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: 11002965
    Abstract: Systems and methods for computer-generated reality user hailing are described. Some implementations may include accessing sensor data captured using one or more sensors; detecting a person within a distance of a head-mounted display based on the sensor data; detecting a hail event based on the sensor data; and responsive to the hail event, invoking an alert using the head-mounted display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Golnaz Abdollahian
  • Patent number: 11006404
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein include user equipment (UE), evolved node B (eNB), methods, and systems for narrowband Internet-of-Things (IoT) communications. Some embodiments particularly relate to control channel communications between UE and eNB in narrowband IoT communications. In one embodiment, a UE blind decodes a first control transmission from an evolved node B (eNB) by processing a first physical resource block comprising all subcarriers of the transmission bandwidth and all orthogonal frequency division multiplexed symbols of a first subframe to determine the first control transmission. In various further embodiments, various resource groupings of resource elements are used as part of the control communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ralf Matthias Bendlin, Debdeep Chatterjee, Seunghee Han
  • Patent number: 11006435
    Abstract: A communication terminal is described comprising a first transceiver configured for communication according to a first radio access technology and a second transceiver configured for communication according to a second radio access technology. The second transceiver is configured to determine whether a frequency range is occupied by a transmission according to the second radio access technology and to notify the first transceiver whether the frequency range is occupied by a transmission according to the second radio access technology. The first transceiver is configured to receive signals transmitted in the frequency range based on the notification from the second transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tianyan Pu, Chunhui Liu, Sabine Roessel, Christian Drewes
  • Patent number: 11002572
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide an optical encoder for an electronic device. The optical encoder includes a spindle and an encoded pattern disposed around a circumference of the spindle. The encoded pattern may include one or more surface features that create a direction-dependent reflective region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Paisith P. Boonsom, Serhan O. Isikman, Richard Ruh, Prashanth S. Holenarsipur, Colin M. Ely, William N. Pickeral, Jairam Manjunathaiah, David G. Havskjold, Anant Rai, Maegan K. Spencer, Milind S. Bhagavat
  • Patent number: 11000101
    Abstract: A wrist band for attaching a portable electronic device to a user includes articulating segments which may be releasably connected so as to provide the user the capability of sizing the wristband by adding or removing links as desired. A clasp is also disclosed for securing the wristband to a user. A manufacturing device and method are disclosed for machining complex surfaces on the segments and clasp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Webb, Erik L. Wang, Daniele De Iuliis, Wayne Cowan
  • Patent number: 11002558
    Abstract: A device displays a first user interface on a first display, including a plurality of objects and corresponding to a second user interface on a second display. While a first object is displayed as a selected object in the second user interface, the device: detects a first input requesting information about a second object; and in response to detecting the first input, displays information about the second object in the first user interface and maintains display of the first object as the selected object in the second user interface. After displaying the information, the device detects a second input selecting the second object. In response to detecting selection of the second input, the device: displays the second object as the selected object in the first user interface; and provides, to the second display, information that enables the second user interface to display the second object as the selected object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Justin E. Santamaria, Imran Chaudhri, Donald W. Pitschel, Jorge S. Fino, Emily C. Schubert, Joshua H. Shaffer, Bob Bradley, Eric Lee, Scott M. Herz
  • Patent number: 11002066
    Abstract: A system such as a vehicle system or building system may have an enclosing structure such as a wall that surrounds an interior region and separates the interior region from an exterior region. An occupant of the system may be located in the interior region. An adjustable window in the enclosing structure may be located between the interior and exterior regions. Control circuitry in the system may use an exterior sensor system in the exterior region to capture an image of the environment surrounding the system, to locate external objects such as light sources, and to make other measurements. User input can be gathered from the occupant of the system and the location of the occupant and inanimate objects in the interior region can be gathered using an interior sensor system. The control circuitry can adjust the window based on the gathered information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Wilson, Martin Melcher, Christopher D. Jones
  • Patent number: 11003015
