Apple Patents Granted

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

  • Patent number: 9946316
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a component for a portable electronic device. The component includes a gasket containing a rigid portion disposed around a bottom of a heat pipe, wherein the rigid portion forms a duct between a fan and an exhaust vent of the electronic device. The gasket also includes a first flexible portion bonded to the rigid portion, wherein the first flexible portion comprises a flap that is open during assembly of the heat pipe in the electronic device and closed over the heat pipe and the rigid portion to seal the duct around the heat pipe after the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brett W. Degner, William F. Leggett, Jay S. Nigen, Frank F. Liang, Richard H. Tan
  • Patent number: 9947259
    Abstract: An electronic device may include a display having an array of display pixels and having display control circuitry that controls the operation of the display. The display control circuitry may adaptively adjust the display output based on ambient lighting conditions. For example, in cooler ambient lighting conditions such as those dominated by daylight, the display may display neutral colors using a relatively cool white. When the display is operated in warmer ambient lighting conditions such as those dominated by indoor light sources, the display may display neutral colors using a relatively warm white. Adapting to the ambient lighting conditions may ensure that the user does not perceive color shifts on the display as the user's vision chromatically adapts to different ambient lighting conditions. Adaptively adjusting images in this way can also have beneficial effects on the human circadian rhythm by displaying warmer colors in the evening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jiaying Wu, Lu Zhang, Cheng Chen, Gabriel Marcu, Chaohao Wang, Ming Xu, Ricardo Motta, Wei Chen, John Z. Zhong
  • Patent number: 9949153
    Abstract: Estimating loading and potential available throughput a serving cell of a wireless user equipment (UE) device. Physical layer metrics of a channel on which the UE communicates with the serving cell may be measured. Cell utilization of the serving cell may be calculated based at least in part on the measured physical layer metrics. A maximum available throughput of the serving cell may be calculated based on the cell utilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tarik Tabet, Sarma V. Vangala, Samy Khay-Ibbat, Swaminathan Balakrishnan, Ajoy K. Singh, Sree Ram Kodali, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto, Syed Aon Mujtaba, Faraz Faheem, Sreevalsan Vallath
  • Patent number: 9946873
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus that provide secure executable codes generated during run time via a trusted compiler server are described. An application can send a service request to the compiler server to request executable codes. The compiler server can determine whether the service request is permitted to be served based on a security policy imposed and the security settings associated with the service request. Availability of certain compilers can be allowed if the application is authorized according to the service request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Beretta, Nicholas William Burns, Nathaniel Begeman, Phillip Kent Miller, Geoffrey Grant Stahl
  • Patent number: 9945684
    Abstract: Frequency-based direction guidance is disclosed. In some implementations, a navigation system leverages frequent location information to filter navigation directions that are presented to a user of a navigation device. If a destination is a frequent location, the navigation system filters the navigation directions so that navigation directions associated with the destination are not presented to the user. If a departure location is a frequent location, the navigation system filters the directions so that directions associated with the departure location are not presented to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nikhil Bhatt, Ravi Nikhil Bhatt, Mira Nicole Bhatt
  • Patent number: 9947255
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a flexible display such as an organic light-emitting diode display. A strain sensing resistor may be formed on a bent tail portion of the flexible display to gather strain measurements. Resistance measurement circuitry in a display driver integrated circuit may make resistance measurements on the strain sensing resistor and a temperature compensation resistor to measure strain. A crack detection line may be formed from an elongated pair of traces that are coupled at their ends to form a loop. The crack detection line may run along a peripheral edge of the flexible display. Crack detection circuitry may monitor the resistance of the crack detection line to detect cracks. The crack detection circuitry may include switches that adjust the length of the crack detection line and thereby allow resistances to be measured for different segments of the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Zhen Zhang, Izhar Ahmed, Hoon Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 9947141
    Abstract: An apparatus for and method of image processing in an augmented reality application is provided. The method includes the steps of: providing at least one image of a real environment; performing image processing in an augmented reality application with the at least one image employing visualization of overlaying digital information with visual impressions or the image of the real environment and employing vision-based processing or tracking; and adjusting at least one of a parameter and operating flow of the vision-based processing or tracking depending on at least one of the following: a usage of the image processing, a usage of the visualization, a visually perceivable property of the digital information or the real environment, a property of a display device employed in the visualization, or a manner in which a user is viewing the visualization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lejing Wang, Selim BenHimane
  • Patent number: 9946447
    Abstract: An electronic device with a display, touch-sensitive surface and one or more sensors to detect intensity of contacts with the touch-sensitive surface displays a first user interface object and detects first movement of the contact that corresponds to movement of a focus selector toward the first user interface object. In response to detecting the first movement, the device moves the focus selector to the first user interface object; and determines an intensity of the contact. After detecting the first movement, the device detects second movement of the contact. In response to detecting the second movement of the contact, when the contact meets selection criteria based on an intensity of the contact, the device moves the focus selector and the first user interface object; and when the contact does not meet the selection criteria, the device moves the focus selector without moving the first user interface object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Julian Missig, Avi E. Cieplinski, Matthew I. Brown, May-Li Khoe, B. Michael Victor
  • Patent number: 9946101
    Abstract: A method for operating a gate driver that is driving pixel transistors of a display panel, is described. An internal start pulse is produced in response to an external start pulse and in accordance with a system clock, wherein the internal start pulse is input to a first cell of a gate driver shift register whose outputs are coupled to level shifting output stages that are driving the rows of pixel transistors of the display panel. The produced internal start pulse was qualified by an output of a last cell of the gate driver shift register. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: James E. C. Brown, Fenghua Zheng, Sandro H. Pintz
  • Patent number: 9946583
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing media playback are described. In one embodiment, a third party media request is received from a third party application. A native media request is sent to a native media player in response to the third party media request. The native media request causes the native media player to access content or metadata. Metadata is returned to the third party application if the third party media request requested data. The native media player performs a content operation on the content if the third party media request requested a content operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lucas Christopher Newman, Charles John Pisula
  • Patent number: 9949113
    Abstract: Techniques to manage updates for eSIMs of a secondary wireless device are disclosed. Responsive to a user input, expiration of a timer, receipt of a message from an associated primary wireless device, processing circuitry of the secondary wireless device commands an eUICC to update an eSIM. A secure data connection is established between the eUICC and a network provisioning server, either directly from the secondary wireless device to a cellular wireless network or relayed indirectly via the primary wireless device. The eUICC and the network provisioning server exchange messages in accordance with a BIP process to update the eSIM. The eUICC provides a status to the processing circuitry indicating success or failure for the eSIM update. Upon success, a portion of the secondary wireless device may be placed in a reduced power state. Upon failure, the eSIM update process may repeat up to a maximum number of retries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Chandiramohan Vasudevan, Rohan C. Malthankar, Prashant H. Vashi, Viswanath Nagarajan, Vikram Bhaskara Yerrabommanahalli, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto, Samuel J. Miller, Kannan Jeyakumar, Li Li
  • Patent number: 9948706
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for global server load balancing are described. Attributes of a set of network addresses may be maintained. Each network address may be assignable to a device capable of accessing a service via a domain name. A set of servers may be provided for hosting the service of the domain name. A mapping relationship between the network addresses and a set of preferences among the servers may be determined based on the attributes. Multiple network addresses may share a common preference. An association data may be generated to represent the mapping relationship. Multiple network addresses may be collectively represented in the association data to be associated with a common preference. A device can reach one of the servers according to the association data in real time asynchronous to when the association data is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Delany
  • Patent number: 9945956
    Abstract: Techniques for GNSS positioning using three-dimensional (3D) building models are described. A processor of a mobile device can determine a lower bound of uncertainty for an estimated position of the mobile device. The processor can receive an estimated position from a GNSS receiver of the mobile device. The processor can acquire geographic feature data including 3D building models of buildings and other geographic features that are located near the estimated position and may reflect GNSS signals. The processor can then determine a lower bound of uncertainty of the estimated position, regardless of an estimated uncertainty provided by a GNSS estimator. The lower bound can be higher (e.g., have a greater error margin) than the uncertainty value provided by the GNSS estimator. The processor can then present the estimated position, in association with an error margin corresponding to the lower bound of uncertainty, on a map user interface of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kumar Gaurav Chhokra, Glenn Donald MacGougan
  • Patent number: 9946533
    Abstract: A novel software updating method is provided. A target file is divided into segments, where some segments are updated by patching, while other segments are updated by archiving. The segmentation of the update allows very large files such as DYLD shared caches to be patched in-place, i.e., by using free space available within the file to perform patching rather than requiring enough free space on disk to store both the new version and the old version of the file. The segmentation of the update also allows each segment to be updated individually by the most optimal update method (copy, patch, or archive) so that the size of the update file can be minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Bainville, Ali Sazegari
  • Patent number: 9949057
    Abstract: A portable electronic device includes at least four speakers spaced apart from one another. An audio processor attenuates a high frequency portion of a left audio signal and a right audio signal to provide a processed left audio signal and a processed right audio signal. An audio router directs the left audio signal to only a first speaker, the right audio signal to only a second speaker, the processed left audio signal to a third speaker, and the processed right audio signal to a fourth speaker. The audio signals may be directed according to the orientation of the device. The cutoff frequency for attenuating the high frequency portion of the audio signals may be responsive to the orientation of the device. In other embodiments, the high frequency portion of the audio signals may be decorrelated to produce signals with high frequency portions for all speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Ryan J. Mihelich, Tomlinson Holman, Alexander P. Niemeyer, Timothy E. Sandrik
  • Patent number: 9948018
    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 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Wagman, Oliver C. Ross, Eric S. Jol, Hani Esmaeili
  • Patent number: 9946771
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to search techniques. In one example process, the device concurrently displays remote search results and local search results. In another example process, the device provides previews of search results that include actionable user interface objects. In another example process, the device concurrently displays options for initiating a search using various search engines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremiah Daniel Shaw, Lawrence Y. Yang
  • Patent number: 9948728
    Abstract: The described embodiments transfer an activity from a source electronic device to a companion electronic device. The source electronic device receives activity information describing an activity performed in a first application at the source electronic device, determines an activity identifier for the activity information, and broadcasts an activity advertisement comprising the activity identifier. Upon receiving the activity advertisement, the companion electronic device determines whether a second application that is associated with the first application is available at the companion electronic device. Then, the companion electronic device configures the second application and commences performing the activity with the second application at the companion electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Linn, Keith Stattenfield, Christopher C. Jensen, Alexander R. Ledwith, David A. Carter, Marc J. Krochmal, John J. Iarocci, Jonathan M. Grynspan
  • Patent number: 9948546
    Abstract: An auto-detection scheme may be applied to a physical layer (PHY) preamble of a communications packet, such as an 802.11 packet, to identify which generation of a communication standard was used to generate the packet. A packet of a wireless transmission may be received by a wireless device. The packet may include a PHY preamble, including a first field, such as a legacy long training field (L-LTF), and a second, subsequent field, such as a non-legacy Signal field. The wireless device may determine that the first field is encoded using a Fast-Fourier Transform (FFT) of a first size, and that the second field is encoded using a FFT of a second, different size. This determining may identify a generation of the communication standard used to generate the packet. In response to the determining, the wireless device may decode the packet according to the identified generation of the communication standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joonsuk Kim, Syed Aon Mujtaba, Xiaowen Wang
  • Patent number: 9949032
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a directivity speaker array, comprising multiple driver assemblies, which is configured to provide audio signal patterns, which include audio content, to one or more listeners where the signal patterns are associated with at least a certain threshold directivity across a range of frequencies in which the array can transition between the providing audio signal patterns via beamforming of signals generated by multiple driver assemblies and via an individual driver assembly, based on overlapping frequency ranges at which such provided audio signal patterns are associated with at least the certain threshold directivity. A driver assembly can include a release duct which progressively releases an audio signal generated by a coupled driver, via perforations in a perforated surface, as the signal propagates along a surface of an enclosure of the duct such that an intensity of the audio signal is maximized along the particular axis of propagation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Martin E. Johnson, Tom-Davy W. Saux, Justin D. Crosby
