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

  • Apple Patents Granted: Apple patents that have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Apple Patent Applications: Apple patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Publication number: 20180054077
    Abstract: An inductively charged portable electronic device has a charging receive coil that receives electromagnetic energy during a charge event. An electrically conductive shield is disposed within the portable electronic device and is disposed between the charging receive coil and an exterior housing of the portable electronic device to shield a touch sensitive user interface of the portable electronic device from noise generated during a charge event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Makiko K. Brzezinski, Maegan K. Spencer, Christopher S. Graham, Katherine E. Tong
  • Publication number: 20180049694
    Abstract: A method and a system for determining an individual energy expenditure are described. In some embodiments, an energy expenditure can be calculated based on a combination of biometrics, heart rate and work rate. In some embodiments, a relative drag associated with the user can be calculated based on a group formation size, a group formation shape, participant velocities, weather, air density, and participant body surface areas. In some embodiments, a load adjustment factor can be determined based on the relative drag. In some embodiments, an adjusted energy expenditure can be determined based on the load adjustment factor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Singh Alvarado, Craig H. Mermel, Karthik Jayaraman Raghuram, Mrinal Agarwal
  • Publication number: 20180052234
    Abstract: Optical systems that may, for example, be used in light ranging and detection (LiDAR) applications, for example in systems that implement combining laser pulse transmission in LiDAR and that include dual transmit and receive systems. Receiver components of a dual receiver system in LiDAR applications may include a medium range (50 meters or less) receiver optical system with a medium entrance pupil and small F-number and with a medium to wide field of view. The optical system may utilize optical filters, scanning mirrors, and a nominal one-dimensional SPAD (or SPADs) to increase the probability of positive photon events.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert S. Upton, Chandra S. Kakani, Alexander Shpunt, Yuval Gerson
  • Publication number: 20180050235
    Abstract: A method and a system for determining an energy expenditure of a user while practicing yoga are described. A heart rate sensing module can measure the user's heart rate. A temperature sensing module can measure ambient temperature. A motion sensing module can collect user's motion data. In some embodiments, a hot yoga session can be detected based on measured ambient temperature. In some embodiments, a yoga type can be detected based on the motion data. In some embodiments, an energy expenditure model can be applied based on the determined yoga type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Xing Tan, Karthik Jayaraman Raghuram, Adeeti Ullal, Craig H. Mermel, Daniel M. Trietsch, Alexander Singh Alvarado
  • Patent number: 9900767
    Abstract: A method of establishing communications with a first device is disclosed. The method includes: the first device presenting connection information to a second device; receiving a response from a second device; establishing an association with the second device; transmitting, in response to a determination that the first device and the second device are connected for data, first data to the second device, the first data comprising addressing information for a server; receiving second data from the second device, the second data comprising second information for establishing communications with the first device; and configuring the first device to receive third data from a location remote to the first device using the second information from the second data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler Hawkins, Christopher Wilson, Conrad Sauerwald, Gregory Novick, Neil G. Crane, Rudolph Van Der Merwe, Samuel Noble, Paul William Chinn
  • Patent number: 9895902
    Abstract: A compliant micro device transfer head and head array are disclosed. In an embodiment a micro device transfer head includes a spring portion that is deflectable into a space between a base substrate and the spring portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Andreas Bibl, John A. Higginson, Hsin-Hua Hu
  • Patent number: 9894964
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a locking assembly for an attachment system of an electronic device. More specifically, embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to an attachment unit that is configured to be inserted and removed from a housing of a consumer product. The attachment unit and/or the housing includes a catch member or other such locking assembly configured to relaseably secure the attachment unit within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Ryan C. Perkins, Michael J. Webb, Stephen Dey, Osamu Yabe, Hsiang Hung Chen
  • Patent number: 9898049
    Abstract: This is directed to an electronic device enclosure. The enclosure includes an outer periphery member forming an outer surface of a device, and to which an internal platform is connected. Electronic device components can be assembled to one or both surfaces of the internal platform. The enclosure can include front and back cover assemblies assembled to the opposite surfaces of the outer periphery member to retain electronic device components. One or both of the cover assemblies can include a window through which display circuitry can provide content to a user of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Scott A. Myers, Matthew Theobald, Richard Heley, Adam Stagnaro, Richard Hung Minh Dinh, David A. Pakula, Tang Yew Tan
  • Patent number: 9897744
