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: 20190057670
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatus are described to dynamically generate map textures. A client device may obtain map data, which may include one or more shapes described by vector graphics data. Along with the one or more shapes, embodiments may include texture indicators linked to the one or more shapes. Embodiments may render the map data. For one or more shapes, a texture definition may be obtained. Based on the texture definition, a client device may dynamically generate a texture for the shape. The texture may then be applied to the shape to render a current fill portion of the shape. In some embodiments the render map view is displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marcel Van Os, Patrick S. Piemonte, Billy P. Chen, Christopher Blumenberg
  • Publication number: 20190058846
    Abstract: Computing devices may implement instant video communication connections for video communications. Connection information for mobile computing devices may be maintained. A request to initiate an instant video communication may be received, and if authorized, the connection information for the particular recipient mobile computing device may be accessed. Video communication data may then be sent to the recipient mobile computing device according to the connection information so that the video communication data may be displayed at the recipient device as it is received. New connection information for different mobile computing devices may be added, or updates to existing connection information may also be performed. Connection information for some mobile computing devices may be removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Xiasong Zhou, Hsi-Jung Wu, Chris Y. Chung, James Normile, Joe S. Abuan, Hyeonkuk Jeong, Yan Yang, Gobind Johar, Thomas Christopher Jansen
  • Patent number: 10206463
    Abstract: This application relates generally to various embodiments of a magnetic wristband. More specifically the application describes a design for a magnetic wristband having a number of configurations. In one configuration the wristband is magnetically coupled around a user's wrist. In another configuration the magnetic wristband can be magnetically coupled around an electronic device to which it is attached. In this second described configuration the magnetic wristband acts as a protective cover for the electronic device to which the wristband is attached. In this way a user can reduce the likelihood of damage being inflicted upon the electronic device while it is not being worn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Erik G. de Jong
  • Patent number: 10212574
    Abstract: In some embodiments, one or more wireless stations operate to configure Neighbor Awareness Networking (NAN)—direct communication between neighboring wireless stations, e.g., without utilizing an intermediate access point. Embodiments of the disclosure relate to NAN datapath configuration. The NAN datapath embodiments described herein provide a mechanism through which devices can communicate and provide services. Aspects of the datapath development include datapath scheduling, including datapath setup and scheduling attributes, scheduler rank management, and further NAN discovery. The datapath model may be implemented for unicast and multicast communication between wireless stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yong Liu, Christiaan A. Hartman, Daniel R. Borges, Peter Heerboth, Lawrie Kurian, Su Khiong Yong, Anand Rajagopalan, Saravanan Balasubramaniyan, Tashbeeb Haque, Andreas Wolf, Guoqing Li, Lilach Zukerman, Oren Shani
  • Patent number: 10206623
    Abstract: A wearable electronic device has a processing unit and a health sensor included in a housing, a band operable to couple the housing to a body part of a user, and a tightness sensor coupled to the band. The tightness sensor is operable to produce a signal indicative of a tightness of the band on the user's body part. The processing unit determines a tightness of the band based on the signal and perform one or more actions based thereon. Such actions may include evaluating the signal for changes in the tightness of the band according to operational tolerances of the health sensor, providing output directing the user to adjust the band to improve operation of the health sensor, monitoring changes in the tightness of the band and adjusting a measurement obtained by the health sensor, and so on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tobias J. Harrison-Noonan, Alex M. Lee
  • Patent number: 10212506
    Abstract: A case for a portable listening device has a housing and a lid. The lid is attached to the housing with a pivotable joint and operates between an open and a closed position with an over-center mechanism that employs a plurality of magnetic elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lee M. Panecki, Shannon X. Yang, Arun D. Chawan, Jason J. LeBlanc, Marcus Albonico
  • Patent number: 10209767
