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Methods and apparatus to support network-based ip flow mobility via multiple wireless accesses for a wireless device

Apparatus and methods to support ip flow mobility (ifom) via multiple wireless accesses in a wireless device are disclosed. The wireless device initiates network-based ifom (nb-ifom) to establish and manage ip flows. ... Apple Inc

Conditional transmission deferral for dual wireless band coexistence

A wireless communication system is presented for multiple wireless technology coexistence in a mobile device. A method according to this application might include obtaining one or more transmit allocation parameters for a wireless transmission via a first radio technology at a first wireless processor and the preparing to receive wireless data via a second radio technology at a second wireless processor. ... Apple Inc

Mechanisms for enhanced transmission and reception of physical random access channel

Enhanced random access procedures for link-budget-limited user equipment (ue) devices are disclosed. A user equipment device may transmit a first message containing a physical random access channel (prach). ... Apple Inc

Control indicator for power saving in a mobile wireless communication device

A wireless communication device (ue) may receive control indicator information (cii) indicating whether one or more candidate physical control channels (pccs) are available to the ue for decoding. The ue may perform respective blind decoding if the cii indicates that the one or more candidate pccs are available, to decode a respective pcc intended for the ue. ... Apple Inc

Providing a local address while roaming

This disclosure relates to providing local address information while roaming. A wireless device may connect to a wireless local area network (wlan) access point in a roaming location. ... Apple Inc

Phase plug having non-round face profile

A phase plug having an input face circumscribed by a round profile and an output face circumscribed by a non-round profile, is described. The phase plug may include several arms radiating from a central axis and separated by radial channels extending axially from the input face to the output face. ... Apple Inc

Acoustic assembly for an electronic device

A portable electronic device may have acoustic ports such as microphone and speaker ports. Acoustic devices such as microphones and speakers may be associated with the acoustic ports. ... Apple Inc

Method and user interface for accessing groups of media assets

Improved systems and methods to navigate, browse, search and/or playback digital media assets (e.g., media items) hosted on a media server are disclosed. One embodiment of the invention pertains to a user interface arrangement, such as a hierarchical menu system, that facilitates navigation, browsing and playing of media items remotely stored on a media server. ... Apple Inc

Enhancing spatial resolution in a stereo camera imaging system

Techniques are disclosed for capturing stereoscopic images using one or more high color density or “full color” image sensors and one or more low color density or “sparse color” image sensors. Low color density image sensors, may include substantially fewer color pixels than the sensor's total number of pixels, as well as fewer color pixels than the total number of color pixels on the full color image sensor. ... Apple Inc

Image sensor having full well capacity beyond photodiode capacity

A vertically stacked image sensor having a photodiode chip and a transistor array chip. The photodiode chip includes at least one photodiode and a transfer gate extends vertically from a top surface of the photodiode chip. ... Apple Inc

Portable electronic devices with integrated image/video compositing

Digital imagery is composed or composited within a smartphone or other portable electronic device to merge foreground and background subject matter acquired simultaneously with different cameras or acquired at different times with the same camera. A processor stores the digital imagery along with information derived or used by an operation to differentiate the foreground subject matter from the background scene, which may be a digital matting operation, and/or may involve finding an edge or an outline of the foreground subject matter. ... Apple Inc

Methods and apparatus for establishing a secure communication channel

A method for establishing a secure communication channel between an off-card entity and an embedded universal integrated circuit card (euicc) is provided. The method involves establishing symmetric keys that are ephemeral in scope. ... Apple Inc

Modular control channel formats for uplink control information in a cellular communication system

This disclosure relates to performing cellular communication using modular control channel formats for uplink control information. A wireless device may determine a slot structure for uplink communication. ... Apple Inc

User equipment provision of enhanced capability information for harq processing

This disclosure relates to indicating capabilities of a user equipment to a base station while performing cellular communication. A user equipment (ue) may transmit capability information to a base station. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180278368

Preemption indicators and code-block-group-based retransmission techniques for multiplexing different services on physical layer frames

Techniques are disclosed relating to acknowledgements and preemption indicators in the context of multiplexing different services on wireless physical layer frames. In some embodiments, transport blocks for a transmission are divided into code blocks and code block groups. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180278065

Multiple battery cell monitor having shared control lines and balance switch

Battery systems that may monitor and control multiple battery cells in electronic devices. One example may provide a battery system having multiple battery cells controlled by a single battery controller. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180277995

Durable connector receptacles

Connector receptacles that are able to withstand insertion and other forces, are reliable, and are easy to manufacture. In various examples, the connector receptacle tongue or other portions may be reinforced such that they may withstand the insertion forces exerted through a connector insert.. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180277936

Hybrid antenna for a personal electronic device

A housing for a personal electronic device is described herein. The housing may include at least one modular subassembly configured to be arranged within an internal cavity of the housing. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180277935

Portable electronic device housing having insert molding around antenna

Embodiments are described herein in the context of housings for electronic devices. In one embodiment, a housing can make use of an outer member, which can be formed of glass. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180277614

Displays with silicon and semiconducting-oxide top-gate thin-film transistors

An electronic device may include a display having an array of display pixels on a substrate. The display pixels may be organic light-emitting diode display pixels, that include hybrid thin-film transistor structures formed using semiconducting-oxide thin-film transistors, silicon thin-film transistors, and capacitor structures. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180277239

Systems and methods for facilitating health research using a personal wearable device with research mode

Methods and systems for facilitating health research by utilizing one or more wearable sensor devices with a research mode are provided herein. Systems include a wearable sensor device that can pair with a first portable computing device of a user and a second computing device of a researcher in a first and second pairing, respectively. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180277037

Organic light-emitting diode display with external compensation and anode reset

A display may include an array of organic light-emitting diode display pixels having transistors characterized by threshold voltages subject to transistor variations. Compensation circuitry may be used to measure a transistor threshold voltage for a pixel. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180277015

Adaptive assembly guidance system

A device implementing an adaptive assembly guidance system includes an image sensor and a processor configured to capture, using the image sensor, an image of a set of connectable components. The processor is further configured to process the captured image to detect individual connectable components of the set of connectable components and to detect a current configuration of the set of connectable components. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180277014

Dynamic library access based on proximate programmable item detection

A device implementing dynamic library access based on proximate programmable item detection includes a sensor and a processor configured to detect, using the sensor, a programmable physical item in a proximate area. The processor is further configured to, responsive to detecting the programmable physical item, provide an indication of available functions for programming the programmable physical item. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180276847

Systems and methods for localization using surface imaging

Implementations described and claimed herein provide localization systems and methods using surface imaging. In one implementation, a raw image of a target surface is captured using at least one imager. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180276832

Systems and methods for surface monitoring

Implementations described and claimed herein provide systems and methods for surface monitoring. In one implementation, a target surface ahead of a vehicle is illuminated with light emitted from at least one light source. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180276673

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

09/27/18 / #20180276449

Capacitive sensor packaging

An apparatus comprises a fingerprint sensor having a set of capacitive elements configured for capacitively coupling to a user fingerprint. The fingerprint sensor may be disposed under a control button or display element of an electronic device, for example one or more of a control button and a display component. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180276367

Modifying security state with secured range detection

In some embodiments, a first device performs ranging operations to allow a user to access the first device under one of several user accounts without providing device-access credentials. For example, when a second device is within a first distance of the first device, the first device determines that the second device is associated with a first user account under which a user can access (e.g., can log into) the first device. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180276353

Setting and terminating restricted mode operation on electronic devices

A first electronic device is configured to operate in a restricted mode of operation, which restricted mode may be terminated or continued by one or more remotely located authorization devices, according to predetermined criteria. In a restricted mode, a first set of permitted applications stored on the first electronic device are executable, and a first set of data is accessible. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180276300

Harvesting addresses

Some embodiments of the invention provide an address harvester that harvests addresses from one or more applications executing on a device. Some embodiments use the harvested addresses to facilitate the operation of one or more applications executing on the device. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180276296

Generation and presentation of media content

As may be implemented in accordance with one or more embodiments herein, content in each of a plurality of electronic magazine issues is communicated as follows. One of the plurality of electronic magazine issues is identified for communication with a magazine reader, such as a user reading magazine issues on an end device (e.g., tablet or other computer). ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180276197

Intelligent automated assistant in a home environment

Systems and processes for operating an intelligent automated assistant are provided. In one example process, discourse input representing a user request is received. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180276128

Methods for performing a memory resource retry

In an embodiment, an apparatus includes multiple memory resources, and a resource table that includes entries that correspond to respective memory resources of the multiple memory resources. The apparatus also includes a circuit configured to receive a first memory command. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180275862

Device, method, and graphical user interface for moving a user interface object based on an intensity of a press input

An electronic device, with a touch-sensitive surface and a display, includes one or more sensors to detect intensity of contacts with the touch-sensitive surface. The device displays a user interface object on the display. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180275860

Ergonomic adjustments

The present disclosure generally relates to devices and systems that configure data access control and device-associated operating environment parameters based on a detected user identifier. In some examples, a user device identifies a user and configures the electronic device using a user's data access control profile settings and configures an ergonomic environment using the user's operating environmental profile settings. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180275855

Input device and user interface interactions

In some embodiments, a device displays functionality information in response to receiving an indication of a first input for which a contact meets functionality display criteria. In some embodiments, a device generates a user interface that includes a navigation bar including images from different positions in a respective content item, and a representation of an adjacent content item. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180275839

Device, method, and graphical user interface for navigation of concurrently open software applications

An electronic device includes a touch-sensitive display and one or more programs stored in memory for execution by one or more processors. The one or more programs include instructions for displaying a first application view that corresponds to a first application in a plurality of concurrently open applications. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180275824

Pixelated self-capacitance water rejection

A touch sensor panel is disclosed. In some examples, the touch sensor panel comprises a plurality of touch node electrodes. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180275820

Touch detection using multiple simultaneous stimulation signals

The use of multiple stimulation signals having one or more frequencies and one or more phases to generate an image of touch on a touch sensor panel is disclosed. Each of a plurality of sense channels can be coupled to a column in a touch sensor panel and can have one or more mixers. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180275811

Force determination employing sheet sensor and capacitive array

A device configured to sense a touch on a surface of the device. The device includes a cover and a force-sensing structure disposed below the cover. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180274603

