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: 10095394
    Abstract: A system and method are described for delivering content to a mobile device using a companion device. The companion device acts as a proxy device to send and receive signals on behalf of other proxied devices. Once content is loaded onto the mobile device, a user can navigate through the content using a navigation path determined based on a user's item of focus. Various transitions and animations can be displayed along the navigation path. Moreover, a user can interact with the content when viewed in a specific layout using touch events or a rotation input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Howard, Jonathan R. Dascola
  • Patent number: 10095396
    Abstract: An electronic device displays a settings user interface that includes one or more control objects. The settings user interface is configured to adjust operations of the device that use one or more sensors that detect intensity of contacts with a touch-sensitive surface, and/or one or more tactile output generators. The device detects an input for a first control object of the one or more control objects; and, in accordance with the detected input for the first control object, changes the second intensity threshold and the second tactile output. The device provides a first tactile output in response to detecting that an intensity of a contact on a touch-sensitive surface increases above a first intensity threshold, and provides a second tactile output in response to detecting that an intensity of a contact on the touch-sensitive surface increases above a second intensity threshold, distinct from the first intensity threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Aram D. Kudurshian, Christopher P. Foss, Gary I. Butcher, Patrick L. Coffman, Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Nicole M. Wells, Wayne C. Westerman
  • Patent number: 10095472
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatus for image-based browsing through a plurality of digital media assets assisted by media cues are disclosed. The media cues can be provided by playback of short audio segments, referred to as snippets, of the digital media assets being browsed. The digital media assets can be grouped into collections of digital media assets. In one embodiment, as a user browses through digital media assets using visual representations of the collections of digital media assets, media cues can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: William M. Bachman, Timothy Wasko, Christopher Sanders
  • Patent number: 10097496
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to electronic mail user interfaces. A device, including a display, a touch-sensitive surface, and a rotatable input mechanism, is described in relation to accessing, composing, and manipulating electronic mail. In some examples, a user can provide input through the rotatable input mechanism to access a landing screen of an electronic mail application. The landing screen concurrently displays an affordance for accessing an electronic mail inbox and an affordance for accessing an interface for composing electronic mail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alan C. Dye, Christopher Patrick Foss, Imran Chaudhri, Jonathan R. Dascola, Jonathan P. Ive
  • Patent number: 10098224
    Abstract: Reinforcement components for electrical connections with limited accessibility Shield structures with reduced spacing between adjacent insulation components and systems and methods for making the same are provided. In some embodiments, a reinforcement component may be compressed between two portions of a first electronic component in order to deform the reinforcement component for filling in a void between the reinforcement component and a coupling formed between the first electronic component and a second electronic component. The first electronic component may be a flexible circuit component that may be folded over the reinforcement component prior to the reinforcement component being compressed. This may enable the reinforcement component to be effectively positioned with respect to the first electronic component prior to being deformed for reinforcing one or more couplings made between the first electronic component and the second electronic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Yindar Chuo, Nathan K. Gupta, Po-Jui Chen, Wei Lin, Wei-Hao Sun, Jui-Ming Yang
  • Patent number: 10098181
    Abstract: Determining whether to operate in a single radio access technology (RAT) mode or a dual RAT mode for a user equipment (UE) having a radio capable of communicating using at least a first RAT and a second RAT. The UE may determine whether current path loss for the first RAT exceeds a maximum path loss. Based on the results of determining whether the current path loss for the first RAT exceeds the maximum path loss, the UE may determine whether to operate in the single RAT mode or the dual RAT mode. Accordingly, based on this determination, the UE may operate in the single RAT mode or the dual RAT mode based on the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Prashant H Vashi, Vikram B Yerrabommanahalli, Teck Yang Lee
  • Publication number: 20180288295
    Abstract: A lighting module which provides adjustably controllable illumination of a camera field of view of a camera module includes an adjustable collimator which can be adjustably positioned such that the emitted light beam is adjustably directed to illuminate various regions of various camera fields of view. The collimator can be adjusted via an actuator which adjustably positions the collimator relative to static components of the lighting module, including the light emitter. The light beam can be directed to illuminate a selected limited region of a camera field of view, based on identification of a subject within the limited region. The light beam can be adjustably directed based on user interactions with a user interface, including adjusting the light beam according to user-commanded beam angle, intensity, and direction. The light beam can be adjustably directed to illuminate a region according to different fields of view of different camera modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Miodrag Scepanovic, Angelo M. Alaimo, Florian R. Fournier, Andreas G. Weber, Simon S. Lee
