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: 9860711
    Abstract: The present invention provides a solution to improve coverage and cell edge performance in a mobile user communication system is the use of fixed relays, which are pieces of infrastructure without a wired backhaul connection. The relays transmit or “relay” downlink messages between the base station (BS) and mobile stations (MSs) through a multi-hop communication. The present invention is a method and system for supporting a multiple user mobile broadband communication network that includes relay techniques suitable for user equipment in the downlink communication to the user equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hua Xu, Jianglei Ma, Hang Zhang, Ming Jia, Peiying Zhu, Lai King Tee, Jun Li
  • Patent number: 9860354
    Abstract: A speakerphone system integrated in a mobile device is automatically controlled based on the current state of the mobile device. In one implementation, the mobile device is controlled based on an orientation or position of the mobile device. In another implementation, the control of the speakerphone includes automatically controlling one or more graphical user interfaces associated with the speakerphone system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: John O. Louch
  • Patent number: 9860451
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a camera. While in a first media acquisition mode for the camera the device displays a live preview on the display. While displaying the live preview, the device detects activation of a shutter button. In response to detecting activation of the shutter button, the device groups a plurality of images acquired by the camera in temporal proximity to the activation of the shutter button into a sequence of images. The sequence of images includes: a plurality of images acquired by the camera prior to detecting activation of the shutter button; a representative image that represents the first sequence of images and was acquired by the camera after one or more of the other images in the first sequence of images; and a plurality of images acquired by the camera after acquiring the representative image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Henrique D. Penha, Sebastian J. Bauer, Imran A. Chaudhri, Graham R. Clarke, Alan C. Dye, Craig M. Federighi, Aurelio Guzman, Jonathan Ive, Nicholas V. King, Behkish J. Manzari, Charles A. Mezak, Justin S. Titi, Christopher I. Wilson, Elliott B. Harris, Emilie Kim
  • Patent number: 9860719
    Abstract: A method of setting up a call group for participation in a group call by a number of mobile devices in a mobile telecommunications network. The mobile telecommunications network includes a serving node in communication with the mobile devices. The method includes the serving node receiving data indicative of a group identifier from a given mobile device registered with the mobile telecommunications network. The method also includes defining a group call area using the received group identifier, and the serving node discriminating one call group registered with the telecommunications network from another call group registered with the telecommunications network based upon the defined group call area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joerg Becker, Martin Sauter, Timothy Longman
  • Patent number: 9860485
    Abstract: In video conferencing over a radio network, the radio equipment is a major power consumer especially in cellular networks such as LTE. In order to reduce the radio power consumption in video conferencing, it is important to introduce an enough radio inactive time. Several types of data buffering and bundling can be employed within a reasonable range of latency that doesn't significantly disrupt the real-time nature of video conferencing. In addition, the data transmission can be synchronized to the data reception in a controlled manner, which can result in an even longer radio inactive time and thus take advantage of radio power saving modes such as LTE C-DRX.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Y. Chung, Wen Zhao, Luciano M. Verger, Hyeonkuk Jeong, Gang Lu, Srinivasan Vasudevan, Xiaosong Zhou, Hsi-Jung Wu, James O. Normile
  • Patent number: 9859057
    Abstract: This application includes multiple embodiments related to capacitors. In some embodiments, capacitors are set forth as having terminal leads that extend in parallel and opposing axial directions. The embodiments discussed herein relate to a capacitor module including one or more anodized pellets for providing a charge storage within the capacitor module. The capacitor module can be configured as a surface mounted or non-surface mounted capacitor module. The capacitor module can include an array of anodized pellets arranged in multiple rows or columns of anodized pellets connected by conductive trace included in the capacitor module. In a non-surface mounted embodiment of the capacitor module, the capacitor module can include cathode and anode connections that are exclusively on the side surfaces of the capacitor module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gang Ning, Raul A. Perez, Parin Patel
  • Patent number: 9858491
