Apple Patent Applications

Patents granted to Apple by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20180344178
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to methods for measuring one or more physiological signals while the user is engaged in a predetermined activity. Exemplary predetermined activities can include activities such as walking, climbing stairs, biking, and the like. The physiological measurements can include, but are not limited to, heart rate signals. The physiological measurements may be affected by the predetermined activity, so the system may be configured to employ one or more criteria prior to measuring physiological information to minimize the effects. The one or more criteria can include, but are not limited to, an inter-sampling waiting time, continuous motion criteria, predetermined activity criteria, a post-physiological measurement amount of time, and a confidence value. The continuous motion criteria can be based on the type of predetermined activity. For example, walking may have walking state criteria and a step count criteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Siyi DENG, Stephen J. WAYDO, Jay BLAHNIK, Lun DONG, Ian R. SHAPIRO
  • Publication number: 20180344181
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure can provide systems, methods, and computer-readable medium for tracking the heartrate of a user using different techniques associated with different contexts. For example, motion of a user wearing a wearable device can be tracked using at least first sensors of the one or more sensors. The physical state of the user can also be tracked using at least second sensors of the one or more sensors. In some cases it can be determines whether an application of the wearable device has been launched. Additionally, an activity category of the user can be determined based at least in part on the motion of the user, the physical state of the user, and/or whether the application has been launched. Heartrate data of the user can be collected, and the heartrate data can be categorized based at least in part on the determined category.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Schroeder, Divya Padmanabhan, Erno H. Klaassen, Evan R. Doll, Ian R. Shapiro, Jay Kriz Blahnik, Roxanne B. Brittain, Stephen J. Waydo, Joefrey S. Kibuule, Alexa VanHattum
  • Publication number: 20180345077
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for a wearable computer with fitness machine connectivity for improved activity monitoring. In an embodiment, a method comprises: establishing, by a processor of a wireless device, a wireless communication connection with a fitness machine; obtaining, by the processor, machine data from the fitness machine; determining, by the processor, a workout session according to the machine data; initiating the workout session on the wireless device; during the workout session: obtaining, from a sensor of the computing device, physiological data of a user of the fitness machine; determining, by the processor, fitness data for the user based on the physiological data, the machine data and at least one user characteristic; and sending, by the processor, the fitness data to the fitness machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Blahnik, Meghna Lav, Aidan O'Loan, Jorge Morinigo, Gordon Scott, Siji Rachel Tom, Kevin Sheridan, Craig Dooley, Chen Ganir, Catherine B. B. Morrison
  • Publication number: 20180348003
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device can proactively determine a destination and request traffic information for routes from a starting location to the destination. In some implementations, a computing device can identify some routes between a starting location and a destination as non-recommended routes and recommend other routes. In some implementations, a computing device can rank routes between a starting location and a destination based on automatically-determined user interest. In some implementations, a computing device can determine a user is familiar with a route and adjust the information presented to the user about the route accordingly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick J. Coleman, Brian J. Andrich, Daniel R. Delling, Dennis Schieferdecker, Ethan T. Bold, Hengbin Luo, Michael Wegner, Rami Khawandi, Lili Cao, Hyo Jeong Shin, Richard B. Warren, Ronald K. Huang
  • Publication number: 20180348005
    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: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Moore, Christopher Blumenberg, Marcel van Os, Billy P. Chen
  • Publication number: 20180348011
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device can provide a map application providing a representation of a physical structure of venues (e.g., shopping centers, airports) identified by the application. In addition, the application can provide a unique venue directory, providing an easy and visual mechanism to search for categories of points of interest (e.g., clothes, food, restrooms) or specific items within the venue. Search results can be presented on a map of a floor within the venue as well as a listing providing all search results located within the venue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan D. Shelby, Megan M. Frost, YunJae Kim, Sean P. O'Brien, Brett L. Lareau, Ryan W. Apuy, Jae Woo Chang
  • Publication number: 20180347988
