Apple Patents

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

Apple Patents by Type

  • Apple Patents Granted: Apple patents that have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Apple Patent Applications: Apple patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Patent number: 10004005
    Abstract: A method and mechanism for operating user equipment to enable efficient reselection from a first cell conforming to a first wireless standard to a second cell conforming to a second wireless standard. The second standard may require a higher transmission rate for packet-switched data than the first standard. While camping on the first cell, the user equipment makes measurements of received power from the second cell. A reselection timer is started when a measurement is detected that is sufficiently strong. In response to an access state transition to a non-active protocol state (such as UMTS-PCH), the UE saves the timer value. When data becomes available for transmission, an additional measurement is made on the second cell, and reselection to the second cell may be performed immediately if the additional measurement and the saved timer value pass one or more reselection criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Sai Sravan Bharadwaj Karri
  • Patent number: 10003974
    Abstract: Representative embodiments set forth techniques for enabling a mobile device to be a member of various trust circles. According to some embodiments, an embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card (eUICC) included in the mobile device can be configured to store, for each trust circle of which the eUICC is a member, at least one digital certificate associated with a Certificate Authority (CA) that serves as a root of the trust circle. In this manner, the at least one digital certificate for each trust circle enables the eUICC to participate as a member of the trust circle. According to some embodiments, the eUICC can be pre-configured to include digital certificates that establish membership to trust circles that the mobile device may encounter during operation. Moreover, the eUICC can also be updated to modify the different trust circles, which can further enable the functionality of the mobile device to evolve throughout its operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Xiangying Yang
  • Patent number: 10003938
    Abstract: Systems and methods for sharing location information during a message conversation are provided. An electronic device detects a location-sharing request from a first participant of a message conversation to share first participant location information with a second participant. The device then enables the second participant to obtain the first participant location information during a predetermined location-sharing time period. In response to detecting interaction by one of the first participant and the second participant with the message conversation during the predetermined location-sharing time period, the device extends the predetermined location-sharing time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jae Woo Chang, Megan M. Frost, Joshua B. Dickens, Stephen O. Lemay, Marcel Van Os, Richard R. Dellinger, Lawrence Y. Yang
  • Patent number: 10003881
    Abstract: An earbud includes a housing having a touch sensitive region at an exterior surface of the housing. A capacitive sensor insert is disposed within the housing and has metallized circuitry formed on a first surface that is positioned adjacent an interior surface of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin A. Cousins, Arun D. Chawan, Zachary C. Rich, Jonathan S. Aase, Marcus Albonico
  • Patent number: 10003885
    Abstract: A mobile multi-function device that includes a speaker, two or more microphones, and a beamformer processor is described. The beamformer processor uses the microphones to perform beamforming operations. One of the microphones shares a receiver acoustic opening with the speaker while the other microphone uses a separate acoustic opening. The receiver acoustic opening may be an earpiece opening that is held to the ear of a user while conducting a phone call with the device and provides acoustic input and output paths for the microphone and the speaker, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Ruchir M. Dave, Jae H. Lee, Guy C. Nicholson
  • Patent number: 10002731
    Abstract: A rocker input mechanism includes an actuator that is operable to pivot against the interior surface of a housing through which an actuation surface of the actuator projects. Pivots or up-stops on the edges of the actuator are biased against the interior surface by dome switches contacting a switching surface of the actuator that is opposite the actuation surface. Thus, the actuator is able to pivot with respect to the interior surface to activate the dome switches when force is exerted on the actuation surface without bending or flexing like typical rocker buttons. As a result, the rocker input mechanism may have a feel to a user similar to non-rocking input mechanisms like single mode buttons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Paul X. Wang, Ryan P. Brooks, Waylon Y. Chen
  • Patent number: 10003880
    Abstract: A wireless earbud includes a housing having a stem portion coupled to an ear portion. The stem portion has an electrical connector disposed on a distal end that includes first and second electrical contacts coupled to receive power for recharging a battery within the wireless earbuds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Wagman, Benjamin A. Cousins, Darshan R. Kasar, Rico L. Zörkendörfer, Jonathan S. Aase
  • Patent number: 10000018
    Abstract: A stretch release adhesive is disclosed. The stretch release adhesive can be used for extracting an electrical component from an interior surface of a housing of a mobile computing device. The stretch release adhesive can have a double-sided adhesive body configured to adhere the component to the interior surface of the housing. A portion of the double-sided adhesive body is configured to extend out from between the electrical component and the interior surface of the housing to provide a graspable portion. When the stretch release adhesive is adhered between the electrical component and the internal surface of the housing, the stretch release adhesive can receive a pulling force at the graspable portion. If pulled with enough force, the stretch release adhesive will extend outwardly from between the electrical component and the internal surface of the mobile computing device, then completely release the electrical component from the mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan C. Mag, Matthew D. Hill, Scott A. Myers, Liane J. Fang, Tyler B. Cater
  • Patent number: 10002570
    Abstract: Systems and method for improving display quality of an electronic display. In one embodiment the electronic display includes a first display pixel that facilitates displaying a first image frame using first amplified image data and facilitates displaying a second image frame using second amplified image data; a second display pixel that facilitates displaying the first image frame using third amplified image data; a first amplifier that operates in a first operational mode to generate the first amplified image data based on image data corresponding with the first image frame and operates in a second operational mode to generate the second amplified image data based on image data corresponding with the second image frame; and a second amplifier that operates in the second operational mode to generate the third amplified image data based on the image data corresponding with the first image frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Chin-Wei Lin, Vasudha Gupta, Yafei Bi
  • Patent number: 10001386
    Abstract: A calibration track to use for pedometer calibration can be automatically selected based on detecting sustained locomotion activity and an ability to obtain and maintain a reliable location fix over a calibration period. Calibration tracks can be generated, rated for quality, and used to compute calibration parameters to convert accelerometer data to stride length and/or distance traveled. Quality of a calibration can be assessed, and old and new calibration parameter sets can be combined based on quality weights assigned to each. Calibration parameters can be separately maintained for different locomotion activities and/or different on-body locations of the pedometers. Pedometer devices can also cooperatively calibrate each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Robert C. Curtis, Chintan S. Parikh, Hung A. Pham, Jonathan Beard, Gunes Dervisoglu
  • Patent number: 10001817
    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: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    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, Nicholas V. King, Daniel Trent Preston
  • Patent number: 10003642
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method are provided for operating a peer-to-peer communication environment. The environment includes one or more clusters of peer devices, wherein devices in a single cluster are organized into a logical hierarchy under an anchor master (at the root of the hierarchy) and any number of synchronization masters; other devices are non-master devices. Synchronization parameters established by the anchor master and disseminated throughout the hierarchy enable the clusters' devices to rendezvous, discover peers and services, and communicate among themselves. The anchor master may adjust the synchronization parameters to avoid conflict with another hierarchy. Each device issues beacons (e.g., heartbeats, discovery beacons) that identify the number of devices synchronized with the reporting device, which allows the anchor master to calculate the total number of cluster members. Devices may also report details of a neighboring cluster (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre B. Vandwalle, Christiaan A. Hartman, Yong Liu
  • Patent number: 10001383
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a device that automatically orients and displays a map of a region according to the natural viewing orientation of the map. In some embodiments, the device examines data associated with the map to determine whether it can identify a natural viewing orientation of the map that differs from the geographic orientation of the map. When the device is able to identify such a natural viewing orientation, it displays the map according to this natural viewing orientation instead of the geographic orientation of the map. On the other hand, when the device is not able to identify a natural viewing orientation that differs from the geographic orientation, the device displays the map according to its geographic orientation. In some embodiments, the geographic orientation of the map is north-up orientation (where north is up (e.g., top center of the page), south is down, west is left, and east is right).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Blumenberg
  • Patent number: 10000834
    Abstract: Ni—Cr—Nb—P—B alloys and metallic glasses are provided, where Nb and B are varied such as to achieve alloys with good glass forming ability that form metallic glasses which may exhibit unexpectedly high strength and/or high thermal stability of the supercooled liquid. Specifically, the alloys of the current disclosure are capable of forming metallic glasses and have critical rod diameters of at least 3 mm, while the metallic glasses exhibit yield strength greater than 2550 MPa and stability of the supercooled liquid of at least 45° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignees: Glassimetal Technology, Inc., Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jong Hyun Na, Maximilien Launey, Danielle Duggins, Oscar Abarca, Marios D. Demetriou, William L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10001885
    Abstract: The present disclosure addresses methods and apparatus facilitating capacitive sensing using a conductive surface, and facilitating the sensing of proximity to the conductive surface. The sensed proximity will often be that of a user, but can be another source of a reference voltage potential. In some examples, the described systems are capable of sensing capacitance (including parasitic capacitance) in a circuit that includes the outer conductive surface, and where that outer conductive surface is at a floating electrical potential. In some systems, the systems can be switched between two operating modes, a first mode in which the system will sense proximity to the conductive surface, and a second mode in which the system will use a capacitance measurement to sense contact with the conductive surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aleksandar Pance, Omar S. Leung, David T. Amm
  • Patent number: 10000837
    Abstract: Embodiments herein relate to methods and apparatuses for casting of BMG-containing parts. The surfaces of the mold that come into contact with the molten amorphous alloy comprise an amorphous material. In accordance with the disclosure, the mold may be coated with an amorphous material, e.g., to reduce, minimize, or eliminate crystallization of the molded BMG-containing part. The surfaces of the mold are coated, in certain aspects, so as to reduce or eliminate potential grain-boundary nucleation sites for BMG crystallization. The amorphous material may be selected based on the particular molten amorphous alloy to be cast, e.g., based on the wetting properties, the melting and cooling properties, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas J. Weber, Kazuya Takagi, Theodore A. Waniuk
  • Patent number: 10002121
    Abstract: In some implementations, documents can be presented on a display of a computing device based on a context of the computing device. The context can include a current time and/or current location associated with the computing device. The documents can be presented based on a time and/or location associated with the documents. Documents can be downloaded and shared between devices. Documents can be dynamically updated based on document vendor provided information and/or other network based resources. In some implementations, the various graphical interfaces described herein provide access to a variety of document types in an organized and efficient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Chanaka G. Karunamuni, Marcel Van Os, Scott Herz, Eliza Block, Glen W. Steele, Ken Ferry, Peter Laurens
  • Patent number: 10001800
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to power management of an integrated circuit. In one embodiment, an integrated circuit includes a plurality of temperature sensors configured to measure a plurality of temperatures at different locations in the integrated circuit. The integrated circuit further includes a power management circuit configured to determine a set of guard bands based on a temperature difference determined using the plurality of temperatures. The power management circuit is configured to adjust, using the set of guard bands, a particular one of the plurality of temperatures, and to use the adjusted particular temperature to manage power consumption of the integrated circuit. In some embodiments, the power management circuit is configured to manage the power consumption by adjusting a voltage supplied to the integrated circuit, the adjusted voltage being based on the adjusted particular temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Toshinari Takayanagi, Yizhang Yang
  • Patent number: 10001888
    Abstract: A touch sensor panel including a plurality of drive lines crossing a plurality of sense lines, forming an array. The plurality of drive lines and the plurality of sense lines are formed by interconnecting sections of at least one conductive material having a truncated diamond shape or formed of interconnected conductive lines. At least one conductive dummy region may be disposed in an area of the touch sensor panel around the truncated diamond shape sections or interconnected conductive lines of the plurality of drive lines and the plurality of sense lines. One or more lines may be formed overlapping the interconnected sections of each of the plurality of drive lines and the plurality of sense lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Seung Jae Hong, Martin Paul Grunthaner, Steven Porter Hotelling, Lynn Youngs
  • Patent number: 10001812
    Abstract: A cover plate for a portable electronic device is disclosed. The cover plate can be used as a cosmetic feature disposed on a display or cover glass of the portable computing device. For instance, the cover plate may include one or may layers disposed on a surface of the cover plate. In some cases, the layers are formed on a rear surface of the cover plate. In addition to enhancing the appearance of the portable electronic device, the cover plate provides additional a protective layer to internal components positioned behind the cover plate. Moreover, the cover plate may formed from an electromagnetically transparent material such as glass to allow receipt and/or transmission of electromagnetic waves in the form of radio frequencies. Also, the cover plate offers protection to the display and cover glass when the portable electronic device is in a closed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Bartley K. Andre, Kevin M. Robinson, Mikael M. Silvanto, Robert Y. Cao, Bryan W. Posner, Wey-Jiun Lin, Dinesh C. Mathew
  • Patent number: 10002236
    Abstract: User accounts can be linked together to form a group of linked user accounts that can access content items assigned to the other user accounts in the group. A user can download content items assigned to their user account, as well as shared content items assigned to one of the other user accounts in the group of linked user accounts. Use of shared content items can be restricted to client devices running specified versions of an operating system. The key ID tagged to a shared content item can be altered such that the key ID no longer correctly identifies the corresponding DRM key that enables use of the shared content item. Client devices authorized to use shared content items can be configured to recognize that a content item is a shared content item and generate the original key ID form the altered key ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gianpaolo Fasoli, Apoorva Govind, Augustin J. Farrugia, Raffi T. Khatchadourian
  • Patent number: 10002199
    Abstract: Mobile devices can provide app recommendations that are relevant to a location of interest. A localized app recommendation can be triggered (e.g., by a mobile device coming within a threshold distance of an application hotspot or some other user action). A location of interest can be determined. The location of interest can be the current location of the mobile device or another location (e.g., the destination in a mapping app). Using the location of interest, a localized application ranking database with app hotspot data can be queried with location data representing the location of interest. App recommendations can be received and displayed on the mobile device. Icons for apps that are relevant to the location of interest can be visually distinguished from other apps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Leonardo A. Soto Matamala, Ronald K. Huang, Scott M. Herz, Tad Shimada
  • Patent number: 10002189
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a method and apparatus for searching using an active ontology. One embodiment of a method for searching a database includes receiving a search string, where the search string comprises one or more words, generating a semantic representation of the search string in accordance with an ontology, searching the database using the semantic representation, and outputting a result of the searching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Adam Cheyer
  • Patent number: 10002101
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for equalization of a high speed serial bus. A well-tuned passive equalization circuit for use with high frequency differential signals suffer from e.g., impedance mismatches, impedance discontinuities (e.g., connectors, etc.). In one embodiment, a shunting circuit is inserted between the differential terminals of a Universal Serial Bus (USB) cable, connector, etc. The shunting circuit is configured to “open” at low frequencies to enable Full Speed (FS) enumeration, while also providing sufficiently high impedance at high frequencies to enable High Speed (HS) operation. In one such implementation, the shunting circuit includes a tuned resistor, capacitor, inductor, and switch element arranged in series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Songping Wu, Zhiping Yang, Kirill Kalinichev, Greg Nayman, Georgi Beloev
  • Patent number: 10002727
    Abstract: An illuminated metal keycap having a legend diffuser material that may diffuse light through a legend opened in a background layer. The background layer may be opaque and the legend may be transparent. The metal keycap is adhered to a scissor mechanism positioned above electrical switch circuitry. Included within, below, or adjacent to the scissor mechanism may be one or more light sources positioned to emit light through the metal keycap, around the perimeter of the metal keycap, and/or through the background layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Hilbert T. Kwan, Jeffrey L. Yen, Craig C. Leong, James J. Niu, Keith J. Hendren, Yanyang Yuan, Feng Zhao, Wanshan Li, Derrick T. Jue, Ze Hong
  • Patent number: 10003366
    Abstract: A low-power scouting receiver is presented that provides an ability perform low-power scouting functions at a relatively low power. The low-power scouting functions determine context information for the receiver and enable fine-tuning of other receiver operations based on the context information. The low-power scouting functions include receiver control and switching, jammer detection, self-interference detection, or other context-dependent radio parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Ronald W. Dimpflmaier, Matthias Sauer, Bernd W. Adler
  • Patent number: 10003759
    Abstract: A vertically stacked image sensor having a photodiode chip and a transistor array chip. The photodiode chip includes at least one photodiode and a transfer gate extends vertically from a top surface of the photodiode chip. The image sensor further includes a transistor array chip stacked on top of the photodiode chip. The transistor array chip includes the control circuitry and storage nodes. The image sensor further includes a logic chip vertically stacked on the transistor array chip. The transfer gate communicates data from the at least one photodiode to the transistor array chip and the logic chip selectively activates the vertical transfer gate, the reset gate, the source follower gate, and the row select gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Xiaofeng Fan
  • Patent number: 10003764
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products, for presenting subtitles. A video is played on a display of a device. A display mode for the video is detected. A subtitle is presented in one of a plurality of presentation formats based on the detected display mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Imran A. Chaudhri
  • Publication number: 20180167539
    Abstract: A light source module includes an array of illumination elements and a light diffusing material. The light source module is configured to receive a control signal for adjusting diffusion of light emitted from the light source module and in response adjust the amount of diffusion of light emitted from the light source module. A light source module may include a segmented light diffusing material where each segment is associated with an illumination element. And individual segments may have light diffusing properties that are different than other segments of the light diffusing material. Some illumination elements may emit light of a different color spectrum than other illumination elements, and a light diffusing material may scatter the different colored light to illuminate a scene with combinations of light of different colors. A light source module may be embedded in a mobile computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Florian R. Fournier, Angelo M. Alaimo, Simon S. Lee, Miodrag Scepanovic, Andreas G. Weber
  • Publication number: 20180167771
    Abstract: Techniques of range free proximity determination are described. A mobile device can determine an entry into or exit from a proximity fence upon determining that the mobile device is sufficiently close to a signal source. The proximity fence can be a virtual fence defined by the signal source and associated with a service. The mobile device can detect signals from multiple signal sources. The mobile device can determine that, among the signal sources, one or more signal sources are located closest to the mobile device based on a ranking of the signal sources using signal strength. The mobile device can determine a probability indicating a confident level of the ranking. The mobile device can determine that the mobile device entered or exited a proximity fence associated with a highest ranked signal source satisfying a confidence threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Pejman Lotfali Kazemi, Lukas M. Marti, Robert Mayor, Shannon M. Ma, Ronald K. Huang
  • Publication number: 20180164817
    Abstract: Signals usable to determine a path of a vehicle towards a particular stopping point in a vicinity of a destination are detected from an individual authorized to provide guidance with respect to movements of the vehicle. Based at least in part on the signals and a data set pertaining to the external environment of the vehicle, one or more vehicular movements to be implemented to proceed along the path are identified. A directive is transmitted to a motion control subsystem of the vehicle to initiate one of the vehicular movements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott M. Herz, Sawyer I. Cohen, Samuel B. Gooch, Wolf Kienzle, Karlin Y. Bark, Jack J. Wanderman
  • Publication number: 20180166819
    Abstract: Contact structures that are readily manufactured, where contacts in the contact structures provide a sufficient normal force while consuming a minimal amount of surface area, depth, and volume in an electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Wagman, Eric S. Jol
  • Patent number: 9997196
    Abstract: A novel method for retiming a portion of a media content (e.g., audio data, video data, audio and video data, etc.) in a media-editing application is provided. The media editing application includes a user interface for defining a range in order to select a portion of the media content. The media editing application performs retiming by applying a speed effect to the portion of the media content selected by the defined range. For a faster speed effect, the media editing application retimes the selected portion of the media content by sampling the media content at a faster rate. For a slower speed effect, the media editing application retimes the selected portion of the media content by sampling the content at a slower rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Xiaohuan C. Wang, Giovanni Agnoli, David N. Chen, Vijay Sundaram, Brian Meaney, Mike Stern, Paul T. Schneider, Eric J. Graves, Randy Ubillos
  • Patent number: 9997306
    Abstract: A keyboard or keyboard key that has a force sensor that measures the force imparted to the key when a user presses the key or rests a finger on a key. Key embodiments may also include an actuator that excites the in order to provide feedback to the user in accordance with various feedback methods disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey T. Bernstein
  • Patent number: 9996231
    Abstract: An electronic device with a touch-sensitive surface, a display, and one or more sensors to detect intensity of contacts with the touch-sensitive surface displays a graphical object inside of a frame on the display, and detects a gesture. Detecting the gesture includes: detecting a contact on the touch-sensitive surface while a focus selector is over the graphical object, and detecting movement of the contact across the touch-sensitive surface. In response to detecting the gesture: in accordance with a determination that the contact meets predefined intensity criteria, the device removes the graphical object from the frame; and in accordance with a determination that the contact does not meet the predefined intensity criteria, the device adjusts an appearance of the graphical object inside of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Julian Missig, Matthew I. Brown, Bianca C. Costanzo, Evan Torchin
