Patents by Inventor Scott Forstall

Scott Forstall 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: 20190187892
    Abstract: A portable electronic device having a touch screen display performs a set of operations, including displaying a plurality of key icons, each having an adjustable size hit region, and receiving a sequence of individual touch points input by a user on the touch screen display. The operations performed by the device further include processing the received individual touch points by: forming a user-input directed graph for the sequence of individual touch points received so far, determining a character corresponding to a last received individual touch point in accordance with the adjustable hit regions of the displayed key icons, displaying a sequence of characters corresponding to the sequence of individual touch points, and updating sizes of the adjustable hit regions for a plurality of the key icons in accordance with the sequence of individual touch points input by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Kenneth KOCIENDA, Greg CHRISTIE, Bas ORDING, Scott FORSTALL, Richard WILLIAMSON, Jerome René BELLEGARDA
  • Publication number: 20190179514
    Abstract: A portable electronic device displays a plurality of icons (e.g., graphical objects) in a region in a touch-sensitive display; detects a predefined user action, with respect to the touch-sensitive display, for initiating a predefined user interface reconfiguration process; and varies positions of one or more icons in the plurality of icons in response to detecting the predefined user action. The varying includes varying the positions of the one or more icons about respective average positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Marcel VAN OS, Freddy Allen ANZURES, Scott FORSTALL, Greg CHRISTIE, Imran CHAUDHRI
  • Patent number: 10320987
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a portable multifunction device with a touch screen display performs a method that includes: displaying a phone call user interface on the touch screen display, wherein the phone call user interface includes: a first informational item associated with an active phone call between a user of the device and a first party, a second informational item associated with a suspended phone call between the user and a second party, and a merge call icon; upon detecting a user selection of the merge call icon, merging the active phone call and the suspended phone call into a conference call between the user, the first party, and the second party, and replacing the phone call user interface with a conference call user interface. The conference call user interface includes: a third informational item associated with the conference call, and a conference call management icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Forstall, Imran Chaudhri, Michael Matas, Marcel Van Os, Stephen O. Lemay, Patrick Lee Coffman, Elizabeth Caroline Furches Cranfill, Greg Christie
  • Publication number: 20190171349
    Abstract: A portable electronic device displays a plurality of icons (e.g., graphical objects) in a region in a touch-sensitive display; detects a predefined user action, with respect to the touch-sensitive display, for initiating a predefined user interface reconfiguration process; and varies positions of one or more icons in the plurality of icons in response to detecting the predefined user action. The varying includes varying the positions of the one or more icons about respective average positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Marcel VAN OS, Freddy Allen ANZURES, Scott FORSTALL, Greg CHRISTIE, Imran CHAUDHRI
  • Publication number: 20190155458
    Abstract: At an electronic device with a touch screen display, display a user interface, where the user interface includes at least two windows of an application, a first icon displayed in association with a first window of the at least two windows, and a second icon at a location different from the at least two windows. While displaying the at least two windows, detect a gesture on the touch screen display. In response to detecting the gesture: in accordance with detecting the gesture on the first icon associated with the first window on the touch screen display, remove from the display the first window of the at least two displayed windows corresponding to the gesture; and in accordance with detecting the gesture on the second icon at the location different from the at least two windows of the application, display a new window of the application on the touch screen display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Scott FORSTALL, Chris BLUMENBERG, Andre M.J. BOULE, Imran CHAUDHRI, Gregory N. CHRISTIE, Stephen O. LEMAY, Marcel VAN OS, Richard J. WILLIAMSON
  • Patent number: 10254949
    Abstract: In a computer-implemented method, at a portable multifunction device with a touch screen display, a series of ratings indicia are displayed on the touch screen display, wherein the ratings indicia comprise a lowest rating indicia and one or more progressively higher rating indicia. A finger gesture by a user on one or more of the ratings indicia is detected, wherein the finger gesture contacts a last rating indicia immediately prior to breaking contact with the touch screen display. A rating corresponding to the last rating indicia contacted by the finger gesture is used as input to a function or application in the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Emilio Platzer, Charles J. Pisula, Imran Chaudhri, Steven P. Jobs, Gregory Christie, Scott Forstall, Stephen O. Lemay, Michael Matas, Gregory Novick, Marcel Van Os
  • Patent number: 10241752
    Abstract: The digital assistant displays a digital assistant object in an object region of a display screen. The digital assistant then obtains at least one information item based on a speech input from a user. Upon determining that the at least one information item can be displayed in its entirety in the display region of the display screen, the digital assistant displays the at least one information item in the display region, where the display region and the object region are not visually distinguishable from one another. Upon determining that the at least one information item cannot be displayed in its entirety in the display region of the video display screen, the digital assistant displays a portion of the at least one information item in the display region, where the display region and the object region are visually distinguishable from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen O. Lemay, Alessandro Francesco Sabatelli, Freddy Allen Anzures, Imran Chaudhri, Scott Forstall, Gregory Novick