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device can provide a map application providing a representation of a physical structure of venues (e.g., shopping centers, airports) identified by the application. In addition, the application can provide a route and/or turn-by-turn navigation instructions to a destination within a venue comprising one or more floors when desired by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Austin Marusco, Ryan D. Shelby, Ryan W. Apuy, Vincent P. Arroyo, Megan M. Frost, Brett Lareau, Justin Strawn
  • Publication number: 20180348008
    Abstract: In some implementations, a navigation service can provide a plurality of navigation instructions for a user to traverse a route to an intended destination. The navigation service can also identify at least one portion of the determined route that requires additional guidance based on one or more factors. For each portion of the route that requires additional guidance, the navigation service may generate one or more additional guidance instructions to be inserted within the plurality of navigation instructions, forming an enhanced set of instructions for traversing the route.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: ANIL SARAOGEE, MRINMAYEE HINGOLIKAR, SOFIA BOUTAHAR, JUSTIN STRAWN, KIERAN K. GUPTA, ERIC GRUNDSTORM, CHRISTOPHER TREMBLAY, ILYA SANDLER
  • Publication number: 20180352379
    Abstract: A method comprising: receiving a radio map of an indoor venue using survey data collected by a survey device positioned throughout the venue, the radio map including a boundary; obtaining harvest data that correspond to locations that are outside of the boundary; filtering the harvest data; and extending the radio map using the survey data and the filtered harvest data, wherein the extended radio map is defined at least in part by an extension of the boundary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Wei Kong, Robert Mayor, Chun-Yuan Yang, Darin Tay
  • Publication number: 20180348010
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device can proactively determine a destination and request traffic information for routes from a starting location to the destination. In some implementations, a computing device can identify some routes between a starting location and a destination as non-recommended routes and recommend other routes. In some implementations, a computing device can rank routes between a starting location and a destination based on automatically-determined user interest. In some implementations, a computing device can determine a user is familiar with a route and adjust the information presented to the user about the route accordingly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick J. Coleman, Brian J. Andrich, Daniel R. Delling, Dennis Schieferdecker, Ethan T. Bold, Hengbin Luo, Michael Wegner, Rami Khawandi, Lili Cao, Hyo Jeong Shin, Richard B. Warren, Ronald K. Huang
  • Publication number: 20180347996
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device can proactively determine a destination and request traffic information for routes from a starting location to the destination. In some implementations, a computing device can identify some routes between a starting location and a destination as non-recommended routes and recommend other routes. In some implementations, a computing device can rank routes between a starting location and a destination based on automatically-determined user interest. In some implementations, a computing device can determine a user is familiar with a route and adjust the information presented to the user about the route accordingly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick J. Coleman, Brian J. Andrich, Daniel R. Delling, Dennis Schieferdecker, Ethan T. Bold, Hengbin Luo, Michael Wegner, Rami Khawandi, Lili Cao, Hyo Jeong Shin, Richard B. Warren, Ronald K. Huang
  • Publication number: 20180348985
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device can provide a map application providing a representation of a physical structure of venues (e.g., shopping centers, airports) identified by the application. In addition, the application can provide an inside view that includes the physical layout and geometry of the venue's structure as well as the location, structure and layout of points of interest (e.g., stores, security check points, restrooms) within the venue. The views become more detailed as the user zooms into the venue to reveal points of interest and to give the user a feel for traversing the venue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan D. Shelby, Ryan W. Apuy, Vincent P. Arroyo, Sunny Chan, Jae Woo Chang, Megan M. Frost, Brett L. Lareau, Sean P. O'Brien, Tadayasu Sasada, Sebastian A. Araya
  • Publication number: 20180348718
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a resident controller at a specified location performs a method including registering a plurality of mobile devices of a plurality of users and a device profile for a resident device to be controlled based on a location of the plurality of users, and establishing a user state for each of the plurality of users corresponding to their location. In some embodiments, the mobile devices can provide boundary-crossing signals when their location cross a boundary corresponding to the specified location causing the resident controller to update the user states based on the boundary-crossing signals and update a presence state of the specified location based on changes to the user states, where the device profile specifies a first action to be performed when the presence state transitions to a first presence value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Richardson, Adam J. Leonard, Vinay A. Ramaswamy, Anush Nadathur
  • Publication number: 20180348333
    Abstract: A method comprising: receiving a radio map of an indoor venue using survey data collected by a survey device positioned throughout the venue, the radio map including a boundary; receiving harvest data from a mobile device, wherein at least some of the harvest data are obtained by the mobile device while the mobile device is positioned at locations that are outside of the boundary; determining, based on the harvest data, a trajectory of the mobile device, wherein at least some of the trajectory resides outside of the boundary; identifying one or more locations on or proximate to the trajectory; and extending the radio map using the survey data and the one or more identified locations, wherein the extended radio map is defined at least in part by an extension of the boundary to encompass the one or more identified locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jahshan Bhatti, David Benjamin Millman, Brian Stephen Smith, Jasvinder Singh
  • Publication number: 20180349413
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device can provide a map application providing a representation of a physical structure of venues (e.g., shopping centers, airports) identified by the application. The application can provide an inside view of the venue, which is accessible by other applications and programs on the user's device. Thus, whether intended or not, search results that are identified by the map application as having an inside view of the venue are also presented on a graphical user interface along with typical search results from the other applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan D. Shelby, Megan M. Frost, Jae Woo Chang, Brett L. Lareau, Ryan W. Apuy, Sean P. O'Brien, YunJae Kim
  • Publication number: 20180352381
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for state-based location monitoring and determining a location of a mobile device. An application processor identifies a desired movement state. The application processor notifies a coprocessor of the desired state and enters a low power mode. The coprocessor monitors movement data to determine whether the desired state has occurred. In the event the desired state has occurred, the coprocessor will notify the application processor. The application processor can then determine whether it should switch to a high power mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley J. Jensen, Michael P. Dal Santo, Stephen J. Rhee, Danil Y. Zvyagintsev
  • Publication number: 20180348957
    Abstract: A channel scan architecture for detecting touch events on a touch sensor panel is disclosed. The channel scan architecture can combine drive logic, sense channels and channel scan logic on a single monolithic chip. The channel scan logic can be configured to implement a sequence of scanning processes in a panel subsystem without intervention from a panel processor. The channel scan architecture can provide scan sequence control to enable the panel processor to control the sequence in which individual scans are implemented in the panel subsystem. Type of scans that can be implemented in the panel subsystem can include a spectral analysis scan, touch scan, phantom touch scan, ambient light level scan, proximity scan and temperature scan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas James WILSON, Christoph H. KRAH, Minh-Dieu Thi VU
  • Publication number: 20180348827
    Abstract: Electronic devices have a PCB with a heat-generating component (e.g., POP or SOC), a heat sink, and an EMI shielding structure. A combination structure can include a top heat spreader/EMI shield located above and in thermal contact with the POP/SOC top, a bottom heat spreader/EMI shield located below and in thermal contact with the POP/SOC bottom, and a heat-directing component located on the PCB, laterally surrounding a majority of the POP/SOC sides, and between and in thermal contact with the top and bottom heat spreaders. Resulting heat paths for the POP/SOC include one through its top to the top heat spreader, another through its bottom to the bottom heat spreader, and others through its sides through the PCB through the heat-directing component to the top and bottom heat spreaders. The heat-directing component can be a metal horseshoe shaped pad integrally formed onto the PCB.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Matheson, Vinh H. Diep, Brian L. Chuang, Judith C. Segura, Frank F. Liang, Leanne Bach Lien T. Ly, Kevin Z. Lo, Po W. Chiu, Lukose Ninan, Chong Li
  • Publication number: 20180349513
    Abstract: A device implementing a system for providing query completion suggestions includes at least one processor configured to receive a partial query, and derive one or more query completion suggestions for the partial query from content items that are locally stored on the device, each respective query completion suggestion being associated with metadata extracted from one of the content items from which the respective query completion suggestion was derived. The at least one processor is further configured to rank the one or more query completion suggestions based at least in part on the metadata associated with each of the one or more query completion suggestions. The at least one processor is further configured to provide, for display, at least one of the one or more ranked query completion suggestions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John M. HORNKVIST, Vivek SEHGAL, Raffael HANNEMANN, Lun CUI, Alexandre CARLHIAN, Thomas DENIAU, Raphaeal MOR
  • Publication number: 20180349728
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments are directed to detecting a user activity based on patterns in location data. In an embodiment, a method comprises: obtaining, by a processor of a computing device, location data; detecting, by the processor, a pattern in the location data; determining, by the processor and based on the detected pattern, an activity associated with a mobile device; and adjusting, by the processor, one or more parameters of a location data filter configured to process the location data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lei Wang, Isaac Thomas Miller, Hyojoon Bae, Christina Selle, Glenn Donald MacGougan
  • Publication number: 20180348334
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for compressing radio maps of fingerprint-based positioning systems. In an embodiment, a method comprises: receiving access point (AP) data from a plurality of mobile devices operating in a geographic region, the AP data including signal strength measurements of AP signals received at a plurality of reference locations in the geographic region; filtering the AP data to remove outlier AP data; fitting a surface to the AP data; projecting AP data at surface control points onto a two-dimensional image grid; determining a boundary surrounding locations of the AP data at the surface control points; encoding the boundary; encoding the AP data at the surface control points included within the boundary; generating compressed radio maps from the encoded AP data; and responsive to a request from a mobile device operating in the geographic region, sending a data packet including the compressed radio maps to the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David Benjamin Millman, Jasvinder Singh, Anders M. Holtsberg, Darin Tay
  • Publication number: 20180349244
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus that may estimate the power being consumed by an OLED display screen of an electronic device, may provide further information about that power usage, may modify or change functions performed by the electronic device based on that power usage, and may inform an application's developer about the amount of power being used by the electronic device while the electronic device is running the application. One example may estimate the power being used by an OLED display screen of an electronic device by determining the content of images being displayed during a duration. The estimated power may then be presented to a user. The estimated power may be used in decisions to modify or change parameters of the screen or other device components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Abhinav Pathak, Conor J. O'Reilly, Shashi K. Dua, Udaykumar R. Raval, Christopher W. Chaney, Amit K. Vyas, Albert S. Liu, Roberto Alvarez, Rohit Mundra, Vladislav Sahnovich, Patrick Y. Law, Paul M. Thompson, Paolo Sacchetto, Chaohao Wang, Arthur L. Spence, Jean-Pierre Simon Guillou, Mohammad Ali Jangda, Christopher Edward Glazowski, Yifan Zhang, Prajakta S. Karandikar, Han Ming Ong
  • Publication number: 20180349699
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the invention pertain to an augmented reality interface for facilitating identification of an arriving vehicle and/or a passenger that improve upon some or all of the above-described deficiencies. According to some embodiments of the invention, a mobile device may be used by a passenger to scan scenery. The mobile device may determine whether and where a requested vehicle is located and display an indicator of the requested vehicle on the mobile device. Similarly, a mobile device may be used by a driver to scan scenery. The mobile device may determine whether and where a passenger is located and display an indicator of the requesting passenger on the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander J. O'Connell, Justin M. Strawn, Ryan D. Shelby, Sunny Chan, Tadayasu Sasada, Vincent P. Arroyo
  • Publication number: 20180349242
    Abstract: An accessory communication control protocol can facilitate faster and more secure transmission of status updates from an accessory to a controller (or network base station). An accessory can register with a controller, where the controller can provide some subscription and key generation information to the accessory. The accessory can detect changes to characteristics of the accessory and generate a broadcast notification that includes updates to the state of the characteristic. The broadcast notification can also include a counter, a device identifier, and a key. According to timing or rules, the accessory can transmit the broadcast notification to the controller without the need to establish a secure session with the controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis Mathews
  • Publication number: 20180351301
    Abstract: Connector receptacles having protective doors. A protective door may block a card, module, or connector insert from being inserted at an oblique angle to protect contacts in a connector receptacle from damage due to an improper insertion. The protective door may normally be closed in the absence of a card inserted in the connector receptacle. The door may be a front of a cam. A spring or magnet may bias the door in the closed position when no card is inserted. The door may be arranged to stay closed when a card is inserted at an oblique angle. When the card is inserted properly, the cam may rotate about an axis and the door may open allowing the card to access to the contacts of the connector receptacle. A second door in front of the protective door may be included to provide enhanced functionality and to provide a more uniform appearance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brett W. Degner, Rui Zhou, Mahmoud R. Amini, Daniele G. de Iuliis, James M. Jeon, Erik A. Gutfeldt
  • Publication number: 20180352044
    Abstract: Improved techniques for controlling delivery (e.g., download) of application programs from a remote application repository to different client computing devices are disclosed. Application programs are often built to operate on computing devices that have certain hardware capabilities. Hence, application programs available for download from a remote application repository might not be suitable execution on all client computing devices that are able to access the remote application repository. The improved techniques for controlling delivery can operate to permit the applications to be received by only those client computing devices that have the required hardware capabilities to properly operate the application programs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sam Gharabally, Sean Kelly
  • Publication number: 20180349451
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device can present related points of interest in search results and/or on a map display. For example, the computing device can receive input specifying search parameters. The computing device can obtain search results, including points of interest, associated with the search parameters. The computing device can present the search results such that related points of interest are grouped and/or presented near each other. For example, if a point of interest (e.g., area of interest) corresponds to a geographical area, then the computing device can group the area of interest with other points of interest related to the area of interest. Similarly, when an area of interest is presented on a map display, the geographic area related to the area of interest can be highlighted and related points of interest can be represented on the map display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander J. O'Connell, Aaron A. Reiner, YunJae Kim, Ryan D. Shelby, Tianyi Zhou, Megan M. Frost, Brian J. Andrich
  • Publication number: 20180350297
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus that may estimate the power being consumed by an OLED display screen of an electronic device, may provide further information about that power usage, may modify or change functions performed by the electronic device based on that power usage, and may inform an application's developer about the amount of power being used by the electronic device while the electronic device is running the application. One example may estimate the power being used by an OLED display screen of an electronic device by determining the content of images being displayed during a duration. The estimated power may then be presented to a user. The estimated power may be used in decisions to modify or change parameters of the screen or other device components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Abhinav Pathak, Conor J. O'Reilly, Shashi K. Dua, Udaykumar R. Raval, Christopher W. Chaney, Amit K. Vyas, Albert S. Liu, Roberto Alvarez, Rohit Mundra, Vladislav Sahnovich, Patrick Y. Law, Paul M. Thompson, Paolo Sacchetto, Chaohao Wang, Arthur L. Spence, Jean-Pierre Simon Guillou, Mohammad Ali Jangda, Christopher Edward Glazowski, Yifan Zhang
  • Publication number: 20180351393
    Abstract: An inductive coupling assembly for an electronic device is disclosed. The system may include an electronic device having an enclosure, and an internal inductive charging assembly positioned within the enclosure. The internal inductive charging assembly may include a receive inductive coil positioned within the enclosure. The system may also include a charger in electrical communication with the internal inductive charging assembly of the electronic device. The charger may include a transmit inductive coil aligned with the receive inductive coil. The transmit inductive coil may be configured to be in electrical communication with the receive inductive coil. Additionally, the system can include an inductive coupling assembly positioned between the electronic device and the charger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Graham, Ibuki Kamei, Timothy J. Rasmussen
  • Publication number: 20180352191
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments are directed to dynamic aspect media presentations. In an embodiment, a method comprises: obtaining, by a mobile device, a first set of instructions for playing a media presentation in a first format, the media presentation including a composition of media assets; playing, by a media player of the mobile device, the media presentation in a media player view in the first format according to the first set of instructions; obtaining, by the mobile device, a switching event trigger signal; responsive to the switching event trigger signal: obtaining, by the mobile device, a second set of instructions for playing the media presentation in a second format that is different than the first format; and playing, by the media player, the media presentation in the media player view in the second format according to the second set of instructions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron M. Eppolito, Anne E. Fink, James A. Queen, Wendy L. DeVore
  • Publication number: 20180349886
    Abstract: A device implementing notification based provisioning of card accounts may include at least one processor configured to receive, from a service provider, an indication of a card account of a user, and to determine whether the card account is eligible to be added to a first device of the user for use in a wireless transaction system. The at least one processor is further configured to, when the card account is determined to be eligible to be added to the first device, transmit a notification to the first device for display, the notification indicating that the card account is eligible to be added to the first device for use in the transaction system, and initiate provisioning, on a secure element of the first device, of an applet corresponding to the card account when an approval for adding the card account to the first device is received responsive to the notification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott D. BLAKESLEY, Benjamin D. CHESTER, Christopher SHARP, Glen W. STEELE, Pritesh M. DAVE, Yousuf H. VAID
  • Publication number: 20180352534
    Abstract: Coaching notifications can be determined based on current user fitness data and historical user fitness data. The coaching notifications may include information that encourages or otherwise coaches users towards established fitness goals. To this end, the timing for presenting along with the substance of the coaching notifications can be customized to the users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Kriz Blahnik, Aaron P. Thompson, David S. Clark, Julie A. Arney, Brian R. Drell, Keith P. Avery
  • Publication number: 20180350120
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for face syncing in a distributed computing environment. In an embodiment, a method comprises: obtaining, by a processor, media assets that include faces of individuals; detecting, by the processor of a mobile device, the faces on the media assets; generating, by the processor, faceprints for the detected faces; clustering, by the processor, the faceprints into clusters; generating, by the processor, a face crop image for each cluster; and sending, by the processor, the face crop images to a network-based, distributed syncing service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gavin B. Thomson, Eric Circlaeys, Paul M. Bombach, Tony F. Kinnis, Baskaran Subramaniam
  • Publication number: 20180352585
    Abstract: A method comprising: receiving a harvest trace from a mobile device, the harvest trace including a plurality of location fixes each corresponding to a location at a venue, each location fix associated with data including one or more RSSI measurements of one or more wireless signals received from each of a plurality of wireless access points positioned at the venue, the plurality of location fixes including at least two location fixes that have a positional relationship with each other; comparing the data associated with one of the location fixes with data associated with a reference point identified in a radio map of the venue; and updating the radio map of the venue by updating the data associated with the reference point based on the data associated with the one of the location fixes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Chun-Yuan Yang, Darin Tay, Wei Kong
  • Publication number: 20180352374
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device can identify relevant locations using location data gathered by and/or entered into the device. In some implementations, the device can proactively request offline map data for the relevant locations. A server can identify offline map data responsive to the request and send at least a portion thereof to the device in response. In some implementations, the device can suggest downloading offline map data for the relevant locations to a user before requesting the data. The user may be able to edit the location and/or search for other locations to download. The device may provide features for managing downloaded offline map content automatically and/or in response to user input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew B. Ball, Brian J. Andrich, Jonathan Paul McCabe, Julie M. Fortuna, Joseph A. Dean
  • Publication number: 20180352370
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device can identify relevant locations using location data gathered by and/or entered into the device. In some implementations, the device can proactively request offline map data for the relevant locations. A server can identify offline map data responsive to the request and send at least a portion thereof to the device in response. In some implementations, the device can suggest downloading offline map data for the relevant locations to a user before requesting the data. The user may be able to edit the location and/or search for other locations to download. The device may provide features for managing downloaded offline map content automatically and/or in response to user input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew B. Ball, Brian J. Andrich, Jonathan Paul McCabe, Julie M. Fortuna, Joseph A. Dean
  • Publication number: 20180338245
    Abstract: An example method includes obtaining a plurality of data items. Each data item includes an indication of a particular location, an indication that a wireless signal from a first access point was observed at that location, and an indication of a time at which the wireless signal from the first access point was observed at that location. The method also includes determining a locational stability of the first access point based on the data items. Determining the locational stability of the first access point includes clustering the plurality of data items into one or more clusters based on the locations indicated in the plurality of data items, determining whether the N most recent data items are associated with a common cluster, and determining whether a time span between the N most recent data items exceeds a threshold period of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Margaret H. Tam, David Benjamin Millman, Brian Stephen Smith, Benjamin A. Detwiler
  • Publication number: 20180338330
    Abstract: Proximity of a responder device to an initiator device can be used to determine user intent for pairing the responder device with the initiator device. For example, the initiator device can measure a signal strength of an advertisement signal from the responder device. When the signal strength is sufficiently strong, a pairing process can be initiated, e.g., the user of the initiator device can automatically be prompted to begin pairing. The determination of whether the signal strength is sufficiently high can be determined based on a human interaction model, which can use measurements from various geometrical configurations of the two types of devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brent M. Ledvina, Robert William Mayor, Bob Bradley
  • Publication number: 20180338078
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a method of operating a device to capture an image of a high dynamic range (HDR) scene. Upon the device entering an HDR mode, the method captures and stores multiple images at a first image exposure level. Upon receiving a command to capture the HDR scene, the method captures a first image at a second image exposure level. The method selects a second image from the captured plurality of images. The method composites the first and second images to produce a composite image that captures the HDR scene. In some embodiments, the method captures multiple images at multiple different exposure levels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Guy Cote, Garrett M. Johnson, James Edmund Orr, IV
  • Publication number: 20180337924
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing system can be configured so that a first user device can delegate a first user's media account credentials to second user device corresponding to a second user. For example, a playback device may be configured with the second user's media account credentials for accessing media items through a network media service. A first user may wish to play media items associated with the first user's media account credentials on the playback device. To do so, the first user device can request a device identifier for the playback device, request and obtain a delegate token for the device identifier from the media service, and provide the delegate token along with media item information to the playback device. The playback device can then use the delegate token to request the media item associated with the first user's media access account.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Graham, Taylor G. Carrigan, Nicholas J. Paulson, Johannes P. Schmidt, Thomas Alsina, Bob Bradley, Haishan Ye, James C. Grandy, Pierre De Lastic, Julien Lerouge
  • Publication number: 20180336003
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a media system communicates with an aggregate device that includes multiple media output devices. When providing media data for presentation, the system adjusts for device clock drift by resampling the media data provided to a media output device based at least in part on a device clock rate difference between a device clock of one of the media output devices and a device clock of another of the media output devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Moore, William George Stewart, Gerhard Lengeling
  • Publication number: 20180336716
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure can provide systems, methods, and computer-readable medium for adjusting audio and/or video information of a video clip based at least in part on facial feature and/or voice feature characteristics extracted from hardware components. For example, in response to detecting a request to generate an avatar video clip of a virtual avatar, a video signal associated with a face in a field of view of a camera and an audio signal may be captured. Voice feature characteristics and facial feature characteristics may be extracted from the audio signal and the video signal, respectively. In some examples, in response to detecting a request to preview the avatar video clip, an adjusted audio signal may be generated based at least in part on the facial feature characteristics and the voice feature characteristics, and a preview of the video clip of the virtual avatar using the adjusted audio signal may be displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sean A. Ramprashad, Carlos M. Avendano, Aram M. Lindahl
  • Publication number: 20180335312
    Abstract: A context-aware voice guidance method is provided that interacts with other voice services of a user device. The voice guidance does not provide audible guidance while the user is making a verbal request to any of the voice-activated services. Instead, the voice guidance transcribes its output on the screen while the verbal requests from the user are received. In some embodiments, the voice guidance only provides a short warning sound to get the user's attention while the user is speaking on a phone call or another voice-activated service is providing audible response to the user's inquires. The voice guidance in some embodiments distinguishes between music that can be ducked and spoken words, for example from an audiobook, that the user wants to pause instead of being skipped. The voice guidance ducks music but pauses spoken words of an audio book in order to provide voice guidance to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Bennett, Stephen O. Lemay, Marcel Van Os, Scott Forstall, Bradford A. Moore, Emanuele Vulcano, Seejo K. Pylappan
  • Publication number: 20180338177
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device can transfer a playback queue between the computing device and a playback device. For example, the computing device can detect when the computing device is within a threshold distance of a playback device. The computing device can establish a connection to the playback device and receive state information describing the media playback state of the playback device. The computing device can determine the media playback state of the computing device. The computing device can present graphical user interfaces for initiating a transfer of a playback queue between the computing device and the playback device based on the playback state of the devices. The computing device can initiate a transfer of the playback queue in response to user input to one of the graphical user interfaces or automatically based on the context of the computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Graham, Taylor G. Carrigan, Nicholas J. Paulson, Johannes P. Schmidt, Thomas Alsina, Bob Bradley, Haishan Ye, James C. Grandy, Pierre De Lastic, Julien Lerouge
  • Publication number: 20180335311
    Abstract: A method of providing navigation instructions in a locked mode of a device is disclosed. The method, while the display screen of the device is turned off, determines that the device is near a navigation point. The method turns on the display screen and provides navigation instructions. In some embodiments, the method identifies the ambient light level around the device and turns on the display at brightness level determined by the identified ambient light level. The method turns off the display after the navigation point is passed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marcel van Os, Emanuele Vulcano, Bradford A. Moore, Andrew B. Cato
  • Publication number: 20180337956
    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: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron M. Sigel, Andrew R. Whalley, Awartika Pandey, Robert J. Walsh
  • Publication number: 20180336713
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure can provide systems, methods, and computer-readable medium for providing audio and/or video effects based at least in part on facial features and/or voice feature characteristics of the user. For example, video and/or an audio signal of the user may be recorded by a device. Voice audio features and facial feature characteristics may be extracted from the voice audio signal and the video, respectively. The facial features of the user may be used to modify features of a virtual avatar to emulate the facial feature characteristics of the user. The extracted voice audio features may modified to generate an adjusted audio signal or an audio signal may be composed from the voice audio features. The adjusted/composed audio signal may simulate the voice of the virtual avatar. A preview of the modified video/audio may be provided at the user's device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos M. Avendano, Sean A. Ramprashad
  • Publication number: 20180331343
    Abstract: Various embodiments described herein relate to a battery that includes a battery cap with one or more cut-out sections. The battery cap may be used to at least partially cover a circuit board that is proximate an end of a battery cell. In various examples, the cut-out sections may be configured to accommodate one or more cell tabs of the battery that protrude above the circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan C. Wilson, Charles H. Laird
  • Publication number: 20180330867
    Abstract: Methods of and systems for directing flux from a transmit coil to a receive coil within an inductive power transfer system are disclosed. For example, a transmit coil may be shielded with a contoured shield made from a ferromagnetic material. The contoured shield may contour to several surfaces of the transmit coil so as to define a single plane through which flux may be directed to a receive coil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Graham, Eric S. Jol, Makiko K. Brzezinski
  • Publication number: 20180332482
    Abstract: Embodiments for performing an anticipatory networking are provided. These embodiments include detecting an action taken by a user of a wirelessly-enabled device, an automated action of the wirelessly-enabled device, or a current condition of the device; learning what future operations the wirelessly-enabled device will likely need to perform in order to carry out the desired user action or device action; creating a user profile based on the learned information; and proactively performing, based on the user profile, certain downstream operations before the data corresponding to those operations is actually needed. In some embodiments, the anticipatory networking techniques disclosed herein essentially represent the confluence of networking concepts and machine learning concepts, and as such, enable wireless communications having reduced latency, while also improving network reliability and device performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Franco TRAVOSTINO