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a display including an array of display pixels and a backlight assembly that provides backlight for the array of pixels. The backlight assembly may include a light guide layer having first and second opposing sides. The first side of the light guide layer may receive light from a first light source and the second side of the light guide layer may receive light from a second light source. To avoid overheating the first light source, the light emitted by the first light source may be less bright than the light emitted by the second light source. To compensate for the reduced brightness of the first light source, light leakage promotion features on the light guide layer may have a peak density that is closer to the first side of the light guide layer than the second side of the light guide layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christiaan A. Ligtenberg, Victor H. Yin
  • Patent number: 9897465
    Abstract: A sleep mode system for an electronic device can include a magnetic component and a proximately located sensor configured to detect magnetic field properties that vary with a variable rotation of the magnetic component. The magnetic component can rotate with one device component, such as a laptop lid, while the sensor remains stationary with another device component, such as a laptop base. A controller can determine the orientation angle of the magnetic component based on the detected properties, and can put the device into or remove the device from a sleep mode based on the angle, which can reflect an open state or closed state for the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John C. DiFonzo, Jean-Marc Gery
  • Patent number: 9898355
    Abstract: The described embodiments include a computing device that executes a broker application. The broker application performs a mediated data exchange to exchange data between a first sandboxed application and a second application. For example, the broker application can import data from the second application into the first sandboxed application. As another example, the broker application can export data from the first sandboxed application into the second application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: David Rahardja, Toby C. Paterson, Anthony D'Auria
  • Patent number: 9897801
    Abstract: A scanning device includes a substrate, which is etched to define a recess in the substrate and to define the following structures contained in the recess: At least first and second mirrors are disposed along a common axis of rotation. Torsion hinges extend collinearly along the axis of rotation and connect the first and second mirrors to the substrate so that the first and second mirrors rotate on the torsion hinges about the axis of rotation. Rigid struts are disposed alongside the axis of rotation and connect the first mirror to the second mirror so that the struts rotate about the axis of rotation together with the first and second mirrors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Yuval Gerson, Alexander Shpunt
  • Patent number: 9900275
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for tracking the lifecycle of an object across processes and for tracking the lifecycle of processes that are processing the object. A first process, P1 can generate an Action object representing work to be performed by another process, PN. The Action object can carry a payload of arbitrary information, an action handler, a handle to a response queue, and a timeout value. A token set can be requested from a kernel of an operating system. A first token in the set can be held by one process at a time. The kernel enforces that rule. The kernel can track the location of the first token. A copy of the Action object is viable for sending a response if it holds the first token. An Action Listener within P1 holds the second token of the set and uses it to validate a response received by P1 from a remote process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin E. Nielsen, Jonathan E. Drummond
  • Patent number: 9898059
    Abstract: A memory controller includes an interface and a processor. The interface is configured to communicate with one or more memory devices that require an operation voltage. The memory devices are capable of obtaining the operation voltage either from a power supply external to the memory device or from respective charge pumps internal to the memory devices. The processor is configured to predict storage activity in the memory devices, and to cause the memory devices to select a source for the operation voltage between the power supply and the respective charge pumps in accordance with the predicted storage activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Barak Rotbard, Assaf Shappir
  • Patent number: 9898187
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media related to a technique for providing handwriting input functionality on a user device. A handwriting recognition module is trained to have a repertoire comprising multiple non-overlapping scripts and capable of recognizing tens of thousands of characters using a single handwriting recognition model. The handwriting input module provides real-time, stroke-order and stroke-direction independent handwriting recognition for multi-character handwriting input. In particular, real-time, stroke-order and stroke-direction independent handwriting recognition is provided for multi-character, or sentence level Chinese handwriting recognition. User interfaces for providing the handwriting input functionality are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Mei-Qun Xia, Jannes G. Dolfing, Ryan S. Dixon, Karl M. Groethe, Karan Misra, Jerome R. Bellegarda, Ueli Meier
  • Patent number: 9898500
    Abstract: Improved techniques and systems for storage, delivery and acquisition of digital assets stored in cloud data storage. Cloud data storage can be provided by a cloud data repository that is capable of storing digital data for various users. A given user can access cloud data storage from any of his/her authorized client devices via a network. A given client device can access not only locally stored digital assets but also remotely stored digital assets from cloud data storage. In one embodiment, downloads of digital assets resident in cloud data storage to client devices can be managed in view of available network performance. As one example, digital assets of differing quality levels can be downloaded in a manner dependent on network performance. As another example, locally stored digital assets of reduced quality can be upgraded (e.g., replaced) by higher quality versions in a manner dependent on network performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Robbin, Lucas C. Newman, Scott J. Forstall, Stephen O. Lemay, Steve Saro Gedikian, Max Muller, Thomas Alsina
