Apple Patents

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

Apple Patents by Type
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  • Publication number: 20200169812
    Abstract: Electronics devices according to embodiments of the present technology may include a first loudspeaker and a second loudspeaker disposed in a housing. The housing may define a first internal volume between a first end of the housing and a backside of the first loudspeaker. The housing may define a second internal volume between a second end of the housing and a backside of the second loudspeaker. The first loudspeaker and the second loudspeaker may be positioned within the housing so a front side of the first loudspeaker faces a front side of the second loudspeaker. A duct may be defined by the housing, which may access the first internal volume at a first end and may access the second internal volume at a second end. The electronic device may also include a processor configured to deliver signals to the first loudspeaker and the second loudspeaker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael B. Nussbaum, Jason C. Della Rosa, Glenn K. Trainer
  • Publication number: 20200169855
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, by sensors inside an enclosure of a vehicle, signals generated by signal generators in the enclosure of the vehicle. One of the sensors or signal generators may be part of a mobile device inside the enclosure. The method also includes determining a location and orientation of the mobile device from the signals. The method further includes determining, based on the location and orientation of the mobile device, an object in the enclosure that the mobile device is pointing to. The mobile device further includes transmitting a message to the mobile device in response to determining that the mobile device is pointing to the object, so as to cause the mobile device to display a user interface to allow the mobile device to control the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sawyer I. Cohen, Jack J. Wanderman, Romain A. Teil, Scott M. Herz
  • Publication number: 20200167982
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems and methods for using electronic diffusers to implement message indicators are described. A segment of a diffuser attached to an electronic device is configured to indicate an informational message in response to signals that result in a change to an optical property. A set of information to be displayed using the segment is determined, and a signal is transmitted to the segment to display the information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Joel S. Armstrong-Muntner
  • Publication number: 20200166348
    Abstract: A mobile device can obtain wireless network signal strength map data that indicates, for various nearby geographical regions, the wireless network signal strength in each such region. A mobile device can transmit that data to a vehicular navigation system responsible for automatically selecting a high-quality route of vehicular travel between a specified source and destination. The system can take the wireless network signal map data into account when selecting that route. When selecting from among multiple different routes of vehicular travel between a specified source and destination, the system may employ an algorithm that considers wireless network signal strengths along those routes, in addition to the other factors. Consequently, the system can select a longer route having better signal strength over a shorter route having worse signal strength. The system can present the selected route within a set of suggested routes, potentially along with reasons for each route's suggestion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Swapnil R. Dave, Devrim Varoglu
  • Publication number: 20200169035
    Abstract: An electrical plug and receptacle relying on magnetic force from an electromagnet to maintain contact are disclosed. The plug and receptacle can be used as part of a power adapter for connecting an electronic device, such as a laptop computer, to a power supply. The plug includes electrical contacts, which are preferably biased toward corresponding contacts on the receptacle. The plug and receptacle each have a magnetic element. The magnetic element on one of the plug or receptacle can be a magnet or ferromagnetic material. The magnetic element on the other of the plug or receptacle is an electromagnet. When the plug and receptacle are brought into proximity, the magnetic attraction between the electromagnet magnet and its complement, whether another magnet or a ferromagnetic material, maintains the contacts in an electrically conductive relationship.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2019
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Mark Edward Doutt, Bartley K. Andre, Kanye Lim, John C. DiFonzo, Jean-Marc Gery
  • Publication number: 20200166824
    Abstract: A Fresnel lens includes multiple different zones. At least one of the zones may be an asymmetric zone that is radially asymmetric. The asymmetric zone may redirect light received from a light source located within a focal length of the Fresnel lens to a portion of a field of view of an image sensor. In some embodiments, multiple asymmetric zones may be implemented within the same Fresnel lens, which may have different radial asymmetry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Blake M. Coughenour
  • Patent number: 10667418
    Abstract: Various components of an electronic device housing and methods for their assembly are disclosed. The housing can be formed by assembling and connecting two or more different sections together. The sections of the housing may be coupled together using one or more coupling members. The coupling members may be formed using a two-shot molding process in which the first shot forms a structural portion of the coupling members, and the second shot forms cosmetic portions of the coupling members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Bryan P. Kiple, Charles B. Woodhull, David A. Pakula, Tang Y. Tan, Michael P. Coleman, Thomas Johannessen, Richard W. Heley
