Apple Patent Applications

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

  • Publication number: 20180101138
    Abstract: An adjustable alarm indicator of an alarm application is described. The adjustable alarm indicator may be presented in connection with an alarm setting sequence. The adjustable alarm indicator may include a variable element having a variable annular shape, a first element associated with a first end of the variable element, and a second element associated with a second end of the variable element. The first element may be independently moveable to adjust the size of the variable element. The second element also may be independently moveable to adjust the size of the variable element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Roy J.E.M. Raymann, Jay Kriz Blahnik, Stephanie M. Greer, Aroon Pahwa, Jonathan T. Varbel
  • Publication number: 20180098196
    Abstract: This disclosure describes embodiments for harvesting and serving labels for locations. In an embodiment, a method comprises: receiving, by one or more server computers, location data including wireless access point data and location labels associated with significant locations, the location data being harvested from a plurality of devices operating at a plurality of geographic locations; and updating, by the one or more server computers, a plurality of fingerprints representing the plurality of geographic locations, the updating including associating at least one of the received location labels with at least one of the plurality of fingerprints.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Dal Santo, Stephen J. Rhee, Ronald K. Huang, Nicholas M. Holt
  • Publication number: 20180084873
    Abstract: A first connector assembly may be connectable to a second connector assembly using a sliding attachment process, in which a front portion of the first connector assembly is inserted into an end of a slot in the second connector assembly and slides laterally along the slot until electrical contacts on the two connector assemblies are aligned. Electrical contacts of the first connector assembly may be biased proud to make contact with recessed electrical contacts in the second connector assembly. A retraction mechanism may be provided to retract the electrical contacts of the first connector assembly during lateral sliding. An interlock mechanism may be provided to prevent unwanted operation of the retraction mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Kallman, Michael B. Wittenberg, Stephen E. Dey, Eric S. Jol
  • Publication number: 20180088067
    Abstract: Methods, structures, and apparatus that are able to detect the presence of a connection to a contact of an electronic device and are also able to detect the presence of contamination at the contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Vishal Gupta, Timothy M. Johnson, Nilay D. Jani, Yehonatan Perez
  • Publication number: 20180085786
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an electromagnetic reluctance actuator comprises: a core assembly including a plurality of magnetic cores arranged in a two-dimensional plane, each core comprised of ferromagnetic material and wound by a coil of conductive wire, the coils operable for producing magnetic flux density in response to electrical currents flowing in the coils, wherein the current in each coil flows in a direction that is opposite the currents flowing in adjacent coils; and an actuator, at least a portion of which comprises ferritic material magnetically coupled to the coils by a magnetic circuit, for producing mechanical force in response to the effect of magnetic flux on the portion, the portion of the actuator being mounted for movement relative to the core assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Teera Songatikamas, Joseph C. Doll, Matthew A. Bigarani
  • Publication number: 20180085857
    Abstract: A hybrid laser modulation and acid etch process for the creation of a patterned substrate. According to some embodiments, a hole is formed in a glass substrate by first modulating a portion of the substrate in the desired shape. A mask is coated on the glass substrate and is patterned to expose the modulated portion. The glass substrate is then acid etched to remove the modulated portion. Once the modulated portion has been etched, the desired shape may be removed from the glass substrate and the mask may be stripped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan K. Gupta, Simon R. Lancaster-Larocque, Prithu Sharma, Weibo Cheng, Abhijit A. Kangude, Bryan W. Posner, Sudirukkuge T. Jinasundera, Karan Bir
  • Publication number: 20180088748
    Abstract: A device may include a dynamic function row (DFR) comprising a touchscreen. A device processor may operate a DFR agent controlling the DFR. The DFR agent may generate and/or select images to display on the DFR based on rules and/or contexts, and the DFR may display the images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ali T. OZER, Christopher A. DREESSEN
  • Publication number: 20180088996
    Abstract: A method may include accessing a data processing architecture associated with a neural network to determine dependencies between intermediate data layers of the neural network; obtaining dimensions of the intermediate data layers in the neural network; calculating a minimum number of data storage portions for executing the neural network based on the dependencies; determining a memory allocation size for each respective data storage portion of the data storage portions based on the dimensions and dependencies; allocating memory on a storage device for each data storage portion in accordance with its respective determined memory allocation size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Francesco Rossi, Marco Zuliani
