication code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Julien Ollivier
  • Patent number: 11960707
    Abstract: An electronic device provides, to a display, data to present a user interface that includes a plurality of user interface objects, and a current focus on a first user interface object. While the display is presenting the user interface, the electronic device receives an input that corresponds to a movement of a contact across on a touch-sensitive surface. The electronic device, in response to receiving the input and in accordance with a determination that a first axis is a dominant axis, moves the current focus along the first axis by a first amount and along the second axis by a second amount. The amount of movement of the current focus along the second axis is reduced to a first non-zero amount by a scaling factor that is based on one or more inputs received prior to receiving the input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Marcos Alonso Ruiz, Nicole M. Wells, Justin T. Voss, Blake R. Seely, Matthew D. Ricketson, Henrique D. Penha, Grace H. Hwang, Graham R. Clarke, Jeffrey L. Robbin, William M. Bachman, Benjamin W. Keighran, Jennifer L. C. Folse, Jonathan Lochhead, Joe R. Howard, Joshua K. McGlinn
  • Patent number: 11961688
    Abstract: A keycap includes a keycap body with a top surface and a top periphery region extending around the top surface. A recessed area extends across the top surface inward of the top periphery region, with the top periphery region being elevated relative to the recessed area. The keycap also includes a set of grooves extending from the recessed area and across at least a portion of the top periphery region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Samuel O. Schneider, Kyle J. Nekimken
  • Patent number: 11960341
    Abstract: Various techniques and circuit implementations for power reduction management in integrated circuits are disclosed. Different sets of power delivery trigger circuits may be coupled to the integrated circuit by wiring or serial communication interfaces. Power reduction responses may be implemented at faster rates utilizing the wired power delivery trigger circuits while slower power reduction response can be implemented utilizing serially connected power delivery trigger circuits. The threshold for power reduction response by wired power delivery trigger circuits may also be closer to a functional failure point of the integrated circuit in order to provide fast response to avoid failure of the integrated circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jamie L. Langlinais, Inder M. Sodhi, Lior Zimet, Keith Cox
  • Patent number: 11963324
    Abstract: Electronic equipment may include structured fabric. Structured fabric may be used as a protective case or cosmetic cover for an electronic device, may be used to form a band that holds an electronic device against a user's body, or may be used to cover one or more openings in an electronic device. Structured fabrics may be soft and pliable while maintaining the ability to hold a given shape without added support. Structured fabric may be formed by laminating fabric such as warp-knit fabric with a stiffener such as polymer film. Structured fabrics may include openings through which signals such as optical or audio signals pass. To maintain the geometry and shape of the openings in the structured fabric without covering the openings, the stiffener and adhesive that are attached to the fabric may be cut to form a pattern of openings that align with the openings in the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yohji Hamada, John J. Baker, Peter F. Coxeter, Benjamin M. Rappoport, Joseph B. Walker
  • Patent number: 11961290
    Abstract: In one implementation, a method of remedying a medical impairment of a user is performed by a device including a processor, non-transitory memory, one or more biometric sensors, an image sensor, and a display. The method includes detecting, based on data from at least one of the image sensor and the one or more biometric sensors, a medical impairment of a user of the head-mounted device from a plurality of potential medical impairments associated with a plurality of remedies. The method includes selecting, from the plurality of remedies, a remedy of the medical impairment of the user. The method includes controlling the display to effect the remedy of the medical impairment of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Anselm Grundhoefer, Pedro Manuel Da Silva Quelhas, Phillip N. Smith, Omar Elafifi, Eshan Verma, Daniele Casaburo
  • Patent number: 11961332
    Abstract: One or more electronic device may use motion and/or activity sensors to estimate a user's 6 minute walking distance. In particular, because users typically walk at less than their maximum output and in imperfect conditions, control circuitry within the device(s) may rely on walks of shorter distances to estimate the 6 minute walking distance. For example, the control circuitry may gather activity information for the user, such as heart rate, calories burned, and step count, and analyze a distance component and a speed component for periods in which the user has walked. Individual 6 minute walk distance estimates may be generated based on each of the activity information, distance component, and speed component. The distance and speed estimates may be corrected for walking behaviors that deviate from an ideal testing environment, and may then be fused with the activity estimate to generate a final 6 minute walk distance estimate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Powers, III, Maryam Etezadi-Amoli, Britni A. Crocker, Allison L. Gilmore, Edith M. Arnold, Hung A. Pham, Irida Mance, Sumayah F. Rahman, Katherine Niehaus, Kyle A. Reed, Maxsim L. Gibiansky, Karthik Jayaraman Raghuram, Adeeti V. Ullal