    Abstract: A device may include a finger biometric sensor and a processor coupled thereto. The processor may acquire first and second finger matching biometric data based upon first and second finger placements adjacent the sensor. The processor may also perform a matching between the first and second finger matching data to generate composite finger matching data having an associated composite match score, perform another matching between the composite matching data and finger enrollment data when the composite match score exceeds a match threshold to generate an enrollment match score, and update the finger enrollment data with the composite matching data when the enrollment match score exceeds an enrollment threshold. In other embodiments, where the second finger matching data is acquired based upon a removal and replacement of the finger from adjacent the finger sensor, instead of or in addition to updating the finger enrollment data, a device function may be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Michael Boshra
  • Patent number: 9860848
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to techniques for estimating baseband power consumption and using the baseband power consumption estimation to select baseband operation features. According to some embodiments, one or more baseband power consumption modifiers occurring during an estimation window may be identified. Baseband power consumption of the wireless device during the estimation window may be estimated based on the identified baseband power consumption modifiers occurring during the estimation window. Baseband data throughput of the wireless device during the estimation window may also be estimated. One or more baseband operation characteristics may be selected based at least in part on the estimated baseband power consumption during the estimation window, possibly in conjunction with the estimated baseband data throughput during the estimation window, current wireless medium conditions, and/or other considerations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sunny Arora, Rati Agrawal, Sami M. Almalfouh, Xiantao Sun, Johnson O. Sebeni, Wael S. Barakat, Navid Damji, Srinivas Pasupuleti, Raghuveer Mallikarjunan
  • Patent number: 9860447
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a plurality of images is captured through an image sensor of a camera during a period of time. The plurality of images is registered to calculate an image-sensor-based measure of movement of the camera during the period of time. The image-sensor-based measure of movement is compared to a motion-sensor-based measure of movement of the camera during the period of time, and a systematic offset between the motion-sensor-based measure of movement and the image-sensor-based measure of movement is calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Beard, Paul M. Hubel
  • Patent number: 9858122
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus that allocate one or more physical compute devices such as CPUs (Central Processing Units) or GPUs (Graphical Processing Units) attached to a host processing unit running an application for executing one or more threads of the application are described. The allocation may be based on data representing a processing capability requirement from the application for executing an executable in the one or more threads. A compute device identifier may be associated with the allocated physical compute devices to schedule and execute the executable in the one or more threads concurrently in one or more of the allocated physical compute devices concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aaftab Munshi, Jeremy Sandmel
  • Patent number: 9857912
    Abstract: A portable input device is described. The portable input device can wirelessly send control signals to an external circuit. The control signals can derive from touch or gestures applied to a touch sensitive surface. The control signals can also include a mouse click equivalent control signal generated by mechanical manipulation of the portable input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Erik A. Uttermann, Rico Zorkendorfer, Andrew Lauder, Sean S. Corbin
  • Patent number: 9857521
    Abstract: A display may have an array of pixels that display images for a user. The backlight unit may have a light-guide layer. An array of light-emitting diodes may emit light into an edge of the light-guide layer. The light guide layer may overlap a backlight reflector. The backlight reflector may include a backlight reflector panel formed from a stack of dielectric layers on a rectangular substrate. The backlight reflector may also include a strip of backlight reflector tape having an edge that is overlapped by an edge portion of the backlight reflector panel. Color compensating features such as printed colored ink patterns may be formed on the backlight reflector to adjust the color of backlight illumination in portions of the backlight unit adjacent to the light-emitting diodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Chuan Pu, Shin-Ying Lu, Chenhua You, Sheng Min Wang, Jun Qi, Victor H. Yin
  • Patent number: 9860322
    Abstract: The embodiments set forth a technique for providing a stateless technique for distributing uploads. According to some embodiments, a system can include various computing devices, authorization servers, and storage destinations. Within the system, an authorization server assigns weight properties to each storage destination, and generates a set of tokens for subsequent assignment to the different storage destinations in accordance with their weight properties. More specifically, the authorization server is configured to perform an initial token drafting process that involves assigning the tokens to different storage destinations. As the current health of each storage destination changes over time, the authorization server is also configured to periodically perform (e.g., at a set interval) a supplemental token drafting process that involves updating the weight properties of each storage destination and redistributing the tokens in view of the updated weight properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ahmed M. Bashir, Theodore Hong
  • Patent number: 9860744
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable medium are provided for managing electronic content requests. For example, a user device may collect usage information associated with use of the user device. The user device may transmit data corresponding to a first category of usage information to a service provider. In some examples, a file that comprises a plurality of electronic content items can be received. The file may also contain logic for determining which of the content items to display. The logic may be executed to determine a particular item of the content items to display based at least in part on additional data corresponding to a second category of the usage information. In some examples, the user device may prepare the particular content item for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Julie W. Cheng, Kuriakose Sony Theakanath, Michael R. Siracusa, Ryan S. Mehlmauer, Sagar A. Joshi, Subash Sundaresan, Todd M. Teresi
  • Patent number: 9855637
    Abstract: A method and system for observing and monitoring thermal characteristics of a machining operation, such as a surface finishing operation, performed on a workpiece is disclosed. The surface finishing operation can be performed on the workpiece in order to remove a surface defect, e.g. a parting line, on a surface of the workpiece and/or to provide a mirror-like finish to the workpiece. In one embodiment, an emissive layer is applied to the workpiece to increase a thermal emissivity of the workpiece. In some embodiments, a finishing surface, such as a polishing or buffing wheel, and/or a lubricant used in a finishing operation is monitored. A thermal profile of the surface of the workpiece, finishing surface and/or lubricant can be obtained. The finishing operation can be modified in response to the monitored thermal characteristics to prevent the occurrence of defects and improve the efficacy of the finishing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lucas Allen Whipple, Simon Regis Louis Lancaster-Larocque, Collin D. Chan, Christopher R. Fagan, Vincent Yan, Ian S. Theilacker, Brian K. Miehm, Shravan Bharadwaj
  • Patent number: 9860841
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to a split communications fabric topology. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes a communications fabric structure with multiple fabric units. The fabric units may be configured to arbitrate among control packets of different messages. In some embodiments, a processing element is configured to generate a message that includes a control packet and one or more data packets. In some embodiments, the processing element is configured to transmit the control packet to a destination processing element (e.g., a memory controller) via the communications fabric structure and transmit the data packets to a data buffer. In some embodiments, the destination processing element is configured to retrieve the data packets from the data buffer in response to receiving the control packet via the hierarchical fabric structure. In these embodiments, bypassing the fabric structure for data packets may reduce power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Munetoshi Fukami, Srinivasa R. Sridharan, Harshavardhan Kaushikkar
  • Patent number: 9857897
    Abstract: An electronic device detects, on a touch-sensitive surface, a plurality of contacts via a plurality of intensity sensors. While detecting the plurality of contacts, the device assigns portions of an aggregate intensity of the contacts to each of the plurality of contacts based on: the first intensity measurement received from a first intensity sensor; the second intensity measurement received from a second intensity sensor; a location of the first intensity sensor relative to the touch-sensitive surface; a location of the second intensity sensor relative to the touch-sensitive surface; and a comparison between values of a set of one or more properties of the first contact and corresponding values of the second contact. In response to detecting the plurality of contacts, the device performs an operation based at least in part on the portion of the aggregate intensity assigned to the first contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Wayne C. Westerman
  • Patent number: 9858652
    Abstract: Techniques to generate global tone-mapping operators (G-TMOs) that, when applied to high dynamic range images, visually approximate the use of spatially varying tone-mapping operators (SV-TMOs) are described. The disclosed G-TMOs provide substantially the same visual benefits as SV-TMOs but do not suffer from spatial artifacts such as halos and are, in addition, computationally efficient compared to SV-TMOs. In general, G-TMOs may be identified based on application of a SV-TMO to a down-sampled version of a full-resolution input image (e.g., a thumbnail). An optimized mapping between the SV-TMO's input and output constitutes the G-TMO. It has been unexpectedly discovered that when optimized (e.g., to minimize the error between the SV-TMO's input and output), G-TMOs so generated provide an excellent visual approximation to the SV-TMO (as applied to the full-resolution image).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Graham D. Finlayson, Jakkarin Singnoo