  • Patent number: 10228815
    Abstract: At an electronic device with a touch screen display, display a user interface, where the user interface includes at least two windows of an application, a first icon displayed in association with a first window of the at least two windows, and a second icon at a location different from the at least two windows. While displaying the at least two windows, detect a gesture on the touch screen display. In response to detecting the gesture: in accordance with detecting the gesture on the first icon associated with the first window on the touch screen display, remove from the display the first window of the at least two displayed windows corresponding to the gesture; and in accordance with detecting the gesture on the second icon at the location different from the at least two windows of the application, display a new window of the application on the touch screen display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Forstall, Chris Blumenberg, Andre M. J. Boule, Imran Chaudhri, Gregory N. Christie, Stephen O. Lemay, Marcel Van Os, Richard J. Williamson
  • Patent number: 10222977
    Abstract: A portable electronic device with a touch-sensitive display is disclosed. One aspect of the invention involves a computer-implemented method in which the portable electronic device: displays an application on the touch-sensitive display; and when the application is in a predefined mode, performs a predefined operation in response to each gesture of a set of multiple distinct gestures on the touch-sensitive display. Another aspect of the invention involves a computer-implemented method in which the portable electronic device: displays a first application; when the first application is in a first mode, performs a first operation upon detecting a first gesture on the touch-sensitive display; and performs the first operation upon detecting a second gesture on the touch-sensitive display, wherein the second gesture is different from the first gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bas Ording, Scott M. Herz, Wayne C. Westerman, Scott Forstall, Gregory N. Christie
  • Publication number: 20190069268
    Abstract: One or more location-based clients can be activated on a mobile device for providing location-based services. The location-based clients can be provided with information (e.g., presets, defaults) related to the current location and/or mode of the mobile device. The information can be obtained from one or more network resources. In some implementations, a number of location-based clients can run concurrently on the mobile device and share information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Scott Forstall, Gregory N. Christie, Robert E. Borchers, Imran A. Chaudhri, Peter Henry Mahowald
  • Publication number: 20190026003
    Abstract: A device with a touch-sensitive display may be unlocked via gestures performed on the touch-sensitive display. The device is unlocked if contact with the display corresponds to a predefined gesture for unlocking the device. The device displays one or more unlock images with respect to which the predefined gesture is to be performed in order to unlock the device. The performance of the predefined gesture with respect to the unlock image may include moving the unlock image to a predefined location and/or moving the unlock image along a predefined path. The device may also display visual cues of the predefined gesture on the touch screen to remind a user of the gesture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: Imran CHAUDHRI, Bas ORDING, Freddy Allen ANZURES, Marcel VAN OS, Scott FORSTALL, Greg CHRISTIE
  • Patent number: 10178546
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatus that facilitate activation of mobile devices, such as communication devices or multi-function devices, via a computer are disclosed. According to one aspect of the invention, a mobile device can be forced into a limited service mode until properly activated with a service provider for a wireless network. According to another aspect of the invention, a mobile device can defer its attempt to send a location update request to a wireless network. According to still another aspect of the invention, a mobile device can be automatically controlled to reset a portion of its internal hardware to initiate a location update request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Bush, Scott Forstall, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Eddy Cue, Dallas De Atley, Steve Jobs, Patrice Gautier
  • Patent number: 10156455
    Abstract: A context-aware voice guidance method is provided that interacts with other voice services of a user device. The voice guidance does not provide audible guidance while the user is making a verbal request to any of the voice-activated services. Instead, the voice guidance transcribes its output on the screen while the verbal requests from the user are received. In some embodiments, the voice guidance only provides a short warning sound to get the user's attention while the user is speaking on a phone call or another voice-activated service is providing audible response to the user's inquires. The voice guidance in some embodiments distinguishes between music that can be ducked and spoken words, for example from an audiobook, that the user wants to pause instead of being skipped. The voice guidance ducks music but pauses spoken words of an audio book in order to provide voice guidance to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Bennett, Stephen O. Lemay, Marcel van Os, Scott Forstall, Bradford A. Moore, Emanuele Vulcano, Seejo K. Pylappan
  • Publication number: 20180335312
