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: 20170273029
    Abstract: In some implementations, a mobile device can analyze motion sensor data and proximity sensor data during a voice call to determine whether the mobile device is on a stationary object or worn on a user's body (e.g., in the lap or pocket of a user of the mobile device). The mobile device can adjust the transmit power level of the telephony transceiver during the voice call based on the determination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ben-Heng Juang, Hue Duc Tran, Hung A. Pham, Adam S. Howell, Hengliang Zhang, Gunes Dervisoglu
  • Publication number: 20170269734
    Abstract: A force applied to a force-sensing touch screen device may be determined as follows. A deformation sensing layer of the device may measure an actual deformation of a touch screen of the device. A force sensor of the device may measure a sensed force applied by the touch screen to the force sensor of the device. A processor circuit of the device may determine an expected deformation expected to be imparted to the touch screen by the sensed force. The processor circuit may determine a virtual deformation based on the expected deformation due to the sensed force and the measured actual deformation. The virtual deformation may indicate the force applied to the force-sensing touch screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: David Steven Graff
  • Publication number: 20170273180
    Abstract: A method of forming an overmolded plastic structure on a metallic plate includes first bonding a component to the metallic plate. The component is bonded with an adhesive that adheres it to the metallic plate. A plastic structure is formed over at least a portion of the component and the metallic plate and the plastic structure primarily adheres to the component. The component can be a set of metallic signal conductors that are used to route electrical signals across the metallic plate and the adhesive can be used to electrically insulate the signal conductors from the metallic plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: David J. Drennan, Bruce Berg, Joseph Nazari, Bonnie W. Tom, Kristina A. Babiarz, Anthony P. Grazian
  • Publication number: 20170269785
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present disclosure relates to a method including detecting force applied to a force sensing layer in a device and detecting touch contacts applied to a touch screen layer in a device. The method also includes determining if the location and/or amount of force detected by the force sensing layer correlates to a touch contact, and, if it correlates, treating the force as front-side force, while if the location and/or amount of force detected by the force sensing layer does not correlate to a touch contact, treating the force as a back-side force. Based on the type of force detected, appropriate action may be taken, including back-side specific actions such as multi-tasking application switches or content or viewport manipulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Golnaz ABDOLLAHIAN, Wayne C. WESTERMAN
  • Publication number: 20170272904
    Abstract: An application manager of a mobile device can provide a user with the ability to control whether an application can use location information provided by a location subsystem of the mobile device. The application can request to be notified by the location subsystem when the mobile device crosses a geofence. When the mobile device crosses the geofence, the location subsystem provides a notice to the application. The application manager can intercept the notice to the application, and present an alert on a user interface. The application manager can then provide the notice to the application only upon receiving an input through the user interface confirming that the application still has permission to use location information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew E. Shepherd, Ronald K. Huang, Stephen J. Rhee, Daniel T. Kurtz, Erik Neuenschwander
  • Publication number: 20170271800
    Abstract: Contacts that may be highly corrosion resistant, may be readily manufactured, and may conserve precious materials. One example may provide contacts having a layer of a precious-metal alloy to improve corrosion resistance. The precious-metal-alloy layer may be plated with a hard, durable, wear and corrosion resistant plating stack for further corrosion resistance and wear improvement. The resources consumed by a contact may be reduced by forming a bulk or substrate region of the contact using a more readily available material, such as copper or a material that is primarily copper based.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Wagman, Benjamin J. Kallman, Hani Esmaeili, Stefan A. Kowalski, Daniel T. McDonald, Eric S. Jol, Raymund W. M. Kwok
  • Publication number: 20170268888
    Abstract: Embodiments may include determining a navigation route between an origination and a destination; the route may span multiple portions of a map. Embodiments may also include receiving an order of priority in which to receive the multiple portions of the map; the order may be generated based on distinct levels of expected signal strength for each of the multiple portions. For instance, within the order of priority, map portions associated with areas of low signal strength may be ranked higher than areas of higher signal strength. Embodiments may also include acquiring at least some of the portions of the map according to the order of priority, and generating a map display comprising the multiple portions of the map. For instance, map portions associated with areas of poor reception may be downloaded first whereas map portions associated with strong signal strength may be downloaded on-the-fly during route navigation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Blumenberg, Seejo K. Pylappan
  • Patent number: 9766662
    Abstract: A shield feature and method of forming to prevent transmission of electromagnetic radiation is disclosed. The shield feature may include a first protrusion and a second protrusion, both of which are formed from an electrically conductive material. A non-electrically conductive material may cover the electrically conductive material in certain regions. The first protrusion, the second protrusion, and an extension between the first protrusion and the second protrusion are free of non-electrically conductive material, allowing the electrically conductive material to engage an enclosure of an electronic device. Also, a distance separates the first protrusion and the second protrusion that is less than a distance defined by a wavelength of the electromagnetic radiation, allowing the shield feature to prevent the electromagnetic radiation from passing through the shield feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon S. Smith, Thomas R. Tate, Mark A. Salvador, Alexander C. Calkins
  • Patent number: 9766702
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an electronic device optionally identifies a person's face, and optionally performs an action in accordance with the identification. In some embodiments, an electronic device optionally determines a gaze location in a user interface, and optionally performs an action in accordance with the determination. In some embodiments, an electronic device optionally designates a user as being present at a sound-playback device in accordance with a determination that sound-detection criteria and verification criteria have been satisfied. In some embodiments, an electronic device optionally determines whether a person is further or closer than a threshold distance from a display device, and optionally provides a first or second user interface for display on the display device in accordance with the determination. In some embodiments, an electronic device optionally modifies the playing of media content in accordance with a determination that one or more presence criteria are not satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Avi E. Cieplinski, Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Julian Missig, May-Li Khoe, Bianca Cheng Costanzo, Myra Mary Haggerty, Duncan Robert Kerr, Bas Ording, Elbert D. Chen
  • Patent number: 9766684
    Abstract: Power and thermal management that uses trigger circuits to activate power telemetry. A power consumption level of a subsystem is monitored using a trigger circuit while power telemetry mode for the subsystem is inactive. When the monitored power consumption level exceeds a threshold, the trigger circuit activates the power telemetry mode of operation in which telemetry information of the subsystem is provided to a controller. Power consumption of the subsystem is then managed by the controller based on telemetry information obtained under the power telemetry mode. The controller can determine whether a power consumption level of the subsystem has dropped below a threshold, based on telemetry information obtained under the power telemetry mode. The controller may terminate the power telemetry mode when the power consumption level has dropped below the threshold. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Parin Patel, Keith Cox
  • Patent number: 9766692
    Abstract: An integrated circuit (IC) implements an industry standard-defined peripheral interconnect to connect to another integrated circuit or component in a system. The industry standard specification includes a software interface that is well-defined and implemented by various software in the system, and thus is desirable to retain. However, the physical interconnect in the systems employing the integrated circuit may be short, and thus the elaborate physical layer definition may consume more integrated circuit area and power than is otherwise desirable in the IC. The IC may implement a simpler and more power-efficient physical layer, reducing both power consumption and semiconductor substrate area consumption, in some embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sanjay Dabral, R. Stephen Polzin
  • Patent number: 9766782
    Abstract: A graphical user interface (GUI) is presented that allows a user to view and interact with content embedded in a digital book, such as text, image galleries, multimedia presentations, video, HTML, animated and static diagrams, charts, tables, visual dictionaries, review questions, three-dimensional (3D) animation and any other known media content, and various touch gestures can be used by the user to move through images and multimedia presentations, play video, answer review questions, manipulate three-dimensional objects, and interact with HTML.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Charles J. Migos, Diego Bauducco, Markus Hagele, Jay Christopher Capela, Gary W. Gehiere, Jacob G. Refstrup, Christopher Erich Rudolph, Peter W. Rapp, David M. Hall, Peter G. Berger, Simon Antony Ward, Mark Ambachtsheer, Paul Elseth, Steven J. Israelson, Roger Rock Rosner, Yaniv Gur, Alexander C. MacLean, M. Frank Emanuel, Mac Murrett
  • Patent number: 9766716
    Abstract: A three-dimensional imaging and display system is provided in which user input is optically detected in an imaging volume by measuring the path length of an amplitude modulated scanning beam as a function of the phase shift thereof. Visual image user feedback concerning the detected user input is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Christoph H. Krah
  • Patent number: 9766727
    Abstract: A computer stylus may have an elongated body with a tip and an opposing end having components such as a connector and an antenna. Metal structures for the antenna may be supported using a molded plastic support with metal traces or may be formed using flexible printed circuits or other structures. Metal and plastic tubes may be used in forming the body of the stylus. A metal tube may have an opening in which an antenna is mounted. A plastic tube may serve as an outer housing for the stylus and may cover the metal tube and the opening in which the antenna is mounted. A transmission line such as a cable may be coupled to an antenna feed. The cable may pass through an opening in the metal tube and may be covered using a strip of conductive foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yi Jiang, Huan-Chu Huang, Mattia Pascolini, Qingxiang Li