  • Patent number: 9858636
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a configurable convolution engine that receives configuration information to perform convolution or its variant operations on streaming input data of various formats. To process streaming input data, input data of multiple channels are received and stored in an input buffer circuit in an interleaved manner. Data values of the interleaved input data are retrieved and forwarded to multiplier circuits where multiplication with a corresponding filter element of a kernel is performed. Varying number of kernels with different sizes and sparsity can also be used for the convolution operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Suk Hwan Lim, Junji Sugisawa, Muge Wang
  • Patent number: 9858990
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a register memory and circuitry. The register memory is configured to hold a minimal value specified for a performance measure of a given type of memory access commands, whose actual performance measures vary among memory devices. The circuitry is configured to receive a memory access command of the given type, to execute the received memory access command in one or more memory devices, and to acknowledge the memory access command not before reaching the minimal value stored in the register memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Liran Erez, Guy Ben-Yehuda, Avraham (Poza) Meir, Ori Isachar
  • Patent number: 9860747
    Abstract: A system and method synchronizes network data for a device registered to a user. The network data includes a list of a plurality of known wireless networks and authentication data associated with each of the known wireless networks. The method includes establishing a connection to a server of a synchronization network. The method includes transmitting identification data to the server. The identification data indicates the network data corresponding to the user to which the device is registered. The method includes receiving the list of known wireless networks from the server via the synchronization network. The method includes receiving a secure file including the authentication data from the server via the synchronization network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Vinesh Pallen, Kapil Chhabra, Artiom Shamis, Tito Thomas
  • Patent number: 9857193
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a method for an application executing on a mobile device. The method renders an animated navigation presentation for output to an external display screen not part of the mobile device. The navigation presentation includes an animated map showing at least a portion of a route to a destination. The method simultaneously displays information regarding a maneuver along the route on a display screen of the mobile device without displaying a same animated map on the mobile device. In some embodiments, the displayed information regarding the maneuver comprises a graphical instruction and a text instruction for a next maneuver along the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Emanuele Vulcano, Bradford A. Moore, Jorge Fino, Marcel van Os
  • Patent number: 9860436
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the present invention provide the ability to control a camera from a wearable mechanism device, such as a watch, pendant or other device with its own limited display. Certain embodiments of the present invention provide a wearable mechanism device for remotely controlling a camera with an intuitive user interface and sequencing of interface options. In one embodiment, the display on the wearable mechanism changes before a picture or video is taken with the electronic camera. Certain embodiments of the present invention provide the ability to partially control a camera from the wearable mechanism device, providing split control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Howard, Eric S. Lee, Hugh W. Johnson, James C. Dovey, Gregory R. Chapman, James D. Batson, George E. Williams, Walker J. Eagleston, Gregory B. Novick, Chanaka G. Karunamuni
  • Patent number: 9860429
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a sensor interface circuit that performs scaling of image data in a Bayer pattern without spreading defective pixels across multiple pixels. The sensor interface circuit may include a register circuit storing operating parameters of the sensor interface circuit. The sensor interface circuit includes a scaling circuit with a first defect pixel detection circuit to detect a first defective pixel in an input image by analyzing pixels in a line of an input image data along a first direction. A first scaling circuit is coupled to the first defect pixel detection circuit and generates a scaled line of pixels representing the line of the input image scaled along the first direction according to the operating parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: D. Amnon Silverstein, Jaewon Shin
  • Patent number: 9860932
    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: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daman Kapoor, Robert D. Watson
  • Patent number: 9860833