  • Publication number: 20180283878
    Abstract: Techniques are described for seamlessly transitioning from a map that displays out-of-doors elements to a map that displays indoor elements, in response to detecting a transition event. The transition event may be, for example, that a navigation system that is generating the out-of-doors map has moved to an indoors location. Techniques are also provided for navigating to a parking spot in a parking structure. Specifically, users may search for parking spots that satisfy specific criteria. The search for a parking spot that satisfies the criteria may be initiated at the time a trip begins, or may be automatically triggered by some event. For example, a search for available parking spots near a designated destination may be automatically initiated as a user comes within a predetermined distance of the designated destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Devrim Varoglu, Monika Bansal, Swapnil R. Dave
  • Publication number: 20180285325
    Abstract: A method for providing a dynamic loupe in a window of an electronic device. The method includes displaying a document in the window of the electronic device, displaying, using at least dimensions associated with a first sub-region of the document being displayed, the dynamic loupe for the first sub-region, receiving an instruction to associate the dynamic loupe with a second sub-region of the document being displayed, determining one or more dimensions of the second sub-region, and displaying, using at least the identified one or more dimensions, the dynamic loupe for the second sub-region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nils Beck, Conrad Carlen
  • Patent number: 10091725
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to a system and method for providing flexible receiver configuration in wireless communication systems, such as 802.11 WLAN systems. In one embodiment, a wireless device may transmit a first data frame including first configuration information specifying a first configuration of the receiver to notify a remote device that the wireless device intends to configure its receiver according to the first configuration. After receiving an acknowledgement frame confirming the first configuration information, the wireless device may configure the receiver according to the first configuration. In another embodiment, a wireless device may receive a first data frame including first configuration information and further including a request that the wireless device configure its receiver according to the first configuration. In response, the wireless device may configure the receiver according to the first configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Chiu Ngok E. Wong, Christiaan A. Hartman, Guoqing Li, Jarkko Lauri Sakari Kneckt, Joonsuk Kim
  • Patent number: 10091005
    Abstract: Gateway devices maintain presence information for various mobile devices. Each gateway is associated with a zone and manages presence information only for mobile devices associated with that zone. Courier devices back-propagate presence information for the mobile devices to respective gateways based at least on the respective zone associated with each mobile device. The gateways and couriers are dynamically configured such that messages can be pushed from a provider application to a mobile device via any gateway and any courier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kris M. Bell, Darryl Neil Bleau, Jeffrey Thomas Davey
  • Patent number: 10091143
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable medium are provided for providing dynamic rule-based messages. For example, a user device may identify physical activity information. Based at least in part on the activity information, the device may determine whether a physical activity goal has been reached. The device may determine whether to present a dynamic progress update message based at least in part on a time since a first activity message was presented and whether the physical activity goal has been reached. In some instances, when it is determined to present the dynamic progress update message, the device may access a data structure configured to maintain progress update information associated with respective time intervals. The device may then retrieve the dynamic progress update message that corresponds to a particular time interval from the data structure. The device may also present the message for the particular time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Kriz Blahnik, Eric D. Schlakman, Siji Rachel Tom, Daniel S. Keen, Aaron P. Thompson, Jed R. Cohen, Tasha R. Klubock
  • Patent number: 10091583
    Abstract: A home audio system that includes an audio receiver and one or more loudspeaker arrays is described. The audio receiver measures the acoustic properties of the room in which the loudspeaker arrays reside and the audio characteristics of the sound program content to be played through the loudspeaker arrays. Based on these measurements, the audio receiver assigns a directivity ratio and potentially various beam patterns to one or more segments of the sound program content. The assigned directivity ratio is used by the receiver to play the segment of the sound program content through the loudspeaker arrays. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Tomlinson M. Holman
  • Patent number: 10091705
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to techniques for avoiding denial of service in a wireless communication system. A wireless device may unsuccessfully attempt to obtain cellular service. Based at least in part on cause information for the unsuccessful attempt to obtain cellular service, and potentially also based at least in part on cause information for one or more previous unsuccessful attempts to obtain cellular service, the wireless device may selectively determine to disable one or more features at the wireless device, bar a cell on which the unsuccessful attempt to obtain cellular service is made, bar a public land mobile network on which the unsuccessful attempt to obtain cellular service is made, and/or bar a radio access technology according to which the unsuccessful attempt to obtain cellular service is made and perform a subsequent attempt to obtain cellular service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Murtaza A. Shikari, Srirang A. Lovlekar, Srinivasan Nimmala, Lakshmi N. Kavuri
  • Patent number: 10088308
    Abstract: An electronic device may include a motion sensor for detecting movement of the electronic device and a pressure sensor for detecting changes in elevation of the electronic device. Applications that run on the electronic device such as health and fitness applications may use motion sensor and pressure sensor data to track a user's physical activity. For example, processing circuitry in the electronic device may use the motion sensor to track a user's steps and the pressure sensor to track changes in the user's elevation. The processing circuitry may determine whether the user is climbing stairs based on the user's step rate and the user's changes in elevation. When the processing circuitry determines that the user is climbing stairs, the processing circuitry may use the pressure sensor and motion sensor to track and store the number of flights of stairs climbed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen P. Jackson, Hung A. Pham, Anh N. Phan, Shameek P. Ganguly
  • Patent number: 10091738
    Abstract: An entity, such as a base station, in a wireless communications network performs power control of a control channel based on one or more characteristics of a message in the control channel. For example, the control channel can be a paging channel. The one or more characteristics include, as examples, the size and/or the type of message in the control channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yuqiang Tang, Mark A. Harris
  • Patent number: 10091558
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a media content user interface. A media content provider includes storage for storing and serving video content to subscribers. The media content provider records and or otherwise stores video content from around the world. Subscribers are provided a user interface to the system that includes a channel bar. The channel bar is dynamically scoped responsive to interactions of a viewer with the system. Selectable elements within the channel bar provide direct access to related content regarding video content, such as television series information and cast information. In addition, the channel bar is operable in multiple modes. An EPG mode displays live video for multiple channels simultaneously. Themed modes permit channel bars that display content according to various themes which may be defined by a viewer, the provider, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory N. Christie, Alessandro Sabatelli, William M. Bachman, Imran Chaudhri, Jeffrey Robbin, Jim Young, Joe Howard, Marcel Van Os, Patrick L. Coffman, Stephen O. Lemay, Jeffrey Ma, Lynne Kress
  • Patent number: 10090358
    Abstract: A camera module assembly including a circuit carrier substrate having a first region integrally formed with a second region, the second region being movable with respect to the first region. The camera module assembly may further include an image sensor device positioned within a cavity formed in the first region of the circuit carrier substrate. The image sensor device may have a conductive via and a redistribution layer formed therein. The conductive via and the redistribution layer are electrically connected to the circuit carrier substrate along the side of the image sensor device facing the circuit carrier substrate. The camera module assembly further includes an electronic component positioned within a second cavity formed in the first region, the electronic component being electrically connected to the circuit carrier substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Annabelle Q. Yang, Steven Webster, Reynaldo Vincent H. Sta Agueda, Christopher Hunat
  • Patent number: 10085523
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a removable module and a housing for an attachment system of a consumer product. The removable module includes a locking mechanism comprising a first portion having a substantially planar top surface and second portion that comprises a substantially non-planar bottom surface. The first portion and the second portion are coupled together. The locking mechanism also includes a first spring mechanism coupled between the first portion and the second portion. The first spring mechanism causes the first portion to be biased away from the second portion. The locking mechanism also includes a second spring mechanism. The second spring mechanism causes the substantially planar top surface of the first portion to be biased substantially flush with respect to the removable module and also causes the substantially non-planar bottom surface of the second portion to be biased proud with respect to the removable module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan C. Perkins, Phillip M. Hobson, Michael J. Webb
  • Patent number: 10087505
    Abstract: Provided in one embodiment is a method of making use of foams as a processing aid or to improve the properties of bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy materials. Other embodiments include the bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy/foam composite materials made in accordance with the methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Prest, Matthew S. Scott, Stephen P. Zadesky, Dermot J. Stratton, Joseph C. Poole
  • Patent number: 10090876
