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: 10051473
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to techniques for securely performing connection release and network redirection in a wireless communication system. A wireless device may establish a radio resource control (RRC) connection with a first cell. The wireless device may receive a RRC connection release message from the first cell. The RRC connection release message may include an indication to redirect the wireless device to a second cell. The RRC connection with the first cell may be released. It may be determined whether security has been established with the first cell when the indication to redirect the wireless device to the second cell is received. A new serving cell may be selected based at least in part on whether security has been established with the first cell when the indication to redirect the wireless device to the second cell is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Venkateswara Rao Manepalli, Srinivasan Nimmala, Farouk Belghoul
  • Patent number: 10051732
    Abstract: Connector receptacles that may be space efficient and provide a direct connection to a flexible circuit board. One example may provide an electronic device having a receptacle including a recess formed in a housing of the electronic device. The recess may have a sidewall and a bottom surface portion, and the bottom surface portion may include one or more openings extending through the bottom surface portion from an external surface to an internal surface. One or more contacts formed on a flexible circuit board may be aligned with the one or more openings in the bottom surface portion. In this way, the receptacle may be space efficient and provide a direct connection to a flexible circuit board inside an electronic device. A cosmetic cap may be placed in the recess to obscure the existence of the connector receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Dustin J. Verhoeve, Jason C. Sauers, Benjamin J. Kallman
  • Patent number: 10048163
    Abstract: Optical apparatus includes a diffractive optical element (DOE), which includes multiple optical surfaces, including at least an entrance surface and an exit surface, and a side surface, which is not parallel to the optical surfaces of the DOE. A grating is formed on at least one of the optical surfaces so as to receive radiation entering the DOE via the entrance surface and to diffract the radiation into a predefined pattern comprising multiple diffraction orders that exit the DOE via the exit surface. An optical detector is positioned in proximity to the side surface so as to receive and sense an intensity of a high order of the radiation diffracted from the grating that passes through the side surface of the DOE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Alon Yasovsky, Benny Pesach
  • Patent number: 10048721
    Abstract: A portable computing device is disclosed. The portable computing device can take many forms such as a laptop computer, a tablet computer, and so on. The portable computing device can include at least a single piece housing. The single piece housing including a plurality of steps. The plurality of mounting steps are formed by at least removing a preselected amount of housing material at predetermined locations on the interior surface. At least some of the mounting steps are used to mount at least some of the plurality of internal operating components housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen R. McClure, Joshua D. Banko, Kevin D. Gibbs, Benjamin M. Rappoport, John P. Ternus
  • Patent number: 10048560
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure involve a transparent structure. The structure may include at least one light source, a transparent light-carrying guide layer optically coupled with the at least one light source. The structure may include refractive layers where a light absorbing feature is operably associated with the light-carrying guide layer to absorb any light not internally reflected in the light guide layer, at least adjacent the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Clarisse Mazuir, Matthew E. Last, Ryan J. Garrone, Budhadipta Dan, Khadijeh Bayat, Gregory A. Cohoon, Jack E. Graves
  • Patent number: 10048715
    Abstract: A host electronic device may be coupled to an accessory electronic device. During normal operation, the host device may supply the accessory device with power over a power supply line. Back-powering events in which the accessory device delivers power to the host device may be prevented by interposing a protection transistor in the power supply line. A current mirror may be formed using the protection transistor and an additional transistor that produces a sense current proportional to the amount of current that is flowing through the power supply line. A current-to-voltage amplifier may produce a sense voltage that is proportional to the sense current. A bias circuit may be used to bias the sense current through the current mirror. A control circuit may compare the sense voltage to one or more reference voltages and turn off the protection transistor when appropriate to prevent back-powering of the host device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Rajarshi Paul, Yehonatan Perez, Stephen J. Hrinya, Eugene L. Shoykhet
  • Patent number: 10048720