    Abstract: A light guiding layer may be incorporated into an electronic device with multiple displays to create a seamless display surface between the adjacent displays. The light guiding layer may have a first portion that overlaps the active area of a first display panel, a second portion that overlaps the active area of a second, adjacent display panel, and a third portion that overlaps the inactive areas of the first and second display panels. The light guiding layer may redirect light from the active area of each display panel to the region above the inactive areas of the display panels where it is emitted towards the viewer. The light guiding layer therefore effectively hides the border between the two display panels by emitting light in that region. The light guiding layer may include light leakage promotion structures to ensure light is emitted in the border region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yi Qiao, Jean-Pierre S Guillou, Michael J. Brown, Ming Xu, Tyler R. Kakuda
  • Patent number: 11003289
    Abstract: Flexible touch sensor panels can be implemented on a strap of a wearable device. A flexible touch sensor panel can provide an additional touch sensitive surface for a user to activate functions on the wearable device without covering a touch screen of the wearable device. In some examples, the flexible touch sensor panels can include electrode connectors configured to electrically couple touch electrodes of the flexible touch sensor panel. In some examples, the electrode connectors can have a serpentine routing pattern configured to allow the touch electrodes to move closer together or farther apart while maintaining electrical coupling between the touch electrodes. In some examples, the touch electrodes can have gaps configured to allow light to pass through the gaps. In some examples, an LED panel can be formed below or one or more waveguide layers can be formed above the flexible touch sensor panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yung-Yu Hsu, Mingjing Ha, Paul S. Drzaic, David W. Lum, Bryce T. Bradford, Shubham Gandhi
  • Patent number: 11002702
    Abstract: An optical module includes first and second transparent substrates and a spacer between the first and second transparent substrates, holding the first transparent substrate in proximity to the second transparent substrate, with first and second diffractive optical elements (DOEs) on respective faces of the first and second transparent substrates. At least first and second capacitance electrodes are disposed respectively on the first and second transparent substrates in proximity to the first and second DOEs. Circuitry is coupled to measure changes in a capacitance between at least the first and second capacitance electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Hannah D Noble, Kevin A Sawyer, Martin B Adamcyk, Yazan Z Alnahhas, Yu Qiao Qu, Moshe Kriman, Adar Magen
  • Patent number: 11002971
    Abstract: An optical system may include a head-mounted support structure configured to receive a removable portable electronic device with a display to form a head-mounted device. A head-mounted device may also be formed by incorporating a non-removable display into a head-mounted support structure. An optical combiner may be coupled to the head-mounted support structure. During operation of the head-mounted device, real-world image light passes through the optical combiner to eye boxes in which the eyes of a user are located. Display image light from the display reflects from a curved partially reflective surface of the optical combiner towards the eye boxes. To make optical adjustments such as virtual image distance adjustments, one or more actuators may be used to mechanically adjust the optical combiner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Michael B. Wittenberg
  • Patent number: 11003208
    Abstract: An electronic device such as a laptop computer or other device may have a housing. A display may be coupled to the housing. The display may have a pixel array configured to display an image. Backlight illumination for the pixel array may be provide by a backlight unit. The backlight unit may have a light guide layer. A light source may provide light to an edge of the light guide layer. The light guide layer may scatter the light outwardly to serve as the backlight illumination for the pixel array. The backlight unit may have optical films interposed between the light guide layer and the pixel array. The optical films may include flexible polymer layers such as diffuser layers and prism films. The optical films may each have a bent alignment portion that bends back on itself while wrapping around an edge of the light guide layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Keith J. Hendren, Adam T. Garelli, Bryan W. Posner, Dinesh C. Mathew, Mengyang Liang, Eric Benson, Victor Yin, Jun Qi
  • Patent number: 11002851
    Abstract: Object detection may include transmitting, by a first device, a first pulse into an environment using a wide field configuration of an ultrasonic sensor array, detecting a presence of an object in the environment based on a detected echo based on the first pulse. In response to detecting the presence of the object, a targeted configuration of the ultrasonic sensor array is determined, and a second pulse is transmitted into the environment based on the second pulse, wherein a characteristic of the object is determined based on a detected echo from the second pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas C. Soldner, Arthur Y. Zhang, Tushar Gupta
  • Patent number: 11003213
    Abstract: An electronic device housing may have upper and lower portions that are attached with a hinge. At least one portion of the housing may have a rear planar surface and peripheral sidewalls having edges. A display module may be mounted in the housing. The display module may have glass layers such as a color filter glass layer and a thin-film transistor substrate. The color filter glass layer may serve as the outermost glass layer in the display module. The edges of the display module may be aligned with the edges of the peripheral housing sidewalls to create the appearance of a borderless display for the electronic device. The display module may be provided with an opening that allows a camera or other electronic components to receive light. Traces may be provided on the underside of the thin-film transistor substrate to serve as signal paths for the electrical components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Dinesh C. Mathew, Thomas W. Wilson, Jr., Victor H. Yin, Bryan W. Posner, Chris Ligtenberg, Brett W. Degner, Peteris K. Augenbergs