Rendering road signs during navigation

Some embodiments of the invention provide a navigation application that presents road signs during a navigation presentation. In presenting the road signs, the application of some embodiments differentiates the appearance of road signs at junctions that require a change of direction from road signs at junctions that do not require a change of direction. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180273282

Cable retainers for packaging

Cable retainers may include a panel having a pair of loop locks. The loop locks may engage each other to form a loop. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180273262

Cable retainers for packaging

Cable retainers for cables are disclosed. The cable retainers may include a panel having a pair of loop locks. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180272644

Seamless spacer fabrics for electronic devices

Electronic equipment may include seamless spacer fabric. Seamless spacer fabric may be used as a protective case or cosmetic cover for an electronic device such as a speaker. ... Apple Inc

09/27/18 / #20180271232

Attachment systems for electronic devices

Attachment systems for attaching a wearable electronic device to a user including a sizing band and a retaining band are disclosed. The sizing band includes at least one sizing eyelet and a band-insertable end. ... Apple Inc

09/20/18 / #20180270976

Insert molding around glass members for portable electronic devices

An electronic device having an enclosure formed from at least one glass cover and a peripheral structure formed adjacent the periphery of the glass cover is disclosed. The peripheral structure can be secured adjacent to the glass cover with an adhesive. ... Apple Inc

09/20/18 / #20180270852

Control signaling optimization for lte communications

The disclosure describes procedures for allocating network resources for a mobile device communicating within a long term evolution (lte) network. The mobile device can be configured to decode a physical downlink shared channel (pdsch), acquire first and second physical downlink control channel (pdcch) decode indicators from a payload of the same pdsch communication, decode a pdcch for downlink control information (dci) associated with a first application data type based on the first pdcch decode indicator a second application data type based on the second pdcch decode indicator. ... Apple Inc

09/20/18 / #20180270737

Method and apparatus for automatically detecting and connecting to wi-fi networks

An apparatus and methods are provided for automatically detecting and connecting to a wi-fi network. In these methods, a wireless device listens for beacons that are sent using a low-power wireless protocol. ... Apple Inc

09/20/18 / #20180270725

System access and synchronization methods for mimo ofdm communications systems and physical layer packet and preamble design

A method and apparatus are provided for performing acquisition, synchronization and cell selection within an mimo-ofdm communication system. A coarse synchronization is performed to determine a searching window. ... Apple Inc

09/20/18 / #20180270703

Buffer status report including uncategorized data

This disclosure relates to techniques for a wireless device to report uncategorized data in a buffer status report. A first portion of buffered uplink data to be reported in a buffer status report may be categorized using a traffic flow template. ... Apple Inc

09/20/18 / #20180270656

Activation of cryptographically paired device

An event is detected at a first device. Responsive to the detection, at least some functionality of the first device is deactivated. ... Apple Inc

09/20/18 / #20180270655

Activation of cryptographically paired device

An event is detected at a first device. Responsive to the detection, at least some functionality of the first device is deactivated. ... Apple Inc

09/20/18 / #20180270627

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

09/20/18 / #20180270626

Apparatus, systems and methods for enhancing short message service over internet protocol

Described herein are apparatuses, systems and methods for enhancing short message service (“sms”) over internet protocol (“ip”). The methods including at, a user equipment (“ue”) connected to a network, receiving an indication from the network, wherein the indication identifies whether the network supports an sms over ip session, when the indication identifies that the network supports the sms over ip session, registering the ue for voice communication and the sms over ip session with the network, and when the indication identifies that the network does not support the sms over ip session, registering the ue for voice communication without the sms over ip session with the network.. ... Apple Inc

09/20/18 / #20180270446

Media message creation with automatic titling

In some implementations, a user device can be configured to create media messages with automatic titling. For example, a user can create a media messaging project that includes multiple video clips. ... Apple Inc

09/20/18 / #20180269726

Inductive power transmitter

An inductive power transmitter comprising an power transfer circuit which includes a transmitter coil; and a power inverter including a plurality of control devices configured to drive the power transfer circuit; a controller configured to provide drive signals for the control devices, wherein the controller is programmed to estimate the power in the power transfer circuit; compare the estimated power to a predetermined power level; and calculate an adjustment to the drive signals based on the comparison, to adjust the power in the power transfer circuit to the predetermined power level.. . ... Apple Inc

09/20/18 / #20180268762

Early pixel reset systems and methods

An electronic device includes processors that generate image data. The electronic device also includes an electronic display that displays the image data over a first frame duration by programming a first row of display pixels with the image data. ... Apple Inc

09/20/18 / #20180268758

Early pixel reset systems and methods

An electronic device includes processors that generate image data. The electronic device also includes an electronic display that displays the image data over a first frame duration by programming a first row of display pixels with the image data. ... Apple Inc

09/20/18 / #20180268387

Payment handoff system

A device in a payment transaction handoff system may include at least one processor configured to receive a request to perform a payment transaction and identify, using a first communication protocol, a respective device identifier of each of a plurality of proximate devices. The at least one processor is configured to select, based at least in part on a payment factor, a default payment device from the plurality of proximate devices. ... Apple Inc

09/20/18 / #20180268237

Method and system for determining at least one property related to at least part of a real environment