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an integrated circuit includes a power management architecture in which one or more pipelines are actively powered and clocked when data is provided for processing, but which are clock gated and in retention when there is no data to be processed. When data is provided to the pipeline, supply voltage may be actively provided to initial stages of the pipeline and the clocks may be ungated when the voltage is stable enough for operation. Subsequent stages of the pipeline may be sequentially provided power and clocks as the data progresses through the pipeline. Initial stages may be clock gated and power may be deactivated when additional data is not provided for processing. Accordingly, when the pipeline is viewed as a whole, power may be seen as rolling forward ahead of the data processing, and power may be inhibited in a similar rolling fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph T. DiBene, II, David A. Hartley, Inder M. Sodhi
  • Patent number: 10206522
    Abstract: A display system and method for displaying a product is disclosed. The system may include a display stem and a retainer for holding the product. The retainer may include a bracket and a retainer body having a substantially smooth surface. The display stem may include a recess for receiving at least a portion of the retainer body. The retainer may be oriented on top of the display stem in one or more predetermined positions through the use of magnetic forces. The retainer may be returned to and held on top of the display stem using a retaining cable. The retainer body and recess may include charging contacts for delivering power to a product held by the retainer when the retainer body is received within the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sheng Yang, Charles A. Schwalbach, Russell John Kaaihue Heirakuji, Carly Lynn Marasco
  • Patent number: 10209123
    Abstract: An acoustic module is coupled to an acoustic passage. The acoustic module includes an acoustic transducer coupled to a diaphragm. A controller or other circuitry measures an impedance of the acoustic transducer. Based on the impedance, the controller determines whether the impedance indicates that the acoustic passage is blocked. The controller may determine that the acoustic passage is blocked by liquid that is present in the acoustic passage. When the controller determines based on the impedance that liquid is present in the acoustic passage, the controller may drive out, purge, and/or otherwise remove the liquid, such as by using the acoustic transducer to vibrate the diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nikolas T. Vitt, Ruchir M Dave, Jesse A. Lippert, Brad G. Boozer, Neal D. Evans, David S. Wilkes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10212694
    Abstract: This document describes multicast communication between wireless devices. A scheduling frame may be wirelessly transmitted by a wireless device. The scheduling frame may include a multicast address indicating a group of intended receiving devices for a payload frame. The scheduling frame may further include scheduling information indicating an order for the group of intended receiving devices to transmit acknowledgement information for the payload frame. A payload frame may also be wirelessly transmitted by the wireless device. The payload frame may include payload information intended for the group of intended receiving devices. Additionally, acknowledgement frames may be wirelessly received by the wireless device from at least a subset of the group of intended receiving devices. The acknowledgement frames may be received according to the order indicated in the scheduling information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Harish Ramamurthy, Kapil Chhabra, Matthew L. Semersky, Daniel R. Borges, Charles F. Dominguez
  • Patent number: 10209106
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with environmental sensors. Environmental sensors may include one or more environmental sensor components and one or more acoustic components. Acoustic components may include a speaker or a microphone. Environmental sensor components may include a temperature sensor, a pressure sensor, a humidity sensor, a gas sensor, or other sensors or combinations of sensors for sensing attributes of the environment surrounding the device. The environmental sensor may have an enclosure with an opening. The enclosure may be formed from a rigid support structure and a portion of a printed circuit. The opening may be formed in the rigid support structure or the printed circuit. The opening in the enclosure for the environmental sensor may be aligned with an opening in an outer structural member for the device. The outer structural member may be a housing structure or a cover layer for a device display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Henry H. Yang
  • Patent number: 10206474
    Abstract: A case a portable listening device. The case includes a housing having an interior space to receive the portable listening device; a lid attached to the housing; a rechargeable battery and first and second wireless power receiving elements configured to receive electric charge from a wireless power transmitter during a charging event. The case further includes switching circuitry that is configured to disable one of the first or second wireless power receiving elements during a charging event when the disabled element is receiving power less efficiently than the other element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Makiko K. Brzezinski, Christopher J. Walton, Christopher S. Graham, Daniel C. Wagman, Eric S. Jol
  • Patent number: 10209148
