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: 9826650
    Abstract: A cold worked stainless steel bezel for a portable electronic device. The bezel is secured flush to a housing to form part of the case of the portable electronic device. A brace that includes a slot for receiving a wall extending from the bezel is fixed to the housing. When the bezel engages the housing, the wall of the bezel is inserted in the slot of the brace and releasably held by a spring that engages both the brace and the wall. The bezel can be released by disengaging the spring. The bezel is hard and resistant to impacts. Cold worked steel also facilitates manufacturing within design constraints and tolerances, and requires very little machining after manufacturing to comply with those constraints. the portable electronic device may include a personal media device, a mobile telephone, or any other suitable device or combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Stephen P. Zadesky, Phillip M. Hobson, Tang Yew Tan
  • Patent number: 9826559
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to techniques for UEs (including link budget limited UEs) to improve communications performance with a cellular network. A UE may be configured to provide a request (for a first process executed by the UE) for a high-bandwidth connection to a base station of a cellular network during a first RRC connection. In some embodiments, the RRC connection is established by another process. In some embodiments, the UE is configured to receive signaling from the base station indicating that the base station cannot satisfy the high-bandwidth connection request and the UE is configured not to send or receive data for the high-bandwidth connection during the first RRC connection in response to the signaling. In some embodiments, the UE is configured to re-send the request on a second, subsequent RRC connection that is not established by the first process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sarma V. Vangala, David Boettger, Vijay Kumar Ramamurthi, Venkateswara Rao Manepalli, Srinivas Pasupuleti, Swaminathan Balakrishnan, Samy Khay-Ibbat, Tarik Tabet
  • Patent number: 9826461
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to determining whether to bar a public land mobile network (PLMN). In some embodiments, a mobile device is configured to increment a count of failed requests to a PLMN for requests that are explicitly rejected by a base station and not for other requests. In some embodiments, the mobile device is configured to bar the PLMN in response to the count reaching a threshold value. In some embodiments, for requests that fail without explicit rejection, the mobile device is configured to wait a predetermined time interval before transmitting another request to the base station. The time interval may be telescoped for subsequent requests that fail without a rejection. In various embodiments, the disclosed techniques may reduce power consumption while avoiding premature PLMN barring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Samy Khay-Ibbat, Tarik Tabet
  • Patent number: 9826649
    Abstract: A removable door for an electronic device. The door may include a spring plate having a first second surface, and a plurality of springs attached to a perimeter of the spring plate. The plurality of springs may engage a portion of an enclosure of the electronic device to retain at least the spring plate within an access opening formed in the enclosure. The door may also include a door cap covering the access opening formed in the enclosure. The door cap may include an interior surface connected to the first surface of the spring plate, and an exterior surface forming a portion of an outer surface of the enclosure. Additionally, the door may include a cover connected to the second surface of the spring plate. The cover may face an interior of the enclosure and separated from the door cap by the spring plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: David H. Narajowski, Euan S. Abraham, Brett W. Degner, Daniel L. McBroom, Erik Shahoian
  • Patent number: 9826596
    Abstract: Devices and methods for controlling brightness of a display backlight are provided. A display backlight controller may control the brightness of the display backlight by changing a duty cycle of a PWM signal that drives the LED current. However, because of LED efficacy and response time, the final output brightness (NITS) may not be linear between 0% to 100%. The disclosed methods may be used to correct the brightness using a predetermined correction factor. Further, the minimum and maximum duty cycle of the output dimming duty cycle may be limited or corrected. In one example, a backlight controller receives an input duty cycle and determines a product of the input duty cycle and a maximum duty cycle to produce a reduced duty cycle. Moreover, the backlight driver may determine a corrected duty cycle using the correction factor. The final output duty cycle and LED current may then be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Asif Hussain, Jingdong Chen, Manisha P. Pandya, Adrian E. Sun
  • Patent number: 9826455
    Abstract: A method for network reselection by a wireless communication device is provided. The wireless communication device can have an established connection to a first network. The method can include measuring a signal strength and a signal-to-noise ratio of the first network. The method can further include determining that the signal strength satisfies a signal strength threshold. The method can additionally include comparing the signal-to-noise ratio to a signal-to-noise ratio threshold. The method can also include disconnecting from the first network and reselecting to a second network in an instance in which the signal-to-noise ratio does not satisfy the signal-to-noise ratio threshold even though the signal strength satisfies the signal strength threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sachin J. Sane, Sai Sravan Bharadwaj Karri
  • Patent number: 9826454
    Abstract: A method for facilitating reselection by a wireless communication device to a first network from a second network after termination of a voice call for which a CSFB procedure was performed is provided. The method can include performing measurement of the first network while connected to the first network and performing measurement of the second network during the voice call. The method can further include determining based at least in part on one or more of the measurements that the wireless communication device is in a mobility state. The method can additionally include deriving a predicted signal quality of the first network after termination of the voice call based at least in part on the measurement of the first network and using the predicted signal quality to determine whether to release a connection to the second network and attempt reselection to the first network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gencer Cili, Navid Damji
  • Patent number: 9826399
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system that facilitates wireless network access. The system includes a trusted network access and tunneling service (TNATS) associated with a ubiquitous static service set identifier (SSID). The system also includes a proximate wireless access point (WAP). During operation, the system enables the TNATS on the proximate WAP, which then broadcasts the ubiquitous static SSID. Next, the proximate WAP receives a request from a guest device to access the TNATS through the proximate WAP. The proximate WAP then initiates an authentication process with the TNATS for a user of the guest device. If the authentication succeeds, the proximate WAP allows the guest device to access a network through the proximate WAP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jason P. Peterson, M. Terry Simons
  • Patent number: 9823828
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to user interfaces for manipulating user interface objects. A device, including a display and a rotatable input mechanism, is described in relation to manipulating user interface objects. In some examples, the manipulation of the object is a scroll, zoom, or rotate of the object. In other examples, objects are selected in accordance with simulated magnetic properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Zambetti, Imran Chaudhri, Jonathan R. Dascola, Alan C. Dye, Christopher Patrick Foss, Aurelio Guzman, Chanaka G. Karunamuni, Duncan Robert Kerr, Christopher Wilson, Eric Lance Wilson, Lawrence Y. Yang, Gary Ian Butcher, Nathan De Vries, Jonathan P. Ive
  • Patent number: 9823072
    Abstract: In some implementations, a control system for a resonating element comprises: a resonating element being driven by an oscillating drive signal and configured to generate a sense signal proportional to an amplitude of motion; a phase comparator coupled to the resonating element and to an oscillating drive signal, the phase comparator configured to compare the sense signal and the oscillating drive signal and to generate an error signal proportional to the phase difference; an oscillator coupled to the phase comparator and configured for generating the oscillating drive signal, the oscillator configured to receive the error signal and to adjust a phase of the oscillating signal based on the error signal; and an automatic gain control coupled to the resonating element and the oscillator, the automatic gain control configured to adjust the gain of the oscillating drive signal based on the signal generated by the resonating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory B. Arndt, Christopher C. Painter
  • Patent number: 9823079
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for polygonal routing are described. A computer system can provide turn-by-turn navigation in a venue for a mobile device using a navigation graph. The navigation graph can include nodes representing a series of navigation areas leading from a start point to an end point in a venue including indoor space. Each navigation area can be a polygon occupying a non-zero geographic area. The computer system updates the turn-by-turn instructions when the mobile device enters or exits a navigation area in the series of navigation areas, until the device reaches the end point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Austin A. Marusco, Ashish Agarwal, Justin M. Strawn, Mithilesh Kumar, Vincent P. Arroyo, Max Muller, III, Vojislav Samsalovic
  • Patent number: 9823077
    Abstract: A method for providing navigation instructions on a device is described. As the device traverses a navigated route according to a first mode of transportation, the method displays a first turn-by-turn navigation presentation defined for the first mode. Based on data gathered by the device, the method determines that the device is navigating the route according to a second mode of transportation. The method automatically displays a second, different turn-by-turn navigation presentation defined for the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christine B. McGavran, Bradford A. Moore, Christopher D. Moore, Harold O. Habeck, Marcel van Os, Wesley Yue, Eric L. Grundstrom
  • Patent number: 9823730
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for power management of cache duplicate tags is disclosed. An IC includes a cache, a coherence circuit, and a duplicate tags memory that may store duplicates of the tags stored in the cache. The cache includes a number of ways that are separately and independently power controllable. The duplicate tags memory may be similarly organized, with portions that are power controllable separately and independently of others. The coherence circuit is also power controllable, and may be placed into a sleep mode when idle. The IC also includes a power management circuit. During operation, the cache may change power states and provide a corresponding indication to the power management circuit. Responsive to the indication, the power management circuit may awaken the coherence circuit if in a sleep state. The coherence circuit may then power manage the duplicate tags in accordance with the change in power state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Muditha Kanchana, Erik P. Machnicki
  • Patent number: 9826354
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for invitational content geofencing. A system first sends, to a server location data associated with the system, the location data being calculated at the system. The system then receives a listing of places of interest within a geofence including a geographical perimeter for identifying places of interest in the listing, the geofence being based on the location data associated with the system. Next, the system selects a place of interest from the listing based on a location of the system. The system then presents a content item associated with the place of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, David T. Wilson, Kenley Sun, Sagar Joshi
  • Patent number: 9823831
    Abstract: An electronic device displays a first application view at a first size. The first application view corresponds to a first application in a plurality of concurrently open applications. The device detects a first input; and, in response, enters an application view selection mode for selecting one of the concurrently open applications, and displays images of open applications. Each image is displayed at a second size that is smaller than the first size, a corresponding open application icon is concurrently displayed with each image, and the images and corresponding open application icons correspond to at least some of the plurality of concurrently open applications. The device detects a selection gesture on a respective image of an open application; and, in response, displays a respective application view at the first size for a corresponding application; ceases to display the images and corresponding open application icons; and exits the application view selection mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Imran Chaudhri
  • Patent number: 9823839
    Abstract: An electronic device, with a touch-sensitive surface and a display, includes one or more sensors to detect intensity of contacts with the touch-sensitive surface. The device detects a contact on the touch-sensitive surface while a focus selector corresponding to the contact is at a respective location on the display associated with additional information not initially displayed on the display. While the focus selector is at the respective location, upon determining that the contact has an intensity above a respective intensity threshold before a predefined delay time has elapsed with the focus selector at the respective location, the device displays the additional information associated with the respective location without waiting until the predefined delay time has elapsed; and upon determining that the contact has an intensity below the respective intensity threshold, the device waits until the predefined delay time has elapsed to display the additional information associated with the respective location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Matthew I. Brown, Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Julian Missig, Avi E. Cieplinski, May-Li Khoe, Nicholas Zambetti, Bianca C. Costanzo, Myra Haggerty, David J. Hart, B. Michael Victor
  • Patent number: 9823723
    Abstract: Embodiments of a computing system that may monitor energy usage are disclosed. The embodiments may provide a low overhead method for determining energy usage of a given application or process. Circuitry is configured to determine a respective energy for each of the plurality of operations and sum each respective energy for at least some of the plurality of operations to generate a normalized total. The circuitry may be further configured to scale the normalized total to generate an energy value, and store the energy value in a register. System software may then read the energy value from the register and determine an energy usage for at least one application dependent upon the energy value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel U. Becker, Cyril de la Cropte de Chanterac
  • Patent number: 9823638