A method for determining at least one property related to at least part of a real environment comprises receiving a first image of a first part of a real environment captured by a first camera, wherein the first camera is a thermal camera and the first image is a thermal image and the first part of the real environment is a first environment part, providing at least one description related to at least one class of real objects, wherein the at least one description includes at least one thermal property related to the at least one class of real objects, receiving a second image of the first environment part and of a second part of the real environment captured by a second camera, wherein the second part of the real environment is a second environment part, providing an image alignment between the first image and the second image, determining, for at least one second image region contained in the second image, at least one second probability according to the image alignment, pixel information of the first image, and the at least one description, wherein the at least one second probability relates to the at least one class of real objects, and wherein the at least one second image region comprises at least part of the first environment part, determining at least one image feature derived from pixel information of at least one third image region contained in the second image according to the at least one second probability, wherein the at least one third image region comprises at least part of the second environment part, and performing at least one computer vision method to determine at least one property related to at least part of the second environment part according to the determined at least one image feature.. . ... Apple Inc

09/20/18 / #20180268160

Devices with profile-based operating mode controls

A device (e.g., a phone) can be provided by an entity (e.g., a business) to a user (e.g., an employee). The device includes a profile manager that allows the user to configure a personal profile comprising any of applications, settings, and stored data. ... Apple Inc

09/20/18 / #20180268057

Dynamic media rendering

Systems, methods, devices and non-transitory, computer-readable storage mediums are disclosed for dynamic media rendering (dmr). In a first stage, a master media file is parsed into its component media assets, which are rendered individually into files and archived for reuse. ... Apple Inc

09/20/18 / #20180268013

Elastic data storage system

Disclosed herein are techniques for implementing a database system that provides flexible organizational aspects while retaining the ability to process and respond to database queries in an efficient manner. In particular, the techniques involve utilizing characteristics of both entity-attribute-value (eav) database technologies and relational database technologies to provide a hybrid approach that exploits a large number of their benefits while eliminating a large number of their deficiencies. ... Apple Inc

09/20/18 / #20180267804

Hints for shared store pipeline and multi-rate targets

Techniques are disclosed relating to selecting store instructions for dispatch to a shared pipeline. In some embodiments, the shared pipeline processes instructions for different target clients with different data rate capabilities. ... Apple Inc

09/20/18 / #20180267584

Integrated inductive charging in protective cover

Accurate and reliable techniques for wirelessly powering a tablet device are disclosed.. . ... Apple Inc

09/20/18 / #20180266849

Mass displacement estimation using back emf and magnetic reference crossing

In an embodiment, a single-sided or double-sided moving magnet haptic engine comprises: a frame; one or more magnetic field sources mounted to the frame and operable to generate a magnetic field and a back electromotive force (emf) voltage; a magnetic mass positioned within the frame and operable to move within the frame along a movement axis; a comparator mounted to the frame, the comparator operable to detect the magnetic field and to generate a signal indicating a crossing of one or more magnetic references by the magnetic field; and a processor coupled to the one or more sensors and operable to estimate a displacement of the magnetic mass on the movement axis based on the back emf voltage and the signal. Other embodiments are directed to a single-sided or double-sided moving coil haptic engine.. ... Apple Inc

09/20/18 / #20180265958

Steel compositions and solution nitriding of stainless steel thereof

The disclosure provides methods of making iron-based alloys, as well as resulting alloys. An iron-based alloy containing a small amount of nickel (e.g., 0.5 to 2.0 wt %) is annealed and machined. ... Apple Inc

09/06/18 / #20180255594

Device, system and method for volte setup

A device, system, and method performs a voice over long term evolution (lte) (volte) call setup procedure. The device includes a transceiver establishing a connection with a lte network and an internet protocol (ip) multimedia subsystem (ims). ... Apple Inc

09/06/18 / #20180255449

Method and apparatus for creating and using a roaming list based on a user roaming plan

A server of a wireless operator creates a roaming list based on a user's roaming plan and sends the roaming list to the user's wireless device. The roaming list includes a list of public land mobile networks (plmns). ... Apple Inc

09/06/18 / #20180255389

Headset connector

An in-ear hearing device having an ear interfacing portion integrally formed with an elongated stem portion, wherein the ear interfacing portion extends away from the elongated stem portion; a first acoustic port formed in the ear interfacing portion; a speaker disposed in the ear interfacing portion and aligned to emit sound from the acoustic port; a plurality of electrical contacts disposed at an end of the stem portion, the plurality of electrical contacts including first and second contacts; a second acoustic port formed at the end of the elongated stem portion between the first and second contacts; a microphone disposed in the stem portion; and a channel that fluidically couples the microphone to the second acoustic port.. . ... Apple Inc

09/06/18 / #20180255388

Headset connector

An in-ear hearing device having an ear interfacing portion integrally formed with an elongated stem portion, wherein the ear interfacing portion extends away from the elongated stem portion; a first acoustic port formed in the ear interfacing portion; a speaker disposed in the ear interfacing portion and aligned to emit sound from the acoustic port; a plurality of electrical contacts disposed at an end of the stem portion, the plurality of electrical contacts including first and second contacts; a second acoustic port formed at the end of the elongated stem portion between the first and second contacts; a microphone disposed in the stem portion; and a channel that fluidically couples the microphone to the second acoustic port.. . ... Apple Inc

09/06/18 / #20180255174

Call management between multiple user devices

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

09/06/18 / #20180255149

Pre-association service discovery

In some embodiments, a wireless station may be configured to transmit a request to one or more access points and receive from at least one access point of the one or more access points, a response. The request may be a gas or probe request and the response may be a gas or probe response. ... Apple Inc

09/06/18 / #20180255133

System and method for peer-to-peer communication in cellular systems

Systems and methods are provided for delivering both pmp communications, for example standard cellular communications via a base station, and also delivering p2p communications, for example, communications between two mobile stations, using the same spectral resources for both types of communication.. . ... Apple Inc

09/06/18 / #20180254818

System and method for supporting antenna beamforming in a cellular network

The present invention is a method and system for supporting a beamforming antenna system in a mobile broadband communication network with an improved beam pattern, beam sweep pattern, pilot channel design with feedback and reporting rules, and control signaling design. Specifically, the improved beam pattern includes a method of supporting wireless communications in a wireless network forming at least two spatial beams within a cell segment where the at least two spatial beams are associated with different power levels, and separately, where at least two spatial beams can be moved across the cell segment according to a unique sweep pattern. ... Apple Inc

09/06/18 / #20180254641

Dynamic battery cell impedance monitoring

Battery packs that include multiple battery cells that may be monitored using a reduced amount of circuitry and battery systems that may account for battery cell changes over aging and temperature.. . ... Apple Inc

09/06/18 / #20180253623

Systems and methods for identifying objects and providing information related to identified objects

Systems and methods for identifying an object and presenting additional information about the identified object are provided. The techniques of the present invention can allow the user to specify modes to help with identifying objects. ... Apple Inc

09/06/18 / #20180253609

System and method for light and image projection

Aspects of the present disclosure involve systems, methods, devices, and the like, for controlling the projection of an array of lights or an image from a headlight of a vehicle in response to information provided by one or more sensors or user inputs. The projection may be utilized to highlight an object in or near the path of travel of a vehicle. ... Apple Inc

09/06/18 / #20180253172

Electronic device having display and surrounding touch sensitive surfaces for user interface and control

An electronic device has a display and has a touch sensitive bezel surrounding the display. Areas on the bezel are designated for controls used to operate the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

09/06/18 / #20180253148

Device, method, and graphical user interface for synchronizing two or more displays

A device displays a first user interface on a first display, including a plurality of objects and corresponding to a second user interface on a second display. While a first object is displayed as a selected object in the second user interface, the device: detects a first input requesting information about a second object; and in response to detecting the first input, displays information about the second object in the first user interface and maintains display of the first object as the selected object in the second user interface. ... Apple Inc

09/06/18 / #20180252914

Resonant scanning mirror with both magnetic and mechanical torsion springs

Optical apparatus includes a shaft, which is configured to rotate about an axis of the shaft relative to a base. A mirror is fixed to the shaft so that the mirror rotates about the axis. ... Apple Inc

09/06/18 / #20180249783

Shoe wear-out sensor, body-bar sensing system, unitless activity assessment and associated methods

A system assesses activity and displays a unitless activity value. A detector senses activity of a user. ... Apple Inc

08/23/18 / #20180242470

Components of an electronic device and methods for their assembly

Various components of an electronic device housing and methods for their assembly are disclosed. The housing can be formed by assembling and connecting two or more different sections together. ... Apple Inc

08/23/18 / #20180242192

Dynamic header compression for uplink data for improving uplink link budget

A wireless communication device (ue) may identify a data flow type associated with data packets to be wirelessly transmitted by the wireless communication device over a wireless network during uplink communications. The ue may determine, based on the data flow type, whether to perform header compression for the data packets on a default bearer assigned to the wireless communication device and associated with the data flow for wireless communications over the wireless network. ... Apple Inc

08/23/18 / #20180242173

Providing special radio provisions to link budget limited user equipment at activation

System and methods for providing special radio provisions to link budget limited devices. Before establishing a cellular connection with a cellular network, a user equipment device (ue), such as a link budget limited ue, may negotiate the special radio provisions with the network by presenting requested profile information to the network, and receiving back approved profile information from the network. ... Apple Inc

08/23/18 / #20180241601

Apparatus and method for transmitting and receiving of cyclic shift parameter for supporting orthogonality in mimo environment

A method includes: determining a cyclic shift (cs) parameter that implicitly indicates an orthogonality allocation rule and orthogonality-related information, by determining a multiple access state of a user equipment (ue), and transmitting the determined cs parameter to the ue, wherein the orthogonality-related information includes an orthogonal cover code indicated by the cs parameter, the orthogonality allocation rule is determined as a uniform scheme or a non-uniform scheme according to the cs parameter, determining the cs parameter by which the non-uniform scheme is applied if the ue is in a single user multiple input multiple output state, and determining the cs parameter by which the uniform scheme is applied if the ue is in a multiple user multiple input multiple output state.. . ... Apple Inc

08/23/18 / #20180241556

System and method for content protection based on a combination of a user pin and a device specific identifier

Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for encryption and key management. The method includes encrypting each file on a computing device with a unique file encryption key, encrypting each unique file encryption key with a corresponding class encryption key, and encrypting each class encryption key with an additional encryption key. ... Apple Inc

08/23/18 / #20180241427

Device case with balanced hinge

This application relates to a computing device case that provides some amount of torsional force in order to cancel at least some static and dynamic loads experienced by the computing device when the case is arranged as a stand. By canceling out these loads, the computing device to be angled at an almost unlimited number of angles relative to a surface on which the computing device is resting. ... Apple Inc

08/23/18 / #20180241405

Digital linearization technique for charge pump based fractional phased-locked loop

An apparatus includes an oscillator, a frequency divider, a phase circuit, a charge pump, and a filter. The frequency divider may generate an early feedback signal using a clock signal, and may assert a feedback signal a number of periods of the clock signal after asserting the early feedback signal. ... Apple Inc

08/23/18 / #20180241174

Active silicon optical bench

An integrated photonic module includes a semiconductor substrate configured to serve as an optical bench. Alternating layers of insulating and conducting materials are deposited on the substrate and patterned so as to define electrical connections. ... Apple Inc

08/23/18 / #20180241101

Portable computer battery indicator

A portable computer may include battery indicator light structures. Battery status information in the portable computer may be presented to a user using an array of light-emitting diodes or other light emitters. ... Apple Inc

08/23/18 / #20180240447

Dynamic music authoring

A method to author music. The method includes presenting, on a display by a computing device, an audio effect menu, receiving, by the computing device, a first user input selecting a first audio effect from the audio effect menu, generating, in response to receiving the first user input, a first modified audio stream based on a particular audio stream and the first audio effect, receiving, by the computing device while receiving the first user input, a second user input selecting a second audio effect from the audio effect menu, generating, in response to receiving the second user input, a second modified audio stream based on the first modified audio stream and the second audio effect, detecting cessation of the first user input, and continuing, in response to detecting the cessation, generating the second modified audio stream based on the first modified audio stream and the second audio effect.. ... Apple Inc

08/23/18 / #20180240097

Preventing duplicate wireless transactions

A device implementing a system for preventing duplicate wireless transactions includes a wireless communication controller that is configured to receive a signal for conducting a wireless transaction with a wireless transaction terminal. The wireless communication controller is further configured to determine whether a transaction type of the wireless transaction is associated with a signal strength threshold. ... Apple Inc

08/23/18 / #20180239502

Portable multifunction device, method, and graphical user interface for viewing and managing electronic calendars

In accordance with some embodiments, a computer-implemented method is performed at a portable multifunction device with a touch screen display. The computer-implemented method includes displaying a multiweek calendar on the touch screen display, detecting a contact on an individual day in the multiweek calendar, and in response to detecting the contact on the individual day, displaying at least a portion of a list of events on the contacted individual day while continuing to display the multiweek calendar, wherein the list of events on the contacted individual day includes an invitation to an event.. ... Apple Inc

08/23/18 / #20180239431

Haptic actuator including coil carried in internal recess and related methods

A haptic actuator may include a housing having a top and a bottom. At least one of the top and the bottom may have a shape defining an internal recess therein. ... Apple Inc

08/23/18 / #20180239306

Compressible seal for rotatable and translatable input mechanisms

An electronic device has a housing and a rotatable and translatable input mechanism. The housing has an aperture and the rotatable and translatable input mechanism has a shaft positioned at least partially within the aperture and a manipulation structure coupled to the shaft. ... Apple Inc

08/23/18 / #20180239097

Magnetic charging and optical data transfer system

Embodiments describe an apparatus for magnetic charging and optical data transferring. The apparatus includes an inductive transmitting coil disposed within a housing, an optically transparent window disposed at a surface of the housing and above the inductive transmitting coil, and a first optical data transfer module disposed within the housing below the optically transparent window. ... Apple Inc

08/23/18 / #20180238794

Reference switch architectures for noncontact sensing of substances

This relates to systems and methods for measuring a concentration and type of substance in a sample at a sampling interface. The systems can include a light source, optics, one or more modulators, a reference, a detector, and a controller. ... Apple Inc

08/23/18 / #20180238734

Methods and systems for modulation and demodulation of optical signals

An electronic device includes one or more light sources for emitting light toward a body part of a user and one or more optical sensors for capturing light samples while each light source is turned on and for capturing dark samples while the light source(s) are turned off. A signal produced by the one or more optical sensors is filtered and demodulated produce multiple demodulated signals each associated with a light source. ... Apple Inc

08/23/18 / #20180238704

Mapping application search function

Some embodiments provide a method for a mobile device connected to a vehicle's interactive communication system that includes a display screen. The method identifies at least one search term from audio data received through the vehicle's interactive communication system. ... Apple Inc

08/23/18 / #20180238703

Mapping application with turn-by-turn navigation mode for output to vehicle display

Some embodiments provide a method for an application executing on a mobile device. The method renders an animated navigation presentation for output to an external display screen not part of the mobile device. ... Apple Inc

08/23/18 / #20180237936

Oxide coatings for providing corrosion resistance on parts with edges and convex features

Anodic oxide coatings that provide corrosion resistance to parts having protruding features, such as edges, corners and convex-shaped features, are described. According to some embodiments, the anodic oxide coatings include an inner porous layer and an outer porous layer. ... Apple Inc

08/16/18 / #20180234923

Adaptive sleep delay

An example computer-implemented method includes determining, by an electronic device, that the electronic device has not received a user activity for an interval of time. The method also includes determining, by the electronic device, a contextual state of the electronic device, and adapting, by the electronic device, a sleep delay value based on the determined contextual state of the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

08/16/18 / #20180234797

Enhanced automotive passive entry

Methods and devices are provided for allowing a mobile device (e.g., a key fob or a consumer electronic device, such as a mobile phone, watch, or other wearable device) to interact with a vehicle such that a location of the mobile device can be determined by the vehicle, thereby enabling certain functionality of the vehicle. A device may include both rf antenna(s) and magnetic antenna(s) for determining a location of a mobile device relative to the vehicle. ... Apple Inc

08/16/18 / #20180234700

Processing of equirectangular object data to compensate for distortion by spherical projections

Multi-directional image data often contains distortions of image content that cause problems when processed by video coders that are designed to process traditional, “flat” image content. Embodiments of the present disclosure provide techniques for coding multi-directional image data using such coders. ... Apple Inc

08/16/18 / #20180234599

Camera strobe having multi-led packages

First and second multi-led packages are installed on a carrier. Each package includes its own emitting diodes that are series coupled to each other and that are encased within a single, internally reflective package having two external terminals. ... Apple Inc

08/16/18 / #20180234549

User interface for phone call routing among devices

A first electronic device receives a phone call that was routed to the first electronic device by a call-routing service. While receiving the call, the first electronic device receives a request to route the phone call to a second electronic device. ... Apple Inc

08/16/18 / #20180234099

Quantization noise cancellation for fractional-n phased-locked loop

A system includes an oscillator, a frequency divider, and a delay circuit. The oscillator may generate a clock signal using a reference signal. ... Apple Inc

08/16/18 / #20180233956

Wireless charging system with start-up negotiation

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 transmitting device uses measurement circuitry such as coil impedance measurement circuitry or impulse-response circuitry that makes coil inductance measurements to monitor the charging surface for the presence of the wireless power receiving device. ... Apple Inc

08/16/18 / #20180233954

Wireless charging system with inductance imaging

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

08/16/18 / #20180233951

Inductive module

Embodiments describe a wireless power receiving module to receive magnetic flux for wireless power transfer. The wireless power receiving module includes a receiver coil comprising a single length of wire wound into a plurality of turns, an electromagnetic receiver shield coupled to a first side of the receiver coil, a ferrite layer coupled to a second side of the receiver coil opposite of the first side, the ferrite layer positioned to redirect magnetic flux during the charging event to improve charging efficiency, and a thermal mitigation shield comprising a thermally conductive layer adhered to an electrically conductive layer where the electrically conductive layer is coupled to ground, and where the ferrite layer is sandwiched between the thermal mitigation shield and the receiver coil.. ... Apple Inc

08/16/18 / #20180233942

Wireless charging system with protection circuitry

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

08/16/18 / #20180233867

Connector insert assembly

Connector inserts having retention features with good reliability and holding force. These connector inserts may include ground contacts that provide an insertion portion having a reduced length. ... Apple Inc

08/16/18 / #20180233861

Dual orientation electronic connector

An electronic device that includes a plug connector having a tab adapted to be inserted into a receptacle connector of a second device during a mating event, the tab including first and second opposing surfaces and a contact region formed at the first surface of the tab, the contact region including a plurality of contacts spaced apart along a first row, the plurality of contacts including a first contact, a power contact and a ground contact; a computer-readable memory having identification, configuration and authentication information relevant to the electronic device that can be communicated to the second device during a mating event stored therein; circuitry coupled to the first contact and configured to, after a mating event in which the plug connector is inserted into the receptacle connector, participate in a handshaking algorithm that includes receiving a command over the first contact from the second device and sending a response to the command that includes contact configuration information for the electronic device over the first contact to the second device; and power circuitry, coupled to the power contact, configured to deliver power to charge a device coupled to the electronic device via the plug connectors.. . ... Apple Inc

08/16/18 / #20180233808

Electronic device with millimeter wave antennas on stacked printed circuits

An electronic device may be provided with wireless circuitry. The wireless circuitry may include one or more antennas and transceiver circuitry such as millimeter wave transceiver circuitry. ... Apple Inc

08/16/18 / #20180233737

Coated nickel-based cathode materials and methods of preparation

Cathode active materials have composite particles each with a base particle having the following formula: liαnixmycozo2, wherein 0.95≤α≤1.5, 0.6≤x≤1.0, 0≤y≤0.5, 0≤z≤0.5; x+y+z=1; and m is one of mn and al, and coating particles coating each base particle, the coating particles having the following formula: lianibmnccodo2, wherein 0.95≤a≤1.5, 0≤b≤0.35, 0≤c≤1.0, 0≤d≤1.0 and b+c+d=1.. . ... Apple Inc

08/16/18 / #20180232942

Method for representing virtual information in a real environment

A method for representing virtual information in a view of a real environment is provided that includes: providing a system setup including at least one display device, wherein the system setup is adapted for blending in virtual information on the display device in at least part of the view, determining a position and orientation of a viewing point relative to at least one component of the real environment, providing a geometry model of the real environment, providing at least one item of virtual information and a position of the at least one item of virtual information, determining whether the position of the item of virtual information is inside a 2d or 3d geometrical shape, determining a criterion which is indicative of whether the built-in real object is at least partially visible or non-visible in the view of the real environment, and blending in the at least one item of virtual information on the display device in at least part of the view of the real environment.. . ... Apple Inc

08/16/18 / #20180232927

Mobile communication terminal and data input method

A communication terminal includes a transceiver to receive first touch information from a counterpart terminal, the first touch information having coordinate information of a touch input inputted by a user of the counterpart terminal, the coordinate information being identified based on a coordinate of the touch input on an image displayed on the counterpart terminal. An image signal processor of the communication terminal controls the first touch information to be displayed on a display of the communication terminal, and controls image information corresponding to the image displayed on the counterpart terminal to be displayed on the display in association with the first touch information, and controls the first touch information to be displayed on the image information.. ... Apple Inc

08/16/18 / #20180232847

Gpu power and performance management

Systems, methods, and computer readable media to improve the operation of graphics systems are described. In general, techniques are disclosed for determining the computational need of gpu-centric elements executing from within pages of another application, selecting one or more gpu's appropriate to the need, and transitioning the system to the selected gpus.. ... Apple Inc

08/16/18 / #20180232600

Configurable histogram-of-oriented gradients (hog) processor

Embodiments relate to a histogram-of-oriented gradients (hog) module. The hog module is implemented in hardware rather than software. ... Apple Inc

08/16/18 / #20180232333

Methods and apparatus for virtual channel allocation via a high speed bus interface

Methods and apparatus for virtual channel allocation within an electronic device. In one exemplary embodiment, the device is a consumer electronics device having multiple camera sensors uses a modified high-speed protocol (e.g., displayport multi-stream transport (mst) protocol) to process camera data via one or more virtual channels. ... Apple Inc

08/16/18 / #20180232043

Reduced power operation using stored capacitor energy

In an embodiment, a system may support a “coast mode” in which the power management unit (pmu) that supplies the supply voltage to an integrated circuit is disabled temporarily for certain modes of the integrated circuit. The integrated circuit may continue to operate, consuming the energy stored in capacitance in and/or around the integrated circuit. ... Apple Inc

08/16/18 / #20180232034

Systems and methods for coherent power management

In an embodiment, a system includes multiple power management mechanism operating in different time domains (e.g. With different bandwidths) and control circuitry that is configured to coordinate operation of the mechanisms. ... Apple Inc

08/16/18 / #20180232023

Methods and apparatuses for operating a data processing system

Methods and apparatuses to manage working states of a data processing system. At least one embodiment of the present invention includes a data processing system with one or more sensors (e.g., physical sensors such as tachometer and thermistors, and logical sensors such as cpu load) for fine grain control of one or more components (e.g., processor, fan, hard drive, optical drive) of the system for working conditions that balance various goals (e.g., user preferences, performance, power consumption, thermal constraints, acoustic noise). ... Apple Inc

08/16/18 / #20180232009

Electronic device display structures

An electronic device may have a housing in which a display is mounted. A gasket may be mounted in a groove between the display and housing. ... Apple Inc

08/16/18 / #20180231999

Method and apparatus for power distribution in integrated circuits

A method and apparatus for distributing power in an integrated circuit (ic) is disclosed. The ic includes at least one electrically conductive bump coupled to a true voltage node. ... Apple Inc

08/16/18 / #20180231457

Measurement time distribution in referencing schemes

Methods and systems for measurement time distribution for referencing schemes are disclosed. The disclosed methods and systems can be capable of dynamically changing the measurement time distribution based on the sample signal, reference signal, noise levels, and snr. ... Apple Inc

08/16/18 / #20180231373

Projectors of structured light

An optoelectronic device includes a semiconductor substrate and a monolithic array of light-emitting elements, including first and second sets of the light-emitting elements arranged on the substrate in respective first and second two-dimensional patterns, which are interleaved on the substrate. First and second conductors are respectively connected to separately drive the first and second sets of the light-emitting elements so that the device selectably emits light in either or both of the first and second patterns.. ... Apple Inc

08/16/18 / #20180228414

Light restriction designs in optical sensing applications having shared windows

This relates to an electronic device configured for optical sensing having shared windows and including light restriction designs. The light restriction designs can include one or more of optical layers, optical films, lenses, and window systems configured to reduce or eliminate crosstalk between optical components. ... Apple Inc

08/09/18 / #20180228026

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

08/09/18 / #20180228024

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

08/09/18 / #20180227960

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

08/09/18 / #20180227917

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

08/09/18 / #20180227911

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

08/09/18 / #20180227880

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

08/09/18 / #20180227878

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

08/09/18 / #20180227823

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

08/09/18 / #20180227660

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

08/09/18 / #20180226747

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

08/09/18 / #20180226739

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

08/09/18 / #20180226055

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

08/09/18 / #20180225679

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

08/09/18 / #20180225662

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








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