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: 9854421
    Abstract: Methods and nodes for coordinating communication sessions are described herein. A method includes providing, by a control system, a signaling anchor point at a domain transfer function in a visited multimedia subsystem for an access signaling leg and a remote access signaling leg for a communication session between a user element and a public service access point and coordinating call signaling for the communication session via the access signaling leg and the remote signaling leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Kaniz Mahdi
  • Patent number: 9854602
    Abstract: The disclosure describes procedures for allocating network resources for a mobile device communicating within a Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. The mobile device can be configured to decode a physical downlink shared channel (PDSCH), acquire first and second physical downlink control channel (PDCCH) decode indicators from a payload of the same PDSCH communication, decode a PDCCH for downlink control information (DCI) associated with a first application data type based on the first PDCCH decode indicator a second application data type based on the second PDCCH decode indicator. The first PDCCH decode indicator can identify an upcoming LTE subframe where the mobile device is required to decode the PDCCH for DCI associated VoLTE resource assignments and the second PDCCH decode indicator can identify an upcoming LTE subframe where the mobile device is required to decode the PDCCH for DCI associated with high bandwidth best effort (BE) data resource assignments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tarik Tabet, Vinay R. Majjigi, Christian W. Mucke, Syed A. Mujtaba
  • Patent number: 9854527
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a user equipment device (UE) implements improved communication methods which include radio resource time multiplexing, dynamic sub-frame allocation, and UE transmit duty cycle control. In some embodiments, the UE may communicate with base stations using radio frames that include multiple sub-frames, transmit information regarding allocation of a portion of the sub-frames of a respective radio frame for each of a plurality of the radio frames, and transmit and receive data using allocated sub-frames and not using unallocated sub-frames. In some embodiments, the UE may operate according to a sub-frame allocation based on its current power state. The UE may transmit information to the base station and receive the sub-frame allocation based on at least the information. In some embodiments, the UE may switch transmit duty cycles based on an occurrence of a condition at the UE. The UE may inform the network of the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Li Su, Stephan V. Schell, Jianxiong Shi, Sami M. Almalfouh
  • Patent number: 9852761
    Abstract: A method is performed at a multifunction device with a display and a touch-sensitive surface. User selection of an audio or video file to be sent in an electronic message is detected. In response to detecting a first input by the user, an audio or video file editing interface is displayed. The editing interface comprises: a time bar, a user-adjustable begin-edit icon, and a user-adjustable end-edit icon. The distance between the user-adjustable begin-edit icon and the user-adjustable end-edit icon is constrained to be equal to or less than a distance that corresponds to a predefined maximum allowable size for the file. In response to detecting a second input by the user on the touch-sensitive surface, at least one of the begin-edit icon and the end-edit icon is adjusted in the audio or video file editing interface. The audio or video file is edited to a shorter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Freddy Allen Anzures
  • Patent number: 9853797
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for time division multiplexing of radio frequency channels in unlicensed radio frequency bands by a wireless device in communication with a cellular wireless network are disclosed. The wireless device obtains, from an eNodeB, a configuration for carrier aggregation using a primary component carrier (PCC) in a licensed radio frequency band and at least one secondary component carrier (SCC) in an unlicensed radio frequency band. The configuration information specifies an “on” time period and an “off” time period for a repetitive time division cycle to use the at least one SCC in the unlicensed radio frequency band. During an “on” time period, the wireless device can transmit or receive using the PCC and the at least one SCC, as scheduled by the eNodeB. During an “off” time period, the wireless device can transmit or receive using the PCC and not using the at least one SCC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tarik Tabet, Farouk Belghoul, Dawei Zhang
  • Patent number: 9854081
    Abstract: A wearable device can facilitate automatic adjustment of a volume control and/or other settings of a host device based on properties of the ambient environment. For example, when a host device generates an audible alert, a wearable device can sample the ambient sound to detect a distinct contribution corresponding to the audible alert; if the contribution is outside acceptable levels, the wearable device can notify the host device to adjust the alert volume and/or other alert characteristics. Adjustments to host-device settings can also be made based on comparing audio signals collected by the host device and the wearable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Shoemaker, Eugene Dvortsov
  • Patent number: 9851798
    Abstract: An electronic device may include a haptic actuator that includes an actuator housing, coils carried within the actuator housing, and a field member movable within the actuator housing responsive to the coils. The haptic actuator may also include spaced apart Hall Effect sensors carried within the actuator housing between the coils and for sensing a temperature of the field member. The electronic device may also include a controller coupled to the haptic actuator and configured to determine a temperature of the field member based upon the spaced apart Hall Effect sensors and drive the haptic actuator based upon the temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Richard L. Baer, Arman Hajati
  • Patent number: 9850127
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a microelectromechanical system may include a semiconductor substrate, a plurality of wiring layers, and a stop. The plurality of wiring layers may be coupled to a first surface of the semiconductor substrate. The stop may be coupled to the plurality of wiring layers. In some embodiments, at least a portion of the plurality of wiring layers between the stop and the first surface of the substrate comprises an insulating material. In some embodiments, at least the portion excludes wiring within. In some embodiments, a volume of the portion may be determined by a use of the microelectromechanical system. In some embodiments, the portion may inhibit, during use, electrical failures adjacent to the stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Milind S. Bhagavat, Richard Yeh, Henry H. Yang
  • Patent number: 9851593
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are provided for rear assembly of a display with a frame assembly having a frame joined to a liquid crystal layer (e.g., cell), initially forming a front of the display. The frame may be substantially continuous with the cell and formed without an adhesive layer, reducing a thickness of the display. The frame may be injection molded about the cell with a thermoplastic or thermoset material. Molding the frame about the cell may enable the frame to uniformly support the cell and/or support the cell with less material or structure. Various layers may be added to the frame assembly from a rear of the display. Rear assembly may further reduce the thickness of the display by removing one or more adhesive layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Steven M. Scardato
  • Patent number: 9854343
    Abstract: Headset assemblies and headset connectors are provided. Headset connectors can include a magnetic mating face and a plurality of electrical contacts disposed within the mating face. Engaging assemblies and engaging connectors are also provided. The engaging connectors can include a housing having a mating side, a magnetic array structure, and a plurality of spring biased contact members. The magnetic array structure can be fixed within the housing and house a plurality of spring biased contact members. The spring biased contact members can include tips that extend out of the mating side. The tips can electrically couple with electrical contacts in a headset connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: M. Evans Hankey, Emery A. Sanford, Christopher D. Prest, Way Chet Lim
  • Patent number: 9849504
    Abstract: A metallic glass part is provided. The metallic glass part includes an alloy core and a metallic glass shell surrounding the alloy core. The alloy core provides compressive force on the metallic glass shell at an interface between the alloy core and the metallic glass shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph C. Poole, Theodore A. Waniuk, Jeffrey L. Mattlin, Michael S. Nashner, Christopher D. Prest
  • Patent number: 9852535
    Abstract: A graphics animation and compositing operations framework has a layer tree for interfacing with the application and a render tree for interfacing with a render engine. Layers in the layer tree can be content, windows, views, video, images, text, media or other type of objects for an application's user interface. The application commits state changes of the layers of the layer tree. The application does not need to include explicit code for animating the changes to the layers. Instead, after a synchronization threshold has been met, an animation is determined for animating the change in state by the framework which can define a set of predetermined animations based on motion, visibility and transition. The determined animation is explicitly applied to the affected layers in the render tree. A render engine renders from the render tree into a frame buffer, synchronized with the display. Portions of the render tree changing relative to prior versions can be tracked to improve resource management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph Brunner, John Harper, Peter Graffagnino
  • Patent number: 9851829
