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Low profile packaging and assembly of a power conversion system in modular form

Embedded pcb (printed circuit board) is used for the packaging and assembly of a low profile power conversion system module that can be employed in space constrained environment of small computer/electronic systems. The low profile power conversion system module may include an embedded pcb, a power silicon device embedded within the pcb, a magnetic component which is either embedded within the pcb or disposed on the pcb, or input/output terminals disposed on the side of the embedded pcb. ... Apple Inc

Conductive strands for fabric-based items

Strands of material may be intertwined using weaving techniques, knitting techniques, non-woven or entanglement techniques, or braiding techniques. Fabric that is formed from the strands of material may be used in forming a fabric-based item. ... Apple Inc

5g/lte dual connectivity

Apparatuses, systems, and methods to perform attachment of a wireless device to substantially concurrent connections with a next generation network node and a legacy network node. The wireless device may be configured to transmit a request to attach to a first network node operating according to the first rat and transmit an indication that the wireless device is capable of maintaining substantially concurrent connections with the first network node and a second network node that operates according to the second rat. ... Apple Inc

Basic bandwidth device on secondary channel

A basic bandwidth wireless local area network (wlan) device or station (sta) is assigned to a secondary channel. The basic bandwidth sta may be a 20 mhz sta. ... Apple Inc

Flexible slot structure for cellular communication in unlicensed spectrum

This disclosure relates to performing cellular communication in unlicensed spectrum using a flexible slot structure. A cellular base station may perform a listen-before-talk procedure, and may transmit a reservation frame when the listen-before-talk procedure is successful. ... Apple Inc

Efficient paging and idle mode wakeup for wireless devices supporting coverage enhanced mode

This disclosure relates to techniques for efficient idle mode wakeup for wireless devices supporting an enhanced coverage mode and a normal coverage mode in a wireless communication system. A wireless device may camp on a cellular base station in idle mode. ... Apple Inc

Estimation of incidence angles in phased antenna arrays

The representative embodiments discussed in the present disclosure relate to techniques in which the transmission and reception of phase array antennas may be measured to more accurately and more efficiently estimate incidence angles of the associated rf signals. More specifically, in some embodiments, rf signals may be transmitted and received by various subsets of antennas in a pair of phased antenna arrays, and the resulting signals may adaptively filtered and fed back to perform iterations until incidence angles may be accurately determined.. ... Apple Inc

Systems and methods for cross-cell carrier aggregation for coverage balance improvement

A system and methods that are performed by a macro cell and a user equipment (ue) to implement a carrier aggregation mode in a network. The system includes a macrocell including a first coverage area and a plurality of small cells, each of the small cells including a second coverage area wherein the plurality of second coverage areas substantially cover the first coverage area. ... Apple Inc

Mass loaded earbud with vent chamber

Intra-concha earphones are disclosed. In an embodiment, an intra-concha earphone includes a housing having a rear space divided into a back volume, a bass duct, and a vent chamber between a driver and a rear wall. ... Apple Inc

Magnetic surface contacts

This application relates to magnetically actuated electrical connectors. The electrical connectors includes movable magnetic elements that move in response to an externally applied magnetic field. ... Apple Inc

Low-profile power and data contacts

Contact structures that are readily manufactured, where contacts in the contact structures consume a minimal amount of surface area, depth, and volume in an electronic device.. . ... Apple Inc

Adjustment of display parameters

Parameters of a display may be adjusted in response to accessing a time value corresponding to an electronic device that includes the display. A brightness value of the display may be adjusted based on the time value to maintain a display characteristic value within a predefined range and below a threshold. ... Apple Inc

Personalizing digital gifts

Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for gifting and personalizing a digital media item, particularly an electronic book. A system is described that includes personalizing a digital media item that is to be gifted from a first person to one or more people. ... Apple Inc

Document importation into secure element

Techniques are disclosed relating to authenticate a user with a mobile device. In one embodiment, a computing device includes a short-range radio and a secure element. ... Apple Inc

08/09/18 / #20180225498

Finger biometric sensor for generating three dimensional fingerprint ridge data and related methods

A finger biometric sensor may include a dielectric layer having a front surface capable of receiving a user's finger thereon and at least one light source capable of injecting light into the user's finger. The finger biometric sensor may also include image sensors adjacent a back surface of the dielectric layer defining overlapping target areas directed toward the user's finger, and a controller capable of collecting image data from the image sensors based upon diffuse scattering and specular reflections from the user's finger, and generating fingerprint ridge three-dimensional (3d) data.. ... Apple Inc

08/09/18 / #20180225226

Backup system with multiple recovery keys

Some embodiments provide, for a particular device in a set of related devices, a method for backing up data synchronized between the set of related devices. The method stores the backup data encrypted with a set of data encryption keys. ... Apple Inc

08/09/18 / #20180224996

Display stack with integrated force input sensor

A force input sensor can include a strain-sensitive region disposed as a meandering electrical trace onto a structural or functional layer of a display stack. In particular, the meandering electrical trace can include one or more diversions from a linear path, each diversion configured to increase the length of the electrical trace. ... Apple Inc

08/09/18 / #20180224715

Asymmetric zones in a fresnel lens

A fresnel lens includes multiple different zones. At least one of the zones may be an asymmetric zone that is radially asymmetric. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180220542

Compact media player

. . An electronic device such as a media player is formed from electrical components such as integrated circuits, buttons, and a battery. Electrical input-output port contacts are used to play audio and to convey digital signals. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180220525

Multi-layer thin-film coatings for system-in-package assemblies in portable electronic devices

