Patents by Inventor John J. Iarocci

John J. Iarocci has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20220303185
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for generating device cluster capability information for a cluster of devices in a network environment. Capability information can specify capabilities of the devices in the cluster. A first user device can generate device capabilities for the first user device and obtain device capabilities for other devices in the cluster. The first user device can generate cluster capability information providing an intersection of the first set of device capabilities and device capabilities of the other user devices in the cluster. The first user device can obtain cluster capability information for other clusters in the network environment and receive a request from a service user device to perform a specific task. The first user device can transmit cluster capability information relating to a selected cluster that corresponds with the request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2022
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott M. Marshall, Jeremy A. Wyld, Jiten L. Mehta, Darren Litzinger, John J. Iarocci
  • Publication number: 20220303888
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for selecting a leader device from a cluster of user devices. In one example, a user device determines a series of metrics specifying capabilities of the user device. The user device can obtain a number of user identifiers (UIDs) from other user devices in the cluster providing respective series of metrics specifying capabilities of the other user devices in the cluster. The user device can select a leader device based on a comparison of metrics for each user device as provided in the UIDs for the user devices. The user device can then notify the other user devices in the cluster of the selected leader device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2022
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy A. Wyld, John J. Iarocci, Jared S. Grubb
  • Publication number: 20220303186
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for coordinating state information between devices in a network of devices. In one example, a first user device can obtain event information identifying an event (e.g., triggering of an alarm) associated with another user device and state information identifying a state of the other device. The first user device can report the state and event information to devices in the network. Observers corresponding to each user device can identify the occurrence of the event corresponding to the event information for each user device. An action (e.g., output an audio chime) can be performed by each device with an observer that identifies the occurrence of the event corresponding to the event information for each user device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2022
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott M. Marshall, Jiten L. Mehta, Darren S. Litzinger, Jeremy A. Wyld, John J. Iarocci
  • Patent number: 11451508
    Abstract: Messaging between a companion device and an accessory device is controlled such that different modes of communication may be utilized. The different modes can implement different messaging strategies, each of which is intended for efficient power management, in view of the limited electrical power that is typically available at the accessory device. A received request message for sending from the companion device to the accessory device is sent if predetermined conditions apply, and similarly for messages from the accessory device to the companion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Ledwith, Christopher C. Jensen, John J. Iarocci, Marc J. Krochmal, Ziv Wolkowicki, Daniel B. Pollack, Darin B. Adler
  • Publication number: 20220256038
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a computing device may conduct an active telephone conversation and a proximity of the computing device to a second computing device may be determined to be within a predetermined distance. Moreover, a determination of a capability of the second computing device to conduct a telephone conversation may be made, and in response to such determinations, the active telephone conversation may be transferred from the computing device to the second computing device. In an example, when a user holding a telephone conversation moves near a smart speaker, the telephone conversation may be transferred to the smart speaker from the user's mobile device, should the user desire such a transfer. Moreover, as the user moves around, the telephone conversation may move with the user from device to device, enabling a seamless and intuitive telephone conversation experience for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2022
    Publication date: August 11, 2022
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marc J. Krochmal, John J. Iarocci, Alex D. Sanciangco, Patrick L. Coffman
  • Patent number: 11356562
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a computing device may conduct an active telephone conversation and a proximity of the computing device to a second computing device may be determined to be within a predetermined distance. Moreover, a determination of a capability of the second computing device to conduct a telephone conversation may be made, and in response to such determinations, the active telephone conversation may be transferred from the computing device to the second computing device. In an example, when a user holding a telephone conversation moves near a smart speaker, the telephone conversation may be transferred to the smart speaker from the user's mobile device, should the user desire such a transfer. Moreover, as the user moves around, the telephone conversation may move with the user from device to device, enabling a seamless and intuitive telephone conversation experience for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marc J. Krochmal, John J. Iarocci, Alex D. Sanciangco, Patrick L. Coffman
  • Publication number: 20220100841
    Abstract: An electronic device that has a user-interface locked state and a user-interface unlocked state communicates with an external device using wireless communication to facilitate unlocking of the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2021
    Publication date: March 31, 2022
    Inventors: Lawrence Y. YANG, John J. IAROCCI, Gary Ian BUTCHER, Kevin LYNCH
  • Patent number: 11250118
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a first device performs ranging operations to allow a user to perform one or more operations on the first device without providing device-access credentials. For example, when a second device is within a first distance of the first device, the first device determines that the second device is associated with a first user account that is authorized to perform operations on the first device. In response to the determination, the first device enables at least one substitute interaction (e.g., a password-less UI interaction) to allow the operations to be performed on the first device to be accessed without receiving access credentials through a user interface. In response to detecting an occurrence of the substitute interaction, the operation is authorized on the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander R. Ledwith, Wade Benson, Marc J. Krochmal, John J. Iarocci, Jerrold V. Hauck, Michael Brouwer, Mitchell D. Adler, Yannick L. Sierra, Libor Sykora, Jiri Margaritov
  • Patent number: 11176237
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a first device performs ranging operations to allow a user to access the first device under one of several user accounts without providing device-access credentials. For example, when a second device is within a first distance of the first device, the first device determines that the second device is associated with a first user account under which a user can access (e.g., can log into) the first device. In response to the determination, the first device enables at least one substitute interaction (e.g., a password-less UI interaction) to allow the first device to be accessed without receiving access credentials through a user interface. In response to detecting an occurrence of the substitute interaction, the user is allowed to access the first device under the first user account. In some embodiments, the substitute interaction occurs while the first device is logged into under a second user account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Wade Benson, Alexander R. Ledwith, Marc J. Krochmal, John J. Iarocci, Jerrold V. Hauck, Michael Brouwer, Mitchell D. Adler, Yannick L. Sierra, Libor Sykora
  • Patent number: 11126704
    Abstract: An electronic device that has a user-interface locked state and a user-interface unlocked state communicates with an external device using wireless communication to facilitate unlocking of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Y. Yang, John J. Iarocci, Gary Ian Butcher, Kevin Lynch
  • Patent number: 11074116
    Abstract: The subject technology provides a system of devices, at least one of which includes an application configured to receive data directly from another one of the devices. The application is configured to obtain a list of available devices and associated features and provide input options for display based on the list. When one of the input options is selected, the application activates a component and/or an application of the other device for generation of the desired data. When the desired data has been generated by the other device, the generated data is directly input from the other device into the limiting application, without storage of the generated data at the other device, and without operation of the same application on the other device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John O. Louch, Kevin J. Van Vechten, Christopher N. Ryan, John J. Iarocci, Bob Bradley
  • Patent number: 11061744
    Abstract: The subject technology provides a system of devices, at least one of which includes an application configured to receive data directly from another one of the devices. The application is configured to obtain a list of available devices and associated features and provide input options for display based on the list. When one of the input options is selected, the application activates a component and/or an application of the other device for generation of the desired data. When the desired data has been generated by the other device, the generated data is directly input from the other device into the running application, without storage of the generated data at the other device, and without operation of the same application on the other device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John O. Louch, Kevin J. Van Vechten, Christopher N. Ryan, John J. Iarocci, Bob Bradley
  • Patent number: 10863338
    Abstract: A device may comprise at least one wireless transceiver, a memory configured to store a local pasteboard, and a processor. The processor may be configured to receive local selections of data to be placed on a local pasteboard, broadcast advertisements indicating that the local data is on the local pasteboard, and wirelessly transmit the local data to remote device pasteboards. The processor may also be configured to receive advertisements indicating that remote data is available on remote pasteboards of other devices, request the remote data in response to a paste command, wirelessly receive the remote data, and paste the remote data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Stattenfield, Douglas R. Edmonson, Marc Krochmal, John J. Iarocci, Kevin S. Perry, David Rahardja, Christopher S. Linn
  • Publication number: 20200382647
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a computing device may conduct an active telephone conversation and a proximity of the computing device to a second computing device may be determined to be within a predetermined distance. Moreover, a determination of a capability of the second computing device to conduct a telephone conversation may be made, and in response to such determinations, the active telephone conversation may be transferred from the computing device to the second computing device. In an example, when a user holding a telephone conversation moves near a smart speaker, the telephone conversation may be transferred to the smart speaker from the user's mobile device, should the user desire such a transfer. Moreover, as the user moves around, the telephone conversation may move with the user from device to device, enabling a seamless and intuitive telephone conversation experience for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marc J. Krochmal, John J. Iarocci, Alex D. Sanciangco
  • Publication number: 20200382568
    Abstract: Content objects may be selected for sharing and shared across devices using a sharing routine and suggestion engine to provide suggestions of target applications to share the content objects and recipients with whom the content objects may be shared. A sharing routine may receive and analyze a sharing request and invoke a suggestion engine configured to generate application suggestions and/or recipient suggestions. The sharing routine may receive sets of application suggestions and/or recipient suggestions from a suggestion engine, modify and/or select subsets of the suggestions to be provided to user via a sharing user interface. In response to a user selection of applications and/or recipient via the user interface, the sharing routine may invoke the selected application for sharing, and provide the content object to the selected application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Inventors: Marc J. Krochmal, John J. Iarocci, Joseph E. Meyer, Chiraag Sumanth, Joao Pedro Lacerda, Jacob Klapper
  • Patent number: 10798239
    Abstract: A connection manager manages connections for associated user devices by determining whether an incoming connection has been answered at a user device, and if so then generating and transmitting silencing commands to associated user devices using first and second wireless communication modes, with one mode being faster. Connections can comprise phone calls, and modes can comprise push and Bluetooth® messaging. The connection manager can instruct device outputs to provide connection alerts, limited to visual alerts when an associated user device is active, listen for associated user device communications, and instruct device outputs to stop providing alerts when a silencing command is received. Further, a connection manager can receive a signal regarding a headset status, route an outside connection from a phone to the headset when the headset is active or to another device when the headset is not active, detect a change in headset status, and reroute the connection accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Keith W. Rauenbuehler, Nicholas M. Fraioli, Christopher S. Linn, John J. Iarocci, Keith Stattenfield
  • Publication number: 20200287862
    Abstract: Messaging between a companion device and an accessory device is controlled such that different modes of communication may be utilized. The different modes can implement different messaging strategies, each of which is intended for efficient power management, in view of the limited electrical power that is typically available at the accessory device. A received request message for sending from the companion device to the accessory device is sent if predetermined conditions apply, and similarly for messages from the accessory device to the companion device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Inventors: Alexander Ledwith, Christopher C. Jensen, John J. Iarocci, Marc J. Krochmal, Ziv Wolkowicki, Daniel B. Pollack, Darin B. Adler
  • Patent number: 10708371
    Abstract: The described embodiments transfer an activity from a source electronic device to a companion electronic device. The source electronic device receives activity information describing an activity performed in a first application at the source electronic device, determines an activity identifier for the activity information, and broadcasts an activity advertisement comprising the activity identifier. Upon receiving the activity advertisement, the companion electronic device determines whether a second application that is associated with the first application is available at the companion electronic device. If the second application is available, the companion electronic device requests extended activity data from the source electronic device. The source electronic device responds by sending extended activity data from the first application to the companion electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Linn, Keith Stattenfield, Christopher C. Jensen, Alexander R. Ledwith, David A. Carter, Marc Krochmal, John J. Iarocci, Jonathan M. Grynspan
  • Patent number: 10680997
    Abstract: Messaging between a companion device and an accessory device is controlled such that different modes of communication may be utilized. The different modes can implement different messaging strategies, each of which is intended for efficient power management, in view of the limited electrical power that is typically available at the accessory device. A received request message for sending from the companion device to the accessory device is sent if predetermined conditions apply, and similarly for messages from the accessory device to the companion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Ledwith, Christopher C. Jensen, John J. Iarocci, Marc J. Krochmal, Ziv Wolkowicki, Daniel B. Pollack, Darin B. Adler
  • Publication number: 20200162876
    Abstract: A device may comprise at least one wireless transceiver, a memory configured to store a local pasteboard, and a processor. The processor may be configured to receive local selections of data to be placed on a local pasteboard, broadcast advertisements indicating that the local data is on the local pasteboard, and wirelessly transmit the local data to remote device pasteboards. The processor may also be configured to receive advertisements indicating that remote data is available on remote pasteboards of other devices, request the remote data in response to a paste command, wirelessly receive the remote data, and paste the remote data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Stattenfield, Douglas R. Edmonson, Marc Krochmal, John J. Iarocci, Kevin S. Perry, David Rahardja, Christopher S. Linn