  • Publication number: 20180088632
    Abstract: A device may include a dynamic function row (DFR) comprising a touchscreen. A device processor may operate a DFR agent controlling the DFR. The DFR agent may generate and/or select images to display on the DFR based on rules and/or contexts, and the DFR may display the images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher A. Dreessen, John R. Tegtmeyer, Taylor A. Kelly
  • Publication number: 20180091000
    Abstract: Embodiments describe a transmitter coil arrangement for a wireless charging device including: a first layer of transmitter coils, each transmitter coil in the first layer of transmitter coils is arranged in a first radial direction; a second layer of transmitter coils, each transmitter coil in the second layer of transmitter coils is arranged in a second radial direction that is offset from the first radial direction by an angular offset; and a third layer of transmitter coils, each transmitter coil in the top layer of transmitter coils is arranged in a third rotational direction that is offset from both the first and second radial directions by the angular offset, where the second layer of transmitter coils is disposed between the first and third layers of transmitter coils
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eric S. Jol, Christopher S. Graham, Demetrios B. Karanikos, Benjamin J. Kallman
  • Publication number: 20180089796
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for processing a digital image. In some embodiments, a digital image may be output to a display. A scope overlay may be provided that includes a cursor window, a viewing window having a fixed size relative to the display, and a target source size. The viewing window may be calibrated according to the target source size to generate an image scale factor. In some embodiments, the calibrating may include correlating a section of the viewing window to the target source size, and calculating a ratio of the target source size to a display size of the section of the viewing window to generate the image scale factor. A portion of the digital image may then be displayed within the viewing window of the scope overlay, and the portion of the digital image may be scaled according to the image scale factor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel I. LIPTON
  • Publication number: 20180088222
    Abstract: Embodiments for accurately performing time of flight estimations are provided. These embodiments include using a first wireless device to monitor a wireless link and subsequently generate a wireless link estimation based on the monitoring. The embodiments also include deriving a correction metric based on the generated wireless link estimation and transmitting the correction metric from the first wireless device to a second wireless device. The second wireless device may then calculate a time of arrival of a first signal received from the first wireless communication device and correct any errors associated with the time of arrival calculation using the received correction metric. Further, the second wireless device may transmit the corrected time of arrival back to the first wireless device, such that the first wireless device can use the corrected time of arrival to estimate the time of flight of the first signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Micha ANHOLT, Gilad KIRSHENBERG, Yoav FEINMESSER
  • Publication number: 20180088799
    Abstract: A device may include a dynamic function row (DFR) comprising a touchscreen. A device processor may operate a DFR agent controlling the DFR. The DFR agent may generate and/or select images to display on the DFR based on rules and/or contexts, and the DFR may display the images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John O. Louch, Kevin J. Van Vechten
  • Publication number: 20180088961
    Abstract: A computing device may comprise a first processor and a secondary processor. The first processor may initiate a power management process transitioning the first processor from a first state to a second state and, upon reaching a predetermined step in the power management process, notify the secondary processor of the power management process. The secondary processor may initiate, in response to the notifying, a parallel power management process transitioning the secondary processor from an equivalent first state to an equivalent second state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Hardik K. Doshi
  • Publication number: 20180089900
    Abstract: A VR system for vehicles that may implement methods that address problems with vehicles in motion that may result in motion sickness for passengers. The VR system may provide augmented or virtual views that match visual cues with the physical motions that a passenger experiences. The VR system may project virtual content so that the content appears as a distant object stabilized or fixed in the external environment. The VR system may aid in productivity, as passengers may perform work while riding in the vehicle without experiencing motion sickness. In addition, the VR system may provide enhanced virtual experiences to passengers in moving vehicles by matching accelerations and motions of the vehicle to accelerations and motions in the virtual experiences.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mark B. Rober, Sawyer I. Cohen, Daniel Kurz, Tobias Holl, Benjamin B. Lyon, Peter Georg Meier, Jeffrey M. Riepling, Holly Gerhard
  • Publication number: 20180088186
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method comprises: obtaining, by a sensing device on a ferromagnetic surface, a first magnetometer reading of magnetic flux density modified by the ferromagnetic surface in a first direction; obtaining, by the sensing device, a second magnetometer reading of magnetic flux density modified by the ferromagnetic surface in a second direction; obtaining, by the sensing device, sensitivity terms based on the first and second magnetometer readings; and storing, by the sensing device, the sensitivity terms and a location of the sensing device on the ferromagnetic surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Manoj K. Bhattacharyya
  • Publication number: 20180089901
    Abstract: A VR system for vehicles that may implement methods that address problems with vehicles in motion that may result in motion sickness for passengers. The VR system may provide virtual views that match visual cues with the physical motions that a passenger experiences. The VR system may provide immersive VR experiences by replacing the view of the real world with virtual environments. Active vehicle systems and/or vehicle control systems may be integrated with the VR system to provide physical effects with the virtual experiences. The virtual environments may be altered to accommodate a passenger upon determining that the passenger is prone to or is exhibiting signs of motion sickness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mark B. Rober, Sawyer I. Cohen, Daniel Kurz, Tobias Holl, Benjamin B. Lyon, Peter Georg Meier, Jeffrey M. Riepling, Holly Gerhard
  • Publication number: 20180089899
    Abstract: An AR system that leverages a pre-generated 3D model of the world to improve rendering of 3D graphics content for AR views of a scene, for example an AR view of the world in front of a moving vehicle. By leveraging the pre-generated 3D model, the AR system may use a variety of techniques to enhance the rendering capabilities of the system. The AR system may obtain pre-generated 3D data (e.g., 3D tiles) from a remote source (e.g., cloud-based storage), and may use this pre-generated 3D data (e.g., a combination of 3D mesh, textures, and other geometry information) to augment local data (e.g., a point cloud of data collected by vehicle sensors) to determine much more information about a scene, including information about occluded or distant regions of the scene, than is available from the local data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick S. Piemonte, Daniel De Rocha Rosario, Jason D. Gosnell, Peter Meier
  • Publication number: 20180089563
    Abstract: A behavior planner for a vehicle generates a plurality of conditional action sequences of the vehicle using a tree search algorithm and heuristics obtained from one or more machine learning models. Each sequence corresponds to a sequence of anticipated states of the vehicle. At least some of the action sequences are provided to a motion selector of the vehicle. The motion selector generates motion-control directives based on the received conditional action sequences and on data received from one or more sensors of the vehicle, and transmits the directives to control subsystems of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua D. Redding, Luke B. Johnson, Martin Levihn, Nicolas F. Meuleau, Sebastian Brechtel
  • Publication number: 20180090869
    Abstract: Connector receptacles that are arranged to avoid inadvertent connections. One example may provide contacts for a first connector receptacle that may be located behind a movable gate. The first connector receptacle may be combined with a second connector receptacle that is user accessible to save space and simplify device assembly. Combining the first connector receptacle and a second connector receptacle may also remove the movable gate from a surface of an electronic device, thereby further preventing inadvertent connections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Reuben J. Williams, James M. Jeon, Jonathan A. Matheson, Mahmoud R. Amini, Daniele G. Iuliis
  • Publication number: 20180090253
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a system comprises: a electromagnet having a core and a coil wrapped around the core; and a gap sensing circuit coupled to the coil, the gap sensing circuit operable to determine a gap distance between the electromagnet and a ferromagnetic target based on a change of inductance of the coil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Teera Songatikamas, Joseph C. Doll, Matthew A. Bigarani
  • Publication number: 20180090972
    Abstract: Embodiments describe a wireless charging device including: a housing having a charging surface, the housing including first and second walls defining an interior cavity; a transmitter coil arrangement disposed within the interior cavity; a plurality of cowlings for confining the plurality of planar transmitter coils in their respective positions; an interconnection structure positioned within the interior cavity between the transmitter coil arrangement and the second wall, the interconnection structure including a plurality of packaged electrical components mounted onto the interconnection structure; and a plurality of standoffs coupled to the interconnection structure and configured to electrically couple the transmitter coil arrangement to the plurality of packaged electrical components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eric S. Jol, Christopher S. Graham, Darshan R. Kasar, Demetrios B. Karanikos
  • Publication number: 20180090867
    Abstract: Spring-loaded contacts having an improved reliability. One example may provide spring-loaded contacts having a reduced likelihood of entanglement between a spring and a plunger. For example, a piston may be placed between a plunger and a spring. The piston may have a head portion that is wider than the diameter of the spring and located between the spring and the plunger to isolate the spring and the plunger. In these and other examples, an additional object, such as a sphere, may be placed between the plunger and spring. In another example, two additional objects, such as two spheres, may be placed between a plunger and piston.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Min Chul Kim, John C. DiFonzo