    Abstract: Signal processing for a touch and hover sensing display device is disclosed. A touch and hover sensing display device can include a sensing panel for sensing a touch or hover event, a display for displaying graphical information to select based on the touch or hover event, and a control system for processing a signal indicative of the touch or hover event. The control system can process the signal to determine to which display location a hovering object is pointing according to a profile of the object's shape. In addition or alternatively, the control system can process the signal to differentiate between a close small object and a distant large object so as to subsequently perform intended actions of the device based, at least in part, on the object distance and/or area (or size). The display can be positioned at a desirable distance from the panel so as to reduce interference from the display to the panel and avoid adverse effects on the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Michael King, Omar Leung, Paul G. Puskarich, Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Andrea Mucignat, Avi E. Cieplinski, Muhammad U. Choudry, Praveen R. Subramani, Marc J. Piche, David T. Amm, Duncan Robert Kerr
  • Patent number: 9853096
    Abstract: A display may have an active area with an array of pixels to display images. An inactive area in the display may be formed from an opening in the active area. The inactive area may be enclosed by the pixels in the active area. An inactive border may run along an edge of the inactive area. A grid of positive power supply lines may be used to supply power to the pixels. Initialization voltage lines may be used to distribute initialization voltages to the pixels for use during transistor threshold voltage compensation operations. The inactive border may be free of positive power supply lines and initialization voltages lines. Control signal lines and data lines may pass through the inactive border to supply control signals and data signals respectively to the pixels. The display may have thin-film transistor circuitry with multiple layers of data lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jae Won Choi, Chin-Wei Lin, Minhyuk Choi, Shih Chang Chang, Tsung-Ting Tsai, Young Bae Park, John Z. Zhong
  • Patent number: 9852844
    Abstract: A first electronic device connects with an second electronic device. The first electronic device may include a first connection surface and an inductive power transfer receiving coil and a first magnetic element positioned adjacent to the first connection surface. The second electronic device may similarly include a second connection surface and an inductive power transfer transmitting coil and second magnetic element positioned adjacent to the second connection surface. In the aligned position, alignment between the electronic devices may be maintained by magnetic elements and the inductive power coils may be configured to exchange power. The magnetic elements and/or the inductive power coils may include a shield that is configured to minimize or reduce eddy currents caused in the magnetic elements by the inductive power coils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Albert J. Golko, Eric S. Jol, Christopher S. Graham, Stephen E. Yao, Makiko K. Brzezinski, Daniel C. Wagman, Paul J. Thompson, Nagarajan Kalyanasundaram
  • Patent number: 9851853
    Abstract: A low power can for device wake up and unlock is disclosed. The low power scan can include one or more algorithms used to detect a sequence and/or one or more gestures to wake up a processor and unlock the device. A sequence and/or one or more gestures can be determined by a microcontroller and/or by a separate hardware component. The microcontroller can send a notification to the processor and/or switch the device from an idle to an active state. By detecting the sequence and gestures in the microcontroller before waking up the processor, the battery life can be extended. In some examples, the microcontroller can determine if the sequence and gestures are due to water splashes, water film, and/or noise. In such examples, the microcontroller can reject the touch without waking up the processor, and further extending the battery life of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Sean Erik O'Connor
  • Patent number: 9851866
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media for presenting and browsing items in a tilted 3D space are disclosed. In tilted viewing mode, groups of items from several consecutive levels of a hierarchy can be presented in respective browsable parades shown at different depths into a viewable region of the tilted 3D space. The user can browse laterally across each browsable parade, and browse up and down the hierarchy within the tilted 3D space. With the combination of browsing laterally across the parades presented in the viewable region of the tilted 3D space and browsing up and down the hierarchy along the depth dimension of the 3D space, the user can navigate the entirety of the hierarchy in the tilted 3D space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Goossens, Laurent Baumann
  • Patent number: 9853929
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods are provided that can reduce problems associated with updates of various applications on various devices, including addition of new services for communicating with another device. A compatibility version (e.g., a minimum compatibility) for a first communication service on a first device can be checked against a compatibility version for communication service on a second device. A comparison of the compatibility versions can determine whether a message can be sent using the first communication service to the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel B. Pollack, Eric S. Brown, Gregory B. Novick, Paul W. Chinn, David C. Donley, Tyler D. Hawkins, Julien A. Poumailloux
  • Patent number: 9853402
    Abstract: An interconnect device can be aligned in a first plane and can include a printed circuit board having a tongue portion and a pin portion. The pin portion can include a plurality of pins extending away from the printed circuit board. The interconnect device can be configured to electrically couple with a main logic board aligned in a second plane. In particular, the plurality of pins can be inserted into corresponding electrical contact locations within the main logic board to form a biplanar connection. The biplanar connection can be made in way that minimizes signal loss for high speed data transfers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anton Talalayev, David H. Narajowski, Christiaan A. Ligtenberg, Mahmoud R. Amini, William F. Leggett, Mikael M. Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, George Tziviskos, Edward Cooper, Ron Alan Hopkinson, Ari Parsons Miller
  • Patent number: 9851849
    Abstract: A system for data communication between a plurality of touch devices is disclosed. The system can include a first touch device having a first touch surface, and at least one other touch device having at least one other touch surface. The first touch device and the at least one other touch device can include a touch controller detecting communications coupling between the first touch surface and the least one other touch surface. The first touch device and the at least one other touch device can include a communication unit communicating data between the first touch device and the at least one other touch device, via the first touch surface and the at least one other touch surface, when the communications coupling is detected. The communications coupling can be detected when a coupling conduit contacts, or is proximate to, the first touch surface and at least one other touch surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christoph Horst Krah, Steven Porter Hotelling
  • Patent number: 9853580
    Abstract: A method to reduce acoustic noise in a cooling fan motor is disclosed. The method includes reducing the slew rate of a PWM (pulse width modulation) voltage waveform applied to energize a coil of the fan motor. This slew rate reduction results in lower mechanical vibrations and acoustic noise in the fan motor. In one embodiment, the slew rate reduction is performed during startup of the fan motor, when the motor is spinning slowly and there is little air flow noise. In another embodiment, the slew rate reduction is not performed during high speed operation of the fan motor, when the fan motor is spinning very fast and air flow noise masks the motor noise. In one embodiment, there is variable slew rate control depending on the speed of the fan motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brad Lee Patton, Anthony Joseph Aiello, Jesse T. Dybenko
  • Patent number: 9853661
    Abstract: A decoder includes an interface and circuitry. The interface is configured to receive a code word that was encoded using a Quasi-Cyclic Low Density Parity Check (QC-LDPC) Error Correcting Code (ECC) represented by multiple check equations that are defined over multiple variables. The circuitry is configured to decode the code word by iteratively processing multiple layers that each includes a respective subset of the variables of the code word, and producing per each layer one or more count updates, and to generate a total number of errors corrected over the entire code word by accumulating the count updates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Yonathan Tate, Asaf Landau, Micha Anholt
  • Patent number: 9849650
    Abstract: Techniques, processes and structures are disclosed for providing markings on products, such as electronic devices. For example, the markings can be formed using physical vapor deposition (PVD) processes to deposit a layer of material. The markings or labels may be textual and/or graphic. The markings are deposited on a compliant layer that is disposed on a surface to be marked. The compliant layer is arranged to isolate the surface to be marked from the layer of material deposited using the PVD process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Weber, Christopher Prest, David Pakula, Stephen Paul Zadesky
  • Patent number: 9854156
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to user interfaces. In some examples, the electronic device transitions between user interfaces for capturing photos based on data received from a first camera and a second camera. In some examples, the electronic device provides enhanced zooming capabilities that result in visual pleasing results for a displayed digital viewfinder and for captured videos. In some examples, the electronic device provides user interfaces for transitioning a digital viewfinder between a first camera with an applied digital zoom to a second camera with no digital zoom. In some examples, the electronic device prepares to capture media at various magnification levels. In some examples, the electronic device enhanced capabilities for navigating through a plurality of values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Behkish J. Manzari, Pavel Pivo{hacek over (n)}ka, Daniel Trent Preston
  • Patent number: 9854510
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to techniques for dynamic selection of connection attempt throttling algorithms based on user context. According to some embodiments, a wireless device may monitor certain current conditions of the UE, such as battery level, user activity level, motion level, and/or other conditions. Depending at least in part on the current conditions of the UE, cellular connection attempt parameters may be selected. In some conditions the cellular connection attempt parameters may be selected such as to allow more aggressive pursuit of cellular connectivity, while in other conditions the cellular connection attempt parameters may be selected such as to allow less aggressive pursuit of cellular connectivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Srinivas Pasupuleti, Sriram Venkataramanan, Someet K. Lal
  • Patent number: 9851813
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling a navigational object (e.g., a cursor) using an input device are disclosed herein. A system in accordance with one embodiment includes a motion-based input device adapted to move relative to a surface. The input device has one or more force sensors capable of detecting forces acting upon the input device. The system may then move a navigational object displayed on a receiving device in relatively small increments or relatively large increments, depending upon the detected forces acting upon the input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David T. Amm, Omar S. Leung
  • Patent number: 9852723
    Abstract: In one embodiment, acoustic devices are formed on a substrate which is then placed on a first HAF layer, a screen, and a second HAF layer. The layers of HAF each have apertures aligned with acoustic ports of the devices. The substrate is heated such that the first layer of HAF adheres to the substrate and the screen and the second layer of HAF adheres to the screen. The substrate is cut to separate the devices into modules. In other embodiments, a waterproof membrane covering the acoustic port of an acoustic module may be bonded to a screen to form a gap such that it moves under pressure until restrained by the screen. In still other embodiments, back volume covers for acoustic devices are formed by stacking and heating a first HAF layer, a glass-reinforced epoxy laminate layer, a second HAF layer, and a top layer on a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Colin M. Ely, Fletcher R. Rothkopf
  • Patent number: 9851298
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a sunscreen detector for use with portable device, such as a mobile and/or wearable device. One variation of a sunscreen detector comprises an illumination system that is configured to illuminate a target skin area with ultraviolet and/or infrared spectrum light and a sensor system that is configured to detect the amount of ultraviolet and/or infrared spectrum light that is reflected from the target skin area. The sunscreen detector is configured to analyze the data collected by the sensor system to generate a notification to the user as to whether they should apply sunscreen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Serhan O. Isikman, Brian R. Land, Erno H. Klaassen
  • Patent number: 9848823
    Abstract: A device can estimate the heart rate of an active user by using a physiological model to refine a “direct” measurement of the user's heart rate obtained using a pulse sensor. The physiological model can be based on heart rate response to activity and can be informed by context information, such as the user's current activity and/or intensity level as well as user-specific parameters such as age, gender, general fitness level, previous heart rate measurements, etc. The physiological model can be used to predict a heart rate, and the prediction can be used to assess or improve the direct measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Karthik Jayaraman Raghuram, James M. Silva, Alexander Kanaris, Barker N. Bhaskaran
  • Patent number: 9854694
    Abstract: Various components of an electronic device housing and methods for their assembly are disclosed. The housing can be formed by assembling and connecting two or more different sections together. The sections of the housing may be coupled together using one or more coupling members. The coupling members may be formed using a two-shot molding process in which the first shot forms a structural portion of the coupling members, and the second shot forms cosmetic portions of the coupling members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan P. Kiple, Charles B. Woodhull, David A. Pakula, Tang Y. Tan
  • Patent number: 9853016
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for stacked semiconductor memory packages. Each package can include an integrated circuit (“IC”) package substrate capable of transmitting data to memory dies stacked within the package over two channels. Each channel can be located on one side of the IC package substrate, and signals from each channel can be routed to the memory dies from their respective sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Anthony Fai, Evan R. Boyle, Zhiping Yang, Zhonghua Wu
  • Patent number: 9850957
    Abstract: An electronic device may include a housing and at least one coil carried by the housing. The electronic device may include a field member that includes a magnetic body having a shaft-receiving passageway therein, and at least one bearing within the shaft-receiving passageway. A shaft extends through the at least one bearing and coupled to the housing to permit reciprocal movement of the field member along the shaft and within the housing responsive to the at least one coil. A controller may be capable of powering the at least one coil to move the field member after a threshold period of non-movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: SungChang Lee, Xuefeng Wang, Mi Hye Shin, Wei Guang Wu, Jonah A. Harley
  • Patent number: 9853676
