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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  • Patent number: 10104219
    Abstract: A set of wearable devices, each paired with a companion device, are configured to cumulatively maintain data about physical activities even though a user may switch between wearing them over a period of time. For example, a streak of workouts over many days can be maintained while the user switches between two watches over that period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron P. Thompson, Brian R. Drell, Todd A. Shortlidge
  • Patent number: 10104495
    Abstract: Location-based ticket books are described. A mobile device can be programmed to present a virtual ticket to a service provider based on a location of the mobile device. The mobile device can receive a virtual ticket for accessing a service from a service provider. The virtual ticket can be associated with a signal source. The signal source can be pre-programmed to broadcast a beacon signal that includes an identifier identifying the signal source. The signal source can be placed at a venue where the service is available. The mobile device, upon arriving at the venue, can detect the beacon signal from the signal source. In response, the mobile device can activate a ticket manager. The ticket manager can automatically select, from a ticket book, the virtual ticket associated with the signal source. The mobile device can present content of the selected virtual ticket at the venue where the service is available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eliza Block, George R. Dicker, Glen W. Steele
  • Patent number: 10104589
    Abstract: Described herein are apparatus, systems and methods for opportunistic system selection and reselection to avoid jammer desense intermodulation distortion. A method may comprise, at a user equipment (“UE”), identifying a list of frequencies and bands available to a cellular modem of the UE for one of system selection and system reselection, identifying a subset of the list of frequencies and bands based on an operation of a non-cellular wireless communication component of the UE, storing the subset of the list of frequencies and bands in a graylist, and performing, by the cellular modem, a search for one of the system selection and the system reselection based on the graylist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Harsha Shirahatti, Umesh K Shukla
  • Patent number: 10098549
    Abstract: A fitness tracking device configured to be worn by a user obtains a plurality of physical characteristics of the user including a first age and a sex of the user. The fitness tracking device maps each physical characteristic of the user to a corresponding index, wherein the first age of the user is mapped to a first age index of a first age range of a plurality of age ranges, and wherein the sex of the user is mapped to a first sex index. The fitness tracking device selects, from a memory of the fitness tracking device, a first calorimetry model of a plurality of calorimetry models, wherein the first calorimetry model is associated with each corresponding index, including the first age index and the first sex index of the user. The fitness tracking device estimates an energy expenditure rate using the first calorimetry model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Xing Tan, Hung A. Pham, Richard Channing Moore, III, Karthik Jayaraman Raghuram, Alexander Singh Alvarado, Umamahesh Srinivas, Mrinal Agarwal, Edith Merle Arnold
  • Patent number: 10103934
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for setting a reminder triggered by a target device. A requesting device sends a request to a server to set a reminder triggered by a target device. The request includes parameters, such as a location and a condition that define when the reminder is triggered. The server sends instruction to the target device to set the reminder based on the parameters. When the condition such as arrival is met by the target device in relation to the location the target device sends a message to the server that the reminder has been triggered. The target device can set a geo-fence to determine the position of the target device in relation to the location, and the requesting user can dictate the size of the geo-fence. The server sends a notification to the requesting device that the reminder has been triggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ragu Pai, Joshua B. Dickens, Karthik Narayanan, Megan M. Frost, Patrice Olivier Gautier
  • Patent number: 10104490
    Abstract: An audio system is provided that efficiently detects speaker arrays and configures the speaker arrays to output sound. In this system, a computing device may record the addresses and/or types of speaker arrays on a shared network while a camera captures video of a listening area, including the speaker arrays. The captured video may be analyzed to determine the location of the speaker arrays, one or more users, and/or the audio source in the listening area. While capturing the video, the speaker arrays may be driven to sequentially emit a series of test sounds into the listening area and a user may be prompted to select which speaker arrays in the captured video emitted each of the test sounds. Based on these inputs from the user, the computing device may determine an association between the speaker arrays on the shared network and the speaker arrays in the captured video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Afrooz Family, Martin E. Johnson, Baptiste P. Paquier
  • Patent number: 10102131
    Abstract: Methods and mechanisms for improved performance in a system with power management are described. A system includes a data storage device configured to store data and a display control unit configured to retrieve data from the data storage device. The data storage device may be placed in a reduced power state that results in increased latencies for accessing data within the device. The display control unit is configured to monitor an amount of data available for processing within the display control unit. In response to determining the amount of data has fallen to a threshold level, and in anticipation of a forthcoming data access request, the display control unit conveys an indication that prevents the data storage device from entering or remaining in the reduced power state. Subsequently, the display control unit conveys a request for data to the data storage device which will not be in the reduced power state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gurjeet S. Saund, Peter F. Holland