    Abstract: Some embodiments relate to an accessory device that may operate in a first mode, where the first radio of the accessory device is configured to perform cellular communication with a base station, or a second mode, where the second radio of the accessory device is configured to perform short-range communication with a companion device and utilize cellular functionality of the companion device to provide cellular communications through the companion device to the base station. The accessory device may operate to selectively transition between the first mode and the second mode based on one or more factors, such as signal strength of the short-range communication between the accessory device and the companion device, the relative batter level of the two devices, and/or a communications status of the companion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Samy Khay-Ibbat, Tarik Tabet, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto, Moustafa M. Elsayed
  • Patent number: 9859858
    Abstract: An unknown content audio signal that is input to an audio power amplifier and speaker that have a known gain and speaker sensitivity, is buffered. A portion of the buffered signal is provided to an automatic content recognition (ACR) system, and then a content identifier, of the unknown content signal, as provided by the ACR system is received. Previously determined metadata is also received, for a reference audio content signal that has been assigned to the content identifier. The metadata includes a previously determined reference measure of an audio signal characteristic for the reference content. An input measure of the audio signal characteristic is computed, for the unknown content, and compared with the reference measure. On that basis, and also based on the known gain and speaker sensitivity, at least one of a scalar gain and spectral shaping filtering that is being applied to the unknown content is adjusted. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Simon K. Porter, Afrooz Family, Martin E. Johnson, Richard M. Powell
  • Patent number: 9860095
    Abstract: This document describes techniques for performing non-coherent demodulation of a differentially modulated signal in a drift robust manner. A differentially modulated signal, including a plurality of symbols, may be received. Non-coherent domodulation of the differentially modulated signal may be performed. The non-coherent demodulation may include performing noise prediction using a high-pass filtered estimated error signal associated with the differentially modulated signal. In some embodiments, frequency offset estimation to reduce frequency offset of the differentially modulated signal may also be performed as part of the non-coherent demodulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Yuval Avner
  • Patent number: 9860660
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a housing. The housing may enclose an interior cavity. A speaker may be mounted in an opening in the housing. The interior cavity may serve as a sealed back volume for the speaker during normal operation of the speaker. During normal operation, control circuitry in the interior cavity plays audio content through the speaker. When it is desired to cool the control circuitry and the speaker, the control circuitry supplies a subaudible signal to the speaker. Airflow regulators having one-way valves and valves that are controlled by the control circuitry are mounted in the housing. Movement of a diaphragm in the speaker when the subaudible speaker is applied causes the diaphragm to pump air through the airflow regulators, creating a cooling airflow through the interior cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan P. Bosscher, Brad G. Boozer, Craig M. Stanley, Jeffrey C. Olson, John J. Baker, Phillip Michael Hobson, Stephen Brian Lynch
  • Patent number: 9855887
    Abstract: A system for optically stabilizing the projection light from a vehicle. The system includes a light source for generating and emitting light, an aperture, and a spatial light modulator for altering an illumination pattern of the light. The spatial light modulator disposed along an optical path extending from the light source to the aperture, wherein the light projects from the aperture. The system also includes an inertial-sensing. The inertial-sensing unit generates signals representing a position of the vehicle, an orientation of the vehicle, or both. The system further includes a control unit. The control unit receives signals from the inertial-sensing unit to determine changes in position and/or orientation of the vehicle relative to the road and sends signals to the spatial light modulator adjust an illumination pattern of the light to steer the light to a nominal value, defined by a vehicle in a level plane relative to a road system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel E. Potter, Matthew E. Last, Randol W. Aikin, Christy F. Cull, Malcolm J. Northcott
  • Patent number: 9858896
    Abstract: A luminescence shock avoidance algorithm selectively limits the brightness level of a display device when the display device is activated in a dark environment to prevent the temporary vision impairment that can occur when a display device is activated in a dark environment. The algorithm receives the state of the display (e.g. on or in standby mode), and can optionally receive an ambient lighting value from an ambient light sensor and a user-selectable manual brightness adjustment setting to determine whether luminescence shock avoidance should even be triggered, and if it is triggered, how much should the brightness level of the display be limited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Kai Achim Pantfoerder