  • Patent number: 9898054
    Abstract: An electronic device can include first and second housing components and an electrical grounding feature located therebetween to provide a grounding path. The grounding feature can include an outer portion formed from an electrically conductive material and an internal region containing a removable expansion element. The grounding feature can exert an expansion force against the housing components when the device is assembled and the expansion element remains, and exert no expansion force against the housing components when the expansion element is removed. The device can also include an adhesive coupling the electrical grounding feature to the housing components, which adhesive can be electrically conductive. The expansion element can be deformable and removable from an open end of the grounding feature outer portion, which outer portion can be elastic and can deform to contact more of the housing components when the grounding feature is compressed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan L. Berk
  • Patent number: 9898071
    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: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Williamson, Gerard R. Williams, III
  • Patent number: 9898162
    Abstract: This application relates to performing organizational tasks using a variety of physical operations in a message application. The physical operations can include swiping actions performed by the user of the message application. By performing certain types of swipes on a user interface of the message application, the user can more readily organize messages stored by the message application. The types of swipes can include full swipes, which can execute one or more functions on a message, and partial swipes, which can open up a menu that includes multiple buttons for executing various operations on the message being swiped. Additionally, the direction of the swipe can also determine the functions and operations to be performed on the message being swiped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mohammed N. Jisrawi, Cristobal Baray, Stephen O. Lemay, Tiffany S. Jon, Chanaka G. Karunamuni, Lawrence Y. Yang
  • Patent number: 9897779
    Abstract: An optical imaging lens assembly that may have three lens components. All lens components may have positive refractive power. The first object side lens component has a plano object side surface. The remaining refracting surfaces may be aspheric. The second and third lens components may have a meniscus form. All three lens components may have the same index of refraction and Abbe number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Yalan Mao
  • Patent number: 9898074
    Abstract: Mapping apparatus includes a transmitter, which emits a beam comprising pulses of light, and a scanner, which is configured to scan the beam, within a predefined scan range, over a scene. A receiver receives the light reflected from the scene and to generate an output indicative of a time of flight of the pulses to and from points in the scene. A processor is coupled to control the scanner so as to cause the beam to scan over a selected window within the scan range and to process the output of the receiver so as to generate a 3D map of a part of the scene that is within the selected window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Shpunt, Raviv Erlich
  • Patent number: 9899661
    Abstract: A method for improving the lithium cobalt oxide (LiCoO2) film (such as films in thin film batteries) morphology includes using oxygen (O2) and argon (Ar) gases during sputtering deposition of the LiCoO2 film. This may allow for the manufacturing of thicker LiCoO2 films. Such a method may also significantly reduce or eliminate cracking and obvious columnar structures within the resulting LiCoO2 film layer. Sputtering using a mixture of O2 and Ar also may produce a LiCoO2 film layer that requires lower annealing temperatures to reach good utilization and has higher lithium diffusion rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lili Huang, Richard M. Mank, Yanfeng Chen
  • Patent number: 9898651
    Abstract: A method for processing data includes receiving a depth map of a scene containing at least an upper body of a humanoid form. The depth map is processed so as to identify a head and at least one arm of the humanoid form in the depth map. Based on the identified head and at least one arm, and without reference to a lower body of the humanoid form, an upper-body pose, including at least three-dimensional (3D) coordinates of shoulder joints of the humanoid form, is extracted from the depth map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Amiad Gurman, Oren Tropp
  • Patent number: 9898642
    Abstract: An electronic device with a display and a fingerprint sensor displays a fingerprint enrollment interface and detects, on the fingerprint sensor, a plurality of finger gestures performed with a finger. The device collects fingerprint information from the plurality of finger gestures performed with the finger. After collecting the fingerprint information, the device determines whether the collected fingerprint information is sufficient to enroll a fingerprint of the finger. When the collected fingerprint information for the finger is sufficient to enroll the fingerprint of the finger, the device enrolls the fingerprint of the finger with the device. When the collected fingerprint information for the finger is not sufficient to enroll the fingerprint of the finger, the device displays a message in the fingerprint enrollment interface prompting a user to perform one or more additional finger gestures on the fingerprint sensor with the finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Byron Han, Matthew E. Shepherd, Imran Chaudhri, Gregory N. Christie, Patrick L. Coffman, Craig M. Federighi, Matthew H. Gamble, Brittany D. Paine, Brendan J. Langoulant, Craig A. Marciniak, Donald W. Pitschel, Daniel O. Schimpf, Andrew R. Whalley, Christopher R. Whitney, Jonathan R. Dascola, Lawrence Y. Yang
