Apple Patent Applications

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

  • Publication number: 20180199020
    Abstract: A method of altering audio output from an electronic device based on image data is provided. In one embodiment, the method includes acquiring image data and determining one or more characteristics of the image data. Such characteristics may include sharpness, brightness, motion, magnification, zoom setting, and so forth, as well as variation in any of the preceding characteristics. The method may also include producing audio output, wherein at least one characteristic of the audio output is determined based on one or more of the image data characteristics. Various audio output characteristics that may be varied based on the video data characteristics may include, for instance, pitch, reverberation, tempo, volume, filter frequency response, added sound effects, or the like. Additional methods, devices, and manufactures are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aram Lindahl, Kelvin Chiu
  • Publication number: 20180195872
    Abstract: A context-aware voice guidance method is provided that interacts with other voice services of a user device. The voice guidance does not provide audible guidance while the user is making a verbal request to any of the voice-activated services. Instead, the voice guidance transcribes its output on the screen while the verbal requests from the user are received. In some embodiments, the voice guidance only provides a short warning sound to get the user's attention while the user is speaking on a phone call or another voice-activated service is providing audible response to the user's inquires. The voice guidance in some embodiments distinguishes between music that can be ducked and spoken words, for example from an audiobook, that the user wants to pause instead of being skipped. The voice guidance ducks music but pauses spoken words of an audio book in order to provide voice guidance to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Bennett, Stephen O. Lemay, Marcel van Os, Scott Forstall, Bradford A. Moore, Emanuele Vulcano, Seejo K. Pylappan
  • Publication number: 20180197332
    Abstract: For a mapping application, a method for reporting a problem related to a map displayed by the mapping application is described. The method identifies a mode in which the mapping application is operating. The method identifies a set of types of problems to report based on the identified mode. The method displays, in a display area of the mapping application, a graphical user interface (GUI) page that includes a set of selectable user interface (UI) items that represent the identified set of types of problems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marcel van Os, Albert P. Dul, Bradford A. Moore, Ethan C. Sorrelgreen, I Wei Lai
  • Publication number: 20180199138
    Abstract: Systems, methods, devices and non-transitory, computer-readable storage mediums are disclosed for location-tracking wireless devices. In an embodiment, a method performed by an electronic device comprises: playing, or initiating the playing of, a sound through a loudspeaker of an accessory device via a communication link. The sound is played at a specified frequency that utilizes a frequency response of the loudspeaker (or loudspeaker plus speaker enclosure). The sound is received through two or more microphones of the electronic device and filtered by one or more filters. The one or more filters are configured to pass the sound at or around the specified frequency and to reduce masking of the sound by ambient noise. The filtered sound is associated with direction data generated from sensor data provided by one or more inertial sensors of the electronic device. In another embodiment, the specified frequency is higher than the maximum human hearing range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sorin V. Dusan, Raghunandan K. Pai, Scott Lopatin, Tommy Rochette, Navin Bindiganavile Suparna, Emmanuel Lalande, Siva Ganesh Movva, Robert Watson, Scott Grinker
  • Publication number: 20180184545
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments related to a component for use in a portable electronic device. The component includes a wall of the portable electronic device, containing an intake zone that includes a set of intake vents. The wall also includes an exhaust zone containing a set of exhaust vents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brett W. Degner, Bartley K. Andre, Jeremy D. Bataillou, Jay S. Nigen, Christiaan A. Ligtenberg, Ron A. Hopkinson, Charles A. Schwalbach, Matthew P. Casebolt, Nicholas A. Rundle, Frank F. Liang
  • Publication number: 20180176112
    Abstract: A uniform protocol can facilitate secure, authenticated communication between a controller device and an accessory device that is controlled by the controller. An accessory and a controller can establish a pairing, the existence of which can be verified at a later time and used to create a secure communication session. The accessory can provide an accessory definition record that defines the accessory as a collection of services, each service having one or more characteristics. Within a secure communication session, the controller can interrogate the characteristics to determine accessory state and/or modify the characteristics to instruct the accessory to change its state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin P. McLaughlin, Andrew Burks, Srinivas Rama, Anush Nadathur, Joe Abuan, Bob Bradley, Craig Dooley, Gregg Golembeski, JR., Arun Mathias
  • Publication number: 20180172449
