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

  • Apple Patents Granted: Apple patents that have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Apple Patent Applications: Apple patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • 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: 10131466
    Abstract: Active packaging for supplying power, data, or both power and data to an electronic media device while the device is housed within the active packaging is provided. The active packaging may include one or more electrical traces in-molded or printed onto the packaging that couple to a suitable connector on the device. Power may also be provided via one or more wireless power techniques. Multiple active packages may be conductively stacked to transmit power, data, or both power and data to a row or stack or devices. POM sensors integrated with or attached to the device (or the active packaging itself) may detect various movement events. Coordinated and synchronized display effects may be presented while the devices are housed within the active packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Rosenblatt
  • 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: 10133454
    Abstract: Instead of displaying interface elements such as pagination indicators side-by-side on a display, a device can present such interface elements in other visible configurations relative to each other. For example, the device can display pagination indicators of different sizes stacked on top of each other. When such stacked pagination indicators are presented as viewed from directly overhead, the pagination indicators can be appear as concentric rings. Alternatively, the device can display such stacked pagination indicators from various different non-overhead angle perspectives. When shown at some of these angles, the stacked pagination indicators can appear as a three-dimensional stack of discs. The device can highlight a particular pagination indicator to distinguish that particular pagination indicator visibly from the other pagination indicators. The highlighted pagination indicator can serve to indicate which of several interface segments, such as pages, is currently being shown on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Wilson, Imran A. Chaudhri
  • 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: 10133506
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing data in non-volatile memory devices across a large range of operating temperatures are provided. Embodiments discussed herein selectively reprogram previously programmed data at a temperature that better enables the data to be read regardless of where within the range of operating temperatures the data is being read. Circuitry and methods discussed herein can keep track of a program temperature associated with each portion of non-volatile memory and use this information along with other criteria to selectively perform temperature based moves of data. This enables a mechanism for data to programmed in out-of-bounds temperature ranges to be reprogrammed within an in-bounds temperatures range so that a temperature delta between the reprogrammed temperature and the read operation temperature is below a threshold that ensure efficient and error free read operations to be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Andrew W. Vogan, Charan Srinivasan, Matthew J. Byom
  • 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: 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: 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: 10133314
    Abstract: A portable electronic device having several features is disclosed. The device can include a retention member that retains flexible circuits extending from a top portion to a bottom portion of the device, thereby allowing some components to be moved from a top portion of the device to a bottom portion. The device may include a cover plate can be secured with a display in the top portion to cover the retention member and other internal components. The device can include an omni-directional port designed to receive a connector different orientations and provide power to the device. The device can include a flexible keyboard having butterfly keycaps. The device can include an array of openings for an audio driver, with some of the array including through holes and blind holes. The device can also include a touch pad having a force feedback sensor and a haptic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Houtan R. Farahani, Craig C. Leong, Matthew W. Blum, Zheng Gao, Kevin M. Robinson, Keith J. Hendren
  • 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: 10133868
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for implementing an educational mode on a portable computing device, such as a tablet computer, that is a single-user system, used serially by multiple users. Each user can have a separate user storage that may be encrypted. The computing device boots as a system user to a login screen. A first student user enters user credentials into the login screen. The computing device can reboot the user-space processes, while leaving the kernel running, rebooting the computing device as the first student user. When the first student user logs out, data to be synchronized to, e.g., the cloud, can be synchronized for the first student user while a second student user is logged into the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew W. Wright, Joseph R. Auricchio, Puja D. Gupta, Ananthakrishna Ramesh, Timothy P. Hannon
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 10133156
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods for windows integration with cover glass and for processing cover glass to provide windows for electronic devices are disclosed. Transparent windows such as a transparent camera window, a transparent illuminator window and/or a transparent display window can be integrated into the cover glass. The apparatus, systems and methods are especially suitable for cover glasses, or displays (e.g., LCD displays), assembled in small form factor electronic devices such as handheld electronic devices (e.g., mobile phones, media players, personal digital assistants, remote controls, etc.). The apparatus, systems and methods can also be used for cover glasses or displays for other relatively larger form factor electronic devices (e.g., portable computers, tablet computers, displays, monitors, televisions, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Michael K. Pilliod, Peter N. Russell-Clarke, Douglas J. Weber
  • 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: 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: 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: 10133312
    Abstract: The present application describes various embodiments regarding systems and methods for providing a lightweight and durable portable computing device having a thin profile. The portable computing device can take the form of a laptop computer. The portable computing device can include a case snap system configured to movably attach two portions of a base of the computing device together. The portable computing device can include a lid portion with a support structure having a shaped profile configured to support a display. The portable computing device can include locating features disposed within the base portion configured to locate internal components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bartley K. Andre, Brandon S. Smith, Charles A. Schwalbach, Gavin J. Reid, Houtan R. Farahani, Zheng Gao, Michael D. McBroom, Hilbert T. Kwan, Joss N. Giddings
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • 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: 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
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10123593
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a locking assembly for an attachment system of an electronic device. More specifically, embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to an attachment unit that is configured to be inserted and removed from a housing of a consumer product. The attachment unit and/or the housing includes a catch member or other such locking assembly configured to releasably secure the attachment unit within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Ryan C. Perkins, Michael J. Webb, Stephen Dey, Osamu Yabe, Hsiang Hung Chen
  • Patent number: 10126480
    Abstract: A display may have a backlight unit with a row of light-emitting diodes that emit light into the edge of a light guide plate. The light guide plate may have opposing upper and lower surfaces. The upper surface of the light guide plate may have ridges and the lower surface of the light guide plate may have bumps. The edge of the light guide plate may have light mixing structures. The light mixing structures may include edge surfaces that refract light at a high angle. The high angle light may then be reflected by a reflective surface so that the light propagates down the light guide plate. Some light may pass through the light mixing structures and propagate down the light guide plate without being reflected by the reflective surface. This arrangement may reduce the mixing distance of the backlight unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Brown, David A. Doyle
  • Patent number: 10126945
    Abstract: The systems described herein provide a remote keyboard service for a media device on a computing device without having to invoke an application or unlock the computing device. The computing device can receive a message indicating that a text input field on the other device is selected and present a notification to the user prompting the user to invoke the virtual keyboard on the computing device to provide text input to the selected text input field. The computing device can receive user input selecting the notification and present a virtual keyboard for providing text input to the other device. The computing device can receive keyboard input from the user selecting characters and send the characters to the other device. The other device can then user the characters as text input to the selected text input field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Alexander D. Sanciangco, Bob Bradley, Marc J. Krochmal, Graham Clarke
  • Patent number: 10126783
    Abstract: A portable electronic device having several features is disclosed. The device can include a retention member that retains flexible circuits extending from a top portion to a bottom portion of the device, thereby allowing some components to be moved from a top portion of the device to a bottom portion. The device may include a cover plate can be secured with a display in the top portion to cover the retention member and other internal components. The device can include an omni-directional port designed to receive a connector different orientations and provide power to the device. The device can include a flexible keyboard having butterfly keycaps. The device can include an array of openings for an audio driver, with some of the array including through holes and blind holes. The device can also include a touch pad having a force feedback sensor and a haptic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Houtan R. Farahani, Craig C. Leong, Matthew W. Blum, Zheng Gao, Kevin M. Robinson, Keith J. Hendren
  • Patent number: 10127644
    Abstract: A novel video system that detects events in a video sequence that causes such distortions and switch off optical flow based frame interpolation is provided. The system detects sudden changes in light intensity and switch to non-optical flow based frame interpolation when such sudden change is detected. When there is no such drastic change in light intensity, the system reverts back to using optical flow frame interpolation. Specifically, the system detects a flash event by computing a sum of differences in histograms of intensity levels between the pair of consecutive actual video frames. When the sum of differences is above a certain threshold, the video system switch to non-optical flow based frame interpolation. When the sum of differences is below the threshold, the video system reverts back to optical flow frame interpolation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Angus M. Taggart, Eric S. Beale
  • Patent number: 10127153
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to managing data-request dependencies for a cache. In one embodiment, an integrated circuit is disclosed that includes a plurality of requesting agents and a cache. The cache is configured to receive read and write requests from the plurality of requesting agents including a first request and a second request. The cache is configured to detect that the first and second requests specify addresses that correspond to different portions of the same cache line, and to determine whether to delay processing one of the first and second requests based on whether the first and second requests are from the same requesting agent. In some embodiments, the cache is configured to service the first and second requests in parallel in response to determining that the first and second requests are from the same requesting agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James Vash, Prashant Jain, Sandeep Gupta
  • Patent number: 10123608
    Abstract: A wearable band may include a first strap portion including a loop, and a second strap portion positionable through the loop of the first strap portion. The second strap portion may include a multi-pole magnet assembly, the multi-pole magnet assembly including two or more magnets arranged in a multi-pole magnet structure and at least one discrete shunt positioned over a surface of the multi-pole magnet structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Richard D. Kosoglow, Hao Zhu, James A. Stryker
  • 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: D833435
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bartley K. Andre, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, M. Evans Hankey, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Steven P. Jobs, Duncan Robert Kerr, Shin Nishibori, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Douglas B. Satzger, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D833476
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John Owen Louch, Bas Ording, Raymond Sepulveda
  • Patent number: D833789
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Schwalbach, David Samuel Kumka, Russell John Kaaihue Heirakuji, Carly Lynn Marasco, Frank Craig Thaler
  • Patent number: D833887
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Marine C. Bataille, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniele De Iuliis, Markus Diebel, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Julian Jaede, Duncan Robert Kerr, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Sung-Ho Tan, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer