Patents by Inventor Stephen P. Zadesky

Stephen P. Zadesky 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: 20190297738
    Abstract: A cold worked stainless steel bezel for a portable electronic device is provided. The bezel is secured flush to a housing to form part of the case of the portable electronic device. A brace that includes a slot for receiving a wall extending from the bezel is fixed to the housing. When the bezel engages the housing, the wall of the bezel is inserted in the slot of the brace and releasably held by a spring that engages both the brace and the wall. The bezel can be released by disengaging the spring, (e.g., using a special tool or a magnetic field). Because the bezel is manufactured from cold worked stainless steel, it is hard and resistant to impacts. Cold worked steel also facilitates manufacturing within design constraints and tolerances, and requires very little machining after manufacturing to comply with those constraints.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen P. Zadesky, Phillip M. Hobson, Tang Yew Tan
  • Patent number: 10420231
    Abstract: A cold worked stainless steel bezel for a portable electronic device is provided. The bezel is secured flush to a housing to form part of the case of the portable electronic device. A brace that includes a slot for receiving a wall extending from the bezel is fixed to the housing. When the bezel engages the housing, the wall of the bezel is inserted in the slot of the brace and releasably held by a spring that engages both the brace and the wall. The bezel can be released by disengaging the spring, (e.g., using a special tool or a magnetic field). Because the bezel is manufactured from cold worked stainless steel, it is hard and resistant to impacts. Cold worked steel also facilitates manufacturing within design constraints and tolerances, and requires very little machining after manufacturing to comply with those constraints. The portable electronic device may include a personal media device, a mobile telephone, or any other suitable device or combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Stephen P. Zadesky, Phillip M. Hobson, Tang Yew Tan
  • Patent number: 10420064
    Abstract: An electronic device for providing tactile feedback is provided. The electronic device may provide tactile feedback using any suitable approach, including for example vibration, heat, electrical, visual, or any other type of feedback. The electronic device may provide tactile feedback in response to detecting any particular status of the electronic device, receiving any particular input, or detecting any suitable communication received by the electronic device. For example, the electronic device may provide tactile feedback in response to identifying the current network of the device, the status of a particular electronic device component, or any other electronic device status. As another example, the electronic device may provide tactile feedback in response to receiving a particular type of communication, or in response to receiving a communication from a particular contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Apple, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Fadell, Andrew Bart Hodge, Stephen P. Zadesky, Aram Lindahl, Anthony Guetta
  • Publication number: 20190196622
    Abstract: An actuating user interface for a media player or other electronic device is disclosed. According to one aspect, the user interface is a display device that can both display visual information and serve as a mechanical actuator to generate input signals is disclosed. The display device, which displays visual information such as text, characters and graphics, may also act like a push or clickable button(s), a sliding toggle button or switch, a rotating dial or knob, a motion controlling device such as a joystick or navigation pad, and/or the like. According to another aspect, the user interface is an input device that includes a movable touch pad control signal capable of detecting the movements of the movable touch pad so as to generate one or more distinct second control signals. The control signals being used to perform actions in an electronic device operatively coupled to the input device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen Paul ZADESKY, Jonathan P. IVE, Christopher J. STRINGER, Matthew Dean ROHRBACH, Stephen Brian LYNCH, Brett William DEGNER
  • Patent number: 10333199
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device may be provided that contains a conductive housing and other conductive elements. The conductive elements may form an antenna ground plane. One or more antennas for the handheld electronic device may be formed from the ground plane and one or more associated antenna resonating elements. Transceiver circuitry may be connected to the resonating elements by transmission lines such as coaxial cables. Ferrules may be crimped to the coaxial cables. A bracket with extending members may be crimped over the ferrules to ground the coaxial cables to the housing and other conductive elements in the ground plane. The ground plane may contain an antenna slot. A dock connector and flex circuit may overlap the slot in a way that does not affect the resonant frequency of the slot. Electrical components may be isolated from the antenna using isolation elements such as inductors and resistors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip M. Hobson, Stephen P. Zadesky, Erik L. Wang, Tang Yew Tan, Richard Hung Minh Dinh, Adam D. Mittleman, Kenneth A. Jenks, Robert J. Hill, Robert W. Schlub
  • Publication number: 20190176379
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for applying internal features or complex mechanical structures to a surface of a metal part are disclosed. According to one aspect of the present invention, a method for creating an assembly that includes a substrate and a molded piece involves obtaining the substrate, and forming at least one binding feature on a surface of the substrate. The method also includes molding on a surface of the binding feature and the surface of the substrate. Molding on the surface of the binding feature and the surface of the substrate mechanically binds the molded piece to the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Douglas Weber, Stephen P. Zadesky, Stephen Brian Lynch
  • Publication number: 20190171313
    Abstract: An actuating user interface for a media player or other electronic device is disclosed. According to one aspect, the user interface is a display device that can both display visual information and serve as a mechanical actuator to generate input signals is disclosed. The display device, which displays visual information such as text, characters and graphics, may also act like a push or clickable button(s), a sliding toggle button or switch, a rotating dial or knob, a motion controlling device such as a joystick or navigation pad, and/or the like. According to another aspect, the user interface is an input device that includes a movable touch pad control signal capable of detecting the movements of the movable touch pad so as to generate one or more distinct second control signals. The control signals being used to perform actions in an electronic device operatively coupled to the input device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen Paul ZADESKY, Jonathan P. IVE, Christopher J. STRINGER, Matthew Dean ROHRBACH, Stephen Brian LYNCH, Brett William DEGNER
  • Patent number: 10293718
    Abstract: A seating system for a vehicle is disclosed. The seating system includes a support surface having a surface contour formed by first springs having fixed stiffness values, a frame, and second springs having adjustable stiffness values coupling the support surface and the frame. The first springs and the second springs together control motion of the support surface in relation to motion of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Filip Ilievski, John J. Baker, Kathryn C. Zhou, Matthew E. Last, Randol W. Aikin, Donald J. Novotney, Stephen P. Zadesky
  • Publication number: 20190135188
    Abstract: An electronic device having a unitary housing is disclosed. The device can include a first housing component having an open cavity, an internal electronic part disposed within the cavity, a second housing component disposed across the cavity, and a support feature disposed within the cavity and arranged to support the second housing component. The first housing component can be formed from metal, while the second housing component can be formed from a plurality of laminated foil metal layers. The second housing component can be attached to the first housing component via one or more ultrasonic welds, such that a fully enclosed housing is created. The fully enclosed housing can be hermetically sealed, and the outside surfaces thereof can be machined or otherwise finished after the ultrasonic welding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher D. PREST, Stephen P. ZADESKY, Trent WEBER, Lucy E. BROWNING
  • Publication number: 20190115770
    Abstract: An electronic device. The electronic device may include a battery, and a charging system in electronic communication with the battery. The charging system may be configured to charge at least a partially-depleted battery to a threshold charge value, discontinue the charging in response to the battery being charged to the threshold charge value, and monitor the function of the electronic device to detect at least one of an anticipated event, and an unanticipated event of the electronic device. Additionally the charging system may be configured to recharge the battery in response to detecting one of: the anticipated event occurring a predetermined time subsequent to the recharging of the battery, or the unanticipated event occurring immediately before the recharging of the battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen P. Zadesky, Hongli Dai
  • Patent number: 10245770
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for applying internal features or complex mechanical structures to a surface of a metal part are disclosed. According to one aspect of the present invention, a method for creating an assembly that includes a substrate and a molded piece involves obtaining the substrate, and forming at least one binding feature on a surface of the substrate. The method also includes molding on a surface of the binding feature and the surface of the substrate. Molding on the surface of the binding feature and the surface of the substrate mechanically binds the molded piece to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Douglas Weber, Stephen P. Zadesky, Stephen Brian Lynch
  • Publication number: 20190028998
    Abstract: An electronic device for providing tactile feedback is provided. The electronic device may provide tactile feedback using any suitable approach, including for example vibration, heat, electrical, visual, or any other type of feedback. The electronic device may provide tactile feedback in response to detecting any particular status of the electronic device, receiving any particular input, or detecting any suitable communication received by the electronic device. For example, the electronic device may provide tactile feedback in response to identifying the current network of the device, the status of a particular electronic device component, or any other electronic device status. As another example, the electronic device may provide tactile feedback in response to receiving a particular type of communication, or in response to receiving a communication from a particular contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: Anthony Fadell, Andrew Bart Hodge, Stephen P. Zadesky, Aram Lindahl, Anthony Guetta
  • Patent number: 10170918
    Abstract: An electronic device. The electronic device may include a battery, and a charging system in electronic communication with the battery. The charging system may be configured to charge at least a partially-depleted battery to a threshold charge value, discontinue the charging in response to the battery being charged to the threshold charge value, and monitor the function of the electronic device to detect at least one of an anticipated event, and an unanticipated event of the electronic device. Additionally the charging system may be configured to recharge the battery in response to detecting one of: the anticipated event occurring a predetermined time subsequent to the recharging of the battery, or the unanticipated event occurring immediately before the recharging of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Stephen P. Zadesky, Hongli Dai
  • Patent number: 10131022
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for creating an integral assembly formed from a transparent member and a housing formed at least in part of a bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy. The methods and systems create integral transparent member and amorphous metal alloy-containing parts using thermoplastic molding techniques in which the amorphous metal is molded to the transparent member in a thermoplastic, not liquid, state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Prest, Matthew S. Scott, Stephen P. Zadesky, Richard W. Heley, Dermot J. Stratton, Joseph C. Poole
  • Patent number: 10131116
    Abstract: Provided in one embodiment is a method of forming a connection mechanism in or on a bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy by casting in or on, or forming with the bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy, a machinable metal. The connection mechanism can be formed by machining the machinable metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Prest, Matthew S. Scott, Stephen P. Zadesky, Dermot J. Stratton, Joseph C. Poole, Richard W. Heley
  • Patent number: 10118560
    Abstract: An electronic device having a unitary housing is disclosed. The device can include a first housing component having an open cavity, an internal electronic part disposed within the cavity, a second housing component disposed across the cavity, and a support feature disposed within the cavity and arranged to support the second housing component. The first housing component can be formed from metal, while the second housing component can be formed from a plurality of laminated foil metal layers. The second housing component can be attached to the first housing component via one or more ultrasonic welds, such that a fully enclosed housing is created. The fully enclosed housing can be hermetically sealed, and the outside surfaces thereof can be machined or otherwise finished after the ultrasonic welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Prest, Stephen P. Zadesky, Trent Weber, Lucy E. Browning
  • Patent number: 10123300
    Abstract: An electronic device for providing tactile feedback is provided. The electronic device may provide tactile feedback using any suitable approach, including for example vibration, heat, electrical, visual, or any other type of feedback. The electronic device may provide tactile feedback in response to detecting any particular status of the electronic device, receiving any particular input, or detecting any suitable communication received by the electronic device. For example, the electronic device may provide tactile feedback in response to identifying the current network of the device, the status of a particular electronic device component, or any other electronic device status. As another example, the electronic device may provide tactile feedback in response to receiving a particular type of communication, or in response to receiving a communication from a particular contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Fadell, Andrew Bart Hodge, Stephen P. Zadesky, Aram Lindahl, Anthony Guetta
  • Patent number: 10087505
    Abstract: Provided in one embodiment is a method of making use of foams as a processing aid or to improve the properties of bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy materials. Other embodiments include the bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy/foam composite materials made in accordance with the methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Prest, Matthew S. Scott, Stephen P. Zadesky, Dermot J. Stratton, Joseph C. Poole
  • Patent number: 10063977
    Abstract: A device having one or more an acoustic modules. The acoustic module includes an acoustic element and a cavity that is acoustically coupled to the acoustic element. The module also includes a first conductive element that is configured to generate a first surface charge on a first region of an interior surface of the cavity. A second conductive element is configured to generate a second surface charge on a second region of the interior surface of the cavity. The first and second charge on the first and second regions of the interior surfaces of the cavity may be selectively applied to facilitate movement of a liquid held within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen P. Zadesky, Fletcher R. Rothkopf, Ashley E. Fletcher
  • Patent number: D853390
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Jeremy Bataillou, Brad G. Boozer, Makiko Kawamura Brzezinski, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, M. Evans Hankey, Phillip M. Hobson, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Eric Steven Jol, Duncan Robert Kerr, David Nazzaro, Trevor Jordan Ness, Marc A. Newson, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Fletcher Rothkopf, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Stephen Paul Zadesky, Rico Zörkendörfer