  • Patent number: 10099506
    Abstract: A deep black housing for a handheld electronic device is disclosed having one or more high resolution, bleached markings. The bleached markings are significantly lighter than the housing and exhibit a smooth appearance. Methods for preparing a housing having the finish and markings are also disclosed, including housings for use in mobile phones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Walker, Duy P. Le, Burak Metin, Junjie Xu, Ming Li
  • Patent number: 10101822
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to language input correction. In one example process, a sequence of contact inputs can be detected via a keyboard interface on a touch-sensitive display. A contact input of the sequence of contact inputs can include a contact motion from a first position to a second position of the keyboard interface. A plurality of candidate words corresponding to the sequence of contact inputs can be determined. The plurality of candidate words can be ranked based on a probability that the contact input is an intended input to select a first key of the keyboard interface, and a probability that the contact input is an intended input to select a second key of the keyboard interface. A portion of the plurality of candidate words can be displayed for user selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jun Hatori, Dominic Yu
  • Patent number: 10101002
    Abstract: A light fixture is disclosed. The light fixture includes a frame, a light source disposed within and coupled to the frame, and a lens coupled to the light source. The light also includes a first fabric layer coupled to the frame at a first distance from the lens and a second fabric layer coupled to the frame at a second distance from the lens. The first fabric layer has a plurality of dots printed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bernd Richter, Casey Feeney, Michael Cook, Christopher Daniel Peak, Matthais Jäckl, Sebastian Röhrer, Sean Hennessy
  • Patent number: 10101457
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a depth map acquisition system, includes a housing, a light source for emitting light to illuminate objects in a scene subject to depth mapping, fixedly mounted to the housing, a mirror tilt actuator, fixedly mounted to the housing, for tilting a mirror fixedly mounted to the mirror tilt actuator, a mirror fixedly mounted to the mirror tilt actuator, for reflecting light from the light source to the objects, and a partially transparent photosensitive detector in the direct path of the light from the mirror to the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Topliss, Thomas M. Gregory
  • Patent number: 10103494
    Abstract: An electronic device including a universal serial bus type-C connector. The connector includes a first plurality of contacts and a second plurality of contacts. Each of the first plurality of contacts and each of the second plurality of contacts include a first layer formed of a first material and a second layer formed of a second material, the second layer over the first layer. The second layer is present in a first area of each of the first plurality of contacts and the second layer is absent from the first area of each of the second plurality of contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: William P. Cornelius, Mahmoud R. Amini, Zheng Gao
  • Patent number: 10101841
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for diagnosing an electronic device using a force sensing assembly are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Mo Li, Steven J. Banaska
  • Patent number: 10101879
    Abstract: A first application view is displayed that corresponds to a first application in a plurality of concurrently open applications. A first input is detected. In response, an application view selection mode is entered and images of open applications are displayed in a three-dimensional stack extending backwards on the display. A gesture is detected on a respective image of an open application in the three-dimensional stack. In response, a respective application view for a corresponding application is displayed, the three-dimensional stack of images ceases to be displayed, and the application view selection mode is exited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Imran Chaudhri
  • Patent number: 10101788
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an integrated circuit includes multiple instances of a component (e.g. a processor) and a control circuit. The instances may be configured to operate in various modes. Some of the modes are incapable of presenting a worst-case load on the power supply. The control circuit may be configured to monitor the instances and detect the modes in which the instances are operating. Based on the monitoring, the control circuit may request to recover a portion of the voltage margin established for worst-case conditions in the instances. If the instances are to change modes, they may be configured to request mode change from the control circuit. If the mode change causes an increase in the current supply voltage magnitude (e.g. to restore some of the recovered voltage margin), the control circuit may cause the restore and permit it to complete prior to granting the mode change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John H. Mylius, Conrad H. Ziesler, Daniel C. Murray, Jong-Suk Lee, Rohit Kumar
  • Patent number: 10102176