A portable electronic device packaged into a system-in-package assembly is disclosed. The portable electronic device can include a substrate and a plurality of components mounted on the substrate and included in one or more subsystems. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180220485

Fast switching between control channels during radio resource control connection

This disclosure relates to techniques for fast switching between control channels during a radio resource control connection in a wireless communication system. A cellular base station and a wireless device may establish a radio resource control connection. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180220261

Wi-fi process

A method and apparatus for a wireless device that can adapt a rate of related wireless network unit scans for adjacent networks is disclosed. In one embodiment, the wireless device can include a wireless network unit and a co-located geo-location signal receiver, and a processor. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180220230

Audio i o headset plug and plug detection circuitry

A single prong, multiple signal conducting plug and plug detection circuitry is provided. The plug may be electrically coupled to a stereo headset including a microphone. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180220216

Integrated particle and light filter for mems device

A micro-electro-mechanical system (mems) transducer including an enclosure defining an interior space and having an acoustic port formed through at least one side of the enclosure. The transducer further including a compliant member positioned within the interior space and acoustically coupled to the acoustic port, the compliant member being configured to vibrate in response to an acoustic input. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180220214

Digital transducer circuit

An analog to digital conversion circuit receives a transducer output signal and outputs a data bitstream, where a latch or flip flop has an input that receives a clock signal. An ac-dc power converter receives the clock signal and produces a dc voltage which may power the analog to digital conversion circuit. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180220213

Cantilevered foot for electronic device

This disclosure relates to speakers and more specifically to an array speaker for distributing music uniformly across a room. A number of audio drivers can be radially distributed within a speaker housing so that an output of the drivers is distributed evenly throughout the room. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180220067

Image capture using display device as light source

A digital image capture system and method uses a display device to illuminate a target with light for improved image capture under poor lighting conditions. Various characteristics of the flash (e.g., brightness, color, duration, etc.) can be adjusted to improve image capture. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180219637

Electronic device with over-the-air wireless self-testing capabilities

An electronic device may be provided with wireless circuitry. The wireless circuitry may include antennas. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180219431

Wireless charging system with object detection

A wireless power transmitting device transmits wireless power signals to a wireless power receiving device. The wireless power receiving device has a wireless power receiving coil in a resonant circuit that resonates at a wireless power receiving circuit resonant frequency. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180219430

Wireless charging system with object detection

A wireless power transmitting device transmits wireless power signals to a wireless power receiving device using an output circuit that includes a wireless power transmitting coil. Measurement circuitry is coupled to the output circuit to help determine whether the wireless power receiving device is present and ready to accept transmission of wireless power. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180219421

Wireless charging system with receiver locating circuitry and foreign object detection

A wireless power transmission system has a wireless power receiving device that is located on a charging surface of a wireless power transmitting device. The wireless power receiving device has a wireless power receiving coil and the wireless power transmitting device has a wireless power transmitting coil array. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180219415

Inductive power transmitter and method of power flow control

An inductive power transmitter 2 comprising: a controllable dc voltage source 5; a dc-ac converter 6 that receives a dc power supply from the controllable dc voltage source 5 and generates an ac output waveform to drive a transmitter coil 7 of an inductive power transfer system 1; a current sensor 9 for measuring the current supplied by the controllable dc voltage source 5 to the dc-ac converter 6; and a controller 8 that adjusts the output voltage of the dc voltage source 5 based on the current measured by the current sensor 9.. . ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180219405

Wireless charging system with duty cycle control

A wireless power transmitting device transmits wireless power signals to a wireless power receiving device by supplying drive signals with a duty cycle to a wireless power transmitting coil. The wireless power receiving device has a rectifier and a wireless power receiving coil that receives wireless power signals having the duty cycle from the wireless power transmitting device. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180219402

Wireless charging system with inverter input power control

A wireless power transmitting device transmits wireless power signals to a wireless power receiving device using a wireless power transmitting coil. The wireless power receiving device has a rectifier and a wireless power receiving coil that receives wireless power signals. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180219276

Antennas having symmetrical switching architecture

An electronic device may include wireless circuitry with antennas. An antenna resonating element arm for an antenna may be formed from conductive housing structures running along the edges of the device. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180219144

Micro led mixing cup

A light emitting structure including mixing cups are described. In an embodiment, a light emitting structure includes a light emitting diode (led) bonded to a substrate, a diffuser layer adjacent the led, an angular filter directly over the diffuser layer and the led, and an overcoat layer directly over the angular filter and the led.. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180218859

Device having integrated interface system

A portable computer includes a display portion comprising a display, a base portion pivotally coupled to the display portion and including a glass top case. The glass top case defines an exterior surface and a keyboard opening through the glass top case from the exterior surface to an interior surface. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180218857

Reduced layer keyboard stack-up

Disclosed herein is a stack-up for an input device. The stack-up may include a flexible substrate having a switch and a light source. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180218746

Encoded audio metadata-based equalization

A system for producing an encoded digital audio recording has an audio encoder that encodes a digital audio recording having a number of audio channels or audio objects. An equalization (eq) value generator produces a sequence of eq values which define eq filtering that is to be applied when decoding the encoded digital audio recording, wherein the eq filtering is to be applied to a group of one or more of the audio channels or audio objects of the recording independent of any downmix. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180218742

Encoded audio extended metadata-based dynamic range control

An audio encoder encodes a digital audio recording having a number of audio channels or audio objects. A dynamic range control (drc) processor produces a sequence of encoder drc gain values, by applying a selected one of a number of drc characteristics to a group of one or more of the audio channels or audio objects. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180218735

