Apple Patents

Apple Inc. designs, manufactures and markets smartphones, tablets and personal computers, including the iPhone, iPad, Mac. It also produces the iPod, Apple Watch and Apple TV, as well as the operating systems and applications that support these devices. The company also sells digital content and applications through its iTunes Store, App Store, Mac App Store, iBooks Store and Apple Music.

Apple Patents by Type

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  • Patent number: 9949390
    Abstract: An electronic device may include a device housing and a display carried by the device housing. The electronic device may also include an actuator carried between the device housing and the display. The actuator may include an actuator body having an actuator bottom and a sidewall extending upwardly therefrom, a first guide member carried by the actuator bottom and spaced inwardly from adjacent portions of the sidewall to define a channel, and at least one coil carried by the sidewall. The actuator may also include a magnet being moveable within the channel and an actuator top coupled to the magnet and that includes a second guide member cooperating with the first guide member. The electronic device may also include a controller configured to drive the at least one coil to relatively move the actuator bottom and actuator top to thereby deform the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Joseph C. Doll, Teera Songatikamas, Adam J. Monkowski, Pavan O. Gupta
  • Patent number: 9949200
    Abstract: A centralized beacon management service includes a beacon database for storing beacon information for different enterprises. The beacon database includes tables that associate beacons deployed by enterprises with beacon information. The beacon information can include information for commissioning the beacons and payload data to be broadcast by the beacon to client devices within communication range of the beacon. Based on proximity sensing data provided by a client device, beacon information is retrieved and sent to the client device over a communication channel (e.g., WiFi, cellular) established with the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Mayor
  • Patent number: 9947069
    Abstract: Described is a system for providing variants of a digital asset based on specific device capabilities of target devices. A developer may compress a digital asset that is part of a universal application to be installed on a set of target devices by selecting from a set of intent-based compression options. The compression options may include hardware-accelerated compression formats that utilize a graphics processing unit (GPU) during rendering. Despite the compression option selected, the application package includes a variant of the digital asset renderable on each type of target device including devices without a GPU. This allows a developer to freely choose any option without the concern of whether the option is compatible or supported by each type of device. A distribution server may then map attributes of a specific target to particular feature classes, and accordingly, distribute an appropriate variant of the digital asset to the target device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick O. Heynen, Vince DeMarco
  • Patent number: 9947901
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided with a display and a light sensor that receives light that passes through the display. The display includes features that increase the amount of light that passes through the display. The features may be translucency enhancement features that allow light to pass directly through the display onto a light sensor mounted behind the display or may include a light-guiding layer that guides light through the display onto a light sensor mounted along an edge of the display. The translucency enhancement features may be formed in a reflector layer or an electrode layer for the display. The translucency enhancement features may include microperforations in a reflector layer of the display, a light-filtering reflector layer of the display, or a reflector layer of the display that passes a portion of the light and reflects an additional portion of the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anna-Katrina Shedletsky, Paul S. Drzaic, Erik G. de Jong, Fletcher R. Rothkopf
  • Publication number: 20180101138
    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 also may be independently moveable to adjust the size of the variable element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Roy J.E.M. Raymann, Jay Kriz Blahnik, Stephanie M. Greer, Aroon Pahwa, Jonathan T. Varbel
  • Patent number: 9942744
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method to selectively negotiate different delivery styles for different types of packets sent from the Mobile Node to the Foreign Agent, which will allow the Mobile Node to negotiate a delivery style that will permit the Foreign Agent to transmit certain selected outbound traffic directly without reverse tunneling that traffic back to the home network. Specifically, the present invention allows the Foreign Agent to distinguish between certain types of BC/MC packets that are designated to be processed and routed to their destinations by the Foreign Network directly, as opposed to reverse tunneling the outbound traffic from the Foreign Agent back to the Home Agent on the home network. By selecting processing by the Foreign Network, the efficiency of the system will improve because the transmission of outbound traffic and inbound responses will not need to be tunneled through the Home Network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ahmad Muhanna, Mohamed Khalil
  • Patent number: 9942488