  • Patent number: 9898641
    Abstract: A finger biometric sensor may include an array of finger biometric sensing pixels and processing circuitry coupled thereto. The processing circuitry may be capable of acquiring initial data from the array based upon an initial drive signal level and with a finger positioned adjacent the array, and determining an updated drive signal level based upon the initial data. The processing circuitry may also be capable of acquiring finger biometric data from the array of finger biometric sensing pixels based upon the updated drive signal level and with the finger positioned adjacent the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Gregory T. Minteer, Dale R. Setlak, Albert M. Straub
  • Patent number: 9899239
    Abstract: Method of forming ultra thin coreless substrates are described. In an embodiment, the method utilizes a debond layer including high and low adhesion surface areas to the carrier substrate, and cutting through the low adhesion surface areas to remove a build-up structure from the carrier substrate. An electrical short layer may be formed as a part of or on the debond layer to facilitate electrical testing of the build-up structure prior to debonding, and aid in the formation a “known good” substrate on a support substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jun Chung Hsu, Flynn P. Carson, Kwan-Yu Lai
  • Patent number: 9900069
    Abstract: A codebook C is provided in a MIMO transmitter as well as a MIMO receiver. The codebook C will include M codewords ci, where i is a unique codeword index for each codeword ci. Each codeword defines weighting factors to apply to the MIMO signals, and may correspond to channel matrices or vectors to apply to the MIMO signals prior to transmission from the respective antennas of the MIMO transmitter. The present invention creates codeword subsets Si for each codeword ci of the codebook C. Each codeword subset Si defines L codewords cj, which are selected from all the codewords ci in the codebook C. The codewords cj in a codeword subset Si are the L codewords in the entire codebook that best correlate with the corresponding codeword ci.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Wen Tong, Hosein Nikopour, Amir Khandani, Hua Xu, Ming Jia, Peiying Zhu, Dong-sheng Yu
  • Patent number: 9899019
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for predicting words using a structured stem and suffix n-gram language model. The systems and methods include determining, using a first n-gram word language model, a first probability of a stem based on a first portion of a previously-input word in the received input. Using a second n-gram language model, a second probability of a first suffix may be determined based at least on a second portion the previously-input word in the received input. Further, a third probability of a second suffix different from the first suffix may be determined using a third n-gram language model based at least on a third portion of the previously-input word in the received input. A fourth probability of a predicted word may be determined based on the first, second and third probabilities. One or more predicted words may be determined and provided as an output to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome R. Bellegarda, Sibel Yaman
  • Patent number: 9899757
    Abstract: Contact structures for devices, where contacts in the contact structures provide a proper normal force while consuming a minimal amount of surface area, depth, and volume in a device and where the contact structures prevent or limit the ingress of fluid or debris into the device. On example may provide a contact structure having a frame. The frame may be arranged to be placed in an opening in a device enclosure for an electronic device or the frame may be part of the electronic device. The frame may include a number of passages, each passage for a contact of the contact structure. Each contact may be held to the frame by a pliable membrane. Each contact may connect to a board in the electronic device via a compliant conductive path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Trent K. Do
  • Patent number: 9900499
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for providing visual indication that the image capture device is actively recording frames for a time lapse output sequence by providing indicia that communicates to a user that the image capture device is actively recording frames for the time lapse output sequence. Allowing user to perform time lapse sequence captures with a simple set up and with auto-adjustments when events occur that might otherwise detract from output quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Brasket, Behkish J. Manzari, Elliott B. Harris, Justin S. Titi, Graham R. Clarke
  • Patent number: 9899426
    Abstract: Display backplanes and pixel element structures are described. In an embodiment, a pixel electrode is located between two stacked data lines, with a left edge of the pixel electrode being separated from a first lower data line by approximately a same distance as a right edge of the pixel electrode is separated from a second lower data line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC
    Inventors: Byung Duk Yang, Yong Kwan Kim, Kyung Wook Kim, Shih Chang Chang
  • Patent number: 9900518
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to multifunction physical buttons. An electronic device detects activation of a physical button. The device determines whether a set of one or more criteria are met. If the set of one or more criteria are met, the device captures an image using an image sensor. If the set of one or more criteria are not met, the device turns off the display of the device. Thus, the same physical button can perform different functions based on whether the set of one or more criteria are met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth Kocienda, Imran Chaudhri, Daniel Max Strongwater, Kristi E. S. Bauerly, Roberto G. Yepez, Justin S. Titi
  • Patent number: 9900017