Speech recognition involving a mobile device

A system and method of speech recognition involving a mobile device. Speech input is received (202) on a mobile device (102) and converted (204) to a set of phonetic symbols. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180218542

Registration between actual mobile device position and environmental model

A user interface enables a user to calibrate the position of a three dimensional model with a real-world environment represented by that model. Using a device's sensor, the device's location and orientation is determined. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180218340

Automatic event scheduling

Some embodiments provide a method for creating a new appointment for an electronic calendar. The method receives a set of proposed attendees for the new appointment. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180217993

Author term affinity

Author-term affinity scores enable search engines to score and rank search results based on a combination of author (domain) influence and anchor text scoring. An anchor text is scored based on the influence of the domains with which it is associated, including the source domain in which the anchor text is cited and the destination domain to which the anchor text is linked. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180217992

Domain based influence scoring

Methods and systems that create domain influence scores that can be used to rank or sort search results are described. In one embodiment, a domain influence scoring system begins by preselecting a subset of the domains and allocating an initial influence score to only the domains in the subset while all other domains have an initial influence score of zero. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180217919

Suspending and resuming a graphics application executing on a target device for debugging

Debugging a graphics application executing on a target device. The graphics application may execute cpu instructions to generate graphics commands to graphics hardware for generation of graphics on a display. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180217723

Unified settings for multiple account types

Account types that support one or more data classes (e.g., email, contacts, calendar, instant messaging) can be added and configured on a mobile device using a unified settings user interface. The user interface allows the user to easily activate and deactivate one or more data classes for an account type. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180217709

Multi-functional hand-held device

Disclosed herein is a multi-functional hand-held device capable of configuring user inputs based on how the device is to be used. Preferably, the multi-functional hand-held device has at most only a few physical buttons, keys, or switches so that its display size can be substantially increased. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180217708

Force sensing of inputs through strain analysis

An electronic device has a force sensor that determines a measure of applied force from a user contacting a cover glass of the device. In one embodiment, a frame at least partially encloses an interior of the electronic device and has an open end. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180217707

Reducing the border area of a device

A circuit panel of an electronic device is disclosed. The circuit panel includes a substantially flat surface including an active area of the electronic device; a bent border area contiguous with and extending from the active area of the substantially flat surface; and a plurality of traces coupled to the active area and routed in the bent border area.. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180217669

Device having integrated interface system

A device includes a display portion that includes a display housing and a display within the display housing. The device also includes a base portion flexibly coupled to the display portion and comprising a glass member defining a keyboard region configured to receive user input, a first haptic actuator configured to produce a first haptic output at a first area of the keyboard region, and a second haptic actuator configured to produce a second haptic output at a second area of the keyboard region that is different from the first area.. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180217668

Device having integrated interface system

A portable computer includes a display portion comprising a display and a base portion pivotally coupled to the display portion. The base portion may include a bottom case and a top case, formed from a dielectric material, coupled to the bottom case. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180217659

Processor including multiple dissimilar processor cores that implement different portions of instruction set architecture

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

08/02/18 / #20180217639

Foldable cover and display for an electronic device

Electronic devices including a display layer and a cover layer including a foldable region are disclosed herein. The display layer and the cover layer are configured to be moved between a folded configuration and an unfolded configuration by bending the cover layer along the foldable region. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180215609

Integrated particle filter for mems device

A micro-electro-mechanical system (mems) transducer including an enclosure defining an interior space and having an acoustic port formed through at least one side of the enclosure. The transducer further including a compliant member positioned within the interior space and acoustically coupled to the acoustic port, the compliant member being configured to vibrate in response to an acoustic input. ... Apple Inc

08/02/18 / #20180213896

Clasp mechanism for wrist-worn devices

Clasp assemblies for bands (e.g., for watches) are disclosed. In some embodiments, a clasp assembly may include a plurality of pivotally interconnected links, where respective links are releasably coupled to one another, and spring assemblies disposed between respective links impart biasing forces between the respective links. ... Apple Inc

07/26/18 / #20180213660

Spatial composites

A housing of an electronic device includes a substrate defining an external surface and internal surface of the housing, at least one sidewall extending from the substrate, and abrasion-resistant members at least partly embedded in the substrate and extending beyond the external surface. The abrasion-resistant members may be formed from metal or ceramic. ... Apple Inc

07/26/18 / #20180213474

Dsp assisted and on demand rf and analog domain processing for low power wireless transceivers

A wireless user equipment (ue) device may include a receiver and transmitter. The ue device may dynamically vary the fidelity requirements imposed on the analog signal processing performed by the receiver and/or the transmitter in response factors such as: amount of signal interference (e.g., out-of-band signal power); modulation and coding scheme; number of spatial streams; extent of transmitter leakage; and size and/or frequency location of resources allocated to the ue device. ... Apple Inc

07/26/18 / #20180213458

Wlan / cellular interworking based on mobility information

In at least some embodiments, a method, apparatus, and system for performing communication using a plurality of radio access technologies (rats) including a cellular rat and a short-range rat. A mobile device may be configured to receive information regarding traffic steering, i.e., cellular/short-range rat handover, from nearby short-range access points and/or from a cellular base station. ... Apple Inc

07/26/18 / #20180213382

Discovery procedure for off grid radio service

This disclosure relates to techniques for supporting narrowband device-to-device wireless communication, including possible techniques for performing discovery in an off grid radio system. A wireless device may obtain synchronization with a peer-to-peer communication group. ... Apple Inc

07/26/18 / #20180213126

Touch accommodation options

The present disclosure generally relates to methods and devices for providing touch accommodations to users with tremors or other fine motor impairments to improve the accuracy of such users' touch inputs on touch-sensitive surfaces. Such methods and devices include various approaches for compensating for brief, inadvertent touch inputs; touch inputs with inadvertent motion across the touch-sensitive surface; and/or touch inputs with inadvertent recoil contacts. ... Apple Inc