    Abstract: An object can depress an input device, such as, for example, a function button in an electronic device. A resistive element having a mechanically resistive force can be disposed to resist the depression or movement of the input device. One or more electrodes can be disposed to provide a measure of capacitance based on the depression of the input device. A shield can be disposed to reduce the parasitic capacitance between the one or more electrodes and the object. The electronic device can include a fingerprint sensor operably connected to at least one of the one or more electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin B. Lyon, Dale Setlak, Michael B. Wittenberg, Shin John Choi
  • Patent number: 10209551
    Abstract: Devices, storage media, and methods for compensating for aging and temperature variations using dual-loop compensation are provided. The compensating for temperature and aging variations of one or more pixels of the display using a coarse scan loop updated at a faster rate. Compensation also includes compensating for aging variations of the one or more pixels of the display using a fine scan loop updated at a slower rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Hung Sheng Lin, Jesse A. Richmond, Mohammad B. Vahid Far, Tobias Jung, Jie Won Ryu, Hyunwoo Nho, Kingsuk Brahma, Sun-Il Chang, Junhua Tan, Marc Albrecht, Chih-Wei Yeh, Chaohao Wang
  • Patent number: 10209877
    Abstract: A technique for providing more intuitive user interfaces that use direct finger manipulation to interact with an object on a touch screen display. In particular, the technique displays, on the touch screen display, an object and detects a finger contact to interact with the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Traer Bernstein
  • Patent number: 10209879
    Abstract: An electronic device, while in an interaction configuration mode for a first application, concurrently displays: a first user interface, one or more interaction control user interface objects, and an application restriction controls display user interface object for the first application. The device detects a first gesture, and in response, displays application restriction control user interface objects for the first application. A respective application restriction control user interface object indicates whether a corresponding feature of the first application is configured to be enabled in a restricted interaction mode. The device detects a second gesture, and changes display of a setting in the first application restriction control user interface object for the first application. The device detects a second input, and in response, enters the restricted interaction mode for the first application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher B. Fleizach, Joel M. Lopes Da Silva
  • Patent number: 10209760
    Abstract: The embodiments disclosed herein describe ways that a browser application or other process can reduce power usage by a computing device. Methods include the process suspending one or more plug-ins on a web page by replacing them with a snapshot taken from the plug-in, and reducing processing on non-media plug-ins and non-visible portions of web pages running in the browser, but not currently in focus, such as when a tab is in the background behind a different tab, when a browser window is minimized, or when the web page is entirely or partially occluded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Kevin W. Decker, Dean Jackson, Gavin Barraclough, Jon Lee, Craig Federighi, Maciej Stachowiak
  • Patent number: 10208371
    Abstract: The disclosure provides aluminum alloys having varying ranges of alloying elements and properties. In some variations, the alloy can include 3.4 to 4.9 wt % Zn, 1.3 to 2.1 wt % Mg, no greater than 0.06 wt % Cu, no greater than 0.06 wt % Zr, 0.06 to 0.08 wt % Fe, no greater than 0.05 wt % Si, and the balance is aluminum and incidental impurities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Abhijeet Misra, James A. Wright, Herng-Jeng Jou
  • Patent number: 10212158
    Abstract: A computing device may receive authentication information. Within a time-out period, a fingerprint may also be received. The computing device may assign one or more authentication credentials to the fingerprint based on authentication credentials associated with the received authentication information. In some implementations, the computing device may assign the authentication credentials associated with the received authentication information to the biometric. However, in other implementations, the computing device may assign different authentication credentials to the biometric based on one or more user preferences, defaults, security policies, and/or enterprise policies. In various implementations, the authentication credentials assigned to the biometric may be altered, such as by adding and/or removing one or more authentication credentials. Such alteration may be performed in response to a received user request, changed enterprise policy, changed security policy, fraud alert, and/or other such factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Byron B. Han, Craig A. Marciniak, John A. Wright
  • Patent number: 10209813
    Abstract: A self-capacitive touch sensor panel configured to have a portion of both the touch and display functionality integrated into a common layer is provided. The touch sensor panel includes a layer with circuit elements that can switchably operate as both touch circuitry and display circuitry such that during a touch mode of the device the circuit elements operate as touch circuitry and during a display mode of the device the circuit elements operate as display circuitry. The touch mode and display mode can be time multiplexed. By integrating the touch hardware and display hardware into common layers, savings in power, weight and thickness of the device can be realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Weijun Yao, Wei Hsin Yao, Yingxuan Li, Bingrui Yang, Marduke Yousefpor, Abbas Jamshidi-Roudbari, Ahmad Al-Dahle