  • Patent number: 10667038
    Abstract: A micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) microphone assembly including an enclosure having a top side and a bottom side that define a first chamber having a first volume and an acoustic inlet port formed through one of the top side or the bottom side. The assembly further including a MEMS microphone mounted within the first chamber, the MEMS microphone defining a second chamber having a second volume and a diaphragm having a first side interfacing with the first chamber and a second side interfacing with the second chamber. The assembly also including an acoustically absorbent material within one of the first chamber or the second chamber, the acoustically absorbent material to cause a simulated acoustic enlargement of the first volume or the second volume, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Janhavi S. Agashe, Jae H. Lee, Ruchir M. Dave
  • Patent number: 10667426
    Abstract: A structure can include a body having a first surface and a second opposing surface. The three-dimensional structure can include the body defining a first pattern of first cavities extending into the body from the first surface and the body defining a second pattern of second cavities extending into the body from the second surface. One or more first cavities can eccentrically intersect with one or more second cavities to define a pattern of apertures in the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Richard P. Howarth, Nicholas A. Rundle, Bartley K. Andre, Sung-Ho Tan, Lauren M. Farrell, Kevin J. Ryan, David H. Narajowski
  • Patent number: 10667078
    Abstract: An application can specify a location service authorization type to be enforced by a mobile device. After the user authorizes the location service through an authorization dialog, the application can receive location service according to the authorization type. A first authorization type allows the application to receive continuous location updates and location events from a location service on the mobile device only when the application is in use. A second authorization type allows the application to always receive continuous location updates and location events when the application is running in a foreground or background. The text of the authorization dialog can be customized by the application to provide more detail on how the location data will be used by the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Rhee, Adam M. Driscoll, Jeffrey Michael Bartunek, Ronald K. Huang, Erik Neuenschwander, Patrick Coffman, Guy L. Tribble
  • Patent number: 10667158
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to radio link monitoring techniques. According to some embodiments, a wireless device may establish a radio link with a cellular base station according to a radio access technology. The base station may provide reference signals, control signals, and data signals to the wireless device via the radio link. The wireless device may perform radio link monitoring of the radio link using characteristics of decoding performance for one or more of the control signals and the data signals. Performing radio link monitoring of the radio link may include determining whether the radio link is in-sync or out-of-sync and determining whether radio link failure has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sami M. Almalfouh, Li Su, Sai Sravan Bharadwaj Karri, Chiranjeevi M. Kosuri, Karthik Chockalingam, Swaminathan Balakrishnan
  • Patent number: 10667157
    Abstract: A source device can transmit initial streaming content to a playback device (e.g., wireless ear buds) using first settings and measure playback performance of the content at a plurality of times. The measured performance values can relate to a quality of communication of the initial streaming content between the source device and the playback device, e.g., relating to packet loss, retransmission rates and patterns, fluctuations in a playback (jitter) buffer, and/or other values. The measured performance values can be used to determine one or more second settings to be used for a playback of subsequent streaming content between the source device and the playback device. In this manner, each source device can account for variations in communication behavior specific to a user (e.g., due to differences in body type as electromagnetic waves travel through the body when a source device is in a pocket).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ahmad Rahmati, Natalia A. Fornshell, Aarti Kumar
  • Patent number: 10664048
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an electronic device optionally identifies a person's face, and optionally performs an action in accordance with the identification. In some embodiments, an electronic device optionally determines a gaze location in a user interface, and optionally performs an action in accordance with the determination. In some embodiments, an electronic device optionally designates a user as being present at a sound-playback device in accordance with a determination that sound-detection criteria and verification criteria have been satisfied. In some embodiments, an electronic device optionally determines whether a person is further or closer than a threshold distance from a display device, and optionally provides a first or second user interface for display on the display device in accordance with the determination. In some embodiments, an electronic device optionally modifies the playing of media content in accordance with a determination that one or more presence criteria are not satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Avi E. Cieplinski, Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Julian Missig, May-Li Khoe, Bianca Cheng Costanzo, Myra Mary Haggerty, Duncan Robert Kerr, Bas Ording, Elbert D. Chen
