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

  • Apple Patents Granted: Apple patents that have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Apple Patent Applications: Apple patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Patent number: 10020532
    Abstract: Solid-state battery structures and methods of manufacturing solid-state batteries, such as thin-film batteries, are disclosed. More particularly, embodiments relate to solid-state batteries having a current collector tab between multiple electrochemical cells. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn William Snyder, Tetsuya Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10021649
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to techniques for modifying connected mode discontinuous reception (C-DRX) cycle length based on mobility and signal conditions. According to some embodiments, a wireless device may establish a radio resource control connection with a base station providing a cell of a cellular network. A C-DRX configuration may be established with the base station, including selecting a C-DRX cycle length. One or more conditions configured to trigger the wireless device to request C-DRX reconfiguration may be detected. The one or more conditions may be based on mobility and/or signal conditions of the wireless device. A request for C-DRX reconfiguration to the base station may be transmitted based on detecting the one or more conditions. C-DRX with the base station may be re-configured based on the request for C-DRX reconfiguration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Venkateswara Rao Manepalli, Sarma V. Vangala
  • Patent number: 10020687
    Abstract: An inductive power transfer device including: a resonant circuit, having a power transfer coil and a power transfer capacitor; a coupling coil, magnetically-coupled to the power transfer coil; a variable impedance; and a controller configured to determine the impedance value of the variable impedance based on predetermined criteria including: substantially regulating power provided to a load; tuning the resonant circuit resonant frequency substantially to a predetermined frequency; adjusting a frequency of a magnetic field associated with the power transfer coil; and/or adjusting an impedance reflected by the power transfer coil to a corresponding coupled power transfer coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eugenio Jr. Sia Lecias, Junbo Zeng, Saining Ren, Daniel James Robertson, Michael Nasa, Ron Rafer Floresca, Arunim Kumar, Ali Abdolkhani
  • Patent number: 10021650
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to providing reduced power consumption in wireless communication systems, such as 802.11 WLAN systems. Timing information regarding power save opportunities (PSOPs) may be provided in communication frames, which may inform mobile devices of expected frame exchange periods during which they may transition to a Doze state. Additional PSOP information may be included in beacon frames, which may inform mobile devices of expected multicast periods during which they may transition to a Doze state. This may operate to provide improvements in terms of power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Chiu Ngok E. Wong, Christiaan A. Hartman, Joonsuk Kim, Syed Aon Mujtaba, Yong Liu, Su Khiong Yong
  • Patent number: 10021506
    Abstract: A directivity adjustment device that maintains a constant direct-to-reverberant ratio based on the detected location of a listener in relation to the speaker array is described. The directivity adjustment device may include a distance estimator, a directivity compensator, and an array processor. The distance estimator detects the distance between the speaker array and the listener. Based on this detected distance, the directivity compensator calculates a directivity index form a beam produced by the speaker array that maintains a predefined direct-to-reverberant sound energy ratio. The array processor receives the calculated directivity index and processes each channel of a piece of sound program content to produce a set of audio signals that drive one or more of the transducers in the speaker array to generate a beam pattern with the calculated directivity index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Martin E. Johnson, Ronald N. Isaac, Afrooz Family
  • Patent number: 10021673
    Abstract: A wireless communication device (UE) conducting wireless communications according to a specified radio access technology (RAT) in a first communications band belonging to a first network may be required to switch to a different communications band due to network restrictions and/or radio link failure. The UE may therefore perform a system scan identifying other communications bands associated with the first RAT and available at the present location of the UE. The UE may identify whether the other communications bands include preferred communications bands belonging to the first network, support a service associated with the wireless communications of the UE, and have an energy level higher than a specified threshold. If one or more preferred communications bands are present, the UE may switch communications from the first communications band to one of the preferred communications bands, even if it doesn't have the highest energy level among all the other communications bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alosious Pradeep Prabhakar, Jose A. Castelo Vega, Siddharth Pandey, Aditya A. Marawar, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto
  • Patent number: 10021337
    Abstract: Systems and methods for saving and restoring scenes in a multimedia system with minimal configuration are provided. The techniques of the present invention can allow the states of the components in the multimedia system to be captured in a scene. Once the scene has been saved, the scene can be restored at a later time. A remote control system for recommending scenes by comparing states of components in the current scene with states of components in saved scenes is also provided. The remote control system can also recommend scenes based on usage patterns. Moreover, the remote control system can allow users to designate one or more saved scenes as favorite scenes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Alan C. Cannistraro
  • Patent number: 10019994
    Abstract: Methods and systems for recognizing textual identifiers within a plurality of words are described. A textual representation of a voice input is received from a user. The textual representation includes a plurality of words. A keyword is identified in the textual representation. It is determined whether one or more words adjacent to the keyword correspond to a textual identifier of a collection of textual identifiers. Responsive to a determination that the one or more adjacent words correspond to a textual identifier, the keyword and the one or more adjacent words are replaced with the textual identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Keen
  • Patent number: 10021513
    Abstract: An example method includes presenting, on a first display screen associated with a first computing device, a first graphically encoded display element. The method also includes acquiring, using an image acquisition component associated with a second computing device, one or more images of the first display screen, determining that the one or more images correspond to the first display element, and responsive to determining that the one or more images correspond to the first display element, transferring a data item from the second computing device to the first computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ignacio P Mellado Bataller, Ryan S. Dixon
  • Patent number: 10021800
    Abstract: An electronic device having openings covered by a vent assembly is disclosed. The vent assembly may include multiple adhesive layers surrounding an air-permeable, liquid resistant membrane that allow air to flow into and/or out of the electronic device, while also preventing liquid ingress into the electronic device. The membrane may be supported by several structural elements. For example, the vent assembly includes an adhesive layer secured with the membrane, with the adhesive layer including a web region having multiple ribs that engage the membrane. Also, the vent assembly includes a mesh material that includes a porous region that receives a portion of the adhesive layer. Also, an additional vent assembly may cover an additional opening of the electronic device and provide protection for an operational component in the electronic device. The additional vent assembly may allow air into the additional opening for the operational component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yaocheng Zhang, Kevin M. Froese, Scott A. Myers, Benjamin J. Pope, David A. Hurrell, Salome Bavetta, Eric N. Nyland
  • Patent number: 10020563
    Abstract: Electronic devices may be provided that contain wireless communications circuitry. The wireless communications circuitry may include radio-frequency transceiver circuitry and first and second antennas. An electronic device may include a housing. The first antenna may be located at an upper end of the housing and the second antenna may be located at a lower end of the housing. A peripheral conductive member may run around the edges of the housing and may be used in forming the first and second antennas. The radio-frequency transceiver circuitry may have a transmit-receive port and a receive port. Switching circuitry may connect the first antenna to the transmit-receive port and the second antenna to the receiver port or may connect the first antenna to the receive port and the second antenna to the transmit-receive port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ruben Caballero, Mattia Pascolini, Mohit Narang, Matt A. Mow, Robert W. Schlub
  • Patent number: 10021411
    Abstract: A scalable coding system codes video as a base layer representation and an enhancement layer representation. A base layer coder may code an LDR representation of a source video. A predictor may predict an HDR representation of the source video from the coded base layer data. A comparator may generate prediction residuals which represent a difference between an HDR representation of the source video and the predicted HDR representation of the source video. A quantizer may quantize the residuals down to an LDR representation. An enhancement layer coder may code the LDR residuals. In other scalable coding systems, the enhancement layer coder may code LDR-converted HDR video directly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Yeping Su, Chris Y. Chung, Hsi-Jung Wu, Jiefu Zhai, Ke Zhang, Xiaosong Zhou
  • Patent number: 10021798
    Abstract: A handheld computing device that includes an enclosure having structural walls formed from a glass material that can be radio-transparent. The enclosure can be formed from a hollow glass tube or two glass members bonded together. A laser frit bonding process may be used to hermetically seal the two glass members together to create a water resistant electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Prest, Emery A. Sanford
  • Patent number: 10021808
    Abstract: A vent assembly in an electronic device is described. The vent assembly may regulate air into and out of the electronic device. The vent assembly may include multiple layers of material bonded together, with each layer having a flap (or flaps) that combines with another flap to form a valve. The vent assembly may include a first layer bonded with a second layer. The first layer includes a first flap, and the second layer includes a second flap that combines with the first flap to form a first valve that regulates air out of the electronic device. The vent assembly can include a third layer. Then, the second layer includes a third flap, and the third layer includes a fourth flap that combines with the third flap to form a second valve that regulates air into the electronic device. In some instances, each valve may permit airflow in one direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eric N. Nyland, Michael Benjamin Wittenberg, Timothy Y. Lee
  • Patent number: 10014900
    Abstract: Wireless communication devices (UEs) may include multiple receive (RX) chains and associated antennas, and at least one transmit (TX) chain co-located with one of the RX chains. The UE may track instant fading of the antenna gain(s) during reception of packets from an associated access point (AP) device to which the UE intends to transmit packets. The UE may also track long term antenna gain(s), using any packets received at the multiple RX chains within the UE. At a switching occasion, a decision is made by the UE whether to switch antennas. If the instant fading detection is based on packets received no later than a specified time period prior to the switching occasion, then the UE may make the switching decision based on the results of the instant fading tracking. Otherwise, the UE may make the switching decision based on the results of the long term antenna gain tracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaowen Wang, Syed Aon Mujtaba, Vinay R. Majjigi, Joonsuk Kim
  • Patent number: 10015297
    Abstract: An electronic device having a cover glass secured with a frame is disclosed. The electronic device includes a masking layer positioned between the cover glass and the frame. The masking layer may include several ink layers. The pigment composition of one of the ink layers may be altered in order to improve an adhesive bond between the ink layer and the cover glass. The frame can be modified to enhance an adhesive bond between the masking layer and the frame. For example, the frame can be altered to include a porous region to increase the surface area of the frame such that the adhesive can bond to the additional surface area. The frame may also include an extension, or rib, that may increase the surface area of the frame that receives an adhesive. The frame may include an opening or a cavity that assists in assembly between an insert-molded feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lee E. Hooton, Daniel W. Jarvis, Marwan Rammah, Ian A. Spraggs, Nicholas G. Merz
  • Patent number: 10014733
    Abstract: Various techniques for temperature management during inductive energy transfer are disclosed. A transmitter device and/or a receiver device can be turned off during energy transfer based on the temperature of the transmitter device and/or of the receiver device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Amaury J. Heresztyn, Keith Cox, Eric S. Jol, Jeffrey M. Alves, Jim C. Hwang, Jeffrey J. Terlizzi, John M. Ananny, Nagarajan Kalyanasundaram, Robert S. Parnell, Steven G. Herbst, Todd K. Moyer, Albert J. Golko, Frank Liang
  • Patent number: 10015165
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a technique for managing one or more electronic Subscriber Identity Modules (eSIMs) on an embedded UICC (eUICC). In particular, the technique involves leveraging the GlobalPlatform™ Specification and/or other telecommunication standards to support the eSIMs on the eUICC. Each eUICC can include an Issuer Security Domain (ISD) owned by a device manufacturer and an eSIM manager that manages the plurality of eSIMs on the eUICC. Notably, binaries of one or more applications shared between different eSIMs can be standardized and stored in a manner that enables each eSIM to utilize the one or more applications (via the eSIM manager) without needing to individually store the binaries. Using this approach, the overall size and complexity of each eSIM can be reduced, which can increase the amount of available memory within the eUICC as well as the overall performance of the eUICC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Mehdi Ziat
  • Patent number: 10015668