  • Patent number: 10209884
    Abstract: A device displays a user interface that includes a plurality of application icons. While displaying the user interface, the device detects an input that a contact at a location that corresponds to an application icon associated with an application. In response to detecting the input: when an intensity of the contact does not meet an intensity threshold, the device launches the application and replaces display of the user interface that includes the plurality of application icons with a user interface of the application; and when the characteristic intensity of the contact meets the intensity threshold, the device concurrently displays a content object and an affordance that is associated with the content object. The content object includes content automatically selected from the application based on a current context of the electronic device. The affordance is configured to add the content object to a user interface that includes information for multiple applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan R. Dascola, Richard R. Dellinger, Christopher P. Foss
  • Patent number: 10210381
    Abstract: A facial recognition authentication on a device having a camera may operate with multiple enrollment profiles on the device. Multiple enrollment profiles may include separate profiles for different appearances of a user and/or separate profiles for different users authorized to use the device. The enrollment profiles may be generated using an enrollment process where the enrollment process is operated separately to generate each of the different enrollment profiles. During the facial recognition authentication process, a user may unlock the device by having a matching score for image(s) captured of the user that that exceeds an unlock threshold for at least one of the enrollment profiles. The user may have a matching score that exceeds the unlock threshold for multiple enrollment profiles. Each enrollment profile unlocks the device for the user may be updated using a template update process that operates independently for each enrollment profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eslam A. Mostafa, Thorsten Gernoth, Kelsey Y. Ho
  • Patent number: 10209341
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for determining transit routes through crowd-sourcing, for determining an estimated time of arrival (ETA) of a vehicle of the transit route at a given location, and for providing predictive reminders to a user for catching a vehicle of the transit route. A server receives signal source information about wireless signal sources detected by user devices, including information about a first wireless signal source detected by some devices. The server determines that the first wireless signal source is moving. The server determines that the first wireless signal source is associated with a public transit route upon determining that the signal source information satisfies one or more selection criteria. The server stores information associating the first wireless signal source with the public transit route as transit movement data corresponding to the public transit route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Francois M. Jouaux, Rama Krishna Chitta, Lukas M. Marti, Michael P. Dal Santo, Ronald Keryuan Huang
  • Patent number: 10210743
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a system and method for providing an output for an electronic device. In certain embodiments, an alert is output in accordance with a current alert mode, which are selected based on one or more environmental conditions. The environmental conditions may be detected using one or more environmental sensors. The alert can optionally include one or more of: an audio component, a haptic component and a visual component. One or more of alert components correspond to an aspect of the environmental condition detected by the one or more environmental sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Yang, Jonathan R. Dascola, Camille Moussette, Hugo D. Verweij, Jonah A. Harley, John B. Morrell
  • Patent number: 10209827
    Abstract: A touch sensing system can demodulate sensor data using a dynamically adjusted demodulation waveform and/or demodulation window. The demodulation waveform and/or demodulation window can be dynamically adjusted to account for dynamically changing noise in a touch sensing system. The system can dynamically adjust the demodulation window based on noise measured by the touch sensing system to generate an optimized or otherwise noise-tailored window to suppress detected noise. In some examples, the noise measured by the touch sensing system can be sampled from sense channels localized to a detected touch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Moshe Malkin, Shahrooz Shahparnia, Vivek Pant
  • Patent number: 10210480
