Apple Patent Applications

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

  • Publication number: 20200178351
    Abstract: Described is an apparatus of a User Equipment (UE) operable to communicate with a fifth generation Evolved Node-B (gNB) on a wireless network. The apparatus may comprise a first circuitry and a second circuitry. The first circuitry may be operable to determine a first parameter set and a second parameter set for establishing Physical Downlink Shared Channel (PDSCH) resources. The second circuitry may be operable to process a first part of a PDSCH transmission from a first set of Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) layers corresponding with a first Multimedia Broadcast Single Frequency Network (MBSFN) configuration based on the first parameter set. The second circuitry may also be operable to process a second part of the PDSCH transmission from a second set of MIMO layers corresponding with a second MBSFN configuration based on the second parameter set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexei DAVYDOV, Gregory V. MOROZOV, Victor SERGEEV, Ajit NIMBALKER, Grigory ERMOLAEV
  • Publication number: 20200171907
    Abstract: A suspension system includes a top mount, a bottom mount, a rigid housing, an air spring, and a linear actuator. The air spring transfers force of a first load path between the top mount and the bottom mount. The air spring includes a pressurized cavity containing pressurized gas that transfers the force of the first load path. The linear actuator transfers force of a second load path between the top mount and the bottom mount in parallel to the first load path. The rigid housing defines at least part of the pressurized cavity and transfers the force of the second load path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan L. Hall, Jacob L. Dawson, Paul J. Keas, Troy A. Carter, Roland R. Smith
  • Publication number: 20200176730
    Abstract: Battery systems according to embodiments of the present technology may include a battery cell having an electrode tab extending from an edge of the battery cell. The systems may also include a module electrically coupled with the battery cell. The module may be characterized by a first surface, a height, and a second surface opposite the first surface. A conductive tab coupled along the first surface of the module may extend from a first end parallel to a plane of the first surface. The conductive tab may be characterized by a curvature proximate a midpoint of the conductive tab. A distal region of the conductive tab may return back across the first surface of the module substantially parallel to the first surface. A distal portion of the electrode tab may be fixedly coupled with the distal region of the conductive tab.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Angelo V. Marasco, Nathan J. Bohney
  • Publication number: 20200177983
    Abstract: Headphone eartips with internal support components and methods for making the same are provided. Different support components may provide specific amounts and types of additional rigidity at specific portions of an exterior surface of an outer eartip body that may be expected to interface with specific portions of an ear canal geometry when an eartip subassembly is positioned within the ear canal, such that the eartip subassembly may conform to the various shapes of the ear canal while maintaining an acoustic seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ethan L. Huwe, Brad G. Boozer, Erik L. Wang, Phillip Qian
  • Publication number: 20200169812
    Abstract: Electronics devices according to embodiments of the present technology may include a first loudspeaker and a second loudspeaker disposed in a housing. The housing may define a first internal volume between a first end of the housing and a backside of the first loudspeaker. The housing may define a second internal volume between a second end of the housing and a backside of the second loudspeaker. The first loudspeaker and the second loudspeaker may be positioned within the housing so a front side of the first loudspeaker faces a front side of the second loudspeaker. A duct may be defined by the housing, which may access the first internal volume at a first end and may access the second internal volume at a second end. The electronic device may also include a processor configured to deliver signals to the first loudspeaker and the second loudspeaker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael B. Nussbaum, Jason C. Della Rosa, Glenn K. Trainer
  • Publication number: 20200166824
    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, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Blake M. Coughenour
  • Publication number: 20200169035
    Abstract: An electrical plug and receptacle relying on magnetic force from an electromagnet to maintain contact are disclosed. The plug and receptacle can be used as part of a power adapter for connecting an electronic device, such as a laptop computer, to a power supply. The plug includes electrical contacts, which are preferably biased toward corresponding contacts on the receptacle. The plug and receptacle each have a magnetic element. The magnetic element on one of the plug or receptacle can be a magnet or ferromagnetic material. The magnetic element on the other of the plug or receptacle is an electromagnet. When the plug and receptacle are brought into proximity, the magnetic attraction between the electromagnet magnet and its complement, whether another magnet or a ferromagnetic material, maintains the contacts in an electrically conductive relationship.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2019
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Mark Edward Doutt, Bartley K. Andre, Kanye Lim, John C. DiFonzo, Jean-Marc Gery
  • Publication number: 20200169855