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an integrated circuit such as an SOC (or even a discrete chip system) includes one or more local timebases in various locations. The timebases may be incremented based on a high frequency local clock that may be subject to variation during use due. Periodically, based on a lower frequency clock that is subject to less variation, the local timebases may be synchronized to the correct time, using hardware circuitry. In particular, the correct timebase value for the next synchronization may be transmitted to each local timebase, and the control circuit for the local timebase may be configured to saturate the local timebase at the correct value if the local timebase reaches the correct value before the synchronization occurs. Similarly, if the synchronization occurs and the local timebase has not reached the correct value, the control circuit may be configured to load the correct timebase value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Shu-Yi Yu, Erik P. Machnicki, Gilbert H. Herbeck, Kiran B. Kattel, Manu Gulati
  • Patent number: 10049073
    Abstract: An interface emulator for an IC is disclosed. An interface emulator includes a first first-in, first-out memory (FIFO) and a second FIFO. The first FIFO is coupled to receive data from an access port and a second FIFO coupled to receive data from at least one functional unit in the IC. The access port may be coupled to a device that is external to the IC. The external device may write information into the first FIFO, and this information may subsequently be read by a functional unit in the IC. Similarly, the functional unit may write information into the second FIFO, with the external device subsequently reading the information. Information may be written into the FIFOs in accordance with a predefined protocol. Thus, a particular type of interface may be emulated even though the physical connection and supporting circuitry for that interface is not otherwise implemented in the IC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Smith, Josh P. de Cesare, Brijesh Tripathi, Derek Iwamoto, Shane J Keil
  • Patent number: 10048788
    Abstract: Improvement of visual uniformity of an integrated touch screen display is provided. A touch screen can include common electrodes separated by gaps in a Vcom layer. To improve visual non-uniformity in the display resulting from the gaps, a first set of semi-transparent dummy features (primary-dummy features) can be formed on a second layer at the locations of the gaps, and a second set of dummy features (supplementary-dummy features) can also be formed on the second layer or another layer to mitigate low spatial resolution of the primary-dummy features and/or non-uniform spacing of the primary-dummy features. In some examples, holes or slits can be formed in the Vcom layer at areas of the supplementary-dummy features to further improve visual uniformity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yu Cheng Chen, Abbas Jamshidi-Roudbari, Hiroshi Osawa, Shang-Chih Lin, Shih-Chang Chang, Shin-Hung Yeh, Ting-Kuo Chang, Majid Gharghi, Keitaro Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10048725
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided having a video out mode for providing output to an external display coupled to the electronic device. The electronic device may automatically detect connection of the external display and select a display mode from a list of display modes based on selection criteria. The video out mode may include a user interface for controlling a presentation displayed on the external display. The user interface may include controls, including touch-sensitive controls, for advancing the presentation, moving back in the presentation, navigating the presentation, exiting the video out mode, and displaying of a pointer on the external display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Ted Stephen Boda, Benjamin Stiglitz, Haroon Saleem Sheikh
  • Patent number: 10045708
    Abstract: A wearable device configured to acquire and process electrocardiographic measurements, detect lead inversion and correct the acquired measurements for lead inversion is provided. In one example, the wearable device can detect lead inversion by first assessing whether the P-wave of a given electrocardiographic measurement has a negative amplitude, and if the P-wave is found to be negative, the device can determine if the magnitude of the R-wave is smaller than the maximum of the magnitudes of the S-wave and the Q-wave. In another example, the device can be put through an enrollment procedure in which electrocardiographic measurements are taken with the device being worn at known locations on the body. Once the enrollment procedure is completed, when the device is being used, any electrocardiographic results obtained can be compared against the measurements taken during the enrollment phase, and the location of the device on the body can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Sorin V. Dusan
  • Patent number: 10048802
    Abstract: Various embodiments for detecting and rejecting false, unintended rotations of rotary inputs of electronic devices are disclosed herein. In one example, an electronic device is provided with an optical detector that measures the distance between the electronic device and the wearer's forearm or hand, and when the distance is smaller than a threshold distance, the turns of the rotary input are false, unintended turns. In another example, a crown of a rotary input includes a plurality of capacitive sensors that detects the presence of a wearer's finger, which when absent, the turns of the rotary input are false turns. In another example, deflections or positions of a shaft of the rotary input are measured and if the deflections/positions indicate an upward force on the rotary input (which are likely caused by the wearer's forearm or hand), the turns of the rotary input are false turns. Other embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Anna-Katrina Shedletsky, Christopher M. Werner, Colin M. Ely, Samuel Weiss
  • Patent number: 10048085