  • Patent number: 9766745
    Abstract: Capacitive touch panels may include a plurality of positive voltage lines that are driven at a first phase. These positive voltage lines may be used to provide the drive capacitance signal sensed by one or more sense regions. The touch panels may also include a plurality of negative phase voltage lines that are driven at a phase that is different than the first phase. Both the positive and negative voltage lines may cross-under one or more sense regions. The negative phase voltage lines are able to counter act and reduce the static capacitance in the sense regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Porter Hotelling, Marduke Yousefpor
  • Patent number: 9766534
    Abstract: A camera assembly and a method for mounting it in a portable electronic device are provided. The assembly includes a camera module, and a camera trim coupled with the camera module. The camera assembly includes a first shock mount coupling the camera trim to an interior surface of the housing, and a second shock mount coupling the camera trim to an exterior surface of the housing. The first and second shock mounts cooperate to suspend an outer perimeter of the camera trim within an opening of the housing of the portable electronic device. A mobile telecommunications device including a camera assembly as above is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David Glenn Havskjold, Anthony S. Montevirgen, Tyson Benner Manullang
  • Patent number: 9766788
    Abstract: This is directed to rotating an entire user interface of a portable electronic device. In particular, this is directed to defining a UI orientation mode in which a user can direct the device to rotate a UI. When the UI orientation mode is enabled, the electronic device can detect particular inputs, for example based on the outputs of motion sensing components such as an accelerometer and a magnetometer, to determine how to rotate the UI. Once the UI has been rotated to a desired orientation, a user can lock the UI orientation and exit the UI orientation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Duncan Robert Kerr, Nicholas V. King
  • Patent number: 9767477
    Abstract: The disclosed technology addresses the need in the art for determining whether a selection of an invitational content item was accidental or intentional based on selection signals that describe the selection. For example, a selection signal can be a selection point, response time, multiple selection count, context of the selection, user preference data, etc. A response to the selection can be based on whether the selection was determined to be accidental or intentional. If the selection was determined to be intentional, the response can be the regular response associated with selection of the invitational content item, i.e. registering the selection for billing and presenting secondary content to the user. If the selection was determined to be accidental, the selection can be ignored. Thus, the selection would not register for billing purposes and secondary content would not be presented to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Froimowitz Greenzeiger, Steven C. Bredenberg
  • Patent number: 9767209
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for identifying points of interest and specific locations located in the vicinity of an expected future location of a user. When a user provides a search request for a point of interest that will be of interest only at a future time, the electronic device can automatically predict an expected future location of the user, and provide points of interest near the expected future location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Stallman
  • Patent number: 9767137
    Abstract: A method and system of verifying data stored in a database, by polling one or more computing devices. A server generates a poll object for a data item and a poll notification is transmitted to the one or more computing devices, whereupon users of the computing devices may respond to the poll notification and transmit responses. A set of response notifications is received and the server determines if the set of response notifications satisfies a quorum criterion. If the quorum criterion is satisfied, the server determines a data verification result, based on a tally criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Grant C. Ritchie, Sergejs Marins
  • Patent number: 9767161
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing data, such as metadata. In one exemplary method, metadata from files created by several different software applications are captured, and the captured metadata is searched. The type of information in metadata for one type of file differs from the type of information in metadata for another type of file. Other methods are described and data processing systems and machine readable media are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yan Arrouye, Dominic Giampaolo, Bas Ording, Gregory Christie, Stephen Olivier Lemay, Marcel van Os, Imran Chaudhri, Kevin Tiene, Pavel Cisler
  • Patent number: 9765788
    Abstract: The described embodiments relate to improving efficiency of a low-profile cooling fan. In one embodiment, an impeller of the cooling fan includes a shroud which covers a central portion of the impeller, thereby allowing a central inlet portion of the blades to have an increased fan blade height when compared to a cooling fan constrained by minimum part tolerances between the fan blades and a portion of the fan housing. In some embodiments, the impeller includes splitter blades that can improve performance of the low-profile cooling fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse T. Dybenko, Anthony Joseph Aiello, Nicholas D. Mancini, Jay S. Nigen, Arash Naghib Lahouti
  • Patent number: 9766370