  • Patent number: 10661669
    Abstract: A charging station for an electric vehicle includes a passive alignment mechanism that includes a longitudinal translation stage that allows motion in a longitudinal direction, a charging plug connected to the passive alignment mechanism, and a releasable connector. The releasable connector resists motion of the longitudinal translation stage in a connected position when a magnitude of an external force applied in the longitudinal direction is below a threshold. The releasable connector moves from the connected position to a released position to allow motion of the longitudinal translation stage when the magnitude of the external force applied in the longitudinal direction is above the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew M. Torok, Foster D. Collins, William M. Price
  • Patent number: 10665025
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for representing a virtual object in a real environment, having the following steps: generating a two-dimensional representation of a real environment by means of a recording device, ascertaining a position of the recording device relative to at least one component of the real environment, segmenting at least one area of the real environment in the two-dimensional image on the basis of non-manually generated 3D information for identifying at least one segment of the real environment in distinction to a remaining part of the real environment while supplying corresponding segmentation data, and merging the two-dimensional image of the real environment with the virtual object or, by means of an optical, semitransparent element directly with reality with consideration of the segmentation data. The invention permits any collisions of virtual objects with real objects that occur upon merging with a real environment to be represented in a way largely close to reality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Meier, Stefan Holzer
  • Patent number: 10661764
    Abstract: A method for controlling a vehicle includes operating a braking system in robotic control state, determining that an emergency stop state is to be entered by the braking system, entering the emergency stop state upon determining that all conditions from a group of state entry conditions are satisfied, decelerating the vehicle using the braking system while in the emergency stop state, determining, while in the emergency stop state, that all conditions from a group of state exit conditions are satisfied, and exiting the emergency stop state in response to determining that all conditions from the group of state exit conditions are satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Diomidis Katzourakis, Huibert Mees, Robert M. Cammarata
  • Patent number: 10661748
    Abstract: Occupant safety systems suitable for use in both traditional and opposed seating systems include various combinations of passive safety components: sensors that provide an output signal indicative of an imminent collision, inflatable restraints that deploy from opposing interior surfaces of a passenger compartment of a vehicle based on the output signal, and inflators disposed within door cavities that selectively inflate an airbag or vent the inflator to an exterior of a vehicle based on the output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander M. Zoellner, Jorge C. Fialho, Nathaniel J. Dennis, Rikard Fredriksson
  • Patent number: 10664012
    Abstract: Accessory devices for portable electronic devices are described. An exemplary accessory device can include a first segment coupled to a second segment via a first hinge assembly. The accessory can include a third segment coupled to the second segment via a second hinge assembly such that the second segment is positioned between the first and third segments. The accessory device can be arranged between a closed configuration and a configuration of a stand that supports the portable electronic device at a viewing angle. At the support configuration, the second segment can be at an acute angle relative to the first segment to shift the center of gravity of the system towards the middle. The third segment can be suspended above the first segment and be inclined outwards. The hinge assemblies of the system can be sufficiently stiff to withstand the weight of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aidan N. Zimmerman, Bradley J. Hamel, Christopher J. Stringer, Markus Diebel, Sung-Ho Tan, Mikael M. Silvanto, Kevin M. Robinson, Daniel L. McBroom, Michael D. McBroom
  • Patent number: 10664007
    Abstract: Techniques for bonding structural features together in an enclosure of an electronic device are disclosed. A structural feature may be ultrasonically soldered to the enclosure to provide structural support and form a magnetic circuit within the device. Also, ultrasonic welding can bond various features to an interior region of the enclosure without leaving a mark or trace to an exterior region of the enclosure in a location corresponding to the various features. Further, one or more features can be actuated against the enclosure to bond the one or more features by friction welding. In addition, a rotational friction welding machine can rotate a feature having a relatively small diameter at relatively high speeds against the enclosure to drive the feature into the enclosure and frictionally weld the feature with the enclosure. Also, the friction welding does not leave any an appearance of cosmetic deformation on the exterior region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Steven J. Osborne, Joss N. Giddings, Adam T. Garelli, William F. Leggett, Sarah J. Montplaisir, Eric T. Corriveau, Tyler J. Ewing
  • Patent number: 10662676