  • Patent number: 9948749
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, an application launcher of a media player device launches an application bundle, the application bundle including a binary code. In response, a first server is accessed based on a universal resource locator (URL) specified by the application bundle to download an executable script. The executable script is parsed to configure a script runtime environment based on a predetermined template associated with the executable script. A first application programming interface (API) and a second API are enabled, where the first API is used to access a predetermined library maintained by the media player device and the second API is used to communicate with the binary code. The executable script is executed within the script runtime environment to render content, including rendering standard content by invoking the predetermined library via the first API and rendering customized content by invoking the binary code via the second API.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nurinder Manj, Parry Panesar
  • Patent number: 9949311
    Abstract: A system, apparatus and method to maintain continuity of a Voice over Long Term Evolution (LTE) (VoLTE) call. The system includes a first user equipment (UE) configured to perform a (VoLTE) call and a second UE configured to perform the VoLTE call with the first UE. The UE's are configured to maintain continuity of the VoLTE call by determining when one of a first dedicated bearer linked to a first default bearer of the first UE or a second dedicated bearer linked to a second default bearer of the second UE is lost and transmitting a signal to an Internet Protocol (IP) Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) server that prevents release of the determined dedicated bearer, the signal further triggering a re-activation of the determined dedicated bearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Yingjie Zhao, Wanping Zhang, Li Su
  • Patent number: 9946315
    Abstract: An internal component and external interface arrangement for a cylindrical compact computing system is described that includes at least a structural heat sink having triangular shape disposed within a cylindrical volume defined by a cylindrical housing. A computing engine having a generally triangular shape is described having internal components that include a graphics processing unit (GPU) board, a central processing unit (CPU) board, an input/output (I/O) interface board, an interconnect board, and a power supply unit (PSU).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brett W. Degner, Caitlin Elizabeth Kalinowski, Richard D. Kosoglow, Joshua D. Banko, David H. Narajowski, Jonathan L. Berk, Michael E. Leclerc, Michael D. McBroom, Asif Iqbal, Paul S. Michelsen, Mark K. Sin, Paul A. Baker, Harold L. Sontag, Wai Ching Yuen, Matthew P. Casebolt, Kevin S. Fetterman, Alexander C. Calkins, Daniel L. McBroom
  • Patent number: 9948042
    Abstract: Connector inserts having retention features with good reliability and holding force. These connector inserts may include ground contacts that provide an insertion portion having a reduced length. These connector inserts may be reliable, have an attractive appearance, and be readily manufactured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan N. Ng, Zheng Gao, Mahmoud R. Amini, Min Chul Kim, Colin J. Abraham
  • Patent number: 9949227
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for location determination by a WLAN station is disclosed. The method can include a first WLAN station receiving a packet sent by a second WLAN station, deriving a channel quality metric for a channel between the first WLAN station and the second WLAN station, comparing the channel quality metric to a threshold, and calculating a distance between the first WLAN station and the second WLAN station in an instance in which the channel quality metric satisfies the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Hansen, Stuart K. Neubarth
  • Patent number: 9947069
    Abstract: Described is a system for providing variants of a digital asset based on specific device capabilities of target devices. A developer may compress a digital asset that is part of a universal application to be installed on a set of target devices by selecting from a set of intent-based compression options. The compression options may include hardware-accelerated compression formats that utilize a graphics processing unit (GPU) during rendering. Despite the compression option selected, the application package includes a variant of the digital asset renderable on each type of target device including devices without a GPU. This allows a developer to freely choose any option without the concern of whether the option is compatible or supported by each type of device. A distribution server may then map attributes of a specific target to particular feature classes, and accordingly, distribute an appropriate variant of the digital asset to the target device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick O. Heynen, Vince DeMarco
  • Patent number: 9949359