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus that may provide a wired communication path that is simple to implement and does not greatly increase costs and complexity. One example may provide an electronic device having wired data path, where the wired data path is implemented using a power connection. Data from a wireless signal path may be routed and combined with a power supply voltage. This combined signal may then be provided to, or received from, a second electronic device over the power connection. The combined signal may be provided at a power connection that may include a power and ground path, paths for multiple power supplies, or paths for multiple power supplies and ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Leland W. Lew
  • Patent number: 9852084
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for modifying access permissions in a processor. A processor may include one or more permissions registers for managing access permissions. A first permissions register may be utilized to override access permissions embedded in the page table data. A plurality of bits from the page table data may be utilized as an index into the first permissions register for the current privilege level. An attribute field may be retrieved from the first permissions register to determine the access permissions for a given memory request. A second permissions register may also be utilized to set the upper and lower boundary of a region in physical memory where the kernel is allowed to execute. A lock register may prevent any changes from being made to the second permissions register after the second permissions register has been initially programmed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Peter G. Soderquist, Pradeep Kanapathipillai, Bernard J. Semeria, Joshua P. de Cesare, David J. Williamson, Gerard R. Williams, III
  • Patent number: 9853507
    Abstract: Methods and systems for automatically aligning a power-transmitting inductor with a power-receiving inductor. One embodiment includes multiple permanent magnets coupled to and arranged on a surface of a movable assembly accommodating a power-transmitting inductor. The permanent magnets encourage the movable assembly to freely move and/or rotate via magnetic attraction to correspondingly arranged magnets within an accessory containing a power-receiving inductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eric S. Jol, Ibuki Kamei, Warren Z. Jones
  • Patent number: 9851613
    Abstract: A variable aperture lens and methods of forming such lenses are disclosed. More particularly, embodiments of the variable aperture lens include an electro-optic aperture sandwiched between a front lens and a rear lens along an optical axis. The front lens or the rear lens may include multiple lens layers having different optical properties to provide for a low z-height, optically aligned, variable aperture lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Hannah Dustan Noble, Iain Alexander McAllister
  • Patent number: 9854246
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention may provide a video coder. The video coder may include an encoder to perform coding operations on a video signal in a first format to generate coded video data, and a decoder to decode the coded video data. The video coder may also include an inverse format converter to convert the decoded video data to second format that is different than the first format and an estimator to generate a distortion metric using the decoded video data in the second format and the video signal in the second format. The encoder may adjust the coding operations based on the distortion metric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Alexandros Tourapis, David Singer, Guy Cote, Timothy J. Millet
  • Patent number: 9853788
    Abstract: A technique of operating a wireless communication device includes receiving an assigned starting point index and an assigned reference signal bandwidth for a reference signal. The reference signal is then transmitted multiple times, beginning at an initial resource block that is associated with the assigned starting point index and in accordance with the assigned reference signal bandwidth, across a shared channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: James McCoy
  • Patent number: 9853719
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for wireless communication devices to discover each other and share information are described. Wireless communication devices transmit and receive messages to identify compatible wireless communication devices. The messages include indicators for a communication service and one or more user identification values. A scanning wireless communication device identifies a message from a broadcasting wireless communication device that satisfies a set of matching filter criteria and extracts user identification values from the message. The scanning wireless communication device compares the extracted user identification values to a local set of user identification values. When an extracted user identification value from the message matches a user identification value in the local set of user identification values, the scanning wireless communication device establishes a connection to the broadcasting wireless communication device according to the communication service indicated in the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marc J. Krochmal, Christopher J. Edmonds, Christopher C. Jensen, Augustin Prats
  • Patent number: 9854518
