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: 9939783
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a compound designed to raise a surface tension of a water-based solution. The electronic device may include a vent feature to allow air to pass through the vent feature such that the air reaches a component in the electronic device. The vent feature may include a first vent structure and a second vent structure, both of which combine to confine the compound. When the water-based solution passes through an electronic device opening, the water-based solution may reach the first vent structure. If a surface tension is sufficiently low, the water-based solution may pass through the first vent structure. However, the water-based solution may then reach the compound causing the compound to dissociate, forming form positive and negative ions that attract molecules of the water-based solution. Then, the water-based solution surface tension increases and does not pass through the first vent structure or the second vent structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alvin J. Hilario, Jason J. Huey, Moahni L. Maharaj
  • Patent number: 9939899
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to detecting hand gesture input using an electronic device, such as a wearable device strapped to a wrist. The device can have multiple photodiodes, each sensing light at a different position on a surface of the device that faces skin of a user. Examples of the disclosure detect hand gestures by recognizing patterns in sensor data that are characteristic of each hand gesture, as the tissue expands and contracts and anatomical features in the tissue move during the gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Paul Joseph Allec, Xiaoyi Mu
  • Patent number: 9941800
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system that operates switched-mode power supplies, such as flyback converters. The power supplies may comprise isolated or non-isolated power converters. During operation, the system senses an on-time of a primary switch in the power converter. Upon detecting that the on-time does not exceed an on-time threshold within a first pre-specified period that spans one or more switching cycles, the system extends the on-time during a subsequent switching cycle to at least meet the on-time threshold. The system may then measure the voltage on one or more reference windings of the power converter during the on-time of the subsequent switching cycle, wherein the reference winding may comprise, e.g., an auxiliary winding of the primary winding of the power converter or a secondary winding of the power converter (e.g., in the case of isolated power converters utilizing a transformer).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Juan Carlos Pastrana, Manisha P. Pandya, Sameer G. Kelkar, Nicholas A. Sims
  • Patent number: 9940879
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to systems and techniques for calibrating displays to improve the white point uniformity between similar type devices. In one embodiment, a backlight includes multiple strings of LEDs, where each string is driven by a separate driver, or driver channel. Each string may be separately tested at a base current to determine its emitted chromaticity, and values indicative of the emitted chromaticities may be stored within the backlight as calibration values. The calibration values may then be used to determine the driving strength for each string that allows the display to produce the target white point when the light from the strings is mixed. Further, in certain embodiments, adjustments also may be made to the LCD panel based on the emitted chromaticities at the base current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Shawn Robert Gettemy, Joshua Grey Wurzel, Jean-Pierre Simon Guillou, Ming Xu, David Andrew Doyle
  • Patent number: 9940629
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for gifting and personalizing a digital media item, particularly an electronic book. A system is described that includes personalizing a digital media item that is to be gifted from a first person to one or more people. The digital media item can be personalized using a segment of the digital media item that the first person associated with the second person. Depending on the second person's response, the gift can be accepted, rejected, or re-gifted. News of the second person's response can be automatically transmitted to a plurality of social networking services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Casey Maureen Dougherty, Melissa Breglio Hajj
  • Patent number: 9940866
    Abstract: A display may have an array of pixels. The array of pixels may have a shape such as a circular shape or other shape with a curved edge. Display driver circuitry may supply data signals to the pixels using folded vertical data lines and bisected horizontal gate lines. Each folded vertical lines may have a first segment in a left half of the array and a second segment in a right half of the display. Curved coupling segments in an inactive area of the display may be used in joining the first and second segments. Display driver circuits may be provided in top and bottom portions of the inactive area to supply data to respective top and bottom portions of the array. Gate driver output buffers may have different strengths in different rows of the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Chin-Wei Lin, Zhen Zhang, Shih Chang Chang, Sang Ha Kim
  • Patent number: 9939721