  • Patent number: 11963055
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to techniques for configuring, performing, and reporting neighbor cell measurements in a wireless communication system. A base station of a serving cell may provide configuration information relevant to performing layer 1 (L1) measurements based on reference signals of one or more neighbor cells. A UE may perform L1 inter-frequency measurements of the neighbor cell(s) based on the configuration. The UE may report the measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Manasa Raghavan, Qiming Li, Jie Cui, Yang Tang, Yushu Zhang, Huaning Niu, Xiang Chen, Dawei Zhang
  • Patent number: 11961191
    Abstract: In some implementations, a method includes obtaining a semantic construction of a physical environment. In some implementations, the semantic construction of the physical environment includes a representation of a physical element and a semantic label for the physical element. In some implementations, the method includes obtaining a graphical representation of the physical element. In some implementations, the method includes synthesizing a perceptual property vector (PPV) for the graphical representation of the physical element based on the semantic label for the physical element. In some implementations, the PPV includes one or more perceptual characteristic values characterizing the graphical representation of the physical element. In some implementations, the method includes compositing an affordance in association with the graphical representation of the physical element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Mark Drummond, Bo Morgan, Siva Chandra Mouli Sivapurapu
  • Patent number: 11961195
    Abstract: In some implementations, a method of sketch-based placement of computer-generated graphical objects includes: obtaining an input directed to a content creation region within a user interface, wherein the input corresponds to a sketch of a candidate object, and wherein the user interface includes the content creation region and a presentation region for computer-generated content; and in response to obtaining the input directed to the content creation region: presenting the sketch within the content creation region; obtaining a three-dimensional (3D) model using the input that corresponds to the sketch of the candidate object; generating a computer-generated graphical object using the obtained 3D model; and causing presentation of the computer-generated graphical object together with imagery obtained using the one or more cameras of the device within the presentation region while maintaining presentation of the sketch within the content creation region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Ryan Steven Bullock
  • Patent number: 11961291
    Abstract: The subject technology provides visual search systems and methods that can be used to efficiently perform visual searches on an electronic device. The subject technology provides systems and methods for presenting one or more visual indicators corresponding to the searchable portions of digital content. A visual search may include identifying, at an electronic device, an element of interest in an image. A visual indicator for the element of interest may be overlaid on the image at a location corresponding to the element of interest. The visual indicator may be selectable to cause a display of information associated with the element of interest responsive to the selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lukas A. Bossard, Matthias Dantone, Pulah J. Shah, Wentao Wu, Yang Zhao
  • Patent number: 11963195
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are timing determination techniques for 5G radio access network (RAN) cells. According to various such techniques, during a random access procedure, a user equipment (UE) may receive a grant of resources for an uplink (UL) data transmission in a random access response (RAR) message. The UE may identify a scheduled slot for the UL data transmission based on a received slot of the RAR message and an applicable slot offset value. The applicable slot offset value may indicate a number of slots by which the received slot precedes the scheduled slot. The applicable slot offset value may be identified using the various techniques described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gang Xiong, Debdeep Chatterjee, Ajit Nimbalker, Hong He
  • Patent number: 11962540
    Abstract: The present application relates to devices and components including apparatus, systems, and methods related to multiplexing patterns for synchronization signal/physical broadcast channel block (SSB) and remaining minimum system information (RMSI).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Oghenekome Oteri, Chunhai Yao, Chunxuan Ye, Dawei Zhang, Haitong Sun, Huaning Niu, Sigen Ye, Wei Zeng, Weidong Yang, Yushu Zhang
  • Patent number: 11961946
    Abstract: A foldable electronic device may have a foldable housing. The foldable housing may be configured to bend about a bend axis. First and second portions of the housing that rotate relative to each other may be coupled by a hinge that is aligned with the bend axis. A foldable display may be coupled to the foldable housing and may be configured to bend along the bend axis as the foldable housing is folded. The display may have an array of pixels supported by a metal layer. The pixels may be interposed between a display cover layer and the metal layer. The foldable housing may have a support layer. To help support the display for bending about the bend axis while preventing damage to the display when the display is contacted by an external object, a spring layer may be interposed between the metal layer and the support layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Chang-Chia Huang, Hoon Sik Kim, Paul S. Drzaic, Terry C. Lam, Yasmin F. Afsar, Zhichun Shao
  • Patent number: 11962520
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed relate to apparatuses, systems, and methods for improved handling of phase noise (PN) in millimeter wave (MMW or mmWave) communications in a wireless communication system, such as 5G NR. When severe phase noise is present in a communication link, the link performance can be substantially degraded. Thus, it would be desirable to utilize techniques to compensate for phase noise in mmWave communications. In Rel-15, a Phase Tracking Reference Signal (PT-RS or PTRS) was specified for both downlink and uplink communications, specifically for Cyclic Prefix-Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (CP-OFDM) and Discrete Fourier Transform spread Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (DFT-S-OFDM). However, prior art approaches to PTRS using block-based pilot allocation schemes required complicated receiver processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Weidong Yang, Oghenekome Oteri, Haitong Sun, Chunhai Yao, Yushu Zhang, Dawei Zhang, Chunxuan Ye, Wei Zeng, Hong He, Sigen Ye, Jie Cui, Yang Tang
  • Patent number: 11962101
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with a phased antenna array that radiates at a frequency greater than 10 GHz. The array may include a dielectric resonator antenna having a dielectric column with non-planar sidewalls that include planar portions and corrugated portions with grooves and ridges, that include sidewall steps, and/or that include angled sidewall portions. The dielectric resonator antenna may include a first dielectric column and a second dielectric column stacked on the first dielectric column. The second column may be narrower and may have a higher dielectric constant than the first column or may have the same width but a lower dielectric constant than the first column. This may serve to broaden the bandwidth of the dielectric resonator antenna relative to scenarios where the dielectric resonator antenna includes only a single dielectric resonating element having only planar sidewalls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Panagiotis Theofanopoulos, Subramanian Ramalingam, Harish Rajagopalan, Bilgehan Avser, David Garrido Lopez, Forhad Hasnat, Mikal Askarian Amiri, Rodney A Gomez Angulo
  • Patent number: 11960615
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to managing user profiles. An example method includes, at a computer system in communication with a display generation component and an input device: receiving, via the input device, a user input including a request to access a first restricted media item; and in response to the user input: in accordance with a determination the user input is a voice input and the voice input corresponds to a user profile authorized to access the first restricted media item using voice inputs, initiating playback of the first restricted media item; and in accordance with a determination the user input is a voice input and the voice input does not correspond to a user profile authorized to access the first restricted media item using voice inputs: forgoing initiating playback of the first restricted media item; and causing display, at the display generation component, of a validation user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Ma, Corey J. Peterson, Rob Bowles Sinclair, Hiu Yi Chan, Neil P. Cormican
  • Patent number: 11963056
    Abstract: Layer 2 handling during a cell change procedure includes decoding an RRC reconfiguration message received from a first cell. The RRC reconfiguration message includes a Layer 1 (L1) configuration corresponding to a second cell. The first cell and the second cell share an SDAP entity, a PDCP entity, an RLC entity, and a MAC entity. The first cell and the second cell have a separate L1 entity. In response to decoding the RRC reconfiguration message, the L1 configuration corresponding to the second cell is stored. A cell change message received from the first cell is decoded. The cell change message indicates that a cell change from the first cell to the second cell is to be performed. The stored L1 configuration corresponding to the second cell is applied for data transmission and reception associated with the second cell. A cell change to the second cell is initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Fangli Xu, Chunhai Yao, Dawei Zhang, Haijing Hu, Qiming Li, Wei Zeng, Yang Tang, Yuqin Chen, Yushu Zhang
  • Patent number: 11962531
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and circuitries are provided for configuring and indicating channel state information resource signals (CSI-RS) using discovery reference signal (DRS) resources. An example method includes determining discovery reference signal (DRS) resources for use in carrying channel state information reference signals (CSI-RS); generating CSI-RS configuration information that defines at least one CSI-RS using the DRS resources; and signaling the CSI-RS configuration information to a user equipment (UE) device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bishwarup Mondal, Yongjun Kwak, Alexei Davydov, Dae Won Lee
  • Patent number: 11962539
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure describe methods, apparatuses, storage media, and systems for performing radio link monitoring or beam failure detection (RLM/BFD) in, or related to, a new radio (NR) involved network. Various embodiments are directed to adaptive configuration of threshold values for in-sync and/or out-of-sync (IS/OOS) in the NR involved network and adequately performing RLM/BFD. Such RLM/BFD with adaptive IS/OOS configuration may improve measurement accuracy and system performance. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Zhibin Yu, Hua Li, Qiming Li, Jie Cui, Yang Tang