  • Publication number: 20180090954
    Abstract: Embodiments describe a wireless charging device including a housing having a charging surface and first and second walls defining an interior cavity, and a transmitter coil arrangement disposed within the interior cavity and configured to generate a time-varying magnetic flux and an electric field during wireless power transfer, where each of the plurality of transmitter coils has a central axis positioned a lateral distance away from the central axes of all other transmitter coils of the plurality of transmitter coils.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Graham, Demetrios B. Karanikos, Darshan R. Kasar, Paul J. Thompson, Eric S. Jol, Grant S. Haug, Karl Ruben F. Larsson, Stefan A. Kowalski
  • Publication number: 20180090890
    Abstract: A first connector assembly may be connectable to a second connector assembly using a sliding attachment process, in which a front portion of the first connector assembly is inserted into an end of a slot in the second connector assembly and slides laterally along the slot until electrical contacts on the two connector assemblies are aligned. Electrical contacts of the first connector assembly may be biased proud to make contact with recessed electrical contacts in the second connector assembly. A retraction mechanism may be provided to retract the electrical contacts of the first connector assembly during lateral sliding. An interlock mechanism may be provided to prevent unwanted operation of the retraction mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Kallman, Eric S. Jol, Michael B. Wittenberg, Stephen E. Dey
  • Publication number: 20180090971
    Abstract: Embodiments describe a wireless charging device including: a housing having a planar charging surface and one or more walls that define an interior cavity; a transmitter coil arrangement positioned within the interior cavity; and a faraday cage enclosing the transmitter coil arrangement. The faraday cage includes: an electromagnetic shield positioned between the transmitter coil arrangement and the first shell; an interconnection structure positioned within the interior cavity below the transmitter coil arrangement, the interconnection structure including a plurality of packaged electrical components mounted on the interconnection structure; a ferromagnetic shield positioned between the transmitter coil arrangement and the interconnection structure; and a conductive grounding fence disposed around a perimeter of the interconnection structure and between the electromagnetic shield and the interconnection structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Graham, Demetrios B. Karanikos, Darshan R. Kasar, Paul J. Thompson, Eric S. Jol, Grant S. Haug, Karl Ruben F. Larsson
  • Publication number: 20180090878
    Abstract: Connector systems that may be easy to use, may be used to make connections in a limited area, may provide a stable and consistent connection, may provide good impedance matching, and may provide a good user experience. Various embodiments of the present invention may provide connector systems for conveying radio frequency (RF) signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. Joseph, Cindy Wang, John Cirlia
  • Publication number: 20180088798
    Abstract: A device may include a dynamic function row (DFR) comprising a touchscreen. A device processor may operate a DFR agent controlling the DFR. The DFR agent may generate and/or select images to display on the DFR based on rules and/or contexts, and the DFR may display the images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher A. DREESSEN
  • Publication number: 20180090884
    Abstract: Connector receptacles and connector inserts that may be reliable, may readily manufactured, and may provide high signal quality for high speed signals with minimized signal noise, distortion losses, radiation, and interference. An example may provide a reliable connector receptacle by including a plurality of contacts, where each contact includes a first bend angling a contacting portion away from a tongue and a second bend angling a contacting portion towards the tongue, where the second bend is between the first bend and a front of the connector receptacle. Another example may provide a connector receptacle that may be readily manufactured by providing a tongue having tapered lead-ins for receiving contacting portions of contacts during assembly. Another example may provide a connector receptacle that provides isolation among signals by arranging through-hole portions of signal contacts in lines that are separated from each other by intervening through-hole portions of ground contacts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Jeon, Mahmoud R. Amini, Ruihua Ding, Alex Le Roux
  • Publication number: 20180090998
    Abstract: Embodiments describe apparatuses for wireless charging. An interconnection structure for a wireless charging device includes: a first contact configured for coupling with a first component of the wireless charging device; a second contact disposed below the first contact and configured for coupling with a second component of the wireless charging device; and a connector coupling the first contact with the second contact, wherein the first contact, second contact, and the connector form a monolithic structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eric S. Jol, Christopher S. Graham, Darshan R. Kasar, Demetrios B. Karanikos
  • Publication number: 20180090886