  • Patent number: 9858925
    Abstract: A virtual assistant uses context information to supplement natural language or gestural input from a user. Context helps to clarify the user's intent and to reduce the number of candidate interpretations of the user's input, and reduces the need for the user to provide excessive clarification input. Context can include any available information that is usable by the assistant to supplement explicit user input to constrain an information-processing problem and/or to personalize results. Context can be used to constrain solutions during various phases of processing, including, for example, speech recognition, natural language processing, task flow processing, and dialog generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Robert Gruber, Christopher Dean Brigham, Daniel S. Keen, Gregory Novick, Benjamin S. Phipps
  • Patent number: 9857892
    Abstract: A computer or other electronic device including a processor and an input device, such as a track pad. The track pad being in communication with the processor and including a movable surface, a light source in communication with the processor, and an optical sensor in selective optical communication with the light source and in communication with the processor. The optical sensor detects movement of the movable surface by receiving light from the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Joel S. Armstrong-Muntner
  • Patent number: 9858948
    Abstract: An electronic device may include one or more microphones that monitor ambient noise and generate ambient noise data. The electronic device may include processing circuitry that receives the ambient noise data and compares the ambient noise data to a baseline ambient noise profile to detect changes in the ambient noise. Changes in the ambient noise may be caused by user gestures. The electronic device may compare the changes in the ambient noise to characteristic changes in ambient noise that are associated with user gestures to determine the user gesture made by a user. The processing circuitry may modify the operation of the electronic device based on the user gesture. An ambient noise input device may include surface features or movable components that cause the characteristic changes in the ambient noise. Ambient noise input devices may provide feedback to guide a user to provide input using ambient noise sensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joel S. Armstrong-Muntner, Nicholas Paul Joseph Allec, Xiaoyi Mu
  • Patent number: 9860446
    Abstract: Lens flare mitigation techniques determine which pixels in images of a sequence of images are likely to be pixels affected by lens flare. Once the lens flare areas of the images are determined, unwanted lens flare effects may be mitigated by various approaches, including reducing border artifacts along a seam between successive images, discarding entire images of the sequence that contain lens flare areas, and using tone-mapping to reduce the visibility of lens flare.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marius Tico, Paul M. Hubel, Frank Doepke, Todd S. Sachs
  • Publication number: 20170370776
    Abstract: This relates to sensor systems, detectors, imagers, and readout integrated circuits (ROICs) configured to selectively detect one or more frequencies or polarizations of light, capable of operating with a wide dynamic range, or any combination thereof. In some examples, the detector can include one or more light absorbers; the patterns and/or properties of a light absorber can be configured based on the desired measurement wavelength range and/or polarization direction. In some examples, the detector can comprise a plurality of at least partially overlapping light absorbers for enhanced dynamic range detection. In some examples, the detector can be capable of electrostatic tuning for one or more flux levels by varying the response time or sensitivity to account for various flux levels. In some examples, the ROIC can be capable of dynamically adjusting at least one of the frame rate integrating capacitance, and power of the illumination source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Miikka M. KANGAS, Michael J. BISHOP, Robert CHEN, David I. SIMON, Harold L. SONTAG III, George Dee SKIDMORE
  • Publication number: 20170372293
    Abstract: To facilitate conducting a secure transaction via wireless communication between a portable electronic device (such as a smartphone) and another electronic device (such as a point-of-sale terminal), the portable electronic device may, after a final command is received from the other electronic device, determine a unique transaction identifier for the secure transaction. In particular, the final command may be specific to an applet, stored in a secure element in the portable electronic device, which conducts the secure transaction. The secure element may generate the unique transaction identifier based on financial-account information associated with the applet, which is communicated to the other electronic device. Next, the secure element may provide, to a processor in the portable electronic device, an end message for the secure transaction with the unique transaction identifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ahmer A. KHAN, Zachary A. ROSEN, Joakim LINDE
  • Patent number: 9853667
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to techniques for estimating noise and interference in a wireless communication system in which neighbor and serving cell reference signals are colliding. A wireless device and a base station may establish a wireless communication link such that the base station acts as a serving cell to the wireless device. It may be determined that one or more neighboring cells have colliding reference signals with the serving cell. Neighbor load conditions may be determined. A neighbor reference signal interference cancellation policy may be selected based at least in part on the determined neighbor load conditions and the one or more neighboring cells having colliding reference signals with the serving cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Junsung Lim, Rati Agrawal, Sami M. Almalfouh, Johnson O. Sebeni, Swapna V. Iyer, Kanagaraj Porur Damodaran
  • Patent number: 9851845
    Abstract: An optically transparent force sensor element compares a force reading from a first strain-sensitive film element with a second strain-sensitive film element, having a compliant and thermally conductive intermediate layer positioned therebetween to compensate for temperature changes. While in the idle state, the optically transparent force sensor can be periodically calibrated to account for additional changes in temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Smith, Manu Agarwal
  • Patent number: 9848690
    Abstract: A high strength retention loops for a wearable band of an electronic device and method of forming the retention loop. The retention loop of the wearable band may include a bottom layer, a tensile member encircling the bottom layer, and a top layer positioned adjacent to and substantially encircling the bottom layer and the tensile member. A distinct retention loop may include a single piece of folded leather material having an exterior portion, and two interior portions positioned adjacent the outer portion. The distinct retention loop may also include a tensile member positioned between the exterior portion and the two interior portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Rohrbach, James J. Griffin, II, Edward Siahaan, Benjamin A. Shaffer, Adam K. Eschner
  • Patent number: 9850062
    Abstract: Packaging with a double collar lid may be used for any type of consumer product, including electronic devices. The packaging includes a base, a tray disposed within the base, and a lid comprising an outer portion and a first inner collar. The tray is configured to support an electronic device to be raised relative to a bottom of the base with an available area for the electronic device disposed above a top of the base. The first inner collar is configured to constrain the position of the electronic device within the available area such that when the lid is removed from the base the electronic device is framed by the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Ricardo Alba Mariano
  • Patent number: 9853671
    Abstract: Electronic devices are provided with ejectable component assemblies. The ejectable component assembly may include a tray that can be loaded with one or more removable modules, wafers coupled to circuit boards, cages and retaining plates to assist in retaining the tray within the assembly. The ejectable component assembly may include springs operative to engage detents in the tray to retain the tray in the assembly. The ejectable component assembly may include a tray ejector mechanism for ejecting the tray from the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Scott A. Myers, Erik L. Wang, Jason S. Sloey
  • Patent number: D806388
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Marine C. Bataille, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, Markus Diebel, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Julian Jaede, Duncan Robert Kerr, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Sung-Ho Tan, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D806537
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Evan Cernokus, Mark T. Uyeda
  • Patent number: D806569
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Brunner, Robert Boyd, Eric D. Fields, Bart Jansen, Christopher Kuh, Hamish S. Thain, Kenneth Robert Weimer
  • Patent number: D806695
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Duncan Robert Kerr, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D806700
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Marine C. Bataille, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniele De Iuliis, Markus Diebel, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Julian Jaede, Duncan Robert Kerr, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Joe Sung-Ho Tan, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D806701
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Marine C. Bataille, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniele De Iuliis, Markus Diebel, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Julian Jaede, Duncan Robert Kerr, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Joe Sung-Ho Tan, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D806705
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Marine C. Bataille, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniele De Iuliis, Markus Diebel, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Julian Jaede, Duncan Robert Kerr, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Joe Tan, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D806738
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matt Evans, Gerhard Lengeling, Alexander Harry Little, Mingxin Yu