  • Patent number: 9997286
    Abstract: Some embodiments can include a retention mechanism having a first component including a first clasping surface and a first magnet having a first polarity as well as a second component having a second clasping surface configured to be alignable to and to coordinate with the first clasping surface. The second component can have a magnetic assembly having an effective polarity that varies in accordance with a electric current pulse received at the magnetic assembly, where a magnetic circuit is formed between the first magnet and the magnetic assembly, and where when the effective polarity of the magnetic assembly is the first polarity, the magnetic circuit is repulsive causing the first and second clasping surfaces to separate otherwise, the magnetic circuit is attractive causing the clasping surfaces to come together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: David S. Herman
  • Patent number: 9996457
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for efficient buffering for a system having non-volatile memory (“NVM”). In some embodiments, a control circuitry of a system can use heuristics to determine whether to perform buffering of one or more write commands received from a file system. In other embodiments, the control circuitry can minimize read energy and buffering overhead by efficiently re-ordering write commands in a queue along page-aligned boundaries of a buffer. In further embodiments, the control circuitry can optimally combine write commands from a buffer with write commands from a queue. After combining the commands, the control circuitry can dispatch the commands in a single transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Post, Nir Jacob Wakrat
  • Patent number: 9997304
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing illumination to illuminable portions of keys associated with a keyboard are described. A key includes a light guide positioned below a keycap. The light guide includes one or more sidewalls that exhibit high internal reflection. In many examples, light guide sidewalls are formed with one or more prisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Craig C. Leong, Bradford J. Zercoe, Dinesh C. Mathew, Mahesh Krishnamurthi, Robert Y. Cao, Jun Qi, Rong Liu, Victor H. Yin
  • Patent number: 9997104
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with a display. A content generator may generate frames of image data to be displayed on the display. The display may have an array of pixels that emit light to display images. The pixels may contain light-emitting devices such as organic light-emitting diodes, quantum dot light-emitting diodes, and light-emitting diodes formed from discrete semiconductor dies. As a result of aging, the light producing capabilities of the light-emitting devices may degrade over time. The electronic device may have a temperature sensor that gathers temperature measurements. A pixel luminance degradation compensator may apply compensation factors to uncorrected pixel luminance values associated with the frames of image data to produce corresponding corrected pixel luminance values for the display. The compensation factors may be based on aging history information such as pixel luminance history and temperature measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yifan Zhang, Paul S. Drzaic, Wei Chen
  • Patent number: D820255
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Marine C. Bataille, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniele De Iuliis, Markus Diebel, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Julian Jaede, Duncan Robert Kerr, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Joe Sung Ho Tan, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D820300
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lee Broughton, Kevin Will Chen, Alan C. Dye, Christopher Wilson, Eric Lance Wilson
  • Patent number: D820619
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alice Marlin Brugger, Richard Coward, Joshua Robert Edwards, Tracey Adam Finger, Jean-Marc Gady, Gabriel Lamb, Gregory Guillaume Lespinard, Adam John Oestreicher, Constantino Siampos, Moritz Wilsberg, Stephen Yustiono, Mi Zou
  • Patent number: D820623
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Marine C. Bataille, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniele De Iuliis, Markus Diebel, Jean-Marc Gady, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Julian Jaede, Duncan Robert Kerr, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Sung-Ho Tan, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D820689
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Brunner, Robert Boyd, Eric D. Fields, Bart Jansen, Christopher Kuh, Hamish S. Thain, Kenneth Robert Weimer
  • Patent number: D820809
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Bartley K. Andre, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Duncan Robert Kerr, Shin Nishibori, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D820838
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Duncan Robert Kerr, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D820839
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Duncan Robert Kerr, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D820840
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Duncan Robert Kerr, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D820841
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Duncan Robert Kerr, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D820883
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran Chaudhri, Alan C. Dye, Christopher Foss, Chance Graham, Jonathan P. Ive, Stephen O. Lemay, Britt Nelson