    Abstract: A portable electronic device packaged into a System-in-Package assembly is disclosed. The portable electronic device can include a substrate and a plurality of components mounted on the substrate and included in one or more subsystems. Interference between subsystems or from external sources can be reduced or eliminated by disposing an insulating layer over the components, forming narrow trenches between subsystems, and depositing one or more layers of a multi-layer thin film stack on the insulating layer and filling the trenches. In some examples, the multi-layer thin film stack can include an adhesion layer, a shielding layer, a protection layer, and a cosmetic layer. In some examples, the multi-layer thin film stack can include multi-functional layers such as a protection and cosmetic layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yanfeng Chen, Shankar S. Pennathur
  • Patent number: 9948934
    Abstract: A component of an entropy encoding stage of a block processing pipeline (e.g., a CABAC encoder) may, for a block of pixels in a video frame, accumulate counts indicating the number of times each of two possible symbols is used in encoding a syntax element bin. An empirical probability for each symbol, an estimated entropy, and an estimated rate cost for encoding the bin may be computed, dependent on the symbol counts. A pipeline stage that precedes the entropy encoding stage may, upon receiving another block of pixels for the video frame, calculate and use the estimated rate cost when making encoding decisions for the other block of pixels based on a cost function that includes a rate cost term. The symbol counts or empirical probabilities may be passed to the earlier pipeline stage or written to a shared memory, from which components of the earlier stage may obtain them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jim C. Chou
  • Patent number: 9947901
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided with a display and a light sensor that receives light that passes through the display. The display includes features that increase the amount of light that passes through the display. The features may be translucency enhancement features that allow light to pass directly through the display onto a light sensor mounted behind the display or may include a light-guiding layer that guides light through the display onto a light sensor mounted along an edge of the display. The translucency enhancement features may be formed in a reflector layer or an electrode layer for the display. The translucency enhancement features may include microperforations in a reflector layer of the display, a light-filtering reflector layer of the display, or a reflector layer of the display that passes a portion of the light and reflects an additional portion of the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anna-Katrina Shedletsky, Paul S. Drzaic, Erik G. de Jong, Fletcher R. Rothkopf
  • Patent number: 9948617
    Abstract: Improved techniques to update software in electronic devices that are already in use are disclosed. In one embodiment, software can be updated in a secure and controlled manner using cryptography. The authenticity of the updated software as well as its appropriateness for the particular electronic device can be confirmed prior to update. The software can also be updated on a per module basis. In one embodiment, a server hosts software updates for various electronic devices, and supplies the appropriate software update to the electronic devices via a data network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher R. Wysocki, Alan Ward
  • Patent number: 9949216
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to optimizing power consumption for cellular communication based on transport block size in combination with channel condition measurements via power amplifier biasing. According to one embodiment, an indication of a transport block size to be used for uplink communication with a base station may be received. It may be determined that the transport block size provides more robust communication characteristics than required for current channel conditions. A power amplifier (PA) bias current for uplink communication with the cellular base station may be selected based at least in part on determining that the transport block size provides more robust communication characteristics than required for the current channel conditions. In particular, PA bias current selection may be biased to reduce power consumption at a cost of greater non-linearity based on the transport block size providing more robust communication characteristics than required for the current channel conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Vinay R. Majjigi, Tarik Tabet, Christian W. Mucke, William S. Burchill
  • Patent number: 9947277
    Abstract: Methods and devices for reducing the power consumption of a frame buffer and timing controller of an electronic display are provided. By way of example, a method of operating an electronic display includes receiving image data from a processor of the electronic display, storing the image data to a buffer of the electronic display, reading the image data from the buffer to supply the image data to a column driver of the electronic display, determining whether an amount of image data stored in buffer is less than a threshold, and switching from reading the image data from the buffer to reading the image data directly from the processor when the amount of image data stored in buffer is less than the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher P. Tann, Sandro H. Pintz, Satish S. Iyengar, David S. Zalatimo
  • Patent number: 9946296