  • Patent number: 11962368
    Abstract: A first cellular base station transmits a configuration message to a reporting device installed on a high-speed vehicle. The configuration message specifies one or more parameters of a Doppler measurement report. The reporting device performs one or more first Doppler measurements on the first base station and/or one or more second Doppler measurements on a second base station. The reporting device transmits the Doppler measurement report to the first and/or second base stations. The Doppler measurement report may be used by the first and/or second base stations to perform Doppler pre-compensation on transmissions to the reporting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Haitong Sun, Dawei Zhang, Wei Zeng, Yushu Zhang, Chunxuan Ye, Jie Cui, Huaning Niu
  • Patent number: 11962877
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide an apparatus for controlling the motion of a camera component. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes an actuator module. The actuator module includes a plurality of magnets. Each magnet of the plurality of magnets is poled with magnetic domains substantially aligned in the same direction throughout each magnet. The apparatus further includes a coil rigidly disposed around a lens. Each magnet of the plurality of magnets contributes to the forces to adjust focus of the lens based on Lorentz forces generated from the coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Topliss, Douglas S. Brodie, Anthony J. Rossetti, Richard H. Tsai, Richard L. Baer
  • Patent number: 11962763
    Abstract: A method for decoding a video, according to the present invention, may comprise the steps of: generating an intra block copy (IBC) merge candidate list for a current block; selecting any one of IBC merge candidates included in the IBC merge candidate list; deriving a block vector of the current block on the basis of the selected IBC merge candidate; and obtaining a prediction sample of the current block on the basis of the block vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Bae Keun Lee
  • Patent number: 11962836
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an electronic device presents a plurality of representations of content items in a unified media browsing application. In some embodiments, an electronic device presents information on representations of content items. In some embodiments, an electronic device display content in a unified media browsing application. In some embodiments, an electronic device links to an account for a primary content provider. In some embodiments, an electronic device restricts access to content based on the geographic location of the device. In some embodiments, an electronic device presents playback menus during playback of content in a unified media browsing application. In some embodiments, an electronic device displays user interfaces specific to respective content items. In some embodiments, an electronic device displays content items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Drew R. Domm, Matthew J. Cielak, Fredric Vinna, Tito Lloyd Balsamo, Jeff Tan-Ang
  • Patent number: D1022550
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alice Marlin Brugger, Manuel DeJesus, Joshua Robert Edwards, Jean-Marc Gady, Wesley Bryan Hamm, Russell John Kaaihue Heirakuji, Allison Inouye, Moritz Wilsberg
  • Patent number: D1022692
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    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, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D1022714
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Marine C. Bataille, Jeremy Bataillou, Kevin Will Chen, Andrew Patrick Clymer, Clara Geneviève Marine Courtaigne, Markus Diebel, Alan C. Dye, Aurelio Guzmán, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Julian Jaede, Duncan Robert Kerr, Aaron Mathew Melim, Marc A. Newson, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Joe Sung-Ho Tan, Clement Tissandier, Jacob Weiss, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D1022756
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Marine C. Bataille, Jeremy Bataillou, Markus Diebel, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Julian Jaede, Duncan Robert Kerr, Marc A. Newson, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Joe Sung-Ho Tan, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D1022951
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christina J. Smiechowski, Carlos M. Santana, Kevin P. Blasko, Guillaume Raoult, Christopher Kuh, Robert Brunner
  • Patent number: D1022952
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Treski, Christina J. Smiechowski, Robert D. Brunner, Christopher Kuh, Achille Biteau
  • Patent number: D1023009
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, John J. Baker, Marine C. Bataille, Jeremy Bataillou, Abidur Rahman Chowdhury, Clara Geneviève Marine Courtaigne, Markus Diebel, Richard Hung Minh Dinh, Christopher E. Glazowski, Jonathan Gomez Garcia, Jean-Pierre S. Guillou, M. Evans Hankey, Matthew David Hill, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Julian Jaede, Duncan Robert Kerr, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Sung-Ho Tan, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D1023057
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Tobias Alexander Hauner
  • Patent number: D1023341
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan P. Siegel, Christopher M. Green, Christopher Daniel Peak, Vasco Agnoli, Casey Feeney, Kully Kraig Mandon, James Andrus, Sam Brown, Stefan Behling