07/26/18 / #20180213059

Managing access to media accounts

In some implementations, a computing system can manage access to media sources associated with a user's media account. For example, the system can coordinate access to a user's media account between local and network devices such that when access to the user's media account is granted to an application on a user device, the application can access both local and network media sources associated with the user's media account. ... Apple Inc

07/26/18 / #20180213041

Multipath tcp subflow establishment and control

Techniques for electronic devices to control a multipath transmission control protocol (mptcp) connection. An mptcp connection between two endpoints may be established. ... Apple Inc

07/26/18 / #20180212669

Per packet antenna switch diversity

A wireless communication device includes a number of radio-frequency (rf) antennas and one or more radio circuits. Each radio circuit includes a receive (rx) chain to process rx signals and a transmit (tx) chain to process tx signals. ... Apple Inc

07/26/18 / #20180212455

Inductive charging between electronic devices

An electronic device and methods for inductively charging an electronic device using another external electronic device. The electronic device may include an enclosure, a battery positioned within the enclosure, and an inductive coil coupled to the battery. ... Apple Inc

07/26/18 / #20180212097

Light emitting diode with displaced p-type doping

Light emitting diodes re described. In an embodiment, an led includes a graded p-side spacer layer on a p-type confinement layer, and the graded p-side spacer layer graded from an initial band gap adjacent the p-type confinement layer to a lower band gap. ... Apple Inc

07/26/18 / #20180211775

Multi-layer electromagnet structure and manufacturing process

A multilayer circuit structure has a number of electrically conductive trace layers, separated from each other by a number of electrically insulating layers. The thickness of any given one of the conductive trace layers is greater than the thickness of its adjacent one of the insulating layers. ... Apple Inc

07/26/18 / #20180211636

Graphical representation generation for multiple points of interest

An improve navigation application can generate and display a composite representation of multiple pois when poi icons representing the pois appear to be overlapping. Some embodiments display the composite representation when a certain zoom level is reached for a map including the multiple poi icons. ... Apple Inc

07/26/18 / #20180211582

Display panel redundancy schemes

Display panel redundancy schemes and methods of operation are described. In an embodiment, and display panel includes an array of drivers (e.g. ... Apple Inc

07/26/18 / #20180211295

Application purchasing

The present technology provides a purchasing interface within an application that allows users to purchase a product from another source without leaving the application. The application offers a product for purchase, and a user, desiring to purchase the product can provide an input effective to cause a purchasing interface to be displayed. ... Apple Inc

07/26/18 / #20180211245

Apparatuses and methods for operating a portable electronic device to conduct mobile payment transactions

Methods for operating a portable electronic device to conduct a mobile payment transaction at a merchant terminal are provided. The electronic device may verify that the current user of the device is indeed the authorized owner by requiring the current user to enter a passcode. ... Apple Inc

07/26/18 / #20180211024

Locking and unlocking a mobile device using facial recognition

In an embodiment of the invention, an unlocked mobile device is configured to capture images, analyze the images to detect a user's face, and automatically lock the device in response to determining that a user's face does not appear in the images. The camera capturing and face recognition processing may be triggered by the device having detected that it has been motionless for a threshold period of time. ... Apple Inc

07/26/18 / #20180210912

Optimizing offline map data updates

In some implementations, a system can optimize offline map data updates. For example, a server device in the system can determine a metric for identifying map data objects based on attributes of the map data objects. ... Apple Inc

07/26/18 / #20180210516

User interface for manipulating user interface objects with magnetic properties

The present disclosure relates to user interfaces for manipulating user interface objects. A device, including a display and a rotatable input mechanism, is described in relation to manipulating user interface objects. ... Apple Inc

07/26/18 / #20180209846

Spad detector having modulated sensitivity

The sensitivity of one or more single-photon avalanche diodes (spad) in a spad detector is modulated over time. The sensitivity of all of the spads may be modulated, or the sensitivity of one section of the spads can be modulated differently from another section of the spads. ... Apple Inc

07/26/18 / #20180209812

Method and apparatus for providing dynamic warnings for navigations

A navigation application that provides a dynamic set of warnings based on a set of collected and calculated data. The navigation application collects a series of data and identifies a set of critical points along the route. ... Apple Inc

07/26/18 / #20180208209

Comfort profiles

Some embodiments provide an autonomous navigation system which can navigate a vehicle through an environment according to a selected comfort profile, where the comfort profile associates a particular set of occupant profiles and a particular set of driving control parameters, so that the vehicle is navigated based on the particular set of driving control parameters. The comfort profile is selected based on a determined correlation between the occupants detected in the vehicle interior and the occupants specified by the set of occupant profiles included in the comfort profile. ... Apple Inc

07/26/18 / #20180206766

Physical activity and workout monitor

The present disclosure relates to devices and processes for monitoring attributes of a user's physical activity (e.g., workout) or inactivity, and to user interfaces (e.g., an activity indicator) for displaying the same. In some examples, a device determines whether physical activity corresponds to a first type based on a first set of criteria, and whether physical activity corresponds to a second type based on a second set of criteria. ... Apple Inc

07/19/18 / #20180206204

Wireless communication

The invention is directed to a method of synchronising transmission between two nodes in a wireless network. The method comprises the steps of obtaining an expected interference profile for each node; and agreeing a synchronised transmission schedule between the nodes, where the expected interference profile of the or each node meets predetermined criteria.. ... Apple Inc