    Abstract: A method capable of combining data signals and video signals for transmission to a video display unit. The method comprises the steps of generating a data signal, transmitting the data signal to an apparatus, receiving the data signal at the apparatus, receiving a video/audio signal at the apparatus, combining the video/audio signal with the data signal to form a single combined signal, and displaying the combined signal on a video display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Yarmolich, Mark Reagen
  • Patent number: 9940503
    Abstract: An authentication device may include a housing and a finger sensor carried by the housing and including first processing circuitry and a finger sensing area coupled thereto. The first processing circuitry may be configured to generate finger image data based upon a finger positioned adjacent the finger sensing area, and generate and store a first template based upon the finger image data. The authentication device may include second processing circuitry carried by the housing and configured to obtain the finger image data from the first processing circuitry. The second processing circuitry may be configured to generate a second template based upon the finger image data. The first processing circuitry may further be configured to obtain the second template from second processing circuitry, and validate the second template against the first template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Giovanni Gozzini, Vladimir Lieberzeit
  • Patent number: 9939850
    Abstract: A cover for a portable electronic device is disclosed. The cover can include at least one electrical component. For example, in one embodiment, an electrical component can be embedded in the cover. When the cover is placed on or mated with the portable electronic device, the electrical component embedded in the cover is able to interact with electrical circuitry of the portable electronic device. Advantageously, the cover can not only provide a protective and/or ornamental covering for the portable electronic device but can also augment the electrical capabilities of the portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Quin C. Hoellwarth, Brett Gregory Alten
  • Patent number: 9939672
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a housing in which components are mounted that produce heat. The heat producing components may be light-emitting diodes mounted on a flexible printed circuit in a display backlight, may be integrated circuits, or may be other devices that generate heat during operation. A heat spreading layer such as a layer of graphite may be attached to the backlight unit or other structures in the electronic device using adhesive. The adhesive may be patterned to form an unbonded area between at least some of the backlight unit or other structures to which the heat spreading layer is being attached and the heat spreading layer. The heat spreading layer may be mounted adjacent to a housing structure such as a metal midplate member that is attached to housing walls in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler R. Kakuda, Shawn R. Gettemy, Mark T. Sullivan, Ihtesham H. Chowdhury
  • Patent number: 9941581
    Abstract: A housing for an electronic device, including an aluminum layer enclosing a volume that includes a radio-frequency (RF) antenna is provided. The housing includes a window aligned with the RF antenna; the window including a non-conductive material filling a cavity in the aluminum layer; and a thin aluminum oxide layer adjacent to the aluminum layer and to the non-conductive material; wherein the non-conductive material and the thin aluminum oxide layer form an RF-transparent path through the window. A housing for an electronic device including an integrated RF-antenna is also provided. A method of manufacturing a housing for an electronic device as described above is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Colin M. Ely, Christopher D. Prest, Lucy E. Browning, Stephen B. Lynch, Eric S. Laakmann, Paul L. Nangeroni
  • Patent number: 9942847
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to implementing an adaptive sleep schedule for PDCCH decoding. In some embodiments, prior to receiving PDCCH signaling, a user equipment device may schedule wireless communication circuitry to prepare for and decode the PDCCH signaling, which may include dynamically preparing a first interrupt for the wireless communication circuitry to perform the preparing for and the decoding. In response to the first interrupt, the UE may prepare for and decode the PDCCH signaling using the wireless communication circuitry. The UE may analyze the result of the decoding, which may include determining that the PDCCH signaling does not comprise information for the UE. In response to determining that the PDCCH signaling does not comprise information for the UE, the UE may schedule the wireless communication circuitry to shut down, which may include dynamically preparing a second interrupt to shut down the wireless communication circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Moustafa M. Elsayed, Tarik Tabet, Konstantinos Sarrigeorgidis
  • Patent number: 9940637
    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 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 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: 9942849
