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 new patent  Structured fabrics for electronic devices

Electronic equipment may include structured fabric. Structured fabric may be used as a protective case or cosmetic cover for an electronic device, may be used to form a band that holds an electronic device against a user's body, or may be used to cover one or more openings in an electronic device. ... Apple Inc

 new patent  Systems and methods for coupling sections of an electronic device

This is directed to systems and methods for coupling sections of an electronic device together. Sections of an electronic device can be coupled together via “knuckles.” the particular shape and structure of the knuckles can be based on various design considerations. ... Apple Inc

 new patent  Fabric signal path structures for flexible devices

An electronic device such as a cover for a portable device may be provided with a body having hinge portions. The hinge portions may allow the body to bend about one or more bend axes. ... Apple Inc

 new patent  Intermittent out of service recovery on accessory device

This disclosure relates to out of service recovery techniques for an accessory device. According to some embodiments, the accessory device may receive cellular communication system selection information from a paired device. ... Apple Inc

 new patent  Networked media station

Disclosed herein is a networked media station providing a variety of features including a wireless network interface, a wired network interface, a peripheral interface, and a multimedia interface. The wireless network interface(s) allows the device to communicate to serve as a wireless base station or repeater and/or a bridge between a wireless and a wired network. ... Apple Inc

 new patent  Apparatus and methods for transmission of emergency call data over wireless networks

Methods and apparatus for providing useful data in association with a high-priority call such as an emergency call. In one embodiment, the data comprises a data (e.g., an msd or fsd) embedded within one or more real-time protocol packets such as rtp control protocol (rtcp) packets, that are interspersed within the voice or user data stream (carried in e.g., rtp packets) of an emergency call. ... Apple Inc

 new patent  Range-free proximity determination

Techniques of range free proximity determination are described. A mobile device can determine an entry into or exit from a proximity fence upon determining that the mobile device is sufficiently close to a signal source. ... Apple Inc

 new patent  Graphene composite acoustic diaphragm

The disclosure relates to an audio device that includes a diaphragm having a graphene material, such as a graphene flake, that is incorporated into a base material. The audio device may form part of a speaker device, a microphone device, or a headphone device. ... Apple Inc

 new patent  Updating properties of remote a/v performance nodes

Aspects include systems, computer readable media and methods for remotely updating properties of audio/visual (a/v) performance nodes that can receive a/v content through a wireless network from a central content source. The central content source can maintain information about properties of such nodes, providing such information to a device configured with remote control software, upon request. ... Apple Inc

 new patent  Display of video subtitles

Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products, for presenting subtitles. A video is played on a display of a device. ... Apple Inc

 new patent  Light source module with adjustable diffusion

A light source module includes an array of illumination elements and a light diffusing material. The light source module is configured to receive a control signal for adjusting diffusion of light emitted from the light source module and in response adjust the amount of diffusion of light emitted from the light source module. ... Apple Inc

 new patent  Pilot symbol patterns for transmission through a plurality of antennas

A method and apparatus for improving channel estimation within an ofdm communication system. Channel estimation in ofdm is usually performed with the aid of pilot symbols. ... Apple Inc

 new patent  Transmission of symbols in a mimo environment using alamouti based codes

A method for transmitting data in a multiple-input-multiple-output space-time coded communication using a mapping table mapping a plurality of symbols defining the communication to respective antennae from amongst a plurality of transmission antennae and to at least one other transmission resource. The mapping table may comprise alamouti-coded primary segments and may also comprise secondary segments, comprising primary segments. ... Apple Inc

 new patent  Feedback based on codebook subset

The present invention provides for an improved application of signal strength weightings in a sdma sectorized cellular network. The improved signal strength weightings application is conducted through the improved selection of weightings from a new codebook subset or by the selection of weightings from a larger codebook subset. ... Apple Inc

06/14/18 / #20180167100

 new patent  Drop countermeasures for electronic device

An electronic device comprises a housing, a motion sensor configured to sense motion of the housing, and a processor configured to determine an impact geometry based on the motion. A countermeasure system comprises an actuator coupled to an actuated member. ... Apple Inc

06/14/18 / #20180166928

 new patent  Wireless power system with foreign object detection

Wireless power transmitting equipment may transmit wireless power signals to wireless power receiving equipment. The wireless power transmitting equipment may have a wireless power transmitter coupled to a wireless power transmitting coil. ... Apple Inc

06/14/18 / #20180166819

 new patent  Low-profile spring-loaded contacts

Contact structures that are readily manufactured, where contacts in the contact structures provide a sufficient normal force while consuming a minimal amount of surface area, depth, and volume in an electronic device.. . ... Apple Inc

06/14/18 / #20180166654

 new patent  Electronic devices with light sensors and displays

An electronic device is provided with a display and a light sensor that receives light that passes through the display. The display includes features that increase the amount of light that passes through the display. ... Apple Inc

06/14/18 / #20180166032

 new patent  Electronic device display with charge accumulation tracker

An electronic device may generate content that is to be displayed on a display. The display may have an array of liquid crystal display pixels for displaying image frames of the content. ... Apple Inc

06/14/18 / #20180165002

 new patent  Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for providing and interacting with notifications

An electronic device includes instructions for receiving a first communication; in response to receiving the first communication, generating a first notification for the first communication received at the device, the first notification including content of the first communication; receiving a second communication at the device; and in response to receiving the second communication: determining whether the second communication and the first communication are received from the same sender. The instructions include, in accordance with a determination that the second communication and the first communication are from the same sender, updating the first notification such that the updated first notification concurrently includes the content of the first communication and the second communication; and in accordance with a determination that the second communication and the first communication are not from the same sender, generating a second notification, for concurrent display with the first notification.. ... Apple Inc