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for enabling rapid transactions over a speed limited bus are disclosed. In one exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure, a host controller and an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) are connected via an Inter-Integrated Circuit (I2C) Bus that is further adapted to enable a simplified signaling scheme. Unlike traditional I2C bus transactions which are flexible but speed limited, the simplified signaling scheme reduces bus overhead and enables rapid transactions. In an exemplary context, the simplified signaling scheme enables the ASIC to rapidly configure a series of photodiodes with different channel gain parameters so as to, for example, measure heartbeats by visually detecting a pulse within human flesh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Dong Zheng, Joseph William Colosimo, Venkata Siva Sunil Kumar Reddy Bommu
  • Patent number: 10101793
    Abstract: A wearable computing device can detect device-raising gestures. For example, onboard motion sensors of the device can detect movement of the device in real time and infer information about the spatial orientation of the device. Based on analysis of signals from the motion sensors, the device can detect a raise gesture, which can be a motion pattern consistent with the user moving the device's display into his line of sight. In response to detecting a raise gesture, the device can activate its display and/or other components. Detection of a raise gesture can occur in stages, and activation of different components can occur at different stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Xiaoyuan Tu, Anil K. Kandangath, Adam S. Howell
  • Patent number: 10101887
    Abstract: An electronic device with a touch-sensitive surface, a display, and one or more sensors to detect intensity of contacts displaying a lower-level user interface that is part of a user interface hierarchy, where the hierarchy includes at least three levels, including the lower-level user interface, an intermediate-level user interface and a higher-level user interface. The device also, while displaying the lower-level user interface, detects an input on a portion of the device that is associated with user interface hierarchy navigation and, in response to detecting the input, in accordance with a determination that the input meets first transition criteria, the device replaces display of the lower-level user interface with display of the intermediate-level user interface and in accordance with a determination that the input meets second transition criteria, the device replaces display of the lower-level user interface with display of the higher-level user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Avi E. Cieplinski
  • Patent number: 10101169
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a program that receives from several data providers route data and graphical representation of route data (e.g., transit systems, schedules, stops, etc.) for different localities. The program also stores this data on a set of servers for later retrieval and transmission to commute applications operating in different localities. The program further retrieves from external vendors location data of transit vehicles that traverse routes based on the route data and schedule data. The location data is for transmitting to commute applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: May-Li Khoe, Joseph A. Hagedorn
  • Patent number: 10102815
    Abstract: An electronic device may generate content that is to be displayed on a display. The display may have an array of liquid crystal display pixels for displaying image frames of the content. The image frames may be displayed with positive and negative polarities to help reduce charge accumulation effects. A charge accumulation tracker may analyze the image frames to determine when there is a risk of excess charge accumulation. The charge accumulation tracker may analyze information on gray levels, frame duration, and frame polarity. The charge accumulation tracker may compute a charge accumulation metric for entire image frames or may process subregions of each frame separately. When subregions are processed separately, each subregion may be individually monitored for a risk of excess charge accumulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Chaohao Wang, Brijesh Tripathi, Christopher Philip Alan Tann, David S. Zalatimo, Guy Cote, Hao Nan, Marc Albrecht, Paolo Sacchetto, Sandro H. Pintz
  • Patent number: 10103465
    Abstract: Connector systems may include a connector receptacle and connector plug or insert. The connector receptacle may include a tongue. The tongue may be formed using a printed circuit board. Contacts may be plated on top and bottom surfaces of the tongue. Retention features may also be located on top and bottom surfaces of tongue. These retention features may be speed bumps or other features. The connector insert may include a leading edge portion formed of plastic, a conductive shield around the insert behind the leasing edge portion, a plurality of spring contacts attached to an inside of the conductive shield, a top row of contacts; and a bottom row of contacts. Other connector receptacles may include a tongue having side ground contacts. The side ground contacts may engage an inside of a plug shield and have contacting portion to fit in openings in the plug shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mahmoud R. Amini, Zheng Gao, Nathan N. Ng
  • Patent number: 10104474
    Abstract: A wireless speaker audio system configured to receive audio information wirelessly transmitted by an audio source including first and second wireless transceivers. The first wireless transceiver establishes a bidirectional secondary wireless link with the audio source for receiving and acknowledging receipt of the audio information. The first and second wireless transceivers communicate with each other via a primary wireless link. A wireless audio system including an audio source and first and second wireless transceivers. The first and second wireless transceivers communicate via a primary wireless link. The audio source communicates audio information to the first wireless transceiver via a secondary wireless link which is configured according to a standard wireless protocol. The first wireless transceiver is configured to acknowledge successful reception of audio information via the secondary wireless link. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Clarke S. Watson, Benjamin W. Cook, Axel D. Berny, Jason A. Trachewsky