    Abstract: A first device may communicate via a first wireless interface (WI) and a second WI, with the second WI operating at a relatively higher power level than the first WI. The first device may receive a scan notification corresponding to wireless scanning performed by a second device. The first device may subsequently perform wireless scanning using the second WI in response to the scan notification indicating that the first device is within effective communication range of a third device. The first device may receive the scan notification over a wireless connection established between the first device and the second device using the first WI. The first device may transmit filter information to the second device, the filter information indicating when, and for which scans the first device is to receive scan notifications. The first device may also activate the second WI and use the second WI to perform ranging and/or control operations associated with the third device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sriram Hariharan, Venkatesh Rajendran, Alon Paycher, Michael Jason Giles
  • Patent number: 9942015
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) communication in wireless local area networks (WLANs). According to some embodiments, an indication may be transmitted to receiving devices that a first frame is an OFDMA frame. Channel information indicating allocation of bandwidth portions of the first frame to respective receiving devices may also be transmitted to the receiving devices. The first frame may be transmitted to the receiving devices, including transmitting data to each respective receiving device on the bandwidth portion(s) allocated to the respective receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joonsuk Kim, Guoqing Li, Chiu Ngok E. Wong
  • Patent number: 9942820
    Abstract: A system and methods that are performed by a macro cell and a user equipment (UE) to implement a carrier aggregation mode in a network. The system includes a macrocell including a first coverage area and a plurality of small cells, each of the small cells including a second coverage area wherein the plurality of second coverage areas substantially cover the first coverage area. The macro cell operates a first component carrier as a primary component carrier in a carrier aggregation enabled network and one of the small cells operates a second component carrier as a secondary component carrier in the carrier aggregation enabled network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Dawei Zhang, Tarik Tabet
  • Patent number: 9942663
    Abstract: An electromagnetic transducer, such as an audio speaker, having a voicecoil disposed within a magnetic gap between a pair of magnetic arrays, e.g., Halbach arrays, is disclosed. In an example, the paired Halbach arrays include vertically-poled magnets to direct magnetic flux across the magnetic gap orthogonal to electrical current carried by a planar winding of the voicecoil. Accordingly, a Lorentz force may drive an oscillational mass, e.g., a speaker diaphragm, in a longitudinal direction orthogonal to the magnetic flux and the electrical current to generate vibration or sound. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Alexander V. Salvatti, Onur I. Ilkorur, Pablo Seoane Vieites
  • Patent number: 9942986
    Abstract: Components may have substrates with metal traces that form mating contacts. The components may be bonded together using anisotropic conductive adhesive bonding techniques. During bonding, conductive particles may be concentrated over the contacts by application of magnetic or electric fields or by using a template transfer process. Gaps between the contacts may be at least partially free of conductive particles to help isolate adjacent contacts. Polymer between the substrates may attach the substrates together. The conductive particles may be embedded in the polymer and crushed or melted to short opposing contacts together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Koohee Han, Hui Chen, Kuo-Hua Sung, Cyrus Y. Liu, To C. Tan
  • Patent number: 9939901
    Abstract: A haptic feedback assembly includes interconnections for mechanically and electrically securing a haptic actuator in a track pad assembly so as to securely and efficiently provide haptic feedback to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Dhaval Chandrakant Patel, Jonah A. Harley, Peteris K. Augenbergs, Derryk C. Davis, Scott J. McEuen, John M. Brock
  • Patent number: 9940262
    Abstract: A system and method for efficiently indicating branch target addresses. A semiconductor chip predecodes instructions of a computer program prior to installing the instructions in an instruction cache. In response to determining a particular instruction is a control flow instruction with a displacement relative to a program counter address (PC), the chip replaces a portion of the PC relative displacement in the particular instruction with a subset of a target address. The subset of the target address is an untranslated physical subset of the full target address. When the recoded particular instruction is fetched and decoded, the remaining portion of the PC relative displacement is added to a virtual portion of the PC used to fetch the particular instruction. The result is concatenated with the portion of the target address embedded in the fetched particular instruction to form a full target address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Shyam Sundar, Richard F. Russo, Ronald P. Hall, Conrado Blasco
  • Patent number: 9942686
    Abstract: A process for reproducing sound using a loudspeaker array that is housed in a loudspeaker cabinet includes the selection of a number of sound rendering modes and changing the selected sound rendering mode based on changes in one or both of sensor data and a user interface selection. The sound rendering modes include a number of mid-side modes and at least one direct-ambient mode. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Afrooz Family, Mitchell R. Lerner, Sylvain J. Choisel, Tomlinson Holman
  • Patent number: 9942642
