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: 9980026
    Abstract: A sealed acoustic port in the housing of an electronic device facilitating the elimination of liquid within the port. The acoustic port may include a heating element that when actuated can expedite the evaporation process of liquids accumulated within the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Stephen P. Zadesky, Fletcher R. Rothkopf, Samuel Bruce Weiss
  • Patent number: 9973365
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided that enable an OFDM transmitter to be used for transmitting conventional OFDM or a form of transformed OFDM. A technique is provided for transforming a coded and modulated sequence of samples prior to an IFFT that enables the transformed sequence of samples to be transmitted using conventional OFDM or transformed OFDM. The selection of a transform function for transforming the coded and modulated sequence of samples may be based on optimizing the transform function for particular operating conditions between the transmitter and receiver. In some embodiments of the invention OFDM and time transformed OFDM are multiplexed in time and/or frequency in a transmission frame. In some embodiments of the invention a pilot pattern is provided in which the pilot are sent using OFDM and data is sent using OFDM and/or transformed OFDM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jianglei Ma, Wen Tong, Ming Jia, Hua Xu, Peiying Zhu, Hang Zhang
  • Patent number: 9973723
    Abstract: A method and system for adaptively mixing video components with graphics/UI components, where the video components and graphics/UI components may be of different types, e.g., different dynamic ranges (such as HDR, SDR) and/or color gamut (such as WCG). The mixing may result in a frame optimized for a display device's color space, ambient conditions, viewing distance and angle, etc., while accounting for characteristics of the received data. The methods include receiving video and graphics/UI elements, converting the video to HDR and/or WCG, performing statistical analysis of received data and any additional applicable rendering information, and assembling a video frame with the received components based on the statistical analysis. The assembled video frame may be matched to a color space and displayed. The video data and graphics/UI data may have or be adjusted to have the same white point and/or primaries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Haitao Guo, Kenneth I. Greenebaum, Guy Cote, David W. Singer, Alexandros Tourapis
  • Patent number: 9973862
    Abstract: The invention is a multi-channel loudspeaker system that provides a compact loudspeaker configuration and filter design methodology that operates in the digital signal processing domain. Further, the loudspeaker system can be designed to include drivers of various physical dimensions and can achieve prescribed constant directivity over a large area in both the vertical and horizontal planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Ulrich Horbach
  • Patent number: 9973838
    Abstract: An acoustic device such as a microphone or speaker is positioned with and coupled to a housing to connect an acoustic port of the acoustic device with an external opening of the housing. A reservoir is connected to the external opening via a bleed channel. The bleed channel may be less resistive to liquid ingress than the acoustic port. As such, the reservoir and bleed channel may redirect liquid from the external opening away from the acoustic port. In some implementations, the reservoir and/or the bleed channel may be defined by one or more acoustically permeable barriers such as meshes that cover the acoustic port, compressible materials such as foams that form a perimeter around the acoustic port, and/or adhesive layers that couple the acoustic device, the housing, and/or one or more other components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Qian, Edward Siahaan, Erik L. Wang, Esge B. Andersen
  • Patent number: 9970812
    Abstract: Remote control systems that can distinguish predetermined light sources from stray light sources, e.g., environmental light sources and/or reflections are provided. The predetermined light sources can be disposed in asymmetric substantially linear or two-dimensional patterns. The predetermined light sources also can output waveforms modulated in accordance with one or more signature modulation characteristics. The predetermined light sources also can output light at different signature wavelengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Steven Porter Hotelling, Nicholas Vincent King, Duncan Robert Kerr, Wing Kong Low
  • Patent number: 9973669
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of producing a dual overmolded camera module. The dual overmolded camera module including a dual overmolded image sensor module having a first image sensor device and a second image sensor device spaced from one another in an x-direction at a predetermined alignment distance, and wherein at least one of the first image sensor device and the second image sensor device have a conductive via formed therethrough and a redistribution layer along at least one side. The dual overmolded camera module further including a first lens assembly and a second lens assembly mounted over respective ones of the first image sensor device and the second image sensor device, and wherein both the first lens assembly and the second lens assembly are aligned with a common target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Julien C. Vittu
  • Patent number: 9969199
    Abstract: Techniques or processes for providing markings on products are disclosed. In one embodiment, the products have housings and the markings are to be provided on sub-surfaces of the housings. For example, a housing for a particular product can include an outer housing surface and the markings can be provided on a sub-surface of the outer housing surface yet still be visible from the outside of the housing. Since the markings are beneath the surface of the housing, the markings are durable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Michael S. Nashner, John T. Payne, Jody R. Akana
  • Patent number: 9973957
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to application dependent channel condition assessment mode selection for reduced power consumption in cellular communications. In one embodiment, a channel condition assessment mode may be selected for assessing a wireless communication channel used for a cellular link. The channel condition assessment mode may be selected from at least two channel condition assessment modes, and may be selected at least in part based on application characteristics of an application using the cellular link. Channel condition assessment may be performed according to the selected channel condition assessment mode. Channel condition assessment results obtained from the channel condition assessment may be transmitted to a cellular base station via the cellular link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Vinay R. Majjigi, Tarik Tabet, Christian W. Mucke, Syed Aon Mujtaba
  • Patent number: 9974206
    Abstract: An internal component and external interface arrangement for a cylindrical compact computing system is described that includes at least a structural heat sink having triangular shape disposed within a cylindrical volume defined by a cylindrical housing. A computing engine having a generally triangular shape is described having internal components that include a graphics processing unit (GPU) board, a central processing unit (CPU) board, an input/output (I/O) interface board, an interconnect board, and a power supply unit (PSU).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brett W. Degner, Caitlin Elizabeth Kalinowski, Richard D. Kosoglow, Joshua D. Banko, David H. Narajowski, Jonathan L. Berk, Michael E. Leclerc, Michael D. McBroom, Asif Iqbal, Paul S. Michelsen, Mark K. Sin, Paul A. Baker, Harold L. Sontag, Wai Ching Yuen, Matthew P. Casebolt, Kevin S. Fetterman, Alexander C. Calkins, Daniel L. McBroom
  • Patent number: 9973942
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for modifying network management for hybrid operation. In one embodiment, the networks include an LTE network and a CDMA 1× network, and a mobile device can place CDMA 1× voice calls while registered with the LTE network. However, since the mobile device cannot simultaneously measure information for the LTE network while connected to the CDMA 1× networks, the mobile device modifies measurements and behaviors reported to the LTE network. In one implementation, the mobile device accounts for the time switched away from the LTE network in one or more subsequent reports thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Li Su, Jianxiong Shi, Jr., Madhusudan Chaudhary, Longda Xing
  • Patent number: 9971454
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for determining the temperature of a light-generating component of a display assembly using a voltage of the light-generating component are provided. In one embodiment, a method for operating an electronic device, which may include an external surface and a light-emitting diode operative to emit light for illuminating the external surface, may include detecting the forward voltage of the light-emitting diode, calculating the temperature of the light-emitting diode using the detected forward voltage of the light-emitting diode, and altering the performance of the electronic device based on the calculated temperature of the light-emitting diode. Additional embodiments are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: David A. Doyle, Joshua G. Wurzel, Tyler R. Kakuda
  • Patent number: 9974044
    Abstract: A digitally stored map can indicate the signal quality for each of the map's regions. A device can determine its location, speed, and direction using global positioning system (GPS) and other sensors. Based on this information, the mobile device can predict a field of locations within which the device will probably be located within a specified future time frame. Based on both the information indicating signal quality and the probable future field of locations, the device can estimate a moment at which the device will probably begin to suffer from low-quality or absent signal. Using this prediction, the device can proactively perform a variety of anticipatory remedial actions. For example, the device can begin allocating a greater portion of currently available wireless network communication bandwidth to the reception of data packets that represent content that is being streamed to the device, so that the device can proactively buffer those packets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bharath Narasimha Rao, Cherif Jazra, Leonardo A. Soto Matamala
  • Patent number: 9970845
    Abstract: Optical apparatus includes a primary radiation source, which emits first optical radiation along a first optical axis. A DOE includes at least an entrance surface, upon which the first optical radiation from the primary radiation source is incident, and an exit surface, through which one or more primary diffraction orders of the first optical radiation are emitted from the DOE. At least one secondary radiation source is configured to direct second optical radiation to impinge on the DOE along a second optical axis, which is non-parallel to the first optical axis, causing at least a part of the second optical radiation to be diffracted by the DOE such that one or more secondary diffraction orders of the second optical radiation are emitted through the entrance face of the DOE. At least one detector is configured to sense at least one of the secondary diffraction orders of the second optical radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Denis G. Chen, Brian S. Medower, Chin Han Lin
  • Patent number: 9973895
    Abstract: After detecting an access-intent operation, an electronic device establishes a connection with a second electronic device using a communication protocol. The electronic devices exchange identifiers, and the second electronic device provides information specifying a preferred channel to use with a second communication protocol. Based at least in part on the preferred channel of the second electronic device and on communication contexts of the electronic devices, the electronic device selects a channel and transmits to the second electronic device information specifying the selected channel. The electronic device remotely accesses credential information based on the exchanged identifiers, and using the credential information, the electronic devices establish a secure connection via the selected channel using the second communication protocol. The electronic device determines a distance to the second electronic device using wireless ranging via the secure connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kapil Chhabra, Welly Kasten, Artiom Shamis, Chaitanya Mannemala
  • Patent number: 9971084
    Abstract: Described is an illumination structure for a key of a keyboard. The illumination structure is used to uniformly illuminate the key and any glyphs that are present on the key. The illumination structure includes a light guide having various features that increase total internal reflection and also illuminate the glyphs of the key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Robert Y. Cao, Craig C. Leong, Bradford J. Zercoe, Dinesh C. Mathew, Mahesh Krishnamurthi, Jun Qi, Rong Liu, Victor H. Yin
  • Patent number: 9974046
    Abstract: A device may broadcast an indication of an activity level of the device. The device may also receive a notification of an incoming message and receive at least one broadcast from at least one additional device also receiving the notification of the incoming message including an indication of at least one activity level of the at least one additional device. The device may compare its own activity level with the received at least one activity level. In response to determining that the activity level of the device is equal to or greater than a highest received at least one activity level, the device may display the notification of the incoming message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bob Bradley, James B. Cary, Marc J. Krochmal, Matthew E. Shepherd, Neil G. Crane
  • Patent number: 9971384
    Abstract: Tools and fixtures for assembling a printed circuit board (PCB), such as a main logic board (MLB), in a portable computer device are described. A connector assembly having an electrically conductive gasket mounted on an edge of the MLB is described. In addition, a keyboard assembly including a notched portion of the MLB for accommodating more than one type of keyboard is described. In addition, a PCB assembly having a bracket to support a weak region of the PCB during assembly is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Gavin J. Reid, Joss N. Giddings, William F. Leggett, Thomas R. Tate, Gary S. Thomason
  • Patent number: 9974060
    Abstract: Methods, base stations and access terminals for uplink signalling are provided. Resource request channel characteristics such as location in time-frequency, sequence, time slot, are assigned to each access terminal to distinguish their resource requests from the resource requests of other access terminals. Access terminals make requests using a resource request on a resource request channel having the assigned characteristics. The base station can then determine which access terminal transmitted the resource request based on the resource request channel characteristics of the resource request channel upon which the resource request was received. The base station then transmits a response to the request which may for example be a new resource allocation, a default allocation or a renewal of a previous allocation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Novak, Mo-Han Fong, Sophie Vrzic, Jun Yuan, Dong-Sheng Yu, Jianglei Ma
  • Patent number: 9971397
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for an inter-processor communication (IPC) link between two (or more) independently operable processors. In one aspect, the IPC protocol is based on a “shared” memory interface for run-time processing (i.e., the independently operable processors each share (either virtually or physically) a common memory interface). In another aspect, the IPC communication link is configured to support a host driven boot protocol used during a boot sequence to establish a basic communication path between the peripheral and the host processors. Various other embodiments described herein include sleep procedures (as defined separately for the host and peripheral processors), and error handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Karan Sanghi, Saurabh Garg, Haining Zhang
  • Patent number: 9971470
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a navigation application with a novel declutter navigation mode. In some embodiments, the navigation application has a declutter control that when selected, directs the navigation application to simplify a navigation presentation by removing or de-emphasizing non-essential items that are displayed in the navigation presentation. In some embodiments, the declutter control is a mode-selecting control that allows the navigation presentation to toggle between normal first navigation presentation and a simplified second navigation presentation, which below is also referred to as a decluttered navigation presentation. During normal mode operation, the navigation presentation of some embodiments provides (1) a representation of the navigated route, (2) representations of the roads along the navigated route, (3) representation of major and minor roads that intersect or are near the navigated route, and (4) representations of buildings and other objects in the navigated scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Edward J. Cooper, Bradley L. Spare, Jonathan L. Berk
  • Patent number: 9971407
    Abstract: An electronic device is disclosed. In some examples, the electronic device comprises a mechanical input configured to rotate in a first direction about a rotation axis in response to a first input at the mechanical input. In some examples, the electronic device comprises a mechanical input sensor coupled to the mechanical input and configured to sense a rotation of the mechanical input about the rotation axis. In some examples, the electronic device comprises a mechanical input actuator coupled to the mechanical input and configured to rotate the mechanical input in a second direction about the rotation axis. In some examples, the mechanical input comprises a shared driving and sensing segment. In some examples, the mechanical input sensor is configured to sense the rotation of the mechanical input at the shared driving and sensing segment. In some examples, the mechanical input actuator is configured to generate magnetic fields for rotating the mechanical input at the shared driving and sensing segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Prashanth Holenarsipur, Albert Wang, Yuta Kuboyama
  • Patent number: 9972454
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a tactile switch assembly. The tactile switch assembly includes a tactile switch structure. A grounding structure can be included in an electrostatic discharge path in the tactile switch structure. The grounding structure can result in a shorter electrostatic discharge path that minimizes damage caused by an electrostatic discharge event. Additionally, different grounding connectors are disclosed that can attach to a grounded component in the electronic device and to a tactile switch bracket associated with the tactile switch assembly. The grounding connector provides a grounding connection to the tactile switch bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sawyer I. Cohen, Tyler B. Cater, Ramachandran Chundru, Vivek Katiyar, Marwan Rammah, Ashutosh Y. Shukla
  • Patent number: 9971448
    Abstract: Flexible electronic devices may be provided. A flexible electronic device may include a flexible display, a flexible housing and one or more flexible internal components configured to allow the flexible electronic device to be deformed. Flexible displays may include flexible display layers, flexible touch-sensitive layers, and flexible display cover layers. The flexible housing may be a multi-stable flexible housing having one or more stable positions. The flexible housing may include a configurable support structure that, when engaged, provides a rigid support structure for the flexible housing. The flexible internal components may include flexible batteries, flexible printed circuits or other flexible components. A flexible battery may include flexible and rigid portions or may include a lubricious separator layer that provides flexibility for the flexible battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy C. Franklin, Scott A. Myers, Benjamin M. Rappoport, Stephen Brian Lynch, John P. Ternus, Justin R. Wodrich
  • Patent number: 9971774
    Abstract: Methods and systems for searching for media items using a voice-based digital assistant are described. Natural language text strings corresponding to search queries are provided. The search queries include query terms. The text strings may correspond to speech inputs input by a user into an electronic device. At least one information source is searched to identify at least one parameter associated with at least one of the query terms. The parameters include at least one of a time parameter, a date parameter, or a geo-code parameter. The parameters are compared to tags of media items to identify matches. In some implementations, media items whose tags match the parameter are presented to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Sameer Badaskar
  • Patent number: 9970080
    Abstract: Micro additions of certain elements such as zirconium or titanium are added to high strength aluminum alloys to counter discoloring effects of other micro-alloying elements when the high strength alloys are anodized. The other micro-alloying elements are added to increase the adhesion of an anodic film to the aluminum alloy substrate. However, these micro-alloying elements can also cause slight discoloration, such as a yellowing, of the anodic film. Such micro-alloying elements that can cause discoloration can include copper, manganese, iron and silver. The micro additions of additional elements, such as one or more of zirconium, tantalum, molybdenum, hafnium, tungsten, vanadium, niobium and tantalum, can dilute the discoloration of the micro-alloying elements. The resulting anodic films are substantially colorless.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Curran, William A. Counts, Abhijeet Misra
  • Patent number: 9971844
    Abstract: Adaptive loading of images is described. In some implementations, the process of loading of images by a computing device can be adapted to account for image size, image load times and/or user behavior. In some implementations, the process of preloading of images can be adapted to account for image size and/or user behavior. In some implementations, presentation of an image loading indicator can be adapted to account for image size and/or amount of time required to load an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David Koski, Nikhil Bhatt
  • Patent number: 9971459
    Abstract: A touch sensor panel including artwork formed on the touch sensor panel is disclosed. The touch sensor panel stackup can include a substrate, one or more underlying layers, one or more patterned transparent conductive layers, a passivation layer, artwork, and an adhesive layer. The artwork on the touch sensor panel can be formed by aligning to the touch sensor pattern or alignment marks. In some examples, the artwork can be formed on a discrete touch sensor panel, and the discrete touch sensor panel can be bonded to a cover glass or cover material. In some examples, the touch sensor panel can be a Dual-sided Indium Tin Oxide (DITO) stackup. In some examples, the drive lines and the sense lines of the touch sensor panel can be formed on separate substrates, and the substrates can be bonded together using an adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lynn R. Youngs, Sunggu Kang, James Edward Alexander Pedder, Hao Zhang, John Z. Zhong
  • Patent number: 9972304
    Abstract: Systems and processes for evaluating embedded personalized systems are provided. In one example process, instructions that define an experiment associated with a personalized speech recognition system can be received. The instructions can define one or more experimental parameters. In accordance with the received instructions, a second personalized speech recognition system can be generated based on the personalized speech recognition system and the one or more experimental parameters. Additionally, the plurality of user speech samples can be processed using the second personalized speech recognition system to generate a plurality of speech recognition results and a plurality of accuracy scores corresponding to the plurality of speech recognition results. Second instructions can be received based on the plurality of accuracy scores. In accordance with the second instructions, the second speech recognition system can be activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthias Paulik, Henry G. Mason, Matthew S. Seigel
  • Patent number: 9971485
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method displaying, within a user interface, a view pane having a vertical direction and a horizontal direction, displaying, within the view pane, a first frame represented by a bounded region, wherein the first frame represents a container that comprises one or more objects, upon detecting a positioning of a cursor at a position in the poster frame, displaying an object of the one or more objects in the frame, the displayed object varying based on the position of the cursor, upon detecting a selection of the first frame, displaying a second frame, represented by a second bounded region, adjacent to the second frame, and displaying the displayed object in the second frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua Fagans
  • Patent number: 9972059
    Abstract: The present approach includes presenting an e-book having content, in which the content includes selected content and non-selected content. The method includes receiving a first prompt to hide the selected content of the e-book and hiding the selected content, in response to the first prompt, while presenting the non-selected content of the e-book. The method further includes receiving a second prompt to reveal the hidden content of the e-book and temporarily revealing the hidden content, in response to the second prompt, while presenting the non-selected content of the e-book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Gunduzhan Acar
  • Patent number: 9972065
    Abstract: The embodiments disclosed herein relate to the field of graphics processing and, without limitation, the use of hardware and software in the memory layout of graphics items to prevent the malicious use of graphics resources. In greater particularity, embodiments of the disclosure provide varying software and hardware arrangements for transforming an allocated resource address that is deterministic and often visible to software in the system into an effective address that is neither deterministic nor visible to most software. For example, in an embodiment of the disclosure, software in the user-space of the operating system may use allocated addresses to map certain graphics resources for GPU access. When those allocated addresses are presented to the kernel, the addresses are transformed to effective addresses, which may be both randomized (e.g., not easily predictable from the allocated address) and/or obscured from the user space processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Harshavardhan P. Gopalakrishnan, Dean P. Macri, Dwarakanath Rajagopal
  • Patent number: 9970079
    Abstract: Described herein are methods of constructing a three-dimensional part using metallic glass alloys, layer by layer, as well as metallic glass-forming materials designed for use therewith. In certain embodiments, a layer of metallic glass-forming powder or a sheet of metallic glass material is deposited to selected positions and then fused to a layer below by suitable methods such as laser heating or electron beam heating. The deposition and fusing are then repeated as need to construct the part, layer by layer. One or more sections or layers of non-metallic glass material can be included as needed to form composite parts. In one embodiment, the metallic glass-forming powder is a homogenous atomized powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph C. Poole, Theodore A. Waniuk, Jeffrey L. Mattlin, Michael S. Nashner, Christopher D. Prest
  • Patent number: 9971499
    Abstract: An electronic device with a display, a touch-sensitive surface, and sensors to detect intensity of contacts with the touch-sensitive surface displays, on the display, an affordance corresponding to respective content at a respective size and detects a gesture that includes an increase in intensity of a contact followed by a subsequent decrease in intensity of the contact. In response to the increase in intensity, the device decreases a size of the affordance below the respective size. In response to the subsequent decrease in intensity: when a maximum intensity of the contact is above a content-display intensity threshold, the device ceases to display the affordance and displays at least a portion of the respective content; and when a maximum intensity of the contact is below the content-display intensity threshold, the device increases the size of the affordance to the respective size and forgoes displaying the respective content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, May-Li Khoe, Nicholas Zambetti
  • Patent number: 9974180
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a printed circuit to which electrical components are mounted. The electrical components may include a thermal sensor and a pressure sensor. A through hole in the printed circuit may receive the shaft of a standoff. The standoff may be soldered to plated metal on the sides of the through hole. A screw or other fastener may secure the printed circuit to a housing for the electronic device. A ring-shaped metal member may be soldered to the printed circuit. The ring-shaped metal member may form a bumper that surrounds the screw or other fastener and the thermal sensor. The pressure sensor may have a port through which ambient pressure measurements are made. A dust protection cover such as a fabric or other porous layer may cover the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Shayan Malek, David A. Pakula, Gregory N. Stephens, Sawyer I. Cohen, Scott A. Myers, Tyler B. Cater, Eric W. Bates
  • Patent number: 9974122
    Abstract: An electronic device may include a display. The display may be an organic light-emitting diode display. The organic light-emitting diode display may have a substrate layer, a layer of organic light-emitting diode structures, and a layer of sealant. Vias may be formed in the substrate layer. The vias may be formed before completion of the display or after completion of the display. The vias may be filled with metal using electroplating or other metal deposition techniques. The vias may be connected to contacts on the rear surface of the display. The vias may be located in active regions of the display or inactive regions of the display. The display may include a top surface emission portion and a bottom surface emission portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas J. Weber, Fletcher R. Rothkopf, Paul S. Drzaic, Teodor Dabov, Derek W. Wright, Scott A. Myers
  • Patent number: 9974170
    Abstract: Strands of material may be intertwined using weaving techniques, knitting techniques, non-woven or entanglement techniques, or braiding techniques. Fabric that is formed from the strands of material may be used in forming a fabric-based item. The fabric based item may include electrical components. The strands may include conductive strands that form signal paths. The signal paths can carry electrical signals associated with operation of the electrical components. Each strand may have an elongated core and a coating. Strands may also include intermediate layers between the cores and coatings. The cores, intermediate layers, and coatings may be formed from polymer without conductive filler, polymer with conductive filler, and/or metal. A polymer core may be provided with recesses to help retain subsequently deposited layers such as a metal coating layer. The recesses may be grooves that extend along the longitudinal axis of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel D. Sunshine, Daniel A. Podhajny, Kathryn P. Crews, Kirk M. Mayer, John Arthur Maasberg
  • Patent number: 9971502
    Abstract: A device with a touch-sensitive surface detects one or more touches that start within a view on the touch-sensitive surface, and processes the one or more touches on the touch-sensitive surface with a software element associated with the view. The device receives, at the software element associated with the view, a touch event that includes data structure including a phase value indicating that a respective touch on the touch-sensitive surface has been canceled by the device. The device responds to receiving the touch event by ignoring the respective touch on the touch-sensitive surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jason Clay Beaver, Andrew Platzer
  • Patent number: 9971500
    Abstract: An electronic device with a touch-sensitive surface and display can execute a messaging application. In the messaging application, swipe options can be displayed for messages and threads. Swipe options correspond to actions that can be taken on the messages or threads. Messages and threads can be associated with notification rules as well as be ignored. Composition interfaces and messages can be displayed simultaneously in the messaging application. The messaging application can display a conversation view of a message thread with a common header that can include subject information and names of participants in the threads. The messaging application allows for adding and removing participants to the conversation view. The messaging application allows for grouping search results from a search of messages using a search term. The grouping can be based on the location of the search term within the messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Y. Yang, Stephen O. Lemay, Tiffany S. Jon, Mohammed N. Jisrawi, Cristobal Baray, Chanaka G. Karunamuni
  • Patent number: 9972453
    Abstract: A keyswitch mechanism having reduced key rattle and a keyboard having reduced key rattle. A rattle suppression mechanism may be formed on a portion of the scissor mechanism or on a portion of the keycap. The rattle suppression mechanism is configured to maintain force on the portion of the scissor mechanism abutting the keycap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Harold J. Welch, Craig C. Leong, James J. Niu, John M. Brock, Keith J. Hendren, Robert L. Coish, Robert S. Murphy, William P. Yarak, III
  • Patent number: 9968158
    Abstract: A system assesses activity and displays a unitless activity value. A detector senses activity of a user. A processor reads sensed activity data from the detector. A display displays the unitless activity value. An enclosure houses the detector and the processor. The processor periodically reads the sensed activity data from the detector and processes the data to generate an activity number, the number being used to generate the unitless activity value based upon a maximum number and a display range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Curtis A. Vock, Perry Youngs
  • Patent number: 9973191
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an integrated circuit includes a clock tree circuit and logic circuitry that is clocked by the clocks received from the clock tree circuit. The logic circuit is powered by a first power supply voltage. The integrated circuit includes a voltage regulator that receives the first power supply voltage and generates a second power supply voltage having a magnitude that is lower than the magnitude of the first power supply voltage by a predetermined amount. The second power supply voltage may track the first power supply voltage over dynamic changes during use, either intentional changes to operating state or noise-induced changes. The second power supply voltage may be used to power at least a portion of the clock tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Edgardo F. Klass
  • Patent number: 9971694
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a processor may implement an access map-pattern match (AMPM)-based prefetch circuit with features designed to improve prefetching accuracy and/or reduce power consumption. In an embodiment, the prefetch circuit may be configured to detect that pointer reads are occurring (e.g. “pointer chasing.”) The prefetch circuit may be configured to increase the frequency at which prefetch requests are generated for an access map in which pointer read activity is detected, compared to the frequency at which the prefetch requests would be generated in the pointer read activity is not generated. In an embodiment, the prefetch circuit may also detect access maps that are store-only, and may reduce the frequency of prefetches for store only access maps as compared to the frequency of load-only or load/store maps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephan G. Meier, Mridul Agarwal
  • Patent number: 9972891
    Abstract: An electronic device may have wireless circuitry with antennas. An antenna resonating element arm for a given antenna may be formed from metal structures supported by a plastic carrier. The antenna resonating element arm may be coupled to switching circuitry to isolate the antenna resonating element arm when the antenna resonating element arm is not being used to handle communications in a communications band. The electronic device may have a metal housing. A slot may separate a peripheral portion of the housing such as a sidewall portion from a planar rear portion. The sidewall portion and the planar rear portion may form an additional antenna that operates at communications frequencies outside of the communications band handled by the given antenna. A parasitic antenna resonating element arm may be formed in the slot to enhance the frequency response of the additional antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Enrique Ayala Vazquez, Hongfei Hu, Nanbo Jin, Matthew A. Mow, Liang Han, Mattia Pascolini
  • Patent number: D817944
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Duncan Robert Kerr, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D817972
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Chanaka Karunamuni, Stephen O. Lemay, Marcel van Os
  • Patent number: D817987
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lee Broughton, Imran Chaudhri, Alan C. Dye, Dylan Ross Edwards, Christopher Foss, David C. Graham, Aurelio Guzmán, Jonathan P. Ive, Chanaka Karunamuni
  • Patent number: D817991
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Lee Coffman, Raymond Sepulveda
  • Patent number: D818037
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sebastian Johannes Bauer, Aurelio Guzmán, Christopher Wilson
  • Patent number: RE46864
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, a computer-implemented method is performed at a portable electronic device with a touch screen display. The method can include: displaying graphics on the touch screen display, detecting a finger contact on the touch screen display, and, in response to the detected finger contact, inserting an insertion marker in the graphics at a first location. The method can further include detecting a finger movement on the touch screen display and, irrespective of initial distance from finger to insertion marker on the touch screen display, moving the insertion marker in accordance with the detected finger movement from the first location to a second location in the graphics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Carl Westerman, Bas Ording, B. Michael Victor