06/14/18 / #20180164882

 new patent  Electronic device with adjustable reflective display

An electronic device may have a display. Input-output circuitry in the electronic device may be used to gather input from a viewer of the display. ... Apple Inc

06/14/18 / #20180164853

 new patent  Handheld device enclosure

This is directed to an electronic device enclosure. The enclosure includes an outer periphery member forming an outer surface of a device, and to which an internal platform is connected. ... Apple Inc

06/14/18 / #20180164817

 new patent  Guidance of autonomous vehicles in destination vicinities using intent signals

Signals usable to determine a path of a vehicle towards a particular stopping point in a vicinity of a destination are detected from an individual authorized to provide guidance with respect to movements of the vehicle. Based at least in part on the signals and a data set pertaining to the external environment of the vehicle, one or more vehicular movements to be implemented to proceed along the path are identified. ... Apple Inc

06/14/18 / #20180164166

 new patent  Mobile electronic device with squeeze detection

A force sensing compliant enclosure for an electronic device may include at least one deformable housing wall. At least one strain concentration portion may be located on the deformable housing wall where strain caused by application of a force that deforms the deformable housing wall is greater than at other portions of the deformable housing wall. ... Apple Inc

06/07/18 / #20180160551

Multi-part electronic device housing having contiguous filled surface

A housing for an electronic device that allows electromagnetic waves to pass through the housing is disclosed. The housing may include a first portion having an opening, a second portion positioned within the opening, and an insert including a protrusion extending into at least a portion of a gap formed between the first portion and the second portion. ... Apple Inc

06/07/18 / #20180160531

Receptacle for connecting to flexible circuit board

Connector receptacles that may be space efficient and provide a direct connection to a flexible circuit board. One example may provide an electronic device having a receptacle including a recess formed in a housing of the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

06/07/18 / #20180160428

Providing a downlink control structure in a first carrier to indicate information in a second different carrier

A mobile station receives a downlink control structure in a first carrier, where the downlink control structure indicates that control information for the mobile station is on a second, different carrier. The mobile station decodes the control information in the second carrier, where the control information specifies resource allocation of a wireless link for the mobile station. ... Apple Inc

06/07/18 / #20180160218

Mems microphone with increased back volume

A micro-electro-mechanical system (mems) microphone assembly including an enclosure having a top side and a bottom side that define a first chamber having a first volume and an acoustic inlet port formed through one of the top side or the bottom side. The assembly further including a mems microphone mounted within the first chamber, the mems microphone defining a second chamber having a second volume and a diaphragm having a first side interfacing with the first chamber and a second side interfacing with the second chamber. ... Apple Inc

06/07/18 / #20180160213

In-ear speaker hybrid audio transparency system

A user content audio signal is converted into sound that is delivered into an ear canal of a wearer of an in-ear speaker, while the in-ear speaker is sealing off the ear canal against ambient sound leakage. An acoustic or venting valve in the in-ear speaker is automatically signaled to open, so that sound inside the ear canal is allowed to travel out into an ambient environment through the valve, while activating conversion of an ambient content audio signal into sound for delivery into the ear canal. ... Apple Inc

06/07/18 / #20180160072

Establishing a video conference during a phone call

Some embodiments provide a method for initiating a video conference using a first mobile device. The method presents, during an audio call through a wireless communication network with a second device, a selectable user-interface (ui) item on the first mobile device for switching from the audio call to the video conference. ... Apple Inc

06/07/18 / #20180160027

Image sensor with in-pixel depth sensing

An imaging area in an image sensor includes a plurality of photo detectors. A light shield is disposed over a portion of two photo detectors to partially block light incident on the two photo detectors. ... Apple Inc

06/07/18 / #20180159969

Electronic devices with concave displays

Electronic devices may be provided with concave displays that reduce the risk of damage in the event of a drop while maximizing the internal volume of the device. Concave displays may be formed from one or more flexible layers including a flexible display layer. ... Apple Inc

06/07/18 / #20180159807

Dual server system for sending a large email attachment

An electronic device with a touch-sensitive surface and display can execute a messaging application. The messaging application provides options for sending a message with a large attachment. ... Apple Inc

06/07/18 / #20180159570

Facilitating in-device coexistence between wireless communication technologies

A method for facilitating in-device coexistence between wireless communication technologies on a wireless communication device is provided. The method can include transmitting data traffic from the wireless communication device via an aggressor wireless communication technology; determining occurrence of an in-device interference condition resulting from transmission of the data traffic via the aggressor wireless communication technology interfering with concurrent data reception by the wireless communication device via a victim wireless communication technology; and reducing a bit rate of the data traffic transmitted via the aggressor wireless communication technology in response to the in-device interference condition.. ... Apple Inc

06/07/18 / #20180159183

Methods for determining and controlling battery expansion

Methods and systems for detecting and compensating for expansion of rechargeable batteries over time. An expansion detector may be coupled to or positioned proximate a rechargeable battery to monitor for expansion thereof. ... Apple Inc

06/07/18 / #20180158386

Display interference mitigation systems and methods

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. ... Apple Inc

06/07/18 / #20180158173

Adaptive pixel uniformity compensation for display panels

A display device may include a display having a pixels and a processor. The processor may receive image data, determine a digital offset value for a pixel based on a location of the pixel, such that the digital offset value compensates for one or more non-uniformity properties of the pixel. ... Apple Inc

06/07/18 / #20180158066

User interface for payments

The present disclosure relates to making payments with a mobile device. In one example process, the mobile device receives and stores information for one or more payment accounts on the mobile device. ... Apple Inc

06/07/18 / #20180157992

Model and ensemble compression for metric learning

Systems and processes for metric learning distillation are disclosed herein. In accordance with one example, a method includes, at an electronic device, at an electronic device having one or more processors and memory, receiving a first plurality of vectors from a first model, receiving a second plurality of vectors from a second model, determining a first plurality of vector distances based on the first plurality of vectors, generating a first matrix based on the first plurality of vector distances, determining a second plurality of vector distances based on the second plurality of vectors, generating a second matrix based on the second plurality of vector distances, comparing the first matrix with the second matrix, and adjusting the second model based on the comparison of the first matrix and the second matrix.. ... Apple Inc

06/07/18 / #20180157972

Partially shared neural networks for multiple tasks

A system includes a neural network organized into layers corresponding to stages of inferences. The neural network includes a common portion, a first portion, and a second portion. ... Apple Inc

06/07/18 / #20180157934

Inspection neural network for assessing neural network reliability

A system employs an inspection neural network (inn) to inspect data generated during an inference process of a primary neural network (pnn) to generate an indication of reliability for an output generated by the pnn. The system includes a sensor configured to capture sensor data. ... Apple Inc

06/07/18 / #20180157864

Wellness registry

The present disclosure relates to receiving and sharing wellness data. The wellness data can be received by a user device from any number of sensors external or internal to the user device, from a user manually entering the wellness data, or from other users or entities. ... Apple Inc

06/07/18 / #20180157363

Transparent force sensitive structures in an electronic device

One or more transparent transistor force sensitive structures can be included in an electronic device. The transistor force sensitive structures(s) is used to detect a force that is applied to the electronic device, to a component in the electronic device, and/or to an input region of the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

06/07/18 / #20180157354

Capacitive coupling reduction in touch sensor panels

Touch sensor panel configurations and methods for improving touch sensitivity of some or all of the electrodes or portions of the touch sensor panel are disclosed. The touch sensor panel configurations can allow increased speed at which the panel can operate. ... Apple Inc

06/07/18 / #20180157319

Motion tracking user interface

A method to transition focus of a display corresponding to an object's motion tracked by a video camera or like device is disclosed. In one implementation, the display shows one or more windows or user interfaces on the display. ... Apple Inc

06/07/18 / #20180157291

Trimless glass enclosure interface

An enclosure for a portable computing device can include a cover glass affixed to an enclosure without trim pieces disposed between the cover glass and the disclosure. In one embodiment, the enclosure can include an edge profile that can define a relatively large contact pad about the enclosure. ... Apple Inc

06/07/18 / #20180153418

Cuff designs and methods

A low-profile blood pressure measurement system and methods of use are disclosed. The system includes an expandable member or structure that has a multi-compartment structure and/or is mounted on a rigid surface or structure. ... Apple Inc

05/31/18 / #20180152896

Channel sounding techniques for a wireless communication system

A technique of operating a wireless communication system includes determining respective geometries of multiple subscriber stations, which include a first subscriber station and a second subscriber station, with respect to a serving base station. Respective channel sounding bandwidths for sounding the channel between the multiple subscriber stations and the serving base station are then scheduled, based on the respective geometries. ... Apple Inc

05/31/18 / #20180152895

Frame transmission scheme modification

In some embodiments, an apparatus is configured to wirelessly communicate with a base station in a real-time internet protocol (ip) session using a first retransmission parameter in a first frame transmission scheme. In some embodiments, the apparatus is configured to determine a current performance metric and, based on the current performance metric, negotiate to use a second, different retransmission parameter in a second frame transmission scheme for communications via the real-time ip session. ... Apple Inc

05/31/18 / #20180152551

Electronic devices with convex displays

Electronic devices may be provided with convex displays. A convex display may be used to maximize the internal volume of a device. ... Apple Inc

05/31/18 / #20180152549

Handheld electronic device with cable grounding

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. ... Apple Inc

05/31/18 / #20180152492

Network media device

A network media device is described that pulls multimedia data from one or more sources (e.g., a multimedia website or a multimedia server computer) at a first time, stores it to long-term storage within the device and transmits the stored multimedia data to one or more designated multimedia playback devices at a second time.. . ... Apple Inc

05/31/18 / #20180152331

Preambles in ofdma system

The present invention provides a preamble that is inserted into an ofdma frame and has a common sequence for all the base stations participating in a transmission. The subscriber station performs fine synchronization using the common sequence on the common preamble, and the resulting peaks will provide the locations of candidate base stations. ... Apple Inc

05/31/18 / #20180152220

Tunable antenna systems

An electronic device has wireless communications circuitry including an adjustable antenna system coupled to a radio-frequency transceiver. The adjustable antenna system may include one or more adjustable electrical components that are controlled by storage and processing circuitry in the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

05/31/18 / #20180151907

Battery with multiple jelly rolls in a single pouch

The disclosed embodiments provide a battery cell which includes a set of jelly rolls enclosed in a pouch. Each jelly roll includes layers which are wound together, including a cathode with an active coating, a separator, and an anode with an active coating. ... Apple Inc

05/31/18 / #20180150897

Diversity in media item recommendations

In some implementations, a computing device can improve diversity in media item recommendations. For example, the computing device can generate a satisfaction score representing an estimate of the amount satisfaction a user will experience when a candidate media item selected by the user is presented (e.g., played) by the system. ... Apple Inc

05/31/18 / #20180150212

Formatting content for a reduced-size user interface

The present disclosure generally relates to displaying content on a reduced-size user interface. An electronic device with one or more processors, memory, and a display, receives content associated with a designated area of the display, where the content is associated with a plurality of available display formats stored in the memory. ... Apple Inc

05/31/18 / #20180150152

Selective rejection of touch contacts in an edge region of a touch surface

The selective rejection of touch contacts in an edge region of a touch sensor panel is disclosed. In addition, by providing certain exceptions to the rejection of edge contacts, the functionality of the touch sensor panel can be maximized. ... Apple Inc

05/31/18 / #20180150109

Exposed glass article with enhanced stiffness for portable electronic device housing