07/19/18 / #20180206191

Electronic devices for receiving pushed data

Mobile devices such as cellular telephones are provided that communicate with wireless networks. Cellular telephone network equipment may communicate with a cellular telephone over a data connection. ... Apple Inc

07/19/18 / #20180206122

Managing permissions for different wireless devices to control a common host device

Disclosed herein is a technique for managing permissions associated with the control of a host device that are provided to a group of wireless devices. The host device is configured to pair with a first wireless device. ... Apple Inc

07/19/18 / #20180206064

Apparatus and method for determining a wireless device's location after shutdown

A wireless data processing device is described which periodically exits an unpowered state and transmits location data. For example, one embodiment of a wireless data processing device comprises: power circuitry for maintaining the wireless data processing device in a powered or unpowered state, the power circuitry causing the wireless data processing device to enter into an unpowered state responsive to user input; a timer to periodically power up the wireless device or portion thereof in response to reaching a predetermined time; a location services module determining a current location of the wireless data processing device using one or more specified location determination techniques; a transmit thread transmitting the current location of the wireless device over one or more specified communication channels; and the power circuitry powering down the wireless data processing device a second time after the current location has been transmitted.. ... Apple Inc

07/19/18 / #20180206020

Open-air earbuds and methods for making the same

Open-air earbuds and methods for making the same are disclosed. The earbud has a neck, which is open to the ambient environment in order to improve bass response. ... Apple Inc

07/19/18 / #20180205824

Multi-device call notification silencing

A connection manager manages connections for associated user devices by determining whether an incoming connection has been answered at a user device, and if so then generating and transmitting silencing commands to associated user devices using first and second wireless communication modes, with one mode being faster. Connections can comprise phone calls, and modes can comprise push and bluetooth® messaging. ... Apple Inc

07/19/18 / #20180205813

Audio data routing between multiple wirelessly connected devices

Apparatus and methods to communicate audio data from either an active wireless device or a requesting wireless device to one or more audio reproduction devices that are simultaneously communicatively coupled to both the active wireless device and to the requesting wireless device are disclosed. Responsive to a request from the requesting wireless device to transmit audio data to the one or more audio reproduction devices, the active wireless device determines whether to transmit audio data from the requesting wireless device based at least in part on an audio status of the active wireless device and a set of predetermined arbitration criteria that prioritizes among applications and operating system processes that generate the audio data.. ... Apple Inc

07/19/18 / #20180205728

Biometric device pairing

A first electronic device is associated with a biometric sensor. Biometric data received by the biometric sensor is used to permit the first electronic device to pair with, unlock, and/or access a second electronic device.. ... Apple Inc

07/19/18 / #20180205311

Control of series-parallel mode (spm) clamped flyback converter

This disclosure describes a flyback converter with a series-parallel mode (spm) active clamp. The active clamp, coupled in parallel with the primary coil, may include a clamp switch, two or more snubber capacitors, and associated diodes. ... Apple Inc

07/19/18 / #20180205252

Systems and methods for simultaneously charging a battery with multiple power sources

Systems and methods for power management are disclosed herein. In one disclosed embodiment, a battery charging system includes a battery charger for simultaneously charging a battery (and/or providing power to a system load) with multiple power sources, using a closed-loop charging servo target based on measurements taken by one or more gauges. ... Apple Inc

07/19/18 / #20180204895

Power and data routing structures for organic light-emitting diode displays

An organic light-emitting diode display may have thin-film transistor circuitry formed on a substrate. The display and substrate may have rounded corners. ... Apple Inc

07/19/18 / #20180204889

Light-emitting diode displays

A display may have an array of pixels. Display driver circuitry may supply data and control signals to the pixels. ... Apple Inc

07/19/18 / #20180204820

3d thin profile pre-stacking architecture using reconstitution method

Package on package structures and methods of manufacture are described. In various embodiments, dram die are integrated into various locations within a package on package structure, including within a bottom logic die package, as a co-package with a top nand die package, and as a hybrid package structure between a top nand die package and a bottom logic die package.. ... Apple Inc

07/19/18 / #20180204425

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for providing haptic feedback

An electronic device detects a first increase in a characteristic intensity of a contact on a touch-sensitive surface, and in response the device produces a first tactile output that has a first tactile output profile. The first tactile output profile includes an output parameter that varies in accordance with a proximity of the characteristic intensity of the contact to meeting a first intensity criteria. ... Apple Inc

07/19/18 / #20180204271

Intelligent delivery and acquisition of digital assets

Improved techniques and systems for delivery and acquisition of digital assets are disclosed. The techniques and systems are especially suitable and useful for delivering digital assets (e.g., media assets) that are available for acquisition and electronic delivery from online stores to electronic devices. ... Apple Inc

07/19/18 / #20180203774

Identifying a failing group of memory cells in a multi-plane storage operation

An apparatus includes an interface and storage circuitry. The interface is configured to communicate with a memory that includes multiple memory cells arranged in multiple planes that each includes one or more blocks of the memory cells. ... Apple Inc

07/19/18 / #20180203737

Data parallel computing on multiple processors

A method and an apparatus that allocate one or more physical compute devices such as cpus or gpus attached to a host processing unit running an application for executing one or more threads of the application are described. The allocation may be based on data representing a processing capability requirement from the application for executing an executable in the one or more threads. ... Apple Inc

07/19/18 / #20180203482

Auxiliary electronic device attachable to a wearable electronic device

An auxiliary electronic device attachable to a wearable electronic device. The auxiliary device includes a housing, electronic circuitry within the housing, and an attachment mechanism configured to attach the auxiliary electronic device to the wearable device while the device is being worn by a user. ... Apple Inc