    Abstract: Location information is used to build a database of locations having associated audio, video, image, or text data. In some implementations, a device includes a touch-sensitive display and collects data associated with a geographic location of interest. The geographic location of interest can be displayed on a map using an indicator. A touch selection of the indicator provides access to the data through an interface displayed on the touch-sensitive display. One or more locations of interest can be displayed and grouped together by an attribute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Forstall, Gregory N. Christie, Robert E. Borchers, Imran A. Chaudhri
  • Publication number: 20180166819
    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: February 12, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Wagman, Eric S. Jol
  • Publication number: 20180164817
    Abstract: Signals usable to determine a path of a vehicle towards a particular stopping point in a vicinity of a destination are detected from an individual authorized to provide guidance with respect to movements of the vehicle. Based at least in part on the signals and a data set pertaining to the external environment of the vehicle, one or more vehicular movements to be implemented to proceed along the path are identified. A directive is transmitted to a motion control subsystem of the vehicle to initiate one of the vehicular movements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott M. Herz, Sawyer I. Cohen, Samuel B. Gooch, Wolf Kienzle, Karlin Y. Bark, Jack J. Wanderman
  • Publication number: 20180167771
    Abstract: Techniques of range free proximity determination are described. A mobile device can determine an entry into or exit from a proximity fence upon determining that the mobile device is sufficiently close to a signal source. The proximity fence can be a virtual fence defined by the signal source and associated with a service. The mobile device can detect signals from multiple signal sources. The mobile device can determine that, among the signal sources, one or more signal sources are located closest to the mobile device based on a ranking of the signal sources using signal strength. The mobile device can determine a probability indicating a confident level of the ranking. The mobile device can determine that the mobile device entered or exited a proximity fence associated with a highest ranked signal source satisfying a confidence threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Pejman Lotfali Kazemi, Lukas M. Marti, Robert Mayor, Shannon M. Ma, Ronald K. Huang
  • Publication number: 20180167539
    Abstract: A light source module includes an array of illumination elements and a light diffusing material. The light source module is configured to receive a control signal for adjusting diffusion of light emitted from the light source module and in response adjust the amount of diffusion of light emitted from the light source module. A light source module may include a segmented light diffusing material where each segment is associated with an illumination element. And individual segments may have light diffusing properties that are different than other segments of the light diffusing material. Some illumination elements may emit light of a different color spectrum than other illumination elements, and a light diffusing material may scatter the different colored light to illuminate a scene with combinations of light of different colors. A light source module may be embedded in a mobile computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Florian R. Fournier, Angelo M. Alaimo, Simon S. Lee, Miodrag Scepanovic, Andreas G. Weber
  • Publication number: 20180157972
    Abstract: A system includes a neural network organized into layers corresponding to stages of inferences. The neural network includes a common portion, a first portion, and a second portion. The first portion includes a first set of layers dedicated to performing a first inference task on an input data. The second portion includes a second set of layers dedicated to performing a second inference task on the same input data. The common portion includes a third set of layers, which may include an input layer to the neural network, that are used in the performance of both the first and second inference tasks. The system may receive an input data and perform both inference tasks on the input data in a single pass. During training, a training sample with annotations for both inference tasks may be used to train the neural network in a single pass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Rui Hu, Kshitiz Garg, Hanlin Goh, Ruslan Salakhutdinov, Nitish Srivastava, YiChuan Tang
  • Publication number: 20180157934
    Abstract: A system employs an inspection neural network (INN) to inspect data generated during an inference process of a primary neural network (PNN) to generate an indication of reliability for an output generated by the PNN. The system includes a sensor configured to capture sensor data. Sensor data captured by the sensor is provided to a data analyzer to generate an output using the PNN. An analyzer inspector is configured to capture inspection data associated with the generation of the output by the data analyzer, and use the INN to generate an indication of reliability for the PNN's output based on the inspection data. The INN is trained using a set of training data that is distinct from the training data used to train the PNN.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Rui Hu, Ruslan Salakhutdinov, Nitish Srivastava, YiChuan Tang
  • Publication number: 20180160531
    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: February 5, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Dustin J. Verhoeve, Jason C. Sauers, Benjamin J. Kallman
  • Publication number: 20180152549
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device may be provided that contains a conductive housing and other conductive elements. The conductive elements may form an antenna ground plane. One or more antennas for the handheld electronic device may be formed from the ground plane and one or more associated antenna resonating elements. Transceiver circuitry may be connected to the resonating elements by transmission lines such as coaxial cables. Ferrules may be crimped to the coaxial cables. A bracket with extending members may be crimped over the ferrules to ground the coaxial cables to the housing and other conductive elements in the ground plane. The ground plane may contain an antenna slot. A dock connector and flex circuit may overlap the slot in a way that does not affect the resonant frequency of the slot. Electrical components may be isolated from the antenna using isolation elements such as inductors and resistors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Michael Hobson, Erik L. Wang, Kenneth A. Jenks, Robert J. Hill, Richard Hung Minh Dinh, Tang Yew Tan, Adam D. Mittleman, Bartley K. Andre, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele G. De Iuliis, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Steve P. Jobs, Duncan Robert Kerr, Shin Nishibori, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Douglas B. Satzger, Calvin Q. Seid, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer, Robert W. Schlub
  • Publication number: 20180144870
    Abstract: This application relates to multi-layered ceramic capacitors (MLCC) that can be surface mounted, include multiple terminals, and handle multiple voltages. The MLCC can include electrode and dielectric layers that are stacked in parallel to a printed circuit board (PCB) on which the MLCC can be attached. A set of primary conductive pads can be formed on the bottom of the MLCC in order to create a conductive interface between the PCB and the MLCC. Secondary conductive pads are formed on the side of the MLCC, and can extend perpendicular to the PCB. The secondary conductive pads are created by stacking internal electrode plates together and connecting them electrically and mechanically to each another. This arrangement provides for multiple voltages and electrical connections at the MLCC while reducing reverse piezoelectric and/or electro-striction noise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gang Ning, Shawn X. Arnold
  • Publication number: 20180131111
    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. One example may provide a connector tongue having contacts and traces formed on a printed circuit board. Using a printed circuit board for pathways through a connector tongue may provide low impedances for power traces, matched impedances for differential signal pairs, and shielding. This may provide a connector tongue that may provide a high signal quality or signal integrity to allow high speed data transfers. These and other examples may provide a connector tongue that is durable and has good wear performance by including side retention features on each side of the printed circuit board. The side retention features may be metallic, ceramic, or other durable material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: George Tziviskos, Paul Joseph Hack, Yufan Liao, Mahmoud R. Amini, James M. Jeon, Daniel A. Bergvall
  • Publication number: 20180124231
    Abstract: Techniques of category-based fence are described. A category-based fence can correspond to a group of signal sources instead of a point location fixed to latitude and longitude coordinates. The group of signal sources can represent a category of entities, e.g., a particular business chain. The signal sources can be distributed to multiple discrete locations. A category-based fence associated with the group, accordingly, can correspond to multiple locations instead of a single point location and a radius. Each signal source in the group can be associated with a category identifier unique to the group and uniform among signal sources in the group. The category identifier can be programmed into each signal source. A mobile device can enter the category-based fence by entering any of the discrete locations when the mobile device detects the signal identifier. The mobile device can then execute an application program associated with the category-based fence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lukas M. Marti, Shannon M. Ma
  • Publication number: 20180113508
    Abstract: An eye tracking system for detecting position and movements of a user's eyes in a head-mounted display (HMD). The eye tracking system may include at least one near-IR (NIR) eye tracking camera positioned at each side of the user's face and pointed towards eye-facing surfaces of eyepieces of the HMD, an illumination source that emits NIR light towards the user's eyes, and hot mirrors located between the eye-facing surfaces of the eyepieces and the user's eyes. The hot mirrors reflect at least a portion of NIR light, while allowing visible light to pass. The cameras capture images of the user's eyes reflected by the hot mirrors. Positioning the hot mirrors at or near the eye-facing surfaces of the eyepieces allows the cameras to be placed at the sides of the user's face without having to image through the eyepieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kathrin Berkner-Cieslicki, Ricardo J. Motta, Se Hoon Lim, Minwoong Kim, Kenichi Saito, Branko Petljanski, Jason C. Sauers, Yoshikazu Shinohara
  • Publication number: 20180101138
    Abstract: An adjustable alarm indicator of an alarm application is described. The adjustable alarm indicator may be presented in connection with an alarm setting sequence. The adjustable alarm indicator may include a variable element having a variable annular shape, a first element associated with a first end of the variable element, and a second element associated with a second end of the variable element. The first element may be independently moveable to adjust the size of the variable element. The second element also may be independently moveable to adjust the size of the variable element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Roy J.E.M. Raymann, Jay Kriz Blahnik, Stephanie M. Greer, Aroon Pahwa, Jonathan T. Varbel
  • Publication number: 20180098196
    Abstract: This disclosure describes embodiments for harvesting and serving labels for locations. In an embodiment, a method comprises: receiving, by one or more server computers, location data including wireless access point data and location labels associated with significant locations, the location data being harvested from a plurality of devices operating at a plurality of geographic locations; and updating, by the one or more server computers, a plurality of fingerprints representing the plurality of geographic locations, the updating including associating at least one of the received location labels with at least one of the plurality of fingerprints.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Dal Santo, Stephen J. Rhee, Ronald K. Huang, Nicholas M. Holt
  • Publication number: 20180088798
    Abstract: A device may include a dynamic function row (DFR) comprising a touchscreen. A device processor may operate a DFR agent controlling the DFR. The DFR agent may generate and/or select images to display on the DFR based on rules and/or contexts, and the DFR may display the images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher A. DREESSEN
  • Publication number: 20180091962
    Abstract: Resource allocation logic in a user device can determine allocation of a shared resource among different communication modules supporting a number of different communication types (e.g., GNSS, cellular, Wi-Fi, and/or Bluetooth communications) in a context-dependent manner. For example, the logic can determine an operating context of the user device. Based on the operating context, the logic can assign a priority to each of the signal types. The shared resource can be allocated among the signal types based on the priority.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Diego C. Hernandez, Indranil S. Sen, Raghuram C. Kamath, Harneet Singh Oberoi, Gaurav C. Khambholja, Swapnil S. Jain, Qiong Wu, Harsha Shirahatti, Hsin-Yuo Liu
  • Publication number: 20180088748
    Abstract: A device may include a dynamic function row (DFR) comprising a touchscreen. A device processor may operate a DFR agent controlling the DFR. The DFR agent may generate and/or select images to display on the DFR based on rules and/or contexts, and the DFR may display the images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ali T. OZER, Christopher A. DREESSEN
  • Publication number: 20180089899
    Abstract: An AR system that leverages a pre-generated 3D model of the world to improve rendering of 3D graphics content for AR views of a scene, for example an AR view of the world in front of a moving vehicle. By leveraging the pre-generated 3D model, the AR system may use a variety of techniques to enhance the rendering capabilities of the system. The AR system may obtain pre-generated 3D data (e.g., 3D tiles) from a remote source (e.g., cloud-based storage), and may use this pre-generated 3D data (e.g., a combination of 3D mesh, textures, and other geometry information) to augment local data (e.g., a point cloud of data collected by vehicle sensors) to determine much more information about a scene, including information about occluded or distant regions of the scene, than is available from the local data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick S. Piemonte, Daniel De Rocha Rosario, Jason D. Gosnell, Peter Meier
  • Publication number: 20180090886
    Abstract: Connector receptacles that may be modular, may be reliable and durable, and may provide a high signal quality. Examples may provide modular connector receptacles having a shielded housing around a tongue supporting a number of contacts. They may provide a high signal quality by using printed circuit boards as tongues and for routing signals, and they may be made durable by using through-hole contacting portions soldered to the printed circuit board and mechanically supported by a header.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Jeon, Mahmoud R. Amini
  • Publication number: 20180090972
    Abstract: Embodiments describe a wireless charging device including: a housing having a charging surface, the housing including first and second walls defining an interior cavity; a transmitter coil arrangement disposed within the interior cavity; a plurality of cowlings for confining the plurality of planar transmitter coils in their respective positions; an interconnection structure positioned within the interior cavity between the transmitter coil arrangement and the second wall, the interconnection structure including a plurality of packaged electrical components mounted onto the interconnection structure; and a plurality of standoffs coupled to the interconnection structure and configured to electrically couple the transmitter coil arrangement to the plurality of packaged electrical components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eric S. Jol, Christopher S. Graham, Darshan R. Kasar, Demetrios B. Karanikos
  • Publication number: 20180091348
    Abstract: Embodiments include a method, computer program product, and system for utilizing a system for peak cancellation for a received Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) symbol to reduce the peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR). The system detects M sets of clipping noise samples of the symbol where each set includes one of the M highest clipping noise peaks of the symbol, determines cancellation pulses that correspond to the highest clipping noise peaks of the M sets in the time domain, and subtracts the cancellation pulses from the corresponding highest clipping noise peak samples to reduce the PAPR. The cancellation pulses are determined at least in part from the center-of-mass of each set of the clipping noise samples, the phase of some samples of each set, and the in-band energy limitation associated with the OFDM symbol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Zohar AGON
  • Publication number: 20180090971
    Abstract: Embodiments describe a wireless charging device including: a housing having a planar charging surface and one or more walls that define an interior cavity; a transmitter coil arrangement positioned within the interior cavity; and a faraday cage enclosing the transmitter coil arrangement. The faraday cage includes: an electromagnetic shield positioned between the transmitter coil arrangement and the first shell; an interconnection structure positioned within the interior cavity below the transmitter coil arrangement, the interconnection structure including a plurality of packaged electrical components mounted on the interconnection structure; a ferromagnetic shield positioned between the transmitter coil arrangement and the interconnection structure; and a conductive grounding fence disposed around a perimeter of the interconnection structure and between the electromagnetic shield and the interconnection structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Graham, Demetrios B. Karanikos, Darshan R. Kasar, Paul J. Thompson, Eric S. Jol, Grant S. Haug, Karl Ruben F. Larsson
  • Publication number: 20180088799
    Abstract: A device may include a dynamic function row (DFR) comprising a touchscreen. A device processor may operate a DFR agent controlling the DFR. The DFR agent may generate and/or select images to display on the DFR based on rules and/or contexts, and the DFR may display the images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John O. Louch, Kevin J. Van Vechten
  • Publication number: 20180092145
    Abstract: A connection-indicative signal can be received at a master electronic device from an electronic accessory. The connection-indicative signal can include a connection attribute indicative of a presence or characteristic of a connection between the electronic accessory and at least one other electronic accessory of the master electronic device. A location of the master electronic device can be determined at the master electronic device. The location can be stored at the master electronic device in association with the connection attribute. The master electronic device can detect a locate-accessory input that corresponds to a request to locate the at least one other electronic accessory; or that a locate-accessory condition is satisfied based on another connection attribute included in another connection-indicative signal received from the electronic accessory. The stored location can be retrieved in response to the detecting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daman Kapoor, Robert D. Watson
  • Publication number: 20180090867
    Abstract: Spring-loaded contacts having an improved reliability. One example may provide spring-loaded contacts having a reduced likelihood of entanglement between a spring and a plunger. For example, a piston may be placed between a plunger and a spring. The piston may have a head portion that is wider than the diameter of the spring and located between the spring and the plunger to isolate the spring and the plunger. In these and other examples, an additional object, such as a sphere, may be placed between the plunger and spring. In another example, two additional objects, such as two spheres, may be placed between a plunger and piston.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Min Chul Kim, John C. DiFonzo
  • Publication number: 20180088222
    Abstract: Embodiments for accurately performing time of flight estimations are provided. These embodiments include using a first wireless device to monitor a wireless link and subsequently generate a wireless link estimation based on the monitoring. The embodiments also include deriving a correction metric based on the generated wireless link estimation and transmitting the correction metric from the first wireless device to a second wireless device. The second wireless device may then calculate a time of arrival of a first signal received from the first wireless communication device and correct any errors associated with the time of arrival calculation using the received correction metric. Further, the second wireless device may transmit the corrected time of arrival back to the first wireless device, such that the first wireless device can use the corrected time of arrival to estimate the time of flight of the first signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Micha ANHOLT, Gilad KIRSHENBERG, Yoav FEINMESSER
  • Publication number: 20180088996
    Abstract: A method may include accessing a data processing architecture associated with a neural network to determine dependencies between intermediate data layers of the neural network; obtaining dimensions of the intermediate data layers in the neural network; calculating a minimum number of data storage portions for executing the neural network based on the dependencies; determining a memory allocation size for each respective data storage portion of the data storage portions based on the dimensions and dependencies; allocating memory on a storage device for each data storage portion in accordance with its respective determined memory allocation size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Francesco Rossi, Marco Zuliani
  • Publication number: 20180090955
    Abstract: Embodiments describe a wireless charging device including: a housing having an outer perimeter and a charging surface within the outer perimeter, the housing including a first wall and a second wall that define an interior cavity; and a transmitter coil arrangement disposed within the interior cavity and below the planar charging surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Graham, Demetrios B. Karanikos, Eric S. Jol, Karl Ruben F. Larsson, Stefan A. Kowalski
  • Publication number: 20180090956
    Abstract: Embodiments describe a wireless charging device including: a housing having a charging surface and first and second walls that define an interior cavity; a transmitter coil arrangement disposed within the interior cavity, an interconnection structure positioned within the interior cavity below the transmitter coil arrangement, the interconnection structure including a plurality of packaged electrical components mounted on the interconnection structure and configured to operate the plurality of transmitter coils during wireless power transfer, where the plurality of packaged electrical components is located below the transmitter coil arrangement; and a frame comprising a plurality of openings positioned corresponding to the plurality of packaged electrical components, each opening providing space within which a respective packaged electrical device is disposed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Graham, Demetrios B. Karanikos, Darshan R. Kasar, Paul J. Thompson, Eric S. Jol, Grant S. Haug, Karl Ruben F. Larsson
  • Publication number: 20180090998
    Abstract: Embodiments describe apparatuses for wireless charging. An interconnection structure for a wireless charging device includes: a first contact configured for coupling with a first component of the wireless charging device; a second contact disposed below the first contact and configured for coupling with a second component of the wireless charging device; and a connector coupling the first contact with the second contact, wherein the first contact, second contact, and the connector form a monolithic structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eric S. Jol, Christopher S. Graham, Darshan R. Kasar, Demetrios B. Karanikos
  • Publication number: 20180091951
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatus, and computer program products that include, on a first device executing a first instance of a location application, receiving an indication to begin sharing data describing a path traveled by the first device, receiving location data describing the path traveled by the first device, the location data received from a location system of the first device, and the location data including a plurality of locations of the first device, and transmitting the location data in a form usable to enable a user interface of a second instance of a location application executing on a second device to indicate the path traveled by the first device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eran Sandel, Elad Harush, Roman Guy
  • Publication number: 20180084873
    Abstract: A first connector assembly may be connectable to a second connector assembly using a sliding attachment process, in which a front portion of the first connector assembly is inserted into an end of a slot in the second connector assembly and slides laterally along the slot until electrical contacts on the two connector assemblies are aligned. Electrical contacts of the first connector assembly may be biased proud to make contact with recessed electrical contacts in the second connector assembly. A retraction mechanism may be provided to retract the electrical contacts of the first connector assembly during lateral sliding. An interlock mechanism may be provided to prevent unwanted operation of the retraction mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Kallman, Michael B. Wittenberg, Stephen E. Dey, Eric S. Jol
  • Publication number: 20180088186
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method comprises: obtaining, by a sensing device on a ferromagnetic surface, a first magnetometer reading of magnetic flux density modified by the ferromagnetic surface in a first direction; obtaining, by the sensing device, a second magnetometer reading of magnetic flux density modified by the ferromagnetic surface in a second direction; obtaining, by the sensing device, sensitivity terms based on the first and second magnetometer readings; and storing, by the sensing device, the sensitivity terms and a location of the sensing device on the ferromagnetic surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Manoj K. Bhattacharyya
  • Publication number: 20180091298
    Abstract: A device may include a secure processor and a secure memory coupled to the secure processor. The secure memory may be inaccessible to other device systems. The secure processor may store some keys and/or entropy values in the secure memory and other keys and/or entropy values outside the secure memory. The keys and/or entropy values stored outside the secure memory may be encrypted using information stored inside the secure memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kumar SAURAV, Jerrold V. HAUCK, Yannick L. SIERRA, Charles E. GRAY, Roberto G. YEPEZ, Samuel GOSSELIN, Petr KOSTKA
  • Publication number: 20180090973
    Abstract: Embodiments describe a wireless charging device that includes: a housing having an outer perimeter and one or more walls defining an interior cavity; a charging surface within the outer perimeter of the housing; a transmitter coil arrangement disposed within the interior cavity below the planar charging surface, the transmitter coil arrangement comprising a plurality of transmitter coils arranged in different layers, each transmitter coil having a pair of termination ends; wherein the plurality of transmitter coils comprises a plurality of inner transmitter coils and a plurality of outer transmitter coils positioned around the inner transmitter coils; and wherein the pair of termination ends of the plurality of outer transmitter coils are arranged differently than the pair of termination ends of the plurality of inner transmitter coils.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eric S. Jol, Christopher S. Graham, Demetrios B. Karanikos
  • Publication number: 20180090954
    Abstract: Embodiments describe a wireless charging device including a housing having a charging surface and first and second walls defining an interior cavity, and a transmitter coil arrangement disposed within the interior cavity and configured to generate a time-varying magnetic flux and an electric field during wireless power transfer, where each of the plurality of transmitter coils has a central axis positioned a lateral distance away from the central axes of all other transmitter coils of the plurality of transmitter coils.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Graham, Demetrios B. Karanikos, Darshan R. Kasar, Paul J. Thompson, Eric S. Jol, Grant S. Haug, Karl Ruben F. Larsson, Stefan A. Kowalski
  • Publication number: 20180090890
    Abstract: A first connector assembly may be connectable to a second connector assembly using a sliding attachment process, in which a front portion of the first connector assembly is inserted into an end of a slot in the second connector assembly and slides laterally along the slot until electrical contacts on the two connector assemblies are aligned. Electrical contacts of the first connector assembly may be biased proud to make contact with recessed electrical contacts in the second connector assembly. A retraction mechanism may be provided to retract the electrical contacts of the first connector assembly during lateral sliding. An interlock mechanism may be provided to prevent unwanted operation of the retraction mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Kallman, Eric S. Jol, Michael B. Wittenberg, Stephen E. Dey
  • Publication number: 20180088067
    Abstract: Methods, structures, and apparatus that are able to detect the presence of a connection to a contact of an electronic device and are also able to detect the presence of contamination at the contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Vishal Gupta, Timothy M. Johnson, Nilay D. Jani, Yehonatan Perez
  • Publication number: 20180088632
    Abstract: A device may include a dynamic function row (DFR) comprising a touchscreen. A device processor may operate a DFR agent controlling the DFR. The DFR agent may generate and/or select images to display on the DFR based on rules and/or contexts, and the DFR may display the images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher A. Dreessen, John R. Tegtmeyer, Taylor A. Kelly
  • Publication number: 20180090991
    Abstract: Embodiments describe a wireless charging transmitter coil includes: a support structure having an outer perimeter surrounding a contact housing and having first and second channels extending from the outer perimeter to the contact housing; first and second contacts positioned within the contact housing; and a wire wound around the outer perimeter of the support structure, the wire having a first end that extends through the first channel and a second end that extends through the second channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eric S. Jol, Christopher S. Graham, Demetrios B. Karanikos
  • Publication number: 20180088961
    Abstract: A computing device may comprise a first processor and a secondary processor. The first processor may initiate a power management process transitioning the first processor from a first state to a second state and, upon reaching a predetermined step in the power management process, notify the secondary processor of the power management process. The secondary processor may initiate, in response to the notifying, a parallel power management process transitioning the secondary processor from an equivalent first state to an equivalent second state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Hardik K. Doshi
  • Publication number: 20180090999
    Abstract: Embodiments describe apparatuses for wireless charging. A wireless charging device for wirelessly charging a plurality of different electronic devices having different wireless power receiving characteristics includes: a housing having a charging surface and one or more walls defining an interior cavity; a first transmitter coil arrangement disposed within the interior cavity and comprising a first plurality of transmitter coils configured to wirelessly charge a first electronic device positioned on the charging surface; and a second transmitter coil arrangement disposed within the interior cavity below the first transmitter coil arrangement, the second transmitter coil arrangement comprising a second plurality of transmitter coils configured to wirelessly charge a second electronic device positioned on the charging surface; where the first transmitter coil arrangement operates at a first frequency, and the second transmitter coil arrangement operates at a second frequency different from the first frequency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Graham, Demetrios B. Karanikos, Darshan R. Kasar, Paul J. Thompson, Eric S. Jol, Karl Ruben F. Larsson, Stefan A. Kowalski
  • Publication number: 20180085857
    Abstract: A hybrid laser modulation and acid etch process for the creation of a patterned substrate. According to some embodiments, a hole is formed in a glass substrate by first modulating a portion of the substrate in the desired shape. A mask is coated on the glass substrate and is patterned to expose the modulated portion. The glass substrate is then acid etched to remove the modulated portion. Once the modulated portion has been etched, the desired shape may be removed from the glass substrate and the mask may be stripped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan K. Gupta, Simon R. Lancaster-Larocque, Prithu Sharma, Weibo Cheng, Abhijit A. Kangude, Bryan W. Posner, Sudirukkuge T. Jinasundera, Karan Bir