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: 10061997
    Abstract: A set of rules is used by a processor of a device to render a digital image of handwriting (e.g., handwritten signature) by connecting data points captured on a touch sensitive surface of the device with line segments or curves. A set of rules determines whether two given data points will be connected by a line segment or a curve. If a curve is used, the set of rules determine characteristics of the curve through the derivation of control points. In some implementations, a smoothness adjustment factor can be applied to magnitudes of curve control points to reduce excessive smoothing for large distances between data points and maintain acceptable smoothing for short distances between data points. The magnitude can then be adjusted by multiplying by a constant factor which can be determined (e.g., heuristically) from the processing speed and resolution of the device upon which the curve is being rendered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lyndley Crumly, David Clark
  • Patent number: 10061399
    Abstract: An input mechanism for a portable electronic device includes a rotational manipulation mechanism, such as a cap or shaft. The input mechanism also includes a sensor having first capacitive elements coupled to the manipulation mechanism, second capacitive elements, and a dielectric positioned between the first and second capacitive elements. Movement of the manipulation mechanism alters the positions of the first and second capacitive elements with respect to each other and is determinable based on capacitance changes resulting therefrom. In some implementations, the second capacitive elements may be part of an inner ring or partial ring nested at least partially within an outer ring or partial ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Tyler S. Bushnell, Collin R. Petty, Adam T. Clavelle
  • Patent number: 10061963
    Abstract: An acoustic fingerprint imaging system having a plurality of acoustic elements, each acoustic element including a transducer, and independent drive and sense circuitry is disclosed. Drive circuitry may require higher voltage than low voltage sense circuitry. Many embodiments described herein include a ground shifting controller to apply a voltage bias to the low voltage sense circuitry during a drive operation, in order to prevent electrical damage to the sense circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mohammad Yeke Yazdandoost, Giovanni Gozzini, Jean-Marie Bussat
  • Patent number: 10062415
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide an application that can automatically generate a movie from a collection of media clips stored on a device or accessible by the device. The movie creation process of some embodiments uses novel video and audio compositors that dynamically composite video and audio components of the movie. The video compositors process explores different combination of media clips and media-clip arrangements to produce an interesting video presentation. The audio compositor receives the duration of the video presentation, and dynamically generates a song for the video presentation based on this duration. Another novel interaction is that in some embodiments the audio compositor provides the starting location of its last segment to the video compositor so that the video compositor can align the start of the last video segment with this ending segment. In some embodiments, the video and audio compositors also synchronize fade-out effects that they apply to their respective presentations with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron M. Eppolito, Conner Stuart Richardson, Wendy L. DeVore
  • Patent number: 10061009
    Abstract: A system and method is described for generating a confidence level for data generated by a beamforming acoustic beacon system. The system may include an audio emission device to emit a set of sounds corresponding to a set of predefined modal patterns into a listening area. The sounds may be detected by an audio capture device to produce a set of impulse responses corresponding to the modal patterns. The impulse responses may be processed to produce a set of window synthesized impulse responses for various angles. These window synthesized impulse responses may (1) be formed based on a weighted set of the modal patterns that were originally used to emanate sound and (2) seek to emulate a target beam, which is also composed of the same weighted modal patterns. A confidence level may be computed based on the difference between the window synthesized impulse responses and the target beam pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Afrooz Family, Martin E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10061361