07/19/18 / #20180202927

Light-based shielding detection

Disclosed herein is a sunscreen detector for use with portable device, such as a mobile and/or wearable device. One variation of a sunscreen detector comprises an illumination system that is configured to illuminate a target skin area with ultraviolet and/or infrared spectrum light and a sensor system that is configured to detect the amount of ultraviolet and/or infrared spectrum light that is reflected from the target skin area. ... Apple Inc

07/19/18 / #20180202794

Inspecting a slab of material

A system for inspecting a slab of material may include a polarization maintaining single mode optical-fiber, a linearly polarized broadband light-source configured to emit a polarized-light over the optical fiber, a beam-assembly configured to receive the light over the optical fiber and direct the light toward a slab of material; a polarization-rotator for controlling polarization of the light directed to the slab of material from the beam-assembly; a computer-controlled etalon filter configured to receive the light over the optical fiber, filter the light, and direct the light over the optical fiber; and a computer-controlled spectrometer configured to receive the light over the optical fiber after the light has been filtered by the etalon filter and after the light has been reflected from or transmitted through the slab of material and spectrally analyze the light.. . ... Apple Inc

07/12/18 / #20180199388

Synchronization and master information block for off grid radio service

This disclosure relates to techniques for supporting narrowband device-to-device (d2d) wireless communication, including possible techniques for providing synchronization and master information block signals in an off grid radio system. A wireless device may provide d2d synchronization signals for a d2d communication group. ... Apple Inc

07/12/18 / #20180199176

Cloud-based proximity pairing and switching for peer-to-peer devices

A first wireless communication device (ue device) associated with a certain user (or included in a specified set/group of ue devices) may establish a first communication link with an accessory device according to a short-range radio access technology, and transmit link (pairing) information associated with the first communication link to a server, such as a cloud-based server. The server may share this (first) link information with other ue devices associated with the same user (or belonging to the same specified group of ue devices as the first ue device). ... Apple Inc

07/12/18 / #20180199138

Locating wireless devices

Systems, methods, devices and non-transitory, computer-readable storage mediums are disclosed for location-tracking wireless devices. In an embodiment, a method performed by an electronic device comprises: playing, or initiating the playing of, a sound through a loudspeaker of an accessory device via a communication link. ... Apple Inc

07/12/18 / #20180199020

Audio alteration techniques

A method of altering audio output from an electronic device based on image data is provided. In one embodiment, the method includes acquiring image data and determining one or more characteristics of the image data. ... Apple Inc

07/12/18 / #20180198895

Mounting structures for portable electronic devices

A portable electronic device such as a handheld electronic device is provided. The device may have upper and lower portions. ... Apple Inc

07/12/18 / #20180198631

Obtaining and using time information on a secure element (se)

A secure element (se) with a notion of time useful for checking secure items is disclosed herein. Methods of obtaining time information by the se include push, pull, opportunistic, local interface, and multi-check methods. ... Apple Inc

07/12/18 / #20180198602

Differential privacy with cloud data

Embodiments described herein enable data associated with a large plurality of users to be analyzed without compromising the privacy of the user data. In one embodiment, a user can opt-in to allow analysis of clear text of the user's emails. ... Apple Inc

07/12/18 / #20180198565

Providing acknowledgement information by a wireless device

In general, to provide acknowledgment information by a first wireless device, the first wireless device sends repeated instances of acknowledgment information in respective first and second frame structures, in response to receipt of first information from a second wireless device. In addition, the first wireless device also sends further acknowledgment information in the second frame structure that is responsive to second information received from the second wireless device.). ... Apple Inc

07/12/18 / #20180198368

Fast charge sharing between capacitors of a dual input path dc/dc converter

A power converter may be adapted to provide an output voltage from one of two input voltages. The power converter may include two or more buck converters that share a plurality of power converter components and each converts an individual input voltage to the output voltage. ... Apple Inc

07/12/18 / #20180198318

Noise mitigation in wireless power systems

A wireless power system includes an electrically-balanced inductor in a transmitter device and an electrically-balanced inductor in a receiver device. The electrically-balanced inductors can be formed by introducing crossovers between radially-adjacent portions of two separate turns of each inductor. ... Apple Inc

07/12/18 / #20180198196

Antenna window and antenna pattern for electronic devices and methods of manufacturing the same

A housing for an electronic device, including an aluminum layer enclosing a volume that includes a radio-frequency (rf) antenna is provided. The housing includes a window aligned with the rf antenna; the window including a non-conductive material filling a cavity in the aluminum layer; and a thin aluminum oxide layer adjacent to the aluminum layer and to the non-conductive material; wherein the non-conductive material and the thin aluminum oxide layer form an rf-transparent path through the window. ... Apple Inc

07/12/18 / #20180197844

Light emitting structure

A method and structure for receiving a micro device on a receiving substrate are disclosed. A micro device such as a micro led device is punched-through a passivation layer covering a conductive layer on the receiving substrate, and the passivation layer is hardened. ... Apple Inc

07/12/18 / #20180197696

Low-travel key mechanisms using butterfly hinges

A key mechanism including one or more butterfly hinges. Each butterfly hinge may include a double wing design operative to move between a depressed position and non-depressed position. ... Apple Inc

07/12/18 / #20180197332

Problem reporting in maps

For a mapping application, a method for reporting a problem related to a map displayed by the mapping application is described. The method identifies a mode in which the mapping application is operating. ... Apple Inc