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle body that defines an opening, a vehicle door that is movable between a closed position and an open position with respect to the opening, a first surface, and a second surface. The first surface is defined on one of the vehicle body and the door and the second surface is defined on the other of the vehicle body and the door. A first latch portion is concealed behind the first surface. A second latch portion is concealed behind the second surface in an unlatched position and is movable to a latched position in which the second latch portion extends into the first latch portion and engages the first latch portion. A locking structure restrains disengagement of the second latch portion from the first latch portion in the latched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Donald R. Monroe, Phil M. Hobson, John Raff, Albert J. Golko, Matthew L. Brown, David J. Donohue
  • Patent number: 10664053
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing localized tactile output and systems and methods for obtaining localized physical characteristic information are disclosed. An electronic device can include a friction transducer configured to augment and/or detect friction between a surface of an electronic device and an object in contact with that electronic device. The electronic device may also include a force transducer configured to detect the force with which an object contacts a display. The force transducer may also provide mechanical output. The electronic device can also include a thermal transducer to augment and/or detect the temperature of various locations on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Carl R. Peterson, Derek W. Wright, Kevin D. Gibbs, Soyoung Kim, Stephen R. McClure
  • Patent number: 10664943
    Abstract: The disclosed concepts provide a method to generate and use a compound shader object. A compound shader object includes a shader's intermediate representation (IR) and one or more binary modules; each binary module configured to execute on one type of graphics processing unit (GPU) with a specific input state. One method includes receiving, through a public application programming interface (API), a request to execute a shader from an user-level application. At the framework level, if the request corresponds to one of the prior compiled binary modules, that module may be passed to a GPU for immediate execution via a system private interface. If the request does not correspond to one of the binary modules, the shader's IR module may returned to the requesting user-level application (which module would then have to be compiled before it may be sent to the GPU).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kelvin C. Chiu, Charles Brissart, Gokhan Avkarogullari, Lloyd A. Cunningham, Rahul U. Joshi
  • Patent number: 10664113
    Abstract: Power consumption of touch sensing operations for touch sensitive devices can be reduced by implementing a coarse scan (e.g., banked common mode scan) to coarsely detect the presence or absence of an object touching or proximate to a touch sensor panel and the results of the coarse scan can be used to dynamically adjust the operation of the touch sensitive device to perform or not perform a fine scan (e.g., targeted active mode scan). In some examples, the results of the coarse scan can be used to program a touch controller for the next touch sensing frame to idle when no touch event is detected or to perform a fine scan when one or more touch events are detected. In some examples, the results of the coarse scan can be used to abort a scheduled fine scan during the current touch sensing frame when no touch event is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Shahrooz Shahparnia, Vivek Pant, Marduke Yousefpor, Christoph H. Krah
  • Patent number: 10664019
    Abstract: This is directed to connecting two or more elements using an intermediate element constructed from a material that changes between states. An electronic device can include one or more components constructed by connecting several elements. To provide a connection having a reduced or small size or cross-section and construct a component having high tolerances, a material can be provided in a first state in which it flows between the elements before changing to a second state in which it adheres to the elements and provides a structurally sound connection. For example, a plastic can be molded between the elements. As another example, a composite material can be brazed between the elements. In some cases, internal surfaces of the elements can include one or more features for enhancing a bond between the elements and the material providing the interface between the elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Scott A. Myers, Mattia Pascolini, Richard Hung Minh Dinh, Trent Weber, Robert Schlub, Josh Nickel, Robert Hill, Nanbo Jin, Tang Yew Tan
  • Patent number: 10664058
    Abstract: Sensor data is obtained regarding an environment around a guidance device. A model of the environment is generated based on the data. The model is mapped at least to an input/output touch surface of the guidance device. Tactile output is provided to a user of the guidance device via the input/output touch surface based at least on the mapping. Other output based on the model may also be provided. The guidance device may include a variety of different components such as sensors that obtain data regarding the environment, input/output mechanisms for receiving input from and/or providing input to the user, processing units and/or other components for generating the model and/or mapping the model to various input/output mechanisms, and so on. Additionally, the guidance device may cooperate and/or communicate with a variety of different electronic devices that have one or more such components in order to perform such functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Chananiel Weinraub
  • Patent number: 10664718
    Abstract: Artistic styles extracted from one or more source images may be applied to one or more target images, e.g., in the form of stylized images and/or stylized video sequences. The extracted artistic style may be stored as a plurality of layers in a neural network, which neural network may be further optimized, e.g., via the fusion of various elements of the network's architectures. An optimized network architecture may be determined for each processing environment in which the network will be applied. The artistic style may be applied to the obtained images and/or video sequence of images using various optimization methods, such as the use of scalars to control the resolution of the unstylized and stylized images, temporal consistency constraints, as well as the use of dynamically adjustable or selectable versions of Deep Neural Networks (DNN) that are responsive to system performance parameters, such as available processing resources and thermal capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bartlomiej W. Rymkowski, Francesco Rossi
  • Patent number: 10664963
    Abstract: Artistic styles extracted from one or more source images may be applied to one or more target images, e.g., in the form of stylized images and/or stylized video sequences. The extracted artistic style may be stored as a plurality of layers in a neural network, which neural network may be further optimized, e.g., via the fusion of various elements of the network's architectures. An optimized network architecture may be determined for each processing environment in which the network will be applied. The artistic style may be applied to the obtained images and/or video sequence of images using various optimization methods, such as the use of scalars to control the resolution of the unstylized and stylized images, temporal consistency constraints, as well as the use of dynamically adjustable or selectable versions of Deep Neural Networks (DNN) that are responsive to system performance parameters, such as available processing resources and thermal capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Francesco Rossi, Xiaohuan C. Wang, Bartlomiej W. Rymkowski, Xiaojin Shi, Marco Zuliani, Alexey Marinichev
  • Patent number: 10664856
    Abstract: Techniques and systems for beacon triggered code redemption are disclosed. Such a technique can include causing a mobile device to listen for beacon messages broadcast by a beacon device over a short-range communication link; receiving a beacon message from the beacon device; and exchanging information with a content provider to retrieve a redemption code associated with the beacon message. A beacon message can include a beacon identifier and an activity parameter specifying a code redemption action. The beacon identifier can be associated with an event that will occur, is occurring, or has occurred in the vicinity of the beacon device. The technique can further include displaying on a screen of the mobile device, a notification in regard to redeeming the redemption code configured for redeeming content associated with the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory S. Robbin, Oliver Krevet, Jeremy C. Norberg, Claes S. Nygren
  • Patent number: 10667301
    Abstract: Techniques for random access (RA) in a cellular internet-of-things (CIOT) are discussed. An example apparatus configured to be employed within a User Equipment (UE), comprises a receiver circuitry, a processor, and transmitter circuitry. The receiver circuitry is configured to receive RA resource allocation information via one of a system information message or a downlink control information (DCI) message. The processor is operably coupled to the receiver circuitry and configured to: select a RA preamble sequence; generate a payload; and spread the payload via a spreading sequence. The transmitter circuitry is configured to transmit, based on the RA resource allocation information, a RA message comprising the RA preamble sequence and the payload, wherein the RA message is transmitted in a RA slot. The receiver circuitry is further configured to receive a response comprising a device identity of the UE and one of an uplink (UL) grant or a RA reject message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kathiravetpillai Sivanesan, Yaser M. Fouad, Vesh Raj Sharma Banjade, Joonbeom Kim, Balkan Kecicioglu, Rath Vannithamby
  • Patent number: 10664074
    Abstract: A method of operating a wearable electronic device having a display and a rotatable crown includes initiating a rotation-tracking mode based on a detection of a contact between a user and the rotatable crown. In response to initiating the rotation-tracking mode, the electronic device controls a graphical output of the display in accordance with rotational movement or absence of rotational movement of the rotatable crown, terminates the rotation-tracking mode based on a termination of the contact between the user and the rotatable crown, and in response to terminating the rotation-tracking mode, controls the graphical output of the display without regard to rotational movement or absence of rotational movement of the rotatable crown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Camille Moussette, Duncan Kerr, Colin M. Ely, John B. Morrell
  • Patent number: 10664161
    Abstract: The systems described herein provide a remote keyboard service for a media device on a computing device without having to invoke an application or unlock the computing device. The computing device can receive a message indicating that a text input field on the other device is selected and present a notification to the user prompting the user to invoke the virtual keyboard on the computing device to provide text input to the selected text input field. The computing device can receive user input selecting the notification and present a virtual keyboard for providing text input to the other device. The computing device can receive keyboard input from the user selecting characters and send the characters to the other device. The other device can then user the characters as text input to the selected text input field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander D. Sanciangco, Bob Bradley, Marc Krochmal, Graham Clarke
  • Patent number: 10665157
    Abstract: Systems and methods reduce likelihood of hysteresis that reduces perceived image quality of a subsequent image frame by toggling the display pixels to relax the display pixels by overwriting previous image frame data. During non-emission periods of the pixels, the pixels may be pre-toggled or exercised to improve response time and accuracy of the pixel. Data for pixels being programmed may also be used to pre-toggle other pixels reducing overhead but increasing cross-talk. Since the amount of cross-talk is related to content of the pixels being pre-toggled, a line buffer may be used to store image data for the pixels being pre-toggled. This stored image data may be used to determine how much pre-compensation is to be applied to data for the pixels being programmed. In other words, an amount of compensation applied is based at least in part on the content (e.g., greyscale levels) of the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hung Sheng Lin, Shengkui Gao, Yingying Tang, Sean C. Chang, Mohammad B. Vahid Far, Kasra M. Omid-Zohoor, Chumin Zhao, Jingyu Huang, Mohammad Ali Jangda, Hyunwoo Nho, Chaohao Wang, Marc J. DeVincentis, Marc Albrecht, Warren S. Rieutort-Louis
  • Patent number: 10664257
    Abstract: Activities involving a secure element (SE) in a mobile device include a background operation. When the SE initiates the background operation, it informs the mobile device of an estimated duration. The mobile device thus recognizes that the SE is not in a stuck state, and maintains a clock signal and a power flow to the SE. Firmware updates to the SE include erasing a non-volatile (NV) memory in the SE in parallel with firmware or software updates to other processor systems in the mobile device. Needed data, for example calibration data or cryptographic key data, is preserved by storing data from some processor systems in one or more supplementary security domains (SSDs) in the SE. When a given processor system completes a firmware update, the needed data is restored to the processor system from the SSD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Li Li, Arun G. Mathias
  • Patent number: 10664520
    Abstract: The techniques utilize a user's recommendation data to choose a presentation template. Each presentation template includes a plurality of media asset slots, each of which is associated with a certain type of media asset. For example, each media asset slot generally may be assigned to a playlist, album, composer, or music video. Further, each of these general assignments may further specify that the playlist, album, composer, or music video be from a known artist, familiar artist, recommended artist, or unknown artist, for example. Once the appropriate presentation template has been chosen along with the recommended media content for each of the plurality of media asset slots, the media asset slots are associated with the selected media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Chandrasekar Venkataraman, Taylor G. Carrigan, Thomas Alsina, Venkat Sundaranatha, Jayasimha R. Katukuri, Simon C. Janpanah, Rabi S. Chakraborty, Thomas S. Plagenhoef, Drew R. Domm, Mark Hilary Levy
  • Patent number: 10664144
    Abstract: An electronic device displays at least a portion of an electronic document with a predefined page layout at a first magnification level on a display; detects a first input indicating a first insertion point in the document, where the first insertion point is proximate to a first portion of text in the document; and in response to detecting the first input: selects a second magnification level different from the first magnification level, where the second magnification level is selected so as to display the first portion of text at a target text display size, and, while maintaining the predefined page layout of the document, displays, at the second magnification level, a portion of the document that includes the first portion of text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Douglas Weeldreyer, Martin J. Murrett, Matthew Todd Schomer, Kevin R. G. Smyth, Ian Joseph Elseth
  • Patent number: 10665959
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with millimeter wave transceiver circuitry and an antenna having a ground and a resonating element. The resonating element may include first and second patches symmetrically distributed about an axis. The antenna may be fed using an antenna feed having a first feed terminal coupled to both the first and second patches and a second feed terminal coupled to the ground. The first feed terminal may be coupled to the first patch at a side closest to the second patch and may be coupled to the second patch at a side closest to the first patch. The first and second patches may be shorted to the ground if desired. Antenna currents on the first patch may be 180 degrees out of phase with antenna currents on the second patch. The antenna may be arranged in an array of antennas with different polarizations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Simone Paulotto, Basim H. Noori, Matthew A. Mow
  • Patent number: 10665181
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with a display. The display may include a backlight having an array of locally dimmable light sources. Control circuitry may provide control signals to the backlight to produce light at different brightness levels. When the brightness level is below a threshold, the control circuitry may use pulse-width-modulation control signals to control the light sources in the backlight. When the brightness level is above the brightness threshold, the control circuitry may use analog control signals to control the light sources in the backlight. The control circuitry may adjust the threshold to achieve different dimming ranges for different brightness settings. A low brightness setting, for example, may have a lower threshold and lower dimming range than a high brightness setting, which may help produce darker darks when the display operates in a low brightness setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Albrecht, Teun R. Baar, Nicolas P. Bonnier, Sean Chang, ByoungSuk Kim, David S. Zalatimo
  • Patent number: 10664069
    Abstract: An input device, such as a hand-held stylus, can be used to receive inputs and track motion of a user in three-dimensional space, for example during a drawings session. The tip sensor can detect contact with an object by receiving a force toward a body of the stylus. Inputs from the user can be applied to a tip sensor of the stylus via an adapter. The inputs provided via the adapter can be different from inputs applied by contact with an object. Accordingly, the stylus can interpret the user inputs to initiate, terminate, or modify characteristics of the drawing session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jae Hwang Lee, Frank Angermann, Killian J. Poore, David M. Schattel
  • Patent number: 10665141
    Abstract: Source content super-sampled to a first resolution in an extended range space is obtained. A representation of a subpixel geometry of a display panel displaying the source content is obtained. The display panel includes, for every pixel, plural subpixel elements for three or more color primaries. A native resolution of the display panel is lower than the first resolution of the source content. An optimization operation is performed based on a set mode of the display panel and the representation of the subpixel geometry to derive a global optimization for determining, for a given pixel value based on the source content, an energy distribution between the plurality of subpixel elements of a corresponding pixel of the display panel. The source content in the extended range space is converted into intermediate content in a display space based on the global optimization. The intermediate content is further optimized based on error minimization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth I. Greenebaum, Robert L. Ridenour, Marc Albrecht
  • Patent number: 10664095
    Abstract: A device that can autonomously scan a sensor panel is disclosed. Autonomous scanning can be performed by implementing channel scan logic. In one embodiment, channel scan logic carries out many of the functions that a processor would normally undertake, including generating timing sequences and obtaining result data; comparing scan result data against a threshold value (e.g., in an auto-scan mode); generating row count; selecting one or more scanning frequency bands; power management control; and performing an auto-scan routine in a low power mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Minh-Dieu Thi Vu, Thomas James Wilson, Christoph H. Krah
  • Patent number: 10666084
    Abstract: An electronic device may be configured to detect an external charging device when the external charging device is initially engaged with, or connected to, the electronic device. The electronic device, or an alert unit operably connected to the electronic device, can produce one or more alerts for the user if the charging device is in an unpowered state. The alert or alerts can be provided to the electronic device engaged with the charging device and/or to another electronic device or alert unit that is in communication with the electronic device that is engaged with the charging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Kevin M. Lynch
  • Patent number: 10666345
    Abstract: A device and method for a user equipment (UE) to perform packet detection using multiple receive antennas. The UE receives a first signal at two or more of the plurality of receive antennas. The UE determines a first combined signal parameter based on the first signal received at the two or more receive antennas. The UE receives a second signal at the two or more receive antennas. The UE determines a second combined signal parameter based on the second signal received at the two or more receive antennas. The UE detects a packet based on at least identifying a correlation between the first combined signal parameter and the second combined signal parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Kerner, Shay Gershoni, Ido Kalderon
  • Patent number: D885348
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Marine C. Bataille, Jeremy Bataillou, Robert Y. Cao, James M. Cuseo, Daniele De Iuliis, Markus Diebel, Kevin Scott Fetterman, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Julian Jaede, Duncan Robert Kerr, Dinesh Mathew, Sabrina Paseman, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Joe Sung-Ho Tan, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D885398
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    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: D885409
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lee Broughton, Kevin Will Chen, Alan C. Dye, Christopher Foss, Heena Ko, Stephen O. Lemay
  • Patent number: D885420
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran Chaudhri, Christopher Foss, Aurelio Guzmán, Jonathan P. Ive, Christopher Wilson
  • Patent number: D885426
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aurelio Guzmán, Richard D. Lyons, Behkish Johnnie Manzari, Grant R. Paul, Raymond Sepulveda, William A. Sorrentino, III, Andre Souza Dos Santos, Marcel van Os, Christopher I. Wilson, Eric Lance Wilson, Chun Kin Minor Wong
  • Patent number: D885431
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley William Griffin, Aurelio Guzmán, Christopher Wilson, Giancarlo Yerkes
  • Patent number: D885435
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond Sepulveda
  • Patent number: D885437
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Molly Anderson, David C. Graham, Pedro Mari