Apple Patent Applications

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

  • Publication number: 20180293243
    Abstract: A method for slide shows. The method includes receiving one or more video content element and one or more image content element that are each associated with a respective audio track, where a first video content element includes a corresponding first audio track and a second video content element includes a corresponding second audio track that is disabled or non-existent, receiving input selecting a background audio track for the slide show, and automatically integrating the video content element, the image content element, and the background audio track together into the slide show, where the background audio track is played during playback of the slide show when the computing device detects that there is no audio signal generated by another audio track in the slide show.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ralf Weber, Guillaume Vergnaud
  • Publication number: 20180292468
    Abstract: Systems, methods and non-transitory, computer-readable mediums are disclosed for a magnetic field sensor array with electromagnetic interference cancellation. In an embodiment, a circuit comprises: a first circuit configured for obtaining an output signal from a magnetic field sensor array in an electronic system, the output signal representing a magnetic field present in the electronic system, the magnetic field including electromagnetic interference (EMI) generated by one or more magnetic aggressors of the electronic system; and a second circuit configured to apply one or more magnetic field gradient heat maps to the output signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jian Guo
  • Publication number: 20180294013
    Abstract: A method to author music. The method includes generating, based on a collection of media clips stored on a device, an audio component for an audio/video (A/V) presentation, determining a plurality of locations within the audio component where a beat, onset, segment boundary, or stinger occurs within the audio component, selecting a particular location in the plurality of locations as a transition location, generating, based the collection of media clips and the transition location within the audio component, a video component for the A/V presentation, and generating the A/V presentation based on the audio component and the video component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron M. Eppolito, Conner Stuart Richardson, Wendy L. DeVore
  • Publication number: 20180288295
    Abstract: A lighting module which provides adjustably controllable illumination of a camera field of view of a camera module includes an adjustable collimator which can be adjustably positioned such that the emitted light beam is adjustably directed to illuminate various regions of various camera fields of view. The collimator can be adjusted via an actuator which adjustably positions the collimator relative to static components of the lighting module, including the light emitter. The light beam can be directed to illuminate a selected limited region of a camera field of view, based on identification of a subject within the limited region. The light beam can be adjustably directed based on user interactions with a user interface, including adjusting the light beam according to user-commanded beam angle, intensity, and direction. The light beam can be adjustably directed to illuminate a region according to different fields of view of different camera modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Miodrag Scepanovic, Angelo M. Alaimo, Florian R. Fournier, Andreas G. Weber, Simon S. Lee
  • Publication number: 20180283878
    Abstract: Techniques are described for seamlessly transitioning from a map that displays out-of-doors elements to a map that displays indoor elements, in response to detecting a transition event. The transition event may be, for example, that a navigation system that is generating the out-of-doors map has moved to an indoors location. Techniques are also provided for navigating to a parking spot in a parking structure. Specifically, users may search for parking spots that satisfy specific criteria. The search for a parking spot that satisfies the criteria may be initiated at the time a trip begins, or may be automatically triggered by some event. For example, a search for available parking spots near a designated destination may be automatically initiated as a user comes within a predetermined distance of the designated destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Devrim Varoglu, Monika Bansal, Swapnil R. Dave
  • Publication number: 20180285325
    Abstract: A method for providing a dynamic loupe in a window of an electronic device. The method includes displaying a document in the window of the electronic device, displaying, using at least dimensions associated with a first sub-region of the document being displayed, the dynamic loupe for the first sub-region, receiving an instruction to associate the dynamic loupe with a second sub-region of the document being displayed, determining one or more dimensions of the second sub-region, and displaying, using at least the identified one or more dimensions, the dynamic loupe for the second sub-region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nils Beck, Conrad Carlen
  • Publication number: 20180277995
    Abstract: Connector receptacles that are able to withstand insertion and other forces, are reliable, and are easy to manufacture. In various examples, the connector receptacle tongue or other portions may be reinforced such that they may withstand the insertion forces exerted through a connector insert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: George Tziviskos, Jae Hwang Lee, Mahmoud R. Amini, Paul J. Hack, Zheng Gao, Rui Zhou
