Apple Patent Applications

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

  • Publication number: 20190057670
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatus are described to dynamically generate map textures. A client device may obtain map data, which may include one or more shapes described by vector graphics data. Along with the one or more shapes, embodiments may include texture indicators linked to the one or more shapes. Embodiments may render the map data. For one or more shapes, a texture definition may be obtained. Based on the texture definition, a client device may dynamically generate a texture for the shape. The texture may then be applied to the shape to render a current fill portion of the shape. In some embodiments the render map view is displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marcel Van Os, Patrick S. Piemonte, Billy P. Chen, Christopher Blumenberg
  • Publication number: 20190058846
    Abstract: Computing devices may implement instant video communication connections for video communications. Connection information for mobile computing devices may be maintained. A request to initiate an instant video communication may be received, and if authorized, the connection information for the particular recipient mobile computing device may be accessed. Video communication data may then be sent to the recipient mobile computing device according to the connection information so that the video communication data may be displayed at the recipient device as it is received. New connection information for different mobile computing devices may be added, or updates to existing connection information may also be performed. Connection information for some mobile computing devices may be removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Xiasong Zhou, Hsi-Jung Wu, Chris Y. Chung, James Normile, Joe S. Abuan, Hyeonkuk Jeong, Yan Yang, Gobind Johar, Thomas Christopher Jansen
  • Publication number: 20190049996
    Abstract: A vehicle configured to be autonomously navigated in a peloton along a roadway, wherein the peloton comprises at least the vehicle at least one additional vehicle, is configured to determine a position of the vehicle in the peloton which reduces differences in relative driving ranges among the vehicles included in the peloton. The vehicles can dynamically adjust peloton positions while navigating to reduce driving range differences among the vehicles. The vehicle can include a power management system which enables the vehicle to be electrically coupled to a battery included in another vehicle in the peloton, so that driving range differences between the vehicles can be reduced via load sharing via the electrical connection. The vehicle can include a power connector arm which extends a power connector to couple with an interface of another vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Randol W. Aikin, Malcolm J. Northcott
  • Publication number: 20190050146
    Abstract: The systems described herein provide a remote keyboard service for a media device on a computing device without having to invoke an application or unlock the computing device. The computing device can receive a message indicating that a text input field on the other device is selected and present a notification to the user prompting the user to invoke the virtual keyboard on the computing device to provide text input to the selected text input field. The computing device can receive user input selecting the notification and present a virtual keyboard for providing text input to the other device. The computing device can receive keyboard input from the user selecting characters and send the characters to the other device. The other device can then user the characters as text input to the selected text input field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander D. Sanciangco, Bob Bradley, Marc Krochmal, Graham Clarke
  • Publication number: 20190049587
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a depth map acquisition system, includes a housing, a light source for emitting light to illuminate objects in a scene subject to depth mapping, fixedly mounted to the housing, a mirror tilt actuator, fixedly mounted to the housing, for tilting a mirror fixedly mounted to the mirror tilt actuator, a mirror fixedly mounted to the mirror tilt actuator, for reflecting light from the light source to the objects, and a partially transparent photosensitive detector in the direct path of the light from the mirror to the objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Topliss, Thomas M. Gregory
  • Publication number: 20190044178
    Abstract: Energy storage devices, battery cells, and batteries may include a cathode including a cathode current collector having a cathode active material disposed thereon. The devices may include an anode including an anode current collector having an anode active material disposed thereon. The devices may also include a separator positioned between the cathode active material and the anode active material. The separator may include a polymeric base, an intermediate layer, and an adhesive layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mikyong Yoo, Richard M. Mank
  • Publication number: 20190043165
    Abstract: This invention provides methods for spatially localized image editing. For example, an input image is divided into multiple bins in each dimension. For each bin, a histogram is computed, along with local image statistics such as mean, medium and cumulative histogram. Next, for each tile, a type of adjustment is determined and applied, including adjustment associated with Exposure, Brightness, Shadows, Highlights, Contrast, and Blackpoint. The adjustments are done for all tiles in the input image to render a small adjustment image. The small image is then interpolated, for example, using an edge-preserving interpolation, to get a full size adjustment image with adjustment curve for each pixel. Subsequently, per-pixel image adjustments can be performed across an entire input image to render a final adjusted image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Garrett M. Johnson, David Hayward
  • Publication number: 20190041521
    Abstract: A light beam scanning device includes a lens element assembly which dynamically adjusts a divergence of the beam. The lens element assembly can include multiple lens elements, one or more of which translates parallel to the light beam to adjust beam divergence. Divergence adjustment can include adjusting the beam divergence along one or more cross sectional axes of the beam. Beam divergence can be adjusted between consecutive scans, during a scan, etc. Beam divergence can be adjusted based on the field of view and scan rate. Beam divergence adjustment can enable dynamic adjustment of the spot size of the beam, which can enable the apparatus to adjust between scanning a wide divergence beam to detect objects in a scene and scanning a narrow divergence beam to generate detailed point clouds of the detected objects. Beam divergence adjustment can enable adjustment of reflection point intensity, enabling detection of low-reflectivity objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Micah P. Kalscheur, Jawad Nawasra
  • Publication number: 20190037549
    Abstract: Communicating wireless devices collaborate and utilize waveforms to enable secure channel estimation. To protect against a repetitive replay attack, some embodiments include Single Carrier Physical Layer (SC-PHY) waveforms and/or interpolated OFDM waveforms that do not include a repeatable or predictable structure. The waveforms are transmitted in ranging packet structures that are compatible with legacy 802.11 technologies that do not utilize secure channel estimation. The ranging packets are received in combination with the information previously exchanged to enable the receiving wireless system to securely determine a channel estimate (e.g., determine a channel estimate without an interloper transmission that is not an authentic first arrival path in a multi-path channel between the wireless systems). Thus, one or both of the wireless systems can estimate the distance between them (or range). Devices utilizing legacy 802.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mingguang Xu, Su Khiong Yong, Mithat C. Dogan, Rohit U. Nabar, Qi Wang, Kyle C. Brogle, Andrew J. Ringer
  • Publication number: 20190034188
    Abstract: A companion device can obtain a new version of a software program (e.g., in portions) from a server at the request of an accessory device, and provide the new version of the software to the accessory device. The software update of the accessory device can be initiated at the companion device. The companion device can communicate with the accessory device before and after the update to determine whether the update was successful. A notification about the update can then be provided to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel B. Pollack, Eric S. Brown, Gregory B. Novick, Paul W. Chinn, David C. Donley, Tyler D. Hawkins, Julien A. Poumailloux
  • Publication number: 20190036271
    Abstract: An electrical plug and receptacle relying on magnetic force from an electromagnet to maintain contact are disclosed. The plug and receptacle can be used as part of a power adapter for connecting an electronic device, such as a laptop computer, to a power supply. The plug includes electrical contacts, which are preferably biased toward corresponding contacts on the receptacle. The plug and receptacle each have a magnetic element. The magnetic element on one of the plug or receptacle can be a magnet or ferromagnetic material. The magnetic element on the other of the plug or receptacle is an electromagnet. When the plug and receptacle are brought into proximity, the magnetic attraction between the electromagnet magnet and its complement, whether another magnet or a ferromagnetic material, maintains the contacts in an electrically conductive relationship.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Mark Edward Doutt, Bartley K. Andre, Kanye Lim, John C. DiFonzo, Jean-Marc Gery
  • Publication number: 20190033934
    Abstract: An electronic device is configured to detect the presence or absence of a case that is positioned over at least one surface of the electronic device. When a case is present, the electronic device is configured to determine one or more characteristics of the case and adjust one or more operations of the electronic device based on at least one characteristic of the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Myers, Ihtesham H. Chowdhury, Richard Hung Minh Dinh, Benjamin J. Pope, Matthew D. Hill, Dhaval N. Shah, Martin J. Auclair
  • Publication number: 20190037342
    Abstract: Location-based ticket books are described. A mobile device can present a virtual ticket to a service provider based on a location of the mobile device. The mobile device can receive a virtual ticket for accessing a service from a service provider. The virtual ticket can be associated with a signal source. The signal source can be pre-programmed to broadcast a beacon signal that includes an identifier identifying the signal source. The signal source can be placed at a venue where the service is available. The mobile device, upon arriving at the venue, can detect the beacon signal from the signal source. In response, the mobile device can activate a ticket manager. The ticket manager can automatically select, from a ticket book, the virtual ticket associated with the signal source. The mobile device can present content of the selected virtual ticket at the venue where the service is available.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eliza Block, George R. Dicker, Glen W. Steele
  • Publication number: 20190037162
    Abstract: Recommending and activating scenes in a multimedia system are provided. The techniques of the present disclosure can allow the states of the components in the multimedia system to be captured in a scene. Once the scene has been saved, the scene can be activated at a later time. A controller device for recommending scenes by comparing the current state with states of components in saved scenes is also provided. The controller device can also determine if media is playing in a current scene, and activate a selected scene without playing the media content. Once the selected scene is activated, the media playing in the current scene can be switched, and the media playing in the selected scene can be played.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Cannistraro
  • Publication number: 20190037353
    Abstract: A system and method of locating “friends” having mobile devices connected to a network and associated with a user account is disclosed. The method includes sending a request to a mobile device, the mobile device determining its present geographic location and responding to the requestor with this information. This information may be in the form of a coordinate location such as a GPS location or it may be in the form of a name that the mobile device owner assigned to a particular area (e.g., “home”). Having this location information, a user is able to view the location of the friend that is associated with the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Raghu Pai, Timothy S. Hurley, Patrice Olivier Gautier, Karthik Narayanan, Murthy Parthasarathi, Maxime Veron
  • Publication number: 20190028445
    Abstract: A controller and an accessory controllable by the controller can communicate using secure read and write procedures. The procedures can include encrypting identifiers of accessory characteristics targeted by a read or write operation as well as any data being read or written. The procedures can also include the accessory returning a cryptographically signed response verifying receipt and execution of the read or write instruction. In some instances, a write procedure can be implemented as a timed write in which a first instruction containing the write data is sent separately from a second instruction to execute the write operation; the accessory can disregard the write data if the second instruction is not received within a timeout period after receiving the first instruction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin P. McLaughlin, Anush G. Nadathur, Matthew C. Lucas, Srinivas Rama, Dennis Mathews
  • Publication number: 20190027298
    Abstract: A shield for redirecting magnetic field generated from a plurality of transmitter coils includes a ferromagnetic structure divided into segments by a plurality of boundary regions, each segment comprises a first material having a first magnetic permeability and each boundary region comprises a second material having a second magnetic permeability lower than the first magnetic permeability, where the plurality of boundary regions are configured to resist a propagation of magnetic field from a first area of the ferromagnetic structure to a second area of the ferromagnetic structure, where the first area intercepts the magnetic field generated from at least one active transmitter coil of the plurality of transmitter coils.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jouya Jadidian, Vaneet Pathak, Martin Schauer, Cheung-Wei Lam, Darshan R. Kasar, Christopher S. Graham, Andro Radchenko
  • Publication number: 20190025070
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a mapping application that provides a variety of UI elements for allowing a user to specify a location (e.g., for viewing or serving as route destinations). In some embodiments, these location-input UI elements appear in succession on a sequence of pages, according to a hierarchy that has the UI elements that require less user interaction appear on earlier pages in the sequence than the UI elements that require more user interaction. In some embodiments, the location-input UI elements that successively appear in the mapping application include (1) selectable predicted-destination notifications, (2) a list of selectable predicted destinations, (3) a selectable voice-based search affordance, and (4) a keyboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bradford A. Moore, Joshua C. Weinberg, Jorge Fino, Mark B. Larus, Sarah G. Barbour
  • Publication number: 20190026940
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a mapping application that has a novel way of displaying traffic congestion along roads in the map. The mapping application in some embodiments defines a traffic congestion representation to run parallel to its corresponding road portion when the map is viewed at a particular zoom level, and defines a traffic congestion representation to be placed over its corresponding road portion when the map is viewed at another zoom level. The mapping application in some embodiments differentiates the appearance of the traffic congestion representation that signifies heavy traffic congestion from the appearance of the traffic congestion representation that signifies moderate traffic congestion. In some of these embodiments, the mapping application does not generate a traffic congestion representation for areas along a road that are not congested.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Moore, Aroon Pahwa, Yaohua Hu
  • Publication number: 20190025778
    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: June 27, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew C. Lucas, Anush G. Nadathur, Nathan E. Carroll
  • Publication number: 20190028423
    Abstract: Messaging between a companion device and an accessory device is controlled such that different modes of communication may be utilized. The different modes can implement different messaging strategies, each of which is intended for efficient power management, in view of the limited electrical power that is typically available at the accessory device. A received request message for sending from the companion device to the accessory device is sent if predetermined conditions apply, and similarly for messages from the accessory device to the companion device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Ledwith, Christopher C. Jensen, John J. Iarocci, Marc J. Krochmal, Ziv Wolkowicki, Daniel B. Pollack, Darin B. Adler
  • Publication number: 20190026874
    Abstract: A multi-layer low-pass filter is used to filter a first frame of video data representing at least a portion of an environment of an individual. A first layer of the filter has a first filtering resolution setting for a first subset of the first frame, while a second layer of the filter has a second filtering resolution setting for a second subset. The first subset includes a data element positioned along a direction of a gaze of the individual, and the second subset of the frame surrounds the first subset. A result of the filtering is compressed and transmitted via a network to a video processing engine configured to generate a modified visual representation of the environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Can Jin, Nicolas Pierre Marie Frederic Bonnier, Hao Pan
  • Publication number: 20190026721
    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: September 24, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ahmer A. Khan, Zachary A. Rosen, Joakim Linde
  • Publication number: 20190028549
    Abstract: Techniques for suggesting accessory devices controlled by an application executing on a mobile device are disclosed. A method includes measuring one or more sensor values to determine a data point at each of a plurality of first times, associating an accessory device with each of the data points, clustering the data points within a threshold distance of each other to create a plurality of clusters. The method also includes, after clustering the data points, measuring one or more sensor values to determine one or more current data points at a second time, determining that one or more current data points at the second time corresponds to a first cluster of the plurality of clusters, identifying a first accessory device associated with one or more of the data points in the first cluster, and providing a message using the application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brent M. Ledvina, Kevin P. McLaughlin, David R. Stites, Jahshan A. Bhatti, Kevin Duffy, Robert William Mayor
  • Publication number: 20190020943
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a speaker assembly suitable for use in a portable electronic device utilizing water resistant ports. The speaker assembly can have an open back that subjects a back volume of the speaker to pressure differentials within a device housing of the portable electronic device. The speaker assembly can utilize a speaker surround having a varying thickness. The varying thickness speaker surround allows the speaker to maintain an acceptable frequency response profile while limiting the travel of the diaphragm it is coupled with. The disclosure also describes how electrically conductive pathways can be integrated within a housing of the speaker assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Hurrell, Tyler B. Cater, Scott P. Porter, Salome Bavetta, Anthony P. Grazian, Benjamin J. Pope, Scott A. Myers, Ashutosh Y. Shukla, Benjamin M. Russo, Christopher Wilk, David MacNeil, Eric N. Nyland, Ihtesham H. Chowdhury, Joseph F. Maldonado, Kevin M. Froese, Richard Hung Minh Dinh, Ruchir M. Dave, Teemu P. Sipila, Yang Liu
  • Publication number: 20190020450
    Abstract: The described embodiments augment an activity performed in a first application at a source electronic device using a controller at a companion electronic device. The source electronic device receives controller information describing a controller that the activity performed in the first application accepts controller data from, determines a controller identifier for the controller information, and broadcasts a controller advertisement comprising the controller identifier. Upon receiving the controller advertisement, the companion electronic device determines whether a second application that can provide the controller data is available at the companion electronic device. If the second application is available, the companion electronic device establishes a cooperative-activity communication channel with the source electronic device. The companion electronic device uses the cooperative-activity communication channel to provide controller data to the source electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marc J. Krochmal, Christopher S. Linn, John J. Iarocci, Geoffrey G. Stahl, Jaques P. Gasselin de Richebourg, Alexander R. Ledwith
  • Publication number: 20190018547
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a navigation application with a novel declutter navigation mode. In some embodiments, the navigation application has a declutter control that when selected, directs the navigation application to simplify a navigation presentation by removing or de-emphasizing non-essential items that are displayed in the navigation presentation. In some embodiments, the declutter control is a mode-selecting control that allows the navigation presentation to toggle between normal first navigation presentation and a simplified second navigation presentation, which below is also referred to as a decluttered navigation presentation. During normal mode operation, the navigation presentation of some embodiments provides (1) a representation of the navigated route, (2) representations of the roads along the navigated route, (3) representation of major and minor roads that intersect or are near the navigated route, and (4) representations of buildings and other objects in the navigated scene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Edward J. Cooper, Bradley L. Spare, Jonathan L. Berk
  • Publication number: 20190020822
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a camera voice coil motor (VCM) actuator configured to shift an image sensor along multiple axes. Some embodiments include a magnet and coil arrangement. Some embodiments include a position sensing arrangement. Some embodiments include a flexure arrangement. Some embodiments include a coil structure and coil carrier assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Shashank Sharma, Scott W. Miller
  • Publication number: 20190014476
    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: July 16, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Zachary Maragoudakis
  • Publication number: 20190011973
    Abstract: A wearable computing device can detect device-raising gestures. For example, onboard motion sensors of the device can detect movement of the device in real time and infer information about the spatial orientation of the device. Based on analysis of signals from the motion sensors, the device can detect a raise gesture, which can be a motion pattern consistent with the user moving the device's display into his line of sight. In response to detecting a raise gesture, the device can activate its display and/or other components. Detection of a raise gesture can occur in stages, and activation of different components can occur at different stages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoyuan Tu, Anil K. Kandangath, Adam S. Howell
  • Publication number: 20190013274
    Abstract: A fabric-based item may include fabric such as woven fabric having insulating and conductive yarns or other strands of material. The conductive yarns may form signal paths. Electrical components can be embedded within pockets in the fabric. Each electrical component may have an electrical device such as a semiconductor die that is mounted on an interposer substrate. The electrical device may be a light-emitting diode, a sensor, an actuator, or other electrical device. The electrical device may have contacts that are soldered to contacts on the interposer. The interposer may have additional contacts that are soldered to the signal paths. The fabric may have portions that form transparent windows overlapping the electrical components or that have other desired attributes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel D. Sunshine, Paul S. Drzaic, Daniel A. Podhajny, David M. Kindlon, Hoon Sik Kim, Kathryn P. Crews, Yung-Yu Hsu
  • Publication number: 20190013275
    Abstract: A fabric-based item may include fabric layers and other layers of material. An array of electrical components may be mounted in the fabric-based item. The electrical components may be mounted to a support structure such as a flexible printed circuit. The flexible printed circuit may have a mesh shape formed from an array of openings. Serpentine flexible printed circuit segments may extend between the openings. The electrical components may be light-emitting diodes or other electrical devices. Polymer with light-scattering particles or other materials may cover the electrical components. The flexible printed circuit may be laminated between fabric layers or other layers of material in the fabric-based item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel D. Sunshine, Paul S. Drzaic, Daniel A. Podhajny, David M. Kindlon, Hoon Sik Kim, Kathryn P. Crews, Yung-Yu Hsu
  • Publication number: 20190014539
    Abstract: Controllers can communicate with accessories using various paths, such as a wireless communication path. A controller can maintain reachability information for each accessory indicating the path(s) via which the accessory is currently reachable. Maintaining the reachability information can include scanning to detect broadcasts from the accessories and updating the reachability information based on the results of scanning. Scanning parameters such as scan interval and scan duration can be selected dynamically based on the current operating context of the controller (e.g., where the controller is located, what processes are active on the controller, what other devices have been detected within communication range of the controller).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Mathews, Craig Dooley, Anjali S. Sandesara
  • Publication number: 20190008394
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for a wireless wearable computer with fitness machine connectivity for improved activity monitoring using caloric expenditure models.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bharath Narasimha Rao, Jennifer Strasser, Umamahesh Srinivas, Kevin Sheridan, James Ochs, Vinay R. Majjigi, Karthik Jayaraman Raghuram, Olivier Humblet, Jay Blahnik
  • Publication number: 20190007927
    Abstract: Notifications for instructing user behavior can be determined and presented when appropriate. The timing of when to present the notification can be based on a device being in a worn state, configuration data, and/or an open time on a user calendar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Kriz Blahnik, Aaron P. Thompson, David S. Clark, Julie A. Arney, Brian R. Drell, Keith P. Avery
  • Publication number: 20190007547
    Abstract: Measurements can be obtained from sensors to determine a state of a device. The state can be used to determine whether to provide an alert. For example, after a first alert is provided, it can be determined that the device is not accessible to the user based on the determined state, and a second alert can be suppressed at a specified time after providing the first alert. The sensor measurements can be monitored after suppressing the second alert, and a state engine can detect a change in a state based on subsequent sensor measurements. If the state change indicates that the device is accessible to the user the second alert can be provided to the user. Alerts can be dismissed based on a change in state. A first device can coordinate alerts sent to or to be provided by a second device by suppressing or dismissing such alerts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen P. Jackson, Anil K. Kandangath, Ronald K. Huang
  • Publication number: 20180375244
    Abstract: Contact structures that are readily manufactured, where contacts in the contact structures provide a sufficient normal force while consuming a minimal amount of surface area, depth, and volume in an electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Wagman, Mahmoud Amini, Eric S. Jol
  • Publication number: 20180376521
    Abstract: Embodiments include an apparatus and method for a handheld device that accesses a remote network, and also provides a tethered device with access to the same remote network. The handheld device may support multiple data flows between the tethering machine and the remote network, while the handheld device is capable of being used by a user to “surf” or otherwise access the same remote network. For example, if the remote network is the Internet and the handheld device is a “smart phone”, a user of the smart phone can access the Internet concurrently while one or more applications on the tethering machine also accesses the Internet. Moreover, the smart phone may concurrently support other networked services that the smart phone is designed to provide such as voicemail services, messaging services, and telephony (cell phone) services.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Cahya Masputra
  • Publication number: 20180376286
    Abstract: This disclosure describes embodiments for harvesting and serving labels for locations. In an embodiment, a method comprises: receiving, by one or more server computers, location data including wireless access point data and location labels associated with significant locations, the location data being harvested from a plurality of devices operating at a plurality of geographic locations; and updating, by the one or more server computers, a plurality of fingerprints representing the plurality of geographic locations, the updating including associating at least one of the received location labels with at least one of the plurality of fingerprints.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Dal Santo, Stephen J. Rhee, Ronald K. Huang, Nicholas M. Holt
  • Publication number: 20180374423
    Abstract: An organic light-emitting diode may have transparent electrodes. An organic emissive layer may be interposed between the electrodes. The emissive layer may emit light in response to current injected from the electrodes. The organic light-emitting diode electrodes may cover an electrode area. The electrode area may be square or may have other shapes. To enhance brightness uniformity, portions of the electrodes in a peripheral region (H1, H2) of the electrode area may have higher sheet resistances than a central portion of the electrode area. The electrode area may be square and may have four corners. The higher sheet resistances may be associated with regions of the electrode area adjacent to the corners. Elevated sheet resistances may be produced by forming the electrodes with different thicknesses in different areas or by providing supplemental conductive structures (104) in selected areas of the electrode area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: KiBeom Kim, Kwang Ohk Cheon, Rui Liu, Cheng Chen
  • Publication number: 20180376283
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and program products for determining a location of a mobile device using a location application programming interface (API) are described. A mobile device can receive an input requesting the mobile device to monitor entry into and exit from a significant location. The mobile device can call a start-monitoring instance function of an object of a location manager class as declared in the API to start monitoring, and call a stop-monitoring instance function of the object as declared in the API to stop monitoring. The mobile device can store the entry and exit, or provide a record of the entry or exit to a function that is conformant to the API for performing various tasks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley Joel Jensen, Ronald K. Huang, Stephen J. Rhee, Jay N. Bruins, Adam M. Driscoll, Lukas M. Marti, Michael P. Dal Santo, Patrick Thomas Dillon
  • Publication number: 20180375271
    Abstract: Connector adapters that may have a MagSafe connector receptacle and a Universal Serial Bus Type-C connector insert. This may allow MagSafe chargers to be used to charge devices having Universal Serial Bus Type-C connector receptacles. This also may provide the breakaway characteristic of a MagSafe connector system for a device that does not include a MagSafe connector receptacle. Other adapters may have other types of magnetic connector receptacles and connector inserts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald G. Powers, Kevin M. Keeler
  • Publication number: 20180376238
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable medium are provided for managing connections of user devices. For example, two source devices may be configured to maintain a data stream with one another. The data stream may enable the two source devices to identify one or more connections between each other and at least a third device. In response to receiving an event that indicates content to be provided to the third device, the data stream may be used by the source devices to configure their network connections with the third device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas E. Schobel, Nathan de Vries, Gregory B. Novick, Anthony J. Guetta, Jason C. Conn, Augustin Prats
  • Publication number: 20180365404
    Abstract: The described embodiments perform a proximity unlock operation. For the proximity unlock operation, a first electronic device in a locked operating state detects that an authorized second electronic device is in proximity to the first electronic device. Based on detecting the authorized second electronic device in proximity to the first electronic device, the first electronic device transitions from a locked operating state to an unlocked operating state. In the described embodiments, the transition to the unlocked operating state occurs without the user performing a manual authentication step that is performed in existing electronic devices to cause the transition from the locked operating state to the unlocked operating state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert R. Ulrich, Jean-Pierre Cuidad, Kevin N. Armstrong, Andreas W. Wendker, Craig M. Federighi, Steve S. Ko
  • Publication number: 20180361203
    Abstract: Embodiments herein provide systems, methods, and computer-readable medium for providing customized exercise-related recommendations. Utilizing machine learning algorithms, a classification model may be trained with fitness-related information (e.g., exercise information, user profile information, and/or vital sign information) of a group of users. The classification model may be configured to output a classification for input data (e.g., fitness-related information of a particular user). A recommendation corresponding to a classification may be identified and provided to a particular user. User compliance with provided recommendations and subsequent user progress may be tracked to determine when recommendations were effective at bringing about a desired result (e.g., progressing the user toward a goal). Additionally, the system may determine when classifications have been inaccurately determined and/or when expected progress data has not provided a realistic path by which a user may progress toward a goal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ying Wang, Robert Pitchford, Stephen Holter
  • Publication number: 20180364457
    Abstract: Compact lens systems are described that may be used in small form factor cameras. The lens systems may include seven lens elements with refractive power, and may provide low F-numbers with wide field of view while maintaining or improving imaging quality and package size when compared to other compact lens systems. The lens systems may, for example, provide a focal ratio of 1.85 or less, with full field of view of 75 degrees or more. The lens systems may conform to a criterion for compactness TTL/ImageH<1.7, where TTL is the total track length of the lens system, and ImageH is the semi-diagonal image height of the image plane at the photosensor. Lens system parameters and relationships may be selected at least in part to reduce, compensate, or correct for optical aberrations and lens artifacts and effects across the field of view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yuhong Yao, Yoshikazu Shinohara, Lin-Yao Liao
  • Publication number: 20180365513
    Abstract: Sampling data is disclosed. A region of a map to be rendered is determined. It is determined that a first subregion is included in the region. Data points associated with subregions in a neighborhood of the first subregion are analyzed to determine a regional density of points. Data points associated with the first subregion are sampled based on the regional density of points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Marcel William Watts, Erez Cohen
  • Publication number: 20180364441
    Abstract: Various embodiments include an interlock arrangement that may be used to attach a lens barrel to a lens carrier of a camera. In some embodiments, the interlock arrangement may restrict movement of the lens barrel relative to the lens carrier along at least an optical axis. In various examples, the interlock arrangement may include one or more grooves and one or more protrusions. For instance, a groove may be defined by the lens barrel or the lens carrier, and a protrusion may extend from the lens barrel or the lens carrier to at least partially into the groove. In some cases, the interlock arrangement may include an adhesive that at least partially fills gaps within the interlock arrangement between the lens barrel and the lens carrier. According to some embodiments, the interlock arrangement may include one or more recesses that provide inlets for the adhesive to be introduced to the gaps within the interlock arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aurelien R. Hubert, Qiang Yang, Yoshiyuki Takase
  • Publication number: 20180367767
    Abstract: A mobile device includes an image sensor separated from a processing component by an open space. The image sensor includes one or more light source modules and the processing component includes one or more light sensors aligned with the one or more light source modules. Image data from the image sensor may be transmitted to the processing component via light signals exchanged between the one or more light source modules and the one or more light sensors. In some embodiments, light signals transmitted between one or more light source modules of an image sensor and one or more light sensors of the processing component are used to determine positional and angular data about the image sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Neil MacKinnon
  • Publication number: 20180359352
    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: May 7, 2018
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Marcos, Andrew E. Platzer, Forest A. Hill