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a navigation application that allows a user to peek ahead or behind during a turn-by-turn navigation presentation that the application provides while tracking a device (e.g., a mobile device, a vehicle, etc.) traversal of a physical route. As the device traverses along the physical route, the navigation application generates a navigation presentation that shows a representation of the device on a map traversing along a virtual route that represents the physical route on the map. While providing the navigation presentation, the navigation application can receive user input to look ahead or behind along the virtual route. Based on the user input, the navigation application moves the navigation presentation to show locations on the virtual route that are ahead or behind the displayed current location of the device on the virtual route. This movement can cause the device representation to no longer be visible in the navigation presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Moore, Christopher Blumenberg, Marcel van Os, Billy P. Chen
  • Patent number: 10048775
    Abstract: A touch input device configured to detect stylus signals generated by an external stylus is provided. The touch input device includes a plurality of stylus signal detectors that can receive the stylus signal and estimate the start and end time of the stylus signal in order to facilitate windowed demodulation of signal. The touch input device also includes circuitry to determine which of the plurality of detectors is most likely to have received the stylus signal and based on that determination can demodulate the signal and extract data embedded within the stylus signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Shahrooz Shahparnia, John Greer Elias
  • Patent number: 10048765
    Abstract: Varying embodiments of intelligent systems are disclosed that respond to user intent and desires based upon activity that may or may not be expressly directed at the intelligent system. In some embodiments, the intelligent system acquires a depth image of a scene surrounding the system. A scene geometry may be extracted from the depth image and elements of the scene, such as walls, furniture, and humans may be evaluated and monitored. In certain embodiments, user activity in the scene is monitored and analyzed to infer user desires or intent with respect to the system. The interpretation of the user's intent or desire as well as the system's response may be affected by the scene geometry surrounding the user and/or the system. In some embodiments, techniques and systems are disclosed for interpreting express user communication, for example, expressed through fine hand gesture movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Feng Tang, Chong Chen, Haitao Guo, Xiaojin Shi, Thorsten Gernoth
  • Patent number: 10048777
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present disclosure relates to a method and system for performing an adaptive make/break detection technique including adapting make and break thresholds based on the sum of all signals measured on display electrodes when the sum is lower than a respective filtered sum value. The filtered sum values are produced by a fast and slow filter, which correspond to the break and make thresholds respectively. By performing this method, the accuracy of detecting stylus touch-down and lift-off from a display can be improved, even in the presence of confounding factors such as variation in stylus manufacture, user grip, stylus angle, and water on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Apexit Shah, Ari Y. Benbasat
  • Patent number: 10048716
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for distributing power in an integrated circuit (IC) is disclosed. The IC includes at least one electrically conductive bump coupled to a true voltage node. Power may be distributed to the IC from an external power source coupled to the bump. The integrated circuit further includes a virtual voltage node. A power switch may be implemented, with the power switch being located directly beneath the bump. A first vertical connector may couple one portion of the power switch to the bump, while a second vertical conductor may couple another portion of the switch to the virtual voltage node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Shingo Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10049538
    Abstract: An electronic device may include a device housing and a haptic actuator carried by the device housing and that includes a haptic actuator housing and a field member movable within the haptic actuator housing. The electronic device may also include a motion sensor carried by the device housing to sense motion of the field member, an audio sensor carried by the device housing to sense audio noise from the haptic actuator, and a controller coupled to the haptic actuator, the motion sensor, and the audio sensor. The controller may be configured to drive the haptic actuator based upon sensed motion of the field member and audio noise from the haptic actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Denis G. Chen, Shingo Yoneoka, Riccardo Tarelli, Hari Vasudevan, Domenico Geria, Mi Hye Shin
  • Patent number: 10048757
    Abstract: An electronic device is configured to: while presenting media content at a first non-zero playback speed, detect a press input by a first contact on a first media control; and, in response to detecting the press input: determine whether an intensity of the first contact is above a first intensity threshold; if the intensity of the first contact is above the first intensity threshold, present the media content at a second playback speed, where the second playback speed is faster than the first non-zero playback speed; and, if the intensity of the first contact is below the first intensity threshold, maintain presentation of the media content at the first non-zero playback speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Gary Flint, Stefan Hafeneger