    Abstract: An optical device includes a first plate having a first transparent region defining an exit face of the device, and a second plate having a second transparent region defining an entrance face of the device. At least one lens is formed over at least one of the first and second transparent regions. First and second planar reflectors are spaced apart and fixed between the first and second plates in mutually-parallel orientations diagonal to the first and second plates, thereby defining an optical path through the device from the entrance face, reflecting from the first and second reflectors, through the exit face and passing through the at least one refractive surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Moshe Kriman, Adar Magen
  • Patent number: 9942755
    Abstract: The embodiments set forth techniques for an embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card (eUICC) to conditionally require, when performing management operations in association with electronic Subscriber Identity Modules (eSIMs), human-based authentication. The eUICC receives a request to perform a management operation in association with an eSIM. In response, the eUICC determines whether a policy being enforced by the eUICC indicates that a human-based authentication is required prior to performing the management operation. Next, the eUICC causes the mobile device to prompt a user of the mobile device to carry out the human-based authentication. The management operation is then performed or ignored in accordance with results of the human-based authentication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Xiangying Yang, Li Li, Jerrold Von Hauck
  • Patent number: 9939872
    Abstract: A device with a touch-sensitive display and a battery can determine a battery level of the battery, and in accordance with a determination that the battery level is at or below a first threshold value, cause a haptic output and/or enter a low-power mode. While in low-power mode, the device may produce different outputs in response to user inputs than while in a normal power mode. In some embodiments, while in the low-power mode, the device may display only the time and an indication that the device is in a low-power mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: David Chance Graham, Imran Chaudhri, Alan C. Dye, Christopher Patrick Foss, Jonathan P. Ive, Kevin M. Lynch, Christopher Wilson, Lawrence Y. Yang
  • Patent number: 9939703
    Abstract: Electrochromic devices having reduced switching times and their methods of manufacturing are presented. In one instance, the electrochromic device includes a transparent substrate having a surface. A first transparent conductive layer is disposed on a portion of the surface. The electrochromic device also includes an optically active layer disposed on the first transparent conductive layer. The optically active layer is configured to alter optical properties in response to an applied electric field. A second transparent conductive layer is disposed on the optically active layer. The electrochromic device additionally includes a patterned conductive layer disposed on the second transparent conductive layer and defining an array on the second transparent conductive layer. The array partitions the electrochromic device into a plurality of electrochromic cells. Other electrochromic devices and methods are presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Que Anh S. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9939950
    Abstract: Operating touch screens by applying more than one voltage modes, including a first voltage mode corresponding to a display phase and a second voltage mode corresponding to a touch sensing phase, is provided. An integrated touch screen device can include a multi-mode power system that can select a first voltage mode corresponding a display phase and a second voltage mode corresponding to a touch sensing phase. Each of one or more voltages can be applied to the touch screen at the corresponding first voltage level during the updating of the image. A touch sensing system can sense touch during a touch sensing phase. Each of one or more voltages can be applied to the touch screen at the corresponding second voltage level during the sensing of touch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marduke Yousefpor, Kevin J. White
  • Publication number: 20180098196
    Abstract: This disclosure describes embodiments for harvesting and serving labels for locations. In an embodiment, a method comprises: receiving, by one or more server computers, location data including wireless access point data and location labels associated with significant locations, the location data being harvested from a plurality of devices operating at a plurality of geographic locations; and updating, by the one or more server computers, a plurality of fingerprints representing the plurality of geographic locations, the updating including associating at least one of the received location labels with at least one of the plurality of fingerprints.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Dal Santo, Stephen J. Rhee, Ronald K. Huang, Nicholas M. Holt
  • Patent number: 9934066
    Abstract: The method for managing a plurality of windows of a browser application on an electronic device includes assigning a priority level to each process, including the browser application, running on the device, and distributing computing resources based on priority level. In response to receiving an action to open a window, the browser application starts the execution of a process for opening the window, associates the process with the window, and assigns a priority level to the process associated with the window. The browser application then monitors an activity level of each process associated with its windows. If the activity level decreases, the browser application assigns the process with the decreased activity level to a lower priority level. If requested computing resources exceed a maximum threshold, a process is selected from the lowest priority level processes, and the selected process is suspended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gavin Barraclough, Samuel M. Weinig
