Apple Patent Applications

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

  • Publication number: 20190114900
    Abstract: Companion and accessory devices can be wirelessly leashed together in a manner that enables the devices to estimate their proximities to each other. One device can periodically attempt to detect a signal from the other device. For each attempt, the attempting device can store an indication of whether the signal was detected. If a number of times that the signal was undetected exceeds a threshold, then the attempting device can perform specified operations, such as alerting a user that the wireless leash was broken. As another example, one device can detect that a strength of a signal from the other device exceeds a threshold. In response, the detecting device can measure signal strengths more frequently. If the measuring device then detects that the signal strength exceeds another threshold, then the measuring device can cause specified operations to be performed, such as data synchronization between the devices or unlocking a device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Tyler D. Hawkins
  • Publication number: 20190115274
    Abstract: Micro LED and microdriver chip integration schemes are described. In an embodiment a microdriver chip includes a plurality of trenches formed in a bottom surface of the microdriver chip, with each trench surrounding a conductive stud extending below a bottom surface of the microdriver chip body. Integration schemes are additionally described for providing electrical connection to conductive terminal contacts and micro LEDs bonded to a display substrate and adjacent to a microdriver chip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hsin-Hua Hu, Jaein Choi, James E. Pedder, Ion Bita, Hairong Tang, Chin Wei Hsu, Sandeep Chalasani, Chih-Lei Chen, Sunggu Kang, Shinya Ono, Jung Yen Huang, Lun Tsai
  • Publication number: 20190116415
    Abstract: This application relates to earbuds configured with one or more biometric sensors. At least one of the biometric sensors is configured to be pressed up against a portion of the tragus for making biometric measurements. In some embodiments, the housing of the earbud can be symmetric so that the earbud can be worn interchangeably in either a left or a right ear of a user. In such an embodiment, the earbud can include a sensor and circuitry configured to determine and alter operation of the earbud in accordance to which ear the earbud is determined to be sitting in.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Qian, Edward Siahaan, Erik L. Wang, Christopher J. Stringer, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Daniel Max Strongwater, Jason J. LeBlanc
  • Publication number: 20190104985
    Abstract: In some implementations, a mobile device can adjust an alarm setting based on the sleep onset latency duration detected for a user of the mobile device. For example, sleep onset latency can be the amount of time it takes for the user to fall asleep after the user attempts to go to sleep (e.g., goes to bed). The mobile device can determine when the user intends or attempts to go to sleep based on detected sleep ritual activities. Sleep ritual activities can include those activities a user performs in preparation for sleep. The mobile device can determine when the user is asleep based on detected sleep signals (e.g., biometric data, sounds, etc.). In some implementations, the mobile device can determine recurring patterns of long or short sleep onset latency and present suggestions that might help the user sleep better or feel more rested.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Roy J. Raymann, Wren N. Dougherty, Divya Nag, Deborah M. Lambert, Stephanie Greer, Thomas R. Gruber
  • Publication number: 20190109421
    Abstract: Structures, methods, and apparatus that provide connector receptacles that have a reduced tendency to scratch and otherwise mar connector inserts, have an aesthetically-pleasing appearance, and have an improved tactile response when inserts are inserted. Various examples reduce scratches and wear by utilizing domes, cylinders, balls, or other structures as finger contacts in a connector receptacle. Another example provides aesthetically-pleasing connector receptacle enclosures by forming receptacle enclosures using the same type of material, or material having the same or similar color or texture, as is used for enclosing the electronic device that includes the receptacle. Another example provides an aesthetically-pleasing receptacle enclosure by forming receptacle enclosures that are, in part or in whole, contiguous or formed with the housing. Another embodiment provides a connector receptacle having a housing where a portion of the housing has been removed to save space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Zheng Gao, Steve McClure, Joshua Banko, Greg Springer, Min Chul Kim, Joshua Funamura
  • Publication number: 20190109398
    Abstract: Contact structures that are readily manufactured, where contacts in the contact structures consume a minimal amount of surface area, depth, and volume in an electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Wagman, Oliver C. Ross, Eric S. Jol, Hani Esmaeili
  • Publication number: 20190109927
    Abstract: In some implementations, a mobile device can be configured to monitor environmental, system and user events associated with the mobile device and/or a peer device. The occurrence of one or more events can trigger adjustments to system settings. The mobile device can be configured to keep frequently invoked applications up to date based on a forecast of predicted invocations by the user. In some implementations, the mobile device can receive push notifications associated with applications that indicate that new content is available for the applications to download. The mobile device can launch the applications associated with the push notifications in the background and download the new content. In some implementations, before running an application or communicating with a peer device, the mobile device can be configured to check energy and data budgets and environmental conditions of the mobile device and/or a peer device to ensure a high quality user experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan J. Andrews, Daniel Ben Pollack, Hue Duc Tran, Joao Pedro Forjaz de Lacerda