  • Patent number: 10051682
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to techniques for scheduling radio resource control connections between a wireless device and a network element of a network in advance. According to some embodiments, a wireless device may provide an indication of one or more types of upcoming data traffic to the network element. The network element may schedule one or more radio resource control connections for the wireless device based at least in part on the indication of one or more types of upcoming data traffic. The network element may provide an indication of the scheduled radio resource control connection(s) to the wireless device. The wireless device and the network may establish the scheduled radio resource control connection at the scheduled time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sarma V. Vangala, Tarik Tabet, Venkateswara Rao Manepalli, Madhusudan Chaudhary, Faraz Faheem, Syed Aon Mujtaba, Jianxiong Shi, Sreevalsan Vallath
  • Patent number: 10048814
    Abstract: Processes for manufacturing touch sensors with one or more guard traces to reduce the effect of moisture damage are provided. One example process can include forming one or more guard traces between an edge of the touch sensor and the metal traces that route the drive and sense lines to bond pads. The one or more guard traces can be uncoupled from the drive lines and sense lines to protect the inner metal traces from moisture damage. In some examples, ends of the one or more guard traces can be coupled to ground by copper. In other examples, ends of the one or more guard traces can be coupled to ground by indium tin oxide or the one or more guard traces can be coupled to ground by a strip of indium tin oxide. In yet other examples, the guard trace can be floating (e.g., not coupled to ground).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Siddharth Mohapatra, Sunggu Kang, John Z. Zhong
  • Patent number: 10049251
    Abstract: An electronic device may include a device housing having a topside and an underside. The electronic device may also include a mounting frame movable above the topside of the device housing and a finger biometric sensor carried by the mounting frame. A flexure member may be coupled to the underside of the device housing and configured to upwardly bias the mounting frame relative to the device housing. A pushbutton switch may be operatively coupled between the finger biometric sensor and the topside of the device housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Robert Y. Cao, Ran Xu, Stephen K. Pomes, Brandon S. Smith, Dinesh C. Mathew
  • Patent number: 10048789
    Abstract: A device configured to sense a touch on a surface of the device. The device includes a cover and a force-sensing structure disposed below the cover. The force-sensing structure may be positioned below a display and used in combination with other force-sensing elements to estimate the force of a touch on the cover of a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sinan Filiz, Martin P. Grunthaner, John Stephen Smith, Charley T. Ogata, Christian M. Sauer, Shin John Choi, Christopher J. Butler, Steven J. Martisauskas
  • Patent number: 10049206
    Abstract: Improved techniques to control utilization of accessory devices with electronic devices are disclosed. The improved techniques can use cryptographic approaches to authenticate electronic devices, namely, electronic devices that interconnect and communicate with one another. One aspect pertains to techniques for authenticating an electronic device, such as an accessory device. Another aspect pertains to provisioning software features (e.g., functions) by or for an electronic device (e.g., a host device). Different electronic devices can, for example, be provisioned differently depending on different degrees or levels of authentication, or depending on manufacturer or product basis. Still another aspect pertains to using an accessory (or adapter) to convert a peripheral device (e.g., USB device) into a host device (e.g., USB host). The improved techniques are particularly well suited for electronic devices, such as media devices, that can receive accessory devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan J. Rubinstein, Anthony M. Fadell, Jesse Lee Dorogusker, Mitchell D. Adler, John Wesley Archibald
  • Patent number: 10048917
    Abstract: Techniques for remotely controlling a presentation application are disclosed. In accordance with these techniques, a device, such as a handheld device, is linked over a network with a presentation running on a presentation application. In one embodiment, the remote control application allows the presentation to be controlled over the network by direct communication with the presentation application. In certain embodiments, the remote control application displays parts of the presentation, such as a slide being currently presented, and allows navigation of the presentation. In addition, in certain embodiments, the remote control application displays presentation notes, preview slides, or other information useful to a presenter operating the remote control application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Bradford Vaughan, Michael Richard Peirce, Christopher Morgan Connors
  • Patent number: 10050761