A transparent article, such as a transparent cover, for use as a cover glass for an electronic device, as well as methods for producing transparent articles, are disclosed. The transparent article can form a part of a housing of the portable electronic device and can provide an outer surface for a portion of the housing. ... Apple Inc

05/24/18 / #20180146435

Power adaptation based on error rate

A host device is configured to increase the power output by an internal amplifier of its wireless chipset in response to requests from a remote device. Once the internal amplifier has reached its maximum power, further requests for power increases from the remove device do not similarly lead to automatic power increases being delivered by a external amplifier of the host device. ... Apple Inc

05/24/18 / #20180146377

Device-level authorization for viewing content

In some embodiments, an electronic device organizes and selectively grants access to its authorization with a primary content provider to applications downloaded on the electronic device for viewing content from secondary content providers. In some embodiments, an electronic device prompts a user to download applications associated with a primary content provider in response to the user authorizing the electronic device with the primary content provider.. ... Apple Inc

05/24/18 / #20180146366

Method of establishing communications

A method of establishing communications with a first device is disclosed. The method includes: the first device presenting connection information to a second device; receiving a response from a second device; establishing an association with the second device; transmitting, in response to a determination that the first device and the second device are connected for data, first data to the second device, the first data comprising addressing information for a server; receiving second data from the second device, the second data comprising second information for establishing communications with the first device; and configuring the first device to receive third data from a location remote to the first device using the second information from the second data.. ... Apple Inc

05/24/18 / #20180146349

Easy location sharing

Systems and methods for sharing location information during a message conversation are provided. An electronic device detects a location-sharing request from a first participant of a message conversation to share first participant location information with a second participant. ... Apple Inc

05/24/18 / #20180146298

Piezoelectric speakers for electronic devices

An electronic device has an exterior housing with a piezoelectric speaker disposed in an opening formed within the housing. The piezoelectric speaker includes a speaker diaphragm that is secured within the opening with a vibration isolator. ... Apple Inc

05/24/18 / #20180146274

Seamless earbud structures and methods for making the same

Seamless earbud structures and methods for making the same are disclosed. Seamless earbud structures can be constructed using an insert molding construction method, which overmolds a cosmetic material over two sub-enclosures that are mated together. ... Apple Inc

05/24/18 / #20180146132

User interface for camera effects

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. ... Apple Inc

05/24/18 / #20180146089

Intelligent digital assistant for declining an incoming call

Systems and processes for operating a digital assistant are provided. In one example, a method includes receiving an incoming call. ... Apple Inc

05/24/18 / #20180145731

Wireless feedback system and method

A codebook c is provided in a mimo transmitter as well as a mimo receiver. The codebook c will include m codewords ci, where i is a unique codeword index for each codeword ci. ... Apple Inc

05/24/18 / #20180145594

Multi-phase switching power converter module stack

A module stack includes a lower module, a middle module above the lower module, and an upper module above the middle module. The lower module has power stage control circuitry configured to convert a pwm input signal into phase driver control signals, and power stages to be controlled by the phase driver control signals, respectively. ... Apple Inc

05/24/18 / #20180145452

Dual orientation connector with external contacts

A dual orientation connector having a connector tab with first and second major opposing sides and a plurality of electrical contacts carried by the connector tab. The plurality of contacts includes a first set of external contacts formed at the first major side and a second set of external contacts formed at the second major side. ... Apple Inc

05/24/18 / #20180144870

Multi-layered ceramic capacitors

This application relates to multi-layered ceramic capacitors (mlcc) that can be surface mounted, include multiple terminals, and handle multiple voltages. The mlcc can include electrode and dielectric layers that are stacked in parallel to a printed circuit board (pcb) on which the mlcc can be attached. ... Apple Inc

05/24/18 / #20180144687

Sensing for compensation of pixel voltages

A display device may include rows of pixels that displays image data on a display. The display device also includes a circuit that performs a progressive scan across the rows of pixels to display the image data using a plurality of pixels. ... Apple Inc

05/24/18 / #20180144674

Sensing for compensation of pixel voltages

A display device may include rows of pixels that may display image data on a display and a circuit. The circuit may perform a progressive scan across the rows of pixels to display the image data using a plurality of pixels, supply test data to a pixel of plurality of pixels that corresponds to a first row of the rows of pixels during one frame of the progressive scan, and initiate a sensing period for determining one or more sensitivity properties associated with the pixel based on the performance of the pixel with respect to the test data in response to receiving a pulse of a first global signal. ... Apple Inc

05/24/18 / #20180144591

Integrated visual notification system in an accessory device

The described embodiments relate generally to an accessory device for a tablet device. The accessory device takes the form of a flexible screen protector that can be disposed over a display portion of the tablet device. ... Apple Inc

05/24/18 / #20180144178

Device, method, and graphical user interface for manipulating user interfaces based on fingerprint sensor inputs

An electronic device with a display and a fingerprint sensor displays a fingerprint enrollment interface and detects, on the fingerprint sensor, a plurality of finger gestures performed with a finger. The device collects fingerprint information from the plurality of finger gestures performed with the finger. ... Apple Inc

05/24/18 / #20180143798

Interaction of sound, silent and mute modes in an electronic device

This is directed to controlling the output of audio based on the mode of an electronic device. In particular, this is directed to an electronic device having a sound mode, silent mode, and mute mode controlling the output of audio along different audio output routes. ... Apple Inc

05/24/18 / #20180143723

Devices and methods for processing and disambiguating touch inputs using intensity thresholds based on prior input intensity

An electronic device detects a change in intensity of an input on an input element that includes detecting an increase in intensity followed by a decrease in intensity, and determines whether the first decrease in intensity of the input meets up-click detection criteria, which require that the intensity of the input decrease below a first up-click intensity threshold in order for the up-click detection criteria to be met. The first up-click intensity threshold is time varying, in accordance with the detected intensity of the input during the first decrease in intensity of the input. ... Apple Inc

05/24/18 / #20180143078

Polarization selective, frequency selective, and wide dynamic range detectors, imaging arrays, readout integrated circuits, and sensor systems

This relates to sensor systems, detectors, imagers, and readout integrated circuits (roics) configured to selectively detect one or more frequencies or polarizations of light, capable of operating with a wide dynamic range, or any combination thereof. In some examples, the detector can include one or more light absorbers; the patterns and/or properties of a light absorber can be configured based on the desired measurement wavelength range and/or polarization direction. ... Apple Inc

05/24/18 / #20180143031

Simplified audio navigation instructions

In some implementations, a mobile device can be configured to provide simplified audio navigation instructions. The simplified audio navigation instructions can provide a reduced set of audio navigation instructions so that the audio instructions are only presented to the user when the user wishes to or needs to hear the instructions. ... Apple Inc

05/17/18 / #20180139617

License assisted access uplink communication with wi-fi preamble

This disclosure relates to performing uplink cellular communication in unlicensed frequency bands using wi-fi preamble information. A wireless device may receive downlink control information from a cellular base station. ... Apple Inc

05/17/18 / #20180139079

Methods and apparatus for the intelligent scrambling of control symbols

Methods and apparatus for the scrambling of control symbols. In one embodiment, the control symbols are associated with an hdmi interface, and the methods and apparatus are configured to scramble the symbols to as to mitigate the effects of electromagnetic interference (emi) created by the transmission of otherwise unscrambled sequences of symbols which may contain significant “clock pattern” or other undesirable artifact.. ... Apple Inc

05/17/18 / #20180139028

Device, system, and method for adaptively utilizing data exchange operations

A method performed by a user equipment that includes receiving a redundancy version (rv) of control information during a transmission time interval (tti) from a network to which the user equipment has established a connection, wherein the control information comprises a plurality of rvs, determining a first value corresponding to the tti, determining a second value based on a connectivity parameter measurement of the connection and determining whether to perform a decode operation on the rv based on a comparison of the first value and the second value.. . ... Apple Inc

05/17/18 / #20180138994

Ofdm system with reverse link interference estimation

A new method of performing interference estimation to allow the data packets to be efficiently delivered in an ofdm system. The interference estimation is performed on average over each frame for each mobile station individually in both frequency and time domains. ... Apple Inc

05/17/18 / #20180137996

Low-travel key mechanism for an input device

A key mechanism for an electronic device includes a switch housing and a hinged structure. As one example, the hinged structure can be a butterfly hinge. ... Apple Inc

05/17/18 / #20180137864

Multi-microphone speech recognition systems and related techniques

A speech recognition system for resolving impaired utterances can have a speech recognition engine configured to receive a plurality of representations of an utterance and concurrently to determine a plurality of highest-likelihood transcription candidates corresponding to each respective representation of the utterance. The recognition system can also have a selector configured to determine a most-likely accurate transcription from among the transcription candidates. ... Apple Inc

05/17/18 / #20180137670

Texture sampling techniques

Techniques are disclosed relating to texture sampling operations. In some embodiments, multi-fetch sampling instructions specify a region of a texture in which multiple samples are to be performed and texture processing circuitry is configured to sample the texture multiple times within the region. ... Apple Inc

05/17/18 / #20180136800

User interfaces for browsing content from multiple content applications on an electronic device

In some embodiments, an electronic device presents media items from different media applications in a unified media browsing application. In some embodiments, an electronic device facilitates browsing of media from different media applications based on category of media (e.g., movies, television shows, etc.). ... Apple Inc

05/17/18 / #20180136686

Rotatable input mechanism having adjustable output

Disclosed herein is an input device that replicates mechanical actuation of a rotatable input mechanism in such a way that the haptic output provided by the input device is controllable.. . ... Apple Inc

05/17/18 / #20180136613

Rotary input mechanism for an electronic device

One embodiment of the present disclosure is directed to a wearable electronic device. The wearable electronic device includes an enclosure having a sidewall with a button aperture defined therethrough, a display connected to the enclosure, a processing element in communication with the display. ... Apple Inc

05/17/18 / #20180133573

Integrated media jukebox and physiologic data handling application

A method is provided to operate a computer to interoperate with a portable media player. The method includes processing signals provided from the portable media player to the computer that are indicative of whether an accessory has been connected to the portable media player, to determine whether the accessory has been connected to the portable media player. ... Apple Inc

05/10/18 / #20180132372

Systems and methods for cover assembly retention of a portable electronic device

This is directed to systems and methods for cover assembly retention of a portable electronic device. In some embodiments, a cover assembly and/or housing of an electronic device can include one or more retention features such as detents, hooks, tabs, extensions, screw plates, screw holes, shuttles, latches, or any combination of the above, for retaining the cover assembly to the housing. ... Apple Inc

05/10/18 / #20180132017

Wireless audio systems

A loudspeaker system can have first and second loudspeakers selectively operable in a single-channel mode or in a multi-channel mode. In the single-channel mode, the first and the second loudspeakers are configured to simultaneously reproduce a substantially identical signal. ... Apple Inc

05/10/18 / #20180131876

Digital viewfinder user interface for multiple cameras

An electronic device has multiple cameras and displays a digital viewfinder user interface for previewing visual information provided by the cameras. The multiple cameras may have different properties such as focal lengths. ... Apple Inc

05/10/18 / #20180131781

Page priority indications for reduced push load on cellular networks

This disclosure relates to techniques for ues to improve reception of push notifications via a cellular network. A ue may be configured to provide, to a push notification service, preference information for push notifications associated with an application. ... Apple Inc

05/10/18 / #20180131753

Content management system using sources of experience data and modules for quantification and visualization

