Apple Patent Applications

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

  • Publication number: 20180018038
    Abstract: A capacitive sensing system for determining mass displacement and direction is disclosed. In an embodiment, a capacitive sensing system for sensing mass displacement and direction comprises: a mass; a periodic drive electrode pattern formed on or attached to the mass; a sensing electrode array positioned relative to the periodic electrode pattern, the sensing electrode array operable to sense a capacitance in an overlapping area between the periodic drive electrode pattern and the sensing electrode array; and a capacitive sensing circuit coupled to at least the sensing electrode array, the capacitive sensing circuit operable to generate a periodic signal based on the sensed capacitance, to determine a phase shift in the periodic signal in response to the periodic drive electrode pattern moving relative to the sensing electrode array, and to determine, based on the phase shift, a displacement and direction of the mass on a movement axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mengshu Huang, Patrick J. Au, Xingxing Cai, Yuta Kuboyama
  • Publication number: 20180017635
    Abstract: A high dynamic range magnetometer architecture and method are disclosed. In an embodiment, a magnetometer sensor comprises: a variable magnetic gain stage including a plurality of selectable signal gain paths, each signal gain path including a magnetic sensor and a magnetic flux concentrator, and for each signal gain path the magnetic flux concentrator being positioned a different distance from the magnetic flux concentrator to provide a different magnetic gain for the signal gain path; a variable magnetic sensing stage coupled to the variable magnetic gain stage, the variable magnetic sensing stage operable to provide variable magnetic sensing to each signal gain path; and a gain control stage coupled to the variable magnetic sensing stage, the gain control stage operable to select one of the signal gain paths and to provide signal conditioning to the selected signal gain path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jian Guo
  • Publication number: 20180017845
    Abstract: A camera module includes an optics assembly, an actuator module, and detection circuitry for preventing the optics assembly from colliding with a mechanical stop due to physical impacts and disturbances. The actuator module includes a magnet and a coil. The detection circuitry detects an induced current caused by movement of the coil with respect to the magnet. The direction of the detected induced current indicates movement of the optics assembly in a particular direction along an optical axis. The detection circuitry provides a current to the coil to cause the optics assembly to move toward a particular position or direction. In some cases, the provided current may cause the optics assembly to move in a direction opposite of the movement that caused the induced current.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Lucas J. Koerner
  • Publication number: 20180013851
    Abstract: A system and method are described for establishing two-way push communication between an intermediate or companion device and a mobile device. Mobile devices register to listen for push notifications delivered through a push notification service from a specified set of providers. The presence of the mobile devices is delivered to the push notification service that maps the mobile devices to connections made between their respective companion devices and the push notification service. If the push notification service determines that a mobile device is “online,” in response to receiving a push notification for the mobile device, a current network connection over which a companion device is listening for push notifications is identified and the push notification is forwarded to the companion device. The companion device then can deliver the push notification to the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel B. Pollack, Gokul P. Thirumalai
  • Publication number: 20180014185
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable medium are provided for managing electronic content requests. For example, a user device may collect usage information associated with use of the user device. The user device may transmit data corresponding to a first category of usage information to a service provider. In some examples, a file that comprises a plurality of electronic content items can be received. The file may also contain logic for determining which of the content items to display. The logic may be executed to determine a particular item of the content items to display based at least in part on additional data corresponding to a second category of the usage information. In some examples, the user device may prepare the particular content item for display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Julie W. Cheng, Kuriakose Sony Theakanath, Michael R. Siracusa, Ryan S. Mehlmauer, Sagar A. Joshi, Subash Sundaresan, Todd M. Teresi
  • Publication number: 20180013296
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus that may allow an electronic device to control a power adapter. One example may provide an electronic system where an electronic device may control a power adapter through a communication channel. Data transferred in the communication channel may include the temperature of the power adapter, the charging capability of the adapter, and other types of data. In one example, power and data may share the same two wires, and the power and data may be time-division multiplexed. That is, the two wires may convey power and data at different times. Another example may include circuitry to detect a connection between the electronic device and the power adapter. Once a connection is detected, power may be transferred from the power adapter to the electronic device. This power transfer may be interrupted on occasion to transfer data between the power adapter to the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Smith, Bryan R. Hinch, Tommee So
  • Publication number: 20180013231
    Abstract: Magnetic connectors that may be readily manufactured and provide a high landed force and labels for magnetic connectors that may protect magnets or magnetic elements in the connectors, provide an aesthetically pleasing appearance, and improve the magnetic performance of the connectors. In various examples, power and signal paths may be formed using contacts that are separate from magnets or magnetic elements, paths may be formed using magnets or magnetic elements, or paths may be formed using a combination of contacts and magnets and magnetic elements. The magnets may have various arrangements. One or more magnets may be used in conjunction with magnetic elements. The interface surface of these magnets and magnetic elements may have various contours, such as flat, spline, or involute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John C. DiFonzo, George V. Anastas, David H. Narajowski, Bradley J. Hamel, Brett William Degner, Christiaan A. Ligtenberg
  • Publication number: 20180014161
    Abstract: In an example method, a computer system receives a query from a mobile device, including an indication of a location of the mobile device, and an environmental measurement obtained by the mobile device at the location. A set of candidate points of interest in geographical proximity to the location is determined. For each of one or more candidate points of interest of the set, a location fingerprint of the candidate point of interest and contextual data regarding the candidate point of interest are obtained. A similarity between the environmental measurement and each location fingerprint is determined. A particular candidate point of interest is selected from among the set based on the similarity, and based on an assessment of the contextual data. A label of the selected point of interest is associated with the location and transmitted to the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Richard B. Warren, Danil Yuryevich Zvyagintsev, Michael P. Dal Santo, Liviu T. Popescu, Pejman Lotfali Kazemi, Hyo Jeong Shin, Zehua Zhou
  • Publication number: 20180011625
    Abstract: User-centric widgets and dashboards are automatically modified to reflect a user's goals and needs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John O. Louch, Imran A. Chaudhri
  • Publication number: 20180007558
    Abstract: A wearable device can establish a verified session with a host device (e.g., by establishing that the wearable device is present in the vicinity of the host device and is currently being worn). The existence of such a verified session can be used to control user access to sensitive information that may be stored in or otherwise accessible to a host device. For example, the host device and/or application programs executing thereon can be configured to restrict a user's ability to invoke program functionality that accesses sensitive information based on whether a verified session with a wearable device is currently in progress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Zachary Maragoudakis
  • Publication number: 20180003183
    Abstract: The described embodiments relate to improving efficiency of a low-profile cooling fan. In one embodiment, an impeller of the cooling fan includes a shroud which covers a central portion of the impeller, thereby allowing a central inlet portion of the blades to have an increased fan blade height when compared to a cooling fan constrained by minimum part tolerances between the fan blades and a portion of the fan housing. In some embodiments, the impeller includes splitter blades that can improve performance of the low-profile cooling fan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jesse T. Dybenko, Anthony Joseph Aiello, Nicholas D. Mancini, Jay S. Nigen, Arash Naghib Lahouti
  • Publication number: 20180003803
    Abstract: Optical systems that may, for example, be used in remote sensing systems, for example in systems that implement combining laser pulse transmission in LiDAR and that include dual transmit and receive systems. A dual receiver system may include a receiver including an optical system with a relatively small aperture and wide field of view for capturing reflected light from short-range (e.g., <20 meters) objects, and a receiver that includes an optical system with a relatively large aperture and small field of view for capturing reflected light from long-range (e.g., >20 meters) objects. The optical systems may refract the reflected light to photodetectors (e.g., single photo-avalanche detectors (SPADs)) that capture the light. Light captured at the photodetectors may, for example, be used to determine range information for objects or surfaces in the environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Chandra S. Kakani, Alexander Shpunt, Mina A. Rezk, Robert S. Upton, Yuval Gerson
  • Publication number: 20180001734
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a vehicle climate control system for controlling climate conditions in various cabin regions of a vehicle cabin, where the climate control system is configured to control one or more vehicle components to change the set of climate conditions associated with one or more cabin regions to approximate a set of optimal comfort conditions. The climate control system controls various vehicle components to control climate conditions, including window assemblies, sunroof assemblies, etc. The climate control system determines optimal comfort conditions which optimize perceived temperature of various occupant body parts and maintain various climate characteristics within one or more sets of thresholds. Output configurations of various vehicle components can be determined based at least in part upon determined optimal comfort conditions of various cabin regions. Output configurations can be generated based at least in part upon various control mode priorities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Derek A. Faust, Emery A. Sanford, James Foster
  • Publication number: 20180007188
    Abstract: Notifications for an accessory device are received at a mobile companion device. The notifications are directed to a notification processing application of the companion device that processes notifications intended for accessory device applications. The notification processing application determines an identifier of the accessory application for which the notification is intended, and provides the identifier to a notification display application at the accessory device, which determines user interface and display properties for the notification. The accessory device requests external (dynamic) user interface and display properties from the companion device, as needed, and upon receipt generates a notification display at the accessory device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Marcos, Andrew E. Platzer, Forest A. Hill
  • Publication number: 20170370776
    Abstract: This relates to sensor systems, detectors, imagers, and readout integrated circuits (ROICs) configured to selectively detect one or more frequencies or polarizations of light, capable of operating with a wide dynamic range, or any combination thereof. In some examples, the detector can include one or more light absorbers; the patterns and/or properties of a light absorber can be configured based on the desired measurement wavelength range and/or polarization direction. In some examples, the detector can comprise a plurality of at least partially overlapping light absorbers for enhanced dynamic range detection. In some examples, the detector can be capable of electrostatic tuning for one or more flux levels by varying the response time or sensitivity to account for various flux levels. In some examples, the ROIC can be capable of dynamically adjusting at least one of the frame rate integrating capacitance, and power of the illumination source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Miikka M. KANGAS, Michael J. BISHOP, Robert CHEN, David I. SIMON, Harold L. SONTAG III, George Dee SKIDMORE
  • Publication number: 20170372293
    Abstract: To facilitate conducting a secure transaction via wireless communication between a portable electronic device (such as a smartphone) and another electronic device (such as a point-of-sale terminal), the portable electronic device may, after a final command is received from the other electronic device, determine a unique transaction identifier for the secure transaction. In particular, the final command may be specific to an applet, stored in a secure element in the portable electronic device, which conducts the secure transaction. The secure element may generate the unique transaction identifier based on financial-account information associated with the applet, which is communicated to the other electronic device. Next, the secure element may provide, to a processor in the portable electronic device, an end message for the secure transaction with the unique transaction identifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ahmer A. KHAN, Zachary A. ROSEN, Joakim LINDE
  • Publication number: 20170360306
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to blood pressure monitoring. In some embodiments, methods and devices of measuring a mean arterial pressure are provided and/or monitoring blood pressure changes. A wrist-worn device may include a plurality of sensors backed by a plurality of actuators. Subsets of the plurality of sensors may be selectively actuateable against a wrist of a user using one or more of the plurality of actuators. A preferred sensor and location may be identified based on pressure signals received from each of the sensors. In some embodiments, devices may use a fluid bladder coupled with piezoelectric film sensors. A fluid bladder pressure sensor may be used to calibrate the piezoelectric film signal to provide a static and dynamic pressure reading. In yet another embodiment, a mean arterial pressure may be calculated by processing a swept pressure signal obtained as a sensor is swept through different heights.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Ravi Narasimhan, Zijing Zeng, Richard C. Kimoto, Erno Klaassen, Thomas J. Sullivan, Derek Park-Shing Young, Todd K. Whitehurst
  • Publication number: 20170363430
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide an autonomous navigation system which enables autonomous navigation of a vehicle along one or more portions of a driving route based on monitoring, at the vehicle, various features of the route as the vehicle is manually navigated along the route to develop a characterization of the route. The characterization is progressively updated with repeated manual navigations along the route, and autonomous navigation of the route is enabled when a confidence indicator of the characterization meets a threshold indication. Characterizations can be updated in response to the vehicle encountering changes in the route and can include a set of driving rules associated with the route, where the driving rules are developed based on monitoring the navigation of one or more vehicles of the route. Characterizations can be uploaded to a remote system which processes data to develop and refine route characterizations and provide characterizations to one or more vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ahmad Al-Dahle, Matthew E. Last, Philip J. Sieh, Benjamin Lyon
  • Publication number: 20170364768
    Abstract: Methods and systems for detecting keypoints in image data may include an image sensor interface receiving pixel data from an image sensor. A front-end pixel data processing circuit may receive pixel data and convert the pixel data to a different color space format. A back-end pixel data processing circuit may perform one or more operations on the pixel data. An output circuit may receive pixel data and output the pixel data to a system memory. A keypoint detection circuit may receive pixel data from the image sensor interface in the image sensor pixel data format or receive pixel data after processing by the front-end or the back-end pixel data processing circuits. The keypoint detection circuit may perform a keypoint detection operation on the pixel data to detect one or more keypoints in the image frame and output to the system memory a description of the one or more keypoints.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: David R. Pope
  • Publication number: 20170359697
    Abstract: A mobile device can identify its physical location without explicit knowledge of physical coordinates, but instead using sensor measurements dependence on distance, e.g., signal strength from a Wi-Fi router. Sensor measurements can be used to determine the mobile device is at a same physical location as a previous measurement. For example, numerous measurements of sensor values can form data points that are clustered in sensor space, where a cluster of data points in sensor space corresponds to a physical cluster of physical positions in physical space. A current physical location of the mobile device can be determined by identifying which cluster of sensor positions the current measurements correspond. To identify the cluster of sensor positions, a probability can be determined for each cluster based on a sensor distance between the current measurement and a representative data point of the cluster and a kernel function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jahshan A. Bhatti, Brent M. Ledvina
  • Publication number: 20170359555
    Abstract: An integrated accessory control system can integrate functionality (services) of multiple disparate accessories and provide a unified user interface for interacting with the system via a controller device. An integrated accessory control system can include one accessory that can detect an event or action and send a notification to the controller device and at least one other accessory, such as an IP camera, that can be operated in response to the notification. In response to the notification, a controller device can generate an integrated user interface for interacting with the accessories in the integrated accessory control system. The interface can include a live feed from the IP camera, which can provide a media stream responsive to instructions from the controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Cyrus D. Irani, Kevin P. McLaughlin, Anush G. Nadathur, Arun G. Mathias, Vinay A. Ramaswamy, Christopher D. Soli, Patrick L. Coffman, Stephen O. Lemay
  • Publication number: 20170359680
    Abstract: A method for identifying a location of a mobile device is disclosed. The method includes during each of a plurality of instances of time: measuring one or more signal properties of one or more other devices across a time interval; obtaining an identifier from each of the one or more other devices; creating a data point to include the one or more signal properties; and storing the data point in a database. The method further includes analyzing the plurality data points in the database to determine clusters of data points; detecting an event at an input device of the mobile device; measuring one or more new signal properties of one or more of the plurality of other devices at one or more new times; creating a new data point from the one or more new signal properties; and identifying a first cluster corresponding to the new data point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brent M. Ledvina, Robert W. Mayor, Lukas M. Marti, David R. Stites, Jahshan A. Bhatti, Kevin Duffy
  • Publication number: 20170357217
    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 may be dependently moveable to cause the first element, the second element, and the variable element to move.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Roy J.E.M. Raymann, Jay C. Blahnik, Stephanie M. Greer, Aroon Pahwa, Jonathan T. Varbel
  • Publication number: 20170357005
    Abstract: Techniques for improving positioning performance using categorization of navigation signal environment are described. A mobile device can receive signal environment data. The signal environment data can represent multiple geographic areas. The signal environment data includes a respective signal environment category for each geographic area, each signal environment category corresponding to a degree to which geographic features in the respective geographic area affect reception of the navigation signals. The mobile device can determine that the mobile device is located in a particular geographic area represented in the signal environment data. The mobile device can then select a set of one or more rules for aiding location estimation. The set of one or more rules can correspond to the signal environment category of the geographic area. The mobile device can estimate a location of the mobile device using the navigation signals and under the set of one more rules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Diamond, Glenn Donald MacGougan, Kumar Gaurav Chhokra, Robert Mayor, Yishuang Geng