  • Publication number: 20190110362
    Abstract: Connector receptacles that may be space efficient and provide a direct connection to a flexible circuit board. One example may provide an electronic device having a receptacle including a recess formed in a housing of the electronic device. The recess may have a sidewall and a bottom surface portion, and the bottom surface portion may include one or more openings extending through the bottom surface portion from an external surface to an internal surface. One or more contacts formed on a flexible circuit board may be aligned with the one or more openings in the bottom surface portion. In this way, the receptacle may be space efficient and provide a direct connection to a flexible circuit board inside an electronic device. A cosmetic cap may be placed in the recess to obscure the existence of the connector receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Dustin J. Verhoeve, Jason C. Sauers, Benjamin J. Kallman
  • Publication number: 20190100426
    Abstract: A MEMS sensor is disclosed that includes dual pendulous proof masses comprised of sections of different thickness to allow simultaneous suppression of vertical and lateral thermal gradient-induced offsets in a MEMS sensor while still allowing for the normal operation of the accelerometer. In an embodiment, the structure and different sections of the MEMS sensor is realized using multiple polysilicon layers. In other embodiments, the structure and different thickness sections may be realized with other materials and processes. For example, plating, etching, or silicon-on-nothing (SON) processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher C. Painter, Te Hsi Lee
  • Publication number: 20190101400
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a map application that identifies a transit route between a starting location and a destination. The transit route, in some embodiments, includes a set of transit legs that each is serviced by transit vehicles of a transit line. The map application of some embodiments, after identifying the transit route, categorizes each transit line of the transit route as one of a high frequency transit line and a low frequency transit line. The map application displays the departure schedules of high frequency transit lines in a first manner, while the map application displays the departure schedules of low frequency transit lines in a second different manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran A. Pirwani, Stanley E. Roberts, David Hodge, Cameron Sabol, Usama M. Hajj, Ian Leighton, Alexander Tesov, Kaspar Fischer, Curtis Galloway
  • Publication number: 20190102461
    Abstract: A server may maintain information about entities such as medical entities. A user device can send search queries to the server to obtain information about a particular medical entity. Using techniques described herein, the server and/or the user device may maintain information relating to the particular medical entity in a manner that a relationship between the particular medical entity and the user device can be obfuscated from the server. By doing so, privacy of a user of the user device can be protected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mark E. Pennell, Jorge F. Pozas Trevino, Sean R. Moore, Sami Shaio, Sangeeth Sridharan
  • Publication number: 20190102705
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer program products are disclosed for machine learning to determine preferential device behavior. In some implementations, a server receives inputs, including attributes from a client device, crowd-sourced data from a number of other devices and a priori knowledge. The server includes a concept engine that applies machine-learning process to the inputs. The output of the machine learning process is transported to the client device. At the client device, a client engine associates attributes observed at the device to the machine learning output to determine a user profile. Applications may access the user profile to determine preferential device behavior, such as provide targeted information to the user or take action on the device that is personalized to the user of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lukas M. Marti, Ronald Keryuan Huang, Shannon M. Ma
  • Publication number: 20190102028
    Abstract: An input control for controlling various features of an electronic device is described. The input control can be positioned along an exterior surface of the electronic device and cover an opening leading into the electronic device. A pressure sensor can then be positioned within the electronic device and adjacent to the covered opening. The pressure sensor is able to measure a pressure of a volume of air positioned between the pressure sensor and the input control. When movement of the input control changes the pressure of the volume of air, the sensor readings from the pressure sensor can be used to register a user input. The input control can take many forms including rocker buttons, slider switches and input regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan D. Keen, Nicholas G. Merz
  • Publication number: 20190103081
    Abstract: A method of operating a UI for controlling a virtual musical instrument can include receiving a first input corresponding to a selection of an array of cells within a cell matrix, each array of the cell matrix assigned to audio sample data stored in a computer-readable medium that, when triggered, causes the audio sample data to output corresponding audio, and each cell within its particular array of the cell matrix, in response to being selected for playback and upon being triggered to begin playback, causes the audio sample data corresponding to the cell's particular array to be played. The method can further include receiving a second input corresponding to a changing of a number of cells within the particular selected array; and changing the number of cells within the selected array based on the second input and maintaining a number of cells in other arrays within the cell matrix.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua W. Decker, Robert W. Baker