  • Patent number: 9935741
    Abstract: In general, to provide acknowledgment information by a first wireless device, the first wireless device sends repeated instances of acknowledgment information in respective first and second frame structures, in response to receipt of first information from a second wireless device. In addition, the first wireless device also sends further acknowledgment information in the second frame structure that is responsive to second information received from the second wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jun Li, Lai King Tee
  • Patent number: 9935742
    Abstract: A user equipment (UE) implements improved communication methods which enable uplink (UL) transmissions consistent with an UL timeline. The UE may have a transmit duty cycle and may transmit acknowledge/negative acknowledge messages to a base station according to the transmit duty cycle. Additionally, the UE may be configured to determine signal-to-interference-plus noise ratio (SINR) between the UE and the base station and compare SINR to a threshold. The UE may transmit redundancy versions of data in consecutive sub-frames with a duty cycle of two transmissions per X+1 sub-frames if SINR is equal or above the threshold and redundancy versions using a duty cycle of one transmission per X sub-frames if SINR is below the threshold. Further, the UE may be configured to communicate a number of UL HARQ processes supported by the UE, receive first information in a first sub-frame, and send second information X sub-frames after the first sub-frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tarik Tabet, Syed Aon Mujtaba
  • Patent number: 9934201
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system are provided for displaying a graphical representation of at least a portion of a file by interfacing with a graphical interface relating to the file. A request for viewing a file content is received. A window for viewing a graphical representation of at least a portion of the content of a file is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Gene Z. Ragan
  • Patent number: 9936343
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a wireless device that can adapt a rate of related wireless network unit scans for adjacent networks is disclosed. In one embodiment, the wireless device can include a wireless network unit and a co-located geo-location signal receiver, and a processor. The processor can determine the position and speed of the wireless device from data received from the geo-location signal receiver. The processor can configure the wireless network unit to adapt the rate of related wireless network scans based upon determined speed and position. In one embodiment, the wireless network unit scans can be wireless scans for other nearby networks for roaming or location based services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Suresh Nagaraj
  • Patent number: 9935087
    Abstract: Vertically stacked system in package structures are described. In an embodiment, a package includes a first level molding and fan out structure, a third level molding and fan out structure, and a second level molding and fan out structure between the first and third levels. The second level molding and fan out structure includes back-to-back facing die, with a front surface of each die bonded to a redistribution layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jun Zhai, Kunzhong Hu
  • Patent number: 9935804
    Abstract: A method includes: determining a Cyclic Shift (CS) parameter that implicitly indicates an orthogonality allocation rule and orthogonality-related information, by determining a multiple access state of a User Equipment (UE), and transmitting the determined CS parameter to the UE, wherein the orthogonality-related information includes an Orthogonal Cover Code indicated by the CS parameter, the orthogonality allocation rule is determined as a uniform scheme or a non-uniform scheme according to the CS parameter, determining the CS parameter by which the non-uniform scheme is applied if the UE is in a Single User Multiple Input Multiple Output state, and determining the CS parameter by which the uniform scheme is applied if the UE is in a Multiple User Multiple Input Multiple Output state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sungjun Yoon, Kyoung-min Park
  • Patent number: 9934548
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to storing primitive information for tile-based graphics rendering. In some embodiments, primitive information is stored using hierarchically arranged bins. In some embodiments, information for a given primitive may be stored at multiple levels in the hierarchy. For example, in some embodiments a graphics processor is configured to store primitive information for a primitive in a particular bin if the primitive (1) completely covers the area in screen space corresponding to the particular bin and (2) the primitive is not listed in any bins that correspond to a larger area that includes the area corresponding to the particular bin. This may reduce memory requirements because the memory needed for each primitive may be proportional to the width (or height) of the primitive multiplied by the log of the width (or height), rather than the area of the primitive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jacob N. Smith
  • Patent number: 9933913
    Abstract: A portable electronic device displays a plurality of icons (e.g., graphical objects) in a region in a touch-sensitive display; detects a predefined user action, with respect to the touch-sensitive display, for initiating a predefined user interface reconfiguration process; and varies positions of one or more icons in the plurality of icons in response to detecting the predefined user action. The varying includes varying the positions of the one or more icons about respective average positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Marcel Van Os, Freddy Allen Anzures, Scott Forstall, Greg Christie, Imran Chaudhri