  • Publication number: 20180278065
    Abstract: Battery systems that may monitor and control multiple battery cells in electronic devices. One example may provide a battery system having multiple battery cells controlled by a single battery controller. Each battery cell may be connected to a first end of a control path, the second end of which may be connected to either a positive or negative terminal of the battery system. Each control path may include a charge control transistor that may allow or prevent charging of a battery cell, a discharge control transistor that may allow or prevent discharging of a battery cell, and a current sense resistor to sense currents into or out of a battery cell. The charge and discharge control transistors may be controlled by control outputs provided by the battery controller. The battery controller may also include a balance switch to provide a low-impedance path between battery cells to reduce offset voltages between them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2017
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Hoyt, Todd D. Heathershaw
  • Publication number: 20180274603
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a navigation application that presents road signs during a navigation presentation. In presenting the road signs, the application of some embodiments differentiates the appearance of road signs at junctions that require a change of direction from road signs at junctions that do not require a change of direction. The application may perform processes that ensure that it arranges the road signs on the map in an aesthetically pleasing manner. In addition, the navigation application of some embodiments does not display too many road signs along the navigated route so that the route is not by occluded by too many road signs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen O. Lemay, Seejo K. Pylappan, Marcel Van Os, Harold O. Habeck
  • Publication number: 20180279028
    Abstract: A portable electronic device may have acoustic ports such as microphone and speaker ports. Acoustic devices such as microphones and speakers may be associated with the acoustic ports. An acoustic port may have an opening between an interior and exterior of the portable electronic device. The opening may be covered by a metal mesh. An acoustic fabric may be interposed between the metal mesh and the opening. The opening may be formed from a hole in a glass member having outer and inner chamfers. A microphone boot may be provided that forms front and rear radial seals with a housing of the device and a microphone unit respectively. The microphone boot may also form multiple face seals with the microphone unit. A speaker for the speaker port may be enclosed in a sealed speaker enclosure. The speaker enclosure may have a pressure-equalizing vent slit covered with an acoustic mesh.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Mittleman, Richard P. Howarth, Chad Seguin
  • Publication number: 20180276300
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide an address harvester that harvests addresses from one or more applications executing on a device. Some embodiments use the harvested addresses to facilitate the operation of one or more applications executing on the device. Alternatively, or conjunctively, some embodiments use the harvested addresses to facilitate the operation of one or more applications executing on another device than the one used for harvesting the addresses. In some embodiments, a prediction system uses the harvested addresses to formulate predictions, which it then provides to the same set of applications from which it harvested the addresses in some embodiments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ashley B. Clark, Jorge Fino, Scott Herz, Emanuele Vulcano, Marcel van Os
  • Publication number: 20180266849
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a single-sided or double-sided moving magnet haptic engine comprises: a frame; one or more magnetic field sources mounted to the frame and operable to generate a magnetic field and a back electromotive force (EMF) voltage; a magnetic mass positioned within the frame and operable to move within the frame along a movement axis; a comparator mounted to the frame, the comparator operable to detect the magnetic field and to generate a signal indicating a crossing of one or more magnetic references by the magnetic field; and a processor coupled to the one or more sensors and operable to estimate a displacement of the magnetic mass on the movement axis based on the back EMF voltage and the signal. Other embodiments are directed to a single-sided or double-sided moving coil haptic engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Denis G. Chen, Hari Vasudevan
  • Publication number: 20180270655
    Abstract: An event is detected at a first device. Responsive to the detection, at least some functionality of the first device is deactivated. The presence of a second device, cryptographically paired with the first device, is detected by the first device. Responsive to the detection, at least some functionality of the first device is activated or reactivated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua V. Graessley
  • Publication number: 20180268057
