Apple Patents Granted

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

  • Patent number: 10028309
    Abstract: This relates to a method of sending data, such as documents, notifications, alerts, and messages, from a first wireless device to a second wireless device through a wireless connection, such as WiFi, when the limitations of Bluetooth capabilities are exceeded. The method of sending data can include, for example, the first wireless device storing the data on a remote server in a cloud computing system, and the second wireless device accessing the stored data from the remote server. The wireless devices can be configured to detect when another wireless device is out of physical range, when there are too many devices sharing the connection, if the environmental conditions are unsuitable, or if a device has powered down, for example. Additionally, the user or application may require a higher data transfer rate or a more secure connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jaseem Aliyar
  • Patent number: 10028397
    Abstract: An electronic device having several modifications designed to prevent liquid ingress into an opening (or openings) of the electronic device is disclosed. For example, the electronic device includes a SIM tray having a sealing element designed to provide a seal at an opening that receives the SIM tray. The sealing element may include a first section and a second section extending from the first section, with the first section designed to bend with respect to (and in some cases collapse onto) the second section. The electronic device may further include an audio module fitted with a sealing element. The sealing element may include extensions extending away from a main body of the sealing element, with some extension designed to engage the audio module, and other extensions designed to engage an audio module interface. The sealing element provides a seal against liquid ingress into the audio module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Xiao Ying Zhao, Timothy S. Lui, Tyler B. Cater, Rasamy Phouthavong, Scott A. Myers, Benjamin J. Pope, David A. Hurrell, Christopher R. Xydis, Edward S. Huo, Richard Hung Minh Dinh, Michael W. Firka, Martin J. Auclair, Kurtis J. Mundell, Salome Bavetta, Paul Leutheuser, Hani Esmaeili, Kevin M. Froese, Ihtesham H. Chowdhury, Tang Yew Tan, Eric W. Bates, Yaocheng Zhang
  • Patent number: 10027455
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) communication in wireless local area networks (WLANs). According to some embodiments, a downlink OFDMA frame may be transmitted. An uplink OFDMA frame including acknowledgements associated with the downlink OFDMA frame may be received. The uplink OFDMA frame may be processed, in some instances including determining which devices receiving the downlink OFDMA frame transmitted an acknowledgement associated with the downlink OFDMA frame in the uplink OFDMA frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joonsuk Kim, Yuchul Kim
  • Patent number: 10028071
    Abstract: A binaural sound reproduction system, and methods of using the binaural sound reproduction system to dynamically re-center a frame of reference for a virtual sound source, are described. The binaural sound reproduction system may include a head-mounted device, e.g., headphones, having a device sensor to provide device orientation data corresponding to a direction of the head-mounted device. The system may use the orientation data to determine whether the head-mounted device has moved over an angle within a range of movement, and may adjust an audio output to render the virtual sound source in an adjusted source direction based on the range of movement. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Darius A. Satongar, Afrooz Family, Sylvain J. Choisel, Juha O. Merimaa
  • Patent number: 10027185
    Abstract: A transmitter device for an inductive energy transfer system can include a DC-to-AC converter operably connected to a transmitter coil, a first capacitor connected between the transmitter coil and one output terminal of the DC-to-AC converter, and a second capacitor connected between the transmitter coil and another output terminal of the DC-to-AC converter. One or more capacitive shields can be positioned between the transmitter coil and an interface surface of the transmitter device. A receiver device can include a touch sensing device, an AC-to-DC converter operably connected to a receiver coil, a first capacitor connected between the receiver coil and one output terminal of the AC-to-DC converter, and a second capacitor connected between the receiver coil and another output terminal of the AC-to-DC converter. One or more capacitive shields can be positioned between the receiver coil and an interface surface of the receiver device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Todd K. Moyer, Albert Lin, Wesley W. Zuber, Yehonatan Perez, Jeffrey M. Alves, Makiko K. Brzezinski, Eric S. Jol, Paul J. Thompson, Priyank D. Patel, Christian M. Sauer, Christopher S. Graham, Jim C. Hwang, Micah Lewis-Kraus
  • Patent number: 10027107
    Abstract: A host electronic device may be coupled to an accessory electronic device. The host device and the accessory device may be connected via power supply lines and user data lines. If the host and accessory devices are improperly connected or if the accessory device is exposed to an incorrect voltage environment, the internal circuitry on the accessory device can be damaged. The accessory device may therefore include a reverse voltage protection circuit that can help prevent a large amount of current from inadvertently flowing into the accessory device. The protection circuit may include a low-side-enabled reverse current protection switch coupled between the external and internal ground terminals and also a single low-drop switch coupled to each of the user data lines. The low-drop switch will be activated whenever the voltage at the external ground terminal exceeds the voltage at the data line to help deactivate low-side-enabled reverse current protection switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Proie, Salvatore Reddiconto