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, by sensors inside an enclosure of a vehicle, signals generated by signal generators in the enclosure of the vehicle. One of the sensors or signal generators may be part of a mobile device inside the enclosure. The method also includes determining a location and orientation of the mobile device from the signals. The method further includes determining, based on the location and orientation of the mobile device, an object in the enclosure that the mobile device is pointing to. The mobile device further includes transmitting a message to the mobile device in response to determining that the mobile device is pointing to the object, so as to cause the mobile device to display a user interface to allow the mobile device to control the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sawyer I. Cohen, Jack J. Wanderman, Romain A. Teil, Scott M. Herz
  • Publication number: 20200167982
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems and methods for using electronic diffusers to implement message indicators are described. A segment of a diffuser attached to an electronic device is configured to indicate an informational message in response to signals that result in a change to an optical property. A set of information to be displayed using the segment is determined, and a signal is transmitted to the segment to display the information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Joel S. Armstrong-Muntner
  • Publication number: 20200166348
    Abstract: A mobile device can obtain wireless network signal strength map data that indicates, for various nearby geographical regions, the wireless network signal strength in each such region. A mobile device can transmit that data to a vehicular navigation system responsible for automatically selecting a high-quality route of vehicular travel between a specified source and destination. The system can take the wireless network signal map data into account when selecting that route. When selecting from among multiple different routes of vehicular travel between a specified source and destination, the system may employ an algorithm that considers wireless network signal strengths along those routes, in addition to the other factors. Consequently, the system can select a longer route having better signal strength over a shorter route having worse signal strength. The system can present the selected route within a set of suggested routes, potentially along with reasons for each route's suggestion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Swapnil R. Dave, Devrim Varoglu
  • Publication number: 20200159752
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device can test the client-side rendering capabilities of a map module running on a computing device. For example, the map module can include a test module that sends test data to a rendering module of the browser. The rendering module can render the test data into a rendering context based on the test data. The test module can compare the pixel data in the rendering context to expected pixel data to determine whether the rendering module is capable of accurately rendering an image based on the test data. If the rendering module is capable of accurately rendering the rendering context based on the test data, the map module can be configured to perform client-side rendering of images. For example, the map module can be configured to perform client-side rendering of map data based on map data received from a map server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Julien Chaintron, Jason K. Aftosmis
  • Publication number: 20200155902
    Abstract: Notifications for instructing user behavior can be determined and presented when appropriate. Historical fitness data and current fitness data are accessed. This data is used to determine whether a user fitness goal is likely to be achieved. If not, a notification may be determined and presented at a user device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Kriz Blahnik, Aaron P. Thompson, David S. Clark, Julie A. Arney, Brian R. Drell, Keith P. Avery
  • Publication number: 20200162876
    Abstract: A device may comprise at least one wireless transceiver, a memory configured to store a local pasteboard, and a processor. The processor may be configured to receive local selections of data to be placed on a local pasteboard, broadcast advertisements indicating that the local data is on the local pasteboard, and wirelessly transmit the local data to remote device pasteboards. The processor may also be configured to receive advertisements indicating that remote data is available on remote pasteboards of other devices, request the remote data in response to a paste command, wirelessly receive the remote data, and paste the remote data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Stattenfield, Douglas R. Edmonson, Marc Krochmal, John J. Iarocci, Kevin S. Perry, David Rahardja, Christopher S. Linn
  • Publication number: 20200161719
    Abstract: Energy storage devices, battery cells, and batteries of the present technology may include a first current collector and a second current collector. The batteries may include an anode material coupled with the first current collector. The batteries may include a cathode material coupled with the second current collector. The batteries may also include a separator positioned between the cathode material and the anode material. The batteries may include a hydrogen-scavenger material incorporated within the anode active material or the cathode active material. The hydrogen scavenger material may absorb or react with hydrogen at a temperature above or about 20° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Kaye, Maria N. Luckyanova, Ghyrn E. Loveness
  • Publication number: 20200158871