    Abstract: A station that generates data packets to be transmitted by the station such that the data packets spend a minimum amount of time in a buffer prior to transmission. The method includes receiving a specification for a connected discontinuous reception (C-DRX) cycle, the specification indicating when a plurality of onDurations of the C-DRX cycle occurs, the onDurations having a predetermined interval therebetween, receiving data at a known time relative to the C-DRX cycle, determining a modification to a conversion process that converts the data to data packets such that the data packets are stored in a buffer at a subframe immediately preceding one of the onDurations subsequent to the known time, performing the conversion process based upon the modification and storing the data packets at the subframe immediately preceding the one of the onDurations. In one embodiment, the data is raw audio data and the data packets are audio packets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Luciano Verger, Lalin Theverapperuma, Muhammad Alam, Giri Deivasigamani, Samy Khay-Ibbat, Srinivasan Vasudevan, Thanigaivelu Elangovan, Madhusudan Chaudhary, Navid Damji, Johnson Sebeni, Jianxiong Shi, Shivesh Makharia, Sree Kodali, Onur Tackin
  • Patent number: 9854355
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus for grounding contacts in an audio jack. One example may provide a driver, such as a charge pump, driving a first transistor or switch coupled between a first contact in an audio jack and ground, and a second transistor or switch coupled between a second contact in the audio jack and ground. The first transistor or switch and second transistor or switch may be p-channel transistors or n-channel transistors depletion or enhancement-mode transistors, floating-gate transistors, MEMs, relays, or other switching devices. The first and second transistors or switches may be on and conducting when power is removed from the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Roderick B. Hogan, Joseph C. Curcio, David C. Breece, III, Cara S. Yang, Nathan Johanningsmeier, Kavitha Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 9852322
    Abstract: A finger biometric sensing device may include drive circuitry for generating a drive signal and an array of finger biometric sensing pixel electrodes cooperating with the drive circuitry and generating a detected signal based upon placement of a finger adjacent the array. The detected signal may include a drive signal component and a sense signal component superimposed thereon. A gain stage may be coupled to the array and drive signal nulling circuitry may be coupled to the gain stage for reducing the drive signal component from the detected signal. The drive signal nulling circuitry may include a first digital-to-analog converter (DAC) generating an inverted scaled replica of the drive signal for the gain stage. Error compensation circuitry includes a memory storing error compensation data and a second DAC coupled in series with the first DAC compensating an error in the inverted scaled replica based upon the error compensation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Pavel Mrazek, Giovanni Gozzini, Jean-Marie Bussat
  • Patent number: 9852721
    Abstract: A platform or system is disclosed for performing musical analysis to detect musical properties in received live or pre-recorded audio data. The analysis can include a synchronous analysis for generating estimated one or more transitory musical properties and an asynchronous analysis for generating one or more aggregate musical properties which can be applied to the transitory musical properties to generate confirmed musical properties, which can be stored as metadata associated with an audio file. In some cases, live audio data can be received, recorded, dynamically analyzed to provide realtime metadata (e.g., to a display), then the realtime metadata can be analyzed to provide confirmed, updated, or validated metadata. In some cases, initial analysis (e.g., dynamic analysis) can determine chord estimates, usable in further analysis (e.g., offline analysis) to estimate a musical key, which can then be applied to the chord estimates to determine the most likely chord estimates and determine chord progressions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christoph Kozielski, Pierre Fournier
  • Patent number: D805929
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Duncan Robert Kerr, Marc A. Newson, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D806071
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Duncan Robert Kerr, Marc A. Newson, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D806076
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, 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, Kevin Robinson, Houtan Farahani, Wey-Jiun Lin, Bryan William Posner
  • Patent number: D806101
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian R. Frick, Joe Randall Howard, Jonathan Lochhead, Timothy Benjamin Martin, Christopher John Sanders
  • Patent number: D806110
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alan C. Dye, Jonathan P. Ive, Christopher Wilson, Eric Lance Wilson
  • Patent number: D806119
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Freddy Anzures, Greg Apodaca, Ismael Basso, Imran Chaudhri, Alan C. Dye, Mini Ham, Jonathan P. Ive, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Alessandro Francesco Sabatelli, Christopher Wilson
  • Patent number: D806128
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Christopher Capela, Alexander Charles MacLean, Roger Rock Rosner, Mark Daniel Walczak, Christopher Wilson