    Abstract: An electronic device may have transparent structures. The transparent structures may include a transparent member such as a transparent button member, a transparent member that serves as a display cover layer, a transparent member that covers a sensor such as a touch sensor, or other transparent member. The transparent member may have an inner surface that is covered with an opaque masking layer that is free of materials that discolor upon light exposure and that is formed from a layer of polymer and light-scattering inclusions such as solid particles, hollow microspheres, porous particles, and voids. A protective layer such as an inorganic layer may be formed over the polymer layer. A fingerprint sensor, touch sensor, or other structures may be attached to the opaque masking layer using a layer of adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Naoto Matsuyuki, James R. Wilson, Matthew S. Rogers
  • Patent number: 10091775
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to providing system information for cell access to link budget limited devices. According to some embodiments, a base station may transmit an announcement information block (AIB) in a downlink shared data channel (e.g., PDSCH), wherein the AIB contains information useable by a UE in determining the location of system information in the downlink shared data channel. The UE can thus determine the location of and decode system information without having to decode a downlink control channel (e.g., PDCCH). This may be important for certain classes of devices, such as link budget limited devices, which have issues in decoding the downlink control channel. Improved paging scheduling techniques are also disclosed which more efficiently use PDCCH paging resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tarik Tabet, Awais M. Hussain, Syed Aon Mujtaba, Moustafa M. Elsayed
  • Patent number: 10089041
    Abstract: A method for data storage includes, in a storage device that communicates with a host over a storage interface for executing a storage command in a memory of the storage device, estimating an expected data under-run between fetching data for the storage command from the memory and sending the data over the storage interface. A data size to be prefetched from the memory, in order to complete uninterrupted execution of the storage command, is calculated in the storage device based on the estimated data under-run. The storage command is executed in the memory while prefetching from the memory data of at least the calculated data size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Arie Peled
  • Patent number: 10088927
    Abstract: Electronic devices may be provided that contain flexible displays and internal components. An internal component may be positioned under the flexible display. The internal component may be an output device such as a speaker that transmits sound through the flexible display or an actuator that deforms the display in a way that is sensed by a user. The internal component may also be a microphone or pressure sensor that receives sound or pressure information through the flexible display. Structural components may be used to permanently or temporarily deform the flexible display to provide tactile feedback to a user of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Fletcher R. Rothkopf, Scott A. Myers, Stephen Brian Lynch
  • Patent number: 10086484
    Abstract: Examples of tooling fixtures and methods for manufacturing computing devices are described. According to some examples, a computer component may be shaped using successive steps of forging after deep drawing. In some examples, certain components may be assembled to form sub-assemblies of computer components and the sub-assembly may then be machined to drive closer tolerances. According to other examples, a work holding tool is described which may include a first plurality of individually movable pins for supporting a first surface of a work piece, the tool also having a second plurality of individually movable pins for applying a restraining force over a second opposite surface of the work piece to retain the work piece in position while maintaining it in its natural state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Morgenstern, Laura M. DeForest, Michelle R. Goldberg, Nicholas Alan Rundle, Yuna Hu, Michael K. Morishita, Jacek M. Kolodziejski
  • Patent number: 10088937
    Abstract: A method is provided for fabricating a bending beam sensor coupled to a touch input device. The method includes providing a bending beam. The method also includes placing a first strain gauge and a second strain gauge on a surface of the beam near a first end of the beam, and aligning the first strain gauge and the second strain gauge with the beam along an axis. The first end is attached to a base. The method further includes coupling the first strain gauge and the second strain gauge to a plate of the touch input device and electrically connecting the first strain gauge and the second strain gauge such that a differential signal is obtained from the first strain gauge and the second strain gauge when a load is applied on the plate of the touch input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Storrs T. Hoen, Peteris K. Augenbergs, John M. Brock, Jonah A. Harley, Sam Rhea Sarcia
  • Patent number: 10089056
    Abstract: A first electronic device maintains a directed acyclic graph to represent content collaboratively edited by the first device and one or more second devices of multiple collaborating devices. The first device receives one or more editing inputs from one or more devices of the multiple collaborating devices. The first device modifies the directed acyclic graph based on relationships between the editing inputs and existing content objects embodied in the directed acyclic graph, traverses the directed acyclic graph in accordance with a predetermined ordering rule to obtain an object sequence, and, if a first editing input of the one or more editing inputs modifies a first existing sketch content object represented in the directed acyclic graph, updates a command sequence associated with the first existing sketch content object by merging each individual drawing command included the first editing input with a command sequence associated with the first existing sketch content object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: William J. Thimbleby
