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: 9977646
    Abstract: Pairing a portable electronic device with a media device that is playing media, providing control to the portable device, displaying information about the media being played on the portable electronic device, and providing a link to the media asset in an online store. Discovering that a media device that is currently publically playing media, receiving a media signal encoded with metadata describing the media being played, and displaying an accrued history of various instances of media items that have been overheard during a public play session as a list of media items associated with metadata describing the media items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Lucas Newman, Nicholas James Paulson, Elbert D. Chen, Augustin Prats, Andrew T. Belk
  • Patent number: 9977502
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein to assist users to operate non-physical controls in situations where the users are unable to visually locate the controls. According to one embodiment, the device containing the non-physical controls is designed to give non-visual feedback to the user based, at least on part, on the distance between (a) the current position of user input, and (b) the location of the non-physical control. At least one characteristic of the non-visual feedback changes as that distance changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Amir C. Djavaherian
  • Patent number: 9974467
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to devices and processes for monitoring attributes of a user's physical activity (e.g., workout) or inactivity, and to user interfaces (e.g., an activity indicator) for displaying the same. In some examples, a device determines whether physical activity corresponds to a first type based on a first set of criteria, and whether physical activity corresponds to a second type based on a second set of criteria. In some examples, the device controls an inactivity timer that measures user's inactivity. In some examples, the device displays a first visual representation of an attribute or amount of a first type of physical activity, and a second visual representation of an attribute or amount of a second type. In some examples, the device displays a third visual representation of an attribute or amount of a third type of activity. In some examples, the third visual representation corresponds to user's inactivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Blahnik, Gary Ian Butcher, Kevin Will Chen, David Chance Graham, Daniel S. Keen, Justin Shane Rushing, T. Allan Shortlidge, Anton M. Davydov, Alan C. Dye, Jonathan P. Ive, Zachery Kennedy, Zachury Minjack, Dennis S. Park, Brian Schmitt
  • Patent number: 9979438
    Abstract: Techniques for automatically configuring and controlling a digital media device are described. A digital media device can be configured or controlled by a mobile device, e.g., a smart mobile phone. When the digital media device is being configured, the digital media device can broadcast a signal, indicating that the digital media device is requesting configuration information from a mobile device. A mobile device located in proximity of the digital media device, upon detecting the signal, can perform various security checks to determine that the request is legitimate, and then open a communication channel with the digital media device. The mobile device can provide user preferences of the mobile device, as well as credentials for accessing and downloading remote content, to the digital media device through the communication channel. Upon receiving the configuration information, the digital media device can use parameters in the configuration information as its settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andy Belk, Augustin Prats, Joakim Linde, Lucas Newman, Nicholas J. Paulson, Thomas Matthieu Alsina
  • Patent number: 9975174
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for creating an overall assembly formed from a transparent member and a metal member are disclosed. According to one aspect of the present invention, a method includes positioning a transparent member in a mold configured for insertion molding, and providing a liquid metal into the mold. The method also includes hardening the liquid metal in the mold. Hardening the liquid metal includes binding the metal to the transparent member to create the integral assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Kyle H. Yeates
  • Patent number: 9977989
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying an object and presenting additional information about the identified object are provided. The techniques of the present invention can allow the user to specify modes to help with identifying objects. Furthermore, the additional information can be provided with different levels of detail depending on user selection. Apparatus for presenting a user with a log of the identified objects is also provided. The user can customize the log by, for example, creating a multi-media album.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Michael Nathaniel Rosenblatt
  • Patent number: 9977464
    Abstract: A cover for an electronic device and methods of forming a cover is disclosed. The electronic device may include a housing, and a cover coupled to the housing. The cover may have an inner surface having at least one of an intermediate polish and a final polish, a groove formed on the inner surface, and an outer surface positioned opposite the inner surface. The outer surface may have at least one of the intermediate polish and the final polish. The cover may also have a rounded perimeter portion formed between the inner surface and the outer surface. The rounded perimeter portion may be positioned adjacent the groove. The method for forming the cover may include performing a first polishing process on the sapphire component using a polishing tool, and performing a second polishing process on the groove of the sapphire component forming the cover using blasting media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Mylvaganam, Erik G. de Jong, Dale N. Memering, Xiao Bing Cai, Palaniappan Chinnakaruppan, Jong Kong Lee, Srikanth Kamireddi, Sawako Kamei, Feng Min, Jing Zhang, Xiang Du, Sai Feng Liu
  • Patent number: 9977822
    Abstract: Methods and systems for managing for migrating feedback data from one digital asset to another digital asset are disclosed. Typically, the one digital asset is available for distribution from a network-based media distribution system, but then subsequently is removed from distribution for any of a number of reasons. However, since the one digital asset has been in use at the network-based media distribution system, it has accumulated feedback data. Hence, if the another digital asset serves (e.g., due to equivalency) to replace the one digital asset, then the accumulated feedback data from the one digital asset can be transferred to the another digital asset. As a result, the another digital asset can benefit from the feedback data that was previously associated with the one digital assert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew M. Wadycki, Ashish Sharma, Michael H. Walker, Ricardo D. Cortes, Sebastien P. Sahuc, Tracy L. Pirnack
  • Patent number: 9977648
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a media system communicates with an aggregate device that includes multiple media output devices. When providing media data for presentation, the system adjusts for device clock drift by resampling the media data provided to a media output device based at least in part on a device clock rate difference between a device clock of one of the media output devices and a device clock of another of the media output devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Moore, William George Stewart, Gerhard Lengeling
  • Patent number: 9977913
    Abstract: A device (e.g., a phone) can be provided by an entity (e.g., a business) to a user (e.g., an employee). The device includes a profile manager that allows the user to configure a personal profile comprising any of applications, settings, and stored data. The device is also configurable with an entity profile determined by the entity that also may include applications, settings, and stored data. The user can select from operating modes comprising at least a personal mode, and a unity mode; an entity mode also may be available for selection. The profile manager, based on the selected mode, determines whether entity profile data and applications are available to the user, and which applications from either profile may conduct user-perceptible activities. The profile manager may periodically verify entity profile rights with a server, and if verification fails, then the profile manager can restrict entity profile data and applications access, regardless of operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Sam Gharabally
  • Patent number: 9977460
    Abstract: An electronic device comprising a device enclosure having an exterior surface; a contact area positioned at the exterior surface and having first and second ends, the contact area having a plurality of contacts arranged between the first and second ends and substantially flush with the exterior surface; and an alignment feature within the enclosure comprising first and second magnets positioned on opposing sides of the contact area, the first magnet positioned adjacent to the first end of the contact area and the second magnet positioned adjacent to the second end of the contact area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Wagman, Oliver Ross, Eric S. Jol, Hani Esmaeili, Brett Degner, Ibuki Kamei
  • Patent number: 9978115
    Abstract: A set of tools, in the form of a software developers kit (SDK) for a graphics rendering system, is provided to improve overall graphics operations. In general, the tools are directed to analyzing a scene tree and optimizing its presentation to one or more graphics processing units (GPUs) so as to improve rendering operations. This overall goal is provided through a number of different capabilities, each of which is presented to software developers through a new applications programming interface (API).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jacques P. Gasselin de Richebourg, Timothy R. Oriol
  • Patent number: 9975171
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for mechanically reducing an amount of the skull material in a finished, molded part formed from amorphous alloy using an injection molding system. Skull material of molten amorphous alloy can be captured in a trap before molding such material. A cavity can be provided in the injection molding system to trap the skull material. For example, the cavity can be provided in the mold, the tip of the plunger rod, or in the transfer sleeve. Alternatively, mixing of molten amorphous alloy can be induced so that skull material is reduced before molding. A plunger and/or its tip can be used to induce mixing (e.g., systematic movement of plunger rod, or a shape of its tip). By minimizing the amount of skull material in the finished, molded part, the quality of the part is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore A. Waniuk, Quoc Tran Pham, Joseph Stevick, Sean Timothy O'Keeffe, Christopher D. Prest, Joseph C. Poole
  • Patent number: 9978343