A semantic note taking system and method for collecting information, enriching the information, and binding the information to services is provided. User-created notes are enriched with labels, context traits, and relevant data to minimize friction in the note-taking process. ... Apple Inc

05/10/18 / #20180131657

Displaying interactive notifications on touch sensitive devices

The disclosed embodiments include a method for providing interactive notification elements. A device receives a first message and displays a first notification element in a first area of a user interface. ... Apple Inc

05/10/18 / #20180131111

Connectors having printed circuit board tongues with reinforced frames

Connector tongues that may provide a high signal quality or signal integrity to allow high speed data transfers, may be reliably manufactured, and may be durable and have good wear performance. One example may provide a connector tongue having contacts and traces formed on a printed circuit board. ... Apple Inc

05/10/18 / #20180130524

Integrated circuit with separate supply voltage for memory that is different from logic circuit supply voltage

In one embodiment, an integrated circuit includes at least one logic circuit supplied by a first supply voltage and at least one memory circuit coupled to the logic circuit and supplied by a second supply voltage. The memory circuit is configured to be read and written responsive to the logic circuit even if the first supply voltage is less than the second supply voltage during use. ... Apple Inc

05/10/18 / #20180130470

Virtual assistant activation

At an electronic device with a display, a microphone, and an input device: while the display is on, receiving user input via the input device, the user input meeting a predetermined condition; in accordance with receiving the user input meeting the predetermined condition, sampling audio input received via the microphone; determining whether the audio input comprises a spoken trigger; and in accordance with a determination that audio input comprises the spoken trigger, triggering a virtual assistant session.. . ... Apple Inc

05/10/18 / #20180130182

Multifunctional environment for image cropping

Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, are described for combining the crop function with zoom, pan and straighten functions as part of a single cropping environment, such that a user can select a portion of an image for cropping, apply zoom, pan and straighten transformations to the selected image portion and then crop the transformed image portion in a single utility. In one aspect, the methods include the actions of receiving user input defining a crop region within a displayed image. ... Apple Inc

05/10/18 / #20180129402

Omnidirectional gesture detection

An omnidirectional electronic device is disclosed. The electronic device can perform operations associated with a combination of inputs that can, in some cases, be recognized irrespective of the position or orientation in which they are applied to the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

05/10/18 / #20180129388

Variable i/o interface for portable media device

The present invention can include electronic devices having variable input/output interfaces that can allow a user to interact with the devices with greater efficiency and in a more ergonomic manner. An electronic device of the present invention can display icons associated with user-programmable parameters of a media file. ... Apple Inc

05/10/18 / #20180129381

Displaying a selectable item over a blurred user interface

Techniques and systems for centralized access to multimedia content stored on or available to a computing device are disclosed. The centralized access can be provided by a media control interface that receives user inputs and interacts with media programs resident on the computing device to produce graphical user interfaces that can be presented on a display device.. ... Apple Inc

05/10/18 / #20180129364

User interfaces for multiple displays

A set of user interfaces for a data processing system that operates with two or more display devices coupled to the system. In one embodiment, in response to moving a first window between two displays, the first window is displayed, as it straddles the two displays, differently on the two displays. ... Apple Inc

05/10/18 / #20180129292

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for haptic mixing

An electronic device receives a first set of one or more inputs corresponding to user interface elements displayed on the display and a first set of one or more tactile outputs, and also receives a second set of one or more inputs corresponding to one or more hardware elements and a second set of one or more tactile outputs. In response, in accordance with a determination that the first set of one or more tactile outputs and the second set of one or more tactile outputs overlap, the device outputs, with one or more tactile output generators, a modified tactile output sequence that is modified so as to emphasize the second set of one or more tactile outputs relative to the first set of one or more tactile outputs.. ... Apple Inc

05/10/18 / #20180129287

Touch pad with force sensors and actuator feedback

Electronic devices may use touch pads that have touch sensor arrays, force sensors, and actuators for providing tactile feedback. A touch pad may be mounted in a computer housing. ... Apple Inc

05/10/18 / #20180129271

Processor including multiple dissimilar processor cores

In an embodiment, an integrated circuit may include one or more processors. Each processor may include multiple processor cores, and each core has a different design/implementation and performance level. ... Apple Inc

05/10/18 / #20180129270

Methods and apparatus for providing peripheral sub-system stability

Methods and apparatus for isolation of sub-system resources (such as clocks, power, and reset) within independent domains. In one embodiment, each sub-system of a system has one or more dedicated power and clock domains that operate independent of other sub-system operation. ... Apple Inc

05/10/18 / #20180129269

Methods and apparatus for providing individualized power control for peripheral sub-systems

Methods and apparatus for isolation of sub-system resources (such as clocks, power, and reset) within independent domains. In one embodiment, each sub-system of a system has one or more dedicated power and clock domains that operate independent of other sub-system operation. ... Apple Inc

05/10/18 / #20180129261

Methods and apparatus for providing access to peripheral sub-system registers

Methods and apparatus for isolation of sub-system resources (such as clocks, power, and reset) within independent domains. In one embodiment, each sub-system of a system has one or more dedicated power and clock domains that operate independent of other sub-system operation. ... Apple Inc

05/10/18 / #20180126704

Structured glass for an electronic device

An electronic device can include a three-dimensional glass feature. In one embodiment, the three-dimensional glass feature is a cavity formed on the inside portion of a cover glass of an electronic device.. ... Apple Inc

05/10/18 / #20180125178

Consumer product attachment systems having a locking assembly

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. ... Apple Inc

05/03/18 / #20180124934

Notched display layers

An electronic device may have a display mounted in a housing. The display may have layers such as polarizer layers, a color filter layer, and a thin-film transistor layer. ... Apple Inc