    Abstract: Methods that are performed by a user equipment (UE) and corresponding methods of base stations that allow a UE to determine whether the UE is in a carrier aggregation enabled or disabled state. One exemplary embodiment of a method performed by a UE determines a first artificial value for a first parameter and a second artificial value for a power headroom (PHR) for a secondary component carrier (SCC), the first and second artificial values being substantially low relative to a configuration of the network, generates an artificial report including the first and second artificial values, transmits the artificial report to a primary cell providing a primary component carrier (PCC) and receives an indication that the UE is placed in a carrier aggregation disabled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Samy Khay-Ibbat, Tarik Tabet, Sarma V. Vangala, Swaminathan Balakrishnan, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto, Sree Ram Kodali
  • Patent number: 10048803
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present disclosure relates to a method including detecting force applied to a force sensing layer in a device and detecting touch contacts applied to a touch screen layer in a device. The method also includes determining if the location and/or amount of force detected by the force sensing layer correlates to a touch contact, and, if it correlates, treating the force as front-side force, while if the location and/or amount of force detected by the force sensing layer does not correlate to a touch contact, treating the force as a back-side force. Based on the type of force detected, appropriate action may be taken, including back-side specific actions such as multi-tasking application switches or content or viewport manipulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Golnaz Abdollahian, Wayne C. Westerman
  • Patent number: 10049675
    Abstract: This is directed to processing voice inputs received by an electronic device. In particular, this is directed to receiving a voice input and identifying the user providing the voice input. The voice input can be processed using a subset of words from a library used to identify the words or phrases of the voice input. The particular subset can be selected such that voice inputs provided by the user are more likely to include words from the subset. The subset of the library can be selected using any suitable approach, including for example based on the user's interests and words that relate to those interests. For example, the subset can include one or more words related to media items selected by the user for storage on the electronic device, names of the user's contacts, applications or processes used by the user, or any other words relating to the user's interactions with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Allen P. Haughay
  • Patent number: 10049668
    Abstract: Systems and processes for converting speech-to-text are provided. In one example process, speech input can be received. A sequence of states and arcs of a weighted finite state transducer (WFST) can be traversed. A negating finite state transducer (FST) can be traversed. A virtual FST can be composed using a neural network language model and based on the sequence of states and arcs of the WFST. The one or more virtual states of the virtual FST can be traversed to determine a probability of a candidate word given one or more history candidate words. Text corresponding to the speech input can be determined based on the probability of the candidate word given the one or more history candidate words. An output can be provided based on the text corresponding to the speech input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Rongqing Huang, Ilya Oparin
  • Patent number: 10049427
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving operation of an electronic device that includes a processing pipeline. The processing pipeline includes a prediction block that determines prediction residuals based on difference between uncompressed image data corresponding with a pixel tile and prediction of a first pixel group in the pixel tile and difference between the uncompressed image data and prediction of a second pixel group in the pixel tile, a run encode block that replaces a first of the prediction residuals with an escape value and a second of the prediction residuals with a run length value when a run starting in the first pixel group and continuing into the second pixel group is detected, and an entropy encode block that generates compressed image data corresponding with the pixel tile by entropy encoding a third of the prediction residuals, the escape value, and the run length value when the run is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Stephan Lachowsky
  • Patent number: 10049255
    Abstract: A finger biometric sensing device may include drive circuitry for generating a drive signal and an array of finger biometric sensing pixel electrodes cooperating with the drive circuitry and generating a detected signal based upon placement of a finger adjacent the array. The detected signal may include a drive signal component and a sense signal component superimposed thereon. A gain stage may be coupled to the array and drive signal nulling circuitry may be coupled to the gain stage for reducing the drive signal component from the detected signal. The drive signal nulling circuitry may include a first digital-to-analog converter (DAC) generating an inverted scaled replica of the drive signal for the gain stage. Error compensation circuitry includes a memory storing error compensation data and a second DAC coupled in series with the first DAC compensating an error in the inverted scaled replica based upon the error compensation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Pavel Mrazek, Giovanni Gozzini, Jean-Marie Bussat
  • Patent number: 10051104