  • Publication number: 20170359679
    Abstract: A method for identifying a suggested application on a mobile device is disclosed. The method includes detecting an event, determining a first location of the mobile device, identifying that the first location is within a first location region of a plurality of predetermined location regions, and then measuring one or more sensor values at one or more times. The measured sensor values may then be used to create a first-data point. In response to identifying the first location region, a plurality of clusters of data points may be retrieved. A first cluster of the plurality of clusters corresponding to the first data point may then be identified. The method may further include identifying a set of one or more applications, and then providing a message to the user based on the identified set of one or more applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brent M. Ledvina, Robert W. Mayor, Lukas M. Marti, David R. Stites, Jahshan A. Bhatti, Kevin Duffy
  • Publication number: 20170359216
    Abstract: A notification server may be configured to receive a message from a device, determine a device location from the message, determine a location identifier corresponding to the determined device location, and send the location identifier to the device. The device may be configured to generate a configuration identifier based on the location identifier and send a configuration data request including the configuration identifier to a cache server. The cache server may be configured to receive the configuration data request from the device, select a device configuration corresponding to the configuration identifier, where the device configuration is specific to the device location, and send the selected device configuration to the device. The device may be further configured to configure the device according to the selected device configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Aleksei Naiden, Daniel B. Pollack, Gokul P. Thirumalai, Robert Y. Loh
  • Publication number: 20170357007
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer program products for radionavigation for swimmers are described. A mobile device configured to estimate a location using radio frequency signals can estimate a position of the swimmer when the mobile device is worn on a limb of the swimmer and periodically submerged. The mobile device can supply auxiliary information to a radionavigation subsystem to correct a navigation solution affected by limb motion of the swimmer and affected by the periodic submersion of the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Isaac Thomas Miller, Glenn Donald MacGougan, Xiao Xiao
  • Publication number: 20170358240
    Abstract: A breathing sequence may define a suggested breathing pattern. Input may be received at a user interface of a device to initiate the breathing sequence. The breathing sequence may include a configuration phase in which configuration information may be received. The configuration information may define a variable time period for the breathing sequence. The breathing sequence also may include a preliminary phase during which a first version of a fluctuating progress indicator may be presented on the user interface. The fluctuating progress indicator may include a plurality of variable visual characteristics and may fluctuate at a first cyclic rate. The breathing sequence may also include a breathing phase during which a second version of the fluctuating progress indicator may be presented. The second version of the fluctuating progress indicator may fluctuate at a second cyclic rate according to a breathing rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jay C. Blahnik, Erno H. Klaassen, Julie A. Arney, Alan C. Dye, Gary I. Butcher, Kevin M. Lynch, Nader E. Bagherzadeh, Gracee Agrawal, Stephen J. Waydo, Christopher J. Brouse
  • Publication number: 20170359423
    Abstract: An integrated accessory control system can efficiently set up a new media streaming session with one or more accessories. A session identifier for the new session, as well as a destination address and security parameters can be generated. A data object comprising the generated elements can be written to a resource location. Additionally, a second data object comprising the session identifier, a streaming source address, a source identifier, and additional security parameters can be read from the resource location. A third data object comprising the session identifier, a session start command, and codec parameters can then be generated. The third data object can also be written to the resource location. Further, streamed media data conforming to the codec parameters and the security parameters may be received.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anush G. Nadathur, Christopher M. Garrido, Vinay A. Ramaswamy, Karthick Santhanam, Joe S. Abuan, Kevin P. McLaughlin, Srinivas Rama, Ming Jin, Hsien-Po Shiang, Wenhui Xu
  • Publication number: 20170357797