  • Patent number: 10101846
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for managing collaboration on a virtual work of art between multiple electronic devices are provided. A first graphical display system of a first device may generate an input command in response to receiving user information through a user interface of the first device, and may then share this input command with a second graphical display system of a second device. The first graphical display system may process the shared input command to generate pixel array data in a canvas of the first device while the second graphical display system may process the shared input command to generate pixel array data in a canvas of the second device. By sharing input commands rather than pixel array data, system latency may be reduced. Despite operating on the same artwork, the user interfaces and graphical processing capabilities of each device may vary, thereby providing the user greater expressiveness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Matthew Jacob Sarnoff
  • Patent number: 10102300
    Abstract: An icon associated with content (e.g., webpage content) is created on a mobile device. In one implementation, the content is displayed on the mobile device and an indication is received to create an icon associated with the content. All or a portion of the content is rendered into the icon, and the icon is displayed on a user interface of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Steve Lemay, Tim Omernick, Richard Williamson
  • Patent number: 10101853
    Abstract: Thin-film transistor circuitry for a display may include conductive layers such as transparent conductive layers and metal layers and may include dielectric layers. The dielectric layers may include buffer layers, interlayer dielectric, gate insulator, and organic planarization layers. The organic planarization layers may be patterned photolithographically to form vias, trenches, and other structures. Trenches may be formed by removing the planarization layer in a strip. When planarization material is removed for forming a trench or other structure, a step is formed in the planarization material. Metal lines such as data lines and other signal lines may cross steps in the planarization material. To prevent shorts between lines, a step may have protrusions that help eliminate metal etch residue. Vias may be reduced in depth by forming metal bumps and dielectric bumps under the vias and by forming other via structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yu Cheng Chen, Keitaro Yamashita, Abbas Jamshidi Roudbari, Hirokazu Yamagata, Ting-Kuo Chang
  • Patent number: 10103138
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a system may include an integrated circuit. The integrated circuit may include a substrate including a first surface, a second surface substantially opposite of the first surface, and a first set of electrical conductors coupled to the first surface. The first set of electrical conductors may function to electrically connect the integrated circuit to a circuit board. The integrated circuit may include a semiconductor die coupled to the second surface of the substrate using a second set of electrical conductors. The integrated circuit may include a passive device dimensioned to be integrated with the integrated circuit. The passive device may be positioned between the second surface and at least one of the first set of electrical conductors. The die may be electrically connected to a second side of the passive device. A first side of the passive device may be available to be electrically connected to a second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jun Zhai, Vidhya Ramachandran, Kunzhong Hu, Mengzhi Pang, Chonghua Zhong
  • Patent number: 10101882
    Abstract: The present aspects relate to swift movement between multiple pages or views. Electronic devices may be limited in readily moving between two or more pages or views within an application process. For example, to move between multiple pages or views, an electronic device may receive a single input for movement between one page or view and another page or view. However, the present aspects enable an electronic device to move between two or more pages in response to receiving a single input representing, for instance, a contact on a touch-sensitive surface of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Tom E. Klaver
  • Patent number: 10102351
    Abstract: Systems and methods for enabling a user to obtain rights in a legitimate copy of a digital content unit without downloading the copy from a digital content store are provided. The systems and methods provide an encrypted copy of a digital content unit to a first user and transcript the encrypted copy to generate the legitimate copy to a second user. The encrypted copy is encrypted with a first encrypt key that may be associated with the first user and the legitimate copy is encrypted with a second encrypt key that may be associated with the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Zweig, James H. Woodyatt
  • Patent number: 10101857
    Abstract: A sensor module can include a sensor that is configured to detect any given input or environmental conditions, such as, for example, touch or force inputs. The sensor module can be included in an electronic device. Methods for producing the sensor module are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Po-Jui Chen, Kuo-Hua Sung, Hui Chen
  • Patent number: 10102962
    Abstract: An inductive device is disclosed, including a first wire coupled to a first terminal and to a second terminal, a non-conductive material surrounding the first wire, and a magnetic film. The non-conductive material spans the region from the first terminal to the second terminal. The magnetic film surrounds at least a portion of the non-conductive material between the first terminal and the second terminal. The first wire has a first amount of inductance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David P. Cappabianca, Zhitao Cao, Kwan-Yu Lai
  • Patent number: 10102607
    Abstract: One embodiment may include media circuits, an application processor, a direct memory access circuit (DMA), and a media managing circuit. The application processor may issue media commands into a queue. The media managing circuit may retrieve a first media command, set the DMA to copy data associated with the first media command to the first media circuit, and send the first media command to the first media circuit. While the first media command is being executed, the media managing circuit may also retrieve a second media command, determine that the second media command utilizes data that is dependent on a completion of the first media command, and set the DMA to copy data from the first media circuit to the second media circuit. After the first media command has been completed, the media managing circuit may also send the second media command to the second media circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Millet, Manu Gulati, Arthur L. Spence, Gurjeet S. Saund, Robert P. Esser
  • Patent number: 10102985
    Abstract: A sealed button assembly including a button cap, a push rod, a button retainer, and a bracket is described. The bracket can couple to the button retainer which itself can interlock with the button cap and push rod through a counterbore, the counterbore being defined in a sidewall of the housing of an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: David M. Pelletier, Brad G. Boozer, Colin M. Ely
  • Patent number: 10102175
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for digital bus operation. In one embodiment, the digital bus is a bidirectional, time-division multiplexing (TDM) audio bus operation, and a bus technology is described that enables multi-drop (e.g., multiple device, multiple node, etc.) connectivity for real-time audio over a small form factor interface (e.g., as few as two (2) wires). Specifically, an exemplary tri-level signaling scheme provides bidirectional functionality, real-time clock edges, audio data, in a multi-drop topology in one implementation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David Breece, III, James Hollabaugh, Kirill Kalinichev
  • Patent number: 10103512
    Abstract: An optoelectronic device includes a semiconductor substrate, having front and back sides and having at least one cavity extending from the back side through the semiconductor substrate into proximity with the front side. At least one optoelectronic emitter is formed on the front side of the semiconductor substrate in proximity with the at least one cavity. A heat-conducting material at least partially fills the at least one cavity and is configured to serve as a heat sink for the at least one optoelectronic emitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Tongbi T. Jiang, Weiping Li, Xiaofeng Fan
  • Patent number: 10102359
    Abstract: A device can be configured to receive speech input from a user. The speech input can include a command for accessing a restricted feature of the device. The speech input can be compared to a voiceprint (e.g., text-independent voiceprint) of the user's voice to authenticate the user to the device. Responsive to successful authentication of the user to the device, the user is allowed access to the restricted feature without the user having to perform additional authentication steps or speaking the command again. If the user is not successfully authenticated to the device, additional authentication steps can be request by the device (e.g., request a password).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Adam John Cheyer
  • Patent number: D830880
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    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: D830881
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    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: D830882
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    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: D830883
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    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: D830884
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    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: D830885
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    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: D830886
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    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: D830887
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    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: D830964
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Shota Aoyagi, Jeremy Bataillou, Sina Bigdeli, Richard Hung Minh Dinh, Richard P. Howarth, Kurtis James Mundell, Scott A. Myers, Benjamin J. Pope, Clement Tissandier
  • Patent number: D831025
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Marine C. Bataille, Jeremy Bataillou, James A. Bertin, Daniele De Iuliis, Markus Diebel, David J. Dunsmoor, M. Evans Hankey, Matthew David Hill, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Stoyan P. Hristov, Jonathan P. Ive, Julian Jaede, Duncan Robert Kerr, David A. Pakula, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Ian Spraggs, Christopher J. Stringer, Joe Sung Ho Tan, Tang Yew Tan, Clement Tissandier, Melissa A. Wah, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D831039
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mani Amini, Taylor Gerard Carrigan, Chanaka Karunamuni
  • Patent number: D831040
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mani Amini, Samuel Howard Bebbington, Gary Butcher, Elizabeth Caroline Cranfill, Alan C. Dye, Stephen O. Lemay, Daamun Mohseni, Christopher Wilson, Eric Lance Wilson
  • Patent number: D831041
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Anton, Jennifer Patton, Marcel van Os
  • Patent number: D831060
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: William Martin Bachman, Taylor Gerard Carrigan, Alexander C. D. Fringes, Monika E. Gromek, Ofer Morag, Jeffrey L. Robbin
  • Patent number: D831071
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Christopher Capela, Alexander Charles MacLean, Parthiban Mohanraj