    Abstract: A portable computing device includes at least a base portion of a lightweight material that includes at least a wedge shaped top case having a trough formed at an interfacing edge thereof. The trough includes a raised portion having a first contact surface and a receiving area, and a bottom case coupled to the top case to form a complete housing for at least a portion of the portable computing device for enclosing at least a plurality of operational components and a plurality of structural components. The portable computing device also includes at least a lid portion pivotally connected to the base portion by a hinge assembly. In the described embodiments, the lid portion has a display in communication with one or more of the plurality of components in the base portion by way of or more electrical conductors that electrically connect the base portion to the lid portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Brett W. Degner, Euan Abraham, John M. Brock, Matthew P. Casebolt, Robert L. Coish, Laura M. DeForest, Michelle Goldberg, Bradley Joseph Hamel, Ron Hopkinson, Jim Hwang, Caitlin E. Kalinowski, Steven Keiper, Patrick Kessler, Eugene Kim, Chris Ligtenberg, Jay K. Osborn, John Raff, Nicholas A. Rundle, David J. Yeh
  • Patent number: 10061478
    Abstract: In a portable multimedia device, a method, apparatus, and system for providing user supplied configuration data are described. In one embodiment, a hierarchically ordered graphical user interface is provided. A first order, or home, interface provides a highest order of user selectable items each of which, when selected, results in an automatic transition to a lower order user interface associated with the selected item. In one of the described embodiments, the lower order interface includes other user selectable items associated with the previously selected item from the higher order user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Robbin, Steve Jobs, Timothy Wasko, Greg Christie, Imran Chaudhri
  • Patent number: 10059228
    Abstract: A dynamic seating system includes one or more vehicle sensors that output information describing one or more operating characteristics of a vehicle; a calculation unit configured to determine a feedback level based on a degree of deviation of the one or more operating characteristics of the vehicle from a predetermined state; and a seating assembly configured to actuate based on the feedback level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Randol W. Aikin, Filip Ilievski
  • Patent number: 10063977
    Abstract: A device having one or more an acoustic modules. The acoustic module includes an acoustic element and a cavity that is acoustically coupled to the acoustic element. The module also includes a first conductive element that is configured to generate a first surface charge on a first region of an interior surface of the cavity. A second conductive element is configured to generate a second surface charge on a second region of the interior surface of the cavity. The first and second charge on the first and second regions of the interior surfaces of the cavity may be selectively applied to facilitate movement of a liquid held within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen P. Zadesky, Fletcher R. Rothkopf, Ashley E. Fletcher
  • Patent number: 10062410
    Abstract: Techniques and devices for creating an AutoLoop output video include performing pregate operations. The AutoLoop output video is created from a set of frames. Prior to creating the AutoLoop output video, the set of frames are automatically analyzed to identify one or more image features that are indicative of whether the image content in the set of frames is compatible with creating a video loop. Pregate operations assign one or more pregate scores for the set of frames based on the one or more identified image features, where the pregate scores indicate a compatibility to create the video loop based on the identified image features. Pregate operations automatically determine to create the video loop based on the pregate scores and generate an output video loop based on the loop parameters and at least a portion of the set of frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Arwen V. Bradley, Samuel G. Noble, Rudolph van der Merwe, Jason Klivington, Douglas P. Mitchell, Joseph M. Triscari
  • Patent number: 10059179
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a movable panel that is movable between a closed position and an open position, a first track, a second track, and an arm that is connected to the movable panel, the first track, and the second track. A lateral spacing between the first track and the second track varies along the first track and the second track in a front-to-rear direction. The arm pivots with respect to the first track and the second track in correspondence with the lateral spacing between the first track and the second track during movement of the arm along the first track and the second track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Philipp J. Wolf, John Raff, Donald R. Monroe
  • Patent number: 10062169
    Abstract: A method of providing a descriptor for at least one feature of an image comprises the steps of providing an image captured by a capturing device and extracting at least one feature from the image, and assigning a descriptor to the at least one feature, the descriptor depending on at least one parameter which is indicative of an orientation, wherein the at least one parameter is determined from the orientation of the capturing device measured by a tracking system. The invention also relates to a method of matching features of two or more images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Kurz, Selim Benhimane
  • Patent number: 10061363
    Abstract: Electronic devices have a PCB with a heat-generating component (e.g., POP or SOC), a heat sink, and an EMI shielding structure. A combination structure can include a top heat spreader/EMI shield located above and in thermal contact with the POP/SOC top, a bottom heat spreader/EMI shield located below and in thermal contact with the POP/SOC bottom, and a heat-directing component located on the PCB, laterally surrounding a majority of the POP/SOC sides, and between and in thermal contact with the top and bottom heat spreaders. Resulting heat paths for the POP/SOC include one through its top to the top heat spreader, another through its bottom to the bottom heat spreader, and others through its sides through the PCB through the heat-directing component to the top and bottom heat spreaders. The heat-directing component can be a metal horseshoe shaped pad integrally formed onto the PCB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Matheson, Vinh H. Diep, Brian L. Chuang, Judith C. Segura, Frank F. Liang, Leanne Bach Lien T. Ly, Kevin Z. Lo, Po W. Chiu, Lukose Ninan, Chong Li
  • Patent number: 10062492
    Abstract: The following examples and embodiments are directed to an induction coil that can be used in a variety of applications, including, for example, induction charging systems. In one example, an induction coil is configured to couple an electrical field between a base device and a mobile device in an inductive charge system. The induction coil includes a coil substrate formed by a molding process. The induction coil also includes a shield element disposed within the coil substrate. The shield element may be formed within the coil substrate as part of the molding process. A conductive winding is also formed within a surface of the coil substrate. In some cases, the coil substrate is formed by an injection-molding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Wagman, Eric S. Jol, Ibuki Kamei
  • Patent number: 10061942
    Abstract: A method for secure storage of an embedded Subscriber Identity Module (eSIM) on a wireless communication device including an embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card (eUICC) and a memory external to the eUICC is provided. The method can include the eUICC determining that an eSIM package including an eSIM is to be stored on the memory. The method can also include the eUICC, in response to determining that the eSIM package is to be stored on the memory, maintaining a single-use session parameter associated with the eSIM package to enable installation of the eSIM on the eUICC if the eSIM package is later loaded onto the eUICC from the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Xiangying Yang, Li Li
  • Patent number: 10061507
    Abstract: An electronic device with a touch screen display is provided. Content in a user interface is displayed at a first magnification, and in response to detecting a first multi-finger gesture on the touch screen display (e.g., a three-finger tap gesture), a first portion of the content is magnified to a second magnification, greater than the first magnification. Further, while displaying the first portion of the content in the user interface at the second magnification, the device may detect a second multi-finger gesture on the touch screen display (e.g., movement of a three-finger contact on the display). In response to this movement, the device performs panning the user interface, so that a second portion of the content, different from the first portion, is displayed on the touch screen at the second magnification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Brian Fleizach, Eric Taylor Seymour
  • Patent number: 10062358
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with an ambient light sensor. An analog-to-digital converter may be used to digitize ambient light measurements made with the ambient light sensor. Control circuitry in the electronic device may be used to adjust the brightness of a display and take other actions in the electronic device based on the digitized ambient light measurements. The analog-to-digital converter may be a hybrid analog-to-digital converter having a most-significant-bit analog-to-digital converter circuit branch based on an integrating analog-to-digital converter and a least-significant-bit analog-to-digital converter circuit branch based on a successive-approximation-register analog-to-digital converter. The most-significant-bit branch may produce an output based a reset count for an integrator that is reset a number of times during a measurement period. The least-significant-bit branch may produce an output by digitizing an output from the integrator upon termination of the measurement period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Dong Zheng
  • Patent number: 10063155
    Abstract: Various systems and methods are disclosed herein, which provide isolated systems with an auxiliary, multi-signal digital feedback loop for reporting a plurality of different potential fault conditions in an output system (e.g., output short circuit, output over-voltage, output under-voltage, output over temperature, etc.) to a Primary Controller in an input system. The signals may be sent according to any desired standardized (or proprietary) data transmission protocols. Use of a digital feedback loop allows the signals to be passed to the Primary Controller more quickly than is allowed by traditional analog feedback paths—and while using only a single optocoupler device for the transmission of all fault conditions. The techniques disclosed herein are applicable to any number of isolated systems that supply power to electronic systems such as: digital cameras, mobile phones, watches, personal data assistants (PDAs), portable music players, monitors, as well as desktop, laptop, and tablet computers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Behzad Mohtashemi, Asif Hussain, Manisha P. Pandya, Mohammad J. Navabi-Shirazi, Nileshbhai J. Shah
  • Patent number: 10064097
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for allocating bandwidth on a physical wireless interface. The method includes configuring a first virtual interface and a second virtual interface on the physical wireless interface. A requirement associated with the first virtual interface is monitored and one or more time slots are allocated to the first virtual interface in accordance with the requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Wolf, Lawrie Kurian, Saravanan Balasubramaniyan, Tashbeeb Haque
  • Patent number: 10062094
    Abstract: Information about a product advertised on a web page is presented separately, but concurrently, with the content of the web page, to avoid having to navigate away from the web page. The information may be automatically presented in a banner that is displayed adjacent the content of the web page. Controls on the banner initiate the display of further information, and/or enable purchase of the product, while maintaining the web page content in view on the browser. Alternatively, the display of the product information may be triggered by user selection of a link associated with that product. The information about the product may appear in an overlay sheet displayed in front of the original web page. The user can interact with controls on the sheet to initiate purchase or download of the product, or can dismiss the overlay sheet to continue viewing the content of the web page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony D'Auria, David A. Carson, Elizabeth C. Cranfill, Richard R. Dellinger
  • Patent number: 10062838
    Abstract: A variety of integrated circuit devices and a method for their formation and integration are provided. The integrated circuit devices may include inductors, capacitors, and/or other passive devices. In an exemplary embodiment, a first substrate is received and a conductive material is applied to the first substrate such that a loop of the conductive material is formed on the first substrate. A magnetic material is applied to the first substrate and surrounds at least a portion of the loop. A thermal process is performed on the first substrate having the conductive material and the magnetic material applied thereupon. The conductive material is bonded to a second substrate, and thereafter, the conductive material and the magnetic material are separated from the first substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignees: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD., APPLE
    Inventors: Alexander Kalnitsky, Shawn Searles, David Cappabianca
  • Patent number: 10063964
    Abstract: An electronic device may include wireless circuitry that is configured to transmit wireless signals during operation. A maximum transmit power level may be established that serves as a cap on how much power is transmitted from the electronic device. Adjustments may be made to the maximum transmit power level in real time based on sensor signals and other information on the operating state of the electronic device. The sensor signals may include motion signals from an accelerometer. The sensor signals may also include ultrasonic sound detected by a microphone. Device orientation data may be used by the device to select whether to measure the ultrasonic sound using a front facing or rear facing microphone. Maximum transmit power level may also be adjusted based on whether or not sound is playing through an ear speaker in the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ruben Caballero, Michael DiVincent, Indranil S. Sen, Robert W. Schlub, Mohit Narang, Ricardo R. Velasco, Christopher B. Crowe, Scott Vernon
  • Patent number: 10061450
    Abstract: Power consumption of touch sensing operations for touch sensitive devices can be reduced by implementing a coarse scan (e.g., banked common mode scan) to coarsely detect the presence or absence of an object touching or proximate to a touch sensor panel and the results of the coarse scan can be used to dynamically adjust the operation of the touch sensitive device to perform or not perform a fine scan (e.g., targeted active mode scan). In some examples, the results of the coarse scan can be used to program a touch controller for the next touch sensing frame to idle when no touch event is detected or to perform a fine scan when one or more touch events are detected. In some examples, the results of the coarse scan can be used to abort a scheduled fine scan during the current touch sensing frame when no touch event is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Shahrooz Shahparnia, Christopher Tenzin Mullens, Martin Paul Grunthaner, Adam Geboff
  • Patent number: 10064026
    Abstract: A unified message delivery between multiple devices is disclosed. Sending messages through a local communications link, such as but not limited to at least one of a Bluetooth connection and a peer-to-peer WiFi connection, can lead to faster transmission times and reduced server load. When the local communications link is unavailable or not suitable, the messages can be sent through a network and a push server. In some examples, messages can be sent through both the local communications link and through the network and the push server. Duplicates of a received message can be avoided by utilizing indicators. In some examples, one or more devices can include queue(s) to ensure ordered delivery of a plurality of messages when a local communications link and network connection become unavailable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel B. Pollack, Pierre Jonathan De Filippis, Hyeonkuk Jeong, Berkat S. Tung, Yan Yang, Gobind Johar, Justin Wood, Roberto Garcia, Gokul Thirumalai
  • Patent number: 10063557
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a program for recovering access to an account. The program receives an access recovery parameter (ARP) after providing a first credential to log into an account and providing a notification of a second credential necessary for accessing another resource. The program then receives a request to modify the first credential and receives the second credential. Next, after authenticating the second credential, the program uses the ARP to modify the first credential without providing the first credential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ivan Krstic, James Wilson, Eric Daniel Friedman, Selvarajan Subramaniam, Patrice O. Gautier, John Patrick Gates, Ramarathnam Santhanagopal, Prabhakaran Vaidyanathaswami, Sudhakar Mambakkam, Raghunandan Pai, Karthik Narayanan
  • Patent number: 10062412
    Abstract: Methods for organizing media data by automatically segmenting media data into hierarchical layers of scenes are described. The media data may include metadata and content having still image, video or audio data. The metadata may be content-based (e.g., differences between neighboring frames, exposure data, key frame identification data, motion data, or face detection data) or non-content-based (e.g., exposure, focus, location, time) and used to prioritize and/or classify portions of video. The metadata may be generated at the time of image capture or during post-processing. Prioritization information, such as a score for various portions of the image data may be based on the metadata and/or image data. Classification information such as the type or quality of a scene may be determined based on the metadata and/or image data. The classification and prioritization information may be metadata and may be used to organize the media data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Shujie Liu, Yunfei Zheng, Xiaosong Zhou, Hsi-Jung Wu, Ke Zhang, Albert E. Keinath, Chris Y. Chung
  • Patent number: 10061351
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for docking a portable user device to a docking device or adapter via a clip mechanism. A portable user device may include two clip members which rotate relative to one another about an axis. A coupling pivot may be coupled to both clip members to facilitate relative rotation, and may provide a clamping force between the clip members. One or more terminals may be located on at least one of the clip members, allowing data transfer, charging, or other functions when the portable user device is docked using the clip mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery T. Lee, Scott Krueger
  • Patent number: 10063145
    Abstract: A regulator circuit that employs coupled inductors with on-time modulation is disclosed. The regulator circuit includes a driver circuit coupled via first and second inductors to a power supply node of a load circuit, and may charge the power supply node via the first inductor for a first charging period, and charge the power supply node via the second inductor for a second charging period. A control circuit may determine durations of the first and second charging periods using respective pluralities of currents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Couleur, Fabio Ongaro, Dashun Xue
  • Patent number: 10061444
    Abstract: Self capacitance touch circuits to cancel the effects of parasitic capacitance in a touch sensitive device are disclosed. One circuit can generate a parasitic capacitance cancelation signal that can be injected into touch sensing circuitry to cancel the parasitic capacitance. Another circuit can adjust the phase and magnitude of the parasitic capacitance cancelation signal based on characteristics of channels in the touch sensing circuitry so as to fine tune the parasitic capacitance cancelations. Another circuit can drive a guard plate and touch panel electrodes so as to cancel the parasitic capacitances between the panel and the plate and between the electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Shahrooz Shahparnia, Christoph H. Krah
  • Patent number: 10063540
    Abstract: The embodiments set forth systems and techniques to authenticate a user device for device services, such as by transferring or extending a trusted device status from a separate and trusted associated user device, which can be paired with the user device. This can be done automatically without requiring the user to sign in at or on behalf of the user device, and the automated process can include verifying a trusted status for the associated user device, receiving data items from both devices, evaluating the data items, and facilitating an authentication of the user device when the evaluating returns a favorable result. Data items can include provisioned machine identifiers, temporally limited one-time user passwords, and a provisioned password reset key. Authentication or trusted device status transfer can be achieved by way of an authentication token that is given to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Wilson, Lestat Ali, Aniwat Arromratana
  • Patent number: 10064112
    Abstract: A user equipment (“UE”) connected to a first network that performs methods including receiving a page from the first network indicating an incoming voice call, when it is determined the voice call was not successfully connected, incrementing a value of a counter and when the value satisfies the threshold, switching from the first network to a second network. Another method includes originating a voice call via the first network, when it is determined the voice call was not successfully connected, opening a socket connection with the first network and attempting to re-originate the voice call via the first network. Another method includes determining whether the UE has switched a connection from a first network to a second network and when it is determined that the UE has switched the connection to the second network, initiating an action by the UE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Giri Prassad Deivasigamani, Gencer Cili, Muhammad A. Alam, Guarav Nukala, Luciano M. Verger, Yogesh D. Karandikar, Srinivasan Vasudeven, Deepak Chitlur Lakshman
  • Patent number: 10064164
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a user equipment (UE) and base station implement improved communication methods which enable a UE that is peak current limited to perform UL transmissions which are consistent with the UL timeline. Embodiments are also presented which enable a UE that is peak current limited to utilize a new form of distributed TTI (transmit time interval) bundling for improved uplink communication performance. In performing “distributed” TTI bundling, the UE may transmit a plurality of redundancy versions of first information to the base station, wherein the plurality of redundancy versions are transmitted in non-consecutive sub-frames with a periodicity of X ms. After the plurality of redundancy versions of first information are transmitted to the base station, the base station may provide a single acknowledge/negative acknowledge (ACK/NACK) to the UE. A method for dynamically generating and using a bundle size for TTI bundling is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tarik Tabet, Syed Aon Mujtaba
  • Patent number: 10058149
    Abstract: A watch band can provide both a physical connection and an electrical connection with a watch body of a watch. The watch band is fixed relative to the watch body and an electrical connection is either performed either simultaneously or shortly thereafter. The electrical connection enables data and power transfer between the watch body and the watch band. The electrical connection can also be performed by a secondary user interaction. Secondary user inactions can involve the user sliding, pulling, pushing, or rotating a portion of the watch band or watch body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Michael B. Wittenberg, Benjamin J. Kallman, Ryan C. Perkins, Tatsuya Sano, Zhipeng Zhang, Richard H. Koch, Jeffrey C. Olson
  • Patent number: 10063984
    Abstract: A system and method are described for transforming stereo signals into mid and side components xm and xs to apply processing to only the side-component xs and avoid processing the mid-component. By avoiding alteration to the mid-component XM, the system and method may reduce the effects of ill-conditioning, such as coloration that may be caused by processing a problematic mid-component xM while still performing crosstalk cancellation and/or generating virtual sound sources. Additional processing may be separately applied to the mid and side components xM and xs and/or particular frequency bands of the original stereo signals to further reduce ill-conditioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Martin E. Johnson, Sylvain J. Choisel, Daniel K. Boothe, Mitchell R. Lerner
  • Patent number: 10063752
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide an apparatus for controlling the motion of a camera component. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes an actuator module. The actuator module includes a plurality of magnets. Each magnet of the plurality of magnets is poled with magnetic domains substantially aligned in the same direction throughout each magnet. The apparatus further includes a coil rigidly disposed around a lens. Each magnet of the plurality of magnets contributes to the forces to adjust focus of the lens based on Lorentz forces generated from the coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: RIchard J. Topliss, Douglas S. Brodie, Anthony J. Rossetti, Richard H. Tsai, Richard L. Baer
  • Patent number: 10063810
    Abstract: Computing devices may implement instant video communication connections for video communications. Connection information for mobile computing devices may be maintained. A request to initiate an instant video communication may be received, and if authorized, the connection information for the particular recipient mobile computing device may be accessed. Video communication data may then be sent to the recipient mobile computing device according to the connection information so that the video communication data may be displayed at the recipient device as it is received. New connection information for different mobile computing devices may be added, or updates to existing connection information may also be performed. Connection information for some mobile computing devices may be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaosong Zhou, Hsi-Jung Wu, Chris Y. Chung, James O. Normile, Joe S. Abuan, Hyeonkuk Jeong, Yan Yang, Gobind Johar, Thomas Jansen
  • Patent number: 10063960
    Abstract: Pressure sensing earbuds and systems are disclosed. The earbuds can include one or more pressure sensors to determine the size and shape of a user's ear. The pressure signals can be relayed back to a processor, which may use them to dynamically optimize the volume levels delivered for frequencies over the audible range for a particular user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Jonathan Aase
  • Patent number: 10062886
    Abstract: A battery pack is disclosed. The battery pack includes a cell with a spacer, and a cap mounted on the spacer. The spacer and cap are mated to form a cavity to accommodate the components (i.e. busbars, circuit board, an insulator) of the battery pack. The spacer and cap have a series of mating surfaces for the components, wherein the mating surfaces have different heights to be recessed relative to each other to create spaces for accommodating the components. The recesses, channels, steps and raised portions correspond in geometry to the components so that they can be assembled while removing the tolerance accumulation associated with multiple standoffs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan J. Bohney
  • Patent number: 10061158
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with a display. Backlight structures may be used to provide backlight for the display. The backlight structures may include a light guide plate. The light guide plate may include a planar extended portion that guides light along the back of the display and an integrated edge reflector along one or more edges of the planar extended portion. The planar extended portion and the integrated edge reflector may be formed from respective first and second shots of material. The integrated edge reflector may be formed from a polymer material with embedded reflective structures such as glass microbeads or other oxide particles. The backlight structures may include a reflective layer that is attached to the integrated edge reflector of the light guide plate using adhesive. The display may include active display pixels formed over a portion of the integrated edge reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jun Qi, Victor H. Yin
  • Publication number: 20180238704
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a method for a mobile device connected to a vehicle's interactive communication system that includes a display screen. The method identifies at least one search term from audio data received through the vehicle's interactive communication system. At the mobile device, the method performs a search to identify at least one location related to the identified search term. The method generates a map, that displays the identified location, for output on the display screen of the interactive communication system of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Emanuele Vulcano, Bradford A. Moore, Jorge Fino, Scott Herz, Justin Garcia
  • Publication number: 20180240447
    Abstract: A method to author music. The method includes presenting, on a display by a computing device, an audio effect menu, receiving, by the computing device, a first user input selecting a first audio effect from the audio effect menu, generating, in response to receiving the first user input, a first modified audio stream based on a particular audio stream and the first audio effect, receiving, by the computing device while receiving the first user input, a second user input selecting a second audio effect from the audio effect menu, generating, in response to receiving the second user input, a second modified audio stream based on the first modified audio stream and the second audio effect, detecting cessation of the first user input, and continuing, in response to detecting the cessation, generating the second modified audio stream based on the first modified audio stream and the second audio effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: ROBERT BAKER, GERHARD LENGELING, Alec Little, Patrick Beard, Ole Lagemann, Danny Patterson, Tobias Hermann
  • Publication number: 20180238703
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a method for an application executing on a mobile device. The method renders an animated navigation presentation for output to an external display screen not part of the mobile device. The navigation presentation includes an animated map showing at least a portion of a route to a destination. The method simultaneously displays information regarding a maneuver along the route on a display screen of the mobile device without displaying a same animated map on the mobile device. In some embodiments, the displayed information regarding the maneuver comprises a graphical instruction and a text instruction for a next maneuver along the route.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Emanuele Vulcano, Bradford A. Moore, Jorge Fino, Marcel van Os
  • Patent number: 10055096
    Abstract: A content list panel displays a list of article representations. In response to a selection of an article representation from the content list panel, the content application loads an article associated with the selected article representation in addition to one or more second articles. By preloading the second articles, the user can continuously read through different articles in the main window of the content application without having to select an article representation from the content list panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Falkenburg, Kevin W. Decker, Darin Benjamin Adler, Ada Y. Chan
  • Patent number: 10055634
    Abstract: An electronic device with a display and a fingerprint sensor displays a fingerprint enrollment interface and detects, on the fingerprint sensor, a plurality of finger gestures performed with a finger. The device collects fingerprint information from the plurality of finger gestures performed with the finger. After collecting the fingerprint information, the device determines whether the collected fingerprint information is sufficient to enroll a fingerprint of the finger. When the collected fingerprint information for the finger is sufficient to enroll the fingerprint of the finger, the device enrolls the fingerprint of the finger with the device. When the collected fingerprint information for the finger is not sufficient to enroll the fingerprint of the finger, the device displays a message in the fingerprint enrollment interface prompting a user to perform one or more additional finger gestures on the fingerprint sensor with the finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Byron Han, Matthew E. Shepherd, Imran Chaudhri, Gregory N. Christie, Patrick L. Coffman, Craig M. Federighi, Matthew H. Gamble, Brittany D. Paine, Brendan J. Langoulant, Craig A. Marciniak, Donald W. Pitschel, Daniel O. Schimpf, Andrew R. Whalley, Christopher R. Whitney, Jonathan R. Dascola, Lawrence Y. Yang
  • Patent number: 10055030
    Abstract: An input device for providing input to a computing device. The input device includes a body, a visual element, and a processing element in communication with the visual element. The processing element dynamically changes a graphic displayed by the visual element to correspond to presentation data corresponding to the input device as presented to the computing device. The dynamic changes in the graphic provide indication to a user regarding the current state of the input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher J. Stringer
  • Patent number: 10054909
    Abstract: An adjustable alarm indicator of an alarm application is described. The adjustable alarm indicator may be presented in connection with an alarm setting sequence. The adjustable alarm indicator may include a variable element having a variable annular shape, a first element associated with a first end of the variable element, and a second element associated with a second end of the variable element. The first element may be independently moveable to adjust the size of the variable element. The second element also may be independently moveable to adjust the size of the variable element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Roy J. E. M. Raymann, Jay Kriz Blahnik, Stephanie M. Greer, Aroon Pahwa, Jonathan T. Varbel
  • Patent number: 10057197
    Abstract: A messaging system, in one embodiment, can establish messaging accounts for a plurality of organizations (e.g. businesses) to allow customers or users of the organizations to conduct two-way messaging sessions between a customer and an organization. The messaging system can use a registration portal to allow an organization to set up a business/organization messaging account by providing account information. The account information can then be used to update one or more searchable databases that allow a customer to have multiple entry points into a messaging session with each of the registered businesses in the messaging system. For example, a search through a web browser or a map application can provide search results that contain or otherwise provide access to a selectable messaging option that is presented on a customer's device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Grant Ritchie, Gokul Thirumalai, Philomena Lobo, Robert Y. Loh, Scott Lopatin, Mithilesh Kumar, Austin Marusco, Tommy Rochette, Aniket Zamwar, Alexandre Perematko, Daniel B. Pollack, Nicholas J. Circosta
  • Patent number: D826604
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniele De Iuliis, Richard P. Howarth
  • Patent number: D826929
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bartley K. Andre, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Steven P. Jobs, Duncan Robert Kerr, Shin Nishibori, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Douglas B. Satzger, Calvin Q. Seid, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D826986
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Wilson, Eric Lance Wilson