    Abstract: A method of establishing communications with a first device is disclosed. The method includes: the first device presenting connection information to a second device; receiving a response from a second device; establishing an association with the second device; transmitting, in response to a determination that the first device and the second device are connected for data, first data to the second device, the first data comprising addressing information for a server; receiving second data from the second device, the second data comprising second information for establishing communications with the first device; and configuring the first device to receive third data from a location remote to the first device using the second information from the second data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler Hawkins, Christopher Wilson, Conrad Sauerwald, Gregory Novick, Neil G. Crane, Rudolph Van Der Merwe, Samuel Noble, Paul William Chinn
  • Patent number: 10015740
    Abstract: An accessory wireless device partakes in a data session with a remote device. The data session may be a voice call or other service. To preserve the battery power of the accessory wireless device, the accessory wireless device opportunistically offloads medium-to-long range radio transmission and reception tasks to the companion wireless device while maintaining call continuity. The accessory wireless device and the companion wireless device communicate through a local connection. In one embodiment, the accessory wireless device pushes a wireless wide area network (WWAN) connection to the companion device by sharing selected security and network information with the companion wireless device. When the accessory device and/or the companion device determine that the local connection may not be sustainable, the accessory device pulls the WWAN connection of the companion device back to itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Li Su, Tahir Shamim, Jianxiong Shi, Wanping Zhang
  • Patent number: 10012550
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with electronic components such as buttons and environmental sensors. An environmental sensor may be temperature sensor for gathering temperature data associated with the environment surrounding the device. The temperature sensor may be mounted to a button member for the button. The button member may be an actuating member that moves within an opening in a device housing and that extends beyond an outer surface of the housing into the surrounding environment. The button member may be arranged so that an internal electronic switch is activated when the button member is moved within the opening. The button member may be thermally isolated from other device structures using insulating material on the button member. The button member may be formed from a thermally conductive material that transmits the temperature of environmental materials that contact the button member to the temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Henry H. Yang, Matthew E. Last
  • Patent number: 10015584
    Abstract: Loudspeakers are described that may reduce comb filtering effects perceived by a listener by either 1) moving transducers closer to a sound reflective surface (e.g., a baseplate, a tabletop or a floor) through vertical (height) or rotational adjustments of the transducers or 2) guiding sound produced by the transducers to be released into the listening area proximate to the reflective surface through the use of horns and openings that are at a prescribed distance from the reflective surface. The reduction of this distance between the reflective surface and the point at which sound emitted by the transducers is released into the listening area may lead to a shorter reflected path that reduces comb filtering effects caused by reflected sounds that are delayed relative to the direct sound. Accordingly, the loudspeakers shown and describe may be placed on reflective surfaces without sever audio coloration caused by reflected sounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Martin E. Johnson, Simon K. Porter, Suzanne Hardy, John H. Sheerin
  • Patent number: 10013058
    Abstract: One embodiment of a touch-based user interface may include a haptic feedback layer with one or more actuators configured to supply a haptic feedback. The one or more actuators may be embedded in a nonconductive material. The touch-based user interface may further include a printed circuit board layer underlying the haptic feedback layer. The printed circuit board layer may include one or more conductive traces configured to supply a voltage to the one or more actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul G. Puskarich, Michael Pilliod
  • Patent number: 10010145
    Abstract: An accessory device is described. The accessory device may include a base region and sidewalls that combine with the base region to secure an electronic device with the accessory device. The accessory device may include a rigid layer having openings in at least some corners of the rigid layer. In order to facilitate insertion and extraction of the electronic device, an elastic material disposed in the openings may join with two sidewalls at the corners, allowing the sidewalls to move or bend with respect to other sidewalls. The accessory device may include a protective layer embedded in a sidewall to provide support to an opening formed in the sidewall. The sidewall may include a protrusion supported by features embedded in sidewall to facilitate pressing the protruding feature, which corresponds to pressing a button of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy C. Franklin, James A. Stryker, Aaron P. Beese
