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: 10132680
    Abstract: A UV dosimeter function is provided in a portable multifunction device. The device utilizes a UV light sensor to detect the user's presence while outdoors and measure the cumulative outdoor exposure time. The cumulative UV exposure is optionally provided via a messaging service or alert, and a UV index value is optionally utilized with the cumulative outdoor exposure to determine the risk of skin damage and to provide user guidance relating to recommended protective measures. An ambient light sensor is optionally provided and is used to augment the UV light thresholds used to determine the light exposure state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Serhan O. Isikman, Brian R. Land, Erno H. Klaassen
  • Patent number: 10133543
    Abstract: A method is performed at an electronic device. While media is playing, the device detects a contact at a touch-sensitive surface location associated with a first media playback control. If the device is operating in a first media playback mode, the device performs a media playback operation associated with the first media playback control when a characteristic intensity of the contact remains below a first intensity threshold. If the device is operating in a second media playback mode, and a characteristic intensity of the contact exceeds the first intensity threshold, the device performs the media playback operation associated with the first media playback control. If the device is operating in the second media playback mode and the characteristic intensity of the contact remains below the first intensity threshold, the device continues playing the media on the device without performing the media playback operation associated with the first media playback control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Jason J. Olson
  • Patent number: 10132706
    Abstract: An electronic device having a pressure detection system is disclosed. The electronic device may include one or more elements designed to detect pressure exerted on the electronic device. In some embodiments, the electronic device includes a membrane and a detection mechanism, both of which bend in response to a pressure change at the membrane. The membrane may be electrically coupled with a circuit that detects the bending of the membrane and correlates the bending with a pressure change at the membrane. A can may be hermetically sealed with the membrane and surround the circuit to shield the circuit from liquid ingress. In some embodiments, a light transmitter and light receiver are used to detect the bending of the membrane. The light may reflect from the membrane at different angles, based upon a shape of the membrane, and contact the receiving element at different locations, corresponding to pressure change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan C. Perkins, Tyler S. Bushnell, David M. Pelletier, William C. Lukens, Steven P. Cardinali, Rex T. Ehman
  • Patent number: 10134348
    Abstract: A method for adjusting the gain of a plurality of pixels across a display includes determining grid point gain adjustments for a plurality of grid points corresponding to coordinates across the display. The corresponding coordinates have a non-uniform spacing across the display. The method also includes determining uniformity gain adjustments for the plurality of pixels via interpolation with the grid point gain adjustments. The method also includes multiplying the uniformity gain adjustment for each pixel of the plurality of pixels by an input signal to the respective pixel. The drive strength supplied to the respective pixel is based at least in part on the input signal, and the drive strength supplied to each pixel is configured to control the light emitted from the respective pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Guy Cote, Mahesh B Chappalli
  • Patent number: 10133351
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a system and method for providing haptic output for an electronic device. In certain embodiments, a type of haptic output is provided based on a determined orientation, position, and/or operating environment of the electronic device. Specifically, the electronic device may receive input from one or more sensors associated with electronic device. Once the input from the one or more sensors is received, an orientation, position and/or operating environment of the electronic device is determined. Based on the determined orientation of the electronic device, a type of haptic output is selected and provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas J. Weber, Motohide Hatanaka
  • Patent number: 10133934
    Abstract: Techniques and devices for post-processing time-lapse videos are described. The techniques include obtaining an input time-lapse sequence of frames and determining a visual metric value, e.g., average luminance, for each frame. A curve of best fit may then be determined for the visual metric values of the frames. The visual metric values, e.g., the average luminance values, of the plurality of frames may then be adjusted, e.g., by adjusting the visual metric values of each frame to be equal to the corresponding value determined by the curve of best fit. Some embodiments include further adjusting the visual metric values to be equal to a weighted average of the adjusted visual metric values for adjacent frames in the time-lapse sequence. Finally, a visual characteristic of the frames, e.g., an image histogram, may be adjusted based on the frame's determined adjusted visual metric value, and an output time-lapse sequence may be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Earl Q. Wong, Garrett Johnson
  • Patent number: 10133382
    Abstract: A touch screen is disclosed. The touch screen can comprise a substrate having a first surface upon which a touch or proximity event is to be detected, and a second surface that opposes the first surface, and a touch sensor electrode and a first display pixel including a first display pixel TFT formed on the second surface of the substrate. The first touch sensor electrode can be disposed between the second surface of the substrate and the first display pixel TFT, and the first touch sensor electrode can be configured to detect the touch or proximity event. In some examples, the substrate can comprise a TFT glass substrate. In some examples, the touch screen can comprise a first touch sensor routing electrically coupled to the first touch sensor electrode, wherein the first touch sensor routing is disposed between the second surface of the substrate and the first display pixel TFT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Byung Duk Yang, Kyung Wook Kim, Szu-Hsien Lee, Shih-Chang Chang, John Z. Zhong
  • Patent number: 10135554
    Abstract: An interface circuit in an electronic device may receive samples of wireless signals in a time interval, where the wireless signals are associated with the second electronic device. Then, the interface circuit may generate, based at least in part on the samples and a number of paths in a channel in a wireless environment of the electronic device, a signal spectrum corresponding to a set of estimated wireless-communication parameters. Moreover, the interface circuit may select a lower wireless-communication parameter in the set of wireless-communication parameters having an associated regression model with a fit to the signal spectrum that exceeds a statistical confidence threshold. Next, the interface circuit may identify, based at least in part on the selected lower wireless-communication parameter, samples of the wireless signal in the wireless signals associated with the line of sight between the electronic device and the second electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Konstantinos Sarrigeorgidis
  • Patent number: 10133403
    Abstract: Devices and methods for improving image quality and decreasing power consumption of an electronic display are provided. The electronic device includes a display panel including a plurality of pixels configured to display an image, and to operate at multiple refresh rates. The electronic device also includes a processor configured to instruct the display panel to transition between the multiple refresh rates based at least in part on a blur effective width of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Chih-Wei Yeh, Chaohao Wang, Paolo Sacchetto, Wei Chen
  • Patent number: 10134349
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject technology relate to electronic devices with displays. A display may include an array of display pixels and control circuitry for operating the display. In some scenarios, interference signals from other components of the electronic device or additional external devices can couple to the control circuitry for the display and cause distortions in displayed data. Display frames may be displayed by an electronic device display with a varying phase. The varying phase display frames may each include a distortion pattern that also varies from frame to frame due to the varying phase. The varying distortion patterns may average out or visibly cancel when viewed by a user such that no visible artifact of the interference signal is seen by the user. The varying phase can be actively tuned to the interference signal if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Rui Zhang, Guangmao Xing, Paolo Sacchetto, Marc Joseph Devincentis, Anshi Liang, Weijun Yao, Sang Y. Youn, Hyunwoo Nho
  • Patent number: 10134334
    Abstract: In order to reduce non-uniform luminance and/or chrominance, a display panel can determine, on a pixel-by-pixel basis in at least a row of pixels, a correction for voltage drops in the display panel. The voltage drop can be estimated based on a state of pixels in the display panel corresponding to at least a portion of a current frame of image data and at least a portion of a previous frame of image data. Moreover, based on the correction, the display plane can modify on the pixel-by-pixel basis in at least the row: a supply voltage applied to the display panel; a digital representation of the image data in the current frame that correspond to the pixels; and pixel drive signals corresponding to the image data in the current frame. Furthermore, the correction may be based on a predefined calibration constant and/or may be dynamically calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Johan L. Piper, James C. Aamold, Shengkui Gao, Hung Sheng Lin, Hyunwoo Nho
  • Patent number: 10135034
    Abstract: Display panel configurations are described in which a pixel-level integrated black matrix layer is combined with an elliptical polarizer. The elliptical polarizer may allow for increased transmission of emissive LEDs in the display panel, while the black matrix layer may mitigate internal reflection of ambient light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ion Bita, Jean-Jacques P. Drolet, Enkhamgalan Dorjgotov, Michael J. Brown
  • Patent number: 10131035
    Abstract: Grooves are formed on an exterior surface of a component. The grooves are formed proximate to one another such that the grooves diffract light. The exterior surface is processed to reduce the sharpness of peaks between the grooves, reduce differences between the peaks and valleys of the grooves, and/or roughen the grooves. The processing reduces diffraction caused by the grooves such that light reflected from the grooves is not substantially color-shifted (e.g., is or is near the color of the reflecting surface). In various implementations, the processing may include dry blasting, etching, abrasive blasting, burnishing, grinding, ablation, an/or any other process capable of reducing the sharpness, reducing the differences, and/or roughening the surface. In implementations where dry blasting is used, the dry blasting may use ceramic beads as a blast material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Michael T. Brickner, Ian Davison, Wayne Cowan, Naiming Fu
  • Patent number: 10135097
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments relate to a battery cell which includes a set of electrode sheets of different dimensions arranged in a stacked configuration to facilitate efficient use of space inside a portable electronic device. For example, the electrode sheets may be arranged in the stacked configuration to accommodate a shape of the portable electronic device. The stacked configuration may be based on a non-rectangular battery design such as a toroidal design, an L-shaped design, a triangular design, a pie-shaped design, a cone-shaped design, and/or a pyramidal design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley L. Spare
  • Patent number: 10133475
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for navigating or browsing through images, such as contact images, on electronic devices, such as portable electronic device having a touch screen display. In one embodiment, users of electronic devices are able to browse through contact images to locate a particular contact within a plurality of contacts available (e.g., stored) on the electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Imran Chaudhri
  • Patent number: 10135905
    Abstract: Target electronic devices can be remotely controlled using a personal electronic device are disclosed. The personal electronic device can identify target devices that are responsive to remote control. The personal electronic device displays graphical user interface objects that, when selected, cause the personal electronic device to instruct the target electronic device to perform an operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran Chaudhri, Stephen O. Lemay, Alan C. Dye, Christopher Patrick Foss, Lawrence Y. Yang, David Chance Graham, Jonathan P. Ive
  • Patent number: 10133571
    Abstract: A load-store unit having one or more banked queues is disclosed. In one embodiment, a load-store unit includes at least one queue that is subdivided into multiple banks. Although divided into multiple banks, the queue logically appears to software as a single queue. A first bank of the queue includes a first plurality of entries, with the second bank of the queue having a second plurality of entries, wherein each of the entries is arranged to store memory instructions. Each of the banks is associated with corresponding logic circuitry that controls one or more pointers for that bank. The pointer information may be exchanged between the logic circuits associated with the banks. Based on the pointer information that is exchanged, each bank may output (e.g., for retirement) one entry per cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aditya Kesiraju, Mridul Agarwal, Pradeep Kanapathipillai, Sean M. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 10134545
    Abstract: A cantilevered push button adapted for accepting an input on an electrical or electronic device is disclosed. The button can include an elongated button top component disposed about an exterior surface of an electrical or electronic device such that it is accessible to a user, and having two opposing distal ends associated with separate user inputs. A first fulcrum is located between the first distal end and the midpoint of the elongated button top component, while a second fulcrum is located between the second distal end and the midpoint. A first electrical contact is associated with the first distal end, such that when a user presses on the first distal end, the elongated button top component pivots about the second fulcrum and the first electrical contact is actuated. A second electrical contact is similarly associated with the second distal end and first fulcrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley J. Hamel, Tang Yew Tan, Erik Wang
  • Patent number: 10133725
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for a server learning new words generated by user client devices in a crowdsourced manner while maintaining local differential privacy of client devices. A client device can determine that a word typed on the client device is a new word that is not contained in a dictionary or asset catalog on the client device. New words can be grouped in classifications such as entertainment, health, finance, etc. A differential privacy system on the client device can comprise a privacy budget for each classification of new words. If there is privacy budget available for the classification, then one or more new terms in a classification can be sent to new term learning server, and the privacy budget for the classification reduced. The privacy budget can be periodically replenished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Abhradeep Guha Thakurta, Andrew H. Vyrros, Umesh S. Vaishampayan, Gaurav Kapoor, Julien Freudiger, Vivek Rangarajan Sridhar, Doug Davidson
  • Patent number: 10136097
    Abstract: RAW camera images may be processed by a computer system using either a particular application or a system level service. In either case, at least some parameters needed for the processing are preferably separated from the executable binary of the application or service, and are provided in separate, non-executable, data-only files. Each of these files can correspond to a particular camera or other imaging device. When a user of the system attempts to open a RAW image file from an unsupported device, the local system may contact a server for on-demand download and on-the-fly installation of the required support resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Balle-Pedersen, David Hayward, Travis W. Brown
  • Patent number: 10133904
    Abstract: An acoustic imaging system can contain a plurality of individual acoustic elements that each contain an acoustic transducer, drive circuitry, and low voltage sense and/or read circuitry. In many embodiments both the drive circuitry and the read circuitry can be independently addressable. For example, if the individual acoustic elements are arranged into rows and columns, each acoustic element can include row/column drive circuit enable switches and row/column read circuit enable switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mohammad Yeke Yazdandoost, Jean-Marie Bussat
  • Patent number: 10136033
    Abstract: Image and video processing techniques are disclosed for processing components of a color space individually by determining limits for each component based on the relationship between each component in a color space. These limits may then be used to clip each component such that the component values are within the determined range for that component. In this manner, more efficient processing of images and/or video may be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexandros Michael Tourapis, Yeping Su, David William Singer, Hsi-Jung Wu
  • Patent number: 10136394
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus that reduce network management overhead required for the operation of wireless femtocells. In one aspect of the invention, a central network entity governs the simultaneous operation of several femtocells by specifying modes of operation, and operational parameters for one or more of the femtocells. In one embodiment, at least one of the specified modes of operation directs a femtocell to operate in a substantially autonomous manner within the network-defined operational parameters. The network-defined constraints are provided to the femtocell for example, responsive to a successful registration attempt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Hyung-Nam Choi, Maik Bienas, Achim Luft
  • Patent number: 10134385
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for associating a phonetic pronunciation with a name by receiving the name, mapping the name to a plurality of monosyllabic components that are combinable to construct the phonetic pronunciation of the name, receiving a user input to select one or more of the plurality, and combining the selected one or more of the plurality of monosyllabic components to construct the phonetic pronunciation of the name.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Devang K. Naik
  • Patent number: 10136252
    Abstract: An application manager of a mobile device can provide a user with the ability to control whether an application can use location information provided by a location subsystem of the mobile device. The application can request to be notified by the location subsystem when the mobile device crosses a geofence. When the mobile device crosses the geofence, the location subsystem provides a notice to the application. The application manager can intercept the notice to the application, and present an alert on a user interface. The application manager can then provide the notice to the application only upon receiving an input through the user interface confirming that the application still has permission to use location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew E. Shepherd, Ronald K. Huang, Stephen J. Rhee, Daniel T. Kurtz, Erik Neuenschwander
  • Patent number: 10134539
    Abstract: A venting system for a keyboard assembly is disclosed. A keyboard assembly including a printed circuit board defining a set of apertures, and a group of switch housings coupled to the printed circuit board. Each switch housing of the group of switch housings may define a switch opening positioned above one of the set of apertures of the printed circuit board. The keyboard assembly may also include a shield defining at least one channel of a venting system formed below the printed circuit board. The at least one channel may be in fluid communication with at least one aperture, and at least one of the switch openings positioned above the at least one aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Craig C. Leong, Bradford J. Zercoe, Thai Quoc La, Nicholas I Reid, Keith J. Hendren, John M. Brock, Matthew W. Blum
  • Patent number: 10136354
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for improved packet data flow mobility and packet data distribution and collection across heterogeneous networks. In one embodiment, a source device with one or more wireless interfaces receives data to be transmitted to a target device. The device sequences the received data with corresponding packet sequence numbers according to characteristics of the service providing the data. The sequenced data is classified according to application/service requirements (e.g., minimum Quality of Service requirements, service type, etc.). The classified data is assigned to available network interfaces, which can support the classifications of the data. The data is transmitted over the assigned network interfaces to the corresponding receiving interface. The data is collected and reassembled according to the packet sequence number at the target destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Sassan Ahmadi
  • Patent number: 10135303
    Abstract: A transmitter device in an inductive energy transfer system includes a first transmitter coil operatively connected to a first resonant circuitry. A receiver device includes a first receiver coil operatively connected to a first resonant circuitry. The first transmitter coil and the first receiver coil form a first transformer. The transmitter device, the receiver device, or both the transmitter and receiver devices can also include an auxiliary coil or inductor, which may form an auxiliary transformer. Energy can be transferred from the transmitter device to the receiver device using the first transformer or the auxiliary transformer. The transfer of energy may be adaptively adjusted based on the efficiency of the energy transfer. For example, the transfer of energy can be adjusted based on the operating conditions of the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Todd K. Moyer, Jeffrey J. Terlizzi, Jeffrey M. Alves
  • Patent number: 10136048
    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: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Behkish J. Manzari, Marek Bereza, Pavel Pivo{hacek over (n)}ka
  • Patent number: 10135338
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an inductor coupled to a load circuit, a control circuit, and a driver circuit. The control circuit may be configured to select a first operating mode in response to a determination that a value of current flowing through the inductor is greater than a threshold, and to otherwise select a second operating mode. In the first operating mode, the driver circuit may be configured to source current to the load circuit through the inductor for a first duration, based on a comparison of a supply voltage level to a voltage level across the load circuit. In the second operating mode, the driver circuit may be configured to source current to the load circuit through the inductor at a number of time points. At each time point the current may be sourced for a second duration that is based on an allowable peak current flowing through the inductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan F. Bolus, Jitendra K. Agrawal
  • Patent number: 10135476
    Abstract: An electronic device includes an antenna configured to receive a wireless transmission. The wireless transmission includes noise and data to be received. The electronic device includes a signal splitter that splits the wireless transmission into a first signal and a second signal. The electronic device includes a filter configured to filter the data to be received in the first signal. Furthermore, the electronic device includes merging circuitry configured to subtract the first signal from the second signal to reduce the noise in the second signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Mohammad Reza Ghajar, Huanyu Chen, Robert S. Sorensen
  • Patent number: 10135484
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to performing antenna selection to reduce interference in a wireless device. According to some embodiments, it may be determined whether simultaneous communication according to first and second wireless communication technologies causes performance degradation to a third wireless communication technology. If the simultaneous communication according to first and second wireless communication technologies does cause performance degradation to the third wireless communication technology, selection of antenna(s) used for the communications may be based at least in part on the determination that the simultaneous communication according to the first and second wireless communication technologies causes performance degradation to the third wireless communication technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Swapnil S. Jain, Nicholas M. McDonnell, Wen Zhao, Paul V. Flynn
  • Patent number: 10135748
    Abstract: Methods and systems for switching between media streams can use a comparison of an average bandwidth for a new stream to an observed bit rate for an existing stream in order to determine whether to switch to the new stream. A check on the amount of data buffered for the existing stream can also be performed in order to determine whether a system should switch to the new stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: William B. May, Jr., David L. Biderman, John Y. Su, Roger N. Pantos
  • Patent number: 10135839
    Abstract: Adaptive security profiles are supported on an electronic device. One or more security profiles may be automatically or selectively applied to the device based on the device's location and one or more geographic zone definitions. The security profiles may be used to determine the level of authentication or number of invalid authentication attempts for a particular feature or application or set of features or applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael I. Ingrassia, Jr., Jeffery T. Lee
  • Patent number: 10136411
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus enabling a wireless network to optimize paging channel operation, based on mobile device context information. In one embodiment, the wireless network is a cellular network (e.g., LTE-Advanced), and both base stations and cellular user devices dynamically exchange and maintain a paging agreement. The paging agreement limits the paging channel operation, thereby minimizing unnecessary scanning and usage of irrelevant radio resources. Such paging mechanisms are limited to the air interface between the base station and the mobile device, and are compatible with existing legacy devices and network entities. Networks with appropriately enabled user devices may improve their resource utilization. Base stations may advantageously reclaim freed-up cellular resources to support other services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Maik Bienas, Hyung-Nam Choi
  • Patent number: 10136285
    Abstract: A central wireless communication device communicates with a peripheral wireless communication device to provide an interactive alert notification service. The central wireless communication device obtains alert notification settings for application categories for the peripheral wireless communication device. In response to receiving an alert notification belonging to an application category enabled for the peripheral wireless communication device, the central wireless communication device sends an alert notification message that includes a unique identifier associated with the alert notification to the peripheral wireless communication device. In response to receiving an information request message that includes the unique identifier and one or more parameters, the central wireless communication device sends one or more information response messages that include the unique identifier and values for at least one of the one or more parameters to the peripheral wireless communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Renaud Lienhart, Jason C. Conn, Augustin Prats
  • Patent number: 10136306
    Abstract: Generating and using a device-type specific preferred public land mobile network (PLMN) list for roaming PLMN selection. Wireless devices sharing one or more common characteristics may be tasked with collecting roaming PLMN selection data. That data may be collected and used to generate a preferred PLMN list specific to wireless devices sharing those common characteristics. The preferred PLMN list may be distributed to wireless devices sharing those common characteristics, which may then use it in conjunction with roaming PLMN selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Qin Zhang, Madhusudan Chaudhary, Longda Xing, Umesh K. Shukla, Bo Wang, Zhiwei Wang, Yaoqi Yan, Qiang Miao
  • Patent number: 10136312
    Abstract: Some embodiments relate to a device that transmits/receives encrypted communications with another device. A first device, such as a smart phone or smart watch, may generate a message associated with a certain data class, which may determine the security procedure used in the communication of the message. The first device may establish an encryption session for the purpose of communicating the message to a second device. Prior to sending the message, the first device may wait until encryption credentials are accessible according to certain conditions, which may be determined at least in part by the data class of the message. Similarly, after receiving the message, the second device may not be able to decrypt the message until encryption credentials are accessible according to certain conditions, which may be determined at least in part by the message data class.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Berkat S. Tung, Daniel B. Pollack, Hyeonkuk Jeong, Joe S. Abuan, Pierre J. De Filippis, Yan Yang
  • Patent number: 10132340
    Abstract: A system for carrying or using a device includes the device and at least one attachment apparatus. The device may include at least one attachment element. The attachment apparatus may include a length of material and at least one attachment point arranged on an end of the length of material. The at least one attachment point may include at least one magnetic feature configured to attach and detach the device and the length of material. The material can include but is not limited to cloth, metallic (magnetic and non-magnetic), fibrous material, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Peter N. Russell-Clarke, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Matthew D. Rohrbach
  • Publication number: 20180331343
    Abstract: Various embodiments described herein relate to a battery that includes a battery cap with one or more cut-out sections. The battery cap may be used to at least partially cover a circuit board that is proximate an end of a battery cell. In various examples, the cut-out sections may be configured to accommodate one or more cell tabs of the battery that protrude above the circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan C. Wilson, Charles H. Laird
  • Publication number: 20180330867
    Abstract: Methods of and systems for directing flux from a transmit coil to a receive coil within an inductive power transfer system are disclosed. For example, a transmit coil may be shielded with a contoured shield made from a ferromagnetic material. The contoured shield may contour to several surfaces of the transmit coil so as to define a single plane through which flux may be directed to a receive coil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Graham, Eric S. Jol, Makiko K. Brzezinski
  • Publication number: 20180332075
    Abstract: Embodiments for securely determining a separation distance between wireless communication devices is provided. These embodiments include receiving a measurement request and a first random identifier from a first wireless communication device at a second wireless communication device. The embodiments also includes deriving a transient key using the first random identifier, a second random identifier (generated by the second device), and a pre-shared key. The first and second random identifiers, the pre-shared key, and the transient key derived therefrom are shared between the first and second devices, but are not known to any other devices. The embodiments further include encrypting measurement data exchanged between the two devices using the transient key, and using the encrypted measurement data to calculate and verify a separation distance between the devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kapil CHHABRA, Welly KASTEN
  • Publication number: 20180332506
    Abstract: Embodiments for performing a fast return to Wi-Fi following completion of a cellular voice call are provided. These embodiments include detecting that a device has switched from communicating over a Wi-Fi interface to communicating over a cellular interface; determining the earliest time that the device can switch back to Wi-Fi; and instituting the switch. In some embodiments, the process of performing a fast return to Wi-Fi is carried out by devices having small form factors, such as smartwatches and other wearables, which may be susceptible to coexistence and peak power problems. The fast return to Wi-Fi embodiments disclosed herein allow a device to perform a voice call over a cellular interface when Wi-Fi calling is not available, and switch over to a Wi-Fi interface immediately upon completion of the voice call in order to conserve battery life, achieve higher data speeds, and avoid high costs associated with cellular data transmissions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Venkateswara Rao Manepalli, Paul V. Flynn, Artiom Shamis, Thanigaivelu Elangovan, Vijay Venkataraman, Ajoy K. Singh, Veerendra Boodannavar
  • Publication number: 20180332482
    Abstract: Embodiments for performing an anticipatory networking are provided. These embodiments include detecting an action taken by a user of a wirelessly-enabled device, an automated action of the wirelessly-enabled device, or a current condition of the device; learning what future operations the wirelessly-enabled device will likely need to perform in order to carry out the desired user action or device action; creating a user profile based on the learned information; and proactively performing, based on the user profile, certain downstream operations before the data corresponding to those operations is actually needed. In some embodiments, the anticipatory networking techniques disclosed herein essentially represent the confluence of networking concepts and machine learning concepts, and as such, enable wireless communications having reduced latency, while also improving network reliability and device performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Franco TRAVOSTINO
  • Patent number: 10128064
    Abstract: Keyboard assemblies having reduced thicknesses and methods of forming the same. A keyboard assembly may include a printed circuit board (PCB) and a single membrane sheet adhered directly to the PCB. The single membrane sheet may substantially cover the PCB. The keyboard assembly may also include a group of dome switches coupled directly to the single membrane sheet. Another keyboard assembly may include a group of conductive pads and a group of membrane pads. Each of the group of membrane pads may be adhered directly to a corresponding one of the group of conductive pads. The keyboard assembly may also include a group of dome switches coupled directly to the membrane pads. Each of the group of dome switches may be coupled directly to a corresponding one of the group of membrane pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Craig C. Leong, Bradford J. Zercoe, Thai Q. La, Robert Y. Cao, Alex J. Lehmann, Dinesh C. Mathew
  • Patent number: 10127220
    Abstract: Systems and processes for language identification from short strings are provided. In accordance with one example, a method includes, at a first electronic device with one or more processors and memory, receiving user input including an n-gram and determining a similarity between a representation of the n-gram and a representation of a first language. The representation of the first language is based on an occurrence of each of a plurality of n-grams in the first language and an occurrence of each of the plurality of n-grams in a second language. The method further includes determining whether the similarity between the representation of the n-gram and the representation of the first language satisfies a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome R. Bellegarda, Bishal Barman
  • Patent number: 10128755
    Abstract: A multi-phase switch mode, voltage regulator has a transient mode portion in which a phase control output is coupled to one or more control inputs of one or more switch circuits that conduct inductor current through one or more transient phase inductors, from amongst a number of phase inductors. A slew mode control circuit detects a high slope and then a low slope in the feedback voltage and, in between detection of the high slope and the low slope, pulses the phase control output of the transient mode portion so that the switch circuit that conducts transient phase inductor current adds power to, or sinks power from, the power supply output. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Rajarshi Paul, Parin Patel, Damon Lee, Evaldo Miranda, Jr., Mark A. Yoshimoto, Jamie L. Langlinais, Jonathan M. Audy
  • Patent number: 10127911
    Abstract: Systems and processes for generating a speaker profile for use in performing speaker identification for a virtual assistant are provided. One example process can include receiving an audio input including user speech and determining whether a speaker of the user speech is a predetermined user based on a speaker profile for the predetermined user. In response to determining that the speaker of the user speech is the predetermined user, the user speech can be added to the speaker profile and operation of the virtual assistant can be triggered. In response to determining that the speaker of the user speech is not the predetermined user, the user speech can be added to an alternate speaker profile and operation of the virtual assistant may not be triggered. In some examples, contextual information can be used to verify results produced by the speaker identification process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yoon Kim, Sachin S. Kajarekar
  • Patent number: 10128608
    Abstract: A plug connector for an electronic device has a deformable seal positioned on it such that when the plug connector is mated to the electronic device a liquid-tight seal is formed between the plug connector and the electronic device. A seal may also be positioned within a receptacle connector cavity of the electronic device such that it forms a liquid-tight seal to a plug connector when the plug connector is mated to the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Darshan R. Kasar, Craig M. Stanley, David B. Flamholz, Phillip Qian, Matthew E. Lang, Ferdinand S. Toting, Eric S. Jol, Trent K. Do, Joel C. Yamasaki, Hani Esmaeili, Nathan A. Van Nortwick, Richard J. Blanco, Jonathan C. Lorman, Daniel Wagman, Edward S. Huo
  • Patent number: D833909
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    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