    Abstract: A user having multiple electronic devices may receive notifications at each of the devices. When it is determined that a first device is in an active state and that a notification has been viewed on that device, an indication that the notification has been viewed may be communicated by the first device to a synchronization server. It may then be determined whether the viewed notification is also present on one or more of the user's other devices. Based on the determination, an indication that the notification has been viewed may be sent from the synchronization server to each of the user's devices on which the notification is present. Upon receipt of the indication from the synchronization server, the viewed notification may be removed from each of the devices, thereby avoiding a redundant display of the notification on multiple devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran Chaudhri, Stephen Lemay, Caroline Cranfill, Ron Huang
  • Patent number: 10209810
    Abstract: A device with a touch-sensitive display, a rotatable input mechanism, processors, and memory storing programs for displaying, on the touch-sensitive display, a user interface comprising a plurality of objects each associated with a contact and an affordance representing a first contact is disclosed. The memory may include programs for, in response to receiving the first input, updating the visual appearance of the affordance to represent the second contact among the plurality of contacts, and the memory also may include programs for, after updating the visual appearance of the affordance, updating display of the affordance to an add contact affordance, where the add contact affordance was not displayed prior to detecting the second input corresponding to the selection of the object that is not associated with any contact. Further, the memory may include programs for displaying a user interface for adding a contact upon selection of the add contact affordance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Freddy Allen Anzures, Imran Chaudhri, Alan C. Dye, Jonathan P. Ive, Duncan Robert Kerr, Nicholas V. King, Kevin Lynch, Gregory Novick, Daniel Trent Preston, Monica Jenkins, Lawrence Y. Yang
  • Patent number: 10212603
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a mobile communications system having improved spectral efficiency. The invention is further directed to methods and apparatus to achieve this improved spectral efficiency. In the mobile communications system communication with a plurality of mobile terminals is provided by a base station. Within the system terminals are adapted to communicate with one or more adjacent similar terminals to establish groups of terminals, called micro-cells. Each terminal within a micro-cell receives signals from the base station and then performs a first processing step on these signals. These processed signals are shared with all the other terminals within the micro-cell. Each terminal then performs a second processing step on the information it has received from all the other terminals within the micro-cell which enables it to derive a signal intended for reception by that terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Naden, Chris Ward, Andrew W. Jeffries
  • Patent number: 10209778
    Abstract: Methods, program products, and systems for gesture classification and recognition are disclosed. In general, in one aspect, a system can determine multiple motion patterns for a same user action (e.g., picking up a mobile device from a table) from empirical training data. The system can collect the training data from one or more mobile devices. The training data can include multiple series of motion sensor readings for a specified gesture. Each series of motion sensor readings can correspond to a particular way a user performs the gesture. Using clustering techniques, the system can extract one or more motion patterns from the training data. The system can send the motion patterns to mobile devices as prototypes for gesture recognition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Moore, Xiaoyuan Tu, William Matthew Vieta
  • Patent number: 10210725
    Abstract: A haptic actuator may include a housing, at least one coil carried by the housing, and a field member having opposing first and second sides. The haptic actuator may also include a respective at least one flexure mounting each of the first and second sides of the field member to be reciprocally movable within the housing responsive to the at least one coil. Each flexure may include two diverging arms joined together at proximal ends and having spaced distal ends operatively coupled between adjacent portions or the field member and the housing. The two diverging arms may each include a proximal segment having a reduced material medial portion relative to adjacent end portions, and a distal segment, being canted with respect to the proximal segment, and having a reduced material medial portion relative to adjacent end portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Yi-Heng Sen, Jere Harrison
  • Patent number: 10209866
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an electronic device presents media items from different media applications in a unified media browsing application. In some embodiments, an electronic device facilitates browsing of media from different media applications based on category of media (e.g., movies, television shows, etc.). In some embodiments, an electronic device facilitates setup of a unified media browsing application that presents media items from different media applications in a unified media browsing user interface. In some embodiments, an electronic device displays multiple episodes of a collection of episodic content (e.g., a television series) in a user interface for the collection of episodic content. In some embodiments, an electronic device displays representations of, and provides access to, live-event media items accessible on the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander W. Johnston, Dennis S. Park, Tito Lloyd Balsamo, Jonathan Lochhead, Yesmeen El-Shafey, Graham R. Clarke, Peter D. Anton, Jennifer L. C. Folse, William M. Bachman, Stephen O. Lemay, Gregg Suzuki, Alan C. Dye, Jeff Tan-Ang
  • Patent number: 10210561
    Abstract: Techniques and systems for beacon triggered device to device content transfer are disclosed. A described technique includes presenting, at an interactive beacon device, content including an interactive store catalog; receiving, at the interactive beacon device, user input responsive to the content; generating, at the interactive beacon device, a beacon message that can include transaction information based on the user input and the content, the transaction information including a service or product identifier corresponding to a product or service selected from the interactive store catalog; and transmitting, from the interactive beacon device, the beacon message over a short-range communication link to a mobile device. The beacon message can be configured to cause an application on the mobile device to advance a transaction associated with the transaction information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Vigier, Corey G. Fugman, Filip Krsmanovic
  • Patent number: 10209830
    Abstract: A force sensor is disclosed. The force sensor includes a force-sensitive structure that compensates for temperature and other environmental changes through the use of a strain-sensitive element and one or more reference elements. An array of such force-sensitive structures forms a force-sensing layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Pedder, John Stephen Smith, Michael Vosgueritchian, Vikram Garg, Sinan Filiz, Miguel C. Christophy
  • Patent number: 10210645
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to the field of image processing and, more particularly, to various techniques and animation tools for allowing 2D and 3D graphics rendering and animation infrastructures to be able to dynamically render customized animations—without the need for the customized animations to be explicitly tied to any particular graphical entity. These so-called entity agnostic animations may then be integrated into “mixed” graphical scenes (i.e., scenes with both two-dimensional and three-dimensional components), where they may be: applied to any suitable graphical entity; visualized in real-time by the programmer; edited dynamically by the programmer; and shared across various computing platforms and environments that support the entity agnostic animation tools described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Norman N. Wang, Jacques P. Gasselin de Richebourg, Ross R. Dexter, Tyler L. Casella
  • Patent number: 10210792
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally systems and methods for controlling current provided to display devices. A method for controlling the current may include receiving drive current values associated with subpixels in a display and receiving information that corresponds to an application type being rendered on the display and/or an indication of image data being rendered on the display. The method may then include reducing at least some of the drive current values based at least in part on the application type. Alternatively, the method may include reducing the at least a portion of the image data corresponding to the at least some of the drive current values has substantially similar luminance and color values. The method may then include supplying the subpixels with drive currents that correspond to the drive current values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Paul S. Drzaic
  • Patent number: 10211433
    Abstract: In a first embodiment, a pre-formed pouch is provided that includes a plurality of walls joined in order to define an aperture. An assembly may be inserted into the aperture, which may then be sealed. Further, the pre-formed pouch may be fitted to the shape or dimensions of the assembly that will be inserted. In a second embodiment, an assembly may be covered in a plurality of layers of material, such as first layer of plastic, a layer of metal, and then a second layer of plastic. Each of the coverings may be formed by dipping the assembly in plastic or metal (or other material), molding layers around the assembly, coating the assembly in the layers, vapor depositing plastic or metal (or other material) onto the assembly, and/or a combination of these operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: George V. Anastas, Gregory A. Springer, Jack B. Rector, III, Joshua R. Funamura, Kenneth M. Silz
  • Patent number: 10207387
    Abstract: A method for co-finishing surfaces bonds a first structure formed of a first material and having a first surface in an aperture defined in a second structure formed of a second material and having a second surface such that there is an offset between the first surface and the second surface. The first surface and the second surface are co-lapped to reduce the offset. The first surface and second surface are co-polished to further reduce the offset. The first surface and second surfaces may then be flush. Edges of the first surface may be chamfered to mitigate damage during co-lapping and/or co-polishing. Fill material may be positioned in gaps between the first and second structures to mitigate damage during co-lapping and/or co-polishing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Naoto Matsuyuki, Bin Yi, Dezheng Qu, Jairam Manjunathaiah, Scott M. Nathanson, Trevor J. Ness, David I. Nazzaro, Raul A. Molina