  • Patent number: 10089107
    Abstract: A method of generating a schema including receiving a data record having a record type name and one or more data values is provided. The data values are associated with data value names. The method includes determining whether a set of existing schemas includes a schema associated with the record type name, determining whether the schema includes an element having the same name as a corresponding data element of the record, and validating the corresponding data element against the schema element. A new schema element is added to the schema, the new schema element having the same name and type as the corresponding data element of the record. The method can further include indexing at least one of the one or more data values, which involves querying the indexed data, forming subscription lists for the data values, and forming a derived data value associated with one or more data values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas K. Puz, Jessica S. Cheng, Derrick S. Huhn, Kevin R. Lafferty, Amol V. Pattekar, Mitchell B. Rivera, Onar Vikingstad, Richard F. Wagner, Jeremy M. Werner
  • Patent number: 10090001
    Abstract: Method of speech enhancement using Neural Network-based combined signal starts with training neural network offline which includes: (i) exciting at least one accelerometer and at least one microphone using training accelerometer signal and training acoustic signal, respectively. The training accelerometer signal and the training acoustic signal are correlated during clean speech segments. Training neural network offline further includes (ii) selecting speech included in the training accelerometer signal and in the training acoustic signal, and (iii) spatially localizing the speech by setting a weight parameter in the neural network based on the selected speech included in the training accelerometer signal and in the training acoustic signal. The neural network that is trained offline is then used to generate a speech reference signal based on an accelerometer signal from the at least one accelerometer and an acoustic signal received from the at least one microphone. Other embodiments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lalin S. Theverapperuma, Vasu Iyengar, Sarmad Aziz Malik, Raghavendra Prabhu
  • Patent number: 10089959
    Abstract: A display may have an array of display pixels. Digital display data may be received by a digital-to-analog converter that converts the digital display data to analog display data. The magnitudes of the analog display data signals can be controlled by a regulated voltage received by the digital-to-analog converter. A brightness controller may have multiple peak luminance control (PLC) profiles. In accordance with an embodiment, a brightness setting may be processed by a lookup table to identify a pair of PLC profiles that is interpolated in order to obtain the desired regulated voltage. In accordance with another embodiment, a single PLC profile may be used that is a function of a combined parameter that takes into account both average frame luminance and the brightness setting. In accordance with yet another embodiment, a lookup table that specifies brightness setting offset values may be used to directly modulate the brightness setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mohammad Ali Jangda, Koorosh Aflatooni, Yafei Bi
  • Patent number: 10091754
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products for determining a location from non-line-of-sight (NLOS) signals are described. A processor can determine that multipath interferences of a signal reaching a receiver through different paths that are close in lengths may be mistakenly interpreted as additional time shift, (e.g., additional time delay or, in some cases, time advance) of the signal in calculating a timing of the signal. The processor can determine the possible differences between path lengths and then determine an amount of the additional time shift. The processor can determine a shift correction to remove effects caused by the additional time delay from the timing calculation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Isaac Thomas Miller, Jonathan Schoenberg
  • Patent number: 10089960
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for rendering and displaying high dynamic range (HDR) digital image content according to a perceptual model. A model of viewer perceptual range may be determined according to the perceptual model based on inputs including ambient lighting conditions, display panel characteristics (e.g., light leakage and reflected ambient light), and/or display panel settings. The system may determine, according to the model of viewer perceptual range, a brightness level that defines a lower portion and an upper portion of a display space of the display panel, and a maximum rendering value M. Digital image content may be rendered according to the maximum rendering value M to generate HDR content in a dynamic range of (0.0-M). The rendered HDR content may then be mapped into the display space of the display panel according to the brightness level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth I. Greenebaum, Ian C. Hendry, Eric L. Dacquay
  • Patent number: 10089072
    Abstract: This relates to systems and processes for using a virtual assistant to arbitrate among and/or control electronic devices. In one example process, a first electronic device samples an audio input using a microphone. The first electronic device broadcasts a first set of one or more values based on the sampled audio input. Furthermore, the first electronic device receives a second set of one or more values, which are based on the audio input, from a second electronic device. Based on the first set of one or more values and the second set of one or more values, the first electronic device determines whether to respond to the audio input or forego responding to the audio input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt W. Piersol, Ryan M. Orr, Daniel J. Mandel