  • Patent number: 11003148
    Abstract: Modifications made by multiple controller devices to an environment model describing a shared automated environment can be coordinated. One of the controller devices can be designated as a coordinator, and any controller device other than the coordinator can send an update request to the coordinator. The coordinator can determine whether to accept or reject the requested modification and can report its determination to the requesting controller device. If the coordinator accepts the request, the coordinator can instigate operations to update the environment model across all controller devices of all users. If the coordinator rejects the request, the environment model is not updated. The controller device that made the request can update its local copy of the environment model and roll back the update if the request is rejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew C. Lucas, Anush G. Nadathur, Nathan E. Carroll
  • Patent number: 11003233
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a system may include multiple processors and an automatic power state controller (APSC) configured to switch the processors between various operating points. The operating points may be described by data programmed into the APSC, and the APSC may include a register that is programmable with a target operating point request identifying a target operating point for the processors from among the described operating points. The data describing the operating points may also include an indication of whether or not the number of processors that may be concurrently active at the operating point is limited. Based on the indication and the number of active processors, the APSC may override the requested operating point with a reduced operating point. In some embodiments, a digital power estimator (DPE) may monitor operation of the processors and may throttle the processors when high power consumption is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jong-Suk Lee, Daniel C. Murray, Wei-Han Lien
  • Patent number: 11003672
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of a device that re-rank a plurality of search results is described. In an exemplary embodiment, the device receives a search query from a user and generates the plurality of search results over a plurality of search domains, wherein the plurality of search results is ranked according to a first ranking. The device additionally generates a re-ranking model, where the re-ranking model includes a plurality of intra-domain models that are generated based on at least based on-device interactions of a plurality of users interacting with a plurality of other devices and each of the plurality of search domains corresponds to one of the plurality of intra-domain models. The device further re-ranks the plurality of search results using the re-ranking model and presents the plurality of search results using the second ranking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hon Yuk Chan, John M. Hörnkvist, Lun Cui, Vipul Ved Prakash, Anubhav Malhotra, Stanley N. Hung, Julien Freudiger
  • Patent number: 11003308
    Abstract: A computer system displays an annotation placement user interface that includes a representation of a field of view of one or more cameras that is updated over time based on changes in the field of view, and a placement user interface element indicating a virtual annotation placement location. If the placement user interface element is over a representation of a first type of physical feature, the annotation placement user interface operates in a first annotation mode for adding annotations of a first type. In response to detecting movement of the one or more cameras relative to the physical environment, the system updates the representation of the field of view. If the placement user interface element is over a representation of a second, different type of physical feature, the annotation placement user interface operates in a second, different annotation mode for adding annotations of a second, different type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Allison W. Dryer, Giancarlo Yerkes, Grant R. Paul, Lisa K. Forssell
  • Patent number: 11003245
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for automatically identifying at least one user of an eye tracking device (10) by means of the eye tracking device (10), wherein user identification data of the at least one user are captured by a capturing device (14) of the eye tracking device (10). Under the first condition that at least one profile (P1, P2, P3) with associated identification data (I1, I2, I3) of at least one specific user is stored in a storage medium (20), the stored identification data (I1, I2, I3) of the at least one profile (P1, P2, P3) are compared with the captured user identification data, and under the second condition that the captured user identification data match the stored identification data (I1, I2, I3) according to a predefined criterion, the at least one user is identified as the at least one specific user, for whom the at least one profile (P1, P2, P3) was stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Kun Liu, Fabian Wanner, Walter Nistico, Matthias Nieser
  • Patent number: 11006429