    Abstract: An accessory device for use with an electronic device is disclosed. The accessory device may include a cover configured to overlay an electronic device (or device) or fold to form a support structure for the electronic device. The cover may include an attachment feature that electrically couples with the device, and a keyboard foldable with respect to the cover. Further, the keyboard may include a retention feature designed to receive the attachment feature in a folded configuration of the cover. The accessory device may further include an electrically conductive fabric that folds with the cover. The accessory device may include an array of magnets throughout the attachment feature, the cover, and the keyboard. The magnets may be used to magnetically couple together 1) segments of the cover, 2) the cover and the keyboard assembly, 3) and/or the device with the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Gilkison Smith, Daniel J. Coster, Sean S. Corbin, Melody L. Kuna, Siddhartha Hegde, Benjamin A. Cousins, Robert Sean Murphy
  • Patent number: 9949015
    Abstract: A case for a wireless electronic listening device (e.g., a pair of wireless earbuds) is configured to house a pair of wireless earbuds and charge the earbuds when they are in the case. The case is further configured to receive media received by the wireless earbuds and transmit the media to a non-wireless output device connected to the case. The case may further include its own wireless radio that can wirelessly communicate audio to the wireless earbuds when the earbuds are not in the case. The case may further include an input port to receive an audio signal from a non-wireless source and may be configured to wirelessly transmit the audio received from the source to the wireless earbuds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jahan C. Minoo, Lee M. Panecki, Zachary C. Rich, Patrick T. Ryan
  • Patent number: 9946297
    Abstract: An auxiliary electronic device attachable to a wearable electronic device. The auxiliary device includes a housing, electronic circuitry within the housing, and an attachment mechanism configured to attach the auxiliary electronic device to the wearable device while the device is being worn by a user. In some embodiments the electronic circuitry includes a power transmitting unit that can wirelessly transmit power to charge a rechargeable battery within the wearable electronic device. In some embodiments the attachment mechanism includes a pair of lugs that extend, from opposite ends of the housing, above the housing towards a center of the auxiliary device and are adapted to fit within corresponding recesses of the wearable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David I. Nazzaro, Tyler S. Bushnell, Javier Mendez
  • Patent number: 9946302
    Abstract: Transparent articles for use as outer surfaces of electronic devices and methods therefor are disclosed. A transparent cover can be provided over a display of portable electronic device to provide a protective outer cover over the display. The transparent cover can include material to mark, mask or color a portion of the transparent cover, such portion thereupon becoming opaque. The material can be provided in a recessed portion of an inner surface of the transparent cover, such portion being a portion of the transparent cover that is not over a usable portion of the display. The electronic device can, for example, be a portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jeremy C. Franklin, Ming Leong, Kristina A. Babiarz, Amy Qian, Kevin David Gibbs, Eugene C. Cheung
  • Patent number: 9946706
    Abstract: Methods and systems which utilize, in one embodiment, automatic language identification, including automatic language identification for dynamic text processing. In at least certain embodiments, automatic language identification can be applied to spellchecking in real time as the user types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas R. Davidson, Ali Ozer
  • Patent number: 9944554
    Abstract: Methods for chemically strengthening the edges of glass sheets are provided. Voids can be formed in a mother sheet. The edges of these voids may correspond to a portion of the new edges that would normally be created during separation and free shaping of the mother sheet. The mother sheet can then be immersed in a chemical strengthener. The edges of the voids can be chemically strengthened in addition to the front and back sides of the mother sheet. After thin film processing and separation, each of the resulting individual sheets has been chemically strengthened on both sides and on a portion of its edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Seung Jae Hong, Casey J. Feinstein, Lili Huang, Sunggu Kang, Kuo-Hua Sung, John Z. Zhong
  • Patent number: 9948109
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a power management system that supplies power to components in an electronic device. The power management system includes a system microcontroller (SMC) and a charger. During operation, the power management system accepts power from at least one of a power adapter and a solar panel. Next, the power management system supplies the power to components in the electronic device without using a converter circuit between the solar panel and the power management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kisun Lee, Manisha P. Pandya, Shimon Elkayam
  • Patent number: 9949137
    Abstract: In some implementations, a server device can improve Wi-Fi based location availability for sparse signal locations by augmenting Wi-Fi access point location data with additional Wi-Fi scan data that was collected near the sparse signal locations. The server can receive Wi-Fi access point scans from client devices, determine the locations of the Wi-Fi access points, and generate Wi-Fi access point tiles that include data describing the locations of access points in the geographic areas corresponding to the Wi-Fi access point tiles. After the tiles are generated, the server device can augment the access point tiles by inserting additional Wi-Fi access point scan information into the access point tiles near identified sparse signal locations. The server device can deliver the augmented access point tile data to a client device. The client device can determine the current location of the client device based on the augmented access point tile data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Brian S. Smith, David B. Millman, Rob Brumley, Rob Mayor, Ben Detwiler