    Abstract: Improved techniques to control utilization of accessory devices with electronic devices are disclosed. The improved techniques can use cryptographic approaches to authenticate electronic devices, namely, electronic devices that interconnect and communicate with one another. One aspect pertains to techniques for authenticating an electronic device, such as an accessory device. Another aspect pertains to provisioning software features (e.g., functions) by or for an electronic device (e.g., a host device). Different electronic devices can, for example, be provisioned differently depending on different degrees or levels of authentication, or depending on manufacturer or product basis. Still another aspect pertains to using an accessory (or adapter) to convert a peripheral device (e.g., USB device) into a host device (e.g., USB host). The improved techniques are particularly well suited for electronic devices, such as media devices, that can receive accessory devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan J. Rubinstein, Anthony M. Fadell, Jesse Lee Dorogusker, Mitchell D. Adler, John Wesley Archibald
  • Publication number: 20170357465
    Abstract: Some embodiments can load one or more applications into working memory from persistent storage when permitted by a memory pressure level of a mobile device. Loading the applications into working memory enables the applications to be launched into the foreground quickly when the user indicates the desire to launch. Some embodiments may identify a set of applications that are designated for providing snapshots to be displayed when the mobile device is in a dock mode. Certain embodiments may determine a current memory pressure level. Some embodiments may load an application in the set of applications into working memory from a persistent storage responsive to determining that the memory pressure level is below a threshold. Certain embodiments may continue to load additional applications responsive to determining that the memory pressure level is below the threshold. After determining that the memory pressure level is above the threshold, some embodiments may reclaim memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Antony J. Dzeryn, Michael J. Lamb, Neil G. Crane, Brent W. Schorsch
  • Publication number: 20170359773
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a method for adaptive WiFi roaming, where an electronic device and an access point advertise their networking capability. The networking capability may be, for example, the capability to support at least one enterprise feature. Based on the advertisements transmitted by the electronic device, the access point can determine that the electronic device can support the at least one enterprise feature and may selectively enable the at least one enterprise feature. Additionally, based on advertisements transmitted by the access point, the electronic device can determine that the access point can support the at least one enterprise feature. Based on this mutual determination, the access point and electronic device may continue an association process based on the at least one enterprise feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Veerendra BOODANNAVAR, Kapil CHHABRA
  • Publication number: 20170357788
    Abstract: Techniques and systems for unlocking a first device based on signals transmitted between the first device and a second device are disclosed. A disclosed technique includes receiving, by a first device, at least one wireless signal from a second device; transmitting, by the first device, at least one wireless signal to the second device; determining, by the first device, transit times of the at least one received wireless signal and the at least one transmitted wireless signal; determining, by the first device, one or more range measurements between the first device and the second device based at least in part on the transit times; determining, by the first device, an unlock decision based at least in part on the one or more range measurements; and causing, by at least the first device, the first device to unlock if the unlock decision is positive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brent M. Ledvina, David Benjamin Millman, Johan Olav Bergerengen, Robert Mayor
  • Publication number: 20170359681
    Abstract: Systems, methods, devices and computer-readable storage mediums are disclosed for managing location sharing requests. In various implementations, a requesting device or a server computer in communication with the requesting device, receives a location sharing request associated with a user and, in response, sends a notification to a companion device associated with the user. A location of the companion device is received from the companion device together with a list of one or more devices associated with the user that are paired with the companion device and a connection status for at least one of the one or more paired devices. The connection status indicates if there is a direct communication link established between the paired device and the companion device. A notification is sent to each disconnected paired device based on the connection status. Each disconnected device that is worn or carried by the user responds with their location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Lopatin, Emmanuel Lalande, Navin Bindiganavile Suparna, Raghunandan K. Pai, Sarish Jain, Siva Ganesh Movva, Tommy Rochette
  • Publication number: 20170357904
    Abstract: In an example method, a mobile device receives a first calendar item associated with a first event. The first calendar item includes a first text string. The mobile device determines a correlation between the first text string and one or more locations associated with one or more second events. The mobile device determines a suggested location for the first event based on the correlation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Adler, Daniel C. Gross, Lili Cao, Samuel C. Cates, Hyo Jeong Shin
  • Publication number: 20170359629
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and machine-readable media are disclosed for providing an audio preview of songs and other audio elements. In some embodiments, an electronic device may operate in either a “play mode,” which allows a user to listen to songs in a normal fashion, or in a “preview mode,” which may be used to provide previews of songs to a user in succession. In some embodiments, the electronic device may seamlessly transition between play mode and preview mode. For example, the electronic device may pause a currently-playing song when the mode of operation switches from play mode to preview mode so that, if the user exits out of preview mode, the original song may be resumed from the pause point. In some embodiments, the electronic device may provide a multi-directional visual interface that allows a user to control the succession of previews provided in preview mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jorge S. Fino, Benjamin A. Rottler
  • Publication number: 20170357226
    Abstract: Modifications made by multiple controller devices to an environment model describing a shared automated environment can be coordinated. One of the controller devices can be designated as a coordinator, and any controller device other than the coordinator can send an update request to the coordinator. The coordinator can determine whether to accept or reject the requested modification and can report its determination to the requesting controller device. If the coordinator accepts the request, the coordinator can instigate operations to update the environment model across all controller devices of all users. If the coordinator rejects the request, the environment model is not updated. The controller device that made the request can update its local copy of the environment model and roll back the update if the request is rejected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew C. Lucas, Anush G. Nadathur, Nathan E. Carroll
  • Publication number: 20170358242
    Abstract: A fitness achievement definition may define a fitness achievement using trigger information and one or more achievement rules. The fitness achievement may be earnable by a user of a user device by meeting the requirements of the fitness achievement. The fitness achievement definition may be stored on a user device that includes an application that collects data including fitness data. Detection of a trigger event corresponding to the trigger information and evaluation of the achievement rules may be managed by the user device. In some examples, a fitness communication relating to the fitness achievement may be presented at the user device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron P. Thompson, Anders K. Haglunds, Jay C. Blahnik
  • Publication number: 20170357413
    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: June 10, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Austen J. Green
  • Publication number: 20170359314
    Abstract: A data transfer process can include multiple verification features usable by a “source” device to ensure that a “destination” device is authorized to receive a requested data object. The source device and destination device can communicate via a first communication channel (which can be on a wide-area network) to exchange public keys, then use the public keys to verify their identities and establish a secure session on a second communication channel (which can be a local channel). The data object can be transferred via the secure session. Prior to sending the data object, the source device can perform secondary verification operations (in addition to the key exchange) to confirm the identity of the second device and/or the locality of the connection on the second communication channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Arun G. Mathias, Thomas A. Dilligan, Matthew C. Lucas, Anush G. Nadathur, Kevin P. McLaughlin
  • Publication number: 20170358239
    Abstract: A breathing sequence may define a suggested breathing pattern. Based on signal data collected by a user device, an initial breathing pattern that includes a cyclic pattern may be estimated. A first period of the breathing sequence may be initiated by generating a breathing sequence element based on a synchronization of the cyclic pattern with the breathing sequence. The breathing sequence element may fluctuate during a second period of the breathing sequence in accordance with a breathing profile associated with the suggested breathing pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Julie A. Arney, Erno H. Klaassen, Jay C. Blahnik, Alan C. Dye, Gary I. Butcher, Kevin M. Lynch, Christopher J. Brouse, Nader E. Bagherzadeh, Gracee Agrawal, Stephen J. Waydo
  • Publication number: 20170359694
    Abstract: Techniques for location source control for paired devices are described. Location source control selects a location source for a mobile device. The mobile device can receive, from an application program, a request for determining a location of the mobile device. The mobile device can determine a first location estimate using a location subsystem of the mobile device. The mobile device can determine whether to provide the first location estimate as input to the application program, or to provide a second location estimate as input to the application program. The second location estimate can be an estimated location of the companion device and determined by the companion device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Apple inc.