    Abstract: Devices and methods of joint antenna panel switching and beam selection are generally described. A user equipment (UE) can be configured to decode configuration information received via a higher layer for a plurality of receive (Rx) beams for the UE, the configuration information identifying a plurality of Rx beam indices for the plurality of Rx beams. The UE is configured to decode a physical layer (PHY) communication indicating an antenna panel index and an Rx beam index of the plurality of Rx beam indices, the antenna panel index identifying an antenna panel of a plurality of available antenna panels of the UE. The UE is configured to decode a downlink (DL) data transmission, wherein the DL data transmission is received using the antenna panel and a selected Rx beam of the plurality of Rx beams corresponding to the indicated Rx beam index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexei Vladimirovich Davydov, Gregory Vladimirovich Morozov, Victor Sergeev, Wook Bong Lee, Yuan Zhu
  • Patent number: 11003147
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device can automatically generate a service group. For example, accessories can be automatically grouped together based on various criteria (such as historical usage patterns). The accessories in the service group can be managed and/or controlled as if the accessories were a single accessory or entity. In some implementations, a computing device can intelligently select service group controls for presentation to the user so that the user can control the service group. For example, the computing device can select which service group controls to present and the order in which to present the controls based on features that are common among different accessories in the service group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin A. Smith, Reed Olsen, Kevin McLaughlin, Anush Nadathur
  • Patent number: 11003338
    Abstract: An electronic device: displays a first window in a display area; and detects a first user input associated with one or more edges of the first window. In response to detecting the first user input, and in accordance with a determination that the first user input corresponds to a first input type, the device resizes one or more dimensions of the first window that correspond to the one or more edges of the first window based on a movement vector associated with the first user input. In response to detecting the first user input, and in accordance with a determination that the first user input corresponds to a second input type, the device moves the one or more edges of the first window to one or more corresponding edges of the display area while maintaining respective one or more opposite edges of the first window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Corbin Robert Dunn, John O. Louch, Kevin James Van Vechten, Patrick Lee Coffman, Troy N. Stephens
  • Patent number: 11006401
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, user equipment (UE), evolved node B(eNB), and methods are described for machine-type communications (MTC) with early termination of repeated transmissions. In MTC implementations with narrow bandwidth, significant numbers of retransmissions may be scheduled based on channel quality measurements. If data is successfully decoded at a receiving device while a significant number of retransmissions remain, system resources are wasted. Embodiments described herein thus use downlink control messaging or intermediate hybrid automatic repeat request (HARQ) messaging for early termination of repeated messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Debdeep Chatterjee, Gang Xiong, Seunghee Han
  • Patent number: 11004426
    Abstract: An augmented reality display system included in a vehicle generates an augmented reality display, on one or more transparent surfaces of the vehicle. The augmented reality display can include an indicator of the vehicle speed which is spatially positioned according to the speed of the vehicle relative to the local speed limit. The augmented reality display can include display elements which conform to environmental objects and can obscure and replace content displayed on the objects. The augmented reality display can include display elements which indicate a position of environmental objects which are obscured from direct perception through the transparent surface. The augmented reality display can include display elements which simulate one or more particular environmental objects in the environment, based on monitoring manual driving performance of the vehicle by a driver. The augmented reality display can include display elements which identify environmental objects and particular zones in the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kjell F. Bronder, Scott M. Herz, Karlin Y. Bark
  • Patent number: 11005539
    Abstract: Described is an apparatus of a fifth generation (5G) Evolved Node-B (eNB) operable to communicate with a 5G User Equipment (UE) on a wireless network comprising one or more processors operable to generate one or more 5G Physical Downlink Shared Channel (xPDSCH) transmissions. The one or more processors may be operable to arrange the one or more xPDSCH transmissions for transmission through one or more respectively corresponding beamformed (Tx) beams. The one or more xPDSCH transmissions may carry one or more respectively corresponding 5G System Information Blocks (xSIBs).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gang Xiong, Yushu Zhang, Huaning Niu, Yuan Zhu, Wenting Chang
  • Patent number: 11004836
    Abstract: Light emitting devices and methods of integrating micro LED devices into light emitting device are described. In an embodiment a light emitting device includes a reflective bank structure within a bank layer, and a conductive line atop the bank layer and elevated above the reflective bank structure. A micro LED device is within the reflective bank structure and a passivation layer is over the bank layer and laterally around the micro LED device within the reflective bank structure. A portion of the micro LED device and a conductive line atop the bank layer protrude above a top surface of the passivation layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Bibl, Charles R. Griggs
  • Patent number: 11004391
    Abstract: An electronic device includes an electronic display having an active area comprising a pixel. The electronic device also includes processing circuitry configured to receive image data and predict a change in threshold voltage associated with a transistor of the pixel based at least in part on the image data. Furthermore, the processing circuitry is configured to adjust the image data to generate adjusted image data based at least in part on the predicted change in threshold voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hei Kam, Junhua Tan, Wei H. Yao, Shihchang Chang, Derek K. Shaeffer, Chaohao Wang, Hyunwoo Nho, Yun Wang, Baris Cagdaser, Majid Gharghi, Yongjun Li, Aida Raquel Colon-Berrios, Mohammad Reza Esmaeili Rad, Hyunsoo Kim, Alex H. Pai, Hsin-Ying Chiu, Jiun-Jye Chang, Ching-Sang Chuang, Xin Lin
  • Patent number: 11004482
    Abstract: Memory circuits used in computer systems may have different operating modes. In a retention mode, a voltage level of an array power supply node coupled to memory cells included in the memory circuit is reduced to a level sufficient to retain data, but not to perform read and write operations to the memory cells. A power converter circuit may be configured to generate the retention voltage level, and adjust the retention voltage level using a leakage current of dummy memory cells included in the memory circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jaemyung Lim, Jiangyi Li, Mohamed H. Abu-Rahma, Shahzad Nazar, Jaroslav Raszka
  • Patent number: 11005679
    Abstract: In a transmission apparatus, signal carrier signal circuitry that generates two single carrier signals including a legacy preamble signal, a legacy header signal and an extension header signal respectively. OFDM signal circuitry that generates one OFDM signal by performing an IFFT processing on one or more payload signals. Transmission circuitry that transmits the two single carrier signals by allocating to a bonding channel which is formed by bonding two adjacent channels used in a bonding transmission scheme and the one OFDM signal by allocating to the bonding channel which is frequency-shifted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Motozuka, Naganori Shirakata, Takenori Sakamoto, Masataka Irie
  • Patent number: 11005481
    Abstract: A phase locked loop (PLL) system for mitigating non-linear phase errors stemming from time-variant integral non-linearity of the LO feedback phase quantizer (TDC) is disclosed. The system includes a phase modulation circuit which is configured to generate a plurality of phase shifts for a reference signal; select a phase shift of the plurality of phase shifts and introduce the selected phase shift into the reference signal, thereby modulating the phase difference between the feedback and the reference signal. Alternatively, the above phase modulation can be applied on the feedback signal path, attaining equivalent results. TDC is configured to quantize the phase of the LO feedback signal relative to the shifted reference signal to generate a phase detection signal, effectively modulating the non-linearity contributed error away from the LO center frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Evgeny Shumaker, Gil Horovitz
  • Patent number: 11004249
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for hand drawing an animation motion path for an object to follow on a graphical user interface (GUI). The motion path may be drawn with a user's finger or drawing device, such as an Apple Pencil®, by selecting a drawing tool (e.g., a freehand tool and/or straight line tool). A new motion path may be added to an existing motion path, such that the new motion path is an extension of the existing motion path. The new motion path may also be added to an end point of an existing motion path, such that the new motion path is a different segment of a motion path and is associated with a new key frame. A motion path segment may be split into additional segments with new key frames, reshaped using editing points, redrawn, and/or deleted from the overall motion path. In some embodiments, the actions applied to the object (e.g., motion path) may be indicated by an associated tray that provides editable context-specific properties related to the action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan John Poling, Steven G. Forrest, Amy W. Hung, Daniel H. Mai, Gary W. Gehiere, Jonathan Cho, Thomas Valentine Frauenhofer
  • Patent number: 11005515
    Abstract: An accessory device for an electronic device is disclosed. The accessory device may be formed from one or more transparent materials. The accessory device may include a first transparent material coupled to a second transparent material. The first transparent material may provide a rigid structural base, while the second transparent material provides flexibility to depress buttons of the electronic device. An oleophobic coating may be applied to the outer perimeter of the accessory device in order to resist residue build-up. Also, the accessory device may include a camera opening for a camera of the electronic device. The accessory device may be raised around the camera opening, both on an internal and external surface of the accessory device. The surface defining the camera opening may undergo a polishing operation in order to increase light transmission through the transparent materials that form the accessory device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael B. Velez, Colin M. Wang, Stephen T. Schooley
  • Patent number: 11005459
    Abstract: A system and method for efficiently retaining data in sequential elements during power down modes. In various embodiments, a master latch of a flip-flop circuit receives an always-on first power supply voltage, whereas, a slave latch and other surrounding circuitry receives a second power supply voltage capable of being powered down. During a power down mode, circuitry consumes less power while the master latch retains stored data. In some designs, the flip-flop circuit is a level shifting circuit, and the always-on first power supply voltage is less than the second power supply voltage. The master latch uses complex gates with a p-type transistor at the top of a stack of p-type transistors receiving the always-on power supply voltage level on its source terminal and the retained data value on its gate terminal. This top p-type transistor is capable of remaining disabled even when used in a level shifting manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Greg M. Hess, Vivekanandan Venugopal, Victor Zyuban