    Abstract: Performance counters provided in a graphics processor unit (GPU) are used to provide values used to make a determination of GPU activity so that power management can be exercised. In preferred embodiments counter values relating to computation unit idle times, computation unit stall times, DRAM bandwidth and computation unit stall times due to a sampler wait are utilized to determine performance level. If performance is above a minimum level but the GPU is above certain idleness determinations provided by those values, the GPU can have portions powered down to reduce power consumption while not having a noticeable effect on operations. Based on the various counter values, portions of the GPU can be turned off or disabled to reduce power consumption without having a noticeable effect on perceived GPU performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ashwini Simha, Bin Lin, Christopher T. Weaver, Frederick B. Fisher, Ramkumar Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 9977484
    Abstract: An ambient light sensor that is operable in high gain mode and low gain mode is provided. The high gain mode may help provide satisfactory sensitivity at low light levels but may generate saturated output levels in bright ambient lighting conditions. Low gain mode may therefore be switched into use when bright ambient lighting conditions are detected. The ambient light sensor may be placed in high gain mode by default. An auto-gain switch controller may detect whether the ambient light reading is saturated during a given period of time. In response to determining that the ambient light reading is saturated for a programmable number of consecutive time periods, the auto-gain switch controller may reset and switch the ambient light sensor to the low gain mode. The gain state may optionally be embedded into the ambient light sensor output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian R. Land, Dong Zheng, Venkata Siva Sunil Kumar Reddy Bommu
  • Patent number: 9979259
    Abstract: A levitator is disclosed. The levitator may include a repulsion wire coil having a vertical coil axis, a position control wire coil having a vertical coil axis, a rotation control wire coil having a horizontal coil axis, and a controller coupled to each of the repulsion wire coil, position wire coil, and rotation wire coil, where the controller is configured to independently control currents provided to each of the repulsion wire coil, position wire coil, and rotation wire coil to levitate an item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Puskarich, Clark D. Della Silva, Charles A. Schwalbach, David Samuel Kumka, Andy Weidner, Paulina Mustafa, Jean-Marc Gery
  • Patent number: 9977498
    Abstract: Haptic systems are disclosed which may provide increased resolution in tactile feedback. A tiered haptic system may be formed by stacking of haptic elements. One or more arrays of shape change elements such as, for example, piezoelectric elements may be used to actuate a screen surface. Arrays may also be used to sense tactile interactions and stimuli on a screen surface. An embedded haptic system may be formed by inserting haptic elements into a contoured elastic sheet. The embedded haptic system may provide tactile interactions to a user. In some embodiments, both tiered and embedded haptic arrangements may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Russell Maschmeyer, Gordon Cameron
  • Patent number: 9979405
    Abstract: A digital PLL is disclosed. In one embodiment, the digital PLL includes a TDC coupled to receive a reference clock signal and feedback signal. The TDC includes a chain of serially-coupled delay elements. An oscillator in the PLL is configured to generate a periodic output signal. A divider is coupled to receive the periodic output signal and generate the feedback signal provided to the TDC. The digital PLL also includes a control circuit. During a phase-locking procedure, each of the serially-coupled delay elements is enabled for fast phase capture. However, once phase-lock has been detected by observing TDC output code, the control circuit is adaptively configured to disable all but a subset of the delay elements for saving power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Wei Deng, Dennis M. Fischette, Jr., Meei-Ling Chiang, Samed Maltabas
  • Patent number: 9977499
    Abstract: The present application is related to a computer for providing output to a user. The computer includes a processor and an input device in communication with the processor. The input device includes a feedback surface and at least one sensor in communication with the feedback surface, the at least one sensor configured to detect a user input to the feedback surface. The processor varies a down-stroke threshold based on a first factor and varies an up-stroke threshold based on a second factor. The down-stroke threshold determines a first output of the computing device, the up-stroke threshold determines a second output of the computing device, and at least one of the first factor or the second factor are determined based on the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne C. Westerman, Duncan Kerr, Avi E. Cieplinski, Jeffrey T. Bernstein, William M. Vieta, Julian K. Missig
  • Patent number: 9977205
    Abstract: Embodiments describe an apparatus for magnetic charging and optical data transferring. The apparatus includes an inductive transmitting coil disposed within a housing, an optically transparent window disposed at a surface of the housing and above the inductive transmitting coil, and a first optical data transfer module disposed within the housing below the optically transparent window. The first optical data transfer module may be to perform at least one of emitting optical signals through the optically transparent window or detecting optical signals passing through the optically transparent window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander W. Williams, Nicholas G. Merz
  • Patent number: 9977537
    Abstract: A hybrid touch-screen display that integrates force-based touch-screen technology with any one from among a group of projective capacitive, surface capacitive, resistive, digital resistive, SAW, IR, APR, DST, optical and electromagnetic touch-screen technologies to provide an ability to compensate for non-perfect force transfer. An alternate implementation is also disclosed that employs a single force sensor for relative force measurement in a system in which force is traditionally not measured, here a water dispenser unit. This allows compensation for varying static loads, run-time calibration, and filtering of extraneous loads through firmware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anders L. Molne, David Griffith
  • Patent number: 9979509
    Abstract: A wireless communication device (UE) may reliably decode control information during wireless cellular communications. The UE may decode the Physical Control Format Indicator Channel (PCFICH) for a given wireless network, and if the decode is unsuccessful, the UE may perform a blind decode of the PCFICH. The UE may decode, for the network, a Physical Downlink Control Channel (PDCCH) for a current subframe using a specified control format indicator (CFI) value. If the decode of the PDCCH is successful, the UE may communicate over the NW, using the specified CFI value. If the decode for the current subframe is unsuccessful, the UE may decode the PDCCH for a different next subframe using a different CFI value until the PDCCH for the NW has been successfully decoded. The CFI value may be specified based at least on common signaling present in certain subframes received by the UE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Li Su, Jianxiong Shi, Sami M. Almalfouh
  • Patent number: 9977779
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing a supplemental word correction dictionary are provided. The method is performed at one or more electronic devices each having one or more processors and memory storing one or more programs for execution by the one or more processors. The method includes receiving an at least partial word input by a user. In some implementations, the at least partial word is input into a text field, such as an email body. The method includes determining that a use condition of the at least partial word is satisfied, such as whether the word appears in a trigger word list. The method further includes, in response to determining that the use condition is satisfied, obtaining a supplemental word correction dictionary that includes words associated with a same subject matter as the at least partial word, wherein the supplemental word correction dictionary supplements an existing word correction dictionary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Morgan Winer
  • Patent number: 9979576
    Abstract: This document describes techniques for decoding a convolutionally coded signal using a trellis decoder in a drift robust manner. A convolutionally coded and differentially modulated signal may be received. The signal may be decoded using a trellis. A noise prediction loop may be used to reduce noise characteristics of the signal. A frequency offset estimation loop may be used to reduce a frequency offset drift of the signal. The noise prediction loop and the frequency offset estimation loop may be applied at each branch of the trellis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Yuval Avner
  • Patent number: 9979776
    Abstract: Methods and systems are presented for remotely commanding a mobile device. In one aspect, a method includes receiving input identifying a mobile device, presenting to a user one or more remote commands corresponding to the mobile device, receiving user input selecting a remote command from the one or more presented remote commands, generating a remote command message instructing the mobile device to execute the selected remote command, and transmitting the remote command message to a server for publication in a message topic. Further, a selectable list of mobile devices associated with a remote management account can be presented to the user, the selectable list including information uniquely identifying each mobile device. Additionally, the selectable list of mobile devices can include an indication of whether an included mobile device is online.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Slack, Brendan A. McCarthy, Carsten Guenther, Christopher Brooke Sharp
  • Patent number: 9980208
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods are provided for automatically detecting and connecting to a Wi-Fi network. In these methods, a wireless device listens for beacons that are sent using a low-power wireless protocol. Once the wireless device detects a first beacon at a first location, the wireless device extracts a first beacon region identifier from the beacon and correlates the first beacon region identifier with a first Wi-Fi network that is located at the first location. Next, the wireless device retrieves a first set of credentials for connecting to the first Wi-Fi network. Once the first set of credentials is retrieved, the wireless device uses the first set of credentials to connect to the first Wi-Fi network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Artiom Shamis, Kapil Chhabra
  • Patent number: 9979889
    Abstract: Techniques to improve a digital image capture device's ability to stabilize a video stream are presented. According to some embodiments, improved stabilization of captured video frames is provided by intelligently harnessing the complementary effects of both optical image stabilization (OIS) and electronic image stabilization (EIS). In particular, OIS may be used to remove intra-frame motion blur that is typically lower in amplitude and dominates with longer integration times, while EIS may be used to remove residual unwanted frame-to-frame motion that is typically larger in amplitude. The techniques disclosed herein may also leverage information provided from the image capture device's OIS system to perform improved motion blur-aware video stabilization strength modulation, which permits better video stabilization performance in low light conditions, where integration times tend to be longer, thus leading to a greater amount of motion blurring in the output stabilized video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Damien J. Thivent, George E. Williams, Jianping Zhou, Richard L. Baer, Rolf Toft, Sebastien X. Beysserie