    Abstract: A variable resistance brake clutch facilitates a rotational coupling of electronic device components, and can include a rotatable shaft, a brake disposed proximate the rotatable shaft, and an actuator coupled to and configured to actuate the brake. The brake applies a braking force against a rotational motion of the shaft, and release of the brake results in low to no frictional resistance against the rotational motion. The braking force can be provided by default, and a capacitive touch sensor or other input component can allow a user to actuate the actuator manually to release the brake when desired. The release can be maintained as long as the sensor detects the touch event or other user input. A processor and solenoid can facilitate actuation by on a touch event, which sensor can be located at a back corner of a laptop upper component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. McBroom, Daniel L. McBroom, Steven C. Michalske
  • Patent number: 9823733
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for managing connections between multiple internal integrated circuits (ICs) of, for example, a high-speed internal device interface. Improved schemes for coordination of connection and disconnection events, and/or suspension and resumption of operation for a High-Speed Inter-Chip™ (HSIC) interface are disclosed. In one exemplary embodiment, a “device”-initiated and “host”-initiated connect/disconnect procedure is disclosed, that provides improved timing, synchronization, and power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Wilson, Anand Dalal, Josh De Cesare
  • Patent number: 9823688
    Abstract: A method for designing a clock tree is disclosed. In one embodiment, a preliminary clock tree design for an integrated circuit (IC) is processed. The clock tree includes a root node, a number of intermediate levels, and a leaf level that is coupled to a number of clocked circuits. Clock gating circuits are placed at the leaf level of the clock tree, and at least some of the intermediate levels. Processing the preliminary clock tree design includes ensuring that an equal number of clock gating circuits are coupled between each leaf level clock gating circuit and the root node. After processing the preliminary clock tree design, clock tree synthesis is performed by executing a clock tree synthesis tool on a computer system to generate a synthesized clock tree design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Karthik Rajagopal, Narayanan V. Thondugulam, Rahul Sharma
  • Patent number: 9823736
    Abstract: Systems and methods for processing data from a motion sensor to detect intentional movements of a device are provided. An electronic device having a motion sensor may process motion sensor data along one or more dimensions to generate an acceleration value representative of the movement of the electronic device. The electronic device may then determine whether the acceleration value changes from less than a low threshold, to more than a high threshold, and again to less than the low threshold within a particular amount of time, reflecting an intentional movement of the electronic device by the user. In response to determining that the acceleration value is associated with an intentional movement of the electronic device, the electronic device may perform a particular event or operation. For example, in response to detecting that an electronic device has been shaken, the electronic device may shuffle a media playlist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Andrea Mucignat, Bryan J. James
  • Patent number: 9824314
    Abstract: Exemplary methods, apparatuses, and systems determine that an indication that a received message was sent in response to another message is present in the received message, parse a stored message, in response to the indication being present, for at least a partial match between a subject of the received message and contents of a subject of the stored message, and for at least a partial match between sender and recipient participants of the received message and sender and recipient participants of the stored message, and display the received message as grouped with the stored message. A further exemplary feature includes parsing text of the received message for text that is redundant of text of the stored message, determining that a minimum threshold of consecutive matching characters has been reached, and displaying the received message with the consecutive matching characters at least partially hidden from view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alicia Thorsen, Karl Hsu, Simon Bovet, Neil Jhaveri, Nick Woods, Brendan Langoulant, Jonathan Michael Deutsch, Angela Guzman, Stephen O. Lemay, Patrick L. Coffman, Stephen Decker, Judy Halchin
  • Patent number: 9823708
    Abstract: A handheld computing device and handheld music player are disclosed. The handheld computing device includes a seamless enclosure formed from an extruded tube. The extruded tube includes open ends and internal rails which serve as a guide for slidably assembling an operational assembly through the open ends of the extruded tube, a reference surface for positioning the operational assembly relative to an access opening in the seamless enclosure, and a support structure for supporting the operational assembly during use. The handheld music player includes an elongated extruded tube extending along a longitudinal axis. The elongated extruded tube has a first open end and a second open end opposite the first open end, and defines an internal lumen which is sized and dimensioned for slidable receipt of operational components of the handheld music player. The lumen includes rails for guiding the operational components to their desired position within the lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Paul Zadesky, Stephen Brian Lynch