  • Patent number: 11005533
    Abstract: A device implementing a system for NFC communication includes a processor configured to receive, from an other device, pulse signals for detecting proximity of the device with the other device. The processor is further configured to determine an interval at which the pulse signals are received from the other device. The processor is further configured to determine a time when the other device is expected to transmit a subsequent pulse signal based at least in part on the determined interval. The processor is further configured to transmit a signal to the other device based on the determined time when the other device is expected to transmit the subsequent pulse signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Chauvin, Peter M. Agboh, Vusthla Sunil Reddy, Xinping Zeng
  • Patent number: 11006280
    Abstract: Embodiments of an Evolved Node-B (eNB), Private Spectrum Access System (SAS) controller, and methods for communication in shared spectrum are generally described herein. In some cases, primary usage of the shared spectrum by incumbent devices may be prioritized over secondary usage of the shared spectrum. The eNB may receive, from the Private SAS controller, a configuration message that allocates, to the eNB, a first channel included in the shared spectrum for secondary usage by the eNB. The eNB may further receive, from the Private SAS controller, a request that the eNB determine an interference measurement and may send the interference measurement to the Private SAS controller. The measurement may be based on an output transmit power used for transmission by the eNB in the shared spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Markus Dominik Mueck, Srikathyayani Srikanteswara, David M. Horne
  • Patent number: 11005544
    Abstract: A communication device is described comprising a first antenna, a second antenna and a third antenna; a first transceiver configured to communicate using at least the first antenna; a second transceiver configured to communicate using at least the second antenna; and a controller configured to determine whether the third antenna is to be used by the first transceiver or the second transceiver based on a selection criterion and configured to control the first transceiver to communicate using the first antenna and the third antenna if the controller has determined that the third antenna is to be used by the first transceiver and to control the second transceiver to communicate using the second antenna and the third antenna if the controller has determined that the third antenna is to be used by the second transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thorsten Clevorn, Pablo Herrero, Uri Perlmutter, Ronen Kronfeld
  • Patent number: 11005438
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a Transimpedance Amplifier (TIA), an input interface and input masking circuitry. The TIA is configured to convert input current pulses into output voltage pulses. The input interface is configured to receive a control signal indicative of one or more time intervals. The input masking circuitry is configured to prevent the input current pulses from saturating the TIA during the one or more time intervals indicated by the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Ido Luft
  • Patent number: 11005457
    Abstract: A circuit that produces an output signal having a frequency that is proportional to absolute temperature (PTAT) is disclosed. In one embodiment, the circuit includes a ring oscillator and a bias current circuit coupled thereto. The ring oscillator and the bias current circuit are implemented in close proximity to one another. During operation, the bias current circuit generates a bias current that is provided to the ring oscillator. The amount of bias current generated is dependent upon the temperature of the circuit. In turn, the frequency of an output signal provided by the ring oscillator is dependent on the amount of bias current received from the bias current circuit. Accordingly, the frequency of the ring oscillator output signal is dependent on the temperature of the circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ramy A. Ahmed, Amr A. Hafez, Jafar Savoj
  • Patent number: 11006312
    Abstract: Systems and methods of providing feedback when a specific PDU is successfully delivered or transmitted are described. The node hosting PDCP entity indicates triggering of a DDDS frame from the remote corresponding node. Rather than immediately triggering transmission of a DDDS frame, the node hosting PDCP entity indicates triggering based on successful delivery of a PDU having a specific SN, as long as in-sequence delivery or transmission of PDUs up to the specific SN was successful. The DDDS frame is transmitted once the corresponding node determines that the PDU having the SN was successfully delivered or transmitted. After reporting by the DDDS frame, the QoS flow associated with the PDUs is remapped from a source DRB to a target DRB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jaemin Han, Yujian Zhang, Sudeep K. Palat, Alexander Sirotkin
  • Patent number: 11005923