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided for automatically controlling the operation of a media device based upon whether a portable presentation device coupled to the media device is currently being worn by a user. A portable presentation device may be any device that is meant to be worn by a user that is capable of presenting media content to the user (e.g. earphones, headphones, goggles or faceplates with video/audio capability, etc.). With this mechanism, a user can affect the operation of the media device by simply putting on or taking off the portable presentation device. The user does not need to manually manipulate the controls of the media device. By automatically controlling the operation of the media device in this manner, use of the media device and the portable presentation device as a unit is made much simpler and more convenient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher John Sanders
  • Patent number: 9940873
    Abstract: An organic light-emitting diode display may have an array of pixel circuits. Each pixel circuit may contain an organic light-emitting diode that emits light, a drive transistor that controls current flow through the diode, and additional transistors such as switching transistors for loading data into the pixel circuit and emission transistors for enabling and disabling current flow through the drive transistor and diode. Gate driver circuitry may produce emission control signals that control the emission transistors. Display driver circuitry may generate a start signal with a digitally controlled pulse width. The start signal may be applied to shift register circuitry in the gate driver circuitry. The pulse width of the start signal may be adjusted to adjust the luminance of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Vasudha Gupta, Chin-Wei Lin, Shih Chang Chang, Tsung-Ting Tsai, Young Bae Park
  • Patent number: 9939699
    Abstract: A display may be provided with an active central region and a peripheral inactive region. The display may have one or more flexible edges in the peripheral inactive region. Conductive lines may pass between components in the active central region such as display pixels and touch sensor electrodes and components in the inactive peripheral region such as gate driver circuitry and patterned interconnect lines. Each conductive line may have an unbent segment on a portion of a display layer in the active central region and may have a segment on the bent edge of the display layer. The display layer may be formed from a polymer or other flexible material. The bent segments may be configured to be less susceptible to increases in resistance from bending than the unbent segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Young Bae Park, John Z. Zhong, Shih-Chang Chang, Wei Chen
  • Patent number: 9942486
    Abstract: For cameras that capture several images in a burst mode, some embodiments of the invention provide a method that presents one or more of the captured images differently than the remaining captured images. The method identifies at least one captured image as dominant image and at least another captured image as a non-dominant image. The method then displays each dominant image different from each non-dominant image in a concurrent presentation of the images captured during the burst mode. The dominant images may appear larger than non-dominant images, and/or appear with a marking that indicates that the images are dominant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Claus Mølgaard, Mikael Rousson, Vincent Yue-Tao Wong, Brett M. Keating, Jeffrey A. Brasket, Karl C. Hsu, Todd S. Sachs, Justin Titi, Elliott B. Harris
  • Patent number: 9937526
    Abstract: Electronic devices may be provided with antenna structures. The antenna structures may be used in wirelessly transmitting and receiving radio-frequency signals. Antenna structures may be formed from molded dielectric substrates. Patterned conductive material may be formed on the dielectric substrates. The dielectric substrates may be formed from molded materials such as glass or ceramic. Sheets of dielectric or dielectric powder may be compressed to form a dielectric substrate of a desired shape. The patterned conductive material may be formed from metallic paint or other conductors. A hollow antenna chamber may be formed by joining molded dielectric structures. An antenna such as an indirectly-fed loop antenna or other antennas may be formed from the molded dielectric substrates and patterned conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Boon W. Shiu, Peter Bevelacqua, Jiang Zhu, Jerzy Guterman, Robert W. Schlub, Ruben Caballero
  • Patent number: 9939978
    Abstract: Displays such as organic light-emitting diode displays may be provided with touch sensing capabilities. A touch sensor may be formed from electrodes located on a thin-film encapsulation layer or one or more sides of a polarizer. A single-sided or double-sided touch sensor panel may be attached to the upper or lower surface of a polarizer. Control circuitry may be used to provide control signals to light-emitting diodes in the display using a grid of control lines. The control lines and transparent electrode structures such as indium tin oxide structures formed on a thin-film encapsulation layer or polarizer may be used as electrodes for a touch sensor. Displays may have active regions and inactive peripheral portions. The displays may have edge portions that are bent along a bend axis that is within the active region to form a borderless display. Virtual buttons may be formed on the bent edge portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc
    Inventors: Wei Chen, Steven P. Hotelling, John Z. Zhong, Shih-Chang Chang, Stephen S. Poon
  • Patent number: 9940746