  • Patent number: 9824171
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a register file circuit design process includes instructing an automated integrated circuit design program to generate a register file circuit design, including providing a cell circuit design and instructing the automated integrated circuit design program to generate a selection design, a pre-decode design, and a data gating design. The cell circuit design describes a plurality of selection circuits that have a particular arrangement. The selection design describes a plurality of replica circuits that include respective pluralities of selection circuits having the particular arrangement. The pre-decode design describes a pre-decode circuit configured to identify a plurality of entries identified by a portion of a write instruction. The data gating design describes data gating circuits configured, in response to the pre-decode circuit not identifying respective entries, to disable data inputs to respective write selection circuits connected to the respective entries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Harsha Krishnamurthy, Mridul Agarwal, Shyam Sundar Balasubramanian, Christopher S. Thomas, Rajat Goel, Rohit Kumar, Muthukumaravelu Velayoudame
  • Patent number: 9824495
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for compositing an augmented reality scene, the methods including the steps of extracting, by an extraction component into a memory of a data-processing machine, at least one object from a real-world image detected by a sensing device; geometrically reconstructing at least one virtual model from at least one object; and compositing AR content from at least one virtual model in order to augment the AR content on the real-world image, thereby creating AR scene. Preferably, the method further includes; extracting at least one annotation from the real-world image into the memory of the data-processing machine for modifying at least one virtual model according to at least one annotation. Preferably, the method further includes: interacting with AR scene by modifying AR content based on modification of at least one object and/or at least one annotation in the real-world image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Netanel Hagbi, Oriel Y. Bergig, Jihad A. Elsana
  • Patent number: 9824719
    Abstract: A method for automatically starting an audio recording that includes receiving audio data and dividing the audio data into a first set of consecutive segments and a second set of consecutive segments that occur after the first set. The method further includes analyzing the first set of segments by measuring an average energy and peak value for each segment of the first set and determining a silence score therefrom, and analyzing the second set of segments by measuring an average energy and peak value for each segment of the second set and determining an music score therefrom. The method begins a recording of the audio data if the silence score is above a first predetermined value and the music score is above a second predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Steffen Gehring
  • Patent number: 9824254
    Abstract: A biometric sensing system includes discrete ultrasonic transducers, a first electrode layer disposed over a first surface of the discrete ultrasonic transducers, and a second electrode layer disposed over a second surface of the discrete ultrasonic transducers. The first electrode layer may be a sheet of conductive material that is a common ground connection for the discrete ultrasonic transducers. Alternatively, the first electrode layer can be formed with discrete electrode elements, with a discrete electrode element disposed over the first surface of a discrete ultrasonic transducer. The second electrode layer may be formed with discrete electrode elements, with a discrete electrode element disposed over the second surface of one ultrasonic transducer. At least one integrated circuit can be attached and connected to one of the electrode layers. The integrated circuit includes drive circuits and sense circuits for the discrete ultrasonic transducers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mohammad Yeke Yazdandoost, Giovanni Gozzini, Jean-Marie Bussat
  • Patent number: 9824615
    Abstract: This application relates to systems, methods, and apparatus for optimizing the operations of a power converter of a display panel based on image data to be output by the display panel. The power converter can include one or more switches that can be activated or deactivated based on the image data in order to shift a power efficiency of the power converter. Power efficiency is shifted as a result of balancing an amount of charge necessary for a load with an amount of resistance created when activating switches of the power converter. Therefore, by dynamically altering a configuration of a power converter based on image data, power efficiency of the power converter can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Chaohao Wang, Wonjae Choi, Sandro H. Pintz, Paolo Sacchetto
  • Patent number: 9825762
    Abstract: A method of restoring confidential information items of a first device to a second device by using a set of servers. The method generates a public and private key pair and ties the private key to the hash of executable code of the servers at the time of generating the public and private keys. The method receives the encrypted confidential information items in a secure object which is encrypted with a user-specific key and the public key. The method only provides the confidential information to the second device when the second device provides the same user-specific key as the key that encrypts the secure object and the hash of the executable code of the servers at the time of accessing the private key to decrypt the secure object matches the hash of the executable code running on the servers at the time of generating the private key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Dallas B. De Atley, Jerrold V. Hauck, Mitchell D. Adler
  • Patent number: 9826089
    Abstract: A connection manager manages connections for associated user devices by determining whether an incoming connection has been answered at a user device, and if so then generating and transmitting silencing commands to associated user devices using first and second wireless communication modes, with one mode being faster. Connections can comprise phone calls, and modes can comprise push and Bluetooth® messaging. The connection manager can instruct device outputs to provide connection alerts, limited to visual alerts when an associated user device is active, listen for associated user device communications, and instruct device outputs to stop providing alerts when a silencing command is received. Further, a connection manager can receive a signal regarding a headset status, route an outside connection from a phone to the headset when the headset is active or to another device when the headset is not active, detect a change in headset status, and reroute the connection accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Keith W. Rauenbuehler, Nicholas M. Fraioli, Christopher S. Linn, John J. Iarocci, Keith Stattenfield
  • Patent number: 9825748
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for managing use of radio frequency channels in unlicensed radio frequency bands by a wireless communication device in communication with a cellular wireless network are disclosed. The wireless communication device obtains, from an eNodeB of the wireless network, one or more access network discovery and selection function (ANDSF) policies that include rules for mobility of the wireless communication device and offloading of traffic for the wireless communication device to radio frequency channels in an unlicensed radio frequency band. The wireless communication device determines when at least one radio frequency channel in the unlicensed radio frequency band is available for offloading traffic, for network selection, for network re-selection, or for a supplemental connection via carrier aggregation based on the ANDSF policies, measured interference levels, and/or loading information provided by the eNodeB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Huarui Liang, Tarik Tabet, Farouk Belghoul, Dawei Zhang
  • Patent number: 9825103
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a display. The display may have an active region in which display pixels are used to display images. The display may have one or more openings and may be mounted in a housing associated with the electronic device. An electronic component may be mounted in alignment with the openings in the display. The electronic component may include a camera, a light sensor, a light-based proximity sensor, status indicator lights, a light-based touch sensor array, a secondary display that has display pixels that may be viewed through the openings, antenna structures, a speaker, a microphone, or other acoustic, electromagnetic, or light-based component. One or more openings in the display may form a window through which a user of the device may view an external object. Display pixels in the window region may be used in forming a heads-up display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin M. Rappoport, Jeremy C. Franklin, Fletcher R. Rothkopf, Scott A. Myers, Richard P. Howarth, Julian Hoenig, Christopher J. Stringer, John P. Ternus, Stephen Brian Lynch
  • Patent number: 9825410
    Abstract: Connector receptacles, examples of which comprise a housing having a first plurality of slots in a top side and a second plurality of slots in a bottom side, a top row of contacts positioned in the first plurality of slots in the housing, a bottom row of contacts positioned in the second plurality of slots in the housing, a top shell portion over the top of the housing, the top shell portion comprising first and second electromagnetic contacts extending from a front of the top shell and passing through openings in the top side of the housing, and a bottom shell portion under the bottom of the housing, the bottom shell portion comprising third and fourth electromagnetic contacts extending from a front of the bottom shell and passing through openings in the bottom side of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Scritzky, John Raff, Cuneyt Bakan, Eric T. SooHoo, Erik A. Uttermann, Patrick J. Quinn
  • Patent number: 9826308
    Abstract: A common plate is formed in a moveable element of a device, the device having an actuator coupled to drive the moveable element. A first plate and the common plate together form a first capacitance, while a second plate and the common plate together form a second capacitance, both of which varies as a function of displacement of the moveable element. A measurement circuit has an input coupled to the first plate, while an excitation voltage source has an output coupled to the second plate. A guard voltage source has an output coupled to a conductive portion of the device. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Roderick B. Hogan, Scott P. Porter, Ruchir M. Dave
  • Patent number: 9825793
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided that enable an OFDM transmitter to be used for transmitting conventional OFDM or a form of transformed OFDM. A technique is provided for transforming a coded and modulated sequence of samples prior to an IFFT that enables the transformed sequence of samples to be transmitted using conventional OFDM or transformed OFDM. The selection of a transform function for transforming the coded and modulated sequence of samples may be based on optimizing the transform function for particular operating conditions between the transmitter and receiver. In some embodiments of the invention OFDM and time transformed OFDM are multiplexed in time and/or frequency in a transmission frame. In some embodiments of the invention a pilot pattern is provided in which the pilot are sent using OFDM and data is sent using OFDM and/or transformed OFDM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jianglei Ma, Wen Tong, Ming Jia, Hua Xu, Peiying Zhu, Hang Zhang
  • Patent number: 9825481
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system that facilitates operation of a power adapter in hiccup mode. The system includes a bleeding mechanism that reduces a hiccup time of the hiccup mode by increasing a leakage current of the power adapter. The system also includes an activation mechanism that activates the bleeding mechanism upon detecting a voltage drop associated with the hiccup mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kisun Lee, Bharat K. Patel, Abby Cherian
  • Patent number: 9825425
    Abstract: Optoelectronic apparatus includes a substrate, such as a semiconductor die and a monolithic array of light-emitting elements formed on the semiconductor die in a grid pattern comprising multiple columns. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a cylindrical lens, having a cylinder axis that is angled relative to the columns of the grid pattern of the light-emitting elements. A diffractive optical element (DOE) is mounted on the substrate and configured to project the light emitted by the elements so as to generate a pattern of stripes corresponding to the columns of the grid pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Zafrir Mor
  • Patent number: 9825620
    Abstract: A method and apparats for undervoltage detection and correction is disclosed. An IC includes sensors implemented in various functional circuit blocks. The sensors are implemented using ring oscillators, and may be characterized by a polynomial. The sensors are used to monitor a supply voltage provided to a corresponding functional unit. The sensors provide information indicative of the voltage on the supply voltage node over successive clock cycles. Comparison circuitry may be used to compare the detected voltage to one or more voltage thresholds, while delta comparison circuitry may be used to determine a slope, or rate of change of the voltage. Based on comparisons performed by the comparison circuitry and the delta comparison circuitry, control circuitry may determine if one or more voltage correction actions are to be taken in order to bring the voltage on the supply node into a specified range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sotirios Zogopoulos, Joseph T. DiBene, II, Jafar Savoj
  • Patent number: 9826301
    Abstract: A case for a portable listening device includes a rechargeable battery and a first and a second charging system. The first charging system is configured to charge the portable listening device and the second charging system is configured to wirelessly charge a portable electronic device positioned outside of the case adjacent to an exterior charging surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Arun D. Chawan, Lee M. Panecki, Rico L. Zörkendörfer, Kurt Stiehl, Christopher S. Graham, Christopher J. Walton
  • Publication number: 20170330542
    Abstract: A virtual instrument can manage separate static and dynamic samples for various notes that can be played by the virtual instrument. In some cases, the static samples correspond to resonance sounds recorded for an instrument and are the same for every note. However, the dynamic samples may correspond to isolated sounds that are recorded for each variation of a note that can be played. In response to a user's selection of a note on a user interface of the virtual instrument, the virtual instrument may determine a rule for layering the various static and dynamic samples for playback.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher C. Lane, Hage van Dijk, Andrew Barrett
  • Publication number: 20170330528