    Abstract: Systems, methods, devices and non-transitory, computer-readable storage mediums are disclosed for dynamic media rendering (DMR). In a first stage, a master media file is parsed into its component media assets, which are rendered individually into files and archived for reuse. In a second stage, the master media file is divided into segments containing sequential full-frames of media assets that are rendered into files and archived for reuse. Each time a media asset included in the master media file is updated, added or deleted, the one or more segment files that have a dependency on the updated, added or deleted media asset are rendered again. In a third stage, a third rendering node with knowledge of all the segment files archived during the second stage, and their respective order in time, combines the archived segment files together to create a full-frame, full-duration rendered master media file.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Amir H. Jadidi, Nicholas T. Verburg
  • Publication number: 20180270626
    Abstract: Described herein are apparatuses, systems and methods for enhancing short message service (“SMS”) over Internet protocol (“IP”). The methods including at, a user equipment (“UE”) connected to a network, receiving an indication from the network, wherein the indication identifies whether the network supports an SMS over IP session, when the indication identifies that the network supports the SMS over IP session, registering the UE for voice communication and the SMS over IP session with the network, and when the indication identifies that the network does not support the SMS over IP session, registering the UE for voice communication without the SMS over IP session with the network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Huarui LIANG, Zhiwei WANG, Dawei ZHANG
  • Publication number: 20180270656
    Abstract: An event is detected at a first device. Responsive to the detection, at least some functionality of the first device is deactivated. The presence of a second device, cryptographically paired with the first device, is detected by the first device. Responsive to the detection, at least some functionality of the first device is activated or reactivated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua V. Graessley
  • Publication number: 20180270446
    Abstract: In some implementations, a user device can be configured to create media messages with automatic titling. For example, a user can create a media messaging project that includes multiple video clips. The video clips can be generated based on video data and/or audio data captured by the user device and/or based on pre-recorded video data and/or audio data obtained from various storage locations. When the user device captures the audio data for a clip, the user device can obtain a speech-to-text transcription of the audio data in near real time and present the transcription data (e.g., text) overlaid on the video data while the video data is being captured or presented by the user device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph-Alexander P. Weil, Andrew L. Harding, David Black, James Brasure, Joash S. Berkeley, Katherine K. Ernst, Richard Salvador, Stephen Sheeler, William D. Cummings, Xiaohuan Corina Wang, Robert L. Clark, Kevin M. O'Neil
  • Publication number: 20180270737
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods are provided for automatically detecting and connecting to a Wi-Fi network. In these methods, a wireless device listens for beacons that are sent using a low-power wireless protocol. Once the wireless device detects a first beacon at a first location, the wireless device extracts a first beacon region identifier from the beacon and correlates the first beacon region identifier with a first Wi-Fi network that is located at the first location. Next, the wireless device retrieves a first set of credentials for connecting to the first Wi-Fi network. Once the first set of credentials is retrieved, the wireless device uses the first set of credentials to connect to the first Wi-Fi network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Artiom SHAMIS, Kapil CHHABRA
  • Publication number: 20180260635
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide an autonomous navigation system which autonomously navigates a vehicle through an environment based on predicted trajectories of one or more separate dynamic elements through the environment. The system identifies contextual cues associated with a monitored dynamic element, based on features of the dynamic element and actions of the dynamic element relative to various elements of the environment, including motions relative to other dynamic elements. A monitored dynamic element can be associated with a particular intention, which specifies a prediction of dynamic element movement through the environment, based on a correlation between identified contextual cues associated with the monitored dynamic element and a set of contextual cues which are associated with the particular intention. A predicted trajectory of the dynamic element is generated based on an associated intention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ahmad AL-DAHLE, Bruno A. HEXSEL
  • Publication number: 20180254641
    Abstract: Battery packs that include multiple battery cells that may be monitored using a reduced amount of circuitry and battery systems that may account for battery cell changes over aging and temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2017
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Karthik Kadirvel, Ankur Gupta, Hua Chen, Christopher C. Branson, David M. DeMuro, Alessandro Pelosi
  • Publication number: 20180255594
    Abstract: A device, system, and method performs a Voice over Long Term Evolution (LTE) (VoLTE) call setup procedure. The device includes a transceiver establishing a connection with a LTE network and an Internet Protocol (IP) Multimedia Subsystem (IMS). The device includes a processor executing a VoLTE call application with a further user equipment, receiving an input to execute the VoLTE call application, and generating a data packet including an indication to trigger a dedicated bearer establishment procedure. The transceiver transmits the data packet to one of the LTE network and the IMS. The indication triggers the dedicated bearer establishment procedure to be performed during a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) signal exchange procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Huarui LIANG, Dawei ZHANG, Shangfeng LI, Hao SUN, Zhiwei WANG
  • Publication number: 20180242697
    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: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. WEBB, Erik L. WANG, Daniele DE IULIIS, Wayne COWAN
  • Publication number: 20180249296
    Abstract: Techniques for storing information representing a venue are described. A venue data provider may upload venue data to a venue data service. The venue data can include locations, geometries, and business categories of the buildings and floors. The venue data service can validate the venue data, and request a survey service to survey the venue using the validated venue data. A survey can include recording measurements of an environment variable at various locations of the venue. The location service can generate location fingerprint data from the survey. The location fingerprint data can include expected measurements of the environment variable at various locations of the building. The venue data service can provide the location fingerprint data to a mobile device such that the mobile device can determine a location of the mobile device in the venue using sensor readings of the environment variable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ashish Agarwal, Ian Aric Mondragon, Rahul Ravikumar, Calvin Lin, Max Muller, III, Philip Stanger, Vojislav Samsalovic
  • Publication number: 20180249294
    Abstract: Methods, program products, and systems of using a mobile WAP for location and context purposes are disclosed. In general, in one aspect, a server can estimate an effective location of a wireless access gateway using harvested data. The server can harvest location data from multiple mobile devices. The harvested data can include a location of each mobile device and an identifier of a wireless access gateway that is located within a communication range of the mobile device. In some implementations, the server can identify a mobile wireless access gateway based on a distance comparison. Data indicating the mobility of a wireless access gateway can be used by a mobile device to initiate one or more actions, including managing power of the mobile device, modifying entrance and exit conditions of virtual fences and determining a context of the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald K. Huang, Robert Mayor, Lukas M. Marti
  • Publication number: 20180246342
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an apparatus includes an optics assembly housing an optics component. In some embodiments, the optics assembly is configured to move within the apparatus. In some embodiments, the optics assembly is suspended by a plurality of wires on a base component of the apparatus. In some embodiments, one or more passive dampers disposed around the plurality of wires. In some embodiments, the passive dampers are configured to passively dampen motions of the optics assembly within the apparatus, and each of the one or more passive dampers radially surrounds a portion of a length of a respective one of the plurality of wires over a portion of the length of the respective one of the plurality of wires.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott W. Miller, Aurelien R. Hubert, Ryan J. Dunn, Douglas S. Brodie
  • Publication number: 20180238704
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a method for a mobile device connected to a vehicle's interactive communication system that includes a display screen. The method identifies at least one search term from audio data received through the vehicle's interactive communication system. At the mobile device, the method performs a search to identify at least one location related to the identified search term. The method generates a map, that displays the identified location, for output on the display screen of the interactive communication system of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Emanuele Vulcano, Bradford A. Moore, Jorge Fino, Scott Herz, Justin Garcia
  • Publication number: 20180238703
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a method for an application executing on a mobile device. The method renders an animated navigation presentation for output to an external display screen not part of the mobile device. The navigation presentation includes an animated map showing at least a portion of a route to a destination. The method simultaneously displays information regarding a maneuver along the route on a display screen of the mobile device without displaying a same animated map on the mobile device. In some embodiments, the displayed information regarding the maneuver comprises a graphical instruction and a text instruction for a next maneuver along the route.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Emanuele Vulcano, Bradford A. Moore, Jorge Fino, Marcel van Os
  • Publication number: 20180240447