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods, devices and computer-readable mediums for image fetching for timeline scrubbing of digital media. In some implementations, a method comprises: receiving at a first time prior to receiving a scrub command, a first set of scrub images associated with digital media, the first set of scrub images having a first set of positions on a timeline of the digital media; receiving a first scrub command; receiving at a second time after the first time, a second set of scrub images associated with the digital media, the second set of scrub images having a second set of positions on the timeline that fill time gaps in the first set of positions on the timeline; animating, a timeline overlay including the timeline, a playhead and a scrub image window; and selecting a scrub image from the first or second sets of scrub images for presentation in the scrub image window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David Alan Pound, Roger N. Pantos, Christopher L. Oklota, David L. Biderman, John Y. Su
  • Patent number: 9942576
    Abstract: There is a need to provide an intuitive way for a battery-powered device to send a low battery notification to another device that can properly notify a user that the battery-powered device has a low battery. The user can be notified by the other device even after the battery-powered device has exhausted its battery to the point where it can no longer report its battery state. A second electronic device (e.g., a remote control) can send a low battery notification to a first electronic device (e.g., a set-top box) so that the first electronic device can alert a user that the second electronic device has a low battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Belk, Alessio Centazzo, Daniel R. Fletcher, William M. Bumgarner
  • Patent number: 9942648
    Abstract: Intra-concha earphones are disclosed. In an embodiment, an intra-concha earphone includes a housing having a rear space divided into a back volume, a bass duct, and a vent chamber between a driver and a rear wall. The vent chamber may be acoustically coupled with the back volume through both an acoustic port and the bass duct. Furthermore, the vent chamber may be acoustically coupled with a surrounding environment through a vent port, which may be a sole acoustic opening in the rear wall. Thus, sound emitted by the driver may propagate through the acoustic port and the bass duct to meet in the vent chamber before being discharged through the vent port to the surrounding environment. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Yacine Azmi, Esge B. Andersen, Jonathan S. Aase, Michael B. Howes
  • Patent number: 9940896
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present disclosure describes an electronic display. The electronic display includes a display driver that write image frames to pixels of the electronic display with a first refresh rate or a second refresh rate, in which the second refresh rate is less than the first refresh rate. Additionally, the electronic display includes a timing controller that receives image frames from an image source, in which one or more of the image frames are configured to be displayed on the display panel to play video content; determines a capture rate of the video content based at least in part on a cadence with which the image frames are received, in which the capture rate describes a rate at which each of the one or more image frames was captured by an image sensor; and instructs the display driver to write the one or more of the image frames at the second refresh when the second refresh rate is an integer multiple of the capture rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher P. Tann, David S. Zalatimo, Marc Albrecht, Sandro H. Pintz, Satish S. Iyengar
  • Patent number: 9942676
    Abstract: Method of throttling a pilot tone for thermal monitoring of an electro-mechanical actuator starts by computing a power estimate based on a driving signal. A first temperature estimate is then computed based on the power estimate. The pilot tone may be generated by adjusting a level of the pilot tone based on at least one of the power estimate or the first temperature estimate. The pilot tone is injected into the driving signal to generate a driving output signal that is outputted by an electro-mechanical actuator. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Jensen, David T. Yeh
  • Patent number: 9939400
    Abstract: A capacitive fingerprint sensor includes an array of capacitive sensing elements, readout circuitry electrically coupled to the array of capacitive sensing elements, a block first digital to analog converter (DAC), at least one second DAC, and at least one summing junction electrically coupled to the readout circuitry, the first DAC, and the at least one second DAC. The readout circuitry is adapted to read out pixel voltages from a group of each block of capacitive sensing elements. The first DAC is adapted to provide a block baseline voltage for each block of capacitive sensing elements. The second DAC is adapted to provide a pixel baseline voltage difference for one capacitive sensing element of each group of each block. The summing junction is adapted to subtract the received block baseline voltage and the received pixel baseline voltage difference from the corresponding pixel voltage of each row of each block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Giovanni Gozzini, Gordon S. Franza, Jean-Marie Bussat, Patrick J. Landy
  • Patent number: 9936826
    Abstract: A system for displaying a product is disclosed. The system includes a wall having a recess therein and a display structure that defines the recess. The display structure extends through a front surface of the wall and includes a frame having a top panel, a bottom panel, and two side panels. The top and bottom panels are longer than the side panels. The system further includes a plurality of modular display units disposed within the display structure. Each modular display unit extends from the bottom panel to the top panel. At least a first one of the modular display units includes a frame open to a front exterior of the display structure and at least a second one of the modular display units is not open to the front exterior of the display structure. The system further includes a plurality of display elements disposed within the plurality of display units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Vasco Agnoli, James Andrus, Sam Brown, James Casey Feeney, Christopher M. Green, Kully Kraig Mandon, Christopher Daniel Peak, Jonathan P. Siegel, Stefan Behling, Kevin Fenton Smeds, Andrew Charles Deffenbaugh, Gregory James Ranes, Charles A. Schwalbach, Sheng Yang, Graham O'Brien
  • Patent number: 9940224
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of preparing and launching a test application on a first machine that is automatically executed on a second machine. A developer can prepare a test application on the first machine, and instead of the developer performing multiple steps to copy the test program to a second machine and set up the test environment, the method can automatically detect test environment data, and transmit the test application and the test environment data. Test environment data can include the directory of where the test program should be installed and executed. The test application can be run on the second machine and the results can be returned to the first machine where they can be displayed to the developer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Marks, Jonathan Deutsch
  • Patent number: 9942873
    Abstract: Performing concurrent data communication and voice call monitoring using a single cellular radio. According to some embodiments, the UE may perform data communication, via the radio, using a first RAT, supported by a first SIM. The UE may also perform paging functions for a voice communication, via the radio, using a second RAT, supported by a second SIM. In some scenarios, the first and second RATs are the same. The data communication and the paging functions may be performed concurrently using shared physical layer resources. For example, the shared physical layer resources may comprise a shared software defined radio (SDR) configured to demodulate and/or decode signals of the data communication and the paging function. As another example, the shared physical layer resources may comprise a shared Rake receiver configured to demodulate signals of the data communication and the paging function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Johnson O. Sebeni, Li Su, Jianxiong Shi
  • Patent number: 9939935
    Abstract: A touch controller that can configure touch circuitry according to a scan plan, which can define a sequence of scan events to be performed on a touch panel is disclosed. The touch controller can include a configurable transmit section to generate stimulation signals to drive the panel, a configurable receive section to receive and process touch signals from the panel, and a configurable memory to store the touch signals. The touch controller can also include a programmable scan engine to configure the transmit section, the receive section, and the memory according to the scan plan. The touch controller advantageously provides more robust and flexible touch circuitry to handle various types of touch events at the panel. An active stylus that can generate stimulation signals that can be detected by the touch controller during various touch events at the panel is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Shahrooz Shahparnia
  • Patent number: 9940141
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a technique for selecting a bootstrap electronic Subscriber Identity Module (eSIM) from among multiple bootstrap eSIMs stored in a secure element of a mobile device. Specifically, the technique involves selecting the bootstrap eSIM based on location information associated with the mobile device. When the mobile device is located at a first location (for example, a first country) a first bootstrap eSIM associated with a Mobile Network Operator (MNO) local to the first country is selected. Similarly, when the mobile device is located at a second location (for example, a second country), a second bootstrap eSIM associated with an MNO local to the second country is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Li Li, Arun G. Mathias, Jean-Marc Padova, Najeeb M. Abdulrahiman
  • Patent number: 9939322
    Abstract: This relates to sensor systems, detectors, imagers, and readout integrated circuits (ROICs) configured to selectively detect one or more frequencies or polarizations of light, capable of operating with a wide dynamic range, or any combination thereof. In some examples, the detector can include one or more light absorbers; the patterns and/or properties of a light absorber can be configured based on the desired measurement wavelength range and/or polarization direction. In some examples, the detector can comprise a plurality of at least partially overlapping light absorbers for enhanced dynamic range detection. In some examples, the detector can be capable of electrostatic tuning for one or more flux levels by varying the response time or sensitivity to account for various flux levels. In some examples, the ROIC can be capable of dynamically adjusting at least one of the frame rate integrating capacitance, and power of the illumination source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Miikka M. Kangas, Michael J. Bishop, Robert Chen, David I. Simon, Harold L. Sontag, III, George Dee Skidmore
