Apple Patents Granted

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

  • Patent number: 9869567
    Abstract: A sleep mode system for an electronic device can include a light source, a sensor, and a light altering component. The light altering component can rotate with one device component, such as a laptop lid, while the light source and/or sensor remain stationary with another device component, such as a laptop base. A controller can determine the orientation angle of the light altering component based on the detected light, and can put the device into or remove the device from a sleep mode based on the angle, which can reflect an open state or closed state for the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: John C. DiFonzo
  • Patent number: 9870055
    Abstract: An electronic device may include a housing, a display carried by the housing, and audio output transducer and passive radiator pairs carried by the housing. The electronic device may also include a controller capable of selectively operating the audio output transducers. In another embodiment, the electronic device may include audio output transducer and serpentine tuning port pairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Ryan J. Mihelich, Inna Lobel
  • Patent number: 9867575
    Abstract: A device for determining a heart rate of a user has a PPG sensor and an accelerometer to compensate for acceleration artifacts within the PPG signal. The device transforms time domain PPG and accelerometer signals into the frequency domain using a Fourier transformation and utilizes the Fourier coefficient magnitudes as indicative of the probability of candidate heart rate values. Candidate heart rate values are determined at sampling times over a time interval and a most probable heart rate path during the time interval is determined using a reward/penalty algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ehsan Maani, Daniel J. Culbert, Ian R. Shapiro
  • Patent number: 9869030
    Abstract: Anodic oxide coatings and methods for forming anodic oxide coatings are disclosed. In some embodiments, the anodic oxide coatings are multilayered coatings that include at least two anodic oxide layers formed using two separate anodizing processes. The anodic oxide coating includes at least an adhesion-promoting or color-controlling anodic oxide layer adjacent the substrate. The adhesion-promoting anodic oxide layer is formed using an anodizing process that involves using an electrolyte that prevents formation of delaminating compounds at an interface between the adhesion-promoting anodic oxide layer and the substrate, thereby securing the anodic oxide coating to the substrate. In some cases, the electrolyte includes an organic acid, such as oxalic acid. The anodic oxide coating can also include a cosmetic anodic oxide layer having an exposed surface corresponding to an external surface of the anodic oxide coating. Cosmetic anodic oxide layers can be designed to have a desired appearance or tactile quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Curran, Sean R. Novak
  • Patent number: 9868254
    Abstract: Systems, computer readable media, and methods for printing of 3D objects in color are disclosed. In general, a 3D object may be produced and colored by a 3D printer using the same digital 3D model. The digital model for a desired 3D object may be revised to include a process for coloring the object by the 3D printer. In one embodiment, this may involve coloring to the object after it has been made. In an alternative embodiment, color may be added as the object is being made. Because the 3D model provides knowledge of the surface, contours and all the coordinates of the 3D object being printed, the object can be colored using the same digital model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey Stahl, Howard A. Miller
  • Patent number: 9869564
    Abstract: A navigation application that provides a dynamic set of warnings based on a set of collected and calculated data. The navigation application collects a series of data and identifies a set of critical points along the route. The navigation application analyzes the collected data to determine whether to provide a navigation warning to the user. The navigation application uses the collected data to determine whether a navigation instruction for the critical point should be modified to account for different driving conditions. Finally, the navigation application of some embodiments determines a timing for when a navigation instruction should be provided to the user, ensuring that the instruction is presented to the user with sufficient time to safely adjust their behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Glenn D. MacGougan, Laurent Charignon
  • Patent number: 9870033
    Abstract: Sensor assemblies for electronic devices are described. According to some embodiments, the sensor assemblies include solid-state sensors, such as capacitive sensors, piezoelectric sensors or piezoresistive sensors. The sensor assemblies can include a number of features that provide a compact profile, making them well suited for integration into small spaces of electronic device enclosures. The sensor assemblies can also include features that isolate movement of various parts of the sensor assemblies, allowing for accurate detection of a sensing event. According to some embodiments, the sensor assemblies are coupled to haptic actuators, speaker, or both, which mimic the feel of a mechanical button and enhance a user's experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lucy Elizabeth Browning, Benjamin J. Pope, Paul U. Leutheuser, Scott A. Myers, Richard Hung Minh Dinh, Edward S. Huo
  • Patent number: 9870130
    Abstract: A graphical user interface (“GUI”) for a third-party application can be presented on accessory device that has user input and display devices. The GUI can be defined and managed by a portable media device. The portable media device can define one or more GUI image types for the third-party application. The accessory can choose one of the pre-defined GUI image types and receive a remote GUI image that conforms to the selected GUI image type from the portable media device. Alternatively, the accessory can specify the layout and contents of the GUI image that it needs, and the portable media device can generate and send a GUI image according to the accessory's specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Emily Clark Schubert, Peter T. Langenfeld
  • Patent number: 9869973
    Abstract: An adjustable alarm indicator of an alarm application is described. The adjustable alarm indicator may be presented in connection with an alarm setting sequence. The adjustable alarm indicator may include a variable element having a variable annular shape, a first element associated with a first end of the variable element, and a second element associated with a second end of the variable element. The first element may be independently moveable to adjust the size of the variable element. The second element may be dependently moveable to cause the first element, the second element, and the variable element to move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Roy J. E. M. Raymann, Jay C. Blahnik, Stephanie M. Greer, Aroon Pahwa, Jonathan T. Varbel
  • Patent number: 9869807
    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: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hoon Sik Kim, Yung-Yu Hsu, Paul S. Drzaic
  • Patent number: 9870115
    Abstract: A set of user interfaces for a data processing system that operates with two or more display devices coupled to the system. In one embodiment, in response to moving a first window between two displays, the first window is displayed, as it straddles the two displays, differently on the two displays. For example, while a reference point (e.g. a cursor) on the window remains on a first display, a first portion of the window on the first display is displayed normally while a second portion on the second display is displayed with more translucence (more transparency) than the first portion; when the references point crosses to the second display, the first portion becomes more translucent than the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John O. Louch, Raymond S. Sepulveda, Kristin M. Forster
  • Patent number: 9869881
    Abstract: Passive dampers (e.g., a viscoelastic material such as a silicon gel) may be applied at one or more locations within an actuator module along wires suspending a moving component (an optics assembly) from a fixed component (e.g., a base of an actuator module). The passive dampers act to passively dampen the motion of the optics assembly on the XY plane within the actuator module during optical image stabilization (OIS) of the optics assembly when subjected to external excitation or disturbance, and may also provide Z (optical) axis damping and impact protection. Process control and automation manufacturing and assembly methods for an OIS voice coil motor (VCM) actuator module including passive dampers are described, as well as design elements that provide for the integrity and reliability of the passive dampers over the life cycle of the actuator module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aurelien R. Hubert, Steven Webster, Douglas S. Brodie
  • Patent number: 9869847
    Abstract: An optical system for operation at a target near-infrared (NIR) wavelength in imaging an object onto an image plane. The system includes the following optical elements, arranged in order from object side to image side: a first lens, including a first material having a first index of refraction at the target NIR wavelength and having a positive refractive power; a second lens comprising the first material and having a meniscus shape; a third lens comprising the first material and having a meniscus shape; and a fourth lens, including a second material having a second index of refraction at the target NIR wavelength that is lower than the first index of refraction, and having front and rear surfaces of an aspheric form. The aspheric coefficients are chosen so that rays are not totally internally reflected within the fourth lens to impinge on the image plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Miodrag Scepanovic, Yoshikazu Shinohara, Yuhong Yao
  • Patent number: 9870041
    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: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Carl Westerman, John Greer Elias, Steven P. Hotelling, Duncan Robert Kerr
  • Patent number: 9869858
    Abstract: A scanning device includes a frame, having a central opening, and an array including a plurality of parallel mirrors contained within the central opening of the frame. Hinges respectively connect the mirrors to the frame and define respective, mutually-parallel axes of rotation of the mirrors relative to the frame. A main drive applies a driving force to the array so as to drive an oscillation of the mirrors about the hinges at a resonant frequency of the array. A sensor is configured to detect a discrepancy in a synchronization of the oscillation among the mirrors in the array, and an adjustment circuit applies a corrective signal to at least one of the mirrors in order to alleviate the detected discrepancy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Yuval Gerson, Alexander Shpunt
  • Patent number: 9870125
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a novel auto-scanning method for navigating elements within a user interface (UI) of a computing device. This method associates the UI elements into several overlapping groups, with each group having more than one element and having at least one element in common with at least one other group. The method successively identifies a different group of elements as a selectable group for a different duration of time. While a group is selectable, a user can select the group through an input device or mechanism. If a user does not select a first group of elements that is selectable during a first time period, the method identifies a second group of elements as being selectable during a second time period. While identifying the second group as selectable during the second time period, the method identifies the first as not being selectable during this time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Patti P. Hoa
  • Patent number: 9869908
    Abstract: A system and device for driving high resolution monitors while reducing artifacts thereon. Utilization of Z-inversion polarity driving techniques to drive pixels in a display reduces power consumption of the display but tends to generate visible horizontal line artifacts caused by capacitances present between the pixels and data lines of the display. By introducing a physical shield between the pixel and data line elements, capacitance therebetween can be reduced, thus eliminating the cause of the horizontal line artifacts. The shield may be a common voltage line (Vcom) of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kyung-Wook Kim, Young Bae Park, Shih Chang Chang, Chun-Yao Huang, John Z. Zhong
  • Patent number: 9870133
    Abstract: Exemplary methods, apparatuses, and systems receive user input to move, resize, or add a first user interface object to a first location in a user interface window. The user interface window includes a second user interface object in a second location. In response to the user input, constraints are generated based upon the first location and the second location. The constraints define a size or a position of the first user interface object relative to the second user interface object. The first user interface object is displayed within the user interface according to the determined constraints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ken Ferry, Kevin Cathey, Ali T. Ozer
  • Patent number: 9869623
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to rapid and repeatable tests that can be used to evaluate the interfacial adhesion of coatings to substrates. In particular embodiments, tests are used to assess the resistance of anodic oxides to delamination from aluminum substrates. The tests can be conducted using standard hardness test equipment such as a Vickers indenter, and yield more controlled, repeatable results than a large sample of life-cycle tests such as rock tumble tests. In particular embodiments, the tests involve forming an array of multiple indentations within the substrate such that stressed regions where the coating will likely delaminate are formed and evaluated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eric W. Hamann, William A. Counts, James A. Curran
  • Patent number: 9870137
    Abstract: Gestures for converting from a position control mode to a motion continuation mode are disclosed. A position control mode can be invoked when the user simultaneously places two or more fingers upon a sensor panel. The fingers can then be moved around to effect position control. A motion continuation mode can be invoked when one or more fingers are lifted off (but at least one finger remains in contact with the sensor panel). If the motion continuation mode is invoked, a virtual control ring can be generated, and scrolling of the viewable area or dragging of the cursor or object can continue in a particular direction specified by a velocity vector pointed in the direction of finger movement at the time the motion continuation mode is invoked, and having a magnitude proportional to the velocity of the finger at the time the motion continuation mode was invoked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Carl Westerman, Sean E. O'Connor
  • Patent number: 9870166
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a system and method for securely caching and sharing image data. A process can generate image data and store the image data into the protected cache using a UUID that is cryptographically derived from the image data. Any process with access to the UUID may retrieve the image data. Because the UUID is uniquely derived from the actual data of the generated file, a process will only be able to retrieve image data that could have been generated by a process associated with the user account, or from a process associated with a user account that could have generated the image data, or that otherwise has a record of the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Carter, Keith Stattenfield, David P. Remahl, Jr., Christopher S. Linn
  • Patent number: 9870739
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a display such as a liquid crystal display. The display may have an array of pixels that display images to a user. Backlight structures may provide the array of pixels with backlight illumination at a backlight illumination level. The backlight structures may have a light source with an array of light-emitting diodes and photoluminescent material that is pumped by pump light from the light-emitting diodes. The backlight illumination may experience color variations as a function of the backlight illumination level. Circuitry in the electronic device may be used to implement a backlight level color compensator. The backlight level color compensator may apply color correction factors to the image data of the displayed images to compensate for variations in color of the image data due to variations in backlight illumination level and operating temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yi Huang, Chenhua You, Gabriel Marcu, Jun Qi, Marc Albrecht
  • Patent number: 9870861
    Abstract: An efficient magnetic assembly having magnetic regions is formed by applying a magnetic field from a magnetizer to predefined portions of a monolithic substrate corresponding to the magnetized regions. In the described embodiment, the magnetic field is of sufficient strength and is applied for a sufficient amount of time to magnetize the corresponding portions of the monolithic substrate. A distance between at least two adjacent magnetized regions corresponding to a neutral zone is determined and based upon the determination, the monolithic substrate is shifted an amount less than the distance corresponding to the neutral zone and the magnetic field is re-applied to at least the shifted portion of the monolithic substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hao Zhu, Sean S. Corbin, Amy Qian, Richard D. Kosoglow
  • Patent number: 9871319
    Abstract: A dual orientation connector having a connector tab with first and second major opposing sides and a plurality of electrical contacts carried by the connector tab. The plurality of contacts includes a first set of external contacts formed at the first major side and a second set of external contacts formed at the second major side. The first plurality of contacts are symmetrically spaced with the second plurality of contacts and the connector tab is shaped to have 180 degree symmetry so that it can be inserted and operatively coupled to a corresponding receptacle connector in either of two insertion orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Albert J. Golko, Mathias Schmidt, Eric S. Jol, Jahan Minoo, Ian Spraggs, Cameron Frazier, Fletcher Rothkopf, Jonathan Aase, Wendell Sander, Jeffrey J. Terlizzi
  • Patent number: 9870880
    Abstract: A dome switch utilized in a keyboard assembly is disclosed. The keyboard assembly may include a printed circuit board having a first electrical connector formed in the printed circuit board, and a second electrical connector formed in the printed circuit board adjacent the first electrical connector. The keyboard assembly may also include an inner contact component contacting the second electrical connector of the printed circuit board. The inner contact component may be in electrical communication with the second electrical connector of the printed circuit board. Additionally, the keyboard assembly can include a dome switch surrounding the inner contact component. The dome switch may contact and may be in electrical communication with the first electrical connector of the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Bradford J. Zercoe, Craig C. Leong, James J. Niu, John M. Brock, Keith J. Hendren
  • Patent number: 9871327
    Abstract: Connector receptacle assemblies that may be simple to manufacture, provide multiple receptacles, and provide a good ground contact path. One example may provide a connector receptacle assembly formed of a housing having a tongue that may include openings on one or more sides for contacts as well as openings on its sides for ground contacts. Another example may provide a connector receptacle assembly having at least two tongues, where each tongue may be aligned with a corresponding opening in a device enclosure. Another example may provide a connector receptacle assembly having a tongue with a center ground contact, where the center ground contact may be located between the top row and the bottom row of contacts. Another example may provide a connector receptacle assembly having a titanium-copper center ground contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: George Marc Simmel, Zheng Gao
  • Patent number: 9870802
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a method for editing a composite presentation in a media-editing application. The method receives a media file to import into the media-editing application from an external device. The method creates a set of media clip data structures to represent the media file. At least one of the data structures references the media file on the external device. Before the media file is imported from the external device, the method uses the media clip data structure to edit a composite presentation with the media file. After the media file is imported from the external device, automatically modifying the data structure to refer to a copy of the media file on a local device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Carson, Nils Angquist, Sean C. Perkins, Satoshi Yamamoto, Andrew S. Demkin, Simon J. D. Gornall, Colleen Pendergast
  • Patent number: 9871897
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for creating a sensor stack or element for use in an electronic device. In one example, a method may include providing a substrate made of sapphire; affixing, by physical vapor deposition, a decorative feature on the substrate; providing a silicon layer including a capacitive sensor; and bonding the sensor to the substrate. In one example, the affixing operation may include an icon, logo, symbol or other graphic as the decorative feature. The method may also include reducing the substrate or silicon layer from an initial thickness to a second thickness, the second thickness being thinner that the initiation thickness. The sensor stack may be used or configured as an input button for the electronic device such as a mobile phone, tablet computer, or other computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin B. Lyon, Patrick E. O'Brien, Scott A. Myers
  • Patent number: 9871793
    Abstract: The invention consists of a new registration and authentication protocol for between a Mobile Node and a Home Agent. The new protocol uses a novel messaging sequence to request registration, authentication and authorization of the Mobile Node when it is located on a foreign network, and the novel protocol will avoid some of the standard registration and authentication protocol messages in order to eliminate the problems associated with re-transmission errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mohamed Khalil, Ahmad Muhanna, Haseeb Akhtar
  • Patent number: 9871507
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to generating an overdrive voltage for power switch circuitry. In some embodiments, the value of the overdrive voltage is adjusted dynamically in order to reduce leakage current during power gating. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes a power switch circuit element configured to gate power to circuitry in the apparatus based on a control signal. In some embodiments, the power switch circuit element is powered by a supply voltage. In some embodiments, the apparatus also includes control circuitry configured to generate the control voltage at a different voltage level than the supply voltage, based on comparison of leakage current of ones of a plurality of replicas of the power switch circuit element. In some embodiments, the replicas are configured to receive different reference voltages as respective replica control signals. In various embodiments, the disclosed techniques may generate overdrive voltages that reduce leakage current during power gating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Zyuban, Shingo Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9871898
    Abstract: An electronic device having an enclosure formed from at least one ceramic cover and a peripheral structure adjacent the periphery of the ceramic cover is disclosed. The peripheral structure can be secured adjacent to the ceramic cover with an attachment member. The ceramic cover can include a recess to receive the attachment member. The peripheral structure can be molded adjacent the ceramic cover so that a gapless interface can be formed between the peripheral structure and the periphery of the ceramic cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Kelvin Kwong
  • Patent number: 9871603
    Abstract: A new method of performing interference estimation to allow the data packets to be efficiently delivered in an OFDM system. The interference estimation is performed on average over each frame for each mobile station individually in both frequency and time domains. Based on the estimated interference, the CIR can be determined by the BTS based on channel response estimates made by the BTS, or by the MS based on channel response estimates made for the uplink assuming a symmetrical channel. Numerical results show that the CIR estimation error could be very small if a sub-channel is considered as the minimum transmission unit. In terms of the aggregate throughput, the interference estimation method can provide a significant gain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jianming Wu, Wen Tong, Peiying Zhu
  • Patent number: 9872333
    Abstract: The invention provides a technique for managing application-generated data requests within a wireless communication device comprising a baseband component operating in discontinuous reception (DRX) mode. The technique includes the steps of receiving a data request from an application, tagging the data request as a low-priority data request or a high-priority data request in accordance with a manner in which the application is executing, forwarding the tagged data request to the baseband component, determining a next-scheduled active time based on parameters associated with the DRX mode, and causing a scheduling request to be issued at or substantially proximate to the next-scheduled active time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gencer Cili, Pradeep Suryanath Sharma
  • Patent number: 9871963
    Abstract: A digital image capture system and method uses a display device to illuminate a target with light for improved image capture under poor lighting conditions. Various characteristics of the flash (e.g., brightness, color, duration, etc.) can be adjusted to improve image capture. Users are provided with feedback (e.g., live video feed, audio and/or visual countdowns, etc.) to assist them in preparing for image capture. The captured images are seamlessly integrated with existing applications (e.g., video conferencing, instant text messaging, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Ciudad, Alexandre Aybes, Peter Westen, Gregory N. Christie, Scott Forstall
  • Patent number: 9872094
    Abstract: This application relates to an audio assembly that includes both a speaker assembly and a microphone. By mounting both the microphone and the speaker assembly to a unitary audio bracket, space savings can be achieved over a configuration that relies on separate brackets for each component. In some embodiments, an acoustic mesh can be embedded within the audio bracket and extending across an audio channel defined by the audio bracket. The microphone can be aligned with an opening in the audio bracket by an alignment clip that is coupled with the microphone. The alignment clip helps to achieve alignment of a sensor opening of the microphone with a channel defined by the audio bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Meyer, Daniel W. Jarvis, Richard Hung Minh Dinh, Stoyan Hristov
  • Patent number: 9872286
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to broadcasting and receiving system information in a radio access network (RAN). In one embodiment, a base station includes at least one antenna, at least one radio, configured to perform cellular communication using a radio access technology (RAT), and one or more processors coupled to the radio. In this embodiment, the base station is configured to broadcast first system information blocks (SIBs) encoded using a first coding rate and a first identifier. In this embodiment, the base station is also configured to broadcast second SIBs encoded using a second coding rate that is lower than the first coding rate and a second identifier. In this embodiment, the second SIBs include only a portion of the information included in the first SIBs and the second SIBs are usable by user equipment devices (UEs) having a limited link budget to determine access parameters for the base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tarik Tabet, Awais M. Hussain, Samy Khay-Ibbat, Sarma V. Vangala, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto
  • Patent number: 9871980
    Abstract: An imaging module includes a matrix of detector elements formed on a single semiconductor substrate and configured to output electrical signals in response to optical radiation that is incident on the detector elements. A filter layer is disposed over the detector elements and includes multiple filter zones overlying different, respective, convex regions of the matrix and having different, respective passbands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Benny Pesach, Erez Sali, Alexander Shpunt
  • Patent number: 9872316
    Abstract: Enhanced random access procedures for link-budget-limited user equipment (UE) devices are disclosed. A user equipment device may transmit a first message containing a Physical Random Access Channel (PRACH). The PRACH contains instances of a Zadoff-Chu sequence, and may be transmitted repeatedly as part of a single random attempt, to facilitate correlation data combining at the base station. The available Zadoff-Chu sequences may be partitioned among a plurality of sets, each set being associated with a respective Doppler shift range (or frequency hop pattern or time repetition pattern). A UE device may signal Doppler shift (or other information) to the base station by selection of one of the sets. The first PRACH transmission and the following PRACH transmission may occur in consecutive subframes. A UE device may select from a special set of Zadoff-Chu sequences (different from a conventional set of sequences), to signal its status as a link-budget-limited device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tarik Tabet, Youngjae Kim, Syed Aon Mujtaba
  • Patent number: 9863927
    Abstract: A method of inspecting and forming sapphire structures. The method of inspecting a sapphire structure may include providing an annealed sapphire structure, and measuring a profile of at least a portion of the annealed sapphire structure. The profile of at least the portion of the annealed sapphire structure may be measured using a non-x-ray based measuring device. Additionally, the method of inspecting may include identifying a defect within at least a portion of the measured profile of the annealed sapphire structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Dale N. Memering, Matthew S. Rogers, Scott A. Myers
  • Patent number: 9865280
    Abstract: Systems and processes for structured dictation using intelligent automated assistants are provided. In one example process, a speech input representing a user request can be received. In addition, metadata associated with the speech input can be received. A text string corresponding to the speech input can be determined. The process can determine whether to perform natural language processing on the text string and whether the metadata identifies one or more domains corresponding to the user request. In response to the determination that natural language processing is to be performed on the text string and that the metadata identifies one or more domains corresponding to the user request, natural language processing of the text string can be constrained to the one or more domains. A result can be obtained based on the one or more domains and the result can be outputted from the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Michael R. Sumner, Brandon J. Newendorp, Ryan M. Orr
  • Patent number: 9866945
    Abstract: An accessory such as a wireless earbud may have an antenna for transmitting and receiving wireless signals. A housing for the earbud may have a main body portion and an extended portion that forms a stalk protruding from the main body portion. The earbud may have a speaker aligned with a speaker port in the main body portion. The antenna may have an elongated shape and may extend along the stalk. The stalk may have a plastic housing wall portion. The antenna may be formed from first and second metal traces on opposing sides of a printed circuit substrate. The first metal trace may form an antenna resonating element arm and may lie between the substrate and the plastic housing wall portion. The second metal trace may be a ground trace. A feed for the antenna may be located at a juncture between the main body portion and the stalk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Erin A. McAuliffe, Carlo Di Nallo, Huan-Chu Huang, Joel D. Barrera, Mattia Pascolini, Jerzy S. Guterman, Arun Chawan, Benjamin Cousins, Lee M. Panecki
  • Patent number: 9864399
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an integrated circuit such as an SOC (or even a discrete chip system) includes one or more local timebases in various locations. The timebases may be incremented based on a high frequency local clock that may be subject to variation during use due. Periodically, based on a lower frequency clock that is subject to less variation, the local timebases may be synchronized to the correct time, using hardware circuitry. In particular, the correct timebase value for the next synchronization may be transmitted to each local timebase, and the control circuit for the local timebase may be configured to saturate the local timebase at the correct value if the local timebase reaches the correct value before the synchronization occurs. Similarly, if the synchronization occurs and the local timebase has not reached the correct value, the control circuit may be configured to load the correct timebase value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Shu-Yi Yu, Erik P. Machnicki, Gilbert H. Herbeck, Kiran B. Kattel, Manu Gulati
  • Patent number: 9864984
    Abstract: Methods for operating a portable electronic device to conduct a mobile payment transaction at a merchant terminal are provided. The electronic device may verify that the current user of the device is indeed the authorized owner by requiring the current user to enter a passcode. If the user is able to provide the correct passcode, the device is only partly ready to conduct a mobile payment. In order for the user to fully activate the payment function, the user may have to supply a predetermined payment activation input such as a double button press that notifies the device that the user intends to perform a financial transaction in the immediate future. The device may subsequently activate a payment applet for a predetermined period of time during which the user may hold the device within a field of the merchant terminal to complete a near field communications based mobile payment transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ahmer A. Khan, Gregory B. Novick, Jerrold V. Hauck, Saket R. Vora, Yehonatan Perez
  • Patent number: 9867044
    Abstract: A system and method is described that enables autonomic discovery of wireless network security mechanisms by mobile devices. Stateful monitoring of wireless devices facilitates identification of pending network connectivity loss, enabling a handoff server to proactively advertise new points of access and their associated security mechanisms to devices before connectivity is lost. As a result, devices may seamlessly transition between secure networks. Stateful monitoring of device reachability may be used together with device certificates and/or tokens to decrease the potential of MAC spoofing and further secure the network. Stateful monitoring of device connectivity status during network transitions facilitates the identification of rogue access points. The token or certificate on the device may be used to authenticate the device while transitioning between networks by a centralized entity, managing the initiation and the execution of the handover for the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Guyves Achtari, Denis Plante, Eric Bernier
  • Patent number: 9865915
    Abstract: A wireless electronic device may be provided with antenna structures. The antenna structures may be formed from an antenna ground and an array of antenna resonating elements. The antenna resonating elements may be electrically connected to the antenna ground using solder. The antenna resonating elements may be formed from metal traces on a dielectric support structure that surrounds the antenna ground. The antenna ground may be formed form stamped sheet metal and may have slanted steps adjacent to the antenna resonating elements. To form a solder joint between the metal antenna resonating element traces and the sheet metal of the antenna ground, laser light may be applied to the sheet metal of the antenna ground in the vicinity of the solder paste. Separate metal members may also be provided in the vicinity of the solder paste and may be heated using the laser to join metal traces on plastic carriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Boon W. Shiu, Jerzy Guterman, Mattia Pascolini
  • Patent number: D807761
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 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, Shin Nishibori, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D807765
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 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, Marc A. Newson, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D807905
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lee Broughton, Imran Chaudhri, Alan C. Dye, Jonathan P. Ive, Christopher Wilson, Eric Lance Wilson
  • Patent number: D807906
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alan C. Dye, Jonathan P. Ive, Christopher Wilson, Eric Lance Wilson, Lawrence Yang
  • Patent number: D807907
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Dellinger, Alan C. Dye, Jonathan P. Ive, Christopher Daryl Soli