    Abstract: Algorithms for detecting whether a device is properly secured to a user's skin are described. The operation of a device, such as a wearable device, can be adjusted based on whether the device is properly secured to a user's skin (e.g., on-wrist) or not properly secured to the user's skin (e.g., off-wrist). For example, certain functions can be disabled for power-saving, security or other purposes if the device is off-wrist. In order to avoid falsely identifying the device as off-wrist or on-wrist, algorithms for detecting whether the device is on-wrist or off-wrist can calculate one or more variances based on signals measured by a light sensor and compare the one or more variances with one or more thresholds. Comparing the one or more variances to the one or more threshold can improve the accuracy of wrist-detection algorithms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert T. Aloe, Sankalita Saha, Stephen J. Waydo, Daniel J. Culbert
  • Patent number: 9767726
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and device are provided to provide inversion techniques for dynamic variable refresh rate electronic displays. One embodiment of the present disclosure describes An electronic display including a display panel that display images with varying refresh rates and a timing controller that receives image data from an image source, determines a counter value, and instructs a driver in the electronic display to apply a voltage to the display panel to write an image on the display panel, in which a negative voltage is applied when the counter value is positive and a positive voltage is applied when the counter value is less than or equal to zero. Additionally, the timing controller update the counter value based at least in part on duration the image is displayed on the display panel, wherein the counter value increases when the voltage is positive and decreases when the voltage is negative.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher P. Tann, Taesung Kim, Sandro H. Pintz
  • Patent number: 9766938
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus that execute a parallel computing program in a programming language for a parallel computing architecture are described. The parallel computing program is stored in memory in a system with parallel processors. The system includes a host processor, a graphics processing unit (GPU) coupled to the host processor and a memory coupled to at least one of the host processor and the GPU. The parallel computing program is stored in the memory to allocate threads between the host processor and the GPU. The programming language includes an API to allow an application to make calls using the API to allocate execution of the threads between the host processor and the GPU. The programming language includes host function data tokens for host functions performed in the host processor and kernel function data tokens for compute kernel functions performed in one or more compute processors, e.g. GPUs or CPUs, separate from the host processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aaftab Munshi, Jeremy Sandmel
  • Patent number: 9767590
    Abstract: The present techniques relate to transforming a multi-frame asset, such as a time-lapse video or panoramic view, into a single image. The technique generally involves displaying a frame from the multi-frame asset on a display, and compressing the multi-frame assent into a single image based on a relation of pixel locations on the display to a path disposed on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Gael Jaffrain
  • Patent number: 9767681
    Abstract: Handheld electronic devices are provided that have remote control functionality and gesture recognition features. The handheld electronic device may have remote control functionality in addition to cellular telephone, music player, or handheld computer functionality. The handheld electronic devices may have a touch sensitive display screen. The handheld electronic devices may recognize gestures performed by a user on the touch sensitive display screen. The handheld electronic devices may generate remote control signals from gestures that the handheld electronic device may recognize. A media system may receive the remote control signals and may take appropriate action. The touch sensitive display screen may be used to present the user with information about the media system such as the current volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eric James Hope, Alan Cannistraro, Policarpo Wood, William Bull
  • Patent number: 9768225
    Abstract: A camera module including a die having a top side and a bottom side, an image sensor is positioned on the top side of the die and a conductive via is formed through the die to provide an electrical connection between the top side and the bottom side; an overmold casing formed around the die; and a lens holder assembly attached to the top side of the die and the overmold casing. A method of producing a camera module including providing an image sensor die that is overmolded within a casing, the image sensor die having a top side and a bottom side, wherein an image sensor is positioned on the top side and a conductive via is formed through the image sensor die from the top side to the bottom side; and attaching a lens holder to the top side of the image sensor die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Julien C. Vittu
  • Patent number: 9767827
    Abstract: Unwanted audio, such as explicit language, may be removed during audio playback. An audio player may identify and remove unwanted audio while playing an audio stream. Unwanted audio may be replaced with alternate audio, such as non-explicit lyrics, a “beep”, or silence. Metadata may be used to describe the location of unwanted audio within an audio stream to enable the removal or replacement of the unwanted audio with alternate audio. An audio player may switch between clean and explicit versions of a recording based on the locations described in the metadata. The metadata, as well as both the clean and explicit versions of the audio data, may be part of a single audio file, or the metadata may be separate from the audio data. Additionally, real-time recognition analysis may be used to identify unwanted audio during audio playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Baptiste P. Paquier, Anthony J. Guetta, Aram M. Lindahl, Eric A. Allamanche