    Abstract: A method to author music. The method includes presenting, on a display by a computing device, an audio effect menu, receiving, by the computing device, a first user input selecting a first audio effect from the audio effect menu, generating, in response to receiving the first user input, a first modified audio stream based on a particular audio stream and the first audio effect, receiving, by the computing device while receiving the first user input, a second user input selecting a second audio effect from the audio effect menu, generating, in response to receiving the second user input, a second modified audio stream based on the first modified audio stream and the second audio effect, detecting cessation of the first user input, and continuing, in response to detecting the cessation, generating the second modified audio stream based on the first modified audio stream and the second audio effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: ROBERT BAKER, GERHARD LENGELING, Alec Little, Patrick Beard, Ole Lagemann, Danny Patterson, Tobias Hermann
  • Publication number: 20180233951
    Abstract: Embodiments describe a wireless power receiving module to receive magnetic flux for wireless power transfer. The wireless power receiving module includes a receiver coil comprising a single length of wire wound into a plurality of turns, an electromagnetic receiver shield coupled to a first side of the receiver coil, a ferrite layer coupled to a second side of the receiver coil opposite of the first side, the ferrite layer positioned to redirect magnetic flux during the charging event to improve charging efficiency, and a thermal mitigation shield comprising a thermally conductive layer adhered to an electrically conductive layer where the electrically conductive layer is coupled to ground, and where the ferrite layer is sandwiched between the thermal mitigation shield and the receiver coil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Ruben F. Larsson, Eric S. Jol, Christopher S. Graham, Aaron A. Oro
  • Publication number: 20180234923
    Abstract: An example computer-implemented method includes determining, by an electronic device, that the electronic device has not received a user activity for an interval of time. The method also includes determining, by the electronic device, a contextual state of the electronic device, and adapting, by the electronic device, a sleep delay value based on the determined contextual state of the electronic device. The method also includes determining that the interval of time has exceeded the sleep delay value, and responsive to determining that the interval of time has exceeded the sleep delay value, transitioning, by the electronic device, from a first power state to a second power state, where the first power state is higher or lower than the second power state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gaurav Kapoor, Andrei Dorofeev, Varaprasad V. Lingutla, Cyril de la Cropte de Chanterac
  • Publication number: 20180233867
    Abstract: Connector inserts having retention features with good reliability and holding force. These connector inserts may include ground contacts that provide an insertion portion having a reduced length. These connector inserts may be reliable, have an attractive appearance, and be readily manufactured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: George Tziviskos, Paul J. Hack, Samuel W. Yuen, Nathan N. Ng, Zheng Gao, Mahmoud R. Amini, Min Chul Kim, Colin J. Abraham
  • Publication number: 20180226747
    Abstract: This application relates to magnetically actuated electrical connectors. The electrical connectors includes movable magnetic elements that move in response to an externally applied magnetic field. In some embodiments, the electrical connectors includes recessed contacts that move from a recessed position to an engaged position in response to an externally applied magnetic field associated with an electronic device to which the connector is designed to be coupled. In some embodiments, the external magnetic field has a particular polarity pattern configured to draw contacts associated with a matching polarity pattern out of the recessed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hani Esmaeili, Eric S. Jol, Ibuki Kamei, Daniel C. Wagman, Albert J. Golko, Mahmoud R. Amini, Mani Razaghi Kashani
  • Publication number: 20180226739
    Abstract: Contact structures that are readily manufactured, where contacts in the contact structures consume a minimal amount of surface area, depth, and volume in an electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Wagman, Oliver C. Ross, Eric S. Jol, Hani Esmaeili
  • Publication number: 20180224715
    Abstract: A Fresnel lens includes multiple different zones. At least one of the zones may be an asymmetric zone that is radially asymmetric. The asymmetric zone may redirect light received from a light source located within a focal length of the Fresnel lens to a portion of a field of view of an image sensor. In some embodiments, multiple asymmetric zones may be implemented within the same Fresnel lens, which may have different radial asymmetry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Blake M. Coughenour
  • Publication number: 20180226055
    Abstract: Parameters of a display may be adjusted in response to accessing a time value corresponding to an electronic device that includes the display. A brightness value of the display may be adjusted based on the time value to maintain a display characteristic value within a predefined range and below a threshold. The display characteristic value may be independently controllable by one of the brightness or the color temperature of the display. A set of red green blue (RGB) color values of the display may be adjusted independent of the adjustment to the brightness value to maintain the display characteristic value within the predefined range and below the threshold while maintaining the brightness value of the display. In some examples, the RGB color values of the display may be adjusted at approximately the same time as the adjustment of the set of RGB color values of the display is performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Roy J.E.M. Raymann, Nicolas P. Bonnier, Jonathan T. Varbel, Lu Zhang
  • Publication number: 20180218542
    Abstract: A user interface enables a user to calibrate the position of a three dimensional model with a real-world environment represented by that model. Using a device's sensor, the device's location and orientation is determined. A video image of the device's environment is displayed on the device's display. The device overlays a representation of an object from a virtual reality model on the video image. The position of the overlaid representation is determined based on the device's location and orientation. In response to user input, the device adjusts a position of the overlaid representation relative to the video image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher G. Nicholas, Lukas M. Marti, Rudolph van der Merwe, John Kassebaum
  • Publication number: 20180220261
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a wireless device that can adapt a rate of related wireless network unit scans for adjacent networks is disclosed. In one embodiment, the wireless device can include a wireless network unit and a co-located geo-location signal receiver, and a processor. The processor can determine the position and speed of the wireless device from data received from the geo-location signal receiver. The processor can configure the wireless network unit to adapt the rate of related wireless network scans based upon determined speed and position. In one embodiment, the wireless network unit scans can be wireless scans for other nearby networks for roaming or location based services.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Suresh NAGARAJ
  • Publication number: 20180211582
    Abstract: Display panel redundancy schemes and methods of operation are described. In an embodiment, and display panel includes an array of drivers (e.g. microdrivers), each of which including multiple portions to independently receive control and pixel bits. In an embodiment, each driver portion is to control a group of redundant emission elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kapil V. SAKARIYA, Tore NAUTA, Hopil BAE, Henry C. JEN, James E. PEDDER, Sunggu KANG, Shingo HATANAKA, Xiang LU, Mahdi Farrokh BAROUGHI, Hasan AKYOL, Saif CHOUDHARY, Ion BITA
  • Publication number: 20180212455
    Abstract: An electronic device and methods for inductively charging an electronic device using another external electronic device. The electronic device may include an enclosure, a battery positioned within the enclosure, and an inductive coil coupled to the battery. The inductive coil may have two or more operational modes, including a power receiving operational mode for wirelessly receiving power and a power transmitting operational mode for wirelessly transmitting power. The electronic device may also have a controller coupled to the inductive coil for selecting one of the operational modes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Darshan R. Kasar, Christopher S. Graham, Eric S. Jol
  • Publication number: 20180208209
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide an autonomous navigation system which can navigate a vehicle through an environment according to a selected comfort profile, where the comfort profile associates a particular set of occupant profiles and a particular set of driving control parameters, so that the vehicle is navigated based on the particular set of driving control parameters. The comfort profile is selected based on a determined correlation between the occupants detected in the vehicle interior and the occupants specified by the set of occupant profiles included in the comfort profile. The driving control parameters included in a comfort profile can be adjusted based on monitoring occupants of the vehicle for feedback when the vehicle is being autonomously navigated according to the comfort profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ahmad Al-Dahle, Byron B. Han
  • Publication number: 20180209812
    Abstract: A navigation application that provides a dynamic set of warnings based on a set of collected and calculated data. The navigation application collects a series of data and identifies a set of critical points along the route. The navigation application analyzes the collected data to determine whether to provide a navigation warning to the user. The navigation application uses the collected data to determine whether a navigation instruction for the critical point should be modified to account for different driving conditions. Finally, the navigation application of some embodiments determines a timing for when a navigation instruction should be provided to the user, ensuring that the instruction is presented to the user with sufficient time to safely adjust their behavior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn D. MacGougan, Laurent Charignon
  • Publication number: 20180211636
    Abstract: An improve navigation application can generate and display a composite representation of multiple POIs when POI icons representing the POIs appear to be overlapping. Some embodiments display the composite representation when a certain zoom level is reached for a map including the multiple POI icons. In some embodiments, the navigation application can determine POIs that may be of interest to the user based on the user's attributes and activity history and generate the composite representation based on those attributes. The composite representation can include multiple POI icons that are displayed adjacent to each other such that a user of the navigation application can readily identify POIs that are likely to be of interest to the user within a region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Blumenberg, Marcel Van Os, Mikio Inose
  • Publication number: 20180199138
    Abstract: Systems, methods, devices and non-transitory, computer-readable storage mediums are disclosed for location-tracking wireless devices. In an embodiment, a method performed by an electronic device comprises: playing, or initiating the playing of, a sound through a loudspeaker of an accessory device via a communication link. The sound is played at a specified frequency that utilizes a frequency response of the loudspeaker (or loudspeaker plus speaker enclosure). The sound is received through two or more microphones of the electronic device and filtered by one or more filters. The one or more filters are configured to pass the sound at or around the specified frequency and to reduce masking of the sound by ambient noise. The filtered sound is associated with direction data generated from sensor data provided by one or more inertial sensors of the electronic device. In another embodiment, the specified frequency is higher than the maximum human hearing range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sorin V. Dusan, Raghunandan K. Pai, Scott Lopatin, Tommy Rochette, Navin Bindiganavile Suparna, Emmanuel Lalande, Siva Ganesh Movva, Robert Watson, Scott Grinker
  • Publication number: 20180199020
    Abstract: A method of altering audio output from an electronic device based on image data is provided. In one embodiment, the method includes acquiring image data and determining one or more characteristics of the image data. Such characteristics may include sharpness, brightness, motion, magnification, zoom setting, and so forth, as well as variation in any of the preceding characteristics. The method may also include producing audio output, wherein at least one characteristic of the audio output is determined based on one or more of the image data characteristics. Various audio output characteristics that may be varied based on the video data characteristics may include, for instance, pitch, reverberation, tempo, volume, filter frequency response, added sound effects, or the like. Additional methods, devices, and manufactures are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aram Lindahl, Kelvin Chiu
  • Publication number: 20180197332
    Abstract: For a mapping application, a method for reporting a problem related to a map displayed by the mapping application is described. The method identifies a mode in which the mapping application is operating. The method identifies a set of types of problems to report based on the identified mode. The method displays, in a display area of the mapping application, a graphical user interface (GUI) page that includes a set of selectable user interface (UI) items that represent the identified set of types of problems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marcel van Os, Albert P. Dul, Bradford A. Moore, Ethan C. Sorrelgreen, I Wei Lai
  • Publication number: 20180195872
    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: January 4, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 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: 20180184545
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments related to a component for use in a portable electronic device. The component includes a wall of the portable electronic device, containing an intake zone that includes a set of intake vents. The wall also includes an exhaust zone containing a set of exhaust vents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brett W. Degner, Bartley K. Andre, Jeremy D. Bataillou, Jay S. Nigen, Christiaan A. Ligtenberg, Ron A. Hopkinson, Charles A. Schwalbach, Matthew P. Casebolt, Nicholas A. Rundle, Frank F. Liang
  • Publication number: 20180172449
    Abstract: Location information is used to build a database of locations having associated audio, video, image, or text data. In some implementations, a device includes a touch-sensitive display and collects data associated with a geographic location of interest. The geographic location of interest can be displayed on a map using an indicator. A touch selection of the indicator provides access to the data through an interface displayed on the touch-sensitive display. One or more locations of interest can be displayed and grouped together by an attribute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Forstall, Gregory N. Christie, Robert E. Borchers, Imran A. Chaudhri
  • Publication number: 20180176112
    Abstract: A uniform protocol can facilitate secure, authenticated communication between a controller device and an accessory device that is controlled by the controller. An accessory and a controller can establish a pairing, the existence of which can be verified at a later time and used to create a secure communication session. The accessory can provide an accessory definition record that defines the accessory as a collection of services, each service having one or more characteristics. Within a secure communication session, the controller can interrogate the characteristics to determine accessory state and/or modify the characteristics to instruct the accessory to change its state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin P. McLaughlin, Andrew Burks, Srinivas Rama, Anush Nadathur, Joe Abuan, Bob Bradley, Craig Dooley, Gregg Golembeski, JR., Arun Mathias
  • Publication number: 20180166819
    Abstract: Contact structures that are readily manufactured, where contacts in the contact structures provide a sufficient normal force while consuming a minimal amount of surface area, depth, and volume in an electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Wagman, Eric S. Jol