    Abstract: The invention provides a technique for targeted scaling of the voltage and/or frequency of a processor included in a computing device. One embodiment involves scaling the voltage/frequency of the processor based on the number of frames per second being input to a frame buffer in order to reduce or eliminate choppiness in animations shown on a display of the computing device. Another embodiment of the invention involves scaling the voltage/frequency of the processor based on a utilization rate of the GPU in order to reduce or eliminate any bottleneck caused by slow issuance of instructions from the CPU to the GPU. Yet another embodiment of the invention involves scaling the voltage/frequency of the CPU based on specific types of instructions being executed by the CPU. Further embodiments include scaling the voltage and/or frequency of a CPU when the CPU executes workloads that have characteristics of traditional desktop/laptop computer applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Dorsey, James S. Ismail, Keith Cox, Gaurav Kapoor
  • Publication number: 20170331869
    Abstract: A media process may receive, from a client application, a request for media information about a range of media items in a queue of a media application, the request being sent while the media application is executing. The queue includes a previous set of media items that have been played by the media application, a current item (e.g., currently playing), and a future set of items that are to be played The request may specify the range to include the current item and at least one item from the previous set and/or future set. The daemon sends a request to the media application and receives media information from the application. The received media information may include an order of media items and an identifier for each item in the range of items. The received information may be sent to the client application for displaying information about the range of items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aurie Bendahan, Edward T. Schmidt, Nicholas J. Paulson, Jason P. Ketterman, Charles Magahern
  • Publication number: 20170332344
    Abstract: A digitally stored map can indicate the signal quality for each of the map's regions. A device can determine its location, speed, and direction using global positioning system (GPS) and other sensors. Based on this information, the mobile device can predict a field of locations within which the device will probably be located within a specified future time frame. Based on both the information indicating signal quality and the probable future field of locations, the device can estimate a moment at which the device will probably begin to suffer from low-quality or absent signal. Using this prediction, the device can proactively perform a variety of anticipatory remedial actions. For example, the device can begin allocating a greater portion of currently available wireless network communication bandwidth to the reception of data packets that represent content that is being streamed to the device, so that the device can proactively buffer those packets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bharath Narasimha Rao, Cherif Jazra, Leonardo A. Soto Matamala
  • Publication number: 20170330539
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure can provide systems, methods, and computer-readable medium for implementing user interfaces for interacting with a virtual instrument. For example, first touch input indicating a string location of a plurality of string locations within the note selection area. Audio output corresponding to the sting location may be presented on a speaker based at least in part on the first touch input. Second touch input corresponding to an ornamental interface element of the user interface may be received. In response to the first and second touch input, a series of two or more audio outputs may be presented on the speaker according to a predetermined pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander H. Little, Joshua W. Decker, Eli T. Manjarrez, Christopher C. Lane
  • Publication number: 20170328368
    Abstract: A fan assembly having a reduced dimension formed by several modifications is described. The fan assembly includes a stator having stator coils positioned within a recessed portion of a pillow that receives the motor. The stator may include wire connections positioned between adjacent stator coils and designed to terminate wires of the stator coils. The wire terminations may be on a protrusion or a post positioned between adjacent stator coils, or alternatively, the wire terminations may be disposed on protruding features of a bushing. The protrusion may be formed from an electrically conductive material and electrically connected to a motor control circuit via a flexible printed circuit. In some embodiments, the protrusion is part of an electrically neutral stator bushing having several pins. Also, a gap region between the bushing and a flange feature is designed to improve an adhesive joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Anthony Joseph Aiello, Brad Lee Patton
  • Patent number: D803209
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    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, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D803238
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Freddy Anzures, Imran Chaudhri, Alan C. Dye, Bradley William Griffin, Jonathan P. Ive, Tiffany Jon, Chanaka Karunamuni, Nicholas V. King, Daamun Mohseni, Hoan K. Pham, William McMillan Tyler, Wan Si Wan, Giancarlo Yerkes
  • Patent number: D803255
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran A. Chaudhri, Donald J. Lindsay
  • Patent number: D803261
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Graham Clarke, Matt Evans, Paulo Michaelo Lopez, Henrique Penha, Andre Souza Dos Santos
  • Patent number: D803263
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond Sepulveda