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products for delivery/read receipts for electronic messaging are disclosed. During one-on-one electronic messaging sessions in a conversation view format, only a single read receipt is shown only for the most recent message transmitted in the conversation. In some implementations, a delivery receipt is shown which then can be replaced or morphed into a read receipt. In a group conversation, a read receipt can be displayed for the recipient who most recently caught up in the ongoing conversation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Chanaka G. Karunamuni, Richard R. Dellinger
  • Patent number: 10048819
    Abstract: A touch sensor panel having column traces that can terminate at a short edge of a substrate is disclosed. A flex circuit can have a wide flex circuit portion extending the full width of the short edge that can bond to the bond pads on the top side of the substrate. It can be undesirable to have column traces (e.g., sense lines) and row traces (e.g., drives lines) cross over each other at the bonding area, and it can also be undesirable to have bond pads formed on directly opposing sides of the substrate because such areas can generate unwanted stray mutual capacitance and coupling of signals. Row traces can be routed to the same short edge of the substrate as column traces using wide conductive traces running along the borders of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Paul Grunthaner, Lili Huang
  • Patent number: 10051003
    Abstract: A wireless device can obtain a network information record from another device operating as a credential source. The network information record can include network access information for a wireless network (e.g., SSID and password) and a usage policy specifying conditions under which the wireless device should search for the wireless network (e.g., temporal and/or spatial conditions). The wireless device can implement the usage policy by searching for the wireless network only when the conditions are satisfied. In some instances, the network access information can include instructions for dynamically generating time-varying network access information, and the wireless device can use the instructions to generate network access information during a search for wireless networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron M. Sigel, Andrew R. Whalley, Awartika Pandey, Robert J. Walsh
  • Patent number: 10050634
    Abstract: A system includes an oscillator, a frequency divider, and a delay circuit. The oscillator may generate a clock signal using a reference signal. A frequency of the clock signal may be a non-integer multiple of a frequency of the reference signal. The frequency divider may generate a feedback signal using the clock signal and an adjustment factor based on the non-integer multiple. The delay circuit may select a particular delayed feedback signal from a plurality of delayed feedback signals based on a value of the adjustment factor. Each of the delayed feedback signals may be generated using periods of the clock signal. The delay circuit may also modify the particular delayed feedback signal using a portion of a period of the clock signal based on the adjustment factor. The oscillator may also adjust the frequency of the clock signal using the reference signal and the particular delayed feedback signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Feng Zhao, Wei Deng, Dennis M. Fischette, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10051110
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for managing movement states of an electronic device are provided that may leverage pass data from a pass application when determining a current or future movement state of an electronic device and/or that may manage a mode of operation of the electronic device based on the determined movement state. Pass data may be indicative of the existence or use of any suitable passes that may be used by the electronic device, such as transportation boarding passes, event tickets, coupons, store cards, financial payment cards, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Swapnil R. Dave, Ioan V. Uilecan, Varun A. Vora
  • Patent number: 10051095
    Abstract: A low Z linear vibrator is described well suited for use in small form factor portable devices such as a smartphone. The low Z vibrator can be configured to include a beam structure that can be attached to a vibratory mass and a low profile actuator. The low profile actuator can cause the vibratory mass to oscillate in a well-defined and predictable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Sawyer Cohen, Ashutosh Yugesh Shukla, Andriy Pletenetskyy, Nicholas Merz, Timothy Michael Johnson, Yehonatan Perez
  • Patent number: 10048893
    Abstract: An electronic circuit includes transmit-side circuitry and receive-side circuitry. The transmit-side circuitry belongs to a first domain of the circuit and is configured to transmit a data signal from the first domain to a second domain of the circuit. The receive-side circuitry belongs to the second domain and is configured to receive the transmitted data signal. The receive-side circuitry is configured to transfer to the transmit-side circuitry a read pointer value indicative of a readout position in a buffer memory that buffers the data signal, and to retain the read pointer value in a non-volatile element that is accessible to the transmit-side circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Mark Goikhman, Tzach Zemer
  • Patent number: 10050368
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Wagman, Eric S. Jol
  • Patent number: 10051168
    Abstract: A method of automatically activating a camera application implemented in a mobile device in locked mode starts with the processor receiving a first signal from an accelerometer. The device's processor activates the camera application when the processor determines that the mobile device has remained in a stationary portrait or landscape position for a period of time based on the first signal. Activating the camera application includes signaling by the processor to the display device to display a camera screen from a locked screen. The processor may also receive a second signal from a proximity sensor that detects presence of a nearby object to the mobile device. When the processor determines that there is presence of the nearby object to the mobile device based on the second signal, the mobile device remains in locked mode and the processor does not activate the camera application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Conrad A. Shultz
  • Patent number: 10051109
    Abstract: Measurements can be obtained from sensors to determine a state of a device. The state can be used to determine whether to provide an alert. For example, after a first alert is provided, it can be determined that the device is not accessible to the user based on the determined state, and a second alert can be suppressed at a specified time after providing the first alert. The sensor measurements can be monitored after suppressing the second alert, and a state engine can detect a change in a state based on subsequent sensor measurements. If the state change indicates that the device is accessible to the user the second alert can be provided to the user. Alerts can be dismissed based on a change in state. A first device can coordinate alerts sent to or to be provided by a second device by suppressing or dismissing such alerts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen P. Jackson, Anil K. Kandangath, Ronald K. Huang
  • Patent number: 10051417
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media for forming and tracking a location-sharing group are disclosed. The location-sharing group can be performed ad hoc without the assistance of a central server. A geofence can be defined that encloses the current locations of the participating devices in the location-sharing group. The geographic location of the location-sharing group as a whole can be tracked and provided to the participating devices in the location-sharing group. Group-level location-sharing can be enabled. Departure of a participating device from the location-sharing group can be detected based on the current location and the coverage radius of each device in the location-sharing group. Entry of points of interest into the geofence of the location-sharing group can be detected and notified to the participating devices in the location-sharing group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Hooman Borghei
  • Patent number: 10051464
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for managing processing of electronic Subscriber Identity Modules (eSIM) data at a mobile device are disclosed. An eSIM management entity of an embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card (eUICC) in the mobile device obtains an encrypted eSIM package, decrypts the eSIM package to obtain eSIM contents formatted generically and not specifically tailored to requirements of the eUICC. In some embodiments, the eSIM contents are formatted based on an abstract syntax notation (ASN) distinguished encoding rules (DER) format. The eSIM management entity parses the formatted eSIM contents to retrieve individual eSIM components and installs each eSIM component for the eSIM in an eSIM security domain on the eUICC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Xiangying Yang, Li Li, Arun G. Mathias
  • Patent number: 10051479
    Abstract: Systems and method to improve performance of a radio frequency system while operating in compliance with wireless transmission regulations are provided. One embodiment describes a radio frequency system including an antenna that wirelessly transmits an analog electrical signal at a transmission frequency and receives a first network signaling value from a wireless network. The radio frequency system further includes a controller that determines operational constraints on the radio frequency system based on a region of operation; determines a second network signaling value based on the operational constraints, in which the second network signaling value overrides the first network signaling value; determines operational parameters based on the second network signaling value; and instructs the radio frequency system to implement the operational parameters to facilitate the radio frequency system operating in compliance with the operational constraints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan J. Goedken, Xueting Liu, Nicholas W. Lum
  • Patent number: D825551
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Bartley K. Andre, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, M. Evans Hankey, 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: D825552
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bartley K. Andre, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, M. Evans Hankey, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Steven P. Jobs, Duncan Robert Kerr, Shin Nishibori, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Douglas B. Satzger, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D825556
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 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: D825570
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Duncan Robert Kerr, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer, Houtan Farahani, Stephen Jayanathan, Christine Laliberte, Matthew William Blum, Ari Parsons Miller, David P. Tarkington, Edward T. Sweet, Derryk Davis
  • Patent number: D825600
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran Chaudhri, Jonathan Dascola, Alan C. Dye, Christopher Foss, Jonathan P. Ive
  • Patent number: D825612
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Freddy Anzures, Imran Chaudhri, Nicholas V. King, Hoan K. Pham, Wan Si Wan