    Abstract: A context-aware voice guidance method is provided that interacts with other voice services of a user device. The voice guidance does not provide audible guidance while the user is making a verbal request to any of the voice-activated services. Instead, the voice guidance transcribes its output on the screen while the verbal requests from the user are received. In some embodiments, the voice guidance only provides a short warning sound to get the user's attention while the user is speaking on a phone call or another voice-activated service is providing audible response to the user's inquires. The voice guidance in some embodiments distinguishes between music that can be ducked and spoken words, for example from an audiobook, that the user wants to pause instead of being skipped. The voice guidance ducks music but pauses spoken words of an audio book in order to provide voice guidance to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Bennett, Stephen O. Lemay, Marcel Van Os, Scott Forstall, Bradford A. Moore, Emanuele Vulcano, Seejo K. Pylappan
  • Publication number: 20180309875
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for management of voicemail messages, performed at a portable electronic device with a touch screen display, includes: displaying a list of voicemail messages; detecting selection by a user of a respective voicemail message in the list; responding to the user selection of the respective voicemail message by initiating playback of the user-selected voicemail message; displaying a progress bar for the user-selected voicemail message, wherein the progress bar indicates the portion of the user-selected voicemail message that has been played; detecting movement of a finger of the user from a first position on the progress bar to a second position on the progress bar; and responding to the detection of the finger movement by restarting playback of the user-selected voicemail message at a position within the user-selected voicemail message corresponding substantially to the second position on the progress bar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventors: Freddy Allen ANZURES, Gregory N. CHRISTIE, Scott FORSTALL, Gregory NOVICK, Stephen P. JOBS, Imran CHAUDHRI, Stephen O. LEMAY, Patrick L. COFFMAN, Elizabeth Caroline CRANFILL
  • Publication number: 20180285587
    Abstract: In an exemplary process, while a device is in a locked state, a lock screen interface including a camera icon is displayed on a touch-sensitive display. A gesture is detected on the touch-sensitive display. In response to a determination that the gesture is on the camera icon and meets predetermined activation criteria, the lock screen interface ceases to be displayed and an interface for a camera application displayed. In response to a determination that the gesture starts at a location on the touch-sensitive display other than the camera icon and includes movement in a first direction, the lock screen interface ceases to be displayed and an unlocked user interface with access to a plurality of applications is displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Richard R. DELLINGER, Imran CHAUDHRI, Gregory CHRISTIE, Scott FORSTALL
  • Patent number: 10091345
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable medium for providing a media out interface. In one implementation, a method is provided. The method includes, at a host device, detecting a mobile device coupled to the host device, and displaying on a display device coupled to the host device an interface including interface elements, which can be manipulated by commands received from the mobile device or another device, wherein the interface enables control of the display of content received from the mobile device and displayed on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran A. Chaudhri, Vincenzo DeMarco, Scott Herz, Scott Forstall, Gregory N. Christie
  • Patent number: 10078439
    Abstract: A device with a touch-sensitive display may be unlocked via gestures performed on the touch-sensitive display. The device is unlocked if contact with the display corresponds to a predefined gesture for unlocking the device. The device displays one or more unlock images with respect to which the predefined gesture is to be performed in order to unlock the device. The performance of the predefined gesture with respect to the unlock image may include moving the unlock image to a predefined location and/or moving the unlock image along a predefined path. The device may also display visual cues of the predefined gesture on the touch screen to remind a user of the gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Imran Chaudhri, Bas Ording, Freddy Allen Anzures, Marcel Van Os, Scott Forstall, Greg Christie
  • Patent number: 10068203
    Abstract: Methods and systems for managing To do items and/or notes and/or emails (or other electronic messages) are described. A record, such as a To do item, in a database maintained locally by the data processing system is encoded into metadata. The metadata is sent as a false email message by an email client application executing on the data processing system to a remote email message server. An email client application executing on a remote processing system accesses the email message server and receives the false email message containing the metadata. The remote client application then either converts the metadata back into a database record editable at the remote processing system or presents a non-editable view of the database record, for example as an incoming email message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brendan Langoulant, Stephen Lemay, Scott Forstall, David Paul Hearst, Hernan Rodrigo Eguiluz, Gregory Christie
  • Patent number: 10064158
    Abstract: One or more location-based clients can be activated on a mobile device for providing location-based services. The location-based clients can be provided with information (e.g., presets, defaults) related to the current location and/or mode of the mobile device. The information can be obtained from one or more network resources. In some implementations, a number of location-based clients can run concurrently on the mobile device and share information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Forstall, Gregory N. Christie, Robert E. Borchers, Imran A. Chaudhri, Peter Henry Mahowald