  • Patent number: 10089840
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus organize a plurality of haptic output variations into a cohesive semantic framework that uses various information about the alert condition and trigger, application context, and other conditions to provide a system of haptic outputs that share characteristics between related events. In some embodiments, an event class or application class provides the basis for a corresponding haptic output. In some embodiments, whether an alert-salience setting is on provides the basis for adding an increased salience haptic output to the standard haptic output for the alert. In some embodiments, consistent haptics provide for branding of the associated application class, application, and/or context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Camille Moussette, Gary I. Butcher, Hugo D. Verweij, Jonathan Ive
  • Patent number: 10089077
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to performing arithmetic operations to generate values for different related threads. In some embodiments, the threads are graphics threads and the values are operand locations. In some embodiments, an apparatus performs an arithmetic operation using first circuitry, on type value inputs for different threads that are encoded to represent values to be operated on by the first circuitry. In some embodiments, second arithmetic circuitry is configured to perform an arithmetic operation on an output of the first circuitry and an input (e.g., address information such as a base and an offset) that is common to the different threads and has a greater number of bits than the output of the first circuitry. In various embodiments, disclosed techniques may allow decoding of encoded values for different threads (which may reduce memory requirements relative to non-encoded values) with a shorter critical path and lower power consumption, e.g., relative to sequential decoding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Liang-Kai Wang, Terence M. Potter, Brian K. Reynolds, Justin Friesenhahn
  • Patent number: 10089266
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a technique for maintaining a responsive user interface for a user while preserving battery life of a user device by dynamically determining the interrupt rate/interrupt time at the user device. Based on priority tier information associated with the I/O requests along with the directionality and size of the I/O requests, a determination can be made regarding how the interrupt rate/interrupt time can be adjusted to achieve acceptable user interface (UI) responsiveness and maximum power savings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Sarcone, Manoj K. Radhakrishnan, Etai Zaltsman
  • Patent number: 10089607
    Abstract: In order to facilitate conducting a financial transaction via wireless communication between an electronic device (such as a smartphone) and another electronic device (such as another smartphone), a secure element in the electronic device may generate, using an encryption key associated with the secure element, a signed blob based on a transaction amount and a merchant identifier. Then, the electronic device communicates connection information between the electronic device and the other electronic device. Moreover, the electronic device may establish a connection between the electronic device and the other electronic device based on the connection information, and may concurrently provide the signed blob to the other electronic device. After receiving a signed transaction blob from the other electronic device using the connection (which includes information needed to conduct the financial transaction), the electronic device provides the information to a server to conduct the financial transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mehdi Ziat, Kyle A. Diebolt
  • Patent number: 10089637
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for presenting event data in a heat-map interface. Event data describing user interactions with a content item can be gathered and used to generate the heat map. The gathered event data can be filtered prior to processing to exclude unnecessary or irrelevant event data. The event data can be filtered based on numerous criteria such as a determined type of user interaction, demographic data, location of the event data, content item, etc. Filtering rules can be based on an analysis of the content item to determine what event data to exclude and current performance of the system. The filtered event data can be presented in a heat-map interface that represents the frequency at which event data occurs on an item of content based on location. The event data is analyzed to determine optimization rules that dictate selection of content items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Bredenberg, Michael Froimowitz Greenzeiger
  • Patent number: 10089456
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices for generating an authentication key are provided. Two or more communications devices can generate an authentication key by monitoring a physical stimulus that is experienced by both devices (e.g., a common physical stimulus). Each device can then use an identical, predetermined algorithm to generate a common authentication key based on the stimulus. The devices can use the common authentication key to establish a secure network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Andrus, Philip F. Kearney, Christopher B. Zimmermann, Jeremy C. Franklin, Nathaniel S. Sharpe
  • Patent number: 10089512
    Abstract: A button assembly for an electronic device is disclosed. The button assembly integrates a biometric sensor below a top surface of the button. The button assembly is positioned relative to a secondary display of an electronic device. The secondary display can be positioned relative to a keyboard, such as above a top row of keys of the keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Y. Cao, Michael K. McCord, Simon R. Lancaster-Larocque
  • Patent number: 10091203