    Abstract: A semi-digital finite impulse response, FIR, filter is configured as a sparse FIR filter and as a minimum phase lag FIR filter. The FIR filter has a delay line composed of a number of sets of delay units sequentially coupled to each other, and where some of the sets of delay units have one or more untapped delay units as part of a cascade of two or more single-sample delay units. An analog summing node is coupled to the taps and produces at its output an analog version of a digital input signal that is fed to an input of the delay line. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Brian D. Clark
  • Patent number: 9900698
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an audio device that includes a diaphragm having a graphene material, such as a graphene flake, that is incorporated into a base material. The audio device may form part of a speaker device, a microphone device, or a headphone device. The concentration of the graphene and/or a size of the graphene flakes may be varied throughout the diaphragm to define a stiff center portion and a flexible portion that surrounds the center portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Luzzato, Joseph C. Poole, Christopher D. Prest
  • Patent number: 9900723
    Abstract: An audio system that maintains an identical or similar direct-to-reverberant ratio for sound produced from a first speaker array and sound produced by a second speaker array at the location of a listener is described. The audio system may determine characteristics of the first and second speaker arrays, including the distance between the first speaker array and the listener and the second speaker array and the listener. Based on these characteristics, beam patterns are selected for one or more of the speaker arrays such that sound produced by each of the speaker arrays maintains a preferred direct-to-reverberant ratio at the location of the listener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sylvain J. Choisel, Afrooz Family, Martin E. Johnson, Tomlinson M. Holman
  • Patent number: 9900758
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing useful data in association with a high-priority call such as an emergency call. In one embodiment, the data comprises a data (e.g., an MSD or FSD) embedded within one or more real-time protocol packets such as RTP Control Protocol (RTCP) packets, that are interspersed within the voice or user data stream (carried in e.g., RTP packets) of an emergency call. Apparatus and methods are described for transmitting the data portion reliably from the initiating terminal (e.g., an in-vehicle system) to a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP), by using the same transport connection as the user data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Martin Hans
  • Patent number: 9900629
    Abstract: A video streaming method for transitioning between multiple sequences of coded video data may include receiving and decoding transmission units from a first sequence of coded video data. In response to a request to transition to a second sequence of coded video data, the method may determine whether a time to transition to the second sequence of coded video data can be reduced by transitioning to the second sequence of coded video data via an intermediate sequence of coded video data. If the time can be reduced, the method may include receiving at least one transmission unit from an intermediate sequence of coded video data that corresponds to the request to transition, decoding the transmission unit from the intermediate sequence, and transitioning from the first sequence to the second sequence via the decoded transmission unit from the intermediate sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Yeping Su, Chris Y. Chung, Xiaosong Zhou, James Oliver Normile, Hsi-Jung Wu, Thomas Jansen, Hyeonkuk Jeong, Joe S. Abuan, Douglas Scott Price
  • Patent number: 9900765
    Abstract: A server of a wireless operator creates a roaming list based on a user's roaming plan and sends the roaming list to the user's wireless device. The roaming list includes a list of public land mobile networks (PLMNs). When the user travels away from their home wireless network to another geographic area, the wireless device scans based on the roaming list for radio signals. The roaming list contributes to user satisfaction because timely attachment to a radio network while away from home occurs efficiently since the wireless operator creates the roaming list based on both i) roaming agreements that the wireless operator is a party to with other wireless operators, ii) the user's roaming plan, iii) the radio access technology (RAT) capabilities of the wireless device and iv) the RAT capabilities of other wireless operators in particular geographic regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Francisco J. Gonzalez, Vikram Bhaskara Yerrabommanahalli, Chandiramohan Vasudevan
  • Publication number: 20180048094
    Abstract: Connector inserts and receptacles that provide signal paths having desired impedance characteristics. One example may provide a connector system having a connector insert and a connector receptacle. Contacts in the connector insert may form signal paths with corresponding contacts in the connector receptacle. Additional traces in the connector insert and receptacle may be part of these signal paths. The signal paths may have a target or a desired impedance along their lengths such that the power paths electrically appear as transmission lines. Constraints on physical dimensions of the connector insert and connector receptacle contacts may result in variations in impedance along the signal paths. Accordingly, embodiments of the present invention may provide structures to reduce these variations, to compensate for these variations, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: William P. Cornelius, Mahmoud R. Amini, Zheng Gao
  • Publication number: 20180048598
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable medium are provided for providing dynamic rule-based messages. For example, a user device may identify physical activity information. Based at least in part on the activity information, the device may determine whether a physical activity goal has been reached. The device may determine whether to present a dynamic progress update message based at least in part on a time since a first activity message was presented and whether the physical activity goal has been reached. In some instances, when it is determined to present the dynamic progress update message, the device may access a data structure configured to maintain progress update information associated with respective time intervals. The device may then retrieve the dynamic progress update message that corresponds to a particular time interval from the data structure. The device may also present the message for the particular time interval.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Kriz Blahnik, Eric D. Schlakman, Siji Rachel Tom, Daniel S. Keen, Aaron P. Thompson, Jed R. Cohen, Tasha R. Klubock
  • Publication number: 20180048793
    Abstract: A small format factor camera system for mobile devices that provides improved image quality when using accessory lenses. The system may detect an accessory lens attached to the camera, either via sensing technology or by analyzing captured images. The system may analyze image data to determine current alignment (e.g., optical axis alignment, spacing, and/or tilt) of the accessory lens relative to the camera lens, and may shift the camera lens on one or more axes using a mechanical or optical actuator, for example to align the camera lens optical axis with the accessory lens optical axis. The system may also determine optical characteristics of the accessory lens, either via sensing technology or by analyzing captured images, and may apply one or more image processing functions to images captured using the accessory lens according to the determined optical characteristics of the accessory lens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin A. Gross, Richard L. Baer
  • Publication number: 20180046063
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a camera unit of a multifunction device may include an optical package and an actuator for moving the optical package. In some embodiments, the actuator may include an asymmetric magnet arrangement. The asymmetric magnet arrangement may include a lateral position control magnet situated at a first side of the optical package, and a pair of transverse position control magnets situated at respective second and third sides of the optical package opposite one another with respect to an axis between the optical package and the lateral magnet. In some embodiments, the actuator may include one or more position sensor magnets attached to the optical package, and one or more magnetic field sensors for determining a position of the position sensor magnets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Shashank Sharma
  • Publication number: 20180048990
    Abstract: System and method for submitting a location of a mobile device to a public service for providing emergency assistance are described. A mobile device can determine that a user is making an emergency call from the mobile device. The mobile device can then enable a location determination function of the mobile device and determine a location of the mobile device. The mobile device can determine the location in multiple attempts, including, in a first time window, attempting to determine a location with low uncertainty and, if the attempt fails, determining a location with high uncertainty in a second time window. The mobile device can then submit the location to a dispatcher through a mobile network operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Mayor, Glenn Donald MacGougan
  • Publication number: 20180046851
    Abstract: A first set of signals corresponding to a first signal modality (such as the direction of a gaze) during a time interval is collected from an individual. A second set of signals corresponding to a different signal modality (such as hand-pointing gestures made by the individual) is also collected. In response to a command, where the command does not identify a particular object to which the command is directed, the first and second set of signals is used to identify candidate objects of interest, and an operation associated with a selected object from the candidates is performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Wolf Kienzle, Douglas A. Bowman
  • Publication number: 20180048796
    Abstract: A camera module includes a lens barrel holder and a substrate. The substrate may include a circuit board embedded in the substrate. The circuit board may include multiple electrical components mounted to a first side of the circuit board, where the electrical components are not exposed outside. The circuit board may also include multiple electrical connections on another side of the circuit board, an image sensor mounted to the electrical connections, and an upper opening in the circuit board for light to pass through. The substrate may include an upper opening configured to receive, at least partially inside the substrate, a lower portion of the lens barrel holder. The substrate may include a lower opening connected to the upper opening and configured to receive the image sensor. The lens barrel holder may include extensions, such as a flange or tabs, and an adhesive bond between the extensions and the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ya Wen Hsu, Douglas S. Brodie, Steven Webster
  • Patent number: D810476
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Russell John Kaaihue Heirakuji, Kevin Fenton Smeds, Frank Craig Thaler
  • Patent number: D810478
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Marine C. Bataille, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniele De Iuliis, Markus Diebel, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Julian Jaede, Duncan Robert Kerr, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Sung-Ho Tan, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D810483
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, Christopher M. Green, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Duncan Robert Kerr, Kully Kraig Mandon, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Jonathan P. Siegel, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D810752
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, 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: D810761
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Apodaca, Imran Chaudhri, Raymond Sepulveda