  • Patent number: 10014705
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems, methods, and apparatus for limiting or throttling an activity of an accessory device communicatively coupled to a computing device. The activity of the accessory device is limited or throttled in order to reduce electromagnetic interference and improve signal quality of a wireless communication in which the computing device is participating. In some embodiments, a decision to throttle can be based on battery charge level of the computing device. For example, in some embodiments, the accessory device is an accessory battery charger configured to provide power to the computing device when a power outlet is not immediately available. If the signal quality of a phone call from the computing device is diminished or the user is in an area of low signal coverage, the accessory battery charger can be limited or throttled in order to prevent interference between the accessory battery charger and computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kiavash Baratzadeh, Ruben Caballero, Jaydeep V. Ranade, Matthew C. Robbins, Orbay Tuncay
  • Patent number: 10014131
    Abstract: This application relates to a dome switch assembly including a base plate that carries a first contact, and a flexible surface connected to the base plate, the flexible surface formed of a metal material in the shape of a dome. The assembly can include a second contact coupled to the flexible surface, and a sound-dampening pad coupled to the flexible surface and formed of a material having noise-dampening properties, wherein when at least a threshold amount pressure is applied to the flexible surface, the flexible surface changes from the dome shape to a collapsed shape allowing the first and second contact to touch, wherein the sound dampening pad absorbs at least some acoustic energy emitted by the touching of the first and second contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Paul X. Wang
  • Patent number: 10012967
    Abstract: Modifications made by multiple controller devices to an environment model describing a shared automated environment can be coordinated. One of the controller devices can be designated as a coordinator, and any controller device other than the coordinator can send an update request to the coordinator. The coordinator can determine whether to accept or reject the requested modification and can report its determination to the requesting controller device. If the coordinator accepts the request, the coordinator can instigate operations to update the environment model across all controller devices of all users. If the coordinator rejects the request, the environment model is not updated. The controller device that made the request can update its local copy of the environment model and roll back the update if the request is rejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew C. Lucas, Anush G. Nadathur, Nathan E. Carroll
  • Patent number: 10015694
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to techniques for a wireless device to report uncategorized data in a buffer status report. A first portion of buffered uplink data to be reported in a buffer status report may be categorized using a traffic flow template. A second portion of buffered uplink data to be reported in the buffer status report may not be categorized using the traffic flow template. A buffer status report indicating both the categorized and the uncategorized buffered uplink data may be transmitted to a base station providing a serving cell to the wireless device. According to some embodiments, the categorized buffered uplink data may be stored in a baseband processor buffer of the wireless device, while the uncategorized buffered uplink data may be stored in an application processor buffer of the wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sree Ram Kodali, Xu Ou, Ashwini Raina
  • Patent number: 10012831
    Abstract: Scanning apparatus includes a transmitter, which is configured to emit a beam comprising pulses of light, and a scanner, which is configured to scan the beam along a scan axis over a specified angular range. A scattering line extends across a path of the scanned beam. A receiver is configured to receive the light scattered from the scattering line and to generate an output indicative of an intensity of the scattered light. A controller is coupled to process the output of the receiver so as to monitor operation of the scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Niv Gilboa, Zeev Roth, Rafael Halfon, Oz Barak
  • Patent number: 10015151
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system that enables service-configurable wireless connections. During operation, a local service endpoint of a service runs on a wireless device. The local service endpoint sends a request to establish a datapath with another service endpoint on another device. Meanwhile, the wireless device's service discovery module discovers a remote endpoint for the service on a remote device. In response to the request, the wireless device's service-configurable security entity configures a Wi-Fi connection's security configuration, thereby enabling the local endpoint to establish a datapath between the local endpoint and the remote endpoint over the Wi-Fi connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yong Liu, Christiaan A. Hartman, Guoqing Li, Chiu Ngok E. Wong, Su Khiong Yong
  • Patent number: 10013776
    Abstract: Methods, devices, systems, and computer readable media to improve the operation of window-based operating systems are disclosed. In general, techniques are disclosed for rendering areas on a display in which two or more shadows overlap. More particularly, two or more shadow regions (based on the arrangement of overlapping windows/shadows) are identified and merged in a top-down process so that no region's shadow is painted or rendered more than once. A shadowbuffer (analogous to a system's framebuffer) may be used to retain windows' alpha information separately from the corresponding windows' shadow intensity information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Shearer, Christopher P. Wright, Ryan N. Armstrong, Chad E. Jones
  • Patent number: 10015573
    Abstract: A portable electronic device may have acoustic ports such as microphone and speaker ports. Acoustic devices such as microphones and speakers may be associated with the acoustic ports. An acoustic port may have an opening between an interior and exterior of the portable electronic device. The opening may be covered by a metal mesh. An acoustic fabric may be interposed between the metal mesh and the opening. The opening may be formed from a hole in a glass member having outer and inner chamfers. A microphone boot may be provided that forms front and rear radial seals with a housing of the device and a microphone unit respectively. The microphone boot may also form multiple face seals with the microphone unit. A speaker for the speaker port may be enclosed in a sealed speaker enclosure. The speaker enclosure may have a pressure-equalizing vent slit covered with an acoustic mesh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Mittleman, Richard P. Howarth, Chad Seguin
  • Patent number: 10013046
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for improved power management techniques. An apparatus may include a display control unit, a communication fabric, a memory controller, a memory cache, and a memory. When the memory is power-gated, and the display control unit needs to fetch pixel data, the display control unit may send a wake-up signal to the memory before sending a wake-up signal to the communication fabric. The display control unit may then issue the pixel fetch request later. Additionally, if the display control unit determines that the pixel data has a high probability of being cached, then the display control unit may not send a wake-up signal to the memory, and the display control unit may issue the request earlier. More generally, the display control unit may send wake-up signals to multiple components in a manner which accounts for the wake-up latency of each component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Peter F. Holland, Hao Chen, Sukalpa Biswas
  • Patent number: 10015298
    Abstract: An electronic device having a user interface for accessing phone features. The user interface accounts for whether the electronic device is connected to a companion cellular phone. The user interface accounts for a headset is available for use to carry on a call. The user interface permits transition between using one or more of cellular phone, headset, and/or the electronic device to be used for carrying on incoming or outgoing calls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Y. Yang, Alan C. Dye, Imran Chaudhri, Stephen O. Lemay, Christopher Patrick Foss, Anton M. Davydov, Zachery Kennedy, Dylan Ross Edwards, Jonathan P. Ive, Giovanni M. Agnoli
  • Patent number: 10013118
    Abstract: An input/output device for a computing device including one or more touch sensors and one or more force sensors. The touch sensors sense data including one or more locations at which a contact or near-contact occurs. The force sensor sense data including a measure of an amount of force presented at the one or more locations at which a contact occurs. The touch sensors and the force sensors responsive to signals occurring in response to whether the signals are in response to contact or in response to an amount of force. The input/output device also includes one or more circuits coupled to the touch sensors and to the force sensors, and capable of combining information from both sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Q. Huppi, Martin P. Grunthaner, John G. Elias, Sinan Filiz, Steven P. Hotelling
  • Patent number: 10015836
    Abstract: A connection-indicative signal can be received at a master electronic device from an electronic accessory. The connection-indicative signal can include a connection attribute indicative of a presence or characteristic of a connection between the electronic accessory and at least one other electronic accessory of the master electronic device. A location of the master electronic device can be determined at the master electronic device. The location can be stored at the master electronic device in association with the connection attribute. The master electronic device can detect a locate-accessory input that corresponds to a request to locate the at least one other electronic accessory; or that a locate-accessory condition is satisfied based on another connection attribute included in another connection-indicative signal received from the electronic accessory. The stored location can be retrieved in response to the detecting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daman Kapoor, Robert D. Watson
  • Patent number: 10013161
    Abstract: An electronic device displays text of an electronic document on a display; displays an insertion marker at a first position in the text of the electronic document; detects a first horizontal gesture on a touch-sensitive surface; in response to a determination that the first horizontal gesture satisfies a first set of one or more predefined conditions: translates the electronic document on the display in accordance with a direction of the first horizontal gesture, and maintains the insertion marker at the first position in the text; and, in response to a determination that the first horizontal gesture satisfies a second set of one or more predefined conditions, moves the insertion marker by one character in the text from the first position to a second position in the text in accordance with the direction of the first horizontal gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Martin J. Murrett, Matthew Todd Schomer, Christopher Douglas Weeldreyer, James Vernon Van Boxtel
  • Patent number: 10015574
    Abstract: A portable electronic device is described and includes a device housing, an acoustic housing disposed within the device housing and defining an interior volume, a speaker diaphragm assembly disposed within the interior volume and in fluid communication with a first opening leading out of the housing, and a microphone disposed within the interior volume and in fluid communication with a second opening leading out of the acoustic housing. Placing both the speaker diaphragm assembly and microphone within the same acoustic housing allows both components to share common power and data transfer circuitry. Furthermore, the additional volume of the acoustic housing used to accommodate the microphone can improve the acoustic performance of the speaker diaphragm assembly by increasing the back volume associated with the speaker diaphragm assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Luce, Robert I. Luan, Thomas H. Tsang
  • Patent number: 10013162
    Abstract: While an electronic device with a display and a touch-sensitive surface is in a screen reader accessibility mode, the device displays a character input area and a keyboard, the keyboard including a plurality of key icons. The device detects a sequence of one or more gestures on the touch-sensitive surface that correspond to one or more characters. A respective gesture of the one or more gestures that corresponds to a respective character is a single finger gesture that moves across the touch-sensitive surface along a respective path that corresponds to the respective character. The respective path traverses one or more locations on the touch-sensitive surface that correspond to one or more key icons of the plurality of key icons without activating the one or more key icons. In response to detecting the respective gesture, the device enters the corresponding respective character in the character input area of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher B. Fleizach, Darren C. Minifie, Gregory F. Hughes, Ryan N. Dour, Ian M. Fisch, Joel M. Lopes Da Silva, Michael M. Pedersen, II, Eric T. Seymour, Devang K. Naik, Ryan S. Dixon
  • Patent number: 10015741
    Abstract: A station, a method performed by a station and a corresponding method performed by an access point (AP) of a network to allow the station to operate a wireless local area network (WLAN) radio in a sleep state until the WLAN radio is ready to receive a beacon from the AP. The station includes a low power (LP) radio configured to receive a wake up signal from an AP of a network to which the station is connected. The station further includes a WLAN radio configured to operate in a sleep state until the WLAN radio receives an indication from the LP radio that the wakeup signal has been received, wherein WLAN radio is further configured to operate in a fully awake state after receipt of the indication to receive a beacon from the AP indicating a data transmission is pending for the station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Harish Ramamurthy, Joonsuk Kim, Yong Liu, Christopher Hansen
  • Patent number: 10013567
    Abstract: The embodiments set forth techniques for implementing a cloud service that enables cloud data to be shared between different users in a secure manner. One embodiment involves a sharing manager and a sharing client, where the sharing manager is configured to manage various data components stored within a storage system managed by the cloud service. These data components can include user accounts, share objects (for sharing data between users—and, in some cases, public users not known to the sharing manager)—as well as various “wrapping objects” that enable data to be logically separated in an organized manner within the storage system. According to this approach, the sharing client is configured to interface with the sharing manager in order to carry out various encryption/decryption techniques that enable the cloud data to be securely shared between the users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Per Love Hornquist Astrand, Paul A. Seligman, Van Hong, Mitchell D. Adler
  • Publication number: 20180184545
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments related to a component for use in a portable electronic device. The component includes a wall of the portable electronic device, containing an intake zone that includes a set of intake vents. The wall also includes an exhaust zone containing a set of exhaust vents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brett W. Degner, Bartley K. Andre, Jeremy D. Bataillou, Jay S. Nigen, Christiaan A. Ligtenberg, Ron A. Hopkinson, Charles A. Schwalbach, Matthew P. Casebolt, Nicholas A. Rundle, Frank F. Liang
  • Patent number: 10009931
    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: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tarik Tabet, Youngjae Kim, Syed Aon Mujtaba
  • Patent number: 10009852
    Abstract: The subject matter of the disclosure relates to low temperature power throttling at a mobile device to reduce the likelihood of an unexpected power down event in cold weather environments. A mobile device employing a power management solution may be configured to determine that a monitored temperature at the mobile device (at the battery of the mobile device) is below a first threshold level, and whether a hardware component (such as a camera) is active or inactive. Then, based on these determinations, the mobile device can select a throttle setting from a first set of throttle settings when the hardware component is active, and a second set of throttle settings when the hardware component is inactive. Subsequently the mobile device can throttle power consumption for one or more components of the mobile device according to the selected throttle setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Y. Law, Keith Cox, John M. Ananny, Stephen D. Sterz, Derek J. DiCarlo, Gaurav Kapoor, Jason L. Pang, Alex J. Crumlin
  • Patent number: 10007616
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an apparatus includes a cache memory and a control circuit. The control circuit may be configured to pre-fetch and store a first quantity of instruction data in response to a determination that a first pre-fetch operation request is received after a reset and prior to a first end condition. The first end condition may depend on an amount of unused storage in the cache memory. The control circuit may be further configured to pre-fetch and store a second quantity of instruction data in response to a determination that a second pre-fetch operation request is received after the first end condition. The second quantity may be less than the first quantity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brett S. Feero, David J. Williamson, Jonathan J. Tyler, Mary D. Brown
  • Patent number: 10009678
    Abstract: A case for a pair of earbuds includes an insert positioned within the case and configured to receive the pair of earbuds. A contact assembly is attached to the insert and includes electrical contacts that extend into the inserts such that they make electrical contact with an earbud connector disposed on each of the pair of earbuds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lee M. Panecki, Darshan R. Kasar, Daniel C. Wagman
  • Patent number: 10009149
    Abstract: Methods described herein are for wireless communication systems. One aspect of the invention is directed to a method for a HARQ process, in which the HARQ process includes a first transmission of an encoder packet and at least one retransmission. The method involves allocating a transmission resource for each respective transmission. The method involves transmitting control information from a base station to a mobile station for each respective transmission. The control information includes information to uniquely identify the HARQ process and an identification of one of a time resource, a frequency resource and a time and frequency resource that is allocated for the transmission. In some embodiments of the invention, specific control information is signalled from a base station to a mobile station to enable RAS-HARQ operation. In some embodiments of the invention, retransmission signaling in included as part of regular unicast signaling used for both first transmission and retransmissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mo-han Fong, Sophie Vrzic, Robert Novak, Jun Yuan, Dong-Sheng Yu
  • Patent number: D822040
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Howard Bebbington, Kevin Will Chen, Alan C. Dye, Christopher Foss, Jonathan P. Ive, Chanaka Karunamuni, Stephen O. Lemay, Christopher Daryl Soli, Aled Williams, Christopher Wilson
  • Patent number: D822058
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lee Broughton, Gary Butcher, Aled Williams, Christopher Wilson
  • Patent number: D822059
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Teofila Connor, Alan C. Dye, Christopher Wilson