  • Patent number: 9934661
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are disclosed that allow an electronic device to autonomously adapt one or more user alerts of the electronic device. For example, some embodiments may include a method for operating a haptic device including driving a haptic device using a control signal, measuring a frequency related to the operation of the haptic device and comparing the measured frequency with a target frequency. A control signal is adjusted based on the comparison to drive the haptic device to the target frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Hill
  • Patent number: 9933833
    Abstract: A wearable computing device can detect device-raising gestures. For example, onboard motion sensors of the device can detect movement of the device in real time and infer information about the spatial orientation of the device. Based on analysis of signals from the motion sensors, the device can detect a raise gesture, which can be a motion pattern consistent with the user moving the device's display into his line of sight. In response to detecting a raise gesture, the device can activate its display and/or other components. Detection of a raise gesture can occur in stages, and activation of different components can occur at different stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoyuan Tu, Anil K. Kandangath
  • Patent number: 9935859
    Abstract: Loading estimation of 3GPP networks. One or more metrics relating to a cell of a 3GPP network may be measured. Loading of the cell may be estimated based on the one or more metrics. The metrics may include metrics measured, estimated, or derived at multiple layers, possibly including one or more of physical layer, radio link control layer, radio resource control layer, or application layer metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sarma V. Vangala, Tarik Tabet, Swaminathan Balakrishnan, Yuchul Kim, Navid Damji, Sreevalsan Vallath, Samy Khay-Ibbat, Syed Aon Mujtaba
  • Patent number: 9933879
    Abstract: A touch sensor panel configured to switch between a mutual capacitance touch sensing architecture and a self-capacitance touch sensing architecture is provided. The touch sensor panel includes circuitry that can switch the configuration of touch electrodes to act as either drive lines in a mutual capacitance configuration or as sense electrodes in a self-capacitance configuration. The touch sensor panel also includes circuitry that can switch the configuration of touch electrodes to act as either sense lines in a mutual capacitance configuration or as sense electrode in a self-capacitance configuration. By splitting a self-capacitance touch mode into a drive line self-capacitive mode and sense line self-capacitive mode, the touch sensor panel is able to reuse components thus requiring less space, weight and power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Weijun Yao, Kingsuk Brahma, Taif A. Syed
  • Patent number: 9934430
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media related to a technique for providing handwriting input functionality on a user device. A handwriting recognition module is trained to have a repertoire comprising multiple non-overlapping scripts and capable of recognizing tens of thousands of characters using a single handwriting recognition model. The handwriting input module provides real-time, stroke-order and stroke-direction independent handwriting recognition. User interfaces for providing the handwriting input functionality are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jannes G. A. Dolfing, Karl M. Groethe, Ryan S. Dixon, Jerome R. Bellegarda
  • Patent number: 9934915
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a stack-up for an input device. The stack-up may include a flexible substrate having a switch and a light source. The switch has at least two contacts that are bridged in response to actuation of a dome that is positioned above the switch. The flexible substrate includes a signal trace for detecting the actuation of the dome and a power trace for providing power to the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Robert Y. Cao, Dinesh C. Mathew
  • Patent number: 9935631
    Abstract: A control indication assembly. A first control mounted on a surface of a computer is coupled to a first sensor, to a first sensing circuit to send an electrical signal to the first control when a user-touch occurs to the first sensor, and to a first indicator to indicate an occurrence of said user-touch. A second control mounted on a surface of a display which is coupled to the computer is coupled to a second sensor, to a second sensing circuit to send an electrical signal to said second control when said user-touch occurs to the display, and to a second indicator to indicate an occurrence of the user-touch. The first and second control are configured such that the first and second indicator are synchronized to exhibit identical behaviors when the user-touch occurs to either the first control or the second control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Gong, Brian Q. Huppi, Christoph H. Krah, Richard D. Cappels, Duncan R. Kerr, Michael Culbert
  • Patent number: 9936344