  • Patent number: 10026063
    Abstract: An event analysis engine on a user device may be configured to receive information representative of a user event and to determine a type of the event according to the received information. One or more tasks associated with the determined type of event may be identified. Each of the identified tasks may be associated with a reminder having a trigger condition that is a function of information specific to the task. The task-specific information may be retrieved and the reminders associated with the tasks may be displayed when a device condition matches a calculated trigger condition for the reminder. Each task may be identified as completed when a completion condition associated with the task is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Swapnil Dave, Devrim Varoglu
  • Patent number: 10026771
    Abstract: One or more cross-wafer capacitors are formed in an electronic component, circuit, or device that includes stacked wafers. One example of such a device is a stacked image sensor. The image sensor can include two or more wafers, with two wafers that are bonded to each other each including a conductive segment adjacent to, proximate, or abutting a bonding surface of the respective wafer. The conductive segments are positioned relative to each other such that each conductive element forms a plate of a capacitor. A cross-wafer capacitor is formed when the two wafers are attached to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Chiajen Lee, Xiaofeng Fan
  • Patent number: 10025366
    Abstract: This relates to an event sensing device that includes an event sensing panel and is able to dynamically change the granularity of the panel according to present needs. Thus, the granularity of the panel can differ at different times of operation. Furthermore, the granularity of specific areas of the panel can also be dynamically changed, so that different areas feature different granularities at a given time. This also relates to panels that feature different inherent granularities in different portions thereof. These panels can be designed, for example, by placing more stimulus and/or data lines in different portions of the panel, thus ensuring different densities of pixels in the different portions. Optionally, these embodiments can also include the dynamic granularity changing features noted above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Carl Westerman, John Greer Elias, Steven P. Hotelling, Duncan Robert Kerr
  • Patent number: 10024689
    Abstract: This application relates to devices that utilize magnets and associated magnetic sensors. A magnetic sensor can be positioned and oriented with respect to a magnetic element such that the magnetic sensor is capable of detecting a horizontal magnetic field component in contrast to the conventional paradigm of detecting a vertical magnetic field component. This can be accomplished by orienting a magnetically sensitive surface of the magnetic sensor about ninety degrees with respect to a magnetic vector of the magnetic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hao Zhu, John C. DiFonzo, Guangtao Zhang, Rizal Johari, Samuel Gilkison Smith, Sean S. Corbin, Erik A. Uttermann
  • Patent number: 10021945
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a wearable device including first and second band straps attached to a device body. A buckle mechanism is configured to attach the first band strap to the second band strap and includes a spring bar attached to an end of the first band strap and a buckle loop engaged to the spring bar. A tang is configured to engage a hole formed in the second band strap to secure the first band strap to the second band strap. The tang defines an aperture that receives the spring bar and is configured to pivot about an offset axis that is offset with respect to an axis of the bar. As the tang is rotated, a restoring force biases the tang toward the buckle loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Rohrbach, Peter N. Russell-Clarke, Dhaval N. Shah, Benjamin A. Shaffer, Edward Siahaan, Ying-Liang Su, Teodor Dabov, Michael J. Webb, Michael T. Brickner
  • Patent number: 10022779
    Abstract: A mechanically tuned rapid capacitive discharge forming apparatus and methods that utilize compliant and shock absorbing components in electrode assemblies in order to accommodate the stresses and strains of the thermally-expanding feedstock and maintain continuous electrical contact between the electrodes and the feedstock throughout the duration of the electrical discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignees: Glassimetal Technology, Inc., Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Schramm, William L. Johnson, Marios D. Demetriou
  • Patent number: 10025597
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for erasing user data stored in a file system. The method includes destroying all key bags containing encryption keys on a device having a file system encrypted on a per file and per class basis, erasing and rebuilding at least part of the file system associated with user data, and creating a new default key bag containing encryption keys. Also disclosed herein is a method of erasing user data stored in a remote file system encrypted on a per file and per class basis. The method includes transmitting obliteration instructions to a remote device, which cause the remote device to destroy all key bags containing encryption keys on the remote device, erase and rebuild at least part of the file system associated with user data, and create on the remote device a new default key bag containing encryption keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Dallas Blake De Atley, Gordon Freedman, Thomas Brogan Duffy, Jr., Tahoma Madrone Toelkes, Michael John Smith, Paul William Chinn, David Rahardja
  • Patent number: 10022859
    Abstract: Systems and methods for transferring a micro device from a carrier substrate are disclosed. In an embodiment, a mass transfer tool manipulator assembly allows active alignment between an array of electrostatic transfer heads on a micro pick up array and an array of micro devices on a carrier substrate. Displacement of a compliant element of the mass transfer tool manipulator assembly may be sensed to control alignment between the array of electrostatic transfer heads and the array of micro devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Dariusz Golda, John A. Higginson, Andreas Bibl, Paul Argus Parks, Stephen Paul Bathurst
  • Patent number: 10025499
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a device performs character recognition based on spatial and temporal components of touch input detected on a touch-sensitive surface. In some embodiments, a device provides feedback about handwritten input and its recognition by the device. In some embodiments, a device presents a user interface for changing previously-inputted characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Joe Howard, Ryan S. Dixon, Joshua McGlinn, Jonathan Lochhead, Benjamin W. Keighran, William M. Bachman, Elbert D. Chen, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Jennifer L. C. Folse, Lynne Kress
  • Patent number: 10025370
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system that operates a processor in a computer system. During operation, the system uses the processor to maintain a count of outstanding input/output (I/O) requests for a component in the computer system. Next, the system facilitates efficient execution of the processor by overriding a latency tolerance reporting (LTR) value for the component based on the count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Sergio J. Henriques, Manoj K. Radhakrishnan, Christopher J. Sarcone
  • Patent number: 10025401
    Abstract: A ring electrode to determine the orientation of the stylus relative to the surface. The stylus can include a ring electrode configuration which can improve capacitive coupling between the ring electrode and the touch panel. The ring electrode configuration can include a ring electrode and ground ring, and ground plate. By varying the lengths of ring electrode, ground ring, ground plate, and the distance between these elements, the electric field emanating from the ring electrode can be tuned to optimize the capacitive coupling between the ring electrode and surface. In some examples, the ring electrode can include multiple sub-rings. In some examples, the ring electrode can comprise a crown shape including projections, each having a width that tapers to a minimum width along the length of the ring electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Priyanka Bhandari, Blake R. Marshall, Li-Quan Tan, Reza Nasiri Mahalati, Aidan N. Zimmerman, Ryan P. Brooks, Kevin C. Armendariz
  • Patent number: 10024352
    Abstract: A fastener is disclosed. The fastener can be used to couple together two or more parts in an electronic device. The fastener may include a head coupled with a platform having a shaft extending from the platform. The head is coupled with the platform in a manner that allows the head to decouple from the platform. For example, the head is secured with the platform by an adhesive that provides an adhesive bonding force. In this regard, a rotational force applied to the head that is greater than the adhesive bonding force causes the head to decouple from the platform. The shaft may include several blades and several protrusions. The blades may be used to engage one of the parts. The protrusions may also engage the same part as the blades, and interlock with the part to provide a retaining force that prevents the fastener from decoupling from the parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Edward S. Huo, Martin J. Auclair, Scott A. Myers, Michael B. Wittenberg, Ashutosh Y. Shukla, Tyler B. Cater
  • Patent number: 10025501
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for use in conjunction with a computing device with a touch screen display comprises displaying a first soft keyboard. While displaying the first soft keyboard, a key for selecting a second soft keyboard different from the first soft keyboard is displayed. A first contact is detected on the key for selecting the second soft keyboard. In response to detecting the first contact, the second soft keyboard is displayed. Movement of the first contact is detected to a character-insertion key in the second soft keyboard. Lift off of the first contact is detected at the character-insertion key in the second soft keyboard to which the first contact moved. In response to detecting the lift off, a character is inserted that corresponds to the character-insertion key in the second soft keyboard to which the first contact moved and the display of the second soft keyboard is ceased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bas Ording, Kenneth Kocienda
  • Patent number: 10024876
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer-readable mediums are disclosed for GNSS velocity estimation for pedestrians. In some implementations, a method includes receiving a periodic sensor signal; determining a fundamental motion frequency of the periodic sensor signal; extracting a periodicity feature from the periodic sensor signal based on the fundamental motion frequency; and responsive to the extracting, initiating pedestrian velocity estimation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Isaac Thomas Miller, Glenn Donald MacGougan, Robert Mayor
  • Patent number: 10025404
    Abstract: A user input system including a stylus and an electronic device. A user may manipulate the stylus across an input surface of the electronic device and the movement may be detected using axially-aligned electric fields generated by the stylus. The stylus may also include a force-sensitive structure that can be used to estimate a force applied to the electronic device by the stylus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Aidan N. Zimmerman, Wingshan Wong, Kevin Armendariz, Nathan Bohney, Christopher Pasma, Mahmoud Amini, Brenton A. Baugh, Ryan P. Brooks
