Apple Patents Granted

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

  • Patent number: 10098168
    Abstract: In one set of embodiments, one or more client stations operate to configure Neighbor Awareness Networking (NAN)—direct communication with neighboring client stations, i.e., direct communication between the client stations without utilizing an intermediate access point. Embodiments of the disclosure relate to NAN datapath scheduling and NAN pre-datapath operation setup and scheduling. The NAN datapath embodiments described herein provide a mechanism through which devices can communicate and provide services. Aspects of the datapath development include datapath scheduling, including datapath setup and scheduling attributes, as well as pre-datapath operation triggering and scheduling. Scheduling may include determination of a type of datapath, including paging and synchronized datapaths. NAN data cluster base schedules may be scheduled as equal-sets or subsets of datapath schedules. The datapath model may be implemented for unicast and multicast communication between client stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yong Liu, Christiaan A. Hartman, Daniel R. Borges, Peter N. Heerboth, Lawrie Kurian, Su Khiong Yong, Anand Rajagopalan, Saravanan Balasubramaniyan, Tashbeeb Haque, Andreas Wolf, Guoqing Li, Lilach Zukerman, Oren Shani
  • Patent number: 10098224
    Abstract: Reinforcement components for electrical connections with limited accessibility Shield structures with reduced spacing between adjacent insulation components and systems and methods for making the same are provided. In some embodiments, a reinforcement component may be compressed between two portions of a first electronic component in order to deform the reinforcement component for filling in a void between the reinforcement component and a coupling formed between the first electronic component and a second electronic component. The first electronic component may be a flexible circuit component that may be folded over the reinforcement component prior to the reinforcement component being compressed. This may enable the reinforcement component to be effectively positioned with respect to the first electronic component prior to being deformed for reinforcing one or more couplings made between the first electronic component and the second electronic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Yindar Chuo, Nathan K. Gupta, Po-Jui Chen, Wei Lin, Wei-Hao Sun, Jui-Ming Yang
  • Patent number: 10094675
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a map application that displays a selectable user interface (UI) item for a transit station, a representation of which, is displayed over a presentation of a portion of a map of an area. Upon selection of the UI item, the map application of some embodiments provides a graphical user interface (GUI) that includes a first set of information about the transit station, and a second set of information about departure schedules of several different transit lines from the transit station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Usama M. Hajj, Ian Leighton, David Hodge, Cameron Sabol, Marcel van Os
  • Patent number: 10098237
    Abstract: Electrical components may be mounted on a printed circuit or other substrate. The electrical components may be covered with a conformal coating containing a wavelength-tuned-light-absorption-enhancement additive. The additive may be a dye or other additive that creates a light absorption peak at a given wavelength. To form openings in the conformal coating in alignment with the electrical components without damaging the components, a laser ablation tool may apply laser light at the given wavelength to the conformal coating. Openings may also be formed by placing tape over the components before the con form at coating is applied. The tape may have a color with a light absorption peak at the given wavelength to facilitate the formation of openings without damaging sensitive components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ferdinand S. Toting, Arpit K. Akkinepalli, Goran S. Diminich, Xiaoyi Zhou
  • Patent number: 10098181
    Abstract: Determining whether to operate in a single radio access technology (RAT) mode or a dual RAT mode for a user equipment (UE) having a radio capable of communicating using at least a first RAT and a second RAT. The UE may determine whether current path loss for the first RAT exceeds a maximum path loss. Based on the results of determining whether the current path loss for the first RAT exceeds the maximum path loss, the UE may determine whether to operate in the single RAT mode or the dual RAT mode. Accordingly, based on this determination, the UE may operate in the single RAT mode or the dual RAT mode based on the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Prashant H Vashi, Vikram B Yerrabommanahalli, Teck Yang Lee
  • Patent number: 10095286
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of a device that manages a thermal profile of a device by selectively throttling central processing unit operations of the device is described. The device manages a thermal profile of the device by adjusting a throttling a central processing unit execution of a historically high energy consuming task. In this embodiment, the device monitors thermal level of the thermal profile of the device, the device is executing a plurality of tasks that utilize a plurality of processing cores of the device. If the thermal level of the device exceeds a thermal threshold, the device identifies one of the plurality of tasks as a historically high energy consuming task, and throttles this historically high energy consuming task by setting a force idle execution time for the historically high energy consuming task. The device further executes the plurality of tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Derek R. Kumar
  • Patent number: 10094963
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with a display. The display may have a display cover layer. The display may have an active area with pixels and an inactive area without pixels. An opaque masking layer such as a layer of black ink may be formed on the underside of the display cover layer in the inactive area. Windows may be formed from openings in the opaque masking layer. Optical components such as infrared-light-based optical components may be aligned with the windows. The windows may include coatings in the openings that block visible light while transmitting infrared light. The window coatings may be formed from polymer layers containing pigments, polymer layers containing dyes that are coated with antireflection layers, thin-film interference filters formed from stacks of thin-film layers, or other coating structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marta M. Giachino, Naoto Matsuyuki, Matthew S. Rogers, Xianwei Zhao, Ligang Wang
  • Patent number: 10095287
    Abstract: An electronic device is configured to detect the presence or absence of a case that is positioned over at least one surface of the electronic device. When a case is present, the electronic device is configured to determine one or more characteristics of the case and adjust one or more operations of the electronic device based on at least one characteristic of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Myers, Ihtesham H. Chowdhury, Richard Hung Minh Dinh, Benjamin J. Pope, Matthew D. Hill, Dhaval N. Shah, Martin J. Auclair
  • Patent number: 10094708
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with light sensors. The electronic device may have an electronic device housing in which a display is mounted. The display may have a transparent layer such as a transparent display cover layer, a thin-film transistor layer, or a color filter layer. An opaque masking layer such as a layer of black ink may be used to cover an inner surface of the transparent layer in an inactive area of the display. Sensor window openings may be formed in the black ink layer. A layer of ink may be formed in each sensor window opening. Each layer of ink may have a diffuse reflectivity that is matched to that of the black ink. A diffuser layer such as a polymer coating layer with light-scattering particles may be coated on the inner surface of the layer of ink in a sensor window opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Zhang Jia, Christopher S. Erickson, James J. Dudley, Kenichi Nakajima, Chunji Li
  • Patent number: 10095332
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving display image quality on electronic displays are provided. One embodiment of an electronic display includes display pixels that share a common electrode. Each of the display pixels includes a first conductive path electrically coupled between a pixel electrode and a data line, in which the first conductive path only enables the data line to charge the pixel electrode; and a second conductive path electrically coupled between the pixel electrode and the data line in parallel with the first conductive path, in which the second conductive path enables the data line to discharge the pixel electrode such that discharge rate of the pixel electrode is approximately equal to charge rate of the pixel electrode. Additionally, the embodiment includes a touch pixel that detects occurrence and position of a touch on a screen of the electronic display using the first common electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kasra Omid-Zohoor, Jie Won Ryu, Jiayi Jin, Hyunwoo Nho
  • Patent number: 10097805
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media to improve multi-image color-refinement operations are disclosed for refining color differences between images in a multi-image camera system with application to disparity estimation. Recognizing that corresponding pixels between two (or more) images of a scene should have not only the same spatial location, but the same color, can be used to improve the spatial alignment of two (or more) such images and the generation of improved disparity maps. After making an initial disparity estimation and using it to align the images, colors in one image may be refined toward that of another image. (The image being color corrected may be either the reference image or the image(s) being registered with the reference image.) Repeating this process in an iterative manner allows improved spatial alignment between the images and the generation of superior disparity maps between the two (or more) images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Bishop
  • Patent number: 10095343
    Abstract: An electronic device detects a change in intensity of an input at a location corresponding to a first user interface element associated with a user-interaction behavior model; generates, with an application-independent software module, output associated with the first user interface element determined in accordance with the change in intensity of the input and the user-interaction behavior model, including a first user-interaction component behavior and a second user-interaction component behavior; detects a change in intensity of an input at a location corresponding to a second user interface element associated with a subset of the user-interaction component behaviors; obtains, from the application-independent software module, an indication of whether the change in intensity of the input has met conditions associated with the first user-interaction component behavior; and updates, based on the indication, an appearance of the second user interface element based on the first user-interaction component behavio
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Sophia Teutschler, Stephen R. Breen, Kenneth L. Kocienda
  • Patent number: 10095270
    Abstract: This application relates to devices and accessories that include or are configured to react with a mixture of electromagnets and permanent magnets. In particular the permanent magnets are configured to maintain persistent connections between components while the electromagnets are configured to pulse or activate periodically to maintain the connections or fix alignment of the various connections in certain circumstances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Stryker
  • Patent number: 10095375
    Abstract: An icon can be created for a contact (e.g., an individual(s) or an entity) and presented on a user interface of a mobile device, such as a “home screen.” The icon can be used to retrieve and display contact information. The icon can also be used to invoke one or more applications that are personalized to the contact. The icon can be modified to display information related to the contact. In one aspect, an icon associated with an entity can be temporarily displayed on the mobile device based on the proximity of the mobile device to the entity. The icon can be used to retrieve and display information related to the entity. Additionally, the icon can be removed from the display on the mobile device when the mobile device is no longer within a certain proximity of the entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Marcel Mwa van Os
  • Patent number: 10095345
    Abstract: A low power can for device wake up and unlock is disclosed. The low power scan can include one or more algorithms used to detect a sequence and/or one or more gestures to wake up a processor and unlock the device for user interaction. A sequence and/or one or more gestures can be determined by a microcontroller and/or by a separate hardware component. The microcontroller can send a notification or a wake signal to the processor and/or switch the device from an idle to an active state. By detecting a sequence and one or more gestures in the microcontroller before powering on or waking up the processor, the amount of power consumed can be reduced and the battery life extended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Louis W. Bokma, Sean Erik O'Connor
  • Patent number: 10092197
    Abstract: Reflective surfaces for the apertures of PPG optical components in PPG systems is disclosed. In a PPG system or device, the addition of reflective surfaces around, under, or near the apertures of the optical components can enhance the amount of light received by the light detector. As a result, the measured PPG signal strength can be higher and more accurate compared to the same PPG device without reflective surfaces. The reflective surfaces can reflect and/or recycle light that is incident upon the reflective surfaces back into the skin for eventual capture of the light by the light detectors. In some examples, the reflective surfaces can be diffuse or specular reflectors and/or can be configured to selectively reflect one or more wavelengths of light. In some examples, the back crystal and/or component mounting plane of the PPG system can be made of the same material as the reflective surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Chin San Han
  • Patent number: 10095366
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments relate to a force detection system that detects force exerted on a flexible display based upon changes in resistance and/or capacitance. In one embodiment, a method includes measuring a baseline comprising a baseline resistance or a baseline capacitance or both of a force measurement layer disposed within or overlaid on the display panel. The method further includes detecting a change in the baseline resistance or the baseline capacitance or both and calculating a change location where the change in the baseline resistance or the baseline capacitance or both occurred. The method also includes calculating a magnitude of the change in the baseline resistance or the baseline capacitance or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Brian Lynch, Benjamin Mark Rappoport, Fletcher R. Rothkopf, Paul Stephen Drzaic, Scott Andrew Myers
  • Patent number: 10095394
    Abstract: A system and method are described for delivering content to a mobile device using a companion device. The companion device acts as a proxy device to send and receive signals on behalf of other proxied devices. Once content is loaded onto the mobile device, a user can navigate through the content using a navigation path determined based on a user's item of focus. Various transitions and animations can be displayed along the navigation path. Moreover, a user can interact with the content when viewed in a specific layout using touch events or a rotation input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Howard, Jonathan R. Dascola
  • Patent number: 10095500
    Abstract: When a new version of a first program is to be installed on a first device, metadata supplied to that device specifies which versions of a second program stored on a second device are compatible with the new version. The first device uses this metadata to determine a compatibility classification that indicates how compatible the current version of the second program and the new version of the first program are, and transitions to a state representative of this compatibility classification. A process executing on the first device receives messages from applications executing on the first device. The process reads mappings between these applications and the message types these applications send. The process forwards an application's message to the second device if the application sends a message type allowable in the first device's state. Otherwise, the process queues that message at least until the first device transitions to a different state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel B. Pollack, Eric S. Brown, Gregory B. Novick, Paul W. Chinn, David C. Donley, Tyler D. Hawkins, Julien A. Poumailloux
  • Patent number: 10096284
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a display panel. The display panel includes a number of pixels, each of which includes a driving thin-film-transistor (TFT) and a light-emitting diode. Compensation circuitry external to the display panel applies offset data to pixel data for each pixel of the plurality of pixels before the pixel data is provided to the plurality of pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mohammad B. Vahid Far, Jesse A. Richmond, Yafei Bi
  • Patent number: 10094902
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are provided to estimate angle of arrival of wireless signals. An electronic device may include two or more antennas that receive a wireless transmission. The wireless transmission includes a first frequency signal at a first frequency and a second frequency signal at a second frequency. The electronic device includes angle of arrival logic that may determine one or more angles of arrival of the wireless transmission to the electronic device using phase difference on arrival based on each of the first and second frequency signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alejandro J. Marquez, Mohit Narang, Ruben Caballero, Indranil S. Sen, Shang-Te Yang
  • Patent number: 10097771
    Abstract: Optical apparatus includes an image sensor and objective optics, which are configured to collect and focus optical radiation over a range of wavelengths along a common optical axis toward a plane of the image sensor. A dispersive element is positioned to spread the optical radiation collected by the objective optics so that different wavelengths in the range are focused along different, respective optical axes toward the plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Shpunt, Niv Gilboa, Haim Bezdin
  • Patent number: 10095391
    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: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Julian Missig, Avi E. Cieplinski, Matthew I. Brown, May-Li Khoe, B. Michael Victor
  • Patent number: 10095472
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatus for image-based browsing through a plurality of digital media assets assisted by media cues are disclosed. The media cues can be provided by playback of short audio segments, referred to as snippets, of the digital media assets being browsed. The digital media assets can be grouped into collections of digital media assets. In one embodiment, as a user browses through digital media assets using visual representations of the collections of digital media assets, media cues can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: William M. Bachman, Timothy Wasko, Christopher Sanders
  • Patent number: 10094888
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for calibrating the offset of a magnetometer assembly with reduced power are provided. In one embodiment, a method for operating an assembly may include determining a difference between a current signal measurement output component of a first magnetometer sensor and a previous signal measurement output component of the first magnetometer sensor, comparing the determined difference with a current threshold value, and generating an assembly output based on the comparing, where, when the determined difference is greater than the current threshold value, the generating may include providing a first assembly output using a current offset output component of a second magnetometer sensor, and, when the determined difference is less than the current threshold value, the generating may include providing a second assembly output using a previous offset output component of the second magnetometer sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Henry H. Yang, Jian Guo
  • Patent number: 10095396
    Abstract: An electronic device displays a settings user interface that includes one or more control objects. The settings user interface is configured to adjust operations of the device that use one or more sensors that detect intensity of contacts with a touch-sensitive surface, and/or one or more tactile output generators. The device detects an input for a first control object of the one or more control objects; and, in accordance with the detected input for the first control object, changes the second intensity threshold and the second tactile output. The device provides a first tactile output in response to detecting that an intensity of a contact on a touch-sensitive surface increases above a first intensity threshold, and provides a second tactile output in response to detecting that an intensity of a contact on the touch-sensitive surface increases above a second intensity threshold, distinct from the first intensity threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Aram D. Kudurshian, Christopher P. Foss, Gary I. Butcher, Patrick L. Coffman, Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Nicole M. Wells, Wayne C. Westerman
  • Patent number: 10095803
    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: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 9, 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: 10097496
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to electronic mail user interfaces. A device, including a display, a touch-sensitive surface, and a rotatable input mechanism, is described in relation to accessing, composing, and manipulating electronic mail. In some examples, a user can provide input through the rotatable input mechanism to access a landing screen of an electronic mail application. The landing screen concurrently displays an affordance for accessing an electronic mail inbox and an affordance for accessing an interface for composing electronic mail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alan C. Dye, Christopher Patrick Foss, Imran Chaudhri, Jonathan R. Dascola, Jonathan P. Ive
  • Patent number: 10097913
    Abstract: A case for a pair of earbuds includes a housing having cavities to receive the pair of earbuds and charging circuitry that is configured to initiate charging of the pair of earbuds when an earbud detector detects that the earbuds are inserted within the cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Rico L. Zörkendörfer, Lee M. Panecki, James L. McPeak, Chandrahas Aralaguppe Chandramohan, Daniel C. Wagman, Zachary C. Rich, Darshan R. Kasar
  • Patent number: 10098021
    Abstract: A wireless voice call may be established between an originating user equipment (UE) and a terminating UE, via a cellular network, using preconditions. The originating UE may transmit an invitation for a packet-switched wireless voice call, beginning a first period of time. The terminating UE may cancel the invitation in response to determining that a first precondition, such as establishment of a dedicated bearer between the originating UE and the cellular network, is not satisfied within the first period of time. The first period of time may be interrupted in response to determining that the first precondition is satisfied, and a second period of time may then begin. The cellular network may cancel the invitation in response to determining that a second precondition, such as establishment of a dedicated bearer between the terminating UE and the cellular network, is not satisfied within the second period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Si Li, Deepak Chitlur Lakshman, Srinivasan Vasudevan
  • Patent number: 10095679
    Abstract: Referring to cells using header cell values is disclosed. In some embodiments, a header cell value of a header cell is allowed to be used to refer to one or more other cells that are associated with the header cell. The header cell may be included in a header row or column included in a table. A header row cell value may be employed to refer to one or more other cells in a corresponding column, and a header column cell value may be employed to refer to one or more other cells in a corresponding row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yaniv Gur, Jay Christopher Capela, Peter William Rapp, Roger Rock Rosner, Christopher Douglas Weeldreyer
  • Patent number: 10097337
    Abstract: A method and device are described that may be implemented by a user equipment (UE) that established a first connection to a first network component, the user equipment configured to establish a second connection with a second network component, the user equipment configured for a carrier aggregation functionality, the first network component serving as a primary serving cell (PCell) and the second network component serving as a secondary serving cell (SCell). The method may include determining a cycle comprising a first time when a SCell measurement is performed and a remainder second time, when the cumulative first and second times is less than a threshold cycle time, determining an interruption opportunity based on activity between the UE and the PCell and when the interruption opportunity is determined, deactivating a radio frequency (RF) chain associated with the SCell during the second time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Zhu Ji, Beibei Wang, Johnson O. Sebeni
  • Patent number: 10097017
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a charging system for a portable electronic device. The charging system includes a first bidirectional switching converter connected to a first power port of the portable electronic device, a low-voltage subsystem in the portable electronic device, and a high-voltage subsystem in the portable electronic device and a second bidirectional switching converter connected to a second power port of the portable electronic device, the low-voltage subsystem, and the high-voltage subsystem. The charging system also includes a control circuit that operates the first and second bidirectional switching converters to provide and receive power through the first and second power ports and convert an input voltage received through the first or second power port into a set of output voltages for charging an internal battery in the portable electronic device and powering the low-voltage subsystem and the high-voltage subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas C. Greening, Kamran M. Hasan, Edrick C. G. Wong
  • Patent number: 10097180
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a dome switch and methods related to the use thereto. In one aspect, an embodiment includes a key cap. The embodiment may further include a domed structure having upper and lower portions. The domed structure may be configured to deform in response to an input force received at the upper portion by the key cap. The embodiment may further include a collar affixed to the lower portion and extending toward the key cap. The collar may resist deformation of the domed surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Alex J. Lehmann, Kenneth M. Silz, Paul X. Wang, Qiliang Xu, Zheng Gao
  • Patent number: 10096622
    Abstract: An electronic device may include a display having an array of display pixels on a substrate. The display pixels may be organic light-emitting diode display pixels or display pixels in a liquid crystal display. In an organic light-emitting diode display, hybrid thin-film transistor structures may be formed that include semiconducting oxide thin-film transistors, silicon thin-film transistors, and capacitor structures. The capacitor structures may overlap the semiconducting oxide thin-film transistors. Organic light-emitting diode display pixels may have combinations of oxide and silicon transistors. In a liquid crystal display, display driver circuitry may include silicon thin-film transistor circuitry and display pixels may be based on oxide thin-film transistors. A single layer or two different layers of gate metal may be used in forming silicon transistor gates and oxide transistor gates. A silicon transistor may have a gate that overlaps a floating gate structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Vasudha Gupta, Jae Won Choi, Shih Chang Chang, Tsung-Ting Tsai, Young Bae Park
  • Patent number: 10097973
    Abstract: Systems and methods for proactively populating an application with information that was previously viewed by a user in a different application are disclosed herein. An example method includes: while displaying a first application, obtaining information identifying a first physical location viewed by a user in the first application. The method also includes exiting the first application and, after exiting the first application, receiving a request from the user to open a second application that is distinct from the first application. In response to receiving the request and in accordance with a determination that the second application is capable of accepting geographic location information, the method includes presenting the second application so that the second application is populated with information that is based at least in part on the information identifying the first physical location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Gross, Patrick L. Coffman, Richard R. Dellinger, Christopher P. Foss, Jason J. Gauci, Aria D. Haghighi, Cyrus D. Irani, Bronwyn A. Jones, Gaurav Kapoor, Stephen O. Lemay, Colin C. Morris, Michael R. Siracusa, Lawrence Y. Yang, Brent D. Ramerth, Jerome R. Bellegarda, Jannes G. A. Dolfing, Giulia P. Pagallo, Xin Wang, Jun Hatori, Alexandre R. Moha, Sofiane Toudji, Kevin D. Clark, Karl Christian Kohlschuetter, Jesper S. Andersen, Hafid Arras, Alexandre Carlhian, Thomas Deniau, Mathieu J. Martel
  • Patent number: 10097247
    Abstract: To report feedback information regarding a wireless channel, a mobile station determines whether a predefined condition is satisfied. In response to determining that the predefined condition is satisfied, feedback information regarding an individual one of plural subbands of the wireless channel is included in a first report to be sent to a base station. In response to determining that the predefined condition is not satisfied, aggregate feedback information regarding the plural subbands is included in a second report to be sent to the base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sairamesh Nammi, Shankar Venkatraman, Gaurav Hemrajani, Ashvin Chheda, Lai King Tee, Neng Wang, Kathiravetpillai Sivanesan
  • Patent number: 10097759
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for stabilizing a stream of spherical images captured by an image capture device to produce a stabilized spherical video sequence. The rotation of the image capture device during capture may be corrected in one or more desired axial directions in a way that is agnostic to the translation of the image capture device. The rotation of the image capture device may also be corrected in one or more desired axial directions in a way that is aware of the translation of the image capture device. For example, the assembled output spherical video sequence may be corrected to maintain the horizon of the scene at a constant location, regardless of the translation of the image capture device (i.e., a ‘translation-agnostic’ correction), while simultaneously being corrected to maintain the yaw of the scene in the direction of the image capture device's translation through three-dimensional space (i.e., a ‘translation-aware’ correction).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ricardo Motta, David D. Kuo, Matthaeus Krenn
  • Patent number: 10097664
    Abstract: A media item recommendation can be based on application purchase data. Application purchase data of a population of users can be used to create application preference clusters that represent unique application preference profiles. Media preference data of the same population of users can be used to create media preference clusters that represent unique media preference profiles. A preference relationship between an application preference cluster and a media preference cluster can be identified based on the number of members of the media preference cluster that are also members of the application preference cluster. Upon receiving a recommendation request from a user, the user's application preference profile can be determined based on the user's application purchase data. A media item can then be recommended based on a media preference cluster that has a preference relationship with an application preference cluster that represents the application preference profile of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David E. Ralston, Daniel Joseph Sherman, Christopher Laurence Bell, Eswar Priyadarshan, Andrew Williams
  • Patent number: 10098087
    Abstract: A digitally stored map can indicate the signal quality for each of the map's regions. A device can determine its location, speed, and direction using global positioning system (GPS) and other sensors. Based on this information, the mobile device can predict a field of locations within which the device will probably be located within a specified future time frame. Based on both the information indicating signal quality and the probable future field of locations, the device can estimate a moment at which the device will probably begin to suffer from low-quality or absent signal. Using this prediction, the device can proactively perform a variety of anticipatory remedial actions. For example, the device can begin allocating a greater portion of currently available wireless network communication bandwidth to the reception of data packets that represent content that is being streamed to the device, so that the device can proactively buffer those packets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bharath Narasimha Rao, Cherif Jazra, Leonardo A. Soto Matamala
  • Patent number: 10097924
    Abstract: An electronic device such as a pair of headphones may be provided with left and right speakers for playing audio to a user. Control circuitry in the electronic device may play audio through the speakers in an unreversed configuration in which left channel audio is played through a first of the speakers that is adjacent to a left ear of the user and right channel audio is played through a second of the speakers that is adjacent to a right ear of the user or a reversed configuration in which these channel assignments are reversed. A grip sensor may be used to distinguish between the user's left hand and the user's right hand. A motion sensor may detect movement as the headphones are placed on the user's head or on someone else's head. Control circuitry may use grip information and motion information to determine left and right channel assignments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan R. Peterson, Daniel D. Sunshine, Jahan C. Minoo
  • Patent number: 10085523
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a removable module and a housing for an attachment system of a consumer product. The removable module includes a locking mechanism comprising a first portion having a substantially planar top surface and second portion that comprises a substantially non-planar bottom surface. The first portion and the second portion are coupled together. The locking mechanism also includes a first spring mechanism coupled between the first portion and the second portion. The first spring mechanism causes the first portion to be biased away from the second portion. The locking mechanism also includes a second spring mechanism. The second spring mechanism causes the substantially planar top surface of the first portion to be biased substantially flush with respect to the removable module and also causes the substantially non-planar bottom surface of the second portion to be biased proud with respect to the removable module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan C. Perkins, Phillip M. Hobson, Michael J. Webb
  • Patent number: 10088937
    Abstract: A method is provided for fabricating a bending beam sensor coupled to a touch input device. The method includes providing a bending beam. The method also includes placing a first strain gauge and a second strain gauge on a surface of the beam near a first end of the beam, and aligning the first strain gauge and the second strain gauge with the beam along an axis. The first end is attached to a base. The method further includes coupling the first strain gauge and the second strain gauge to a plate of the touch input device and electrically connecting the first strain gauge and the second strain gauge such that a differential signal is obtained from the first strain gauge and the second strain gauge when a load is applied on the plate of the touch input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Storrs T. Hoen, Peteris K. Augenbergs, John M. Brock, Jonah A. Harley, Sam Rhea Sarcia
  • Patent number: 10090001
    Abstract: Method of speech enhancement using Neural Network-based combined signal starts with training neural network offline which includes: (i) exciting at least one accelerometer and at least one microphone using training accelerometer signal and training acoustic signal, respectively. The training accelerometer signal and the training acoustic signal are correlated during clean speech segments. Training neural network offline further includes (ii) selecting speech included in the training accelerometer signal and in the training acoustic signal, and (iii) spatially localizing the speech by setting a weight parameter in the neural network based on the selected speech included in the training accelerometer signal and in the training acoustic signal. The neural network that is trained offline is then used to generate a speech reference signal based on an accelerometer signal from the at least one accelerometer and an acoustic signal received from the at least one microphone. Other embodiments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lalin S. Theverapperuma, Vasu Iyengar, Sarmad Aziz Malik, Raghavendra Prabhu
  • Patent number: 10089853
    Abstract: Companion and accessory devices can be wirelessly leashed together in a manner that enables the devices to estimate their proximities to each other. One device can periodically attempt to detect a signal from the other device. For each attempt, the attempting device can store an indication of whether the signal was detected. If a number of times that the signal was undetected exceeds a threshold, then the attempting device can perform specified operations, such as alerting a user that the wireless leash was broken. As another example, one device can detect that a strength of a signal from the other device exceeds a threshold. In response, the detecting device can measure signal strengths more frequently. If the measuring device then detects that the signal strength exceeds another threshold, then the measuring device can cause specified operations to be performed, such as data synchronization between the devices or unlocking a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Tyler D. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10089041
    Abstract: A method for data storage includes, in a storage device that communicates with a host over a storage interface for executing a storage command in a memory of the storage device, estimating an expected data under-run between fetching data for the storage command from the memory and sending the data over the storage interface. A data size to be prefetched from the memory, in order to complete uninterrupted execution of the storage command, is calculated in the storage device based on the estimated data under-run. The storage command is executed in the memory while prefetching from the memory data of at least the calculated data size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Arie Peled
  • Patent number: D829747
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Imran Chaudhri
  • Patent number: D830169
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Duncan Robert Kerr, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D830377
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran Chaudhri, Jonathan P. Ive, Tiffany Jon, Woo-Ram Lee, Wan Si Wan, Christopher Wilson, Chun Kin Minor Wong
  • Patent number: D830410
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Butcher, Alan C. Dye, Chance Graham, Jonathan P. Ive