05/03/18 / #20180124739

Enhanced paging schemes and connected-state drx

For paging user devices that are link budget limited (lbl), a base station transmits a special id that is used by said devices to identify a paging frame and/or a paging occasion. When transmitting a paging message for an lbl device, the base station may use: (a) larger aggregation and larger cfi (than conventionally allowed) and (b) a larger number of resource blocks (than conventionally allowed) for paging payload. ... Apple Inc

05/03/18 / #20180124705

User equipment transmit duty cycle control

In some embodiments, a user equipment device (ue) implements improved communication methods which include radio resource time multiplexing, dynamic sub-frame allocation, and ue transmit duty cycle control. In some embodiments, the ue may communicate with base stations using radio frames that include multiple sub-frames, transmit information regarding allocation of a portion of the sub-frames of a respective radio frame for each of a plurality of the radio frames, and transmit and receive data using allocated sub-frames and not using unallocated sub-frames. ... Apple Inc

05/03/18 / #20180124597

Protection of the ue identity during 802.1x carrier hotspot and wi-fi calling authentication

This disclosure relates to techniques for performing wi-fi authentication in a wireless communication system. Public key cryptography may be used to enhance the confidentiality of the user's permanent identity in transit. ... Apple Inc

05/03/18 / #20180124231

Category-based fence

Techniques of category-based fence are described. A category-based fence can correspond to a group of signal sources instead of a point location fixed to latitude and longitude coordinates. ... Apple Inc

05/03/18 / #20180124195

Push notifications for multiple user devices

A server network accepts asynchronous notification messages from multiple application servers and efficiently routes notification messages in the form of notification taps to a user device, which can operate in a low power mode. The user device may or may not be a cellular device. ... Apple Inc

05/03/18 / #20180123860

Nan schedule migration

Embodiments relate to wireless stations that operate to configure direct communication between the wireless stations without utilizing an intermediate access point. In embodiments, a wireless station may establish a peer-to-peer communication schedule with at least one neighboring peer wireless station, announce, to the at least one neighboring peer wireless station, a schedule transition (or migration), wherein the schedule transition includes an effective time of a new schedule, and announce, to the at least one neighboring peer wireless station, the new schedule at the effective time.. ... Apple Inc

05/03/18 / #20180123399

Inductive power transfer

An ipt receiver is controlled to vary its frequency of operation to hop between a first frequency below the transmitter frequency and a second frequency above the transmitter frequency while measuring the power transfer at both first and second frequencies. Embodiments may track variations in transmitter frequency.. ... Apple Inc

05/03/18 / #20180123392

Wireless charging system with solenoids

A wireless power transmitting device may transmit wireless power signals to a wireless power receiving device. The wireless power receiving device may have a housing. ... Apple Inc

05/03/18 / #20180122126

Framework for graphics animation and compositing operations

A graphics animation and compositing operations framework has a layer tree for interfacing with the application and a render tree for interfacing with a render engine. Layers in the layer tree can be content, windows, views, video, images, text, media or other type of objects for an application's user interface. ... Apple Inc

05/03/18 / #20180121803

Blending learning models for search support

A method and apparatus of a device that generates a re-ranking model used to re-rank a plurality of search results on a client device is described. In an exemplary embodiment, the device receives a crowd-sourced intra-domain model from a server, where the intra-domain model is a search result re-ranking model generated based on at least device interactions of a plurality of users interacting with a plurality of other devices. ... Apple Inc

05/03/18 / #20180121435

Re-ranking search results using blended learning models

A method and apparatus of a device that re-rank a plurality of search results is described. In an exemplary embodiment, the device receives a search query from a user and generates the plurality of search results over a plurality of search domains, wherein the plurality of search results is ranked according to a first ranking. ... Apple Inc

05/03/18 / #20180121409

Intelligent presentation of documents

In some implementations, documents can be presented on a display of a computing device based on a context of the computing device. The context can include a current time and/or current location associated with the computing device. ... Apple Inc

05/03/18 / #20180121199

Fused multiply-add that accepts sources at a first precision and generates results at a second precision

In an embodiment, a processor may implement a fused multiply-add (fma) instruction that accepts vector operands having vector elements with a first precision, and performing both the multiply and add operations at a higher precision. The add portion of the operation may add adjacent pairs of multiplication results from the multiply portion of the operation, which may allow the result to be stored in a vector register of the same overall length as the input vector registers but with fewer, higher precision vector elements, in an embodiment. ... Apple Inc

05/03/18 / #20180121131

Systems and methods for managing non-volatile memory based on temperature

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. ... Apple Inc

05/03/18 / #20180121006

Ultrasound-based force sensing of inputs

An electronic device that senses home button inputs through ultrasonic force sensing. The electronic device may correlate that amount of force that a user applies to the home button with a specific home button command. ... Apple Inc

05/03/18 / #20180120953

Camera-assisted motion estimation for application control

Embodiments of the present invention generate estimates of device motion from two data sources on a computing device—a motion sensor and a camera. The device may compare the estimates to each other to determine if they agree. ... Apple Inc

05/03/18 / #20180120940

Haptic electromagnetic actuator

A haptic electromagnetic actuator for track pad is provided. The actuator includes an array of electromagnets with alternating south and north poles on a first end, each magnet comprising a metal core and an electrical wire around the metal core. ... Apple Inc

05/03/18 / #20180120931

Scanning depth engine

Mapping apparatus includes a transmitter, which is configured to emit at least one beam including a sequence of pulses of light toward a plurality of points in a scene. A receiver is configured to receive the light reflected from the scene and to generate an output indicative of a time of flight of the pulses to and from the points in the scene. ... Apple Inc

05/03/18 / #20180120904

Cosmetic co-removal of material for electronic device surfaces

This is directed to providing a cosmetic finish on a component constructed by connecting several elements. A single manufacturing process, such as machining or grinding, can be applied to the connected elements to remove material from some or all of the elements and to form a smooth and continuous surface across interfaces between the individual elements of the component. ... Apple Inc