    Abstract: Connector receptacles that may be modular, may be reliable and durable, and may provide a high signal quality. Examples may provide modular connector receptacles having a shielded housing around a tongue supporting a number of contacts. They may provide a high signal quality by using printed circuit boards as tongues and for routing signals, and they may be made durable by using through-hole contacting portions soldered to the printed circuit board and mechanically supported by a header.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Jeon, Mahmoud R. Amini
  • Publication number: 20180090999
    Abstract: Embodiments describe apparatuses for wireless charging. A wireless charging device for wirelessly charging a plurality of different electronic devices having different wireless power receiving characteristics includes: a housing having a charging surface and one or more walls defining an interior cavity; a first transmitter coil arrangement disposed within the interior cavity and comprising a first plurality of transmitter coils configured to wirelessly charge a first electronic device positioned on the charging surface; and a second transmitter coil arrangement disposed within the interior cavity below the first transmitter coil arrangement, the second transmitter coil arrangement comprising a second plurality of transmitter coils configured to wirelessly charge a second electronic device positioned on the charging surface; where the first transmitter coil arrangement operates at a first frequency, and the second transmitter coil arrangement operates at a second frequency different from the first frequency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Graham, Demetrios B. Karanikos, Darshan R. Kasar, Paul J. Thompson, Eric S. Jol, Karl Ruben F. Larsson, Stefan A. Kowalski
  • Publication number: 20180090767
    Abstract: Exemplary energy storage devices, battery cells, and batteries of the present technology may include a cathode active material disposed on a cathode current collector. The devices may also include an anode active material disposed on an anode current collector. At least one current collector of the cathode current collector or the anode current collector may include a continuous layer of a carbon-containing material positioned between the current collector and the active material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Vijayasekaran Boovaragavan, Richard M. Mank
  • Publication number: 20180090973
    Abstract: Embodiments describe a wireless charging device that includes: a housing having an outer perimeter and one or more walls defining an interior cavity; a charging surface within the outer perimeter of the housing; a transmitter coil arrangement disposed within the interior cavity below the planar charging surface, the transmitter coil arrangement comprising a plurality of transmitter coils arranged in different layers, each transmitter coil having a pair of termination ends; wherein the plurality of transmitter coils comprises a plurality of inner transmitter coils and a plurality of outer transmitter coils positioned around the inner transmitter coils; and wherein the pair of termination ends of the plurality of outer transmitter coils are arranged differently than the pair of termination ends of the plurality of inner transmitter coils.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eric S. Jol, Christopher S. Graham, Demetrios B. Karanikos
  • Publication number: 20180090956
    Abstract: Embodiments describe a wireless charging device including: a housing having a charging surface and first and second walls that define an interior cavity; a transmitter coil arrangement disposed within the interior cavity, an interconnection structure positioned within the interior cavity below the transmitter coil arrangement, the interconnection structure including a plurality of packaged electrical components mounted on the interconnection structure and configured to operate the plurality of transmitter coils during wireless power transfer, where the plurality of packaged electrical components is located below the transmitter coil arrangement; and a frame comprising a plurality of openings positioned corresponding to the plurality of packaged electrical components, each opening providing space within which a respective packaged electrical device is disposed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Graham, Demetrios B. Karanikos, Darshan R. Kasar, Paul J. Thompson, Eric S. Jol, Grant S. Haug, Karl Ruben F. Larsson
  • Publication number: 20180090974
    Abstract: Embodiments describe electromagnetic shielding for wireless charging systems. A wireless charging system includes a transmitter coil configured to generate a magnetic flux, a receiver coil positioned coaxial with the transmitter coil to receive the generated magnetic flux, where electrical interaction between the transmitter coil and the receiver coil generates electric fields, a transmitter shield positioned between the transmitter coil and the receiver coil to intercept some of the electric fields directed away from the transmitter coil and allow the magnetic flux to pass through the transmitter shield, and a receiver shield positioned between the transmitter shield and the receiver coil to intercept some of the electric fields directed away from the receiver coil and allow the magnetic flux to pass through the receiver shield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Shimon Elkayam, Brandon R. Garbus, Christopher S. Graham, Karl Ruben F. Larsson
  • Publication number: 20180091962