  • Patent number: 9978043
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a method for creating a new appointment for an electronic calendar. The method receives a set of proposed attendees for the new appointment. The method retrieves and analyzes calendars of the proposed attendees. The method proposes a time for the new appointment at which all proposed attendees, including an organizer of the appointment, are available to attend the new appointment. In some embodiments, the proposed time is an earliest future time at which all proposed attendees are available to attend the new appointment. In some embodiments, the method also proposes a second time for the new appointment at which a subset of the proposed attendees are available to attend the new appointment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tiffany S. Jon, Stephen O. Lemay, Lawrence Yang
  • Patent number: 9979890
    Abstract: An electronic device has multiple cameras and displays a digital viewfinder user interface for previewing visual information provided by the cameras. The multiple cameras may have different properties such as focal lengths. When a single digital viewfinder is provided, the user interface allows zooming over a zoom range that includes the respective zoom ranges of both cameras. The zoom setting to determine which camera provides visual information to the viewfinder and which camera is used to capture visual information. The user interface also allows the simultaneous display of content provided by different cameras at the same time. When two digital viewfinders are provided, the user interface allows zooming, freezing, and panning of one digital viewfinder independently of the other. The device allows storing of a composite images and/or videos using both digital viewfinders and corresponding cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Lukas Robert Tom Girling, Linda L. Dong, Henrique Penha, Paulo Michaelo Lopez, Behkish J. Manzari
  • Patent number: 9977952
    Abstract: Methods and systems are presented for organizing images. In one aspect, a method can include generating a correlation value indicating a likelihood that a face included in a test image corresponds to a face associated with a base image, determining that a correlation threshold exceeds the correlation value and that the correlation value exceeds a non-correlation threshold, generating a similarity score based on one or more exposure values and one or more color distribution values corresponding to the test image and the base image, combining the similarity score with the correlation value to generate a weighted correlation value, and determining that the test image and the base image are correlated when the weighted correlation value exceeds the correlation threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Gilley, Joshua David Fagans, Nikhil Bhatt, Jeff Albouze, Simeon Leifer, Timothy B. Martin, Gregory Charles Lindley
  • Patent number: 9980195
    Abstract: Data provided by an access point of a wireless local area network (“WLAN”) is used to assist a mobile device in cell reselection. If a serving cell of a cellular communications network is unsuitable for providing cellular service, a candidate cell co-located with the serving cell can be selected as the serving cell based on quality of service metrics associated with the serving cell and the candidate cell. The mobile device can be proactively commanded to switch to the candidate cell for receiving cellular service. In some implementations, the quality of service metrics are calculated from call logs collected from mobile devices operating in the cellular communications network. In some implementations, network information regarding serving cell performance can be used with the call logs to generate the quality of service metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald K. Huang, Jason Shi
  • Patent number: 9980096
    Abstract: Methods, program products, and systems of using a mobile WAP for location and context purposes are disclosed. In general, in one aspect, a server can estimate an effective location of a wireless access gateway using harvested data. The server can harvest location data from multiple mobile devices. The harvested data can include a location of each mobile device and an identifier of a wireless access gateway that is located within a communication range of the mobile device. In some implementations, the server can identify a mobile wireless access gateway based on a distance comparison. Data indicating the mobility of a wireless access gateway can be used by a mobile device to initiate one or more actions, including managing power of the mobile device, modifying entrance and exit conditions of virtual fences and determining a context of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald K. Huang, Robert Mayor, Lukas M. Marti
  • Patent number: 9980225
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for adaptively adjusting temporal parameters (e.g., neighbor cell search durations). In one embodiment, neighbor cell search durations during discontinuous reception are based on a physical channel metric indicating signal strength and quality (e.g. Reference Signal Received Power (RSRP), Received Signal Strength Indication (RSSI), Reference Signal Receive Quality (RSRQ), etc.) of a cell. In a second embodiment, neighbor cell search durations are based on a multitude of physical layer metrics from one or more cells. In one variant, the multitude of physical layer metrics may include signal strength and quality metrics from the serving base station as well as signal strength and quality indicators from neighbor cells derived from the cells respective synchronization sequences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Navid Damji, Zhu Ji, Johnson Sebeni, Jason Shi, Li Su
  • Patent number: 9977994
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a histogram-of-oriented gradients (HOG) module. The HOG module is implemented in hardware rather than software. The HOG module applies an algorithm to an image to identify gradient orientation in localized portions of the image. The HOG module creates a histogram-of orientation gradients based on the identified gradient orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Suk Hwan Lim, Jaewon Shin
  • Patent number: 9980230
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to dynamic baseband management for a wireless device. The wireless device may be an accessory device. The accessory device may determine whether it has a short-range wireless communication link with a companion device. The accessory device may determine one or more proximity metrics relating to the companion device. The accessory device may further determine one or more metrics associated with user settings, user activity and/or application activity at the wireless device. The wireless device may select a (e.g., full, limited, or off) baseband operating mode based on any or all of these considerations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ajoy K. Singh, Ziv Wolkowicki, Dimitrios Prodanos, Andreas E. Schobel, Christopher P. Saari, Keith W. Rauenbuehler, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto, Najeeb M. Abdulrahiman, Jared S. Grubb, Madhusudan Chaudhary, Saran Krishnaswamy, Jesus A. Gutierrez Gomez, Sirisha Pillalamarri, Samuel J. Miller, Rohan C. Malthankar, Sergey Sitnikov
  • Patent number: 9979139
    Abstract: An electronic device that includes a plug connector having a tab adapted to be inserted into a receptacle connector of a second device during a mating event, the tab including first and second opposing surfaces and a contact region formed at the first surface of the tab, the contact region including a plurality of contacts spaced apart along a first row, the plurality of contacts including a first contact, a power contact and a ground contact; a computer-readable memory having identification, configuration and authentication information relevant to the electronic device that can be communicated to the second device during a mating event stored therein; circuitry coupled to the first contact and configured to, after a mating event in which the plug connector is inserted into the receptacle connector, participate in a handshaking algorithm that includes receiving a command over the first contact from the second device and sending a response to the command that includes contact configuration information for the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Albert J. Golko, Eric S. Jol, Mathias W. Schmidt, Jeffrey J. Terlizzi
  • Patent number: 9980232
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus that react to brownout or near brownout conditions and mitigate complications that may result. Examples may turn off one or more circuits, such as a Wi-Fi transceiver when a brownout condition is reached or neared. Other examples may provide circuits, methods, and apparatus that proactively avoid brownout conditions. These examples may detect that a brownout condition may occur and take steps, such as Wi-Fi traffic shaping, to avoid them. Still further examples may react to brownout or near brownout conditions one or more times, then preemptively act to avoid further brownout conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Matthew L. Semersky, David A. Hardell, Cyril de la Cropte de Chanterac, Yehonantan Perez
  • Patent number: 9979765
    Abstract: A method of streaming media may include opening a single connection between a client device and a media source; requesting a first media segment of a media stream corresponding to selected tier of a media title over the single connection; determining a download bitrate of the single connection; comparing the download bitrate to a predetermined bitrate of the media title; and in response to determining that the download bitrate is less than the predetermined bitrate, opening a plurality of connections between the client device and media source. The predetermined bitrate may be a predetermined bitrate of a next higher bitrate tier in a group of tiers containing the selected tier when the selected tier is not a highest bitrate tier in the group, and a predetermined bitrate of the selected tier otherwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: William B. May, Jr., John Y. Su, Roger N. Pantos, Hassan A. Shojania
  • Patent number: 9979709
    Abstract: A method and system for securely enrolling personal identity credentials into personal identification devices. The system of the invention comprises the manufacturer of the device and an enrollment authority. The manufacturer is responsible for recording serial numbers or another unique identifier for each device that it produces, along with a self-generated public key for each device. The enrollment authority is recognized by the manufacturer or another suitable institution as capable of validating an individual before enrolling him into the device. The enrollment authority maintains and operates the appropriate equipment for enrollment, and provides its approval of the enrollment. The methods described herein discuss post-manufacturing, enrollment, backup, and recovery processes for the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Abdallah, Barry W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9979625
    Abstract: A uniform protocol can facilitate secure, authenticated communication between a controller device and an accessory device that is controlled by the controller. An accessory and a controller can establish a pairing, the existence of which can be verified at a later time and used to create a secure communication session. The accessory can provide an accessory definition record that defines the accessory as a collection of services, each service having one or more characteristics. Within a secure communication session, the controller can interrogate the characteristics to determine accessory state and/or modify the characteristics to instruct the accessory to change its state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin P. McLaughlin, Andrew Burks, Srinivas Rama, Anush Nadathur, Joe Abuan, Bob Bradley, Craig Dooley, Gregg Golembeski, Jr., Arun Mathias
  • Patent number: 9979942
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to color correction circuit operations performed by an image signal processor. The color correction circuit computes optimal color correction matrix on a per-pixel basis and adjusts it based on relative noise standard deviations of the color channels to steer the matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Suk Hwan Lim, D. Amnon Silverstein, David R. Pope
  • Patent number: 9975040
    Abstract: Techniques to automatically generate a navigation graph for a given environment and agent are disclosed. The environment may include an arbitrary number of polygonal obstacles arbitrarily arranged, concave or convex, static or dynamic. The disclosed operation extrudes (in a specified manner) the vertex of each obstacle. The extruded vertices comprise the navigation graph's nodes. Each object's extruded vertices may be joined to form a corresponding extruded object. Paths may then be identified by attempting to connect every extruded vertex with every other extruded vertex. Those paths intersecting any of the extruded objects are rejected as possible paths. In some embodiments, paths that are oriented in approximately the same direction having approximately the same length may be removed as being redundant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Norman N. Wang, Jacques P. Gasselin de Richebourg, Bruno M. Sommer, Ross R. Dexter
  • Patent number: 9979955
    Abstract: An acoustic fingerprint imaging system is disclosed. In one embodiment, a controller can be coupled to a plurality of delay lines, each associated with a particular transducer. The controller can determine an interrogation point to focus acoustic energy. The controller can direct each of the plurality of delay lines to apply a delayed activation pulse to each transducer based, at least in part, on the transducer's distance from the interrogation point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jian Guo
  • Patent number: 9975692
    Abstract: A package for an electronic device is disclosed. The package includes a first layer of compressed natural fibers defining an aperture and a second layer of compressed natural fibers disposed adjacent to the first layer of compressed natural fibers. The aperture is configured to receive a portion of the electronic device. The second layer of compressed natural fibers has a flap partially covering the aperture defined by the first layer of compressed natural fibers. The first and second layers of compressed natural fibers are bonded to each other by high-frequency welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Bowman Pincus, Lorraine Y. Tang
  • Patent number: 9979570
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for the selection and/or configuration of scrambling operations to accommodate e.g., both scrambling and non-scrambling connections (such as to e.g., legacy type devices). In one embodiment, media interface devices (such as e.g., HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface)) devices may provide enhanced scrambling capabilities; solutions disclosed herein provide, among other things, support for both enhanced scrambling capable devices and legacy devices, and enable a device to determine the scrambling capabilities of a connected device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Colin Whitby-Strevens
  • Patent number: 9976860
    Abstract: Techniques are described for seamlessly transitioning from a map that displays out-of-doors elements to a map that displays indoor elements, in response to detecting a transition event. The transition event may be, for example, that a navigation system that is generating the out-of-doors map has moved to an indoors location. Techniques are also provided for navigating to a parking spot in a parking structure. Specifically, users may search for parking spots that satisfy specific criteria. The search for a parking spot that satisfies the criteria may be initiated at the time a trip begins, or may be automatically triggered by some event. For example, a search for available parking spots near a designated destination may be automatically initiated as a user comes within a predetermined distance of the designated destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Devrim Varoglu, Monika Bansal, Swapnil R. Dave
  • Patent number: D818268
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 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: D818473
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mikio Inose, Tiffany Jon, Marcel van Os, Emanuele Vulcano
  • Patent number: D818495
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andre Souza Dos Santos, Christopher Wilson
  • Patent number: D818499
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 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