    Abstract: A light ranging and detection (LiDAR) device may combine the transmission of laser pulses. Different trains of pulses from different transmitters may be combined and transmitted to an environment via a common optical path. The laser pulses transmitted from one train of pulses may be in a polarization state that is orthogonal to a polarization state for the laser pulses of the other train of pulses. Reflections for the different trains of pulses may be received via the common optical path and separated according to polarization state. Reflections of the train of pulses may be directed to one receiver and reflections of the other train of pulses may be directed to a different receiver. The transmission delta between the different trains of pulses may be dynamically configured. The pulse repetition rate of each train of pulses may also be configured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mina A. Rezk, Jean-Marie Bussat
  • Publication number: 20200160223
    Abstract: A mobile device with a route prediction engine is provided that can predict current/future destinations or routes to destinations for the user, and can relay prediction information to the user. The engine includes a machine-learning engine that facilitates the formulation of predicted future destinations and/or future routes to destinations based on user-specific data. The user-specific data includes data about (1) previous destinations traveled, (2) previous routes taken, (3) locations of calendared events, (4) locations of events for which the user has electronic tickets, and/or (5) addresses parsed from e-mails and/or messages. The prediction engine relies on one or more of user-specific data stored on the device and data stored outside of the device by external devices/servers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christine B. McGavran, Bradford A. Moore, Gregory D. Bolsinga, Michael P. Dal Santo, Lukas Marti, Seejo K. Pylappan, Marcel van Os
  • Publication number: 20200154184
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to speakers and more specifically to an array speaker for distributing music uniformly across a room. A number of audio drivers can be radially distributed within a speaker housing so that an output of the drivers is distributed evenly throughout the room. In some embodiments, the exit geometry of the audio drivers can be configured to bounce off a surface supporting the array speaker to improve the distribution of music throughout the room. The array speaker can include a number of vibration isolation elements distributed within a housing of the array speaker. The vibration isolation elements can be configured reduce the strength of forces generated by a subwoofer of the array speaker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Meiting Wu, Simon K. Porter, Glenn K. Trainer, Jacob A. Pfitsch, Rex P. Price, Samuel G. Parker, Ethan L. Huwe, Craig M. Stanley
  • Publication number: 20200147472
    Abstract: User interface elements relating to fitness may be shared between user devices. These user interface elements may be updated based at least in part on activity data of users associated with the user devices. Once a sharing relationship between at least two users has been established, updates corresponding to user interface elements may be shared between the users via their respective user devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jay Kriz Blahnik
  • Publication number: 20200153092
    Abstract: A housing for an electronic device, including an aluminum layer enclosing a volume that includes a radio-frequency (RF) antenna is provided. The housing includes a window aligned with the RF antenna; the window including a non-conductive material filling a cavity in the aluminum layer; and a thin aluminum oxide layer adjacent to the aluminum layer and to the non-conductive material; wherein the non-conductive material and the thin aluminum oxide layer form an RF-transparent path through the window. A housing for an electronic device including an integrated RF-antenna is also provided. A method of manufacturing a housing for an electronic device as described above is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Colin M. Ely, Christopher D. Prest, Lucy E. Browning, Stephen B. Lynch, Eric S. Laakmann, Paul L. Nangeroni
  • Publication number: 20200143654
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for implementing audio looping techniques. In some instances, it may be determined, by a wearable device, whether a user has responded to a user interface prompt displayed in response to detection of a physical event associated with the user. Additionally, the wearable device may transmit a communication channel request to an emergency response service in accordance with a determination that the user has not responded to the user interface prompt after expiration of a time period. Further, the wearable device may transmit an audio message to the emergency response service at least in response to the emergency response service accepting the communication channel request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Riley Howard, Catherine B. B. Morrison, Christopher P. Saari, Heather E. Daniel, Kevin M. Lynch, Ronald Keryuan Huang, Sherif Mohamed, Telford E. Forgety, Matthew W. Crowley, Eamon F. Gilravi
  • Publication number: 20200133453
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for implementing near-view notification techniques. In some instances, a viewing distance with respect to a display screen of an electronic device may be determined. In accordance with a determination that the viewing distance is above a distance threshold, content may be presented on the display screen. In accordance with a determination that the viewing distance is under a distance threshold, until the viewing distance returns to being above the distance threshold, a visual notification may be displayed. The visual notification may disrupt the content presented on the display screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Laura L. Walker, Jiaying Wu, Andrew B. Watson, Tim H. W. Cornelissen
  • Publication number: 20200137349