    Abstract: Resource allocation logic in a user device can determine allocation of a shared resource among different communication modules supporting a number of different communication types (e.g., GNSS, cellular, Wi-Fi, and/or Bluetooth communications) in a context-dependent manner. For example, the logic can determine an operating context of the user device. Based on the operating context, the logic can assign a priority to each of the signal types. The shared resource can be allocated among the signal types based on the priority.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Diego C. Hernandez, Indranil S. Sen, Raghuram C. Kamath, Harneet Singh Oberoi, Gaurav C. Khambholja, Swapnil S. Jain, Qiong Wu, Harsha Shirahatti, Hsin-Yuo Liu
  • Publication number: 20180090991
    Abstract: Embodiments describe a wireless charging transmitter coil includes: a support structure having an outer perimeter surrounding a contact housing and having first and second channels extending from the outer perimeter to the contact housing; first and second contacts positioned within the contact housing; and a wire wound around the outer perimeter of the support structure, the wire having a first end that extends through the first channel and a second end that extends through the second channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eric S. Jol, Christopher S. Graham, Demetrios B. Karanikos
  • Publication number: 20180090955
    Abstract: Embodiments describe a wireless charging device including: a housing having an outer perimeter and a charging surface within the outer perimeter, the housing including a first wall and a second wall that define an interior cavity; and a transmitter coil arrangement disposed within the interior cavity and below the planar charging surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Graham, Demetrios B. Karanikos, Eric S. Jol, Karl Ruben F. Larsson, Stefan A. Kowalski
  • Publication number: 20180091951
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatus, and computer program products that include, on a first device executing a first instance of a location application, receiving an indication to begin sharing data describing a path traveled by the first device, receiving location data describing the path traveled by the first device, the location data received from a location system of the first device, and the location data including a plurality of locations of the first device, and transmitting the location data in a form usable to enable a user interface of a second instance of a location application executing on a second device to indicate the path traveled by the first device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eran Sandel, Elad Harush, Roman Guy
  • Publication number: 20180091298
    Abstract: A device may include a secure processor and a secure memory coupled to the secure processor. The secure memory may be inaccessible to other device systems. The secure processor may store some keys and/or entropy values in the secure memory and other keys and/or entropy values outside the secure memory. The keys and/or entropy values stored outside the secure memory may be encrypted using information stored inside the secure memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kumar SAURAV, Jerrold V. HAUCK, Yannick L. SIERRA, Charles E. GRAY, Roberto G. YEPEZ, Samuel GOSSELIN, Petr KOSTKA
  • Publication number: 20180091348
    Abstract: Embodiments include a method, computer program product, and system for utilizing a system for peak cancellation for a received Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) symbol to reduce the peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR). The system detects M sets of clipping noise samples of the symbol where each set includes one of the M highest clipping noise peaks of the symbol, determines cancellation pulses that correspond to the highest clipping noise peaks of the M sets in the time domain, and subtracts the cancellation pulses from the corresponding highest clipping noise peak samples to reduce the PAPR. The cancellation pulses are determined at least in part from the center-of-mass of each set of the clipping noise samples, the phase of some samples of each set, and the in-band energy limitation associated with the OFDM symbol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Zohar AGON
  • Publication number: 20180092145
    Abstract: A connection-indicative signal can be received at a master electronic device from an electronic accessory. The connection-indicative signal can include a connection attribute indicative of a presence or characteristic of a connection between the electronic accessory and at least one other electronic accessory of the master electronic device. A location of the master electronic device can be determined at the master electronic device. The location can be stored at the master electronic device in association with the connection attribute. The master electronic device can detect a locate-accessory input that corresponds to a request to locate the at least one other electronic accessory; or that a locate-accessory condition is satisfied based on another connection attribute included in another connection-indicative signal received from the electronic accessory. The stored location can be retrieved in response to the detecting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daman Kapoor, Robert D. Watson
  • Publication number: 20180081519
    Abstract: A 3D document editing system and graphical user interface (GUI) that includes a virtual reality and/or augmented reality device and an input device (e.g., keyboard) that implements sensing technology for detecting gestures by a user. Using the system, portions of a document can be placed at or moved to various Z-depths in a 3D virtual space provided by the VR device to provide 3D effects in the document. The sensing technology may allow the user to make gestures while entering text via a keypad, thus allowing the user to specify 3D effects in the document while typing. The system may also monitor entries made using the keypad, apply rules to the entries to detect particular types of entries such as URLs, and automatically shift the detected types of entries forward or backward on the Z axis relative to the rest of the content in the document.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Seung Wook Kim
  • Publication number: 20180083232
    Abstract: An outer cover of a pouch-style battery includes a nanoceramic coating. Constructing an outer cover including a nanoceramic coating may include forming a malleable layer, applying a sealing layer to an inside surface of the malleable layer, and applying the nanoceramic layer to an outside surface of the malleable layer. Fabricating an outer cover including a nanoceramic coating may further include applying a protective film to an outside surface of the outer cover, which may be removed shortly before or after installation of a battery cell for which the outer cover is manufactured. Fabricating an outer cover including a nanoceramic coating may also include applying one or more adhesive layers, for example an adhesive layer between the malleable layer and the sealing layer. An outer cover including a nanoceramic coating may be sealed around a battery-active-material assembly to form a pouch-style battery cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: YooEup Hyung, Sang Young Yoon, Dennis M. Foley, Richard M. Mank
  • Publication number: 20180082134
    Abstract: Traffic direction gesture recognition may be implemented for a vehicle in response to traffic diversion signals in the vehicles vicinity. Sensors implemented as part of a vehicle may collect data about pedestrians and other obstacles in the vicinity of the vehicle or along the vehicle's route of travel. Sensor data may be combined and analyzed to identify a traffic diversion condition, including identifying a traffic director directing traffic using gestures or signs. Gestures of a traffic director may be interpreted and understood by the vehicle as commands to perform maneuvers related to the traffic diversion, including stopping, slowing, or turning onto a detour route. The vehicle may be equipped with a command acknowledgement device for acknowledging the to a traffic director the vehicle's understanding of the traffic diversion condition or maneuver commands. Information, such as traffic diversion and detour information, may be shared with other vehicles and devices, or stored in a database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Sayanan V. Sivaraman
  • Publication number: 20180079427
    Abstract: A triggering condition for initiating an interaction session with an occupant of a vehicle is detected. A display is populated with representations of one or more options for operations associated with the vehicle. Based at least in part on an analysis of one or more signals generated by the occupant, a particular option is selected for implementation. An indication that the particular option has been selected is provided, and an operation corresponding to the particular option is initiated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott M. Herz, Karlin Bark, Nguyen-Cat Le
  • Publication number: 20180083820
    Abstract: Embodiments include a system, method, and computer program product that receives an Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) symbol, and utilizes a weighted gradient-based adaptive peak cancellation convergence algorithm to create a peak cancellation signal to reduce a peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR) as well as induced error rates of the OFDM symbol. Iterations of the weighted gradient-based adaptive peak cancellation convergence algorithm produce a peak cancellation signal that converges to a desired peak cancellation signal that satisfies a targeted PAPR. Some embodiments utilize a priori knowledge of a power spectral density of clipping noise and pre-defined transmission constraints in the frequency domain to create a peak cancellation signal with specific and desired spectral density properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Zohar AGON
  • Publication number: 20180084485
    Abstract: Embodiments of the current disclosure facilitate the creation of a wireless connection between a host device and an accessory device over a wireless medium. For instance, according to some embodiments, a method of connecting an accessory device to a host device includes transmitting a plurality of advertising beacons over a wireless medium. Each wireless beacon can contain information identifying a predetermined time when the accessory device will begin a page scan. The accessory device can begin the page scan at the predetermined time and can receive pages from a host device during a page scan window of the page scan over the wireless medium. The received pages can then be subsequently used to establish an ad hoc network connection between the accessory device and the host device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Sriram HARIHARAN
  • Publication number: 20180084484
    Abstract: Embodiments of the current disclosure facilitate the creation of a connection between a host device and an accessory device over a wireless network. For instance, according to some embodiments, a method of connecting an accessory device to a host device includes transmitting a plurality of advertising beacons over a wireless network. Each wireless beacon can contain information identifying a predetermined time when the accessory device will begin a page scan window. The accessory device can begin the page scan window at the predetermined time, and can then receive pages from a host device during the page scan window over the wireless network. The received page packets can then be subsequently used to establish an ad hoc network connection between the accessory device and the host device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Sriram HARIHARAN