  • Patent number: 10025154
    Abstract: An electrically activated lens filter with an electro-optic portion having a radially and circumferentially symmetric electric field gradient is disclosed. More particularly, embodiments of the lens filter include an electro-optic portion having one or more conductive plugs arranged around a center region such that an electric field within the electro-optic portion varies from a maximum at an outer rim to a minimum outside of the center region. The lens filter may include a plurality of front electrodes and rear electrodes accessible in an axial direction for electrically activating front and rear transparent conductive layers, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey N. Gleason, Xingchao C. Yuan, Ryan J. Dunn, Linsen Bie, Xi Guo, Miodrag Scepanovic
  • Patent number: 10024682
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to techniques for managing navigation alerts. The disclosure generally describes an exemplary technique whereby a first device, such as a smartphone, coordinates the timing or sequence of alerts for a navigation instruction on the first device and on a second device, such as a smartwatch. In some examples, the second device presents an alert to a user indicating an event condition has been met before the first device presents a different alert to the user indicating that the same event condition has been met. The alert presented on the second device and the different alert presented on the first device are spaced apart in time by at least a predetermined delay time period, where the predetermined delay time period is based on the event condition. The alert at the second device allows the user to anticipate the alert at the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christine McGavran, Joshua Weinberg, Marcel Van Os, Hugo Verweij, Jeffrey Meininger, Eric L. Grundstrom, Usama M. Hajj
  • Patent number: 10025429
    Abstract: Techniques for identifying irregular objects in contact with, or in close proximity to, a touch-surface are described. An irregularity measure is determined based on the regions intrinsic characteristics (e.g., energy content) rather than on the shape (or pattern) of the pixels within the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Carl Westerman
  • Patent number: 10025785
    Abstract: In one exemplary aspect, a sorted list of scored media content episodes is received with a computing device of a user. Each respective media content episode is scored by an iterative autotuning prediction algorithm, and wherein each element of the sorted list of scored media content episodes comprises a value that represents a likelihood of a user listening to the respective media content episode and a reference to a location of the respective media content episode. A number of bytes of a download iteration for each media content episode is determined based on value that represents a likelihood of the user listening to the respective media content episode and an index of the respective media content episode in the sorted list. It is detected that a mobile device is in the preferred network. The download iteration is implemented for each media content episode when it is detected that the mobile device is in the preferred network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Cornelius, Dominic James Doran Hughes, Georgios Sofianatos, Gurumurthy D. Ramkumar, Max Delgadillo
  • Patent number: 10025458
    Abstract: A multifunction device displays a plurality of selectable user interface objects on the display. In response to detecting the first input, the device moves a first object in the plurality of selectable user interface objects across the display to a location on the display that is proximate to a second object in the plurality of selectable user interface objects. In response to detecting that the first input meets predefined folder-creation criteria while the first object is proximate to the second object, the device creates a folder that contains the first object and the second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran Chaudhri, Marcel van Os
  • Patent number: 10025472
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a device that employs novel processes for displaying data regarding its movement in a region. For instance, in some embodiments, the device captures and stores location data at a plurality of locations traversed along the route. Upon receiving a request to view the traversed locations along the route, the device displays a representation of at least a subset of locations along the route based on the stored location data. Upon receiving an identification of a particular location in the displayed representation of the subset of locations, the device displays information regarding the particular location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Alessandro F. Sabatelli
  • Patent number: 10025380
    Abstract: An electronic device may have gaze detection capabilities that allow the device to detect when a user is looking at the device. The electronic device may implement a power management scheme using the results of gaze detection operations. When the device detects that the user has looked away from the device, the device may dim a display screen and may perform other suitable actions. The device may pause a video playback operation when the device detects that the user has looked away from the device. The device may resume the video playback operation when the device detects that the user is looking towards the device. Gaze detector circuitry may be powered down when sensor data indicates that gazed detection readings will not be reliable or are not needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Hodge, Michael Rosenblatt
  • Patent number: 10026499
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to memory testing. In one embodiment, an integrated circuit is disclosed that includes a memory and an interface circuit. The interface circuit is configured to receive one or more testing signals from a built in self-test (BIST) unit. The interface circuit is further configured to receive, independently from the one or more testing signals, one or more configuration signals from automated test equipment (ATE). The interface circuit is further configured to issue one or more instruction signals to the memory based on the one or more testing signals and based on the one or more configuration signals. In some embodiments, the interface circuit is configured to enable the BIST unit to detect errors in functions the BIST unit is not designed to test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Dragos F. Botea, Bibo Li, Vijay M. Bettada
  • Patent number: 10026721
    Abstract: An electronic device may have control circuitry coupled to input-output devices such as a display. A flexible input-output device may be formed from an elastomeric substrate layer. The substrate layer may have signal paths to which components are mounted. Openings may be formed in the elastomeric substrate layer between the signal paths to create a stretchable mesh-shaped substrate. The electrical components may each include an interposer having solder pads soldered to the elastomeric substrate. Electrical devices such as micro-light-emitting diodes may be soldered to the interposers. The electrical components may also include electrical devices such as sensors and actuators. A stretchable lighting unit may have a stretchable light guide illuminated by a stretchable light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hoon Sik Kim, Yung-Yu Hsu, Paul S. Drzaic
  • Patent number: 10025860
    Abstract: A new approach is proposed that contemplates systems and methods to provide a ranking of cited objects and citing subjects identified as results of a search, where the relative expertise of subjects or sources of citations to said targets or objects is considered. The relative expertise is a function of the share of the subject's citations matching the query term or search criteria relative to the share of all subjects' citations matching the query term, weighted by the influence of the subjects. This allows the identification of “experts” on “topics” without any pre-defined categorization of topics or pre-computation of expertise. Under this novel approach, expertise can be determined on any query term in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Rishab Aiyer Ghosh, Thomas James Emerson, Lun Ted Cui
  • Patent number: 10026094
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to the use of loyalty accounts, private label payment accounts, and general payment accounts using an electronic device with an electronic wallet. Various accounts are linked to the electronic device. In some examples, the electronic device is NFC-enabled. The electronic device may be used to provide loyalty account information and payment account information to a payment terminal, such as an NFC-enabled payment terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Marcel Van Os, Donald W. Pitschel, Gregg Suzuki, Lawrence Y. Yang, Peter D. Anton, Glen W. Steele, George R. Dicker
  • Patent number: 10026348
    Abstract: Driving methods and display systems are described for operating a display panel in flash mode. In an embodiment, the driving method includes time multiplexing between at least two panel operation voltage (VOP) levels including a first VOP level and a second VOP level across all Vdd input lines to a display area, and emitting a first wavelength range from a first subpixel group during application of the first VOP level across all of the Vdd input lines and emitting a second wavelength range from a second subpixel group during application of the second VOP level across all of the Vdd input lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Hung Sheng Lin, Chin-Wei Lin, Hyunwoo Nho
  • Patent number: 10016933
    Abstract: The described embodiments relate generally to methods of assembly of electronic devices. In particular, a rotationally induced pressure is used to activate a securing mechanism positioned between a component and an enclosure. The component and the securing mechanism may be located in an inaccessible region of the enclosure such that traditional, direct, assembly processes may not be feasible. The securing mechanism may take the form of a layer of pressure sensitive adhesive or a fastener between the component and an interior surface of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Fabio T. Campos, Keith J. Hendren, Laura M. DeForest, Michelle R. Goldberg, Kelsey J. MacMillan, Bryan J. Licata
  • Patent number: 10018470
    Abstract: A location-aware device detects if a personal or point of interest region has been entered or exited and a current context of the device. In response, an operating mode is selected based on the region and a current context of the device. The operating mode is configurable by a user, including setting geofence parameters, context parameters and operating mode parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald K. Huang, Robert Mayor, Maximilian H. Luttrell, Brendan J. Langoulant, Vera Carr, Stephen J. Rhee, Gregory Novick
  • Patent number: 10017872
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein relate to anodic films and methods for forming anodic films. The methods described can be used to form anodic films that have a white appearance. Methods involve positioning reflective particles on or within a substrate prior to or during an anodizing process. The reflective particles are positioned within the metal oxide of the resultant anodic film but substantially outside the pores of the anodic film. The reflective particles scatter incident light giving the resultant anodic film a white appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lucy E. Browning, Daniel T. McDonald, Stephen B. Lynch, Brian S. Tryon