  • Patent number: 9945613
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for efficient heating during production of corundum. One embodiment takes the form of a system for processing corundum including a first furnace and a second furnace. The first and second furnaces are sequentially arranged and heat from the first furnace is subsequently used to heat the second furnace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Prest, Dale N. Memering
  • Patent number: 9948725
    Abstract: Techniques for electronic devices to control a multipath transmission control protocol (MPTCP) connection. An MPTCP connection between two endpoints may be established. The MPTCP connection may include at least one MPTCP subflow. At least one of the endpoints may be configured to act as a master with respect to the MPTCP connection. The master may perform one or more control operations on the MPTCP connection, while if one of the endpoints is not a master, that endpoint may not perform control operations on the MPTCP connection. The control operations may include initiating or establishing new MPTCP subflows or modifying a priority level of one or more MPTCP subflows of the MPTCP connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anumita Biswas, Joshua V. Graessley
  • Patent number: 9946366
    Abstract: A touch input device configured to synchronize a stylus acquisition process with both a touch data acquisition process and a display refresh process is provided. The touch input device can include one or more processors that can synchronize the stylus data acquisition process to the touch data acquisition process by coordinating stylus scans to take place in between touch scans. The one or more processors can also virtual data banks to synchronize both the touch data acquisition and the stylus scan acquisition with the display refresh process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Shahrooz Shahparnia, Christopher Tenzin Mullens, Martin Paul Grunthaner
  • Patent number: 9949063
    Abstract: In some embodiments, one or more wireless stations operate according to Neighbor Awareness Networking (NAN)—direct communication with neighboring wireless stations, e.g., direct communication between the wireless stations without utilizing an intermediate access point. Embodiments of the disclosure relate to triggering a NAN datapath using Bluetooth low energy (BLE) signaling. The NAN datapath embodiments described herein provide a mechanism through which devices can communicate to establish a Wi-Fi connection via non-Wi-Fi signaling and provide services. Aspects of the datapath development include Wi-Fi connection establishment and datapath initiation. The datapath model may be implemented for unicast and/or multicast communication between wireless stations, including mobile stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Su Khiong Yong, Yong Liu, Christiaan A. Hartman, Siegfried Lehmann, Guoqing Li, Chiu Ngok E. Wong
  • Patent number: 9946295
    Abstract: An accessory device for use with an electronic device is disclosed. The accessory device may include a cover configured to overlay an electronic device (or device) or fold to form a support structure for the electronic device. The cover may include an attachment feature that electrically couples with the device, and a keyboard foldable with respect to the cover. Further, the keyboard may include a retention feature designed to receive the attachment feature in a folded configuration of the cover. The accessory device may further include an electrically conductive fabric that folds with the cover. The accessory device may include an array of magnets throughout the attachment feature, the cover, and the keyboard. The magnets may be used to magnetically couple together 1) segments of the cover, 2) the cover and the keyboard assembly, 3) and/or the device with the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Gilkison Smith, Daniel J. Coster, Sean S. Corbin, Melody L. Kuna, Siddhartha Hegde, Benjamin A. Cousins, Robert Sean Murphy
  • Patent number: D815632
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Marine C. Bataille, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniele De Iuliis, Markus Diebel, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Julian Jaede, Duncan Robert Kerr, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Joe Tan, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D815634
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Marine C. Bataille, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniele De Iuliis, Markus Diebel, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Julian Jaede, Duncan Robert Kerr, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Joe Tan, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D815649
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Will Chen, Nathan De Vries, Alan C. Dye, Christopher Foss, Christopher Wilson
  • Patent number: D815651
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran Chaudhri, Christopher Foss, Jonathan P. Ive, Eric Lance Wilson
  • Patent number: D815661
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Freddy Anzures, Joseph Chan, Imran Chaudhri, Nicholas V. King, Hoan K. Pham, Wan Si Wan