    Abstract: Systems, methods, devices and computer-readable storage mediums are disclosed for managing location sharing requests. In various implementations, a requesting device or a server computer in communication with the requesting device, receives a location sharing request associated with a user and, in response, sends a notification to a companion device associated with the user. A location of the companion device is received from the companion device together with a list of one or more devices associated with the user that are paired with the companion device and a connection status for at least one of the one or more paired devices. The connection status indicates if there is a direct communication link established between the paired device and the companion device. A notification is sent to each disconnected paired device based on the connection status. Each disconnected device that is worn or carried by the user responds with their location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Lopatin, Emmanuel Lalande, Navin Bindiganavile Suparna, Raghunandan K. Pai, Sarish Jain, Siva Ganesh Movva, Tommy Rochette
  • Patent number: 9933875
    Abstract: A circuit panel of an electronic device is disclosed. The circuit panel includes a substantially flat surface including an active area of the electronic device; a bent border area contiguous with and extending from the active area of the substantially flat surface; and a plurality of traces coupled to the active area and routed in the bent border area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Steven J. Martisauskas
  • Patent number: 9936284
    Abstract: An earphone comprising an earphone housing having a body portion, the body portion having an acoustic output opening to output sound from a driver positioned therein into an ear of a user. An acoustic tuning member is positioned within the body portion. The acoustic tuning member defines a back volume chamber of the driver and includes an acoustic output port for outputting sound from the back volume chamber of the driver to improve an acoustic performance of the earphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Michael B. Howes, Yacine Azmi, Scott P. Porter, Jonathan S. Aase
  • Patent number: 9935918
    Abstract: Technologies are described for using a cloud-based computer system to access services provided by a particular server over public Internet Protocol (IP) connections. In one aspect, a system includes a first computer system configured to run the particular server to provide a first service over public IP connections; and a second computer system configured to run a second server, where the particular server transmits, over public IP connections, a request for the second server to check the first service, where, responsive to receipt of the request for the second server to check the first service, the second server provides, to the particular server over public IP connections, information relating to whether the first service is available over public IP connections, and where the particular server updates an availability status of the first service over public IP connections based on the information provided by the second server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Thomassian, Jeffrey H. Michaud, Sathish K. Narayanaswamy, Jason Allen Townsend, Amul Goswamy
  • Patent number: 9933901
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are provided for enabling efficient control of a media application at a media electronic device by a user electronic device, and, more particularly, for reducing perceived latency of and/or input response time to control data that may be provided by a user electronic device for a media application running on a media electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jacques P. Gasselin de Richebourg, Norman N. Wang, James J. Cwik
  • Patent number: 9934790
    Abstract: A system for producing an encoded digital audio recording has an audio encoder that encodes a digital audio recording having a number of audio channels or audio objects. An equalization (EQ) value generator produces a sequence of EQ values which define EQ filtering that is to be applied when decoding the encoded digital audio recording, wherein the EQ filtering is to be applied to a group of one or more of the audio channels or audio objects of the recording independent of any downmix. A bitstream multiplexer combines the encoded digital audio recording with the sequence of EQ values, the latter as metadata associated with the encoded digital audio recording. Other embodiments are also described including a system for decoding the encoded audio recording.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Frank Baumgarte
  • Patent number: 9935388
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus that may provide audio jacks capable of providing a sufficient retention force to avoid some inadvertent extractions of an audio plug. Examples may also provide audio jacks that may be readily assembled. Other examples may provide other types of connectors. These audio jacks or other connectors may provide contact structures having one or more contacts, each having a contact support to increase contact retention force. Different materials may be used to form the contacts and the contact supports. In this way, contacts may be formed using a highly conductive material, while the contact supports may be formed of a material having good spring characteristics. While such a contact may not be able to provide an adequate retention force on its own, the use of a contact support may sufficiently increase the retention force to prevent accidental extractions of an audio plug or other connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: George Tziviskos, Paul J. Hack, Zheng Gao
  • Patent number: 9935076
    Abstract: Systems that include integrated circuit dies and voltage regulator units are disclosed. Such systems may include a voltage regulator module and an integrated circuit mounted in a common system package. The voltage regulator module may include a voltage regulator circuit and one or more passive devices mounted to a common substrate, and the integrated circuit may include a System-on-a-chip. The system package may include an interconnect region that includes wires fabricated on multiple conductive layers within the interconnect region. At least one power supply terminal of the integrated circuit may be coupled to an output of the voltage regulator module via a wire included in the interconnect region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Vidhya Ramachandran, Jun Zhai, Chonghua Zhong, Kunzhong Hu, Shawn Searles, Joseph T. DiBene, II, Mengzhi Pang