  • Patent number: 10019142
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a device displays functionality information in response to receiving an indication of a first input for which a contact meets functionality display criteria. In some embodiments, a device generates a user interface that includes a navigation bar including images from different positions in a respective content item, and a representation of an adjacent content item. In some embodiments, a device moves a selection-indicator in a user interface by a predefined amount in response to receiving an indication of a first input that meets unitary movement criteria. In some embodiments, a device interprets movement of a contact of an input based at least in part on a grip of a user. In some embodiments, a device displays a plurality of character selection options when a text entry field is not tolerant of character ambiguity and a first input corresponds to a plurality of candidate characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Marcel Van Os, William M. Bachman, Elbert D. Chen, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Joe Howard, Joshua McGlinn, Jonathan Lochhead, Benjamin W. Keighran, Jennifer L. C. Folse, Lynne Kress, Julian Missig, Imran Chaudhri, Alessandro Sabatelli, Nicholas Zambetti
  • Patent number: 10019038
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with upper and lower housing portions that are separated by a gap. Hinge structures may allow the upper housing portion to rotate between a closed position and an open position. A flexible printed circuit in the electronic device may be coupled between components in the upper housing portion such as the display and components in the lower housing portion and may span the gap. A hinge gap cover may cover the gap and may overlap the flexible printed circuit to block the flexible printed circuit from view when the upper housing portion is in the closed position. The hinge gap cover may be formed from a layer of radio-transparent material that is rotatably coupled to the upper housing portion and that is biased towards the lower housing with a spring structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Adam T. Garelli, Dinesh C. Mathew, Robert Y. Cao, Simon Lancaster Larocque
  • Patent number: 10019940
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are disclosed for applying concealment of components of an electronic device. In one embodiment, an electronic device may include a component that is disposed behind a display (e.g., a transparent organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display) that is configured to selectively become transparent at certain transparency regions. Additionally, the electronic device includes data processing circuitry configured to determine when an event requesting that the component be exposed occurs. The data processing circuitry may control portions of the display to become transparent, to expose the component upon the occurrence of the event requesting that the component be exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Mark Rappoport, Christopher J. Stringer, Fletcher R. Rothkopf, Jeremy C. Franklin, John Patrick Ternus, Julian Christoph Hoeing, Richard Paul Howarth, Scott Andrew Myers, Stephen Brian Lynch
  • Patent number: 10019969
    Abstract: An image can be presented using render-tiles, which are movable rendering contexts in which multiple image-tiles can be drawn as a single image. To optimize performance, the render-tiles can be large enough to minimize the number of render-tiles necessary to present the image within the screen view of a client device, while remaining small enough to avoid memory or performance issues when panning or zooming the image. A set of active image-tiles and active render-tiles can be identified based on a specified view boundary that represents a portion of the image that is presented by a client device. The active render-tiles can be presented by the client device and the image-tiles can be drawn into the render-tiles to present the image. The render-tiles can be generated as needed and inactive render-tiles can be stored for later use or recycled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Edwall, Alexis Allison Iskander
  • Patent number: D822706
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Butcher, Matthew J. Sundstrom, Marco Triverio
  • Patent number: D822712
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Butcher, Pani Page, Aled Williams
  • Patent number: D822713
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran Chaudhri, Joe Marianek, Christopher Daryl Soli, Christopher Wilson, Eric Lance Wilson
  • Patent number: D823289
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 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: D823291
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, 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, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D823299
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Bartley K. Andre, Daniel J. Coster, Elizabeth Caroline Cranfill, Daniele De Iuliis, M. Evans Hankey, Richard P. Howarth, Mikio Inose, Jonathan P. Ive, Steven P. Jobs, Duncan Robert Kerr, Stephen O. Lemay, Shin Nishibori, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D823330
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sebastian Boltz, Sascha Höhne, Ole Lagemann, Thorsten Quandt, Jennifer Wien
  • Patent number: D823335
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marcos Alonso Ruiz, Imran Chaudhri, Graham Clarke, Alan C. Dye, Jonathan P. Ive, Henrique Penha
  • Patent number: D823338
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marcos Alonso Ruiz, Patrick Lee Coffman, Richard Dellinger, Stephen O. Lemay, Brandon Walkin
  • Patent number: D823341
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Drew Rocky Domm, Marco Triverio