  • Patent number: 9942355
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for monitoring the current context of a computing device. In some implementations, a context daemon can collect context information about the computing device. The context information can include current device hardware state information. The context information can include current software state information. The context can be derived or implied from a combination of hardware state information, software state information, or any other type of state information. For example, the derived context can be a user state (e.g., a user activity, sleeping, running, etc.) derived from or implied by hardware or software state information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Siracusa, Joao Pedro Forjaz de Lacerda, Kit-Man Wan, Gaurav Kapoor, Umesh S. Vaishampayan
  • Patent number: 9942375
    Abstract: Digital imagery is composed or composited within a smartphone or other portable electronic device to merge foreground and background subject matter acquired simultaneously with different cameras or acquired at different times with the same camera. A processor stores the digital imagery along with information derived or used by an operation to differentiate the foreground subject matter from the background scene, which may be a digital matting operation, and/or may involve finding an edge or an outline of the foreground subject matter. The foreground subject matter and the background scene may be stored as different graphical layers in the memory. A user control such as a touchscreen may enable a user to select and resize or reposition the foreground subject matter on a background scene of a separately acquired image. The digital imagery may constitute a still image or a sequence of images representative of motion video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: John G. Posa
  • Patent number: 9938646
    Abstract: A wearable band includes a woven material having two or more stretch regions. The different stretch regions can be formed by varying the tension on subsets of the warp threads, the weft threads, or both the warp and weft threads. A system for producing the woven material can include two or more tension control devices operably connected to a processing device. Each tension control device is configured to adjust the amount of tension in a respective subset of threads (e.g., warp threads) in the woven material during a weaving operation. The processing device is configured to select thread tension patterns for the subsets of threads used during the weaving operation. Each thread tension pattern includes tension settings for the subsets of threads, where at least one tension setting in one thread tension pattern differs from the tension settings in the other tension patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Yoji Hamada, Matthew D. Rohrbach, Daniel A. Podhajny, Ying-Liang Su, Douglas J. Weber, Benjamin A. Shaffer, Motohide Hatanaka
  • Patent number: 9941627
    Abstract: This application relates to magnetically actuated electrical connectors. The electrical connectors includes movable magnetic elements that move in response to an externally applied magnetic field. In some embodiments, the electrical connectors includes recessed contacts that move from a recessed position to an engaged position in response to an externally applied magnetic field associated with an electronic device to which the connector is designed to be coupled. In some embodiments, the external magnetic field has a particular polarity pattern configured to draw contacts associated with a matching polarity pattern out of the recessed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hani Esmaeili, Eric S. Jol, Ibuki Kamei, Daniel C. Wagman, Albert J. Golko, Mahmoud R. Amini, Mani Razaghi Kashani
  • Patent number: 9942854
    Abstract: An example computer-implemented method includes determining, by an electronic device, that the electronic device has not received a user activity for an interval of time. The method also includes determining, by the electronic device, a contextual state of the electronic device, and adapting, by the electronic device, a sleep delay value based on the determined contextual state of the electronic device. The method also includes determining that the interval of time has exceeded the sleep delay value, and responsive to determining that the interval of time has exceeded the sleep delay value, transitioning, by the electronic device, from a first power state to a second power state, where the first power state is higher or lower than the second power state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gaurav Kapoor, Andrei Dorofeev, Varaprasad V. Lingutla, Cyril de la Cropte de Chanterac
  • Patent number: D814919
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Francesca Amor Delle Cese, Lorraine Y. Tang, Mark T. Uyeda
  • Patent number: D815138
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Lee Coffman, Raymond Sepulveda, Chun Kin Minor Wong
  • Patent number: D815139
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Lee Coffman, Raymond Sepulveda, Chun Kin Minor Wong
  • Patent number: D815140
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Lee Coffman, Raymond Sepulveda
  • Patent number: D815141
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Lee Coffman, Chun Kin Minor Wong
  • Patent number: D815633
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Marine C. Bataille, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniele De Iuliis, Markus Diebel, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Julian Jaede, Duncan Robert Kerr, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Joe Tan, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer