Apple Patents Granted

Apple patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10154109
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system that delivers content to an electronic device. The system includes a content provider that obtains a public address of the electronic device from a first request for the content from the electronic device. Next, the content provider uses the public address to identify a local caching server on a local area network (LAN) of the electronic device. Finally, the content provider provides a local address of the local caching server to the electronic device, wherein the local address is used by the electronic device to obtain the content from the local caching server and the LAN without accessing a content delivery network (CDN) outside the LAN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Yanagihara, Lionel Gentil, Darrin B. Jewell, Jason R. Thorpe, Jordan L. Redner, Gregory B. Vaughan, Gregory Burns
  • Patent number: 10154327
    Abstract: An electronic device has a speaker housing secured within the device housing. The speaker housing has a cavity with a speaker at one end and a port at the other configured to communicate through an aperture in the housing of the electronic device. A panel of acoustic mesh is integrally formed within the cavity of the housing and is disposed between the port and the speaker. In other embodiments flexible structures are integrally molded onto a plate or the acoustic device and used to secure and acoustically seal the acoustic device within the device housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Martin J. Auclair, Jared M. Kole, Marwan Rammah, David A. Pakula, Scott P. Porter
  • Patent number: 10154054
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for generating term frequencies of known terms based on crowdsourced differentially private sketches of the known terms. An asset catalog can be updated with new frequency counts for known terms based on the crowdsourced differentially private sketches. Known terms can have a classification. A client device can maintain a privacy budget for each classification of known terms. Classifications can include emojis, deep links, locations, finance terms, and health terms, etc. A privacy budget ensures that a client does not transmit too much information to a term frequency server, thereby compromising the privacy of the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Abhradeep Guha Thakurta, Andrew H. Vyrros, Umesh S. Vaishampayan, Gaurav Kapoor, Julien Freudinger, Vipul Ved Prakash, Arnaud Legendre, Steven Duplinsky
  • Patent number: 10154339
    Abstract: A multi-way speaker array is disclosed that includes rings of transducers of different types. The rings of transducers may encircle the cabinet of the speaker array such that the speaker array is rotationally symmetric. The distance between rings of transducers may be based on a logarithmic scale. By separating rings of transducers using logarithmic spacing, denser transducer spacing at short wavelengths is achieved while limiting the number of transducers needed for longer wavelengths by spacing them in larger and larger logarithmic increments. Transducers with overlapping frequency ranges may be used in the speaker array to avoid initial dips or shortfalls in directivity for corresponding beam patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Martin E. Johnson, Gordon R. Dix, Michael B. Howes, Gary P. Geaves, Tom-Davy William Jendrik Saux
  • Patent number: 10153868
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for a hybrid automatic repeat request (H-ARQ) mechanism for wireless communication devices of a wireless local area network (WLAN) are disclosed. Methods and apparatus to determine whether a packet is an original, first transmission or a retransmission of a previously transmitted packet without decoding the payload of the packet are disclosed. Medium access control (MAC) addresses of a transmitter, such as an access point (AP), and a receiver, such as a station (STA), of a WLAN are encoded separately with a retransmission bit to indicate whether the packet is retransmitted. For an aggregated MAC protocol data unit (A-MPDU), a sequence number is included to determine which MAC protocol data units (MPDUs) of the A-MPDU are retransmitted. When retransmission is indicated, the receiver of the STA performs a hybrid automatic repeat request (H-ARQ) process to combine the retransmitted packet with previously received packets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joonsuk Kim, Yuchul Kim, Syed A. Mujtaba
  • Patent number: 10153900
    Abstract: A method of restoring confidential information items of a first device to a second device by using a set of servers. The method generates a public and private key pair and ties the private key to the hash of executable code of the servers at the time of generating the public and private keys. The method receives the encrypted confidential information items in a secure object which is encrypted with a user-specific key and the public key. The method only provides the confidential information to the second device when the second device provides the same user-specific key as the key that encrypts the secure object and the hash of the executable code of the servers at the time of accessing the private key to decrypt the secure object matches the hash of the executable code running on the servers at the time of generating the private key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Dallas B. De Atley, Jerrold V. Hauck, Mitchell D. Adler
  • Patent number: 10154316
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an electronic device obtains first motion information describing motion of an accessory of a multi-user device that is in communication with a display, and obtains second motion information describing motion of a user device that is associated with a first profile, wherein the motions of the accessory and the user device are detected during the first time period. In response to obtaining the first motion information of the accessory and/or the second motion information of the user device, in accordance with a determination that the motion of the accessory and the motion of the user device satisfy profile-switching criteria, including a criterion that is satisfied when the motion of the accessory and the motion of the user device have corresponding movement profiles during the first time period, the electronic device optionally initiates a process for configuring the multi-user device based on the first profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Lu Zhao
  • Patent number: 10153614
    Abstract: An optoelectronic device includes a semiconductor substrate and an array of optoelectronic cells, formed on the semiconductor substrate. The cells include first epitaxial layers defining a lower distributed Bragg-reflector (DBR) stack; second epitaxial layers formed over the lower DBR stack, defining a quantum well structure; third epitaxial layers, formed over the quantum well structure, defining an upper DBR stack; and electrodes formed over the upper DBR stack, which are configurable to inject an excitation current into the quantum well structure of each optoelectronic cell. A first set of the optoelectronic cells are configured to emit laser radiation in response to the excitation current. In a second set of the optoelectronic cells, interleaved with the first set, at least one element of the optoelectronic cells, selected from among the epitaxial layers and the electrodes, is configured so that the optoelectronic cells in the second set do not emit the laser radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Chin Han Lin, Weiping Li, Xiaofeng Fan
  • Patent number: 10154277
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for variable accuracy inter-picture timing specification for digital video encoding is disclosed. Specifically, the present invention discloses a system that allows the relative timing of nearby video pictures to be encoded in a very efficient manner. In one embodiment, the display time difference between a current video picture and a nearby video picture is determined. The display time difference is then encoded into a digital representation of the video picture. In a preferred embodiment, the nearby video picture is the most recently transmitted stored picture. For coding efficiency, the display time difference may be encoded using a variable length coding system or arithmetic coding. In an alternate embodiment, the display time difference is encoded as a power of two to reduce the number of bits transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Barin Geoffry Haskell, David William Singer, Adriana Dumitras, Atul Puri
  • Patent number: 10152192
    Abstract: In some implementations, a method for managing virtual workspaces is described. In some implementations, workspace images corresponding to different virtual workspaces can be displayed on a user interface of a computing device. When an application window is moved onto one of the workspace images, the window can be scaled down to fit within the workspace image. In some implementations, a window grouping or cluster can be moved onto one of the workspace images and scaled down accordingly. In some implementations, a method for generating a new virtual workspace is described. In some implementations, a placeholder workspace image that has no corresponding virtual workspace can be displayed on a user interface of a computing device. In response to an application window being moved onto the placeholder workspace image, a new virtual workspace (and new workspace image) can be generated that includes the windows that were moved onto the placeholder workspace image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bas Ording, John O. Louch
  • Patent number: 10149518
    Abstract: An attachment strap for a wearable electronic device is disclosed. The attachment strap attaches the wearable electronic device to a wearer, and may attach to a wrist of a wearer. The attachment strap includes two bands which attach to a clasp. The clasp operates in an open and closed configuration. When in the closed configuration, the clasp may not present a visible indication of its mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Daniele de Iuliis, Trevor S. Chambers, Thomas J. Waisanen
  • Patent number: 10151824
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for compressing radio maps of fingerprint-based positioning systems. In an embodiment, a method comprises: receiving access point (AP) data from a plurality of mobile devices operating in a geographic region, the AP data including signal strength measurements of AP signals received at a plurality of reference locations in the geographic region; filtering the AP data to remove outlier AP data; fitting a surface to the AP data; projecting AP data at surface control points onto a two-dimensional image grid; determining a boundary surrounding locations of the AP data at the surface control points; encoding the boundary; encoding the AP data at the surface control points included within the boundary; generating compressed radio maps from the encoded AP data; and responsive to a request from a mobile device operating in the geographic region, sending a data packet including the compressed radio maps to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David Benjamin Millman, Jasvinder Singh, Anders M. Holtsberg, Darin Tay
  • Patent number: 10152208
    Abstract: An electronic device displays, on a display, a user interface. While displaying the user interface, the device detects an input on the touch-sensitive surface; and, in response to detecting the input while displaying the first user interface, and while detecting the input, in accordance with a determination that the input satisfies an activation intensity threshold, performs a first operation. The activation intensity threshold includes a first intensity threshold component that decreases from a first intensity value over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Nicole M. Wells, Marcos Alonso Ruiz, Gregory M. Apodaca, Alex Bijamov, Jonathan R. Dascola, Christopher P. Foss, Olivier D. R. Gutknecht, Peter L. Hajas, Michael T. Jurewitz, Chanaka G. Karunamuni, Kenneth L. Kocienda, Sophia Teutschler, Wayne C. Westerman
  • Patent number: 10149521
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dynamically adjusting the fit of a wearable electronic device are disclosed. In many embodiments, a tensioner associated with a wearable electronic device can control one or more actuators that are mechanically coupled to either the housing or to a band attached to the wearable electronic device. In one example, in response to a signal to increase the tightness of the band, the tensioner can cause the actuator(s) to increase the tension within the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Andrzej T. Baranski, Serhan O. Isikman, Tyler S. Bushnell, Steven J. Martisauskas, David I. Nazzaro
  • Patent number: 10152795
    Abstract: A method includes: receiving sensor measurements from a pre-processing module, in which the sensor measurements include image data and inertial data for a device; transferring, using a processor, information derived from the sensor measurements, from a first set of variables associated with a first window of time to a second set of variables associated with a second window of time, in which the first and second windows consecutively overlap in time; and outputting, to a post-processing module, a state of the device based on the transferred information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignees: Apple Inc., Regents of the University of Minnesota
    Inventors: Alex Flint, Oleg Naroditsky, Christopher P. Broaddus, Andriy Grygorenko, Stergios Roumeliotis, Oriel Bergig
  • Patent number: 10152470
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed in which an algorithm that updates or rewrites one or more formulas when a table is transposed in an application. In certain embodiments the formula is rewritten so as to preserve the functionality of the formula with respect to the transposed table. In certain embodiments, a notification may be provided that a formula is changed or not changed in response to the table transposition event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Patrick Hogan, Jonathan Robert Speicher, Matthew Ross Lehrian, Michael Jeremy Coblenz, Ryan M. Olshavsky, Shawn Patrick Flisakowski
  • Patent number: 10152478
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure may involve a computer implemented method of disambiguating a string from an article involving an electronic device including one or more hardware processing units, and accessing a disambiguation database comprising a plurality of string-entity combinations and associated metrics for each of the plurality of string-entity combinations. The associated metrics may include a metric associated with an arrival probability of linking at a web page for a particular entity after a specified number of links from a starting page. The method may involve generating a clique graph for each candidate entity of the article, and generating a probability that a particular candidate entity matches a particular string associated with the particular candidate entity as a function of score attributes generated from the clique graph and the arrival probability of linking at the page for the particular entity after the specified number of links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory C. Langmead, Dominic J. Hughes, Mark A. Gingrich, Ravi Chandra Jammalamadaka, Donald R. Beaver, Shizhu Liu, Pushkaraj Bhirud, Kamal M. Ali, Daniel Ribeiro Silva, Martin J. Murrett
  • Patent number: 10152438
    Abstract: A data processing system includes, in one embodiment, at least a first processor and a second processor and an interrupt controller, and the system provides a deferred inter-processor interrupt (IPI) that can be used to wake up the second processor from a low power sleep state. The deferred IPI is, in one embodiment, delayed by a timer in the interrupt controller, and the deferred IPI can be cancelled by the first processor if the first processor becomes available to execute a thread that was made runnable by an interrupt which triggered the deferred IPI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Derek R. Kumar, Joshua Phillips de Cesare
  • Patent number: 10150669
    Abstract: Systems and methods for aligning a transfer head assembly with a substrate are disclosed. In an embodiment a pivot mount is used for generating a feedback signal in a closed-loop motion control system. In an embodiment, the pivot mount includes a plurality of spring arms, with each spring arm including a switch-back along an axial length of the spring arm such that a pair of first and second lengths of the spring arm are immediately adjacent the switch-back and are parallel to each other. A first strain sensing element is located at the first length, and a second strain sensing element is located at the second length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen P. Bathurst, Paul Argus Parks, Nile Alexander Light
  • Patent number: 10153668
    Abstract: A mobile charging device may be used to move a battery or a power cord to a target device. The target device may be a vehicle or other equipment with a battery. Power from the power cord or battery in the charging device may be used to provide power to the target device to recharge the battery in the target device. The charging device may couple a power cord to the target device, may couple a connector in the charging device to the target device, or may use a wireless power transfer element such as a coil antenna to transfer power wirelessly to the target device. Sensors may be used to facilitate alignment between the charging device and target device. Sensors may also be used to dynamically detect and avoid foreign objects in the path of the charging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jouya Jadidian, Steven W. Cabral, Vaneet Pathak
  • Patent number: 10151021
    Abstract: A method for providing a surface finish to a metal part includes both diffusion hardening a metal surface to form a diffusion-hardened layer, and oxidizing the diffusion-hardened layer to create an oxide coating thereon. The diffusion-hardened layer can be harder than an internal region of the metal part and might be ceramic, and the oxide coating can have a color that is different from the metal or ceramic, the color being unachievable only by diffusion hardening or only by oxidizing. The metal can be titanium or titanium alloy, the diffusion hardening can include carburizing or nitriding, and the oxidizing can include electrochemical oxidization. The oxide layer thickness can be controlled via the amount of voltage applied during oxidation, with the oxide coating color being a function of thickness. An enhanced hardness profile can extend to a depth of at least 20 microns below the top of the oxide coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Curran, Zechariah D. Feinberg
  • Patent number: 10154131
    Abstract: An instruction execution engine on a user device may be configured to receive an executable instruction assigned to one or more contacts or groups of contacts. A communication from the one or more contacts or groups may be detected. Upon detecting the communication, the engine may execute the executable instruction. This executing step may trigger a user reminder or data transfer to one or more third parties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gencer Cili, Devrim Varoglu
  • Patent number: 10152444
    Abstract: Information is provided to a source device during link training regarding the state of a remote link when an intermediate device using a different protocol is connected between source and sink devices. The intermediate device includes two controllers connected by a cable, the first controller being connected to the source device and the second controller being connected to the sink device. State information regarding the remote device may be provided by a state machine that stores data to a register on the intermediate device. Based on the state of the remote link, the source device is able to generate a representation of the end to end link between the source and sink device, and to perform link training accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Naidich, David J. Redman
  • Patent number: 10152801
    Abstract: A method for depth mapping includes projecting a pattern of optical radiation onto an object. A first image of the pattern on the object is captured using a first image sensor, and this image is processed to generate pattern-based depth data with respect to the object. A second image of the object is captured using a second image sensor, and the second image is processed together with another image to generate stereoscopic depth data with respect to the object. The pattern-based depth data is combined with the stereoscopic depth data to create a depth map of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Shpunt, Gerard Medioni, Daniel Cohen, Erez Sali, Ronen Deitch
  • Patent number: 10153577
    Abstract: Contact structures that are readily manufactured, where contacts in the contact structures consume a minimal amount of surface area, depth, and volume in an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Wagman, Oliver C. Ross, Eric S. Jol, Hani Esmaeili
  • Patent number: 10153554
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a housing and other structures that form an antenna ground for an antenna. An antenna resonating element arm for the antenna may extend along the periphery of the housing. The resonating element arm may have opposing first and second ends. A return path may couple the resonating element arm to the antenna ground at the first end. An antenna feed may be coupled between the resonating element arm and the antenna ground in parallel with the return path. Electrical components such as first and second capacitors may be coupled between the antenna resonating element arm and the antenna ground. A first of the capacitors may be coupled between the antenna resonating element arm and the antenna ground at a location between the first and second ends. A second of the capacitors may be coupled between the second end and the antenna ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mario Martinis, Carlo Di Nallo, Jayesh Nath, Yi Jiang, Jiangfeng Wu, Lijun Zhang, Siwen Yong, Mattia Pascolini, Zheyu Wang, Eduardo Jorge Da Costa Bras Lima
  • Patent number: 10152187
    Abstract: An integrated touch sensing and force sensing device is included in an electronic device. The integrated touch sensing and force sensing device includes a force-sensitive layer operably attached to an input surface, a first electrode layer attached to a first surface of the force-sensitive layer, and a second electrode layer attached to a second surface of the force-sensitive layer. An analog front end processing channel is operable to process a touch signal that is based on a change in an electrical property between the first and second electrode layers and operable to process a force signal that is based on an electrical property generated by the force-sensitive layer based on a force applied to the input surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Christoph H. Krah
  • Patent number: 10152162
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is disclosed. The method includes: receiving a first signal from a first sensor of the device, the first signal indicative of a grounding condition of the device; setting one or more touch detection thresholds based on the grounding condition; receiving a touch signal from a touch sensor of the device, the touch signal indicative of a touch by an object; and determining whether one or more parameters of the touch signal exceeds the one or more touch detection thresholds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Louis W. Bokma, Sean E. O'Connor
  • Patent number: 10152081
    Abstract: A top case assembly for a portable computer is disclosed. The assembly may include an integral unified (e.g., homogenous) top case formed from a single part. The integral top case provides an enclosure, frame and cosmetic exterior of the portable computer. The integral top case also serves as the primary structure of the portable computer. The assembly may include a variety of subassemblies such as keyboards, touchpads, circuit boards, and drives that are carried by the underside of the integral top case. The integral top case may be formed from aluminum slab that has been machined to form walls, openings, attachment areas and cosmetic areas of the top case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Theobald, Jonathan P. Ive, Bartley K. Andre, Christopher Stringer, Daniel J. Coster, John Raff, Ron Hopkinson, John Brock, Chris Ligtenberg, Michelle Rae Goldberg
  • Patent number: 10152300
    Abstract: An electronic device provides data to present a user interface with a plurality of user interface objects, including a control user interface object at a first location. The control user interface object is configured to control a parameter. The device receives an input that corresponds to an interaction with the control user interface object. While receiving the input that corresponds to the interaction with the control user interface object, the device provides data to move the control user interface object, in accordance with the input, from the first location to a second location. The device also provides first sound information to provide a sound output with characteristics that are different from the parameter controlled by the control user interface object and that change with movement of the control user interface object from the first location to the second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Matthew I. Brown, Avi E. Cieplinski
  • Patent number: 10152861
    Abstract: A security camera system, comprising wireless communication components for communicating over first and second wireless communications, and a digital camera system. A data processing system implements a method for providing digital images to an image receiving system. The method includes: establishing a first wireless connection between the security camera system and an external electronic device using the first wireless communication system. Configuration information pertaining to the second wireless communication system is transmitted from the security camera system to the external electronic device using the first wireless connection. Instructions for configuring the security camera system to communicate using the second wireless communication system are transmitted by the external electronic device to the security camera system over the first wireless connection. Captured digital images are then transmitted to the image receiving system over the second wireless communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence B. Landry
  • Patent number: 10152225
    Abstract: Methods, systems, devices, and apparatus, including computer program products, for identifying candidates for text entry. One or more inputs entering one or more characters are received. One or more first candidate characters are identified and presented for the inputs using a first dictionary. One or more second candidate characters related to a respective first candidate character are identified and presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Deborah Eileen Goldsmith, Chia-Chi Chou, Maria Celia Vigil, Leland Douglas Collins, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10152299
    Abstract: Systems and processes for reducing response latency of intelligent automated assistants are provided. In one example process, a speech input containing a user request can be received from a user. A representation of the speech input can be transmitted. A domain signal representing a relevant domain associated with the user request can be received. The process can determine whether the relevant domain is associated with a predefined action of a set of predefined actions. In response to determining that the relevant domain is associated with a predefined action of a set of predefined actions, the predefined action can be performed. Data content relevant to satisfying the user request can be received. A result based on the data content can be outputted to at least partially satisfy the user request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Sumner, Evan S. Dibiase
  • Patent number: 10143927
    Abstract: A method to provide additional gaming network functionality links a user's gaming network identity with the user's social network identity. Linkage of the user's gaming network and social network identities establishes a two way communication link by which a gaming (social) network service can obtain information from, and send information to, a social (gaming) network service on behalf of the user. The gaming (social) network service may obtain information regarding the social (gaming) network relationships of the user's social (gaming) network identity and suggest gaming (social) network relationships to the user based on the social (gaming) network relationships. The gaming (social) network service additionally enables a user having linked identities to post gaming (social) network related messages as social (gaming) network messages via their social (gaming) network identity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Taylor, Jeff Watkins, Erik Strahm, Greg Hogan
  • Patent number: 10145999
    Abstract: An optical element includes a transparent substrate having a planar front surface, and a multilayer structure, which is formed on the front surface of the substrate and includes multiple thin film layers, including an outer layer that is exposed to ambient air. The multilayer structure defines, at a target wavelength, a series of resonant cavities that create, for a beam of light at the target wavelength that is incident on the optical element at a target angle, a passband for an s-polarization component of the beam and a stopband for a p-polarization component of the beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Ligang Wang
  • Patent number: 10145711
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide an optical encoder for an electronic device. The optical encoder includes a spindle and an encoded pattern disposed around a circumference of the spindle. The encoded pattern may include one or more surface features that create a direction-dependent reflective region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Paisith P. Boonsom, Serhan O. Isikman, Richard Ruh, Prashanth S. Holenarsipur, Colin M. Ely, William N. Pickeral, Jairam Manjunathaiah, David G. Havskjold, Anant Rai, Maegan K. Spencer, Milind S. Bhagavat
  • Patent number: 10145036
    Abstract: A fabric-based item may have fabric with conductive strands of material. The conductive strands of material may include conductive yarn formed from insulating fibers and conductive fibers. The conductive fibers may be metal wires. The insulating fibers in the conductive yarn may hide the conductive fibers from view. The fabric may be woven fabric or other fabric with intertwined strands of material. The woven fabric may include conductive and insulating warp yarns and conductive and insulating weft yarns. Conductive yarn may be coupled to capacitive touch sensor circuitry and may form a capacitive touch sensor grid or other capacitive touch sensor electrode structures. Conductive yarn may also be soldered or otherwise coupled to electrical components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel D. Sunshine, Daniel A. Podhajny, Joseph B. Walker, Srinivasan Venkatraman, Christopher A. Schultz
  • Patent number: 10145980
    Abstract: Algorithms for detecting whether a device is properly secured to a user's skin are described. The operation of a device, such as a wearable device, can be adjusted based on whether the device is properly secured to a user's skin (e.g., on-wrist) or not properly secured to the user's skin (e.g., off-wrist). For example, certain functions can be disabled for power-saving, security or other purposes if the device is off-wrist. In order to avoid falsely identifying the device as off-wrist or on-wrist, algorithms for detecting whether the device is on-wrist or off-wrist can calculate one or more variances based on signals measured by a light sensor and compare the one or more variances with one or more thresholds. Comparing the one or more variances to the one or more threshold can improve the accuracy of wrist-detection algorithms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert T. Aloe, Sankalita Saha, Stephen J. Waydo, Daniel J. Culbert
  • Patent number: D835440
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Schwalbach, Sheng Yang, Russell John Kaaihue Heirakuji, Carly Lynn Marasco, Michael Gorman
  • Patent number: D835620
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Bartley K. Andre, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Duncan Robert Kerr, Shin Nishibori, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D835627
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Imran Chaudhri, Jonathan P. Ive, Chanaka Karunamuni
  • Patent number: D835634
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Freddy Anzures, Imran Chaudhri, Alan C. Dye, Bradley William Griffin, Jonathan P. Ive, Tiffany Jon, Chanaka Karunamuni, Nicholas V. King, Daamun Mohseni, Hoan K. Pham, William McMillan Tyler, Wan Si Wan, Giancarlo Yerkes
  • Patent number: D835655
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran Chaudhri, Christopher Foss, Aurelio Guzmán, Jonathan P. Ive, Christopher Wilson
  • Patent number: D835656
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Freddy Anzures, Imran Chaudhri, Alan C. Dye, Bradley William Griffin, Jonathan P. Ive, Tiffany Jon, Chanaka Karunamuni, Nicholas V. King, Daamun Mohseni, Hoan K. Pham, William McMillan Tyler, Wan Si Wan, Giancarlo Yerkes
  • Patent number: D835657
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Freddy Anzures, Imran Chaudhri, Alan C. Dye, Bradley William Griffin, Jonathan P. Ive, Tiffany Jon, Chanaka Karunamuni, Nicholas V. King, Daamun Mohseni, Hoan K. Pham, William McMillan Tyler, Wan Si Wan, Giancarlo Yerkes
  • Patent number: D835658
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Chan, Imran Chaudhri, Alan C. Dye, Aurelio Guzmán, Jonathan P. Ive, Pedro Mari, Alessandro Francesco Sabatelli, Christopher Wilson, Eric Lance Wilson
  • Patent number: D835659
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Freddy Anzures, Joseph Chan, Imran Chaudhri, Nicholas V. King, Hoan K. Pham, Wan Si Wan
  • Patent number: D835661
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran Chaudhri, Elizabeth Caroline Cranfill, Tiffany Jon, Christopher Daryl Soli
  • Patent number: D835664
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran Chaudhri, Christopher Foss, Chance Graham, Joe Marianek, Christopher Daryl Soli, Wan Si Wan, Christopher Wilson, Chun Kin Minor Wong
  • Patent number: D835673
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond Sepulveda