    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: December 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David Black, Andrew L. Harding, Joseph-Alexander P. Weil, 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: 20200133469
    Abstract: Sonic embodiments provide an image editing application that edits an image. The image editing application displays an image in a display area. The image editing application displays a rotatable user interface item. In response to receiving a user input, the image editing application rotates the rotatable user interface item. The image editing application rotates the image displayed in the display area based on the rotation of the rotatable user interface item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Randy Ubillos, Timothy D. Cherna, Zehang Sun
  • Publication number: 20200137193
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for efficiently monitoring the operating context of a computing device. In some implementations, the context daemon and/or the context client can be terminated to conserve system resources. For example, if the context daemon and/or the context client are idle, they can be shutdown to conserve battery power or free other system resources (e.g., memory). When an event occurs (e.g., a change in current context) that requires the context daemon and/or the context client to be running, the context daemon and/or the context client can be restarted to handle the event. Thus, system resources can be conserved while still providing relevant context information collection and callback notification features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Barraclough Brown, Umesh S. Vaishampayan
  • Publication number: 20200137612
    Abstract: Some embodiments of this disclosure include apparatuses and methods for implementing a target wake time (TWT) scheme that includes traffic differentiation and service period extension. For example some embodiments relate to an electronic device including a transceiver and one or more processors communicatively coupled to the transceiver. The one or more processors receive an indication of traffic associated with an application. The one or more processors determine information associated with the traffic and configure the TWT scheme associated with the traffic based at least in part on the determined information. The one or more processors further communicate initial information associated with the TWT scheme to an access point of a wireless network. The initial information associated with the TWT scheme can include at least one of traffic direction information, traffic pattern information, a traffic identifier (TID), or an access category, indication (ACID).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Guoqing Li, Yang Yu, Welly Kasten, Shehla S. Rana, Mete Fikirlier, Karthik R. Mekala, Charles F. Dominguez, Yong Liu, Rajneesh Kumar
  • Publication number: 20200136748
    Abstract: Some embodiments of this disclosure include apparatuses and methods for implementing a requirement negotiation for an error vector magnitude (EVM) (or other metrics for measuring transmission signal quality) for ranging and/or positioning operation(s). Some embodiments relate to an electronic device including a transceiver and one or more processors communicatively coupled to the transceiver. The one or more processors transmit, during a negotiation phase of a ranging operation, an initial request frame to a second electronic device, wherein the initial request frame comprises a first indication of an error vector magnitude (EVM) requirement. The one or more processors receive an initial response frame from the second electronic device and determine a second indication of the EVM requirement based at least in part on the received initial response frame. The one or more processors implement a measurement phase of the ranging operation in accordance with the second indication of the EVM requirement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Roy BEERI, Qi WANG, Oren SHANI, Yoav FEINMESSER
  • Publication number: 20200125835
    Abstract: A three-dimensional model (e.g., motion capture model) of a user is generated from captured images or captured video of the user. A machine learning network may track poses and expressions of the user to generate and refine the three-dimensional model. Refinement of the three-dimensional model may provide more accurate tracking of the user's face. Refining of the three-dimensional model may include refining the determinations of poses and expressions at defined locations (e.g., eye corners and/or nose) in the three-dimensional model. The refining may occur in an iterative process. Tracking of the three-dimensional model over time (e.g., during video capture) may be used to generate an animated three-dimensional model (e.g., an animated puppet) of the user that simulates the user's poses and expressions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sofien Bouaziz, Brian Amberg, Thibaut Weise, Patrick Snape, Stefan Brugger, Alex Mansfield, Reinhard Knothe, Thomas Kiser
  • Publication number: 20200128184
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a camera system having a first camera unit and a second camera unit. The first camera unit includes an autofocus actuator. The autofocus actuator includes a first plurality of magnets for autofocus motion control of components of a first optical package. The first plurality of magnets is positioned to generate magnetic fields aligned in parallel with a first magnetic axis at a right angle to the optical axis of the first optical package. The second camera unit includes an optical image stabilization and autofocus actuator. The optical image stabilization and autofocus actuator includes a second plurality of magnets positioned to generate magnetic fields aligned along a second magnet axis at 45-degrees to the first magnetic axis. The second camera unit includes a third plurality of magnets positioned to generate magnetic fields aligned along a third magnetic axis at 135-degrees to the first magnetic axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott W. Miller, Alfred N. Mireault, Simon S. Lee
  • Publication number: 20200125135
    Abstract: Techniques for enhancing the viewing of applications in a preview provider are provided. A method includes receiving an indication to provide a preview mode on a display of the computing device, providing screenshots of a plurality of applications in the preview mode such that the screenshots are accessible for viewing by a user. The method also includes identifying the first application to provide the first screenshot in an updated mode and changing a state of the first application from a suspended state to an inactive state by allocating processing time of the one or more processors to the first application, and displaying updates of the first screenshot while the first application is in the inactive state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Austen J. Green
  • Publication number: 20200124818
    Abstract: Various embodiments include an interlock arrangement that may be used to attach a lens barrel to a lens carrier of a camera. In some embodiments, the interlock arrangement may restrict movement of the lens barrel relative to the lens carrier along at least an optical axis. In various examples, the interlock arrangement may include one or more grooves and one or more protrusions. For instance, a groove may be defined by the lens barrel or the lens carrier, and a protrusion may extend from the lens barrel or the lens carrier to at least partially into the groove. In some cases, the interlock arrangement may include an adhesive that at least partially fills gaps within the interlock arrangement between the lens barrel and the lens carrier. According to some embodiments, the interlock arrangement may include one or more recesses that provide inlets for the adhesive to be introduced to the gaps within the interlock arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aurelien R. Hubert, Qiang Yang, Yoshiyuki Takase
  • Publication number: 20200119945
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device can present accessory state information. For example, the computing device can receive accessory state information from various accessories and present status items representing the current state of the accessories. The status items can be prioritized according to classifications assigned to accessories and/or accessory state information. The status items can be filtered based on a role assigned to the user of the computing device. Additional implementations and details are described in the paragraphs that follow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin A. Smith, Reed Olsen, Kevin McLaughlin, Anush Nadathur
  • Publication number: 20200117684
    Abstract: In some implementations, a coordinator device can prefetch images from a camera accessory in response to receiving a doorbell event notification from a doorbell accessory. For example, the coordinator device can prefetch an image in response to receiving a doorbell event notification from a doorbell accessory so that the captured image is contemporaneous with the doorbell event and to avoid making multiple subsequent requests for the same image from the camera accessory when multiple user devices request the captured image. The coordinator device can store the image received from the camera accessory and serve the image to user devices when the user devices request a snapshot image corresponding to the doorbell event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin A. Smith, Reed E. Olsen, Kevin P. McLaughlin, Anush G. Nadathur
  • Publication number: 20200117149
    Abstract: An automated environment can include an accessory device that operates according to an automation rule, to take a prescribed action when a triggering condition occurs. A controller device for the automated environment can determine a user's regular routine and can detect when the user is deviating from the regular routine. The controller device can communicate with accessory devices in the automated environment to modify their behavior relative to the automation rules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lukas M. Marti, Robert W. Mayor, Arun G. Mathias, Ronald Keryuan Huang
  • Publication number: 20200120723
    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: December 9, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Sriram Hariharan
  • Publication number: 20200111237
    Abstract: A system comprises an encoder configured to compress attribute information and/or spatial information for a point cloud and/or a decoder configured to decompress compressed attribute and/or spatial information for the point cloud. The encoder is configured to convert a point cloud into an image based representation. The encoder packs patch images into an image frame and fills empty spaces in the image frame with a padding. The encoder is also configured to determine quantized minimum depths and/or maximum depths patch images in the image frames, wherein depth information is signaled relative to the quantized minimum depth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexandros Tourapis, Fabrice A. Robinet, Jungsun Kim, Khaled Mammou, Valery G. Valentin, Yeping Su
  • Publication number: 20200110462
    Abstract: Methods and systems for relative inertial measurement may include a user device configured to couple with a user's body and measure motion of the user's body or a part of the user's body while the user rides in a vehicle. A second inertial measurement device may be configured to move with the vehicle but to not move with movements of the user's body within the vehicle. One or more processors may receive inertial measurements from the first and second inertial measurement devices and determine movement of the user's body or the part of the user's body relative to the vehicle by comparing the received inertial measurements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Fletcher R. Rothkopf
  • Publication number: 20200111236
    Abstract: A system comprises an encoder configured to compress attribute information for a point cloud and/or a decoder configured to decompress compressed attribute information. Attribute values for at least one starting point are included in a compressed attribute information file and attribute correction values are included in the compressed attribute information file. Attribute values are predicted based, at least in part, on attribute values of neighboring points. The predicted attribute values are compared to attribute values of a point cloud prior to compression to determine attribute correction values. In order to improve computing efficiency and/or repeatability, fixed-point number representations are used when determining predicted attribute values and attribute correction values. A decoder follows a similar prediction process as an encoder and corrects predicted values using attribute correction values included in a compressed attribute information file using fixed-point number representations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexandros Tourapis, Valery G. Valentin, Fabrice A. Robinet, Khaled Mammou, Jungsun Kim, Yeping Su
  • Publication number: 20200112195
    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: December 5, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Darshan R. Kasar, Christopher S. Graham, Eric S. Jol
  • Publication number: 20200105024
    Abstract: A system comprises an encoder configured to compress attribute information and/or spatial information for a point cloud and/or a decoder configured to decompress compressed attribute and/or spatial information for the point cloud. The encoder is configured to convert a point cloud into an image based representation. The encoder packs patch images into an image frame and fills empty spaces in the image frame with a padding. Various compression strategies may be used to encode an occupancy map and related block-to-patch information indicating which portions of the image frame correspond to which packed patches. Packed image frames comprising patches and padding, along with an encoded occupancy map and related block-to-patch information are sent to a decoder. The decoder is configured to generate a decompressed point cloud based on the packed image frames, compressed occupancy map, and related block-to-patch information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Khaled Mammou, Alexandros Tourapis, Yeping Su, Jungsun Kim, Fabrice A Robinet, Valery G. Valentin
  • Publication number: 20200107101
    Abstract: Embodiments describe an eartip including an eartip body having an attachment end and an interfacing end opposite from the attachment end, and an attachment structure coupled to the inner eartip body at the attachment end. The eartip body can include: an inner eartip body having a sidewall extending between the interfacing end and the attachment end, the sidewall defining a channel and having a first thickness near the attachment end and a second thickness different from the first thickness at the interfacing end; and an outer eartip body sized and shaped to be inserted into an ear canal and extending from the interfacing end, the outer eartip body extending toward the attachment end of the eartip. The attachment structure including a sidewall extending around a periphery of the attachment structure and defining an opening extending through the sidewall that fluidly couples the channel to an ambient environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott C. Grinker, Esge Andersen, Ethan L. Huwe, Benjamin A. Cousins, Samuel G. Parker, Sean T. McIntosh, Jason C. Della Rosa, Craig M. Stanley, Edward Siahaan, Ethan W. Juhnke
  • Publication number: 20200105465
    Abstract: Electronic devices according to embodiments of the present technology may include a battery. The devices may include a nanocrystalline foil. The devices may include a wireless charging coil seated on the nanocrystalline foil. The devices may also include an integrated circuit configured to operate the wireless charging coil in a wireless charging transmission mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Pinciuc, Daniel T. McDonald, Tao Pan
  • Publication number: 20200104321
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device may perform a method for providing a unified pipeline for media metadata to converge disparate schemas and data structures into a global unified graph. The method includes receiving media metadata from disparate media sources that may each have a different metadata schema that defines the structure and attributes of the metadata provided by each media source. The computing device may compare media metadata received from the different media sources to determine that metadata received from the different media sources correspond to similar, or the same, media entities (e.g., songs, movies, books, etc.). The metadata for the similar media entities may then be combined into a global unified graph that may include metadata attributes and/or values of the metadata received from the various media sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ashish Sharma, Han Jia, Jianqing Sun, Philip Edward Lamond, Darren Seeto, Edward J. Roberts, Michael H. Walker, Christopher J. Powell
  • Publication number: 20200107109
    Abstract: Embodiments describe an acoustic shielding component including a stiffener formed of a rigid material providing structural integrity to the acoustic shielding component, a cosmetic mesh comprising a plurality of interlaced wires, and an acoustic mesh disposed between the stiffener and the cosmetic mesh. The stiffener includes first and second walls extending along a length of the stiffener and a plurality of ribs spaced apart from each other and extending between the first and second walls. The cosmetic mesh includes a mesh cover disposed over the stiffener and having an outer surface and an inner surface, and a mesh wall extending from an outer periphery of the inner surface of the mesh cover and defining a tab.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin A. Cousins, Esge Andersen, Mei Zhang, Brian R. Twehues, Ethan L. Huwe, Thanh P. Hua