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of a portable storage device that provides a specialized network fileserver is described. In an exemplary method, the portable storage device retrieves a list of applications on the portable storage device, where each of the applications has a private filesystem. For each of the applications, the portable storage device determines if that application will share the corresponding private filesystem and adds that private filesystem to a shared filesystem of the portable storage device is that is shareable. The portable storage device further advertises the shared filesystem to a host that is coupled to the portable storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis C. Galloway, John Andrew Wright, Adi Masputra, Kwasi G Mireku
  • Patent number: 10090618
    Abstract: An electrical plug and receptacle relying on magnetic force from an electromagnet to maintain contact are disclosed. The plug and receptacle can be used as part of a power adapter for connecting an electronic device, such as a laptop computer, to a power supply. The plug includes electrical contacts, which are preferably biased toward corresponding contacts on the receptacle. The plug and receptacle each have a magnetic element. The magnetic element on one of the plug or receptacle can be a magnet or ferromagnetic material. The magnetic element on the other of the plug or receptacle is an electromagnet. When the plug and receptacle are brought into proximity, the magnetic attraction between the electromagnet magnet and its complement, whether another magnet or a ferromagnetic material, maintains the contacts in an electrically conductive relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Mark Edward Doutt, Bartley K. Andre, Kanye Lim, John C. DiFonzo, Jean-Marc Gery
  • Patent number: 10089853
    Abstract: Companion and accessory devices can be wirelessly leashed together in a manner that enables the devices to estimate their proximities to each other. One device can periodically attempt to detect a signal from the other device. For each attempt, the attempting device can store an indication of whether the signal was detected. If a number of times that the signal was undetected exceeds a threshold, then the attempting device can perform specified operations, such as alerting a user that the wireless leash was broken. As another example, one device can detect that a strength of a signal from the other device exceeds a threshold. In response, the detecting device can measure signal strengths more frequently. If the measuring device then detects that the signal strength exceeds another threshold, then the measuring device can cause specified operations to be performed, such as data synchronization between the devices or unlocking a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Tyler D. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10091345
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable medium for providing a media out interface. In one implementation, a method is provided. The method includes, at a host device, detecting a mobile device coupled to the host device, and displaying on a display device coupled to the host device an interface including interface elements, which can be manipulated by commands received from the mobile device or another device, wherein the interface enables control of the display of content received from the mobile device and displayed on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran A. Chaudhri, Vincenzo DeMarco, Scott Herz, Scott Forstall, Gregory N. Christie
  • Patent number: 10089931
    Abstract: An electronic device that includes a display is provided. The display may have a brightness that is controlled using a series of cascaded digital-to-analog converter circuits. The display may be calibrated at a series of predetermined display brightness settings. For display brightness settings that fall between two consecutive display brightness settings in the series of predetermined display brightness settings, voltage interpolation operations may be performed to obtain the corresponding display brightness settings. Performing voltage interpolations instead of digital brightness setting interpolation helps minimize luminance jumps and unexpected color shifts when adjusting the brightness of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Koorosh Aflatooni, Yafei Bi, Hung Sheng Lin, Mohammad Ali Jangda
  • Patent number: 10091897
    Abstract: A portable electronic device may have a clip. The clip may be mounted to a housing using hinge structures. The hinge structures may bias the clip towards a closed position. The clip may be opened to attach the portable electronic device to an object. When in the closed position, the clip may lie flush with the exterior of the device housing. Clip biasing may be provided using a torsion spring, a coil spring, a ribbon spring, a clip with built-in biasing, a tension spring, or a compression spring. A coupling mechanism may be used to attach the clip to the housing. The coupling mechanism may include a ratcheting rotatable mechanism, a fixed attachment structure, a flexible attachment structure, a removable structure, or a structure that includes a spring bias adjustment mechanism. The device may have a button with a touch sensor array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John Benjamin Filson, Pinida Jan Moolsintong, Stephen B. Lynch
  • Patent number: D829548
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Bartley K. Andre, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Shota Aoyagi, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Duncan Robert Kerr, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D829711
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Bartley K. Andre, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Duncan Robert Kerr, Shin Nishibori, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D829747
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Imran Chaudhri
  • Patent number: D829763
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Charles MacLean, Wyatt R. Mitchell, Diego Monzon Del Pino