  • Patent number: 9767840
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system that drives a display from a computer system. During operation, the system writes graphical output to protected memory and drives the display from the protected memory. If the graphical output lacks protection, the system discontinues the driving of the display from the protected memory. In particular, upon detecting a lack of protection in the graphical output, the system continues to drive the display from the protected memory during a grace period associated with the lack of protection in the graphical output. The system then discontinues driving of the display from the protected memory if protection of the graphical output does not resume during the grace period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Ian C. Hendry
  • Patent number: 9768538
    Abstract: In various embodiments, an electronic band for a wearable device having: a first band segment including a first affixing structure configured to couple the first band segment to the wearable device when inserted into a first channel of the wearable device, a processing unit, and a first electrical connector having a plurality of contact pins at least some of which are electrically connected to the processing unit; where the first electrical connector electrically connects the processing unit of the first band segment to a second electronic component positioned within the wearable device when the first affixing structure is inserted into the first channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon B. Tulloch, Gordon C. Cameron, John Danby, Amaury J. Heresztyn, Nagarajan Kalyanasundaram
  • Patent number: 9769389
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a first camera unit of a multifunction device for capturing a first image of a first visual field includes a first actuator for moving a first optical package. A second camera unit includes a second actuator for moving a second optical package. The second camera unit includes a second central magnet array situated along the axis between the first optics package of the first camera unit and the second optics package of the second camera unit. In some embodiments, the second central magnet array includes a second central upper magnet having a first polarity and a second central lower magnet having a polarity antiparallel to the first polarity. In some embodiments, the second camera unit includes a second distal magnet array situated opposite the second central magnet array with respect to the second optics package of the second camera unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott W. Miller, Shashank Sharma, Simon S. Lee
  • Patent number: 9768345
    Abstract: A method and structure for forming an array of LED devices is disclosed. The LED devices in accordance with embodiments of the invention may include a confined current injection area, embedded mirror, or sidewall passivation layer, and any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hsin-Hua Hu, Kelly McGroddy
  • Patent number: 9768404
    Abstract: Quantum dot layers and display devices including quantum dot layers are described. In an embodiment the quantum dot layer includes quantum dots with metal oxide coatings to adjust the spacing between adjacent quantum dots. In an embodiment, the metal oxide coatings may create a charge transporting matrix, be QD-LED compatible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan S. Steckel, Hitoshi Yamamoto, Paul S. Drzaic
  • Patent number: 9768491
    Abstract: An electronic device may have wireless circuitry with antennas. An antenna resonating element arm for an antenna may be formed from peripheral conductive structures running along the edges of a device housing. Elongated conductive members may longitudinally divide openings between the peripheral conductive housing structures and the ground. The elongated conductive members may extend from an internal ground to outer ends of the elongated conductive members that are located adjacent to the gaps. Transmission lines may extend along the elongated conductive members to antenna feeds at the outer ends. The elongated conductive members may form open slots that serve as slot antenna resonating elements for the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nanbo Jin, Anand Lakshmanan, Enrique Ayala Vazquez, Erica J. Tong, Hongfei Hu, Matthew A. Mow, Mattia Pascolini, Ming-Ju Tsai
  • Patent number: 9768825
    Abstract: Wireless communication devices (UEs) may include multiple receive (RX) chains and associated antennas, and at least one transmit (TX) chain co-located with one of the RX chains. The UE may track instant fading of the antenna gain(s) during reception of packets from an associated access point (AP) device to which the UE intends to transmit packets. The UE may also track long term antenna gain(s), using any packets received at the multiple RX chains within the UE. At a switching occasion, a decision is made by the UE whether to switch antennas. If the instant fading detection is based on packets received no later than a specified time period prior to the switching occasion, then the UE may make the switching decision based on the results of the instant fading tracking. Otherwise, the UE may make the switching decision based on the results of the long term antenna gain tracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaowen Wang, Syed Aon Mujtaba, Vinay R. Majjigi, Joonsuk Kim
  • Patent number: 9768700
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide an AC/DC power converter that converts an AC input voltage into a DC output voltage. This AC/DC power converter includes an input rectifier stage which rectifies an AC input voltage into a first rectified voltage. The AC/DC power converter also includes a switching resonant stage which is directly coupled to the output of the input rectifier stage. The switching resonant stage converts the rectified voltage into a first high frequency AC voltage of a first amplitude. This AC/DC power converter additionally includes a transformer which is coupled to the output of the switching resonant stage and is configured to down-convert the first high frequency AC voltage into a second high frequency AC voltage of a second amplitude. Furthermore, the AC/DC power converter includes an output rectifier stage which is coupled to the output of the transformer, wherein the output rectifier stage rectifies the second high frequency AC voltage into a DC output voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: InHwan Oh, Nicholas A. Sims
  • Patent number: 9768703
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system that operates a flyback converter. During activation of a synchronous rectifier (SR) controller on a secondary side of the power converter, the system temporarily disables driving of a gate of a metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) by the SR controller to enable synchronization of the SR controller to a switching frequency on a primary side of the power converter. After driving of the gate of the MOSFET by the SR controller has been disabled for a pre-specified period, the system enables driving of the gate of the MOSFET by the SR controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Zaohong Yang, Bharatkumar K. Patel, Bogdan T. Bucheru, Juan Carlos Pastrana
  • Patent number: 9769256
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a system for interacting with a web browser. During operation, the system establishes a network connection with the web browser from a portable electronic device. Next, the system provides data to the web browser using a web server on the portable electronic device. Finally, the system sends a set of control instructions from the web server to the web browser, wherein the control instructions direct the web browser to obtain and display the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Martin J. Murrett, Kevin R. G. Smyth, Ian J. Elseth, Richard C. Cave
  • Patent number: 9769301
    Abstract: In response to receiving an application for operation on an accessory device and an interface definition, a computer device produces an application package that includes a companion application, a companion extension, and the application and interface definition. The application package components are configured to interoperate in accordance with an application identifier that is mutually recognized among all the package components. When the application package is installed at the companion device, the companion device automatically unpacks the components and sends the accessory device application and interface definition to the accessory device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Marcos, Andrew E. Platzer
  • Patent number: 9769107
    Abstract: Techniques for lifestyle-based social groups are described. A user device can learn movement patterns of the user device. Based on the movement pattern, and a user activity history, a computer system can determine a lifestyle of a user, or a meaning of a location. The system can create a social group based on the lifestyle and the meaning of location. The system can designate the lifestyle or meaning as a theme of the social group. The social group can be an ad hoc social network. For example, the social group can be created without an explicit user request, can be anonymous, and can be lifestyle and location based.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lukas M. Marti, Shannon M. Ma, Michael P. Dal Santo
  • Patent number: 9767535
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, are described for combining the crop function with zoom, pan and straighten functions as part of a single cropping environment, such that a user can select a portion of an image for cropping, apply zoom, pan and straighten transformations to the selected image portion and then crop the transformed image portion in a single utility. In one aspect, the methods include the actions of receiving user input defining a crop region within a displayed image. The methods also include the actions of displaying a user interface including a cropping panel that is configured to display a subset of the image corresponding to the defined crop region. Further, the methods include the actions of receiving user input requesting to perform at least one of a zoom, rotate or translate operation on the crop region displayed in the cropping panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nikhil Bhatt, Timothy David Cherna
  • Patent number: D797703
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Boyd, Eric D. Fields, Christopher Kuh, Robert D. Brunner, Monica Fernandez
  • Patent number: D797782
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: William Martin Bachman, Taylor Gerard Carrigan, Monika E. Gromek, Alexander C. D. Fringes, Ofer Morag, Jeffrey L. Robbin
  • Patent number: D797783
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lee Broughton, Alan C. Dye, Jonathan P. Ive, Christopher Wilson
  • Patent number: D797784
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Butcher, Kevin Will Chen, Alan C. Dye, Jonathan P. Ive, Brian Andrew Schmitt
  • Patent number: D797796
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Chanaka Karunamuni, Stephen O. Lemay
  • Patent number: D797809
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    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
  • Patent number: D797810
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    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
  • Patent number: D797842
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Antonio Cavedoni, Kevin Will Chen, Riccardo Lorusso, Bon Min, Christopher Wilson, Eric Lance Wilson