  • Publication number: 20190102772
    Abstract: Embodiments for providing a timely indication that a wireless transaction has been completed, using a command-based timer solution, are provided. These embodiments include receiving a first command, associated with the wireless transaction, from a reader; initiating, using an applet, a first command-based timer when the first command is received; issuing, using the applet, an activity timeout signal when the first command-based timer expires before a second command is received from the reader; and providing an indication that the wireless transaction has been completed in response to the activity timeout signal. In some embodiments, the command-based timer solution may also include canceling, using the applet, the first command-based timer when the second command is received before the first command-based timer expires; initiating a second command-based timer when the second command is received; and issuing the activity timeout signal when that the second command-based timer expires.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthias LERCH, Oren ELRAD, Ashley MARTIN
  • Publication number: 20190103701
    Abstract: Connector inserts and connector receptacles that have a small form factor, readily mate when brought into proximity to each other, and disconnect when subjected to a non-axial force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brett W. Degner, Bradley J. Hamel, Christopher J. Stringer, Christiaan A. Ligtenberg, David H. Narajowski, Kristopher P. Laurent, Mahmoud R. Amini, Michael E. Leclerc
  • Publication number: 20190103080
    Abstract: A method of operating a UI for controlling a virtual musical instrument implemented can include receiving an input corresponding to a selection of a cell within a particular array of cells arranged in a sequential arrangement within a cell matrix, each array of the cell matrix assigned to MIDI notes associated with audio sample data stored in a computer-readable medium that, when triggered, causes the audio sample data to output corresponding audio, and each cell within its particular array of the cell matrix, in response to being selected for playback and upon being triggered to begin playback, causes the audio sample data corresponding to the cell's particular array to be played. The method further includes determining that the input's duration is above a threshold time and expanding a size of an array containing the selected cell and adjusting the adjustable parameter of the selected cell based on the input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua W. Decker, Robert W. Baker
  • Publication number: 20190103085
    Abstract: A method of operating a UI for controlling a virtual musical instrument implemented on a display can include receiving an input corresponding to a selection of one of a plurality of dynamic navigation objects configured on the display, the display including a cell matrix including one or more arrays of cells configured as a step-sequencer. The method can further include displaying a first portion of the cell matrix in response to a first dynamic object being selected, such that the first portion of the cell matrix is visible and the second portion of the cell matrix is not visible in the predefined area, and displaying a second portion of the cell matrix in response to a second dynamic object being selected, such that the second portion of the cell matrix is visible and the first portion of the cell matrix is not visible in the predefined area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua W. Decker, Robert W. Baker
  • Publication number: 20190101397
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device can manage conflicts using conflict islands. For example, when a computing device receives bulk map data updates, the computing device can determine conflicts between point updates (e.g., small, ad hoc feature edits) in the current map data and the bulk map data updates. When the bulk map data updates are merged with the current map data, a point update for a map feature may conflict with the bulk update for the feature. The computing device can determine a perimeter of stable map features around the conflicted feature. The map features within the perimeter can correspond to a conflict island. The bulk updates for features within a conflict island (e.g., within the perimeter) can be deferred until resolved while bulk updates for features outside of a conflict island can be applied to the current map data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew T. Belk, Ralph E. Lemke, April C. Cutter, Paul S. McCarthy, Gunjan Gupta
  • Publication number: 20190102924
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device can generate a synthetic group selfie. For example, a synthetic group selfie can be an arrangement or composition of individual selfies obtained from a plurality of computing devices into a single group image (e.g., synthetic group selfie). The individual selfie images can be still images, stored video images, or live streaming images. Thus, the synthetic group selfie can be a composition of still images, stored video images, or live streaming video images. The computing device can automatically arrange the individual selfies into the synthetic group selfie. The synthetic group selfie can be stored as a multi-resource object that preserves the individual selfie images so that the user who created the synthetic group selfie or a recipient of the synthetic group selfie can modify the arrangement of the individual selfies within the synthetic group selfie.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-Francois M. Albouze