    Inventors: Bradley Joel Jensen, Glenn Donald MacGougan, Kumar Gaurav Chhokra, Robert Mayor, Ronald K. Huang, Stephen J. Rhee
  • Publication number: 20170358208
    Abstract: Systems, methods, devices and computer-readable mediums are disclosed for parking event detection and location estimation. In some implementations, a method comprises: determining, by a processor of a mobile device, a first activity state indicative of a possible parking event; obtaining, by the processor, a speed of the mobile device from a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) of the mobile device; obtaining, by the processor, pedometer data from a digital pedometer of the mobile device; determining, by the processor, a second activity state indicative of a possible parking event based at least in part on the GNSS speed and pedometer data; and responsive to the second activity state, estimating, by the processor, a location of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Pejman Lotfali Kazemi, Lili Cao, Sunny Kai Pang Chow, Gunes Dervisoglu, Anh Phan, Ryan David Shelby, Ronald K. Huang
  • Publication number: 20170359190
    Abstract: An automated environment can include multiple controller devices capable of communicating with multiple accessory devices. The controller devices can automatically elect one of their number as a coordinator device for the environment and can automatically perform a new election if an incumbent coordinator becomes unavailable or resigns. The election processes can be transparent to any users. An elected coordinator can perform various operations to facilitate management of the automated environment, including routing of communications between controllers and accessories.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anush G. Nadathur, Srinivas Rama, Matthew C. Lucas, Nathan E. Carroll, Kevin P. McLaughlin, Thomas A. Dilligan, Arun G. Mathias
  • Publication number: 20170357894
    Abstract: Convolution processing performance in digital image processing is enhanced using a data packing process for convolutional layers in deep neural networks and corresponding computation kernel code. The data packing process includes an input and weight packing of the input channels of data into a contiguous block of memory in preparation for convolution. In addition, data packing process includes an output unpacking process for unpacking convolved data into output channel blocks of memory, where the input channel block and output channel block sizes are configured for efficient data transfer and data reuse during convolution. The input packing and output packing processes advantageously improve convolution performance and conserve power while satisfying the real-time demands of digital image processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Bainville, Ali Sazegari
  • Publication number: 20170357495
    Abstract: Embodiments provide methods and systems for updating application data in snapshots of applications for previewing. Some embodiments update application data by determining when current application data may expire and retrieving updated application data. The application data for various applications in a preview mode may be updated based on an allotted budget. Permission can be selectively granted to applications to obtain updated data so as to control the budget. Application data in the snapshots may appear updated to a user as the user browses the dock without requiring the applications to request updated application data when the user enters the dock, regardless of whether each application is active. Further, some embodiments may generate a snapshot using a layer hierarchy and image layer data generated while the application was last running if the time associated with when the application was last active is later than the time associated with an existing snapshot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Neil G. Crane, Joshua H. Shaffer, Paul W. Salzman, Michael J. Lamb, Austen J. Green
  • Publication number: 20170357419
    Abstract: An alarm application is described. A user interface of the alarm application may be presented that includes a generic alarm option and a sleep alarm option. A first view of the user interface may be presented that includes generic alarm related options when the generic alarm option is selected. A second view of the user interface may be presented that includes sleep alarm related options when the sleep alarm option is selected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Roy J.E.M. Raymann, Jay C. Blahnik, Stephanie M. Greer, Aroon Pahwa, Jonathan T. Varbel
  • Publication number: 20170350703
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a novel prediction engine that (1) can formulate predictions about current or future destinations and/or routes to such destinations for a user, and (2) can relay information to the user about these predictions. In some embodiments, this engine includes a machine-learning engine that facilitates the formulation of predicted future destinations and/or future routes to destinations based on stored, user-specific data. The user-specific data is different in different embodiments. In some embodiments, the stored, user-specific data includes data about any combination of the following: (1) previous destinations traveled to by the user, (2) previous routes taken by the user, (3) locations of calendared events in the user's calendar, (4) locations of events for which the user has electronic tickets, and (5) addresses parsed from recent e-mails and/or messages sent to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christine B. McGavran, Bradford A. Moore, Gregory D. Bolsinga, Christopher Blumenberg, Seejo K. Pylappan, Marcel van Os
  • Publication number: 20170353291
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus that may reconstruct a data signal in the presence of ground drift and high-frequency signal coupling. An illustrative embodiment of the present invention may reconstruct a received data signal by taking an finite difference of the received data signal, detecting edges of the received data signal by detecting positive and negative peaks of the finite difference of the received signal, and reconstructing the received data signal using the detected edges. Taking a finite difference of the received data signal removes the DC component of the received data signal, as well as the ground drift that may cause the DC component of the received data signal to change over time. Additional filtering may be used to reduce high-frequency signal coupling and power supply inductive coupling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hsiao-Ping Tsai, William P. Cornelius
  • Publication number: 20170343361
    Abstract: Systems, methods, devices and computer-readable storage mediums are disclosed for correcting a compass view using map data. In an implementation, a method comprises: receiving, by one or more sensors of a mobile device, sensor data; determining, by a processor of the mobile device, compass offset data for a compass view based on the sensor data and map data; determining, by the processor, a corrected compass view based on the compass offset data; and presenting, by the processor, the corrected compass view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anil K. Kandangath, Adam S. Howell, Ronald K. Huang, Xiaoyuan Tu