  • Patent number: 9933935
    Abstract: An electronic device with a display and a touch-sensitive surface automatically crops a video content item in an editing mode of a video application; displays an automatically cropped area of the video content item on the display in the editing mode of the video application; and, while displaying the cropped area of the video content item on the display in the editing mode of the video application: detects a gesture on the touch-sensitive surface; and, in response to detecting the gesture on the touch-sensitive surface: overrides automatic cropping of the video content item by modifying the cropped area of the video content item in accordance with the gesture; and displays the modified cropped area of the video content item on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Gary W. Flint
  • Patent number: 9934014
    Abstract: An electronic device (such as a cellular telephone) automatically installs and optionally personalizes a purposed application (which is sometimes referred to as an ‘applet’) on a secure element in the electronic device (which is sometimes referred to as ‘applet creation’). In particular, when a digitally signed installation package containing the applet is received from an installing device (such as a server), the secure element verifies the digital signature of the installation package using an encryption key associated with a vendor of the secure element. Then, the secure element installs the applet. In addition, the secure element may optionally export user data from another applet installed on the secure element. Moreover, the secure element may personalize the installed applet using the user data from the other applet. In this way, the electronic device provides a scalable installation solution while allowing personalization from the other applet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle A. Diebolt, Mehdi Ziat
  • Patent number: 9933527
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products for determining the location and direction of travel of a mobile device using map vector constraints is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Donald MacGougan, Stephen J. Rhee, Robert Mayor, Ronald K. Huang
  • Patent number: 9935413
    Abstract: A hinge pin includes a pin body, a first electrical connector located at a first end of the pin body, a second electrical connector located at a second end of the pin body, and electrical conductors that electrically connect the first electrical connector and the second electrical connector. The hinge pin may be incorporated in a hinge to connect a first hinge part and a second hinge part for rotation. The hinge may be incorporated in an apparatus in which first and second wire harnesses are connected to the first and second electrical connectors of the hinge pin by third and fourth electrical connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel G. Fowle
  • Patent number: 9934612
    Abstract: Method for determining the pose of a camera with respect to an object of a real environment for use in authoring/augmented reality application that includes generating a first image by the camera capturing a real object of a real environment, generating first orientation data from at least one orientation sensor associated with the camera or from an algorithm which analyzes the first image for finding and determining features which are indicative of an orientation of the camera, allocating a distance of the camera to the real object, generating distance data indicative of the allocated distance, determining the pose of the camera with respect to a coordinate system related to the real object of the real environment using the distance data and the first orientation data. May be performed with reduced processing requirements and/or higher processing speed, in mobile device such as mobile phones having display, camera and orientation sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Meier, Selim Ben Himane, Stefan Misslinger, Ben Blachnitzky
  • Patent number: D814345
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan P. Siegel, Christopher M. Green, Stefan Behling, David Summerfield, James McGrath, Christopher Daniel Peak, Patrick O'Brien, Jennifer Ross Wynn, Andrea Fender Badgley, Richard P. Howarth, Rafe Bertram, John De Maio, Susana Varela De Sagarra, Raoul Skrein Bumballa, Neil Bancroft, Charlotte Hofstetter, Afroditi Kavallieraki
  • Patent number: D814422
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 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: D814423
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 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: D814438
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Brunner, Christopher Kuh
  • Patent number: D814487
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Christopher Capela, Gary William Gehiere, Markus Hagele, Alden Maxwell Haley, Alexander Charles MacLean, Parthiban Mohanraj, Roger Rock Rosner
  • Patent number: D814496
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: William Martin Bachman, Matt Fukuda, Michael Nino
  • Patent number: D814497
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran Chaudhri, Richard Dellinger, Jonathan P. Ive
  • Patent number: D814514
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alan C. Dye, Aurelio Guzmán, Jonathan P. Ive, Christopher Wilson
  • Patent number: D815137
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Lee Coffman, Raymond Sepulveda, Chun Kin Minor Wong