  • Publication number: 20200107261
    Abstract: Some embodiments enable low power mode for wireless local area network (WLAN) subsystem of an electronic device to improve power usage at the electronic device and increase response time of the WLAN subsystem to prioritized application(s). For example, a method includes enabling a sleep mode of the WLAN subsystem of the electronic device. The electronic device maintains a connection with an access point of a wireless network during the sleep mode. The method further includes receiving a request from an application to communicate with the wireless network. The application is included in a list of prioritized applications. In response to determining that a metric associated with the sleep mode does not exceed a power budget, the sleep mode of the WLAN subsystem is suspended and the communication between the application and the access point of the wireless network is enabled (after the suspension of the sleep mode).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Veerendra Boodannavar, Ronald K. Huang, Rajneesh Kumar, Kapil Chhabra, Faraz Faheem
  • Publication number: 20200107110
    Abstract: Embodiments describe a magnetic securing component including a set of magnets positioned laterally adjacent to one another and having a curved top surface defined by individual curved top surfaces of each magnet in the set of magnets. The set of magnets includes: first and second magnets positioned laterally adjacent to one another, where the first and second magnets each have a polarity that is oriented parallel to a vertical dimension; and third and fourth magnets laterally positioned from the first and second magnets, where the third magnet is positioned adjacent to the first magnet and the fourth magnet is positioned adjacent to the second magnet, the third and fourth magnets each having a magnetic polarity that is oriented at an angle with respect to the vertical dimension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Qigen Ji, Hao Zhu, Haochuan Sang, Benjamin A. Cousins, Meiting Wu
  • Publication number: 20200107099
    Abstract: Embodiments describe an eartip including an eartip body having an attachment end and an interfacing end opposite from the attachment end. The eartip body can include an inner eartip body having a sidewall extending between the interfacing end and the attachment end, the sidewall defining a channel and having a first thickness near the attachment end and a second thickness different from the first thickness at the interfacing end. The eartip can also include an attachment structure coupled to the inner eartip body at the attachment end, the attachment structure having an inner surface and an outer surface. The attachment structure can include an upper region interfacing with the sidewall and defining discrete through-holes, a lower region below the upper region where the inner surface defines a plurality of recesses positioned around the lower region, and a mesh extending across the channel and into the upper region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sean T. McIntosh, Jason C. Della Rosa, Samuel G. Parker, Benjamin A. Cousins, Ethan L. Huwe
  • Publication number: 20200107269
    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: September 30, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Suresh Nagaraj
  • Publication number: 20200107100
    Abstract: Embodiments describe an attachment mechanism including a wire bent in various directions forming a spring compressible in lateral directions. The wire includes a first wireform feature and a second wireform feature extending from the first wireform feature, where the first wireform feature and the second wireform feature each include: an intermediate segment; a u-shaped segment extending from the intermediate segment; and an end segment extending from the u-shaped segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Craig M. Stanley, Sean T. McIntosh, Ethan L. Huwe, Brian R. Twehues, Mohammad Soroush Ghahri Sarabi
  • Publication number: 20200103669
    Abstract: A scene camera system that includes two or more mirrors that reflect light from a respective portion of a field of view (FOV) in front of the system and two or more cameras that each capture the light reflected by a respective one of the two or more mirrors. By using the mirrors to reflect the light, the cameras' entrance pupils are imaged to a location closer to a user's eyes to thus achieve a more accurate representation of the perspective of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Hennigan, Noah D. Bedard, Branko Petljanski, Jason C. Sauers, Edward S. Huo, Ricardo J. Motta, Brett D. Miller, Yury Petrov
  • Publication number: 20200107102
    Abstract: Embodiments describe a hinge for a case that stores wireless listening devices, including: a first shaft forming a first pivot point for the hinge; a second shaft forming a second pivot point for the hinge, the first shaft and the second shaft defining a conversion axis; a piston rod having a first end and a second end, the first end coupled to the second shaft and a second end opposite from the first end coupled to a stopper; a piston guide slidably coupled to the piston rod between the first end and the second end of the piston rod; a third shaft forming a third pivot point for the piston guide, the third shaft allowing the piston guide to rotate and maintain concentric alignment with the piston guide; and a spring positioned between the second shaft and the piston guide and wound around the piston rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Haochuan Sang, Craig M. Stanley, Benjamin A. Cousins, Arun D. Chawan, Lee M. Panecki, Jason J. LeBlanc