07/12/18 / #20180196750

Aggregating messages for reducing cache invalidation rate

A storage device includes a nonvolatile memory and a controller. The controller is configured to store in the nonvolatile memory data for a host, to generate messages having a message size to be cached in the host in a cache memory having a cache-line size larger than the message size, to aggregate two or more of the messages by producing an aggregated message that matches the cache-line size, and to send the aggregated message to the host.. ... Apple Inc

07/12/18 / #20180196683

Application integration with a digital assistant

Systems and processes for application integration with a digital assistant are provided. In accordance with one example, a method includes receiving an audio input including a natural-language user input and identifying an intent object of a set of intent objects. ... Apple Inc

07/12/18 / #20180196529

Rotation smoothing of a user interface

This is directed to animating transitions in a user interface as the orientation of the user interface changes. An electronic device can display a user interface in any suitable orientation, including for example in portrait and landscape modes (e.g., based on the orientation of the display). ... Apple Inc

07/12/18 / #20180196514

Motion and gesture input from a wearable device

This disclosure relates to detecting hand gesture input using an electronic device, such as a wearable device strapped to a wrist. The device can have multiple photodiodes, each sensing light at a different position on a surface of the device that faces skin of a user. ... Apple Inc

07/12/18 / #20180196473

Flexible keyboard accessory for a portable electronic device

An accessory device for use with an electronic device is disclosed. The accessory device may include a cover configured to overlay an electronic device (or device) or fold to form a support structure for the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

07/12/18 / #20180195872

Context-aware voice guidance

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. ... Apple Inc

07/12/18 / #20180195218

Warp knit fabrics with variable path weft strands

An item may include fabric or other materials formed from intertwined strands of material. The strands of material may include non-conductive strands and conductive strands. ... Apple Inc

07/12/18 / #20180195210

Insulated conductive strands with polymer cores

An item may include fabric or other materials formed from intertwined strands of material. The item may include circuitry that produces signals. ... Apple Inc

07/12/18 / #20180194014

Apparatus and method for active shape control of a micro pick up array

Structures and methods to actively control the shape of a micro pickup array (mpa) during micro device transfer are described. In an embodiment, a strain is applied to the mpa counteractive to strain arising during micro device transfer operations. ... Apple Inc

07/05/18 / #20180192217

Capacitive sensing of a moving-coil structure with an inset plate

A speaker assembly including a sound radiating surface suspended over a magnet assembly, a suspension member for suspending the sound radiating surface over the magnet assembly, a voice coil extending from a bottom side of the sound radiating surface, and a capacitive displacement sensor for sensing a movement of the sound radiating surface. The capacitive displacement sensor including a first conductive plate fixedly positioned over the sound radiating surface and a second conductive plate coupled to the sound radiating surface and vertically aligned with the first conductive plate, and wherein the second conductive plate is confined to an area that is entirely radially inward of the voice coil.. ... Apple Inc

07/05/18 / #20180191886

Switching between watches

Systems, methods and non-transitory computer readable media for allowing a user to switch between watches that have been paired with a device such as a smartphone are described. In one embodiment, the watches automatically detect a removal of a first watch from a user's wrist and an attachment of a second watch to the user's wrist. ... Apple Inc

07/05/18 / #20180191646

Method and apparatus for displaying information during an instant messaging session

A method and an apparatus are provided for controlling a graphical user interface to display information related to a communication session. Information relating to data produced by a first participant to the communication session is displayed on a first display unit, wherein the information produced by the first participant is displayed at a first position on the first display unit. ... Apple Inc

07/05/18 / #20180190632

Display module and system applications

A display module and system applications including a display module are described. The display module may include a display substrate including a front surface, a back surface, and a display area on the front surface. ... Apple Inc

07/05/18 / #20180190625

Quantum dot integration schemes

Display panels and methods of manufacture are described for down converting a peak emission wavelength of a pump led within a subpixel with a quantum dot layer. In some embodiments, pump leds with a peak emission wavelength below 500 nm, such as between 340 nm and 420 nm are used. ... Apple Inc

07/05/18 / #20180190211

Smart pixel lighting and display microcontroller

A light emitting assembly is described. In one embodiment, one or more light emitting diode (led) devices and one or more microcontrollers are bonded to a same side of a substrate, with the one or more microcontrollers to switch and drive the one or more led devices.. ... Apple Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189362

User interface for searching

The present disclosure relates to search techniques. In one example process, the device concurrently displays remote search results and local search results. ... Apple Inc

07/05/18 / #20180188920

Device, method, and graphical user interface for providing feedback for changing activation states of a user interface object

An electronic device with a touch-sensitive surface, a display, and one or more sensors to detect intensity of contacts with the touch-sensitive surface displays a user interface object having a plurality of activation states; detects a contact on the touch-sensitive surface; and detects an increase of intensity of the contact from a first intensity to a second intensity. In response to detecting the increase in intensity, the device: changes activation states m times, and generates a tactile output on the touch-sensitive surface corresponding to each change in activation state. ... Apple Inc

07/05/18 / #20180188642

Integrated light pipe for optical projection

An optical device includes a first plate having a first transparent region defining an exit face of the device, and a second plate having a second transparent region defining an entrance face of the device. At least one lens is formed over at least one of the first and second transparent regions. ... Apple Inc

07/05/18 / #20180184817

Modular wall system for displaying a product

A system for displaying a product is disclosed. The system includes a wall having a recess therein and a display structure that defines the recess. ... Apple Inc

06/28/18 / #20180184545

Optimized vent walls in electronic devices

The disclosed embodiments related to a component for use in a portable electronic device. The component includes a wall of the portable electronic device, containing an intake zone that includes a set of intake vents. ... Apple Inc

06/28/18 / #20180184420

Uplink control channel allocation in a communication system and communicating the allocation

Various methods of allocating uplink control channels in a communication system are implemented at a resource scheduler or a user equipment (ue). In one method the scheduler reserves resources for a downlink data channel and signals a corresponding downlink data channel grant and also reserves resources for a persistent uplink control channel for a longer duration than the data channel grant. ... Apple Inc

06/28/18 / #20180184407

Allocation of sub-channels of mimo channels using a basestation with plurality of sectors

A base station for wireless network uses one or more mimo channels having subchannels, to communicate with multiple user equipments, and allocates the sub channels to the user equipments. Different subchannels of a given one of the channels can be allocated to different user equipments. ... Apple Inc

06/28/18 / #20180184121

Sphere projected motion estimation/compensation and mode decision

Techniques are disclosed for coding video data predictively based on predictions made from spherical-domain projections of input pictures to be coded and reference pictures that are prediction candidates. Spherical projection of an input picture and the candidate reference pictures may be generated. ... Apple Inc

06/28/18 / #20180184101

Coding mode selection for predictive video coder/decoder systems in low-latency communication environments

Techniques are disclosed for coding video in the present of transmission errors experience in a network. When a new coding unit is presented for coding, a transmission state of a co-located coding unit from a preceding frame may be determined. ... Apple Inc

06/28/18 / #20180183207

Vernier effect dbr lasers incorporating integrated tuning elements

Disclosed is a vernier effect dbr laser that has uniform laser injection current pumping along the length of the laser. The laser can include one or more tuning elements, separate from the laser injection element, and these tuning elements can be used to control the temperature or modal refractive index of one or more sections of the laser. ... Apple Inc

06/28/18 / #20180183123

Fuel cell system to power a portable computing device

The disclosed embodiments relate to the design of a portable and cost-effective fuel cell system for a portable computing device. This fuel cell system includes a fuel cell stack which converts fuel into electrical power. ... Apple Inc

06/28/18 / #20180182746

Method for integrating a light emitting device

Light emitting devices and methods of integrating micro led devices into light emitting device are described. In an embodiment a light emitting device includes a reflective bank structure within a bank layer, and a conductive line atop the bank layer and elevated above the reflective bank structure. ... Apple Inc

06/28/18 / #20180182376

Rank-reduced token representation for automatic speech recognition

The present disclosure generally relates to processing speech or text using rank-reduced token representation. In one example process, speech input is received. ... Apple Inc

06/28/18 / #20180182279

Emission control apparatuses and methods for a display panel

Methods and apparatuses relating to controlling an emission of a display panel. In one embodiment, a display driver hardware circuit includes row selection logic to select a number of rows in an emission group of a display panel, wherein the number of rows is adjustable from a single row to a full panel of the display panel, column selection logic to select a number of columns in the emission group of the display panel, wherein the number of columns is adjustable from a single column to the full panel of the display panel, and emission logic to select a number of pulses per data frame to be displayed, wherein the number of pulses per data frame is adjustable from one to a plurality and a pulse length is adjustable from a continuous duty cycle to a non-continuous duty cycle.. ... Apple Inc

06/28/18 / #20180182162

Generating a three-dimensional model using a portable electronic device recording

Systems and methods are provided for navigating a three-dimensional model using deterministic movement of an electronic device. An electronic device can load and provide an initial display of a three dimensional model (e.g., of an environment or of an object). ... Apple Inc

06/28/18 / #20180182154

Resource synchronization for graphics processing

Techniques are disclosed relating to synchronizing access to pixel resources. Examples of pixel resources include color attachments, a stencil buffer, and a depth buffer. ... Apple Inc

06/28/18 / #20180182153

Mid-render compute for graphics processing

Techniques are disclosed relating to performing mid-render auxiliary compute tasks for graphics processing. In some embodiments, auxiliary compute tasks are performed during a render pass, using at least a portion of a memory context of the render pass, without accessing a shared memory during the render pass. ... Apple Inc

06/28/18 / #20180182058

Local image blocks for graphics processing

Techniques are disclosed relating to a hardware-supported flexible data structure for graphics processing. In some embodiments, dimensions of the data structure are configurable in an x direction, a y direction, a number of samples per pixel, and an amount of data per sample. ... Apple Inc

06/28/18 / #20180181500

Tamper-proof storage using signatures based on threshold voltage distributions

An apparatus includes an interface and storage circuitry. The interface is configured to communicate with a memory including multiple memory cells that store data as respective analog values. ... Apple Inc

06/28/18 / #20180181491

Targeted cache flushing

Techniques are disclosed relating to flushing cache lines. In some embodiments, a graphics processing unit includes a cache and one or more storage elements configured to store a plurality of command buffers that include instructions executable to manipulate data stored in the cache. ... Apple Inc

06/28/18 / #20180181489

Memory consistency in graphics memory hierarchy with relaxed ordering

Techniques are disclosed relating to memory consistency in a memory hierarchy with relaxed ordering. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes a first level cache that is shared by a plurality of shader processing elements and a second level cache that is shared by the shader processing elements and at least a texture processing unit. ... Apple Inc

06/28/18 / #20180181276

Methods and graphical user interfaces for editing on a multifunction device with a touch screen display

In some embodiments, a device displays content on a touch screen display and detects input by finger gestures. In response to the finger gestures, the device selects content, visually distinguishes the selected content, and/or updates the selected content based on detected input. ... Apple Inc

06/28/18 / #20180181204

Guidance device for the sensory impaired

Sensor data is obtained regarding an environment around a guidance device. A model of the environment is generated based on the data. ... Apple Inc








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