  • Publication number: 20190102451
    Abstract: A term base can be used to index a raw term (e.g., a text string from an electronic health record) to generate a computational expression of the raw term. As part of doing so, portions of the raw term including personally identifying information can be removed and/or replaced with de-identified information. The computational expression of the raw term can be used to generate a version of the raw term that is devoid of the personally identifying information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Padgett, John P. Clark, Brian A. Carlsen, Jeffrey D. LaMarche, Jason B. Morley, Christian Schroeder, Mark E. Pennell, Zhe Li, Jorge F. Pozas Trevino
  • Publication number: 20190103751
    Abstract: Embodiments describe a charging component for an electronic device that includes an interface surface comprising a portion of an external surface of a housing of the electronic device; a plurality of contacts positioned at the interface surface and exposed for making contact with contacts of a connector; one or more sensors for detecting a separation event; an inductor coil positioned proximate to the interface surface, wherein a central axis of the inductor coil is perpendicular to at least a portion of the interface surface; and a processor coupled to the inductor coil and the one or more sensors, wherein the processor is configured to change an operation of the inductor coil based at least in part on a measurement from the one or more sensors
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul X. Wang, Zheng Gao
  • Publication number: 20190103172
    Abstract: A user's health record can be stored on a user device. Medical terms from the health record can be represented as medical term expressions using an indexing process. The medical term expressions can be used to search the health record, add additional contextual information (e.g., in the form of metadata) to the health record, and/or to filter record entries in the health record. This creates a personalized relational graph for the user. The medical term expressions provide for uniform display of the information from the health record.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Zhe Li, Jason B. Morley, Christian Schroeder, David W. Padgett
  • Publication number: 20190103715
    Abstract: Hybrid connectors that may transfer power and data with a variety of electronic devices having different types of connector interfaces, may consume a minimal amount of surface area, depth, and volume in an electronic device, and may be readily manufactured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Reza Nasiri Mahalati, Blake R. Marshall, Liquan Tan, Florence W. Ow, Alex C. Yeung, John Raff, Robert Scritzky, Wei-Hsuan Chen, Eric S. Jol, Madhusudanan Keezhveedi Sampath, Nan Liu, Gianpaolo Lisi, YiBo Liu
  • Publication number: 20190103697
    Abstract: Connector tongues that may provide a high signal quality or signal integrity to allow high speed data transfers, may be reliably manufactured, and may be durable and have good wear performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mahmoud R. Amini, Nikhil S. Pansare, Michael A. Kinney
  • Publication number: 20190103174
    Abstract: Information about a medical provider's locations, brands, and gateways can be received (e.g., via an online portal). This information can be used to generate a data object that represents relationships between the locations, the brands, and the gateways. This data object can be maintained in a database base that is searchable by a user device. For example, a user of the user device may search the database to identify a medical provider where the user obtains care. Once identified, other systems can be used to connect the user device to a gateway associated with the medical provider in order to download electronic health record data associated with the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Todd D. Power, Mark E. Pennell, Eric K. Kimn, Sean R. Moore, Sangeeth Sridharan
  • Publication number: 20190103764
    Abstract: Embodiments describe a receiving element that includes a ferromagnetic structure axially symmetrical around a central axis disposed along a length of the ferromagnetic structure. The ferromagnetic structure includes a groove region defining two end regions on opposing sides of the groove region, where the groove region has a smaller length than the two end regions. The receiving element also includes an inductor coil wound about the groove region of the ferromagnetic structure and in between the two end regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Blake R. Marshall, Florence W. Ow, Joel N. Ruscher, Liquan Tan, Aidan N. Zimmerman, Reza Nasiri Mahalati, Hao Zhu, Qigen Ji, Madhusudanan Keezhveedi Sampath, Nan Liu, Robert Scritzky, Gianpaolo Lisi
  • Publication number: 20190103173
    Abstract: Prior to connecting to a gateway associated with an electronic health record system, a user device can check in with a server. The server can send configuration information useable by the user device for connecting to the gateway for downloading medical record data. The configuration information may include an update value that is useable by the user device to determine a time frame for contacting the gateway. In some examples, the user device determines when to contact the gateway without using the update value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Todd D. Power, Mark E. Pennell, Jorge F. Pozas Trevino, Sean R. Moore, Sami Shaio, Sangeeth Sridharan
  • Publication number: 20190103829
    Abstract: A system for providing closed-loop control of a linear resonant actuator using Back Electromotive Force (EMF) and inertial compensation is disclosed. In an embodiment, one or more inertial sensors are used to estimate low frequency motion of a haptic engine moving mass and compensate for the motion using a feedforward model, thus providing a more robust closed-loop control system for controlling the moving mass when subjected to low frequency disturbances by a user, for example, shaking or swinging the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hari Vasudevan, Eileen A. Mazzochette, Arman Hajati, Shingo Yoneoka
  • Publication number: 20190103193
    Abstract: A term base can be used to index a raw medical term (e.g., a text string from an electronic health record) to generate a computational expression of the raw medical term. The computational expression of the raw medical term can be used to generate a uniform medical term for the raw medical term. The computational expression can be compared with other computational expressions to organize the electronic health record, filter the electronic health record, and provide a uniform presentation of raw medical terms from different events in the electronic health record.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Padgett, John P. Clark, Brian A. Carlsen, Jeffrey D. LaMarche, Jason B. Morley, Christian Schroeder, Mark E. Pennell, Zhe Li, Jorge F. Pozas Trevino
  • Publication number: 20190104259
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatuses and non-transitory, computer-readable storage mediums are disclosed for a media editing application with an anchored timeline for editing captions and subtitles. In an embodiment, a method comprises: causing to display on a display device, by one or more hardware processors executing a media editing application, a graphical user interface (GUI) including a timeline; causing to display on the timeline, by the one or more hardware processors, a first lane including a media object; causing to display on the timeline, by the one or more hardware processors, a second lane including a caption or subtitle object; and anchoring, by the one or more hardware processors, the media object to the caption or subtitle object in the timeline.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nils Angquist, Zachary Kramer, James J. Hodges, Wesley Plate, Dylan Grant Keith, Peter Matthew Battaglia, Colleen M. Pendergast, Nathan Bingham, Hope Renee Boyarsky
  • Publication number: 20190103693
    Abstract: Electrical contacts having good corrosion resistance. These contacts may include a set of three layers. The three layers may include a first or top layer and two layers below the top layer. The second or middle layer may be more electrochemically active than either the first layer or the third layer. The first layer may include cracks, pores, or other discontinuities. Corrosive substances may pass through these cracks, pores, and other discontinuities and corrode the second, more electrochemically active layer below the first layer. The cracks, pores, and other discontinuities may spread the corrosion homogenously and laterally across the surface of the contact, thereby protecting the remainder of the contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Barnstead, Christoph Werner, Christoph Bitterlich, Kenneth Michael Bagwell, Benjamin J. Kallman
  • Publication number: 20190095891
    Abstract: Playlists having media items from more than one source are described. Media items in a first library are mapped to media items from an online media item store. Media items within the playlist that can be found in the first library will be played from the first library, while media items not within the first library will be played from the online media store. By identifying media items present in both libraries and playing them only from the first library, the described method can reduce the royalties needing to be paid by the online media store. Further methods are disclosed for setting limits on the number of media items that can be shared by a second library.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: William Martin Bachman, Christopher J. Sanders, Timothy B. Martin
  • Publication number: 20190098018
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes an electronic device for processing a wireless transaction. The electronic device includes a wireless communication interface, a memory, and a processor configured to execute an applet. The wireless communication interface is configured to communicate with a transaction terminal. The memory is configured to store a first set of data for enabling a transaction between the electronic device and the transaction terminal, and a second set of data different from the first set of data. The applet is configured to receive a first request for conducting the transaction. The applet is configured to transmit a first message including or based on the first set of data. The applet is configured to receive a second request for retrieving at least part of the second set of data. The applet is configured to determine whether release of at least part of the second set of data has been authorized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthias LERCH, Marc BERGES GARRIDO, Ashley MARTIN, Rahul SINGH
  • Publication number: 20190096228
    Abstract: Companion and accessory devices can be wirelessly leashed together in a manner that enables the devices to estimate their proximities to each other. One device can periodically attempt to detect a signal from the other device. For each attempt, the attempting device can store an indication of whether the signal was detected. If a number of times that the signal was undetected exceeds a threshold, then the attempting device can perform specified operations, such as alerting a user that the wireless leash was broken. As another example, one device can detect that a strength of a signal from the other device exceeds a threshold. In response, the detecting device can measure signal strengths more frequently. If the measuring device then detects that the signal strength exceeds another threshold, then the measuring device can cause specified operations to be performed, such as data synchronization between the devices or unlocking a device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Tyler D. Hawkins
  • Publication number: 20190094032
    Abstract: In some implementations, a navigation application can integrate third party services into the navigation application in an easy to use and convenient manner. For example, the navigation application can receive user input indicating that the user is interested obtaining transportation from a ride hailing service. In response to receiving the indication, the navigation application can invoke an application extension for a third party ride hailing application. The navigation application and ride hailing application can then communicate to provide the ride hailing service through the navigation application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Shelby, Eric Albert, David Hodge, Curtis Galloway, Tara Teich, Sam Iglesias, Maria D. Ioveva
  • Publication number: 20190098499
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes an electronic device for selecting a credential based at least in part on location information. The electronic device can include a secure transaction subsystem and a processor. The secure transaction subsystem can be configured to store a plurality of credentials. The processor can be communicatively coupled to the secure transaction subsystem and configured to receive the location information from one or more radios. Further, the processor can be configured to determine that a distance between the electronic device and a terminal is less than a predetermined distance based on the location information. In response to determining the distance between the electronic device and the terminal is less than the predetermined distance, the processor can be configured to select the credential from the plurality of credentials based at least in part on the type of terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthias LERCH, Florian Galdo
  • Publication number: 20190094955
    Abstract: Range finding methods and apparatus that may be implemented by VR/MR systems that include a head-mounted display (HMD) and an accessory that the user holds or wears. Range finding sensors (e.g., ultrasonic transducers) may be included on the HMD and on the accessory and used to track distances to and relative position of walls, objects, and other obstacles within constrained physical environments such as rooms, gyms, yards, or fields, or in unconstrained physical environments. Range finding information from the sensors on the HMD and accessory can be used to generate a 3D map of the user's environment that can be used for various purposes in the VR/MR system. In addition to mapping the user's environment, the range finding methods and apparatus may also be used to track the relative position of the accessory with respect to the HMD.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley W. Zuber, Thayne M. Miller, Jae Hwang Lee
  • Publication number: 20190097462
    Abstract: Embodiments describe a wireless power receiving module to receive magnetic flux for wireless power transfer. The wireless power receiving module includes a receiver coil comprising a single length of wire wound into a plurality of turns, an electromagnetic receiver shield coupled to a first side of the receiver coil, a ferrite layer coupled to a second side of the receiver coil opposite of the first side, the ferrite layer positioned to redirect magnetic flux during the charging event to improve charging efficiency, and a thermal mitigation shield comprising a thermally conductive layer adhered to an electrically conductive layer where the electrically conductive layer is coupled to ground, and where the ferrite layer is sandwiched between the thermal mitigation shield and the receiver coil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Ruben F. Larsson, Eric S. Jol, Christopher S. Graham, Aaron A. Oro
  • Publication number: 20190098762
    Abstract: Connectors that allow system-in-package modules to connect to other circuits in an electronic device in an area-efficient manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lan H. Hoang, Takayoshi Katahira
  • Publication number: 20190098674
    Abstract: Embodiments for performing, by a wireless device, a procedure for auto-joining a wireless network based on factors associated with the wireless networks are provided. The embodiments include determining a current location of the wireless device. The wireless device stores information regarding nearby known networks associated with the current location of the wireless device and may select a candidate network from the nearby known networks based on a network score associated with the candidate network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Vinesh PALLEN, Ronald K. Huang, Chaitanya Mannemala, Christopher R. Purcell, Sriram Lakshmanan
  • Publication number: 20190094033
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a map application that identifies a transit route that includes one or more transit legs between a starting location and a destination location. In response to a request to start navigating the identified transit route, the map application of some embodiments provides a first display area for displaying a set of navigation instructions, each of which describes a transit maneuver that is associated with a transit leg of the transit route. The map application also provides a second display area for displaying a map region presentation associated with the navigation instruction that is displayed in the first display area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Usama M. Hajj, Marcel Van Os, Brian Andrich, Ian Leighton, Justin O'Beirne, David Hodge, Eleanor Cady Wachsman, Nathaniel V. Kelso, Aaron A. Reiner, Christine B. McGravan, Wesley Yue, Eric L. Grundstrom
  • Publication number: 20190096252
    Abstract: A portable computing device can be used to locate a vehicle in a parking structure. In particular, the portable computing device can communicate with a parking system that manages the parking structure and/or with a vehicle in order to locate the vehicle. Communications between the portable computing device, parking system and vehicle can be based on one or more wireless connections, such as Bluetooth and/or Bluetooth LE connections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Tucker, Emily C. Schubert, Jesse L. Dorogusker, Joakim Linde, Stephen Chick
  • Publication number: 20190097705
    Abstract: Post-amble processing of a beam forming packet may utilize different sector rotation speeds at different wireless communication devices. Power measurements may be captured for individual sectors of an antenna array with respect to a complete rotation of antenna sectors at another wireless communication device. The power measurements may be evaluated to identify a sector for directing a millimeter wave beam between the different wireless communication devices. In some embodiments, a second packet may be transmitted back using the identified sector to determine another sector for directing the millimeter wave beam between the different wireless communication devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Keangpo R. Ho, Ling Su
  • Publication number: 20190098122
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments of haptic locomotion use one or more actuators to: 1) determine the properties of contact surfaces to improve various applications that use haptic locomotion; 2) automatically improve power transfer efficiency during wireless charging or cellular or wireless signal reception; 3) increase device accessibility for visually or hearing impaired users; 4) improve speaker and microphone performance; 5) protect a free falling mobile device from impact damage by orienting the mobile device to a low-risk orientation during free fall, or by driving the mobile device away from a high-risk orientation during free fall; and 6) control asymmetric surface friction using a directional magnetic field provided by an actuator to improve haptic locomotion in a desired direction of travel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jere C. Harrison, Alex J. Speltz, Sheng Liu
  • Publication number: 20190094379
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments use 3D city models and shadow mapping to improve altitude fixes in urban environments. In an embodiment, a method comprises: generating a set of three-dimensional (3D) candidate positions in a geographic area of interest; predicting global navigation satellite system (GNSS) signal visibility at selected ones of the 3D candidate positions; receiving GNSS signals at a current location of the mobile device; determining observed satellite visibility based on the received GNSS signals; comparing the predicted satellite visibility with the observed satellite visibility; determining a position fix based on a result of the comparing; determining an indoor environment where the mobile device is located based at least on an altitude component of the position fix; obtaining structural data for the identified indoor environment; and determining a floor lower bound for the current location of the mobile device based on the altitude component and the structural data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kumar Gaurav Chhokra, Glenn Donald MacGougan, Robert Mayor
  • Publication number: 20190086480
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatuses and non-transitory computer-readable mediums are disclosed for a self-calibrating system architecture for magnetic distortion compensation. In an embodiment, an electronic system comprises: a magnetometer; a plurality of spaced-apart calibration coils proximate to the magnetometer; first circuitry configured to excite the calibration coils during a calibration phase of the electronic system; second circuitry configured to measure a first magnetic field vector in a vicinity of the magnetometer that is generated by the excited calibration coils; third circuitry configured to: generate sensitivity values based on the first magnetic field vector measurement and a baseline magnetic field vector; and a storage device configured for storing the sensitivity values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jian Guo
  • Publication number: 20190090117
    Abstract: Resource allocation logic in a user device can determine allocation of a shared resource among different communication modules supporting a number of different communication types (e.g., GNSS, cellular, Wi-Fi, and/or Bluetooth communications) in a context-dependent manner. For example, the logic can determine an operating context of the user device. Based on the operating context, the logic can assign a priority to each of the signal types. The shared resource can be allocated among the signal types based on the priority.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Harsha Shirahatti, Gaurav C. Khambholja, Swapnil S. Jain, Qiong Wu, Hsin-Yuo Liu
  • Publication number: 20190087978
    Abstract: A system comprises an encoder configured to compress attribute information and/or spatial for a point cloud and/or a decoder configured to decompress compressed attribute and/or spatial information for the point cloud. To compress the attribute and/or spatial information, the encoder is configured to convert a point cloud into an image based representation. Also, the decoder is configured to generate a decompressed point cloud based on an image based representation of a point cloud.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexandros Tourapis, Khaled Mammou, Yeping Su, Fabrice A. Robinet, David W. Singer
  • Publication number: 20190087979
    Abstract: A system comprises an encoder configured to compress attribute information and/or spatial for a point cloud and/or a decoder configured to decompress compressed attribute and/or spatial information for the point cloud. To compress the attribute and/or spatial information, the encoder is configured to convert a point cloud into an image based representation. Also, the decoder is configured to generate a decompressed point cloud based on an image based representation of a point cloud.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Khaled Mammou, Fabrice A. Robinet, Alexandros Tourapis, Yeping Su