    Abstract: A device implementing a system for proxying data between devices includes a processor configured to obtain a first latency and a second latency, the first latency being between a server and a first subnet, and the second latency being between the server and a second subnet. The at least one processor is further configured to train a machine learning model with a training dataset that includes the first latency with respect to the server and the first subnet, the second latency with respect to the server and the second subnet, and geographic data of the server, the first subnet and the second subnet. The at least one processor is further configured to use the machine learning model to estimate a third latency between the server and a third subnet, and store the first, second and third latencies in a data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Devanneaux, Jose A. Lozano Hinojosa, Aniket A. Zamwar, Thuy Park
  • Patent number: 11006143
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving operational efficiency of a video encoding system used to encode image data are provided. In embodiments, the video encoding system includes a low resolution pipeline that includes a low resolution motion estimation block, which generates downscaled image data by reducing resolution of the image data, performs a motion estimation search to determine motion vector candidates that are each indicative of location of a downscaled reference sample, and prunes one or more of the motion vector candidates. The video encoding system also includes a main pipeline that determines encoding parameters to be used to encode image data based at least partially the remaining motion vector candidates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Athanasios Leontaris, Mark P. Rygh
  • Patent number: 11006397
    Abstract: Technology for a UE is disclosed. The UE can identify that a resource for a PUCCH transmission with HARQ-ACK information and/or a resource for a PUCCH associated with a SR overlap in time with two resources for respective PUCCH transmissions with two CSI reports. The UE can select a resource for a PUCCH transmission with a CSI report having a higher priority from the two resources for respective PUCCH transmissions with the two CSI reports. The UE can multiplex the HARQ-ACK information and/or the SR in the selected resource for the PUCCH transmission with the CSI report having the higher priority. The UE can encode the multiplexed HARQ-ACK information and the SR and the CSI report for transmission on the selected resource for the PUCCH transmission to a NR base station. The UE can drop the CSI report and the PUCCH resource having a lower priority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Gang Xiong, Hong He, Yushu Zhang
  • Patent number: 11005986
    Abstract: A device receives a time-based restriction for usage by a first user with respect to an application, a website or a device-level function. The device receives encrypted data indicating a usage by the first user on a second device with respect to the application, website or device-level function. The device determines that at least one of the usage by the first user on the second device or a usage by the first user on the device with respect to the application, website or device-level function violates the time-based restriction. The device provides, in response to the determining, a notification that the time-based restriction has been violated by the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher G. Skogen, Jean-Pierre Ciudad, Julien F. Freudiger, Joao Pedro De Almeida Forjaz De Lacerda, Cyrus Daboo, Todd R. Fernandez, Thomas Alsina, Deepak Iyer, Cody D. Jorgensen, Edward T. Schmidt, Astrid Yi
  • Patent number: 11006524
    Abstract: An interposer for mechanically and electrically connecting two circuit boards is described. The interposer can be bent to enclose an area of a circuit board. The interposer can include a first layer external to the enclosed area. The first layer can be conductive and can serve as an EMI shield. The interposer can also include a second layer internal to the enclosed area. The second layer can be non-conductive but can carry multiple discrete pins that can electrically couple the first and second circuit boards and provide signal transmission pathways between the circuit boards. The interposer can be formed by folding a sheet of conductive material having different cutout regions that forms a comb pattern into multiple stacked layers. Then, the bent regions that connect the stacked layers can be removed so that the conductive bars in the comb patterns can be separated and isolated to form discrete pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Myers, James B. Smith, Dale T. Morgan, Shayan Malek
  • Patent number: 11006315
    Abstract: Adapting communication of information based on link-performance characteristics is discussed herein. For the example, an apparatus can include an interface circuit and a processor. The interface circuit communicates with an electronic device via a link. And the processor is communicatively coupled to the interface circuit. The interface circuit provides one or more performance metrics characterizing the link to the processor. And the processor adapts a communication with the electronic device via the link based on the one or more performance metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Padmavathy Bhooma, Vincent Lubet
  • Patent number: D918897
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bartley K. Andre, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Steven P. Jobs, Duncan Robert Kerr, Shin Nishibori, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Douglas B. Satzger, Calvin Q. Seid, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D918912
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    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: D918923
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Bartley K. Andre, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Duncan Robert Kerr, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D918945
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Will Chen, Taylor Gerard Carrigan, Alan C. Dye, Charmian Naguit
  • Patent number: D918954
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran Chaudhri, Tiffany Jon, Stephen O. Lemay, Nicole Racquel Ryan, Marcel van Os