  • Patent number: 10210975
    Abstract: This application relates to a case for a portable electronic device. The case includes a magnetic boosting device, carried in a cover of the case. The magnetic boosting device includes a layer of magnetic elements including: (i) a primary magnetic element, and (ii) a secondary magnetic element. The primary magnetic element, characterized by having magnetic poles that are aligned perpendicular to the plane of the cover, provides a first magnetic field. The secondary magnetic element, characterized by having magnetic poles that are aligned parallel to the plane of the cover, provides a second magnetic field. The first magnetic field and the second magnetic field contribute to a resultant magnetic field that is asymmetrically disposed about the plane of the cover. The electronic device can include a sensor and a controller for placing the electronic device in a power saving mode when the cover is in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Qigen Ji, Hao Zhu
  • Patent number: 10210830
    Abstract: A display may have an array of pixels arranged in rows and columns. Each pixel may have a transistor for controlling the amount of output light associated with that pixel. The transistors may be thin-film transistors having active areas, first and second source-drain terminals, and gates. Gate lines may be used to distribute gate control signals to the gates of the transistors in each row. Data lines that run perpendicular to the gate lines may be used to distribute image data along columns of pixels. The gate lines may be connected to gate line extensions that run parallel to the data lines. The data lines may each overlap a respective one of the gate line extensions. Vias may be used to connect the gate line extensions to the gate lines. The gate line extensions may all have the same length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Byung Duk Yang, Szu-Hsien Lee, Kyung-Wook Kim, Shih Chang Chang, Chun-Yao Huang, Hao-Lin Chiu
  • Patent number: 10211008
    Abstract: A key mechanism including one or more butterfly hinges. Each butterfly hinge may include a double wing design operative to move between a depressed position and non-depressed position. Hinged coupling mechanisms couple respective arms of the wings together. Additionally or alternatively, a key mechanism can include one or more half-butterfly hinges. Each half-butterfly hinge includes a double wing design operative to move between a depressed position and non-depressed position. A hinged coupling mechanism couples one set of corresponding arms of the wings together, while the other set of corresponding arms are not coupled together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: James J. Niu, Keith J. Hendren, Craig C. Leong, Thomas W. Wilson, Jr., Bruce E. Berg, John M. Brock
  • Patent number: 10211653
    Abstract: Battery packs that include multiple battery cells that may be monitored using a reduced amount of circuitry and battery systems that may account for battery cell changes over aging and temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Karthik Kadirvel, Ankur Gupta, Hua Chen, Christopher C. Branson, David M. DeMuro, Alessandro Pelosi
  • Patent number: 10210801
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a display and a controller. The controller is configured to receive one or more operational characteristics of the display. The controller is also configured to calculate a blank time voltage level for a data line of the display based on the one or more operational characteristics, wherein the blank time voltage level corresponds to a voltage transmitted along the data line of the display immediately subsequent to image data being transmitted along the data line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hung Sheng Lin, Mohammad Ali Jangda, Chin-Wei Lin, Hyunwoo Nho, Vasudha Gupta
  • Patent number: 10211842
    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: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Feng Zhao, Wei Deng, Dennis M. Fischette, Jr.
  • Patent number: D841001
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    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 Tan, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D841002
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    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 Tan, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D841003
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    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 Tan, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D841004
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    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 Tan, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D841029
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen O. Lemay
  • Patent number: D841050
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Butcher, Joseph Chan, Bronwyn Anne Jones, Ieyuki Kawashima, Stephen O. Lemay, Aled Williams
  • Patent number: D841189
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Daniel Peak, Jonathan P. Siegel, Christopher M. Green, David Nelson, Stefan Behling, David Summerfield, James McGrath, Peter Han, Adrian Parkinson