05/03/18 / #20180120903

Electronic device with wrapped display

An electronic device may have a hollow display cover structure. The hollow display cover structure may be formed from a structure having an inner surface. ... Apple Inc

05/03/18 / #20180120893

Sensor assemblies for electronic devices

Sensor assemblies for electronic devices are described. According to some embodiments, the sensor assemblies include solid-state sensors, such as capacitive sensors, piezoelectric sensors or piezoresistive sensors. ... Apple Inc

04/19/18 / #20180110143

Electronic device with liquid-resistant sim tray and audio module

An electronic device having several modifications designed to prevent liquid ingress into an opening (or openings) of the electronic device is disclosed. For example, the electronic device includes a sim tray having a sealing element designed to provide a seal at an opening that receives the sim tray. ... Apple Inc

04/19/18 / #20180110036

Compressed system information for link budget limited ues in a radio access network

Techniques are disclosed relating to broadcasting and receiving system information in a radio access network (ran). In one embodiment, a base station includes at least one antenna, at least one radio, configured to perform cellular communication using a radio access technology (rat), and one or more processors coupled to the radio. ... Apple Inc

04/19/18 / #20180109824

Codec techniques for fast switching

A video streaming method for transitioning between multiple sequences of coded video data may include receiving and decoding transmission units from a first sequence of coded video data. In response to a request to transition to a second sequence of coded video data, the method may determine whether a time to transition to the second sequence of coded video data can be reduced by transitioning to the second sequence of coded video data via an intermediate sequence of coded video data. ... Apple Inc

04/19/18 / #20180109742

Pixel binning in an image sensor

Pixel binning is performed by summing charge from some pixels positioned diagonally in a pixel array. Pixel signals output from pixels positioned diagonally in the pixel array may be combined on the output lines. ... Apple Inc

04/19/18 / #20180109659

Liquid-resistant coating on an electronic device

An electronic device having liquid-resistant modifications that prevent liquid ingress into an opening (or openings) in an enclosure of the electronic device is disclosed. For example, the electronic device may include a coating formed from a liquid-resistant material that is applied internally to the enclosure. ... Apple Inc

04/19/18 / #20180109629

User interface for a device requesting remote authorization

The present disclosure generally relates to techniques for managing a remote authorization to proceed with an action, such as creating a secure network connection. In some examples, a requesting device receives selection of one or more options. ... Apple Inc

04/19/18 / #20180109520

Automatic association of authentication credentials with biometrics

A computing device may receive authentication information. Within a time-out period, a fingerprint may also be received. ... Apple Inc

04/19/18 / #20180109129

Management of high-voltage lithium-polymer batteries in portable electronic devices

The disclosed embodiments provide a system that manages use of a battery corresponding to a high-voltage lithium-polymer battery in a portable electronic device. During operation, the system monitors a cycle number of the battery during use of the battery with the portable electronic device, wherein the cycle number corresponds to a number of charge-discharge cycles of the battery. ... Apple Inc

04/19/18 / #20180108346

Method and apparatus for discovering trending terms in speech requests

Systems and processes are disclosed for discovering trending terms in automatic speech recognition. Candidate terms (e.g., words, phrases, etc.) not yet found in a speech recognizer vocabulary or having low language model probability can be identified based on trending usage in a variety of electronic data sources (e.g., social network feeds, news sources, search queries, etc.). ... Apple Inc

04/19/18 / #20180108327

Ambient and content adaptive pixel manipulation

Systems, methods, and computer readable media to improve the operation of display systems are described herein. In general, techniques are disclosed for ambient and content adaptive local tone mapping operations that improve display readability under bright ambient light conditions. ... Apple Inc

04/19/18 / #20180108301

Integrated gate driver circuit

A display device may include a plurality of rows of pixels configured to display image data on a display and a first gate driver circuit. The first gate driver circuit may couple a first voltage source to a first node associated with a first gate of a first switch upon receipt of a start signal or a gate signal from another gate driver circuit and couple a first clock signal to a first gate line via the first switch after a first voltage of the first node exceeds a threshold. ... Apple Inc

04/19/18 / #20180107376

Character recognition on a computing device

In some embodiments, a device performs character recognition based on spatial and temporal components of touch input detected on a touch-sensitive surface. In some embodiments, a device provides feedback about handwritten input and its recognition by the device. ... Apple Inc

04/19/18 / #20180107361

Devices and methods for processing touch inputs over multiple regions of a touch-sensitive surface

An electronic device, while displaying a user interface that includes a first region corresponding to a first software application and a second region corresponding to a second software application, receives a first touch input, on a touch-sensitive display, that originates from the first region and extends to the second region. The device sends a touch began event to the first software application in response to detecting the first touch input at a first location corresponding to the first region, sends a touch cancel event to the first software application in response to detecting that the first touch input has left the first region of the user interface, and sends to the second software application information corresponding indicating that the first touch input has entered the second region of the user interface in response to detecting that the first touch input has entered the second region of the user interface.. ... Apple Inc

04/19/18 / #20180107261

Intergrated multi-touch surface having varying sensor granularity

This relates to an event sensing device that includes an event sensing panel and is able to dynamically change the granularity of the panel according to present needs. Thus, the granularity of the panel can differ at different times of operation. ... Apple Inc

04/19/18 / #20180107240

Timebase synchronization

In an embodiment, an integrated circuit such as an soc (or even a discrete chip system) includes one or more local timebases in various locations. The timebases may be incremented based on a high frequency local clock that may be subject to variation during use due. ... Apple Inc

04/12/18 / #20180103557

Enclosure with metal interior surface layer

An enclosure is formed by coupling an outer cover to a back enclosure piece. The enclosure defines an interior volume for receiving components of an electronic device. ... Apple Inc








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