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12/31/15 / #20150382448

Thermal solutions for system-in-package assemblies in portable electronic devices

A compact portable electronic device packaged into a system-in-package assembly and thermal solutions for the device is disclosed. The compact portable electronic device can be assembled into a single package to reduce size and enhance form factor. ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150382393

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

12/31/15 / #20150382303

Early termination of reception of wireless transmissions

Performing early termination of reception by a mobile station. The mobile station may receive a wireless transmission. ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150382243

Service flow with robust header compression (rohc) in a wimax wireless network

A robust header compression (rohc) controller provides for service flow processing of a rohc channel in a wimax wireless communication system. The rohc controller controls the negotiations of the ms rohc capabilities during its registration and the negotiations of the rohc channel parameters during rohc enabled service flow setup; the ms rohc capabilities including rohc compression and decompression capabilities and rohc channel and feedback strategies; the channel parameter negotiation covers the rohc profile set and feedback channel information in addition to the 16e/12d standard. ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150382104

Audio apparatus having dynamic ground break resistance

A method for audio signal processing, where an audio amplifier drives a load through a connector, using 1) an input audio signal, and 2) a signal from a return pin of the connector. Output headroom of the audio amplifier is automatically detected, while the amplifier is driving the load. ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150382100

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

12/31/15 / #20150382094

In-ear earphone with articulating nozzle and integrated boot

Intra-canal earphones and methods of manufacturing intra-canal earphones are disclosed. In an embodiment, an intra-canal earphone includes a rigid housing in which a driver is located, a rigid nozzle, and a resilient joint that physically couples the housing with the nozzle and acoustically couples the driver with the nozzle. ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150382079

Real-time digital assistant knowledge updates

Systems and processes are disclosed for real-time updating of virtual assistant media knowledge. Virtual assistant knowledge can be updated with timely information associated with playing media (e.g., a sporting event, a television show, or the like). ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150382047

Intelligent automated assistant for tv user interactions

Systems and processes are disclosed for controlling television user interactions using a virtual assistant. A virtual assistant can interact with a television set-top box to control content shown on a television. ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150381746

Providing content based on location

Among other things, we describe a method that includes receiving a content stream that defines elements of media content, determining that an element of content of the content stream is associated with a first location, determining that an electronic device is at a second location proximate to the first location, and in response, making the element of content available on the electronic device.. . ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150381687

Providing content in a platform-specific format

Systems and methods for transforming and sending generic content into a platform-specific format or receiving pre-transformed platform-specific content. The generic content and platform-specific format includes one or more tiles that are modified as part of the transformation. ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150380470

Organic light-emitting diode display with white and blue diodes

An organic light-emitting diode display may have an array of pixels with sets of pixels arranged in rows and columns. Each set of pixels includes a red pixel, a green pixel, a blue pixel, and a white pixel. ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150380397

Esd protection for advanced cmos processes

Various embodiments of esd protection circuits and methods for operating the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, one or more driver circuits are protected by a first esd protection circuit configured to activate and discharge current responsive to an esd event. ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150380392

Package with memory die and logic die interconnected in a face-to-face configuration

A semiconductor device package includes a logic die coupled to a memory die in a face-to-face configuration with small interconnect pitch (at most about 50 μm) and small distances between the die (at most about 50 μm). The logic die may be connected to a redistribution layer with terminals that are fanned out, or spaced out, to provide space for the face-to-face connections to the memory die. ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150380083

Dynamic cell state resolution

A system and method for storing data uses multiple flash memory dies. Each flash memory die includes multiple flash memory cells. ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150379982

Synthesized audio message over communication links

A communication device establishes an audio connection with a far-end user via a communication network. The communication device receives text input from a near-end user, and converts the text input into speech signals. ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150379970

Refresh rate dependent dithering

Systems, methods, and device are provided to perform refresh-rate dependent dithering. One embodiment of the present disclosure describes a computing device that includes an image source that generates spatially dithered image data and an electronic display communicatively coupled to the image source. ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150379938

Organic light-emitting diode display with reduced lateral leakage

A display may have an array of pixels. Each pixel may have a light-emitting diode that emits light under control of a drive transistor. ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150379921

Organic light-emitting diode display with supplemental power supply distribution paths

An organic light-emitting diode display may have thin-film transistor circuitry formed on a substrate. A pixel definition layer may be formed on the thin-film transistor circuitry. ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150379918

Inversion balancing compensation

Systems, methods, and device are provided to provide inversion techniques for dynamic variable refresh rate electronic displays. One embodiment of the present disclosure describes an electronic display including a display panel that display images with varying refresh rates and a timing controller that receives image data from an image source, determines a counter value, and instructs a driver in the electronic display to apply a voltage to the display panel to write an image on the display panel, in which a negative voltage is applied when the counter value is positive and a positive voltage is applied when the counter value is less than or equal to zero. ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150379690

Progressive rotational view

Systems and methods for receiving and displaying images or sending the images for display include images having multiple key images of an object. Each key image depicts a perspective view of an item from a different angle around the object. ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150379476

Reduced size user interface

Techniques for a displaying user interfaces screens of a calendar application include displaying different screens based on an input modality. The calendar application may respond differently to inputs from a touch-sensitive screen, inputs from a rotatable input mechanism, inputs having higher intensities, inputs having lower intensities, and so forth.. ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150379179

Fast and accurate capacitance checker

Switching cells and decoupling capacitors in an integrated circuit design may be assessed to ensure voltage stability during high-speed switching events. Assessment of the switching cells and decoupling capacitors may include identifying the locations of the switching cells and the decoupling capacitors and dividing the integrated circuit design into a number of equally sized bins. ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150378981

Referring to cells using header cell values

Referring to cells using header cell values is disclosed. In some embodiments, a header cell value of a header cell is allowed to be used to refer to one or more other cells that are associated with the header cell. ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150378602

Device, method, and graphical user interface for entering characters

A device with a display and a touch-sensitive keyboard with one or more character keys: displays a text entry area; detects a first input on the touch-sensitive keyboard; in accordance with a determination that the first input corresponds to activation of a character key, enters a first character corresponding to the character key into the text entry area; in accordance with a determination that the first input corresponds to a character drawn on the touch-sensitive keyboard: determines one or more candidate characters for the drawn character, and displays a candidate character selection interface that includes at least one of the candidate characters; while displaying the candidate character selection interface, detects a second input that selects a respective candidate character within the candidate character selection interface; and in response to detecting the second input, enters the selected respective candidate character into the text entry area.. . ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150378519

Device, method, and graphical user interface for displaying additional information in response to a user contact

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 detects a contact on the touch-sensitive surface while a focus selector corresponding to the contact is at a respective location on the display associated with additional information not initially displayed on the display. ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150378465

Reducing floating ground effects in pixelated self-capacitance touch screens

A touch controller is disclosed. In some examples, the touch controller can include sense circuitry configured to be coupled to a first touch pixel and a second touch pixel on a touch sensor panel. ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150378322

Methods for maintaining accurate timing information on portable electronic devices

Methods for operating portable electronic devices to maintain accurate timing information are provided. In one suitable arrangement, an electronic device may have a real-time clock and a mach-time clock that can be used separately to track the coordinated universal time (utc). ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150378078

Displays with polarizer layers for electronic devices

An electronic device may have a display. Inactive portions of the display may be masked using an opaque masking layer. ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150377727

Force sensor for use in an input device and methods for constructing and using the sensor

The disclosure addresses a force sensor that is scalable in size and adaptable to a variety of form factors, including those suitable for use in an input device for a computer or other processing system, and in some cases including those of the configuration normally referred to as a computer mouse. The force sensor will include at least two structural members that are cooperatively attached one another as to be displaced from one another in response to a force acting upon one of the structural members. ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150377696

Integrated optoelectronic modules

A beam generating device includes a semiconductor substrate, having an optical passband. A first array of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (vcsels) is formed on a first face of the semiconductor substrate and are configured to emit respective laser beams through the substrate at a wavelength within the passband. ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150375893

Packaging insert

Packaging used to hold and ship consumer products may include a packaging insert having an exterior profile that substantially matches an interior profile of the box it is placed in during assembly. In some embodiments, the packaging insert may be formed using a thermo-forming process that inhibits the formation of defects, such as stress marks, located near or on the corners of the packaging insert. ... Apple Inc

12/31/15 / #20150375296

Methods and systems for skull trapping

Disclosed are systems and methods for mechanically reducing an amount of the skull material in a finished, molded part formed from amorphous alloy using an injection molding system. Skull material of molten amorphous alloy can be captured in a trap before molding such material. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150373774

End-to-end delay adaptation with connected drx in a cellular voice call

End-to-end delay adaptation in conjunction with connected discontinuous reception (c-drx) mode communication during cellular voice calls. A voice over lte (volte) call may be established between a first wireless user equipment (ue) device and a second ue. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150373689

Selecting a physical data channel based on application traffic pattern

Selecting a physical channel for cellular communication based on application traffic pattern. A radio bearer may be established between a wireless device and a base station. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150373649

Power allocation for encoded bits in ofdm systems

Power allocation for encoded bits in ofdm systems. Ofdm symbol subcarriers may be allocated to a wireless user equipment (ue) device by a base station. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150373642

Wlan system with opportunistic transitioning to a low power state for power management

Embodiments described herein relate to providing reduced power consumption in wireless communication systems, such as 802.11 wlan systems. Timing information regarding power save opportunities (psops) may be provided in communication frames, which may inform mobile devices of expected frame exchange periods during which they may transition to a doze state. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150373633

Co-located network selection algorithm

A wireless device may automatically connect to a preferred wireless network, such as a preferred wi-fi network. The wireless device may order a plurality of wireless networks according to initial criteria, such as the time the wireless device last connected to each wireless network. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150373612

Performing neighboring cell searches while transitioning to connected-mode

Performing cell re-selection by a device. A first cell on which to camp may be selected. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150373248

Intelligent auto-exposure bracketing

Techniques to adaptively select bracket settings during auto-exposure bracket (aeb) operations are described. In general, aeb settings for a current image may be based on the evaluation of prior bracketed images. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150373091

Creation and consumption of transient user profiles

Transient user profiles are generated and broadcast to nearby recipient devices. In some implementations, a transient user profile is generated from a master user profile that includes user information. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150373090

Techniques and systems for supporting podcasting

Improved podcasts and techniques that facilitate their use are disclosed. The improved techniques can pertain to creating, publishing, hosting, accessing, subscribing, managing, transferring, and/or playing podcasts. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150373084

Forwarding activity-related information from source electronic devices to companion electronic devices

The described embodiments transfer an activity from a source electronic device to a companion electronic device. The source electronic device receives activity information describing an activity performed in a first application at the source electronic device and broadcasts an activity advertisement comprising an activity identifier for the activity. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150372656

Electronic device with adjustable wireless circuitry

An electronic device may be provided with wireless circuitry. Control circuitry may be used to adjust the wireless circuitry. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150372526

Battery charging with reused inductor for boost

The disclosed embodiments provide a system that manages use of a battery in a portable electronic device. During operation, the system provides a charging circuit for converting an input voltage from a power source into a set of output voltages for charging the battery and powering a low-voltage subsystem and a high-voltage subsystem in the portable electronic device. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150372290

Hybrid silicon-metal anode using microparticles for lithium-ion batteries

A system and method of forming a silicon-hybrid anode material. The silicon-hybrid anode material including a microparticle mixture of a quantity of silicon microparticles and a quantity of metal microparticles intermixed with the quantity of silicon microparticles in a selected ratio. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150371768

Methods for forming shield materials onto inductive coils

Methods of and systems for directing flux from a transmit coil to a receive coil within an inductive power transfer system are disclosed. For example, a transmit coil may be shielded with a contoured shield made from a ferromagnetic material. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150371665

Robust end-pointing of speech signals using speaker recognition

Systems and processes for robust end-pointing of speech signals using speaker recognition are provided. In one example process, a stream of audio having a spoken user request can be received. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150371607

Multiple display pipelines driving a divided display

Systems, apparatuses, and methods for driving a split display with multiple display pipelines. Frames for driving a display are logically divided into portions, a first display pipeline drives a first portion of the display, and a second display pipeline drives a second portion of the display. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150371605

Pixel mapping and rendering methods for displays with white subpixels

An electronic device may include a display having an array of display pixels. The display pixels may include red, green, blue, and white subpixels. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150371226

Management of reloadable credentials on an electronic device using an online resource

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for using an online resource to manage reloadable credentials on an electronic device are provided. In one example embodiment, a method, at an electronic device, includes, inter alia, receiving selection data via an online resource, where the selection data may be indicative of a particular credential applet stored on a secure element of the electronic device, in response to the receiving the selection data, accessing validation data from the particular credential applet on the secure element, transmitting initialization results comprising the accessed validation data to a remote subsystem associated with the online resource, in response to the transmitting, receiving reload data from the remote subsystem, and adjusting a balance of the particular credential applet based on the received reload data. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150370920

Column interface for navigating in a user interface

The invention is directed to an electronic device. The electronic device provides, for display on a display device, a user interface including a first set of columns, two or more columns in the first set of columns each including two or more menu items. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150370804

Effects application based on object clustering

A system in accordance with the present invention may include one or more processors, memory that receives instructions from the one or more processors according to a clock operating at a frequency, one or more programs stored in the memory, with instructions to: access media content; analyze the media content according to meta data, media characteristics, or other media-related data; and, create a media content object cluster according to the meta data, the media characteristics, or the other media-related data.. . ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150370780

Predictive conversion of language input

Systems and processes for predictive conversion of language input are provided. In one example process, text composed by a user can be obtained. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150370779

Character recognition on a computing device

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

12/24/15 / #20150370529

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

12/24/15 / #20150370475

Character recognition on a computing device

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

12/24/15 / #20150370455

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

12/24/15 / #20150370426

Music now playing user interface

The invention is directed to an electronic device. The electronic device generates for presentation on a display a user interface including a plurality of content items, a first heading, and a second heading. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150370425

Application menu for video system

The invention is directed to an electronic device. The electronic device generates for presentation on a display a user interface including a plurality of groups of icons. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150370410

Time multiplexed touch detection and power charging

A method of scanning a touch sensor panel while the touch sensor panel is coupled to a power adapter is disclosed. The power adapter can charge a battery of a device, but can also introduce or add noise during the process of charging the battery. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150370396

Force sensing based on capacitance changes

A force sensing device for electronic device. The force inputs may be detected by measuring changes in capacitance, as measured by surface flex of a device having a flexible touchable surface, causing flex at a compressible gap within the device. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150370378

Integrated touch screens

Integrated touch screens are provided including drive lines formed of grouped-together circuit elements of a thin film transistor layer and sense lines formed between a color filter layer and a material layer that modifies or generates light. The common electrodes (vcom) in the tft layer can be grouped together during a touch sensing operation to form drive lines. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150370376

Force determination based on capacitive sensing

A device configured to determine the location and magnitude of a touch on a surface of the device. The device includes a transparent touch sensor that is configured to detect a location of a touch on the transparent touch sensor. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150370339

Input/output device with a dynamically adjustable appearance and function

A computing device is disclosed. The computing device may include a display, a processor in communication with the display and an enclosure connected to the display. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150370323

User detection by a computing device

In some embodiments, an electronic device optionally identifies a person's face, and optionally performs an action in accordance with the identification. In some embodiments, an electronic device optionally determines a gaze location in a user interface, and optionally performs an action in accordance with the determination. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150370115

Display with column spacer structures

A display may have a color filter layer and a thin-film transistor layer. A layer of liquid crystal material may be located between the color filter layer and the thin-film transistor layer. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150369868

Estimating state of charge (soc) and uncertainty from relaxing voltage measurements in a battery

Some embodiments of the present invention provide a system that estimates a state of charge for a battery. During operation, while the battery is relaxing toward a fully rested state, the system determines if a modified state of charge of the battery is substantially consistent with a predetermined decay pattern. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150369623

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

12/24/15 / #20150368823

Interference coloring of thick, porous, oxide films

Porous metal oxide layers having a color due to visible light interference effects are disclosed. In particular embodiments the porous metal oxide layers are formed using an anodizing processes, which includes a porous metal oxide layer forming process and a barrier layer thickening process. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150368772

Aluminum alloys with anodization mirror quality

The disclosure provides an aluminum alloy comprising second phase particles having an al(femn)si phase with an (fe+mn):si ratio of 0.5 to 2.5 and a mean particle diameter of 0.5 μm to 10 μm. The disclosure also provides an aluminum alloy comprising 0.02 to 0.11 wt % fe, 0 to 0.16 wt % mn, 0 to 0.08 wt. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150368769

Method of using core shell pre-alloy structure to make alloys in a controlled manner

Disclosed herein are methods of combining at least one bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy and at least one additional metal or alloy of a metal to provide a composite preform. The composite preform then is heated to produce an alloy of the bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy and the at least one additional metal or alloy of the metal.. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150367545

Zero draft mold

An article for use in an injection molding process is disclosed. The article is a sleeve which may be used to facilitate the removal of a molded part from a central core. ... Apple Inc

12/24/15 / #20150367443

Forming a textured pattern using a laser

Systems and methods for producing a textured pattern on a surface of a part using a laser. The part or laser may be rotated while forming the textured pattern to create a continuous textured pattern on a surface of a part. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150365995

Adaptive c-drx management

This disclosure relates to techniques for adaptive c-drx management. A wireless device and a cellular base station may establish a cellular link. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150365977

Enhanced prach scheme for power savings, range improvement and improved detection

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

12/17/15 / #20150365946

Systems and methods for establishing wireless communications between wireless circuitry and multiple base stations

An electronic device has wireless communications circuitry. The wireless circuitry may transmit and receive wireless signals over a network having first and second wireless base stations. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150365930

Decoding of pcfich in lte for power saving and range improvement

An apparatus, system, and method for reliable decoding of control information during lte wireless transmissions is described. A mobile device may decode the pcfich blindly, which may include obtaining resource elements (res) that are reserved for physical downlink control channel (pdcch), based on a largest value of a control format indicator (cfi), finding a total number of control channel elements (cces) according to the obtained res, numbering the cces, and decoding the pdcch for the largest value of the cfi over the numbered cces. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150365876

Methods and systems for a wireless routing architecture and protocol

The present invention provides a method for generating routing paths in a multi-hop network. The multi-hop network includes a base station, at least one relay station, and at least one non-relay mobile station. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150365803

Device, method and graphical user interface for location-based data collection

Automated population of location-based data and formulae into electronic documents is disclosed. In one embodiment, in response to detecting a user selection of a first data population control, first location-based data is populated in an electronic document, wherein the first location-based data includes data obtained from a location-data source. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150365306

Systems and methods for multitasking on an electronic device with a touch-sensitive display

Systems and methods for multitasking using touch-sensitive devices are disclosed herein. In one aspect, a method includes: displaying, on a touch-sensitive display (“tsd”) of a device, first and second applications such that the first and second applications occupy substantially all of the tsd and are separated at a border between the first and second applications. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150365198

Enhanced lte ul harq feedback indication for power saving and range improvement

Mobile devices, base stations, and/or relay stations may implement a method for an improved and reliable automatic repeat request feedback indication. A mobile device (ue) may establish communication within a wireless network, and indicate to the network that the ue is a special type device, e.g. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150364882

Power adapter with retractable prongs

An electrical power adapter has first and second prongs that are retractable and deployable. When the prongs are in the deployed position the adapter may be mated with a receptacle and when in the retracted position the adapter has a reduced physical size. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150364867

Open connector

An article is disclosed. The article is an open connector that includes a base and first and second sides. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150364815

Electronic device with patch antenna

An electronic device may be provided with wireless circuitry that includes a radio-frequency transceiver circuit and an antenna. The antenna may be a patch antenna formed from a patch antenna resonating element and an antenna ground. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150364813

Antenna having flexible feed structure with components

Electronic devices may include antenna structures. The antenna structures may form an antenna having first and second feeds at different locations. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150364712

Organic light-emitting diode display with split anodes

An organic light-emitting diode display may have thin-film transistor circuitry formed on a substrate. A pixel definition layer may be formed on the thin-film transistor circuitry. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150364454

Reconfigured wide i/o memory modules and package architectures using same

In some embodiments, it is desirable to increase memory bandwidth using an integrated solution. In one embodiment, wide i/o memory may be used. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150364422

Fan out wafer level package using silicon bridge

A semiconductor device package includes a logic die coupled to a memory die in a side-by-side configuration on a redistribution layer (e.g., the logic die and the memory die are substantially adjacent). A silicon bridge may be used to interconnect the logic die and the memory die. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150364255

Ceramic capacitors with built-in emi shield

This disclosure describes methods and systems for minimizing electromagnetic interference (emi) noise emanating from a ceramic capacitor. The ceramic capacitor may include several terminations are on a bottom portion of the capacitor. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150364253

Heel fillet capacitor with noise reduction

Apparatus and methods are described for coupling a circuit component having piezoelectric properties, such as a ceramic capacitor, to a printed circuit board (pcb) by forming a first solder heel fillet and a second solder heel fillet that fixedly couple the circuit component to the pcb, where the first and second solder heel fillets have a height z that is less than a height h of the circuit component to reduce acoustic noise at the pcb caused by coupling the circuit component to the pcb. In various configurations, the first solder heel fillet and the second solder heel fillet can each fixedly coupled to: a bottom surface of the circuit component, a top surface of the pcb at a first solder pad and a second solder pad thereof, and a lower portion of each of a multiple side surfaces of the circuit component.. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150364088

Power efficient adaptive panel pixel charge scheme

This application relates to systems, methods, and apparatus for reducing the power consumption of a display panel. Specifically, the embodiments discussed herein relate to a panel pixel charge scheme that allows the current output of a display driver to be modified based on the content to be displayed at the display panel. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150363704

Dynamic bloom filter operation for service discovery

This disclosure relates to service discovery using a dynamically configurable bloom filter. According to some embodiments, various parameters of the bloom filter may be determined by a first wireless device. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150363580

Protecting software through a fake cryptographic layer

The fake cryptographic layer obfuscation technique can be used to lure an attacker into expending reverse engineering efforts on sections of code the attacker would normally ignore. To do this the obfuscation technique can identify sections of code that are likely to be of lesser interest to the attacker and disguise them as higher value sections. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150363398

Finger biometric sensor data synchronization via a cloud computing device and related methods

An electronic system may include a first electronic device comprising a first finger biometric sensor and a first processor. The first processor may be capable of collecting enrollment finger biometric data from the first finger biometric sensor. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150363241

Method and apparatus to migrate stacks for thread execution

A method and an apparatus that generate a request from a first thread of a process using a first stack for a second thread of the process to execute a code are described. Based on the request, the second thread executes the code using the first stack. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150363233

Ledger-based resource tracking

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for tracking and managing resource usage through a ledger feature that can trigger complex real-time reactions. The resource tracking can be managed through a ledger module and a ledger data structure. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150363169

Multiplier unit with speculative rounding for use with division and square-root operations

Embodiments of a multiplier unit that may be used for division and square root operations are disclosed. The embodiments may provide a reduced and fixed latency for denormalization and rounding used in the division and square root operations. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150363102

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for providing multitouch inputs and hardware-based features using a single touch input

An electronic device with a display and a touch-sensitive surface displays, on the display, a first visual indicator. The electronic device receives a first single touch input on the touch-sensitive surface at a location that corresponds to the first visual indicator; and, in response to detecting the first single touch input on the touch-sensitive surface at a location that corresponds to the first visual indicator, replaces display of the first visual indicator with display of a first menu. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150363066

Systems and methods for efficiently navigating between applications with linked content on an electronic device with a touch-sensitive display

Systems and methods for efficiently navigating between applications with linked content on a touch-sensitive display (“tsd”) are disclosed herein. In one aspect, the method includes displaying, in a full-screen mode on the tsd, a first application including a first selectable user interface (“ui”) element associated with a second application. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150363032

Integrated touch screen

Displays with touch sensing circuitry integrated into the display pixel stackup are provided. An integrated touch screen can include multi-function circuit elements that can operate as circuitry of the display system to generate an image on the display, and can also form part of a touch sensing system that senses one or more touches on or near the display. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150363013

Antenna for computer stylus

A computer stylus may have an elongated body with a metal tube that serves as an antenna ground for an antenna. An antenna resonating element for the antenna may be formed from metal traces that wrap around a longitudinal axis for the elongated body. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150362980

Always-on processor as a coprocessor

A system on a chip (soc) may include a component that remains powered when the remainder of the soc is powered off. The component may be configured to power up other components of the soc while keeping the central processing unit (cpu) processors powered down, in order to perform a task assigned to such other component(s). ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150362978

Hierarchical clock control using hysterisis and threshold management

In some embodiments, a system may include a sub-hierarchy clock control. In some embodiments, the system may include a master unit. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150362957

Friction hinge with embedded counterbalance

An electronic device such as a portable computer including a base and a lid is provided. The electronic device also includes a hinge assembly that facilitates pivoting movement between the lid and the base. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150362947

Maintaining synchronization during vertical blanking

Embodiments of an apparatus for implementing a display port interface are disclosed. The apparatus may include a source processor and a sink processor coupled through an interface. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150362795

Color filter structures for electronic devices with color displays

A display may have a color filter layer and a thin-film transistor layer. A liquid crystal layer may be located between the color filter layer and the thin-film transistor layer. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150362791

Electronic device with heat spreading film

An electronic device may have a housing in which components are mounted that produce heat. The heat producing components may be light-emitting diodes mounted on a flexible printed circuit in a display backlight, may be integrated circuits, or may be other devices that generate heat during operation. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150362770

Display with low reflectivity alignment structures

A display may have a thin-film transistor layer formed from a layer of thin-film, transistor circuitry on a substrate. The thin-film transistor layer may overlap a color filter layer. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150360442

Composite bonded leather cases

Methods and computer program products for forming a composite structure are provided. The composite structure may include a first molded layer and a second molded layer. ... Apple Inc

12/17/15 / #20150360283

Methods and systems for integrally trapping a glass insert in a metal bezel

Methods and apparatus for creating an overall assembly formed from a transparent member and a metal member are disclosed. According to one aspect of the present invention, a method includes positioning a transparent member in a mold configured for insertion molding, and providing a liquid metal into the mold. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150359099

Low area over-head connectivity solutions to sip module

Readily modifiable and customizable, low-area overhead interconnect structures for forming connections between a system-in-a-package module and other components in an electronic device. One example may provide an interposer for providing an interconnection between a system-in-a-package module and other components in an electronic device. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150358935

Performing cross-domain deregistration

A mobile station attached to a first type service domain determines that the mobile station should deregister in a second, different type service domain. In response to the determination to deregister, a deregistration request is sent through the first type service domain. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150358853

Enhancing quality of service for high priority services

Quality of service may be enhanced for high priority traffic. A ue may communicate within a packet switched system, e.g., an lte network. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150358582

Dynamic transition from video messaging to video communication

Computing devices may implement dynamic transitions from video messages to video communications. Video communication data for a video message may be received at a recipient device. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150358581

Dynamic detection of pause and resume for video communications

Computing devices may implement dynamic detection of pause and resume for video communications. Video communication data may be capture at a participant device in a video communication. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150358580

Dynamic display of video communication data

Computing devices may implement dynamic display of video communication data. Video communication data for a video communication may be received at a computing device where another application is currently displaying image data on an electronic display. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150358577

Instant video communication connections

Computing devices may implement instant video communication connections for video communications. Connection information for mobile computing devices may be maintained. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150358551

Image capture device having tilt and/or perspective correction

Methods and apparatuses are disclosed to correct for tilt and/or perspective distortion in image capture devices. In some embodiments, the method may include reading an orientation measurement associated with a relative position of an image capture device with respect to an object, determining if the orientation measurement is less than a threshold, and in the event that the orientation measurement is less than the threshold, correcting an image obtained by the image capture device. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150358528

Moving magnet for auto-focus

In some embodiments, the actuator module includes an voice coil motor base, a coil rigidly attached to the voice coil motor base, a lens movement mechanism suspended on the voice coil motor base by a suspension means configured to limit relative motion in linear directions orthogonal to an optical axis of the miniature camera, and a plurality of magnets rigidly mounted to the lens movement mechanism.. . ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150358384

Intelligent data delivery and storage based on data characteristics

Methods, program products, and systems of intelligent data delivery and storage based on data characteristics are disclosed. A database server can receive, from a user device, a request for data. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150358293

Systems and methods for application-specific access to virtual private networks

Described herein are systems and methods utilizing application-specific access to a virtual private network (“vpn”). A method may comprise receiving, from an application executing on a device, a request for a network data flow to a private network, comparing identification information associated with the application against a set of rules stored on a memory of the device, wherein the set of rules identifies conditions for the application to be authorized to access the private network, and establishing a connection for the network data flow upon the identification information satisfying the conditions for the application to access the private network.. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150358047

Intermodulation cancellation of third-order distortion in an fdd receiver

A transceiver device may include a transmit path that generates a modulated transmit signal based on a baseband signal, and a receive path that receives a receive signal, which is subject to third-order order distortion caused by intermodulation noise resulting from a continuous wave blocker intermodulating with transmit leakage from the transmit path. The transceiver may also include a compensation path that models portions of the transmit path and the receive path, and generates a replica signal representative of the third-order order distortion according to at least a specified function and the modeled portions of the transmit path and the receive path. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150357815

Reconfigurable multiple-output power-delivery system

The disclosed embodiments provide a system that operates a power supply. During operation, the system obtains power states of two or more loads coupled to two or more power converters in the power supply. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150357751

Magnetic insert and receptacle for connector system

A magnetic connector system having a durable and reliable construction and a reduced height while maintaining sufficient holding strength. A connector insert may utilize a crimping piece to crimp a braiding of a cable. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150357741

Electronic device with hidden connector

An electronic device has a self-healing elastomer applied over one or more external electronic connectors. The self-healing elastomer may obscure the electronic connectors from the user as well as provide environmental protection for the connector and the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150357733

Low profile connector

An electrical board-to-board connector including a flexible cable assembly having a low profile or dimensionally reduced configuration. The connector body of a cable assembly may be widened to provide the structural rigidity sufficient to support an array of solder lead connections. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150357703

Multiband antennas formed from bezel bands with gaps

Electronic devices are provided that contain wireless communications circuitry. The wireless communications circuitry may include radio-frequency transceiver circuitry and antenna structures. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150357083

Cable structures with multi-material extruded strain reliefs and systems and methods for making the same

Cable structures with multi-material extruded strain reliefs and systems and methods for making the same are provided. In some embodiments, a cable structure may include at least two materials simultaneously extruded through a die and about a conductor. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150356934

Display driver circuitry with balanced stress

A touch screen display may include gate line driver circuitry coupled to a display pixel array. The display may be provided with intra-frame pausing (ifp) capabilities, where touch or other operations may be performed during one or more intra-frame blanking intervals. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150356292

Methods and apparatuses for secure compilation

A method and an apparatus that provide secure executable codes generated during run time via a trusted compiler server are described. An application can send a service request to the compiler server to request executable codes. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150356195

Browser with video display history

A web browser is configured to provide a video history display of videos that have been displayed in the browser, while excluding from the video history display representations of non-video pages. The browser stores information identifying videos embedded in web pages, including the source network location of the video, and video title, playback time, and representative image of the video (and optionally other attributes). ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150356079

Temporal metadata track

Methods, data processing systems and machine readable non-transitory storage media are described that can provide, in one embodiment, a non-time based description of types of metadata in a time based metadata track that can be associated with, in time, a time based media track. The description can include a set of keys, or other identifiers, that specify the types of metadata in the metadata track, and the description can also include values describing the structure of each key and values describing how to interpret each key.. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150356050

Interface emulator using fifos

An interface emulator for an ic is disclosed. An interface emulator includes a first first-in, first-out memory (fifo) and a second fifo. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150355858

Recovery from programming failure in non-volatile memory

A method includes storing data encoded with an error correction code (ecc) in analog memory cells, by buffering the data in a volatile buffer and then writing the buffered data to the analog memory cells while overwriting at least some of the data in the volatile buffer with success indications. Upon detecting a failure in writing the buffered data to the analog memory cells, recovered data is produced by reading both the volatile buffer and the analog memory cells, assigning reliability metrics to respective bits of the recovered data depending on whether the bits were read from the volatile buffer or from the analog memory cells, and applying ecc decoding to the recovered data using the reliability metrics. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150355830

Visual characteristics of user interface elements in a unified interest layer

A user-activatable dashboard (also referred to as a unified interest layer) contains any number of user interface elements, referred to herein as “widgets,” for quick access by a user. In response to a command from a user, the dashboard is invoked and the widgets are shown on the screen. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150355813

Movable selection indicators for region or point selection on a user interface

Methods, systems, and user interfaces enable users identify a user-selected location of a user interface with reduced movement and motor effort. A first selection indicator is overlaid on the user interface and moved in a first direction. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150355795

Continuous reading of articles

A content list panel displays a list of article representations. In response to a selection of an article representation from the content list panel, the content application loads an article associated with the selected article representation in addition to one or more second articles. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150355786

Interfaces for a spirit level application

In one mode of an interface, a bounded area is displayed on a mobile device. A straight line is displayed that divides the bounded area into first and second areas. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150355762

Mid-frame blanking

Systems, apparatuses, and methods for performing mid-frame blanking. A first portion of a frame is driven to a display and then a first mid-frame blanking interval is generated. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150355721

Motion pattern classification and gesture recognition

Methods, program products, and systems for gesture classification and recognition are disclosed. In general, in one aspect, a system can determine multiple motion patterns for a same user action (e.g., picking up a mobile device from a table) from empirical training data. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150355682

Low-force gap-filling conductive structures

Electronic devices may be provided with conductive structures and antennas mounted near a gap between the conductive structures. A conductive member may be used to at least partially fill the gap in order to prevent emission from the antenna from entering the gap and interfering with the operation of the antenna. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150355399

Display with structures for reducing blue edge effects

Display backlight structures may provide backlight illumination that passes through display layers in the display. Light-emitting diodes may emit blue light into an edge of a light guide plate. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150355326

Optically gated detector arrangement

A camera includes a pulse transmitter for transmitting at a transmit time through an aperture and along an optical path to a target a coherent electromagnetic ranging pulse at a first wavelength range outside the visible spectrum. In some embodiments, the camera includes a reflected pulse detector for receiving a reflected electromagnetic pulse reflected by the target back along the optical path and through the aperture at a detect time subsequent to the transmit time. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150355251

Electronic device having coupler for tapping antenna signals

An electronic device may be provided with wireless circuitry. Control circuitry may be used to adjust transmit power levels for wireless signals, may be used to tune antennas, and may be used to adjust other settings for the wireless circuitry. ... Apple Inc

12/10/15 / #20150354045

7xxx series alloy with cu having high yield strength and improved extrudability

7000 series aluminum alloys containing copper are provided. The aluminum alloys have high yield strength, and in some aspects allow press quenchability and/or have extrusion speeds more rapid than conventional 7000 series al alloys.. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350717

Item to item transitions

Systems and methods for transitioning between media assets are described. In the described techniques, a client device may receive and render a first plurality of coded segments corresponding to a first media asset. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350714

Playback of video on demand

A method and system for caching and streaming media content, including predictively delivering and/or acquiring content is provided. In the system, client devices may be communicatively coupled in a network, and may access and share cached content. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350703

Movie package file format

Systems and methods for improved video formats used in delivery and playback are presented. According to an embodiment, the movie package format contains tiers that provide for multiple sets of movie variations that are individually selectable for transfer to a device for local playback. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350700

Media requests for trickplay

An embodiment of a method of requesting and receiving a media stream can include, as performed by a computing device, responsive to a control input to control an enhanced playback mode for a media stream, determining a video frame to display in the enhanced playback mode of the media stream; requesting the determined frame from a media source over at least one connection between the computing device and the media source; predicting a second video frame for the enhanced playback mode; and requesting the predicted second frame from the media source over the at least one connection before receiving the determined video frame over the at least one connection.. . ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350688

I-frame flashing fix in video encoding and decoding

Methods and systems provide video compression to reduce a “flashing” effect, typically caused by skipping coding or allocating a low number of bits in coding relatively low complexity portions of frames. In an embodiment, if at least a portion of a sequence of frames is of relatively low complexity, a history of coding blocks may be considered to determine whether to skip coding. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350687

In loop chroma deblocking filter

Chroma deblock filtering of reconstructed video samples may be performed to remove blockiness artifacts and reduce color artifacts without over-smoothing. In a first method, chroma deblocking may be performed for boundary samples of a smallest transform size, regardless of partitions and coding modes. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350686

Preencoder assisted video encoding

A method and system of using a pre-encoder to improve encoder efficiency. The encoder may conform to itu-t h.265 and the pre-encoder may conform to itu-t h. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350654

Video quality adaptation with frame rate conversion

During video coding, frame rate conversion (frc) capabilities of a decoder may be estimated. Based on the estimated frc capabilities, an encoder may select a frame rate for a video coding session and may alter a frame rate of source video to match the selected frame rate. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350653

Image compression based on device orientation and location information

An encoding system may include a video source that provides video data to be coded, a video coder, a transmitter, and a controller to manage operation of the system. The controller may control the video coder to code and compress the image information from the video source into video data, based upon one or more motion prediction parameters. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350650

Efficient sao signaling

Methods and systems provide efficient sample adaptive offset (sao) signaling by reducing a number of bits consumed for signaling sao compared with conventional methods. In an embodiment, a single flag is used if a coding unit to a first scanning direction with respect to a given coding unit is off. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350646

Adaptive syntax grouping and compression in video data

An encoding system may include a video source that captures video image, a video coder, and a controller to manage operation of the system. The video coder may encode the video image into encoded video data using a plurality of subgroup parameters corresponding to a plurality of subgroups of pixels within a group. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350641

Dynamic range adaptive video coding system

A video coding/decoding system codes data efficiently even when input video data exhibits changes in dynamic range. The system may map pixel values of the first frame from a dynamic range specific to the input image data to a second dynamic range that applies universally to a plurality of frames that have different dynamic ranges defined for them. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350622

Packed i-frames

Systems and methods for enabling playback control functions of a media player are disclosed. For example, a user of a client device receiving streaming playback of a video stream may perform rewind and fast forward control functions. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350599

Communication channel management for real-time applications

Conducting a real time application between a mobile device and a remote device. A first one or more messages may be transmitted to the remote device to establish a primary channel of communication for the real-time application. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350598

Redundant transmission channels for real-time applications on mobile devices

Performing a real-time application on a mobile device, involving communication of audio/video packets with a remote device. The mobile device may initially communicate the audio/video packets on a first communication channel with the remote device. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350591

System and methods for time lapse video acquisition and compression

Techniques and devices for acquiring and compressing timelapse video are described. The techniques are adaptive, in that the acquisition frame rate is adapted and captured images are periodically deleted during filming. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350576

Raw camera noise reduction using alignment mapping

This disclosure pertains to novel devices, methods, and computer readable media for performing raw camera noise reduction using a novel, so-called “alignment mapping” technique to more effectively separate structure from noise in an image, in order to aid in the denoising process. Alignment mapping allows for the extraction of more structure from the image and also the ability to understand the image structure, yielding information for edge direction, edge length, and corner locations within the image. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350575

Pixel binning in an image sensor

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

12/03/15 / #20150350562

System and method for assisting in computer interpretation of surfaces carrying symbols or characters

The present disclosure relates to image processing and analysis and in particular automatic segmentation of identifiable items in an image, for example the segmentation and identification of characters or symbols in an image. Upon user indication, multiple images of a subject are captured and variations between the images are created using lighting, spectral content, angles and other factors. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350560

Video coding with composition and quality adaptation based on depth derivations

Techniques for coding video data estimate depths of different elements within video content and identify regions within the video content based on the estimated depths. One of the regions may be assigned as an area of interest. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350551

Camera timer

Disclosed are devices, systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for displaying useful countdown timers on a media capture device. A media capture device can increase contrast between countdown timer and the video of a scene to be captured by a media capture device and adjust the position and size of a counter displayed on the device based on whether the object is determined to be closer or further than a predetermined threshold distance. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350550

Video rolling shutter correction for lens movement in optical image stabilization cameras

In some embodiments, a method for compensating for lens motion includes estimating a starting position of a lens assembly associated with captured pixel data. The captured pixel data is captured from an image sensor. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350549

Optical image stabilization calibration

In some embodiments, a camera actuator module includes a linear actuator motor for moving a lens assembly, a position sensor coupled to the lens assembly, a mechanical end stop mounted in the path of motion of the lens assembly, and a non-transitory storage medium storing program instructions. In some embodiments, the program instructions are computer-executable to implement exciting, using the linear actuator motor, a mechanical resonance in the camera actuator module calculated to cause the lens assembly to move to an overload displacement by powering the linear actuator of the camera actuator module at a resonant frequency of the camera actuator module, measuring, using the position sensor, a current maximal displacement of the lens assembly during the exciting using a position sensor, and estimating a position of the mechanical end stop using at least the current maximal displacement.. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350548

Video image stabilization

Techniques to permit a digital image capture device to stabilize a video stream in real-time (during video capture operations) are presented. In general, techniques are disclosed for stabilizing video images using an overscan region and a look-ahead technique enabled by buffering a number of video input frames before generating a first stabilized video output frame. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350547

Scene stability detection

Techniques to detect subject and camera motion in a set of consecutively captured image frames are disclosed. More particularly, techniques disclosed herein temporally track two sets of downscaled images to detect motion. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350544

Systems and methods for exposure metering for timelapse video

Techniques and devices for acquiring and processing timelapse video are described. The techniques use exposure bracketing to provide a plurality of images at each acquisition time. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350533

Realtime capture exposure adjust gestures

Disclosed herein are systems, device, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for enabling semi-manual media capture. Semi-manual media capture can involve calculating optimal exposure settings in an auto-exposure loop, displaying a scene with optimal exposure settings in real time, receiving a manual adjust gesture, and adjusting the scene, in real time, based on the manual adjust gesture.. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350522

Focus score improvement by noise correction

A method to correct an autofocus operation of a digital image capture device based on an empirical evaluation of image capture metadata is disclosed. The method includes capturing an image of a scene (the image including one or more autofocus windows), obtaining an initial focus score for at least one of the image's one or more autofocus windows, obtaining image capture metadata for at least one of the one or more autofocus windows, determining a focus adjustment score for the one autofocus window based on a combination of the autofocus window's image capture metadata (wherein the focus adjustment score is indicative of the autofocus window's noise), and determining a corrected focus score for the one autofocus window based on the initial focus score and the focus adjustment score.. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350514

High dynamic range video capture control for video transmission

Systems and methods are provided for capturing high quality video data, including data having a high dynamic range, for use with conventional encoders and decoders. High dynamic range data is captured using multiple groups of pixels where each group is captured using different exposure times to create groups of pixels. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350513

Constant bracket high dynamic range (chdr) operations

Systems, methods, and computer readable media to capture and process high dynamic range (hdr) images when appropriate for a scene are disclosed. When appropriate, multiple images at a single—slightly underexposed—exposure value are captured (making a constant bracket hdr capture sequence) and local tone mapping (ltm) applied to each image. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350512

Highlight exposure metric and its applications

Systems, methods, and computer readable media for the use of a metric whose value is especially sensitive to the information lost when an image's pixels are clipped are disclosed. The metric may be used as an image's score, where higher values are indicative of lost highlight information (more clipped pixels). ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350509

Scene motion correction in fused image systems

Techniques to capture and fuse short- and long-exposure images of a scene from a stabilized image capture device are disclosed. More particularly, the disclosed techniques use not only individual pixel differences between co-captured short- and long-exposure images, but also the spatial structure of occluded regions in the long-exposure images (e.g., areas of the long-exposure image(s) exhibiting blur due to scene object motion). ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350507

Optical image stabilization compensations

Some embodiments include an optical image stabilization system. The optical image stabilization system includes a sensor. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350499

Comb drive and leaf spring camera actuator

An actuator package includes a base frame member and an image sensor. The actuator package further includes a plurality of comb drive actuators affixed to the base frame member by a plurality of respective electrically conductive leaf spring flexures. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350497

Method and system for a single frame camera module active alignment tilt correction

Some embodiments include methods for correcting optical alignment of components in a camera module for a multifunction device. In some embodiments, components of a camera module for use in a multifunction device are assembled on a test station. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350494

System and method of improving audio time stretching using timeline

Method for improving audio time stretching starts with processor receiving input media file and rate schedule. Rate schedule includes identification of portions of input media file and playback output rates associated with each of the portions of input media file. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350483

Dynamic compression ratio selection

An image is compressed according to a compression ratio selected based on a compression metric. In one embodiment, the compression metric is based on image characteristics indicative of the amount of image noise in an image, such as gain and lux. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350448

User interface for phone call routing among devices

The invention is directed to a first electronic device. The first electronic device receives a phone call that was routed to the first electronic device by a call-routing service. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350418

Answer and hold with client and host

A host device may relay notifications to any number of client devices of an incoming call. In response to a hold command from a client device, the host device may connect to the call and place the call in a hold state. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350371

Caching and syncing mechanisms for a cloud library

Methods and arrangements are provided for managing, caching and optimizing a media file library on a user device and a cloud media library in a cloud storage space. Once media files are created and stored on the user device, they are uploaded to the cloud storage space. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350362

Proxied push

A system and method are described for establishing two-way push communication between an intermediate or companion device and a mobile device. Mobile devices register to listen for push notifications delivered through a push notification service from a specified set of providers. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350356

Activity continuation between electronic devices

The described embodiments transfer an activity from a source electronic device to a companion electronic device. The source electronic device receives activity information describing an activity performed in a first application at the source electronic device, determines an activity identifier for the activity information, and broadcasts an activity advertisement comprising the activity identifier. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350355

Activity continuation between electronic devices

The described embodiments transfer an activity from a source electronic device to a companion electronic device. The source electronic device receives activity information describing an activity performed in a first application at the source electronic device, determines an activity identifier for the activity information, and broadcasts an activity advertisement comprising the activity identifier. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350342

Using listen ranges to deliver content to electronic devices from local caching servers

In the described embodiments, local caching servers (lcss) are configured to cache content so that the content can be acquired by client electronic devices that are located on local area networks (lans) with the lcss. In some embodiments, to enable the acquisition of the cached content, a client electronic device sends, to a registration server, a request for identifiers for lcss that are located on a lan with the client electronic device. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350339

System and method for transferring a call

Described are systems and methods for transferring calls between multiple stations. An exemplary system includes a first station and a second station that establishes a first communication session having a first call identification with the first station. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350337

Long-lived mptcp sessions

Techniques for supporting long-lived multipath transmission control protocol (mptcp) sessions. An mptcp session may be established between two endpoints. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350334

Method and apparatus for initiating a high-power connection via a low-power interface

An apparatus and methods are provided for initiating a network connection between a first device and a second device. While one or more high-power network interfaces of the first device are in a dormant state, the first device communicates with a second device via the first device's low-power network interface. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350332

Answering a call with client through a host

A client device may be used to initiate or answer calls using a host device connected to a network. For example, when a phone operating as a host device receives an incoming call from a network, the phone may communicate the presence of the incoming call to one or more client devices such as laptop, desktop, tablet, or wearable devices that are associated with the host device. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350323

Intelligent disk space manager

Disclosed herein is a technique for managing disk space in user devices. A disk space manager is configured to manage the disk space by requesting clients running on the user device to free up disk space. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350297

Continuity

At an electronic device, detecting a compatible external device, where the external device is executing or has executed a first application. The detection may be made wirelessly. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350296

Continuity

At an electronic device, detecting a compatible external device, where the external device is executing or has executed a first application. The detection may be made wirelessly. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350290

Seamless video pipeline transition between wifi and cellular connections for real-time applications on mobile devices

Performing a real-time application on a mobile device, involving communication of audio/video packets with a remote device. The mobile device may initially communicate the audio/video packets on a first communication channel with the remote device. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350275

Content pods for streaming media services

Methods and arrangements are provided for the generation and assembly of content pods for playback within an online streaming media service. A content pod is assembled to contain personal content that is relevant to an end user. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350266

Region based image sharing

Some embodiments provide a region-based method for sharing photos between devices. The method establishes an image-sharing event for a particular region, which in some embodiments is defined in terms of one or more geographic attributes (e.g., a latitude, a longitude, and one or more shape attributes that define a shape about the intersection of the latitude and the longitude). ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350265

Region based image sharing

Some embodiments provide a region-based method for sharing photos between devices. The method establishes an image-sharing event for a particular region, which in some embodiments is defined in terms of one or more geographic attributes (e.g., a latitude, a longitude, and one or more shape attributes that define a shape about the intersection of the latitude and the longitude). ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350256

Device and method for virtual private network connection establishment

A method, client device and non-transitory computer readable storage medium for connecting to a virtual private network (vpn). A request to connect to a destination identified by a hostname is received from an application executed on the client device and a domain name system (dns) lookup functionality is performed on the hostname, the dns lookup functionality returning an address. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350247

Efficient secure instant messaging

A method and apparatus of a device that enables a user to participate in a secure instant messaging session by starting with a low security connection before switching to a high security connection is described. The device concurrently establishes a low security connection and a high security connection with a remote participant of the secure instant messaging session. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350221

Shared data within a family

One or more user accounts can be linked together to form a group of linked user accounts. A shared calendar can be assigned to a group of linked user accounts. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350220

Control settings

One or more user accounts can be linked together to form a group of linked user accounts. A designated primary user account in the group of linked user accounts can be enabled to modify control settings for the subordinate user accounts in the group of linked user account. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350177

Management of credentials on an electronic device using an online resource

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for using an online resource to manage credentials on an electronic device are provided. In one example embodiment, a method, at an electronic device, includes, inter alia, receiving account data via an online resource, accessing commerce credential status data from a secure element of the electronic device, providing initial credential management option data via the online resource based on the received account data and based on the accessed commerce credential status data, in response to the providing, receiving a selection of an initial credential management option via the online resource, and changing the status of a credential on the secure element based on the received selection. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350147

Displaying interactive notifications on touch sensitive devices

Methods and devices display an interactive notification element at an electronic device. The method comprises detecting an occurrence of an event associated with an application. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350146

Coordination of message alert presentations across devices based on device modes

Certain embodiments of the present invention can detect and evaluate new messages at a coordinating device to determine whether to forward the message to a wearable device. In this manner, a server can reduce a number of devices that it is to communicate a message to, while still allowing the message to be availed to multiple devices. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350145

Sharing of activity metadata via messaging systems

Systems and methods are provided for sharing activity information of devices engaged in a messaging session. In operation, the devices provide activity and sharing preference information to a data service. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350143

Displaying options, assigning notification, ignoring messages, and simultaneous user interface displays in a messaging application

An electronic device with a touch-sensitive surface and display can execute a messaging application. In the messaging application, swipe options can be displayed for messages and threads. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350142

Method and system for marking email threads

Disclosed herein is a technique for marking email threads as important. When an email thread is marked as important, all email messages belonging to the email thread are marked as important in an email user interface. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350141

Message user interfaces for capture and transmittal of media and location content

A device provides user interfaces for capturing and sending media, such as audio, video, or images, from within a message application. The device detects a movement of the device and in response, plays or records an audio message. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350140

Live location sharing

Techniques for live location sharing are described. A first mobile device and a second mobile device can communicate with one another using an im program. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350134

Dual server system for sending a large email attachment

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

12/03/15 / #20150350133

Message attachment management

A method and system for exchanging email attachments is disclosed. An attachment can be sent to one or more recipients using a file hosting service. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350130

Message user interfaces for capture and transmittal of media and location content

A device provides user interfaces for capturing and sending media, such as audio, video, or images, from within a message application. The device detects a movement of the device and in response, plays or records an audio message. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350129

Message processing by subscriber app prior to message forwarding

Certain embodiments of the present invention can detect and evaluate new messages at a coordinating device to determine whether to forward the message to a wearable device. In this manner, a server can reduce a number of devices that it is to communicate a message to, while still allowing the message to be availed to multiple devices. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350119

Sending messages to multiple receiving electronic devices using a message server

The described embodiments include a message server that is configured to send, to multiple receiving electronic devices, corresponding messages that each include a payload acquired from a single request message received from a client electronic device. In these embodiments, the request message received from the client electronic device includes a push token for each of the receiving electronic devices and the payload. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350118

Canned answers in messages

At an electronic device with a touch-sensitive display, display a message transcript, where the message transcript includes at least one message from at least a first user. Determine, based at least in-part on the at least one message, a plurality of suggested one or more characters. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350106

Sharing account data between different interfaces to a service

Some embodiments provide a method for an electronic device. The method stores user data associated with a web-based third party service based on user interaction with a web domain for the third party service through a web browser. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350100

Multi-stream scheduling and requests

An embodiment of a method of requesting a plurality of media streams can include, as performed by a computing device, receiving a control input to control a playback function of at least one of the plurality of media streams, determining a download bandwidth between the computing device and a media source on a network, classifying the at least one of the plurality of media streams based on the control input and total download bandwidth, and sending a plurality of requests for the plurality media streams over a single connection to the media source, wherein at least one of an order or a content of the requests is based on the classification. The sending of the media stream requests can utilize at least one of a server-side protocol for multiplexing media streams over a single connection or one or more of http pipelining or http range requests over a single connection.. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350071

Selecting an interface for packet routing based on application-layer data

The disclosed embodiments relate to a system for selecting an interface for routing an outbound packet. During operation, the system receives an outbound packet to be routed to a destination address. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350068

Client applications communicating via a user tunnel

Methods, systems, and apparatuses are provided for managing communication of data to/from a device. For example, multiple client applications running on the device can communicate to a second device through a same primary socket connection. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350044

Cloud-based infrastructure for determining reachability of services provided by a server

Technologies are described for using a cloud-based computer system to access services provided by a particular server over public internet protocol (ip) connections. In one aspect, a system includes a first computer system configured to run the particular server to provide a first service over public ip connections; and a second computer system configured to run a second server, where the particular server transmits, over public ip connections, a request for the second server to check the first service, where, responsive to receipt of the request for the second server to check the first service, the second server provides, to the particular server over public ip connections, information relating to whether the first service is available over public ip connections, and where the particular server updates an availability status of the first service over public ip connections based on the information provided by the second server.. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350031

Accessory management system using environment model

Controllers can be used to control the operation of various accessories. A group of accessories can be organized into an accessory network that can facilitate coordinated control of multiple accessories. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350014

Networking implementation using a converged high speed input/output fabric technology

Networking between two host devices can leverage a converged high-speed input/output fabric (“hsio”) technology (e.g., thunderbolt). Hsio networking can be implemented between two host devices as a “cross-domain” service. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150350003

Dynamic account updating

A method and apparatus for dynamically updating settings of an electronic mail client of a client device is disclosed. In one embodiment, as the client device moves to different network environments, the settings of the electronic mail client are automatically updated to account for each network's characteristics and operational requirements. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150349979

Device and method for adaptive channel estimation

A method to be performed at a station configured to connect to a long term evolution radio access network (lte-ran) to utilize enhanced multimedia broadcast multicast services using a multicast-broadcast single-frequency network (mbsfn). The method including receiving a mbsfn subframe having a mbsfn subframe structure including a plurality of orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (ofdm) symbols, a first one of the ofdm symbols having a first reference symbol inserted therein, a second one of the ofdm symbols having a second reference symbol inserted therein, determining a rate of change of channel conditions being experienced by the station and performing a non-destaggered channel estimation when the rate of change of channel conditions is greater than a predetermined threshold, the non-destaggered channel estimation using a first channel impulse response (cir) at the first ofdm symbol and a second cir at the second ofdm symbol.. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150349959

User authentication retry with a biometric sensing device

An electronic device includes, or is connected to, a biometric sensing device. A non-textual graphical element may be displayed when a biometric image received from the biometric sensing device does not match a reference biometric image. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150349951

Protecting cryptographic operations using conjugacy class functions

Some embodiments provide for an improved method for performing aes cryptographic operations. The method applies a look up table operation that includes several operations embedded within look up tables. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150349934

Application-level acknowledgements

Application-level acknowledgements may be used to verify that a data packet has not only been received, but has been successfully processed by the appropriate application operating on a device that received the data packet. For example, in one embodiment, two devices may be registered with an identity service that enables security and push messaging. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150349926

Messages with attenuating retransmit importance

Certain data packets for transmission between a first device and a second device may have an importance that changes depending on different circumstances. After the data packet is initially communicated from the first device to the second device, if an acknowledgement is not received at the first device, the first device may retransmit the data packet. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150349870

Dynamic antenna switching

Dynamic antenna switching based on weighted signal to noise ratio (snr). A wireless device may include multiple antennas. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150349840

Method and apparatus for improving performance based on filter characteristics

Methods and apparatus for improving operational and/or cost performance based on filter characteristics. Existing schemes for measuring filter performance are based on a worst case filter performance across a range of frequencies and temperature. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150349826

Supporting sim toolkit applications in embedded uiccs

Disclosed herein is a technique for enabling subscriber identity module (sim) toolkit commands to be properly routed within a mobile device that includes an embedded universal integrated circuit card (euicc) configured to manage two or more electronic sims (esims). Specifically, the technique involves a baseband component of the mobile device and the euicc initially exchanging information about their esim capabilities to identify whether multiple esims are active within the euicc. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150349787

Slow to fast clock synchronization

A method and apparatus for synchronizing data transfers from a first clock domain to a second clock domain includes sampling data from circuit included in the first clock domain. The clock signal from the first clock domain may then be synchronized to a clock signal from the second clock domain. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150349738

Apparatus and method for dynamically adapting a user volume input range on an electronic device

Method of dynamically adapting user volume input range on mobile device having global volume range starts by receiving a volume input selection from a user that is level included in user volume input range. User volume input range is a portion of global volume range. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150349619

Linear actuator

Embodiments described herein may take the form of an electromagnetic actuator that produces a haptic output during operation. Generally, an electromagnetic coil is wrapped around a central magnet array. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150349571

Electromagnetic alignment of inductive coils

Methods and systems for automatically aligning a power-transmitting inductor with a power-receiving inductor. One embodiment includes a method of applying a direct current pulse to a transmit coil of a power-transmitting inductor to attract the power-receiving inductor into alignment along an alignment axis.. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150349539

Reducing the impact of an inductive energy transfer system on a touch sensing device

A transmitter device for an inductive energy transfer system can include a dc-to-ac converter operably connected to a transmitter coil, a first capacitor connected between the transmitter coil and one output terminal of the dc-to-ac converter, and a second capacitor connected between the transmitter coil and another output terminal of the dc-to-ac converter. One or more capacitive shields can be positioned between the transmitter coil and an interface surface of the transmitter device. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150349465

Connector system impedance matching

Connector inserts and receptacles that provide signal paths having desired impedance characteristics. One example may provide a connector system having a connector insert and a connector receptacle. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150349464

Reuse of plug detection contacts to reduce crosstalk

An audio jack may include two contacts to electrically connect to a ground contact of an audio plug in order to detect that a metallic audio plug is inserted into the audio jack. A first of these two contacts may be grounded to form a current return path that generates a ground voltage at the ground contact of the audio plug. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150349374

Thin film battery with magnetic components

Solid-state battery structures and methods of manufacturing solid-state batteries, such as thin-film batteries, are disclosed. More particularly, embodiments relate to solid-state batteries that incorporate magnetic material in one or more layers. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150349373

Thin film battery structures having sloped cell sidewalls

Solid-state battery structures and methods of manufacturing solid-state batteries, such as thin-film batteries, are disclosed. More particularly, embodiments relate to solid-state batteries having a current collector tab between multiple electrochemical cells. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150349371

Devices and methods for reducing battery defects

Solid-state battery structures and methods of manufacturing solid-state batteries are disclosed. More particularly, embodiments relate to solid-state batteries having one or more subdivided electrode layers. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150349370

Thin film battery assemblies

Solid-state battery structures and methods of manufacturing solid-state batteries, such as thin-film batteries, are disclosed. More particularly, embodiments relate to solid-state batteries having an intermediate adhesive layer between several electrochemical cells. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348726

Low travel switch assembly

A key of a keyboard and a low travel dome switch utilized in the key. The key may comprise a key cap, and a low travel dome positioned beneath the key cap, and operative to collapse when a force is exerted on the low travel dome by the key cap. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348697

Coil constructions for improved inductive energy transfer

An inductor coil for an inductive energy transfer system includes multiple layers of a single wire having windings that are interlaced within at least two of the multiple layers such that both an input end and an output end of the wire enter and exit the coil on a same side of the coil. The input end and the output end of the wire may abut one another at the location where the input and output wires enter and exit the inductor coil. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348645

Reliable readout of fuse data in an integrated circuit

An integrated circuit includes fuse readout logic and first and second sets of fuses. One of the sets includes one or more primary fuses whose burn states represent respective bit values, and the other of the sets includes one or more secondary fuses whose burn states are indicative of the bit values stored in the primary fuses. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348644

Readout of interfering memory cells using estimated interference to other memory cells

A method includes storing data in a memory that includes multiple analog memory cells. After storing the data, an interference caused by a first group of the analog memory cells to a second group of the analog memory cells is estimated. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348632

Mitigation of data retention drift by programming neighboring memory cells

A method includes, in a plurality of memory cells that share a common isolation layer and store in the common isolation layer quantities of electrical charge representative of data values, assigning a first group of the memory cells for data storage, and assigning a second group of the memory cells for protecting the electrical charge stored in the first group from retention drift. Data is stored in the memory cells of the first group. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348600

Configurable voltage reduction for register file

A system, a memory device and a method are contemplated in which the apparatus may include a plurality of memory cells, a plurality of voltage reduction circuits, and control circuitry. The plurality of voltage reduction circuits may be configured to reduce a voltage level of a power supply coupled to the plurality of memory cells. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348585

Audio editing and re-recording

Instructions stored in a tangible, non-transitory, computer-readable medium executable by a computing device to record audio. The instructions include instructions to, when a first record command to record a first piece of audio is detected, generate an original audio composition, which includes a first audio file reference to a first audio file that stores a digital representation of the first piece of audio, a first waveform file reference to a first waveform file that stores a digital representation of intensity of the first piece of audio, and a first metadata. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348572

Detecting a user's voice activity using dynamic probabilistic models of speech features

Method of detecting voice activity starts with by generating probabilistic models that respectively model features of speech dynamically over time. Probabilistic models may model each feature dependent on a past feature and a current state. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348565

Determining domain salience ranking from ambiguous words in natural speech

Systems and processes for identifying relevant domains for user inputs that include one or more ambiguous words are disclosed. The ambiguous words include words that may or may not refer to a named entity, such as a song, movie, book, etc. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348562

Apparatus and method for improving an audio signal in the spectral domain

Method of improving audio signal in the spectral domain starts by receiving audio signal that includes signals from sources including speech source and music source. Audio signal is tuned for output by sound output device. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348554

Intelligent assistant for home automation

This relates to systems and processes for using a virtual assistant to control electronic devices. In one example process, a user can speak an input in natural language form to a user device to control one or more electronic devices. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348551

Multi-command single utterance input method

Systems and processes are disclosed for handling a multi-part voice command for a virtual assistant. Speech input can be received from a user that includes multiple actionable commands within a single utterance. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348549

Better resolution when referencing to concepts

Systems and processes for operating a virtual assistant programmed to refer to shared domain concepts using concept nodes are provided. In some examples, to process a textual representation of user speech using an active ontology having these concept nodes, a primary user intent can be determined from the textual representation of user speech. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348548

Reducing the need for manual start/end-pointing and trigger phrases

Systems and processes for selectively processing and responding to a spoken user input are provided. In one example, audio input containing a spoken user input can be received at a user device. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348547

Method for supporting dynamic grammars in wfst-based asr

Systems and processes are disclosed for recognizing speech using a weighted finite state transducer (wfst) approach. Dynamic grammars can be supported by constructing the final recognition cascade during runtime using difference grammars. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348533

Domain specific language for encoding assistant dialog

Systems and processes for generating output dialogs for virtual assistants are provided. An output dialog can be generated from multiple output segments that can each include a string of one or more characters or words. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348526

Method of playing chord inversions on a virtual instrument

A user interface implemented on a touch-sensitive display for a virtual musical instrument comprising a plurality of chord touch regions configured in a predetermined sequence, each chord touch region corresponding to a chord in a musical key and being divided into a plurality of separate touch zones, the plurality of chord touch regions defining a predetermined set of chords, where each of the plurality of separate touch zones in each region is associated with one or more preselected midi files stored in a computer-readable medium. In some embodiments, the touch zones are configured to provide different harmonic configurations of a base chord associated with the chord touch region. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348512

Method and apparatus for representing a device's traversal along a route

Some embodiments provide a device that employs novel processes for displaying data regarding its movement in a region. For instance, in some embodiments, the device displays concurrently two independent indicators of its movement in a user interface (ui) that it displays on a display screen (e.g., on its display screen). ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348511

Dynamic display refresh rate based on device motion

The refresh rate of a display of a portable display device is dependent on the degree of device motion detected by one or more motion sensors included in the portable display device, according to an embodiment of the invention. In an embodiment, when no device motion is detected by the one or more sensors, the display of the portable display device is refreshed at an initial refresh rate. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348502

User interface and method for directly setting display white point

A method and user interface for direct setting of black and white points. Black point is set using a slider and matching of gray shades. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348487

Electronic device display with display driver power-down circuitry

Display driver circuitry loads data into display pixels. A regulator produces a power supply voltage for display driver circuitry that is measured by a monitor circuit. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348468

Displays with adaptive spectral characteristics

An electronic device may include a display having an array of display pixels and having display control circuitry that controls the operation of the display. The display control circuitry may adaptively adjust the spectral characteristics of display light emitted from the display to achieve a desired effect on the human circadian system. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348397

Electronic device with orientation-based alert adjustment

Methods and apparatuses are disclosed that allow an electronic device to autonomously adapt one or more user alerts to the current operating environment of the electronic device. For example, some embodiments may include a method comprising providing a plurality of alert devices in an electronic device, determining an operating environment of the electronic device using a sensor of the electronic device, and actuating at least one of the plurality of alert devices that corresponds to the determined operating environment.. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348379

Synchronization of independent output streams

A system determines to use at least two independent renderers to render at least two output streams that are to be synchronized. The independent renderers are provided with a shared synchronization object when instructed to render the respective output stream. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348316

Equivalent lighting for mixed 2d and 3d scenes

Systems, methods and program storage devices are disclosed, which cause one or more processing units to: obtain one or more two-dimensional components and one or more three-dimensional components; convert the pixel color values of the two-dimensional components into luminance values; create height maps over the two-dimensional components using the converted luminance values; calculate a normal vector for each pixel in each of two-dimensional components; and cause one or more processing units to render three-dimensional lighting effects on the one or more two-dimensional components and one or more three-dimensional components in a mixed scene, wherein the calculated normal vectors are used as the normal maps for the two-dimensional components, the pixel color values are used as the texture maps for the two-dimensional components, and the one or more three-dimensional components are rendered in the scene according their respective depth values, textures, and/or vertices—along with the one or more two-dimensional components.. . ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348315

Dynamic lighting effects for textures without normal maps

Systems, methods and program storage devices are disclosed, which comprise instructions to cause one or more processing units to dynamically render 3d lighting effects for a supplied 2d texture map—without the need for a programmer to supply a normal map along with the 2d texture map. According to some embodiments, an algorithm may inspect the pixel values (e.g., rgb values) of each individual pixel of the texture map, and, based on the pixel values, can accurately estimate where the lighting and shadow effects should be applied to the source 2d texture file to simulate 3d lighting. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348305

3d asset performance enhancement

Three-dimensional (3d) asset performance enhancement is disclosed. In various embodiments, the 3d assets may be retrieved from a specific folder, each 3d asset describing one or more 3d models. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348286

Unitary shadows

Methods, devices, systems, and computer readable media to improve the operation of window-based operating systems is disclosed. In general, techniques are disclosed for correctly rendering areas on a display in which two or more shadows overlap. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348285

Systems and methods for generating refined, high fidelity normal maps for 2d and 3d textures

Systems, methods and program storage devices are disclosed, which comprise instructions to cause one or more processing units to dynamically generate refined normal maps for 2d texture maps, e.g., supplied by a programmer or artist. Generally speaking, there are two pertinent properties to keep in balance when generating normal vectors comprising a normal map: “smoothness” and “bumpiness.” the smoothness of the normal vectors is influenced by how many neighboring pixels are involved in the “smoothening” calculation. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348280

Dynamic generation of texture atlases

Systems, methods and program storage devices are disclosed, which comprise instructions to cause one or more processing units to analyze input images to a texture atlas and determine how each texture should be modified before being stored in the texture atlas to prevent undesirable drawing artifacts. For example, “tileable” images may be identified on a per-edge basis (e.g., by determining whether each edge pixel is above a certain opacity threshold). ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348278

Dynamic font engine

A method may include receiving a request to render text from an application executing on at least one processor of a computing device, the request including a font usage description; determining, using the at least one processor, a display context in which the text is to be rendered on a output device communicatively coupled to the computing device; querying, using the at least one processor, a usage data source using the determined display context and font usage description to determine font characteristics for rendering the text; and rendering the text on the output device communicatively coupled to the computing device using the determined font characteristics.. . ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348246

Systems and methods for local tone mapping

Systems and methods for local tone mapping are provided. In one example, an electronic device includes an electronic display, an imaging device, and an image signal processor. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348244

Blind defringing for color images

This disclosure pertains to novel devices, methods, and computer readable media for performing “blind” color defringing on images. In one embodiment, the blind defringing process begins with blind color edge alignment. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348242

Scene motion correction in fused image systems

Techniques to capture and fuse short- and long-exposure images of a scene from a stabilized image capture device are disclosed. More particularly, the disclosed techniques use not only individual pixel differences between co-captured short- and long-exposure images, but also the spatial structure of occluded regions in the long-exposure images (e.g., areas of the long-exposure image(s) exhibiting blur due to scene object motion). ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348228

Closed loop cpu performance control

The invention provides a technique for targeted scaling of the voltage and/or frequency of a processor included in a computing device. One embodiment involves scaling the voltage/frequency of the processor based on the number of frames per second being input to a frame buffer in order to reduce or eliminate choppiness in animations shown on a display of the computing device. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348226

Selective gpu throttling

A method and apparatus of a device that manages a thermal profile of a device by selectively throttling graphics processing unit operations of the device is described. In an exemplary embodiment, the device monitors the thermal profile of the device, where the device executes a plurality of processes that utilizes a graphics processing unit of the device. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348225

System and method for unified application programming interface and model

Systems, computer readable media, and methods for a unified programming interface and language are disclosed. In one embodiment, the unified programming interface and language assists program developers write multi-threaded programs that can perform both graphics and data-parallel compute processing on gpus. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348224

Graphics pipeline state object and model

An innovative gpu framework and related apis present more accurate representations of the target hardware so that the distinctions between the fixed-function and programmable features of the gpu are perceived by a developer. This permits a program and/or a graphics object generated or manipulated by the program to be understood as not just code, but machine states that are associated with the code. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348223

Performance control for concurrent animations

The embodiments set forth a technique for targeted scaling of the voltage and/or frequency of hardware components included in a mobile computing device. One embodiment involves independently analyzing the individual frame rates of each animation within a user interface (ui) of a mobile computing device instead of analyzing the frame rate of the ui as a whole. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348185

Family accounts for an online content storage sharing service

A computing device provides methods and workflow for setting up a shared family account on a content storage system, including the creation of accounts for child family members. A computing device supports the creation of a family account using an account on the content storage system associated with an adult family member acting as a family organizer. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348118

Protocol tracklisting for delivery of invitational content

Methods and arrangements are provided for placing invitational content within a tracklist in an online media service. During a user session on an online media service, a user device is configured to play back a tracklist of one or more media items. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348102

Targeting customer segments

Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for targeting segments of customers. A system maps users to targeting segments based on a respective purchase history of the users, and receives a segment identifier from a server, the segment identifier to be associated with a targeting segment from the targeting segments for anonymously identifying the targeting segment. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348090

Engagement with device and ad serving

Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for determining user engagement with a client device and selecting from stored content items to present based on the user engagement. The user engagement is based on the operation and configuration of the device. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348078

Social referrals of promotional content

Methods and arrangements allow merchants to set up advertising campaigns that distribute special offers or discounts and allows users to forward the special offers to friends. The forwarding of the offers could expose merchants to offering more discounts than budgeted and this is a concern. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348076

Venue data enrichment

Techniques for enriching venue data are described. The venue data can include records describing physical features of a venue and records describing conceptual features of the venue. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348032

Real time approval of digital store purchases for a shared content storage account

A computing device provides methods and workflow for setting up a shared family account on a content storage system, including the creation of accounts for child family members. A computing device supports the creation of a family account using an account on the content storage system associated with an adult family member acting as a family organizer. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348029

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

12/03/15 / #20150348025

Apparatuses and methods for using a primary user device to provision credentials onto a secondary user device

A system for provisioning credentials onto an electronic device is provided. The system may include a payment network subsystem, a service provider subsystem, a primary user device, and a secondary user device. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348022

Apparatuses and methods for using a random authorization number to provide enhanced security for a secure element

A system for provisioning credentials onto an electronic device is provided. The system may include a payment network subsystem, a service provider subsystem, and one or more user devices that can be used to perform mobile transactions at a merchant terminal. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348014

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

12/03/15 / #20150348009

User device enabling access to payment information in response to mechanical input detection

In certain embodiments, an electronic device can include a secure element that detects a mechanical input. The mechanical input can correspond to an instruction to transmit securely stored payment information to another device and/or to release such information to an application on the device (e.g., for use in an in-app commerce transaction). ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348008

Apparatuses and methods for managing payment applets on a secure element to conduct mobile payment transactions

A system for provisioning credentials onto an electronic device is provided. The user device may include a secure element and a corresponding trusted processor. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150348007

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

12/03/15 / #20150348002

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

12/03/15 / #20150348001

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

12/03/15 / #20150348000

Financial-transaction notifications

To facilitate conducting a financial transaction via wireless communication between a portable electronic device (such as a smartphone) and another electronic device (such as a point-of-sale terminal), the portable electronic device may, after a final command is received from the other electronic device, determine a unique transaction identifier for the financial transaction. In particular, the final command may be specific to a payment applet, stored in a secure element in the portable electronic device, which conducts the financial transaction. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347996

Shared purchases

One or more user accounts can be linked together to form a group of linked user accounts to access content items assigned to the other user accounts in the group of linked user accounts. Prior to completing a purchase for a content item, a requesting user can be alerted that a member of the group of linked user accounts has access to the content item. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347985

Structured suggestions

An electronic device suggests contacts and calendar events for users based on their messages. The device can analyze a user's messages for contact and event information and automatically generate or update suggested contacts and calendar events for the user based on this information. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347983

Intelligent appointment suggestions

Some embodiments provide a method for automatically generating an appointment for an electronic calendar. The method receives input to create a new appointment for the calendar. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347982

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

12/03/15 / #20150347981

Calendar application features

This application relates to a calendar application that can suggest alternative times and locations for events based on scheduling conflicts of invitees of the events. Suggestions for alternative times can include new times for the originally proposed event, and the names of any invitees that cannot attend during one or more of the alternative times. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347980

Calendar event completion

Methods and systems that provide for enhanced and simplified calendar event creation in a calendar application are disclosed. First, the method begins with a user inputting into a device a description of a new calendar event. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347970

Beta testing distribution

Systems and methods for testing application programs prior to production that enables the developer to internally test and beta test an application program. Furthermore, a potential tester may be added to a beta test list without providing information specific to a device or account information. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347908

Methods and system for managing predictive models

Disclosed herein is a technique for implementing a framework that enables application developers to enhance their applications with dynamic adjustment capabilities. Specifically, the framework, when utilized by an application on a mobile computing device that implements the framework, can enable the application to establish predictive models that can be used to identify meaningful behavioral patterns of an individual who uses the application. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347907

Methods and system for managing predictive models

Disclosed herein is a technique for implementing a framework that enables application developers to enhance their applications with dynamic adjustment capabilities. Specifically, the framework, when utilized by an application on a mobile computing device that implements the framework, can enable the application to establish predictive models that can be used to identify meaningful behavioral patterns of an individual who uses the application. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347861

Object-of-interest detection and recognition with split, full-resolution image processing pipeline

Differing embodiments of this disclosure may employ one or all of the several techniques described herein to utilize a “split” image processing pipeline, wherein one part of the “split” image processing pipeline runs an object-of-interest recognition algorithm on scaled down (also referred to herein as “low-resolution”) frames received from a camera of a computing device, while the second part of the “split” image processing pipeline concurrently runs an object-of-interest detector in the background on full resolution (also referred to herein as “high-resolution”) image frames received from the camera. If the object-of-interest detector detects an object-of-interest that can be read, it then crops the object-of-interest out of the “high-resolution” camera buffer, optionally performs a perspective correction, and/or scaling on the object-of-interest to make it the desired size needed by the object-of-interest recognition algorithm, and then sends the scaled, high-resolution representation of the object-of-interest to the object-of-interest recognition algorithm for further processing.. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347860

Systems and methods for character sequence recognition with no explicit segmentation

Differing embodiments of this disclosure may be employed to perform character sequence recognition with no explicit character segmentation. According to some embodiments, the character sequence recognition process may comprise generating a predicted character sequence for a first representation of a first image comprising a first plurality of pixels by: sliding a convolutional neural network (cnn) classifier over the first representation of the first image one pixel position at a time until reaching an extent of the first representation of the first image; recording a likelihood value for each of k potential output classes at each pixel position, wherein one of the k potential output classes comprises a background class; determining a sequence of most likely output classes at each pixel position; decoding the sequence by removing identical consecutive output class determinations and background class determinations from the determined sequence; and validating the decoded sequence using one or more predetermined heuristics.. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347859

Credit card auto-fill

Differing embodiments of this disclosure may employ one or all of the several techniques described herein to perform credit card recognition using electronic devices with integrated cameras. According to some embodiments, the credit card recognition process may comprise: obtaining a first representation of a first image, wherein the first representation comprises a first plurality of pixels; identifying a first credit card region within the first representation; extracting a first plurality of sub-regions from within the identified first credit card region, wherein a first sub-region comprises a credit card number, wherein a second sub-region comprises an expiration date, and wherein a third sub-region comprises a card holder name; generating a predicted character sequence for the first, second, and third sub-regions; and validating the predicted character sequences for at least the first, second, and third sub-regions using various credit card-related heuristics, e.g., expected character sequence length, expected character sequence format, and checksums.. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347858

Controlling multiple photographic adjustments with a single control

A method and system for controlling multiple image editing controls using one master control. The system identifies various characteristics of an image being edited. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347816

Electronic device for processing composite finger matching biometric data and related methods

A device may include a finger biometric sensor and a processor coupled thereto. The processor may acquire first and second finger matching biometric data based upon first and second finger placements adjacent the sensor. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347810

Electronic device for reallocating finger biometric template nodes in a set memory space and related methods

An electronic device may include a finger biometric sensor, a memory, and a processor capable of generating a respective finger biometric template node for each finger positioning adjacent the finger biometric sensor. The processor may also be capable of allocating a set space of the memory to store a total number of finger biometric template nodes based upon a first number of fingers and with each finger having a first number of finger biometric template nodes associated therewith. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347786

Secure storage of an electronic subscriber identity module on a wireless communication device

A method for secure storage of an embedded subscriber identity module (esim) on a wireless communication device including an embedded universal integrated circuit card (euicc) and a memory external to the euicc is provided. The method can include the euicc determining that an esim package including an esim is to be stored on the memory. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347784

Managing user information - authorization masking

Systems, methods, and computer-readable medium are provided for managing user information. For example, data of the user may be stored in a memory. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347776

Methods and system for implementing a secure lock screen

Disclosed herein is a technique for implementing a secure lock screen on a computing device. The secure lock screen is configured to permit particular applications to display their content—such as main user interfaces (uis)—while maintaining a desired overall level of security on the computing device. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347774

Restricted resource classes of an operating system

Techniques for access control of a data processing system are described. In one embodiment, in response to a request from an application for accessing a resource of a data processing system, it is determined a first class of resources the requested resource belongs. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347770

Context based data access control

In some implementations, encrypted data (e.g., application data, keychain data, stored passwords, etc.) stored on a mobile device can be accessed (e.g., decrypted, made available) based on the context of the mobile device. The context can include the current device state (e.g., locked, unlocked, after first unlock, etc.). ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347769

Permission request

To perform a restricted action, such as access a restricted content item, a subordinate user account can transmit a permission request to an authorizing user account. The permission request can request authorization from the authorizing user account to perform the restricted action. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347762

Mechanism for protecting integrated circuits from security attacks

A mechanism for protecting integrated circuits (ic) from security attacks includes an ic having components that may store one or more data items and may perform a number of functions and which produce resulting events. The ic may also include a security module that may modify signals and events provided to the components such that the resulting events are modified in a non-effectual way but that causes the events to be non-deterministic relative to an event that is external to the integrated circuit when the resulting events are viewed externally to the ic. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347749

Consistent extension points to allow an extension to extend functionality of an application to another application

According to one embodiment, in response to an inquiry received from a first application for an extension service associated with a first of a plurality of extension points of an operating system, a list of one or more extensions is identified that have been registered for the first extension point with the operating system, where the first application is executed within a first sandboxed environment. The identified list of extensions is displayed to prompt a user to select one of the extensions to be associated with the first application. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347748

Method and apparatus for handling security of an application and its extension

Techniques for handling security of an application and its extension are described. In one embodiment, an application manager of an operating system running within a data processing system launches an application in a first sandboxed environment based on a first security profile associated with the application. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347747

Sandboxing third party components

A method and apparatus of a device for security management by sandboxing third-party components is described. The device can determine whether a third-party component supports network access. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347746

Methods for restricting resources used by an application based on a base profile and an application specific profile

In response to a request for launching an application within an operating system of a data processing system, one or more extended entitlements are extracted from the application, where the one or more extended entitlements specify one or more resources the application is entitled to access. One or more security profile extensions corresponding to the one or more extended entitlements are dynamically generated. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347743

Method and apparatus for inter process privilige transfer

A method and an apparatus to dynamically distribute privileges among a plurality of processes are described. Each process may have attributes including a privilege to control access to processing resources. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347741

Method for managing security of a data processing system with configurable security restrictions

Techniques for managing security of a data processing system are described herein. According to one embodiment, in response to a request for modifying a security settings of a data processing system, a message is displayed on a display of the data processing system to request a user who operates the data processing system to perform a physical action to prove that the user was physically present to issue the request for modifying the security settings. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347738

Proximity unlock and lock operations for electronic devices

The described embodiments perform a proximity unlock operation. For the proximity unlock operation, a first electronic device in a locked operating state detects that an authorized second electronic device is in proximity to the first electronic device. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347727

In-circuit security system and methods for controlling access to and use of sensitive data

The invention disclosed herein is an in-circuit security system for electronic devices. The in-circuit security system incorporates identity credential verification, secure data and instruction storage, and secure data transmission capabilities. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347711

Wellness aggregator

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

12/03/15 / #20150347690

Managing user information - source prioritization

Systems, methods, and computer-readable medium are provided for managing user information. For example, data of a particular data type may be received from a plurality of sources. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347684

Managing user information - data type extension

Systems, methods, and computer-readable medium are provided for managing user information. For example, instructions for implementing a background process configured to manage a first set of data types may be received from a service provider. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347617

Device, method, and graphical user interface for extending functionality of a host application to another application

A host application executing on a client device includes a content processing extension that extends its functionality to process content items to a requesting host application executing on a client device. The content processing extension is an executable file that includes data conversion code and application code. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347614

Synchronized web browsing histories: processing deletions and limiting communications to server

Deletion of synchronized web browsing history is enabled. A deletion filter record that specifies synchronized web browsing history to be deleted is received from a first client. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347594

Multi-domain search on a computing device

Systems and methods are disclosed for improving search results returned to a user from one or more domains, utilizing query features learned locally on the user's device. One or more domains can inform a computing device of one or more features related to a search query upon which to the computing device can apply local learning. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347552

Synchronization system for multiple client devices

Systems and methods are disclosed for synchronizing one or more user data sets on one or more client devices of a user, using a synchronization system. Each client device can have two independent and asynchronously-operating synchronization engines. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347550

Wireless content synchronization

Mobile devices that perform synchronization operations are configured to reduce the amount of data that must be synced to perform a media content sync operation over a wireless connection. The sync operation is implemented as a two-phase arrangement, synchronizing first in a metadata sync operation and then in a media content sync operation. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347543

Federated search

A method and apparatus that generates a plurality of ranked query results from a query over a plurality of separate search domains. In this embodiment, the device receives the query and determines a plurality of results across the plurality of separate search domains using the query. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347534

Structured suggestions

An electronic device suggests contacts and calendar events for users based on their messages. The device can analyze a user's messages for contact and event information and automatically generate or update suggested contacts and calendar events for the user based on this information. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347532

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

12/03/15 / #20150347530

Unit converter with sorted list of results

Unit conversion methods and systems that use an auto-scaling algorithm to sort conversion results. A plurality of unit conversion results, which represent a conversion of an input value in an input unit, are sorted into a sorted list based on the scale of the values in the results and the sorted list is presented (e.g. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347519

Machine learning based search improvement

Systems and methods are disclosed for improving search results returned to a user from one or more search domains, utilizing query features learned locally on the user's device. A search engine can receive, analyze and forward query results from multiple search domains and pass the query results to a client device. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347515

Rule-based, preemptive download of digital media assets

Rules are used to determine which digital media assets are to be downloaded from a digital media store preemptively to a client device. In some implementations, a client device receives a notification from the digital media store regarding an update to a remote digital media library. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347511

Universal identifier

A user listening to a content item on a preceding device and wishes to continue with the listening experience on a subsequent device initiates a continuity request from the subsequent device to the preceding device. The preceding device responds to the received continuity request by determining a multiverse identification that is contained in the continuity request, such that the multiverse identification uniquely identifies the content item that is currently playing on the preceding device over all known playback devices with which it has communicated. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347503

Multi-domain query completion

A method and apparatus of a device that performs a multi-domain query search is described. In an exemplary embodiment, the device receives a query prefix from a client of a user. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347499

Managing user information - background processing

Systems, methods, and computer-readable medium are provided for managing user information. For example, subscription information may be received from an application that identifies a data type associated with information of a user. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347495

Enhanced b-trees with record merging

In some implementations, a b+tree (b plus tree) can provide concurrent access to data while modifying nodes of the b+tree. In some implementations, a top-down b+tree can be provided where nodes of the b+tree can be proactively merged, rebalanced and split to prevent recursive operations moving up the b+tree. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347488

Application suggestion features

This application relates to features for a mobile device that allow the mobile device to assign utility values to applications and thereafter suggest applications for a user to execute. The suggested application can be derived from a list of applications that have been assigned a utility by software in the mobile device. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347474

Venue data validation

Techniques for validating venue data are described. The venue data can include records describing physical features of a venue and records describing conceptual features of the venue. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347455

Representing a venue

Techniques for storing information representing a venue are described. A system can represent a venue as a set of one or more nested data objects. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347444

Cloud library de-duplication

Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media identifying duplicate media items that occur during a batch upload process from a client device to the cloud media library and performing media de-duplication and re-mapping of duplicate media items.. . ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347441

Media asset proxies

Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for creating and using media asset proxies. The media asset proxies represent a digital media asset and are created by filtering and modifying elements from the digital media asset. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347440

Document tracking for safe save operations

Systems and methods are disclosed that track a document within a file system using document identifier (docid) that is preserved during safe save operations. The docid can be a universally unique identifier (uuid). ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347437

Most relevant application recommendation based on crowd-sourced application usage data

Crowd-sourced localized application usage data is collected from mobile devices at a usage location and sent to a network-based service. The network-based service analyzes the data to determine a single most relevant application correlated to the usage location. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347427

Use of user feedback in a citation search index

A method and apparatus that generates a results cache using feedback from a user's search session. In this embodiment, the device receives a feedback package from a client, where the feedback package characterizes a user interaction with a plurality of query results in the search session that are presented to a user in response to a query prefix entered by the user. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347422

N-gram tokenization

A method and apparatus of a device that suggests a tokenized query completion for an input query prefix is described. In an exemplary embodiment, the device receives a query prefix from a client, wherein the query prefix includes a plurality of words. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347419

Methods and systems for managing data

Systems and methods for managing data, such as metadata. In one exemplary method, metadata from files created by several different software applications are captured, and the captured metadata is searched. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347415

Http live streaming dateranges

Systems and methods use a new syntax defining a daterange tag that allows an author of a media stream to embed an arbitrary set of defined ranges in the media stream associated playlist. The defined ranges may be used to provide an overview of or otherwise define the playlist and media stream structure. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347393

Exemplar-based natural language processing

Systems and processes for exemplar-based natural language processing are provided. In one example process, a first text phrase can be received. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347383

Text prediction using combined word n-gram and unigram language models

Systems and processes are disclosed for predicting words in a text entry environment. Candidate words and probabilities associated therewith can be determined by combining a word n-gram language model and a unigram language model. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347382

Predictive text input

Systems and processes for predictive text input are provided. In one example process, a text input can be received. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347381

Entropy-guided text prediction using combined word and character n-gram language models

Systems and processes are disclosed for predicting words in a text entry environment. Candidate words and probabilities associated therewith can be determined by combining a word n-gram language model and a character m-gram language model. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347379

Device, method, and graphical user interface for a predictive keyboard

A method includes displaying a set of one or more suggestions including one or more character strings that are suggested replacements for a first set of one or more entered characters. The method further includes: while displaying the set of suggestions, receiving one or more additional entered characters; and after receiving the additional entered characters, updating the set of suggestions based on an updated set of entered characters that includes the first set of entered characters and the additional entered characters. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347368

Attachment markup and message transmission

Disclosed herein is a technique for editing an attachment included in an email message. The attachment is displayed within a message body of the email message and can be edited directly within the message body. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347361

Application markup language

An example method may retrieve a markup language document from an electronic storage device. The markup language document may define a component of an interactive media application and a plurality of resolution dependent parameter sets for the component. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347358

Concurrent display of webpage icon categories in content browser

Embodiments of processes and systems relate to browser-based enhancements, including a user interface that is configured for concurrently displaying two different categories of webpages for a user, and their corresponding icons. A first icons area has icons representing a first category of webpages based on the browser activity of the user and a second icons areas has non-duplicate icons representing webpages in a second category of webpages selected in response to a user designation. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347356

Dynamic text layout rules

A system, method and non-transitory, computer-readable storage medium are disclosed for implementing dynamic layout rules for attributed text strings having different type styles. In some implementations, developers can use an application programming interface (api) or a design tool to specify dynamic text layout rules for rendering attributed text strings in a user interface (ui). ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347354

Discrete source code timelines

Instructions stored in tangible, non-transitory, computer readable medium executable by a computing device to display a webpage on a graphical user interface. The instructions include instructions to, when a first event on the webpage is detected, determine location of a first piece of code in the webpage source code that is executed to produce the first event. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347351

Determining location system signal quality

Among other things, we describe a method that includes, on an electronic device, determining that a current quality metric of signals received by a location system of the electronic device does not meet a threshold quality metric, and based on the determination, selecting a recommendation for changing a position of the device in a manner that would alter the current quality metric. This aspect can also include corresponding systems, apparatus, and computer program products stored on a storage device.. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347330

Thermal mitigation using selective i/o throttling

A method and apparatus of a device that manages a thermal profile of a device by selectively throttling input/output operations of the device is described. In an exemplary embodiment, the device monitors the thermal profile of the device, where the device executes a plurality of processes that utilize storage of the device. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347328

Methods for mitigating system interrupts for an electronic device

An electronic device may include an applications processor that communicates with a peripheral input-output (i/o) device using a coprocessor. The applications processor may include a first interprocessor communications (ipc) module, whereas the coprocessor may include a second ipc module for interfacing with the first ipc module. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347327

I/o scheduling

In one embodiment, input-output (i/o) scheduling system detects and resolves priority inversions by expediting previously dispatched requests to an i/o subsystem. In response to detecting the priority inversion, the system can transmit a command to expedite completion of the blocking i/o request. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347320

Encryption for solid state drives (ssds)

Disclosed herein are techniques for encrypting data stored on a solid-state drive (ssd) managed by a system (e.g., a computing device). Specifically, the system is configured to track block units of a larger size on the ssd so that a mapping table associated with the ssd can be kept small. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347309

Cache reclamation

In an example implementation, a method includes receiving an indication to reclaim memory from a cache, the cache including a plurality of data buckets each configured to store one or more records and corresponding access bits. The method also includes selecting a data bucket from the cache, and processing the selected data bucket. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347287

System on a chip with always-on processor which reconfigures soc and supports memory-only communication mode

In an embodiment, a system on a chip (soc) includes a component that remains powered when the remainder of the soc is powered off. The component may include a sensor capture unit to capture data from various device sensors, and may filter the captured sensor data. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347282

Performance testing for blocks of code

Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for testing performance of blocks of code. A system can first receive a request to run a performance test for a selected portion of code in an application. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347271

Queue debugging using stored backtrace information

When queuing work items for asynchronous execution, the approaches set forth herein enable a debugger to provide more meaningful and complete stack trace information for enqueued work items. An example system identifies a work item to be enqueued for asynchronous execution as a separate thread during runtime of a program. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347265

Activity tracing diagnostic systems and methods

Systems and methods are disclosed for logging encoded diagnostic information from a sequence of processing operations, the processing operations generated by an activity in a computing environment. Diagnostic information is tracked by activity, across process boundaries where the processes can be in computationally isolated, or “sandboxed”. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347262

Performance management based on resource consumption

A method and apparatus of a device for performance management by terminating application programs that consume an excessive amount of system resources is described. The device receives a resource consumption threshold and a detection period. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347230

High-performance ecc decoder

Methods for error correction code (ecc) decoding include producing syndromes from a set of bits, which represent data that has been encoded with the ecc. An error locator polynomial (elp) is generated based on the syndromes. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347205

Dynamic adjustment of mobile device based on adaptive prediction of system events

In some implementations, a mobile device can be configured to monitor environmental, system and user events associated with the mobile device and/or a peer device. The occurrence of one or more events can trigger adjustments to system settings. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347204

Dynamic adjustment of mobile device based on system events

In some implementations, a mobile device can be configured to monitor environmental, system and user events associated with the mobile device and/or a peer device. The occurrence of one or more events can trigger adjustments to system settings. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347200

Sharing extension points to allow an application to share content via a sharing extension

A sharing extension point receives a request from a host application for sharing content, the sharing extension point being one of the extension points of an extension framework of an operating system, each corresponding to a common interface to extend a predefined functionality of one application to another application. In response, a sharing extension capable of providing content sharing services is launched. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347199

Manipulating shaders with object-oriented programming

Shader manipulation via object-oriented instructions is disclosed. In various embodiments, a processor may receive object-oriented instructions. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347198

Web browser for spoofing supported features

Emulating a supported web browser feature when a webpage is merely testing for web browser support of various features. Frequently a web page may test for support of various features of a web browser. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347192

Method and system for scheduling threads for execution

Techniques for scheduling threads for execution in a data processing system are described herein. According to one embodiment, in response to a request for executing a thread, a scheduler of an operating system of the data processing system accesses a global run queue to identify a global run entry associated with the highest process priority. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347189

Quality of service classes

In one embodiment, tasks executing on a data processing system can be associated with a quality of service (qos) classification that is used to determine the priority values for multiple subsystems of the data processing system. The qos classifications are propagated when tasks interact and the qos classes are interpreted a multiple levels of the system to determine the priority values to set for the tasks. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347181

Resource management with dynamic resource policies

A method and apparatus of a device for resource management by using a hierarchy of resource management techniques with dynamic resource policies is described. The device terminates several misbehaving application programs when available memory on the device is running low. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347179

Priority-based managing of window processes in a browser application

The method for managing a plurality of windows of a browser application on an electronic device includes assigning a priority level to each process, including the browser application, running on the device, and distributing computing resources based on priority level. In response to receiving an action to open a window, the browser application starts the execution of a process for opening the window, associates the process with the window, and assigns a priority level to the process associated with the window. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347178

Method and apparatus for activity based execution scheduling

A method and an apparatus for activity based execution scheduling are described. Activities may be tracked among a plurality of threads belonging to a plurality of processes running in one or more processors. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347177

Method and apparatus for inter process priority donation

A method and an apparatus for priority donations among different processes are described. A first process running with a first priority may receive a request from a second process running with a second priority to perform a data processing task for the second process. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347112

Providing data analytics for cohorts

Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for providing data analytics for cohorts. A system sends, to a server such as an online store, a request to install on the system an application from the server. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347108

Language, function library, and compiler for graphical and non-graphical computation on a graphical processor unit

A compiler and library provide the ability to compile a programming language according to a defined language model into a programming language independent, machine independent intermediate representation, for conversion into an executable on a target programmable device. The language model allows writing programs that perform data-parallel graphics and non-graphics tasks.. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347107

Unified intermediate representation

A system decouples the source code language from the eventual execution environment by compiling the source code language into a unified intermediate representation that conforms to a language model allowing both parallel graphical operations and parallel general-purpose computational operations. The intermediate representation may then be distributed to end-user computers, where an embedded compiler can compile the intermediate representation into an executable binary targeted for the cpus and gpus available in that end-user device. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347105

Combining compute tasks for a graphics processing unit

Methods, systems and devices are disclosed to examine developer supplied graphics code and attributes at run-time. The graphics code designed for execution on a graphics processing unit (gpu) utilizing a coding language such as opencl or opengl which provides for run-time analysis by a driver, code generator, and compiler. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347104

Extensible 3d asset plug-in framework

An extensible three-dimensional (3d) asset plug-in framework is disclosed. In various embodiments, files having different 3d file formats may be processed by respective plug-ins. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347102

Programming system and language for application development

In one embodiment, an improved programming system and language for application development is provided that combines elements of the c and objective-c languages without the constraints imposed by a requirement to maintain compatibility with the c language. The language provides the functionality of the c language compatibility in certain areas to improve the inherent safety of software written in the language. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347097

Adaptive user interfaces

Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for creating and displaying adaptive user interfaces are disclosed. An example method includes receiving a user interface by an application development environment, the application development environment providing the ability to allow authoring of a user interface that adapts to a screen size with any first abstracted size class value and any second abstracted size class value. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347094

Interactive learning tool using playground

The subject disclosure relates to methods and systems for facilitating software development. In particular, aspects of the technology relate to a method including steps for receiving source code from a user in an editor window, automatically compiling the source code to produce compiled code, and executing the compiled code to generate an output, wherein the output comprises one or more results from execution of the compiled code. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347010

Continuity

At an electronic device, detecting a compatible external device, where the external device is executing or has executed a first application. The detection may be made wirelessly. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150347007

Device, method, and graphical user interface for a predictive keyboard

A method includes displaying a suggestion region above an on-screen keyboard. The suggestion region includes multiple suggested character strings. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346984

Video frame loupe

Video frame loupes are presented that provide a frame-by-frame video navigation tool. A video frame loupe is a graphical user interface (ui) element that may be displayed over a portion of a display screen, and which may be used by a user to navigate frames of a video clip. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346983

Travel time estimation and alerting

This application relates to travel time estimation. The travel time estimation can be performed by a travel time service of a computing device, and based on a calendar entry stored in the computing device. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346982

Screen bounds for view debugging

A visual debugger provides a three-dimensional view of a user interface of an application. The application's user interface is built from a hierarchy of view objects. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346981

Slider controlling visibility of objects in a 3d space

Systems, apparatus, and methods to control the visibility of objects to be presented in a three-dimensional space on a display. Embodiments include a slider having a pair of controls that may be independently manipulated and positioned. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346976

User interface slider that reveals the element it affects

User-selected application icons can be added into a control center interface. The corresponding applications may be accessed either from the springboard or from the control center interface. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346973

Seamlessly enabling larger ui

A system and method are disclosed for displaying a graphical user interface (gui) on a device display. The display has dimensions of a first size. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346971

Method and apparatus for displaying data regarding a device's traversal through a region

Some embodiments provide a device that employs novel processes for displaying data regarding its movement in a region. For instance, in some embodiments, the device captures and stores location data at a plurality of locations traversed along the route. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346970

Systems and methods for managing authority designation and event handling for hierarchical graphical user interfaces

Prior art attempts to manage authority designation in gui-based computer systems have set up various “handshaking” schemes between a graphics management system, such as a window server, and the various processes that are attempting to offer and accept access to each other. However, these schemes have certain limitations. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346958

Device, method, and user interface for integrating application-centric libraries and file browser applications

A multifunction device generates a display of a first view of an application-centric library associated with an application. The application-centric library has content rules that limit files to those that include content compatible with the application. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346957

Device, method, and graphical user interface for displaying widgets

As a user's needs change over time, the widgets displayed in a widget display area are altered by the user to better suit the desires of the user. Further, the widgets selected for display can be configured as desired by the user to display information in different ways. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346952

Control center refinements

User-selected application icons can be added into a control center interface. The corresponding applications may be accessed either from the springboard or from the control center interface. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346933

Battery usage tracking user interface

A portable electronic device having a user interface for displaying battery usage of the device over a given time period, with the battery usage from various subsystems. The various subsystems including at least one hardware subsystem and the battery usage attributed to a plurality of software applications based on activity of the plurality of software applications, while battery usage of the various subsystems was monitored.. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346929

Safari tab and private browsing ui enhancement

As computer processing power has increased and mobile devices have proliferated, with users often own multiple devices and utilize larger numbers of tabs in the browsers on their devices. In order to enhance user experience with these developments, tab organization is improved through tab scrolling and tab overviews. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346920

Auto scanning input method and apparatus

Some embodiments provide a novel auto-scanning method for navigating elements within a user interface (ui) of a computing device. This method associates the ui elements into several overlapping groups, with each group having more than one element and having at least one element in common with at least one other group. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346919

Device, method, and graphical user interface for navigating a content hierarchy

A first user interface is displayed on an electronic device. The first user interface is associated with a first internal node of a content hierarchy, and includes a context region, a header region comprising information identifying the first internal node, and a child-node region comprising one or more selectable identifiers that correspond to one or more child nodes of the first internal node. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346916

Swiping functions for messaging applications

This application relates to performing organizational tasks using a variety of physical operations in a message application. The physical operations can include swiping actions performed by the user of the message application. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346913

Methods and system for memory efficient image display

A system and method for rearranging thumbnail image display in response to a change in live window size. For a plurality of thumbnail images, the electronic device concatenates the plurality of images into two or more intermediate thumbnail image strips. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346912

Message user interfaces for capture and transmittal of media and location content

A device provides user interfaces for capturing and sending media, such as audio, video, or images, from within a message application. The device detects a movement of the device and in response, plays or records an audio message. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346905

Modifying an on-screen keyboard based on asymmetric touch drift

Utilization of error vector data representative of errors between the location of actual keystrokes and the location of determined intended keystrokes to compute “bias” data indicative of the magnitude and direction of error vectors for a given location on the virtual keyboard is disclosed. This bias data can then be used to perform a number of operations such as keyboard re-spotting.. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346903

Low power scan for device wake up and unlock

A low power can for device wake up and unlock is disclosed. The low power scan can include one or more algorithms used to detect a sequence and/or one or more gestures to wake up a processor and unlock the device. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346895

Low power scan for device wake up and unlock

A low power can for device wake up and unlock is disclosed. The low power scan can include one or more algorithms used to detect a sequence and/or one or more gestures to wake up a processor and unlock the device for user interaction. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346824

Electronic devices with low power motion sensing and gesture recognition circuitry

A user may provide input to a handheld electronic device by making gestures with the handheld electronic device. The input gestures may be used to generate remote control signals for external equipment. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346809

Thermal mitigation using selective task modulation

A method and apparatus of a device that manages a thermal profile of a device by selectively throttling central processing unit operations of the device is described. The device monitors the thermal profile of the device, where the device executes a plurality of tasks that utilizes a central processing unit of the device. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346806

System on a chip with fast wake from sleep

In an embodiment, a system on a chip (soc) includes a component that remains powered when the remainder of the soc is powered off. The component may include a sensor capture unit to capture data from various device sensors, and may filter the captured sensor data. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346801

Method and appartus for distributed power assertion

A method and an apparatus for a power assertion management are described. A power assertion indicator may be maintained for a device component having a power level. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346800

Thermally adaptive quality-of-service

A method and apparatus of a device that manages a thermal profile of a device by selectively throttling central processing unit operations of the device is described. The device manages a thermal profile of the device by adjusting a throttling a central processing unit execution of a historically high energy consuming task. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346797

Systems and methods for displaying energy meters

User interfaces are provided that display application energy usage information to a user. Application energy usage information may be displayed as an energy meter user interface that provides derived information (e.g., power and time used to determine energy usage) that is not available through a traditional activity monitor. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346792

Protocol for managing a controllable power adapter accessory

A host device can manage a controllable power adapter accessory using a communication protocol. Based on information provided by the controllable power adapter accessory as to its power capabilities and the power needs and preferences of the host device, the host device can determine a desired power profile and request power from the accessory conforming to the desired profile. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346782

Electronic device structures joined using shrinking and expanding attachment structures

An electronic device has structures that are assembled using attachment structures. The attachment structures change shape to help join the electronic device structures together. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346528

Display having pixel circuits with adjustable storage capacitors

A liquid crystal display may have a layer of liquid crystal material. The display may have an array of display pixel circuits. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346317

Deduplicating location fingerprint data

Methods, systems, and computer program product for deduplicating location fingerprint data for a venue are described. A system including a location server, or a mobile device, or both, can deduplicate the location fingerprint data. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346313

Wireless access point location estimation using collocated harvest data

Collocated access point (ap) harvest data is combined with accurate location-tagged harvest data to improve access point location estimates and to estimate the location of access points that could not be previously estimated.. . ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346127

Moisture ingress sensors

This application relates to a moisture ingress sensor. In particular, this application relates to a moisture ingress sensor that can detect liquid ingress into an electronic device. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150346001

System on a chip with always-on processor

In an embodiment, a system on a chip (soc) includes a component that remains powered when the remainder of the soc is powered off. The component may include a sensor capture unit to capture data from various device sensors, and may filter the captured sensor data. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150345976

Navigation peek ahead and behind

Some embodiments of the invention provide a navigation application that allows a user to peek ahead or behind during a turn-by-turn navigation presentation that the application provides while tracking a device (e.g., a mobile device, a vehicle, etc.) traversal of a physical route. As the device traverses along the physical route, the navigation application generates a navigation presentation that shows a representation of the device on a map traversing along a virtual route that represents the physical route on the map. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150345969

Updating point of interest data using georeferenced transaction data

Georeferenced transaction data is harvested (“crowd-sourced”) from client devices and sent to a network-based map service. The map service performs cluster analysis on location data points in the harvested data, resulting in one or more clusters representing local densities of transaction occurrences. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150345534

Press nut designs to minimize stack thickness

The described embodiments relate to embedding a threaded insert into a thin-walled housing. A recess can be formed with a machining tool that forms a recess in a thickened portion of the thin-walled housing. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150345007

Combination vapor deposition chamber

This application relates to a combination vapor deposition process chamber. In, some embodiments, a combination vapor deposition process chamber can be used to apply an optical coating to a substrate such as glass, as well as an anti-smudge coating to the same substrate. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150343704

Method and apparatus for three dimensional printing of colored objects

Systems, computer readable media, and methods for printing of 3d objects in color are disclosed. In general, a 3d object may be produced and colored by a 3d printer using the same digital 3d model. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150343526

Application of ultrasonic vibrations to molten liquidmetal during injection molding or die casting operations

Described herein is an injection molding or die casting machine having an ultrasonic vibration generator associated therewith that is configured to apply ultrasonic vibrations during melting and/or injection of the molten material (e.g., molten alloy). The ultrasonic vibrations may be applied to molten material via the plunger tip of the plunger in the machine, and/or the mold and/or the vessel, for example. ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150343293

Measuring device for detecting a hitting movement of a hitting implement, training device, and method for training a hitting movement

The invention relates to a measuring device for detecting a hitting movement of a hitting implement. The measuring device comprises at least one two-dimensional acceleration sensor for detecting a two-dimensional acceleration vector (xy). ... Apple Inc

12/03/15 / #20150342307

Woven display

A woven fabric includes light transmissive fibers woven into the fabric to provide a visual display. The fabric may be used as a tether to releasably connect a portable electronic device to a user. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150342064

Glass device housing

An electronic device may have a glass housing structures. The glass housing structures may be used to cover a display and other internal electronic device components. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150341886

Correcting interference of non-line-of-sight signals

Systems, methods, and computer program products for determining a location from non-line-of-sight (nlos) signals are described. A processor can determine that multipath interferences of a signal reaching a receiver through different paths that are close in lengths may be mistakenly interpreted as additional time shift, (e.g., additional time delay or, in some cases, time advance) of the signal in calculating a timing of the signal. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150341869

Controlling radio transmission power in a multi-radio wireless communication device

A method for controlling transmission power in accordance with a total transmission power limit in a multi-radio wireless communication device including a master radio and a slave radio is provided. The method can include the wireless communication device determining, at the master radio, a transmission power of the master radio. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150341850

Dynamic and adaptive channel scanning

Methods and apparatus for dynamic, adaptive scanning of communication channels are provided. A device alternates between scan cycles and rest cycles. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150341846

Targeted plmn search

Targeted public land mobile network (plmn) search by a wireless user equipment (ue) device. A plmn search may be initiated at the ue. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150341791

Electronic subscriber identity module provisioning

A method for preparing an esim for provisioning is provided. The method can include a provisioning server encrypting the esim with a symmetric key. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150341790

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

11/26/15 / #20150341722

Methods and devices for reverberation suppression

In one embodiment, a process for suppressing reverberation begins with a device of a user obtaining a reverberant speech signal from a voice of the user. The device determines a first estimated reverberation component of the reverberant speech signal. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150341659

Use of pipelined hierarchical motion estimator in video coding

A pipelined video coding system may include a motion estimation stage and an encoding stage. The motion estimation stage may operate on an input frame of video data in a first stage of operation and may generate estimates of motion and other statistical analyses. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150341654

Video coding system with efficient processing of zooming transitions in video

A video coder, responsive to detection of a zooming transition in source video, estimates a scale factor and a zooming rectangle for a reference frame, scales content of the reference frame within the zooming rectangle according to the scaling factor, codes content of a new frame of the source video predictively using the scaled reference frame as a basis of prediction, and transmits coded video data obtained from the predictive coding to a decoder along with an indication of the scaling factor and zooming rectangle.. . ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150341604

Raw scaler with chromatic aberration correction

Systems and methods for down-scaling are provided. In one example, a method for processing image data includes determining a plurality of output pixel locations using a position value stored by a position register, using the current position value to select a center input pixel from the image data and selecting an index value, selecting a set of input pixels adjacent to the center input pixel, selecting a set of filtering coefficients from a filter coefficient lookup table using the index value, filtering the set of source input pixels to apply a respective one of the set of filtering coefficients to each of the set of source input pixels to determine an output value for the current output pixel at the current position value, and correcting chromatic aberrations in the set of source input pixels.. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150341366

Specialized network fileserver

A method and apparatus of a portable storage device that provides a specialized network fileserver is described. In an exemplary method, the portable storage device retrieves a list of applications on the portable storage device, where each of the applications has a private filesystem. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150341073

Electronic device having sensors and antenna monitor for controlling wireless operation

An electronic device may be provided with wireless circuitry. Control circuitry may be used to adjust the wireless circuitry. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150341070

Screen protection using actuated bumpers

An electronic device includes at least one screen. One or more bumpers are moveable between at least a stowed position where the bumper is flush or below the screen and a deployed position where at least a portion of the bumper projects above the screen. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150341008

Variable equalization

An equalizer that linearly interpolates between two equalization states when transitioning from one equalization state to the other equalization state is described. The equalizer includes a transfer function generator and an equalization module. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150340825

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

11/26/15 / #20150340815

Additional ground paths for connectors having reduced pin counts

Low cost ground connections for standard connectors and connectors having reduced pin counts. One example may provide a connector system including a connector insert having a plurality of contacts along a top or bottom, or both top and bottom, of a connector insert, where first contacts in the plurality of contacts may be used to convey power, ground, or data and where second contacts in the plurality of contacts are used for ground. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150340813

Connector insert assembly

Connector inserts having contacts with a high-impedance for good signal integrity and low insertion loss, a pleasant physical appearance, and that may be reliably manufactured. One example may provide connector inserts having signal contacts with a high impedance in order to improve signal integrity to allow high data rates. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150340795

Electronic devices with housing port shutters

An electronic device may have a housing in which a display and other components are mounted. Audio components such as a speaker and microphone and other electrical components may be mounted in an interior portion of the housing. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150340783

Interposers for connecting receptacle tongues to printed circuit boards

Connecting structures to mechanically connect to a connector receptacle tongue and a printed circuit board and to electrically connect contacts on the connector receptacle tongue to traces on the printed circuit board. One example may provide an interposer having a housing and a plurality of contacts to connect a vertical tongue to a horizontal printed circuit board. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150340782

Interposers for connecting receptacle tongues to printed circuit boards

Connecting structures to mechanically connect to a connector receptacle tongue and a printed circuit board and to electrically connect contacts on the connector receptacle tongue to traces on the printed circuit board. One example may provide an interposer having a housing and a plurality of contacts. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150339904

Wireless device networks with smoke detection capabilities

An electronic device may include a smoke detector. The electronic device may use the smoke detector to monitor for the presence of smoke. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150339694

Beacon-triggered code redemption for mobile devices

Techniques and systems for beacon triggered code redemption are disclosed. Such a technique can include causing a mobile device to listen for beacon messages broadcast by a beacon device over a short-range communication link; receiving a beacon message from the beacon device; and exchanging information with a content provider to retrieve a redemption code associated with the beacon message. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150339563

Displays with radio-frequency identifiers

A display may have an active area surrounded by an inactive border area. The display may be a liquid crystal display having a liquid crystal layer sandwiched between a color filter layer and a thin-film transistor layer. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150339383

Assembling video content

A computer-implemented method involves accessing a library of video segments, receiving a user instruction to assemble a movie related to an organizing element that includes a video segment from the library of video segments, relating the organizing element to a video segment in the library of video segments, determining, based on relating the organizing element to the video segment in the library of video segments, whether the video segment should be added to a list of selected segments used to assemble the movie, selectively adding the video segment to the list of selected segments in response to determining that the video segment should be added, and assembling the movie using the list of selected segments.. . ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150339079

Message-based identification of an electronic device

A message-based identification process can facilitate reliable interoperation between accessories and host devices. During an identification process, the devices can negotiate an operating agreement that specifies particular communications (e.g., messages) that each device is permitted to send to or receive from the other, for example by having one device send a list of specific messages that it intends to send to and/or receive from the other. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150339077

Logical volume space sharing

Space sharing between logical volumes is achieved through a technique that enables available storage space to be flexibly consumed and released by the logical volumes. Each logical volume is associated with an address tree that defines how available storage space is consumed by the logical volume. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150339073

Selection of redundant storage configuration based on available memory space

A method includes, in a memory controller that controls a memory, evaluating an available memory space remaining in the memory to write data. A redundant storage configuration is selected in the memory controller depending on the available memory space. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150339049

Instantaneous speaking of content on touch devices

Systems and processes are disclosed for initiating and controlling content speaking on touch-sensitive devices. A gesture can be detected on a touchscreen for causing text to be spoken. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150339040

Graduated visual and manipulative translucency for windows

Methods and systems for providing graphical user interfaces are described. Overlaid, information-bearing windows whose contents remain unchanged for a predetermined period of time become translucent. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150339004

Dynamic interface generation using command and user levels

An embodiment of a data processing system is disclosed that utilizes a modular feature design that enables the presentation of a user interface that dynamically hides or exposes features of varying complexity throughout the system based on feature identifiers that can be enabled or disabled in a runtime context. In one embodiment, the system implements digital audio workstation software that dynamically generates an interface including a menu system to show or hide advanced features based on an application feature level that is determined by the target user level of the system. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150338991

Touch rejection

The rejection of undesired touch events on a touch surface is disclosed. A weighted meta-centroid of all touch events can be computed. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150338983

Glove touch detection

The dynamic adjusting of the conditions for identifying inputs as touching a touch-sensitive device is discloses. In some examples, in addition to using a signal density make threshold to identify an input patch as touching the surface, a signal density stability threshold can be used to identify the input patch as touching the surface. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150338964

Concurrent signal detection for touch and hover sensing

Detecting a signal from a touch and hover sensing device, in which the signal can be indicative of concurrent touch events and/or hover events, is disclosed. A touch event can indicate an object touching the device. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150338952

Coded integration of a self-capacitance array

Coded integration of a self-capacitance array to improve signal-to-noise ratio (snr) of self-capacitance measurements is disclosed. A composite measurement of the self-capacitance of a plurality of electrodes can be measured for a plurality of integration periods. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150338951

Rc matching in a touch screen

A touch screen. In some examples, the touch screen can comprise a first element coupled to a first sense connection, and a second element coupled to a second sense connection. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150338949

Stylus tilt and orientation estimation from touch sensor panel images

The detection of an orientation of a stylus relative to a touch sensitive surface is disclosed. In one example, a touch image of the stylus tip and the hand used to grasp the stylus can be captured by the touch sensor panel and analyzed to determine the stylus' orientation relative to the surface of the touch sensor panel. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150338932

Reduce stylus tip wobble when coupled to capacitive sensor

An algorithm for reducing stylus tip wobble for a stylus translating on a surface over and between electrodes of a touch sensor panel is disclosed. In some examples, a first position estimate can be calculated using a first position calculation method and a second position estimate can be calculated using a second position calculation method. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150338919

Providing haptic output based on a determined orientation of an electronic device

Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a system and method for providing haptic output for an electronic device. In certain embodiments, a type of haptic output is provided based on a determined orientation, position, and/or operating environment of the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150338892

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

11/26/15 / #20150338887

Portable computing system

A portable electronic device having several features is disclosed. The device can include a retention member that retains flexible circuits extending from a top portion to a bottom portion of the device, thereby allowing some components to be moved from a top portion of the device to a bottom portion. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150338883

Portable computing system

A portable electronic device having several features is disclosed. The device can include a retention member that retains flexible circuits extending from a top portion to a bottom portion of the device, thereby allowing some components to be moved from a top portion of the device to a bottom portion. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150338699

Displays with opaque borders

A display may have an active area surrounded by an inactive border area. The display may be a liquid crystal display having a liquid crystal layer sandwiched between a color filter layer and a thin-film transistor layer. ... Apple Inc

11/26/15 / #20150338523

Electronic device having array of satellite navigation system antennas

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

11/26/15 / #20150338522

Positioning using non-line-of-sight signals

Systems, methods, and computer program products for determining a location from non-line-of-sight (nlos) signals are described. An rf receiver can receive signals of an rf transmitter (e.g., a gnss satellite) reflected by one or more building surfaces. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150334860

Systems and methods for coupling electrically isolated sections of an electronic device

Each knuckle is molded in and/or around a coupling structure that is either welded to or is an integral part of the section. The coupling structure can be a bracket that is welded to an inner surface of a section, and the bracket is constructed to have a cross-section that minimizes capacitance. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150334799

Multiple backlight keyboard

This application relates to a dynamic lighting circuit for a keyboard of a computing device. The lighting circuit described herein includes several light emitting diode (led) drivers having multiple channels for controlling multiple leds. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150334706

Apparatus and methods for a bandwidth efficient scheduler

Methods and apparatus for scheduling shared time resources. In one embodiment, bluetooth and ieee 802.11 interfaces with overlapping frequency ranges are managed by an intelligent scheduler entity or process that schedules time slots for human interaction devices based on predictions on which bluetooth device is active. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150334678

Batch processing for improved georeferencing

Crowd-sourced location data from client devices is processed using enhanced filtering techniques in non-realtime by a centralized server process to improve the accuracy and reliability of georeferenced geodata. At a server computer, enhanced filtering techniques make use of future information to improve georeferencing of the geodata. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150334673

Multiple network mobile device connection management

A mobile wireless device maintains registration on two parallel wireless communication networks that each use different wireless communication protocols. In response to a first connection request received from a first wireless network, the mobile wireless device tunes a single receiver contained therein from the first wireless network to a second wireless network. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150334656

Adaptive physical layer warm-up for lte tdd c-drx power optimization

Methods and apparatus to reduce power consumption in user equipment (ue) that operates in a connected discontinuous reception (c-drx) mode while in communication with wireless network are disclosed. A c-drx warm-up period before the ue enters an on-duration is adjusted dynamically based on one or more factors including a time division duplex (tdd) uplink/downlink (ul/dl) subframe configuration, signal-to-noise ratio (snr) values, and doppler shift values. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150334623

Cell reselection based on information collected from a plurality of mobile devices

Data provided by an access point of a wireless local area network (“wlan”) is used to assist a mobile device in cell reselection. If a serving cell of a cellular communications network is unsuitable for providing cellular service, a candidate cell co-located with the serving cell can be selected as the serving cell based on quality of service metrics associated with the serving cell and the candidate cell. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150334584

Measurement of a first rat based on metrics of a second rat

Performing measurement of a first rat while connected to a second rat. The ue may initially communicate with a base station of the second rat. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150334489

Microphone partial occlusion detector

Digital signal processing for microphone partial occlusion detection is described. In one embodiment, an electronic system for audio noise processing and for noise reduction, using a plurality of microphones, includes a first noise estimator to process a first audio signal from a first one of the microphones, and generate a first noise estimate. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150334479

Dynamically formed acoustic volume

This application relates to methods and apparatus for waterproofing an electronic device having an audio output. More particularly a method for dynamically forming an acoustic volume of air for a speaker component is disclosed. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150334397

Method for implementing a quantizer in a multimedia compression and encoding system

Method for implementing a quantizer in a multimedia compression and encoding system is disclosed. In the quantizer system of the present invention, several new quantization ideas are disclosed. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150334391

Region-based processing of predicted pixels

A method for decoding a compressed video data sequence containing one or more coded pixel blocks. The compressed video sequence is buffered. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150334111

Methods and apparatus to support globalplatform usage on an embedded uicc

Disclosed herein is a technique for managing one or more electronic subscriber identity modules (esims) on an embedded uicc (euicc). In particular, the technique involves leveraging the globalplatform™ specification and/or other telecommunication standards to support the esims on the euicc. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150333530

Operating a wireless power transfer system at multiple frequencies

A transmitter device in an inductive energy transfer system includes a first transmitter coil operatively connected to a first resonant circuitry. A receiver device includes a first receiver coil operatively connected to a first resonant circuitry. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150333293

Encapsulation layers with improved reliability

An electronic device may include a display having an array of organic light-emitting diodes formed on a substrate. An encapsulation layer may be formed over the array of organic light-emitting diodes to protect the organic light-emitting diodes from moisture and other contaminants. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150332874

Backlit keyboard including reflective component

A backlit keyboard including a metal reflective component. The backlit keyboard may include a top case, and a plurality of keys positioned adjacent a membrane. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150332782

Distortion cancellation in 3-d non-volatile memory

A method in a memory that includes multiple analog memory cells arranged in a three-dimensional (3-d) configuration, includes identifying multiple groups of potentially-interfering memory cells that potentially cause interference to a group of target memory cells. Partial distortion components, which are inflicted by the respective groups of the potentially-interfering memory cells on the target memory cells, are estimated. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150332754

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

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

11/19/15 / #20150332667

Analyzing audio input for efficient speech and music recognition

Systems and processes for analyzing audio input for efficient speech and music recognition are provided. In one example process, an audio input can be received. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150332661

Musical systems and methods

Musical performance/input systems, methods, and products can accept user inputs via a user interface, generate, sound, store, and/or modify one or more musical tones. The user interface can present one or more regions corresponding to related chords. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150332638

Devices and methods for reducing or eliminating mura artifact using dac based techniques

Devices and methods for reducing or eliminating image artifacts are provided. By way of example, a display panel includes a pixels including pixel electrodes configured to receive an image data signal, and common electrodes (vcoms) configured to receive a common voltage signal. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150332574

One layer metal trace strain gauge

A portable electronic device having a detection device is used to alert a user when the portable electronic device in undergoing a strain or deformation which could damage the portable electronic device. The alert includes an audible sound and/or a vibration event which signal to the user to remove the strain or deformation from the portable electronic device. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150331699

Dynamic routing of audio among multiple audio devices

A routing screen is presented on an electronic device by a user interface application in response to receiving a notification that an external audio device is connected to the electronic device. The routing screen displays representations of an internal audio device and the external audio device. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150331638

Efficient enforcement of command execution order in solid state drives

A method in a storage device includes receiving from a host storage commands for execution in a non-volatile memory of the storage device. At least a subset of the storage commands are to be executed in accordance with an order-of-arrival in which the storage commands in the subset are received. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150331595

Unified slider control for modifying multiple image properties

Some embodiments provide a novel user interface (ui) tool that is a unified slider control, which includes multiple sliders that slide along a region. The region is a straight line in some embodiments, while it is an angular arc in other embodiments. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150331571

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

A technique for accessing concurrently open applications is described. A first application view is displayed that corresponds to a first application in a plurality of concurrently open applications. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150331562

Multimedia control center

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

11/19/15 / #20150331535

Simultaneous self- and mutual capacitance sensing

A touch controller. The touch controller can include first sense circuitry configured to be coupled to a first electrode on a touch sensor panel, the first sense circuitry configured to sense a first self-capacitance associated with the first electrode, and a first mutual capacitance associated with the first electrode. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150331517

Force detection in touch devices using piezoelectric sensors

Systems and methods related to piezoelectric based force sensing in touch devices are presented. One embodiment, for example, may take the form of an apparatus including a touch device having a deformable device stack and a piezoelectric element positioned relative to the deformable device stack such that the piezoelectric element deforms with the deformable stack. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150331508

Integrated silicon-oled display and touch sensor panel

An integrated silicon-oled display and touch sensor panel is disclosed. The integrated silicon-oled display and touch sensor panel can include a silicon substrate, an array of transistors, one or more metallization layers, one or more vias, an oled stack, color filters, touch sensors, and additional components and circuitry. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150331456

Electronic device housing

An anti-shock device is disclosed to protect a portable electronic device from impact on a hard surface. The device includes shock absorbers which may be deployed upon sensing a triggering event by an accelerometer. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150331444

Electronic devices with cover layers mounted to displays

An electronic device may be provided with a display cover layer mounted to the device using an adhesive bond with a display. The display may be a flexible display. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150331410

Method and apparatus for component assembly using continuous selection

A manufacturing process for providing an assembly formed of a first piece and a best fitted second piece is described. The manufacturing process is carried out by performing at least the following operations: receiving the first piece characterized in accordance with at least a first attribute, selecting the best fitted second piece from a buffer, the selecting based in part upon a best matching value of a second attribute in relation to the first attribute, replacing the selected best fitted second piece with another second piece such that the number of second pieces in the buffer remains about the same, and forming the assembly the first part and the second part to form the assembly.. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150331292

Display with opaque border resistant to electrostatic discharge

A display may have a color filter layer and a thin-film transistor layer. A liquid crystal layer may be located between the color filter layer and the thin-film transistor layer. ... Apple Inc

11/19/15 / #20150327641

Composite fiber reinforcement for stiffening shells

This application relates to methods and apparatus for reinforcing fragile portions of a device case. In some embodiments, the device case can be reinforced by a reinforcing member made up of composite extrusions that are embedded within a top edge portion of the stiffening shell. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150327412

Light guided alignment for semi-automated seal application

In one embodiment, a method of installing a component in an electronic device is described. A light source shines a light through an aperture of on one end of the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150327370

System for orienting discrete parts

Systems and methods for positioning a component on a surface or substrate including the steps of applying a coating to a selected deposit area of the surface, each deposit area defining at least a portion of a perimeter of an alignment area, depositing an fluid on the coating, and depositing, dropping, or otherwise positioning the component above the alignment area are disclosed.. . ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150327326

Method for implementing specific termination cause codes in termination requests

A method includes a wireless mobile device communicating with a wireless network via an evolved high rate packet data (ehrpd) interface. The wireless mobile device may receive a vendor specific network control protocol (vsncp) packet such as a terminate-request packet, for example, that indicates the wireless network has requested a pdn disconnection. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150327238

System and method for resource block-specific control signaling

A system and method is disclosed for resource block-specific control signaling in a communication system. Communication data is transmitted using a transmission channel comprising a plurality of resource blocks defined by allocating time-frequency slots in a transmission resource. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150327001

Extended bluetooth communication modes

A method and system for an improved communication mode for bluetooth wireless devices is disclosed. Packets used in the improved communication mode are encoded using a convolutional encoder and transmitted with a particular modulation index such that the improved communication mode provides an improved link margin with respect to a communication mode specified in a bluetooth wireless communication protocol. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150326959

Liquid expulsion from an orifice

A device having one or more an acoustic modules. The acoustic module includes an acoustic element and a cavity that is acoustically coupled to the acoustic element. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150326896

Techniques for hdr/wcr video coding

Systems and methods are provided for processing high quality video data, such as data having a higher than standard bit depth, a high dynamic range, or a wide or custom color gamut, to be compatible with conventional encoders and decoders without significant loss of quality. High quality data is encoded into a plurality of layers with a base layer having the standard quality data and one or more higher quality layers. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150326568

Apparatus and methods for storing electronic access clients

Apparatus and methods for storing and controlling access control clients. In one embodiment, transmitting and receiving devices ensure that only one copy of an esim is active at any time. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150326545

Secure key rotation for an issuer security domain of an electronic device

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for securely rotating keys for an issuer security domain of an electronic device are provided. In one example embodiment, an electronic device may include a communications component that receives encrypted issuer data from a commercial entity subsystem. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150326378

Spectrum enhancement and user equipment coexistence through uplink/downlink decoupling for time division duplexing and through non-continuous frame structures for frequency division duplexing

Mobile devices, base stations, and/or relay stations may implement methods for decreasing required guard bands while also minimizing adjacent channel leakage ratio, when multiple mobile devices communicate over different respective adjacent specified frequency bands. For communications over at least one specified frequency band of the different respective adjacent frequency bands, a first bandwidth of uplink communications and/or a second bandwidth of downlink communications may be adjusted to differ from each other, and/or a communications bandwidth within the specified frequency band may be adjusted to be of a first size during a first portion of a specified data transmission period and to be of a second size during a second portion of the specified data transmission period, when at least some of the communications over the specified frequency band take place at frequencies adjacent to frequencies at which at least some of the communications take place over another specified frequency band.. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150326347

Uplink control signal design for wireless system

Transmission of uplink control message for a wireless system. The uplink control message may be encoded according to one of multiple possible schemes. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150326216

Thermal voltage margin recovery

A method and apparatus for thermal voltage margin recovery is disclosed. In one embodiment, an integrated circuit (ic) includes first and second temperature sensors at first and second locations of the ic, respectively. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150325560

Systems and methods for high-speed, low-profile memory packages and pinout designs

Systems and methods are provided for stacked semiconductor memory packages. Each package can include an integrated circuit (“ic”) package substrate capable of transmitting data to memory dies stacked within the package over two channels. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150325251

System and method for audio noise processing and noise reduction

Electronic system for audio noise processing and noise reduction comprises: first and second noise estimators, selector and attenuator. First noise estimator processes first audio signal from voice beamformer (vb) and generate first noise estimate. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150325212

Display protection for invalid timing signals

A device includes a timing test circuit. The timing test circuit receives a timing signal related to the display of an image on a display. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150324791

Storage of credential service provider data in a security domain of a secure element

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for efficiently storing credential service provider data in a security domain of a secure element of an electronic device are provided. In one example embodiment, an electronic device may include a secure element that, inter alia, receives credential service provider data from a secure element vendor subsystem, and that encrypts a key of the secure element with the received credential service provider data. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150324617

System and method for remotely initiating lost mode on a computing device

Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for remotely initiating lost mode on a computing device. A request that lost mode be initiated can include a message and contact information provided by the requesting user. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150324405

Ordered index

Systems and methods for processing an index are described. A postings list of items containing a particular term are ordered in a desired retrieval order, e.g., most recent first. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150324338

Identification of layout and content flow of an unstructured document

Some embodiments provide a method for analyzing an unstructured document that includes a number of glyphs, each of which has a position in the unstructured document. Based on positions of the glyphs in the unstructured document, the method creates associations between different sets of glyphs in order to identify different sets of glyphs as different words. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150324298

Cache memory for hybrid disk drives

A method for data storage in a data storage system, which includes a main storage device and a non-volatile memory, includes assessing quality levels of respective memory blocks of the non-volatile memory. One or more of the memory blocks whose assessed quality levels are lower than a predefined quality threshold are identified. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150324245

Intermediate database management layer

Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for using an intermediate database management layer to manage communications between an application layer and a database layer. The database management layer can receive an initial communication from the application layer and transmit a subsequent communication to a particular database based upon a rule. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150324116

Systems and methods for detecting a press on a touch-sensitive surface

Systems and methods for displaying and intuitively interacting with keyboards on a touch-sensitive surface are disclosed herein. In one aspect, a method is performed at an electronic device with one or more processors, memory, a touch-sensitive display, and one or more touch sensors coupled to the touch-sensitive display. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150324062

Wide dynamic range capacitive sensing

A touch sensor panel configured to detect objects touching the panel as well as objects that are at a varying proximity to the touch sensor panel. The touch sensor panel includes circuitry that can configure the panel in a mutual capacitance (near field) architecture or a self-capacitance (far field and super far field) architecture. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150324058

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for managing collaboration on a virtual work of art

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for managing collaboration on a virtual work of art between multiple electronic devices are provided. A first graphical display system of a first device may generate an input command in response to receiving user information through a user interface of the first device, and may then share this input command with a second graphical display system of a second device. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150323966

Heat dissipation in computing device

A computing device is disclosed. The computing device includes a shock mount assembly that is configured to provide impact absorption to sensitive components such as a display and an optical disk drive. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150323965

Self-profiling friction pads for electronic devices

This application relates to self-profiling friction pads for computing devices. In particular, the embodiments discussed herein describe self-profiling friction pads that have a naturally dome-shaped profile. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150323962

Housing for portable electronic device with reduced border region

An electronic device having a housing structure that is configured to receive at least one glass cover is disclosed. The glass cover serves to cover a display assembly provided within the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150323960

Method for asynchronous gating of signals between clock domains

An apparatus for synchronizing a signal from a first clock domain into a second clock domain is disclosed. The apparatus may include circuitry, a synchronization circuit, and a clock gate circuit. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150323843

Electrostatic discharge protection structures for liquid crystal displays

A liquid crystal display having an outer layer such as a thin-film transistor layer and an inner layer such as a color filter layer may be mounted in a metal device housing. Transparent conductive coating material may be formed on display layers. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150323831

Flipped panel displays with black column spacers

A liquid crystal display may have a thin-film transistor layer with an array of pixel electrode structures for applying electric fields to a liquid crystal layer. The liquid crystal display may also have a color filter layer with an array of color filter elements. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150323761

Small form factor high-resolution camera

A camera including a spherically curved photosensor and a lens system. Effective focal length f of the lens system is within about 20% of the radius of curvature of the photosensor. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150323456

Tilted mems

A micro-electro-mechanical system (mems) optical sensor, method of detecting sound using the mems optical sensor and method of manufacturing. The mems optical sensor including a substrate having a base portion and a vertically extending support portion. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150323342

Routing applications for navigation

Some embodiments provide a mapping application that provides routing information to third-party applications on a device. The mapping application receives route data that includes first and second locations. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150323340

Navigation application with several navigation modes

A method for providing navigation instructions on a device is described. As the device traverses a navigated route according to a first mode of transportation, the method displays a first turn-by-turn navigation presentation defined for the first mode. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150323313

Stress analysis of semiconductor wafers

According to an aspect of an embodiment, a method may include measuring, based on interferometry, a film thickness of a surface film of a semiconductor wafer at a plurality of locations that are along a scanline of the wafer. The method may also include measuring, based on interferometry, a substrate thickness of a substrate of the semiconductor wafer at the plurality of locations. ... Apple Inc

11/12/15 / #20150320203

Table with electrical ports

A table having electrical ports for supplying power or data is disclosed. The table may include one or more port housings having one or more electrical ports disposed on a surface of the port housing. ... Apple Inc

11/05/15 / #20150319729

Positioning accuracy using 3d building models

A mobile device adjusts the extents to which it depends on various satellites to estimate its global position based on the predicted probability for each such satellite that a ray extending from that satellite to the mobile device is obstructed by a building. The mobile device can predict the probabilities of building obstructions based on a digital model of the environment in which the mobile device is estimated to be. ... Apple Inc

11/05/15 / #20150319573

Location monitoring feature of a mobile device for activating an application subsystem

Methods, program products, and systems for baseband location monitoring and related functions are disclosed. A mobile device can monitor its own current location using its baseband subsystem and decide whether to selectively activate its application subsystem based on whether particular conditions are satisfied by the current location. ... Apple Inc

11/05/15 / #20150319534

Evacuation of liquid from acoustic space

An acoustic module, such as a microphone or speaker module, includes an acoustic membrane that vibrates to produce acoustic waves and an acoustic cavity through which acoustic waves produced by the membrane travel. A liquid removal mechanism removes liquid from the acoustic cavity. ... Apple Inc

11/05/15 / #20150319294

Fingerprint activation of a panic mode of operation for a mobile device

Fingerprint actuation is described for unlocking a mobile device and activating customized mobile device functions by using a fingerprint authentication technique. The mobile device uses a fingerprint sensor to authenticate a user for allowing secure access to certain mobile device functions or contents, and provides a utility in addition to unlocking the mobile device. ... Apple Inc

11/05/15 / #20150319235

Method and apparatus for coordinating multiple peer-to-peer networks

An apparatus and methods are provided for coordinating multiple peer-to-peer (p2p) networks. A device operates a first p2p communications protocol to participate in a first p2p network. ... Apple Inc

11/05/15 / #20150319206

Sharing a media station

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for sharing a media station. A user can share a media station with one or more other users. ... Apple Inc

11/05/15 / #20150318953

Method of controlling a communications link

The present invention is directed to a method of controlling a communications link and apparatus configured to perform this method. This invention is particularly related to but in no way limited to mimo (multiple inputs multiple outputs) wireless communications systems. ... Apple Inc

11/05/15 / #20150318709

Self-locating inductive coil

Methods and systems for automatically aligning a power-transmitting inductor with a power-receiving inductor. One embodiment includes multiple permanent magnets coupled to and arranged on a surface of a movable assembly accommodating a power-transmitting inductor. ... Apple Inc

11/05/15 / #20150318100

Actuator assisted alignment of connectible devices

A first electronic device is positionable between one or more contact positions and an aligned position with respect to a second electronic device. One or more actuators of the first electronic device are activated in response to one or more sensors of the first electronic device determining that the first electronic device and second electronic device are misaligned. ... Apple Inc

11/05/15 / #20150318037

Snr estimation in analog memory cells

A method includes programming a group of analog memory cells by writing respective analog values into the memory cells in the group. After programming the group, the analog values are read from the memory cells in the group using a set of read thresholds so as to produce readout results. ... Apple Inc

11/05/15 / #20150317772

Systems and methods for chroma noise reduction

Systems and methods for reducing chrominance (chroma) noise in image data are provided. In one example of such a method, image data in ycc format may be received into logic of an image signal processor. ... Apple Inc

11/05/15 / #20150317438

Supporting the monitoring of a physical activity

Improved techniques and systems for utilizing a portable electronic device to monitor, process, present and manage data captured by a remote sensor during a physical activity session are disclosed. The portable electronic device offers a convenient user interface that can be visual and/or audio based customized to a particular application, user-friendly and/or dynamic. ... Apple Inc

11/05/15 / #20150317192

Parallel runtime execution on multiple processors

A method and an apparatus that schedule a plurality of executables in a schedule queue for execution in one or more physical compute devices such as cpus or gpus concurrently are described. One or more executables are compiled online from a source having an existing executable for a type of physical compute devices different from the one or more physical compute devices. ... Apple Inc

11/05/15 / #20150317078

Method, device, and graphical user interface providing word recommendations for text input

A portable electronic device having a touch screen display displays a soft keyboard with a plurality key icons representing a plurality of letters the device detects a finger contact on a respective key icon representing a respective letter, and in response to detecting the finger contact on the respective key icon representing the respective letter, displays an enlarged view of the respective letter. The device then detects a liftoff of the finger contact from the respective key icon, and in response to detecting the liftoff, inputs the respective letter in a text input area, the text input area being displayed adjacent the soft keyboard and ceases to display the enlarged view of the respective letter.. ... Apple Inc

11/05/15 / #20150317013

Touch sensor with integrated signal bus extensions

A touch sensor may be formed from a flexible substrate such as a sheet of polymer. The flexible substrate may have a main rectangular portion and a protruding portion. ... Apple Inc

11/05/15 / #20150316689

Touch sensor panel having an index matching passivation layer

Touch sensor panels typically include a plurality of layers that can be stacked on top of each other. When the touch sensor panel is used in a bright environment, incident light can hit the interfaces between those layers of the stackup having mismatched refractive indices and can reflect off those interfaces. ... Apple Inc

11/05/15 / #20150316618

Methods and apparatus for battery power and energy availability prediction

This application relates to methods and apparatus for predicting power and energy availability of a battery. The prediction is made based on a given amount of time, which represents a period in which the battery may be required to operate. ... Apple Inc

11/05/15 / #20150316090

I/o connector with integrated adjustable set screw

An externally accessible component in an electronic device is described. The component may be installed within an enclosure without being properly aligned with an opening of the enclosure. ... Apple Inc

11/05/15 / #20150315715

Methods for forming defect-free anodized parts

Manufacturing methods related to anodizing of metal parts are described. In particular, pre-anodizing and post-anodizing methods for forming a consistent and defect-free interface between metal and non-metal sections of a part are described. ... Apple Inc

11/05/15 / #20150315687

Metallic glass meshes, actuators, sensors, and methods for constructing the same

Described herein are methods of constructing a part using metallic glass alloys, layer by layer, as well as metallic glass-forming materials designed for use therewith. Metallic glass meshes, metallic glass actuators, three dimensional metallic glass thermal history sensors, and methods of their manufacture are also disclosed.. ... Apple Inc

11/05/15 / #20150315678

Methods for constructing parts with improved properties using metallic glass alloys

Described herein are methods of constructing a part having improved properties using metallic glass alloys, layer by layer. In accordance with certain aspects, a layer of metallic glass-forming powder is deposited to selected positions and then fused to a surface layer (i.e. ... Apple Inc

11/05/15 / #20150314566

Methods for imparting compressive stress on metallic glass parts

Described herein are methods of constructing a part using metallic glass-forming alloys, layer by layer, as well as bulk metallic glass-forming materials designed for use therewith. In certain embodiments, a layer of metallic glass-forming alloy powder, wire, or a sheet of metallic glass material is deposited to selected positions and then fused to a layer below by suitable methods such as laser heating or electron beam heating. ... Apple Inc

11/05/15 / #20150314197

Implementing challenges in single-player games

A method of implementing challenges in single-player games starts with a server receiving a challenge from a first mobile device and transmitting the challenge to a second mobile device. The challenge may include a high score or an achievement of a single-player game obtained on the first mobile device, the server may determine that a new high score is obtained on the second mobile device that is equal or greater than the high score included in the challenge or that the achievement is completed on the second mobile device. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150313003

Plastic electronic device structures with embedded components

Circuitry such as electrical components and wires and traces on flexible printed circuits can be embedded within injection-molded plastic structures. The electrical components can include integrated circuits, connectors, and system-in-package circuit modules. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150312808

Charging information for wlan network selection in 3gpp-wlan data offloading

A user equipment (ue) may receive charging data and use the charging data in determinations of whether to offload data from a mobile communication network, such as a 3gpp cellular network, to another wireless access network, such as a wireless local area network (wlan). For example, the ue may receive, from the mobile communication network, charging data regarding one or more wlans in the vicinity of the ue. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150312807

Performing handover from a second generation rat to a fourth generation rat

Transitioning a ue from a first rat to a third rat in an area having a first rat, a second rat, and a third rat. The first rat may be a second generation rat, the second rat may be a third generation rat, and the third rat may be a fourth generation rat. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150312712

Personal items network, and associated methods

A personal items network, comprising a plurality of items, each item having a wireless communications port for coupling in network with every other item, each item having a processor for determining if any other item in the network is no longer linked to the item, each item having an indicator for informing a user that an item has left the network, wherein a user may locate lost items. A method for locating lost personal items, comprising: linking at least two personal items together on a network; and depositing one or both of time and location information in an unlost item when one of the items is lost out of network.. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150312699

Apparatus and methods for provisioning subscriber identity data in a wireless network

Apparatus and methods for provisioning wireless devices for operation in one or more networks. In one embodiment, a provisioning service may provide access client (e.g., subscriber identity module) data to a secure element in the wireless user device. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150312698

Methods and apparatus for delivering electronic identification components over a wireless network

Methods and apparatus enabling programming of electronic identification information of a wireless apparatus. In one embodiment, a previously purchased or deployed wireless apparatus is activated by a cellular network. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150312479

Image sensor having a uniform digital power signature

An image sensor and a method of operating an image sensor to achieve a substantially uniform power signature. An array of pixels may be scanned using analog sensing circuitry to obtain an analog sensor output. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150312452

Clamping clip for camera module focusing during assembly

A clamping clip for use in an assembly process for a camera module includes a sheet of ferromagnetic material that includes a first aperture that corresponds to a second aperture in a housing that encloses an actuator that moves a lens assembly. At least three positioning legs are attached to an outer periphery of the sheet of ferromagnetic material such that the at least three legs will closely engage side walls of the housing. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150312408

Simultaneous lte data and dsda voice

Performing data communications by a dual sim dual active (dsda) user equipment (ue), while simultaneously conducting two concurrent voice calls. The ue may receive a request to perform data communications while conducting a first voice call on a first radio and concurrently conducting a second voice call on a second radio. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150311965

Feedback scheduling to reduce feedback rates in mimo systems

In a closed-loop wireless communication system, a codebook-based feedback control mechanism is provided where feedback from each of a plurality of receivers is scheduled to control the feedback so that the receiving devices do not needlessly feed back precoding information to the transmitting device. The feedback may be controlled by establishing and distributing a schedule to control when each receiver feeds back precoding information, or by establishing and distributing a metric-based feedback threshold that must be satisfied before feedback is permitted.. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150311960

Electronic device with near-field antenna operating through display

An electronic device may have a display. A display cover layer and a transparent inner display member may overlap a display pixel layer. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150311741

Connector-free magnetic charger/winder

A method and apparatus for charging an electronic device include rotating a magnetically attractable element, or element, within the electronic device. Rotating a magnet external to the electronic device simultaneously rotates the element. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150311740

Encapsulated inductive charging coil

At least one inductive charging coil is encapsulated within one or more walls of the enclosure of an electronic device. The inductive charging coil or coils may be insert molded into the enclosure of the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150311705

Multiport power converter with load detection capabilities

Power converters are provided that convert alternating current (ac) power to direct current (dc) power. A power converter may have multiple ports. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150311609

Folding so-dimm socket

Sockets that provide easy access for users to change cards while allowing the use of thinner device enclosures. One example provides a socket having two positions. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150311594

Electronic devices with hybrid antennas

An electronic device may be provided with hybrid planar inverted-f slot antennas and indirectly fed slot antennas. A hybrid antenna may be used to form a dual band wireless local area network antenna. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150311579

Electronic device antenna carrier coupled to printed circuit and housing structures

Electronic device antenna structures may include first and second antennas. A housing may have a periphery that is surrounded by peripheral conductive structures such as a segmented peripheral metal member. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150311011

Assembly of a handheld electronic device

Several mechanical features of an electronic device are provided. In some embodiments, the electronic device may include a bezel coupled to a housing. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150310991

Multi-layered ceramic capacitors

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

10/29/15 / #20150310900

Request aggregation with opportunism

Systems, apparatuses, and methods for aggregating memory requests with opportunism in a display pipeline. Memory requests are aggregated for each requestor of a plurality of requestors in the display pipeline. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150310847

Hearing aid compatible audio device with acoustic noise cancellation

A portable audio device, which includes active noise cancellation circuitry, a hearing aid compliant magnetic radiator, and a speaker/earpiece, is surrounded by ambient acoustic noise. The active noise cancellation circuitry provides an anti-noise signal at an input of the speaker to control/reduce the ambient acoustic noise outside of the device. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150310846

Off-ear detector for personal listening device with active noise control

In a personal listening device, an anc system can benefit from a mechanism to detect an off-ear condition, which may be a situation in which the user of the personal listening device has moved an earphone or handset housing away from her ear. A detector may detect such a condition using signals from a touch sensor and/or a vibration sensor that are integrated in the earphone or handset housing, and in response power down the anc system, or in the case of an adaptive anc system slow down, or even freeze, the adaptation of one or more adaptive filters. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150310844

Intelligent keyboard interface for virtual musical instrument

A user interface for a virtual musical instrument presents a number of chord touch regions, each corresponding to a chord of a diatonic key. Within each chord region a number of touch zones are provided, including treble clef zones and bass clef zones. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150310801

Displays with overlapping light-emitting diodes and gate drivers

An electronic device may be provided with a display. The display may be formed from an array of organic light-emitting diode display pixels. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150310795

Luminescence shock avoidance in display devices

A luminescence shock avoidance algorithm selectively limits the brightness level of a display device when the display device is activated in a dark environment to prevent the temporary vision impairment that can occur when a display device is activated in a dark environment. The algorithm receives the state of the display (e.g. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150310580

Intelligent gpu memory pre-fetching and gpu translation lookaside buffer management

A method and apparatus of a device that manages virtual memory for a graphics processing unit is described. In an exemplary embodiment, the device performs translation lookaside buffer coherency for a translation lookaside buffer of the graphics processing unit of the device. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150310190

Method and system for ensuring sequential playback of digital media

Techniques for ensuring that media playback proceeds sequentially through media content of a digital media asset are disclosed. In one embodiment, distinct portions (e.g., segments) of a digital media asset can be separately encrypted such that on playback decoded data being output from at least one prior portion can be used to derive a cryptographic key that is used in decrypting a subsequent portion of the digital media asset.. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150309997

Mobile device having human language translation capability with positional feedback

A mobile electronic device has a touch sensitive screen and an accelerometer. A translator is to translate a word or phrase that is in a first human language and that is entered via a first virtual keyboard displayed on the touch sensitive screen, into a second human language. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150309944

Methods for cache line eviction

A method and apparatus for evicting cache lines from a cache memory includes receiving a request from one of a plurality of processors. The cache memory is configured to store a plurality of cache lines, and a given cache line includes an identifier indicating a processor that performed a most recent access of the given cache line. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150309940

Gpu shared virtual memory working set management

A method and apparatus of a device that manages virtual memory for a graphics processing unit is described. In an exemplary embodiment, the device manages a graphics processing unit working set of pages. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150309939

Selective cache way-group power down

A method and apparatus for selectively powering down a portion of a cache memory includes determining a power down condition dependent upon a number of accesses to the cache memory. In response to the detection of the power down condition, selecting a group of cache ways included in the cache memory dependent upon a number of cache lines in each cache way that are also included in another cache memory. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150309928

Metadata redundancy schemes for non-volatile memories

Systems and methods are provided for storing data to or reading data from a non-volatile memory (“nvm”), such as flash memory, using a metadata redundancy scheme. In some embodiments, an electronic device, which includes an nvm, may also include a memory interface for controlling access to the nvm. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150309870

Memory device with internal signal processing unit

A method for operating a memory includes storing data in a plurality of analog memory cells that are fabricated on a first semiconductor die by writing input storage values to a group of the analog memory cells. After storing the data, multiple output storage values are read from each of the analog memory cells in the group using respective, different threshold sets of read thresholds, thus providing multiple output sets of the output storage values corresponding respectively to the threshold sets. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150309792

Reducing latency for pointer chasing loads

Systems, methods, and apparatuses for reducing the load to load/store address latency in an out-of-order processor. When a producer load is detected in the processor pipeline, the processor predicts whether the producer load is going to hit in the store queue. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150309692

Device, method, and graphical user interface for copying formatting attributes

An electronic device simultaneously displays on a touch-sensitive display a first user interface object and a second user interface object. The second user interface object has formatting attributes, one or more of which are distinct from corresponding formatting attributes in the first user interface object. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150309688

System and method for interacting with a displayed work space

An application interface is provided that allows a user to interact with a work space. The application interface may include a defined display area that includes one or more discrete works spaces. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150309641

Touch screen stack-up processing

A multi-touch sensor panel is disclosed that can be produced by forming a plurality of first traces of substantially transparent conductive material on a first substrate, forming a plurality of second traces of the substantially transparent material, and creating a fluid-tight gap between the plurality of first traces and the plurality of second traces. The fluid-tight gap can then be filled with a fluid having substantially no bubbles and an optical index similar to the optical index of the first and second traces to make the gap and the first and second traces substantially transparent. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150309624

Integrated in-plane switching

This relates to adding multi-touch functionality to a display without the need of a separate multi-touch panel or layer overlaying the display. Instead, embodiments of the invention can advantageously utilize existing display circuitry to provide multi-touch functionality while adding relatively little circuitry that is specific to the multi-touch functionality. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150309623

Display with dual-function capacitive elements

A touch screen including display pixels with capacitive elements is provided. The touch screen includes first common voltage lines connecting capacitive elements in adjacent display pixels, and a second common voltage line connecting first common voltage lines. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150309608

Esd detection on a touch input device

A touch sensitive device that detects the occurrence of an electrostatic discharge event on the device by analyzing an acquired touch image for characteristics associated with the occurrence of an esd event is provided. An acquired touch image is analyzed for characteristics that differentiate it from a touch image generated by a user input and are correlated with an expected touch image generated by an esd event.. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150308486

Threaded structures joined using adhesive-filled balls

Threaded fasteners may be used in assembling structures. A threaded fastener such as a threaded screw may be used to secure one structure to another structure or may have a radially enlarged portion that retains a rotating member to the threaded fastener. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150308470

Magnetic preloading of joints

A first component is coupled to a second component by one or more joints. Magnetic force between at least a first magnetic and second magnetic unit preloads the joint by placing the joint in compression. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150307967

Amorphous alloy powder feedstock processing

Described herein is a method of producing a feedstock comprising a bmg. A powder is compacted to for the feed-stock. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150307313

Systems and methods for hanking a cable

Systems and methods for hanking a cable are disclosed. A hanked cable may be formed by winding the cable around two or more mandrels attached to support members of a winding fixture. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150306670

Continuous moldless fabrication of amorphous alloy ingots

Described herein is a method of producing an alloy. The method includes pouring a stream of molten mixture of component elements of the alloy, separating the stream into discrete pieces, solidifying the discrete pieces by cooling before the discrete pieces contact any liquid or solid. ... Apple Inc

10/29/15 / #20150306505

Personal items network, and associated methods

A personal items network, comprising a plurality of items, each item having a wireless communications port for coupling in network with every other item, each item having a processor for determining if any other item in the network is no longer linked to the item, each item having an indicator for informing a user that an item has left the network, wherein a user may locate lost items. A method for locating lost personal items, comprising: linking at least two personal items together on a network; and depositing one or both of time and location information in an unlost item when one of the items is lost out of network.. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150305175

Unitary housing for electronic device

An electronic device having a unitary housing is disclosed. The device can include a first housing component having an open cavity, an internal electronic part disposed within the cavity, a second housing component disposed across the cavity, and a support feature disposed within the cavity and arranged to support the second housing component. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150305056

Deterministic rrc connections

This disclosure relates to techniques for scheduling radio resource control connections between a wireless device and a network element of a network in advance. According to some embodiments, a wireless device may provide an indication of one or more types of upcoming data traffic to the network element. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150305055

Methods and apparatus for partial interference reduction within wireless networks

Methods and apparatus that enable one or more wireless networks to minimize inter-cellular interference (ici) at a receiver. In one embodiment, the network comprises an ofdm-based cellular network, and the method comprises utilizing a priori knowledge of non-data portions of signals from multiple base stations in order to schedule transmissions. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150305035

Dynamic antenna tuning for multi-band multi-carrier wireless systems

Apparatus and methods for the design and dynamic tuning of antenna circuitry for use across multiple radio frequency bands in wireless communication devices is disclosed herein. An antenna apparatus includes antenna tuning control, antenna tuning circuitry, and a set of one or more physical antennas. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150305013

Adaptive generation of channel state feedback (csf) based on base station csf scheduling

Adaptive generation of channel state feedback (csf) based on base station csf scheduling. Csf report scheduling information may be received. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150304955

Deterministic rrc connections

This disclosure relates to techniques for scheduling radio resource control connections between a wireless device and a network element of a network in advance. According to some embodiments, a wireless device may provide an indication of one or more types of upcoming data traffic to the network element. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150304943

Medium access control for wireless systems

A method for execution by a mobile station (ms) in a mobile communications network, the method comprising: receiving a first ms identifier from the network during a ranging operation involving the ms; using the first ms identifier to extract the contents of at least one message received from the network during said ranging operation; using a second ms identifier, different from the first ms identifier, to extract the contents of at least one message received from the network after said ranging operation is complete. Also, a method for execution by the base station, comprising: outputting a first message destined for the ms, the first message including a first identifier for use by the ms during a ranging operation; determining that said ranging operation is complete; outputting a second message destined for the ms, the second message including a second identifier for use by the ms in subsequent communication with the network.. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150304883

Deterministic rrc connections

This disclosure relates to techniques for scheduling radio resource control connections between a wireless device and a network element of a network in advance. According to some embodiments, a wireless device may provide an indication of one or more types of upcoming data traffic to the network element. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150304835

Low power wireless device discovery

An efficient wireless connection protocol is described.. . ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150304828

Reminders according to used/connected/nearby device capability

This specification discloses methods and systems for setting automatic reminders in a primary device when the services/capabilities offered by the primary device or one of the connected/nearby devices change. In a first embodiment, the method can include sending a reminder according to a service becoming available on a mobile device. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150304770

Un-tethered wireless audio system

A wireless speaker audio system configured to receive audio information wirelessly transmitted by an audio source including first and second wireless transceivers. The first wireless transceiver establishes a bidirectional secondary wireless link with the audio source for receiving and acknowledging receipt of the audio information. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150304738

Adaptive media content scrubbing on a remote device

Systems and techniques are disclosed for controlling, from a mobile device, media content stored on the mobile device to a media client for presentation on a display device. Data can be provided from the mobile device to the media client for identifying the location of the media content and a playback time. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150304620

Color calibration and use of multi-led flash modules

Systems, methods, and computer readable media to identify the operating characteristics of a multi-led flash module for use with a image capture device are described. Flash modules having multiple leds have been found to exhibit large module-to-module variation in the light spectrum they emit. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150304323

Use of a biometric image for authorization

A second user can authorize a first user to take or complete an online action by submitting one or more biometric images. For example, the second user can authorize a purchase by the first user on an online store. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150304132

Methods and systems for adaptive channel estimation/prediction filter design

A method to adapt a set of multi-point channel estimation filters for use in wireless communications including measuring a plurality of reception values is provided. Each reception value included in the plurality of reception values associated with one of the network nodes. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150303699

Multi-coil induction

Methods and apparatuses for improved efficiency of power transfer across an inductive charging interface by selectively activating, deactivating, or modifying one or more of a plurality of transmit coils associated with an inductive power transmitter are disclosed.. . ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150303649

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

10/22/15 / #20150303568

Antennas for near-field and non-near-field communications

An electronic device may be provided with antenna structures. The antenna structures may be coupled to non-near-field communications circuitry such as cellular telephone transceiver circuitry or wireless local area network circuitry. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150303549

Electronic device connector structures with antennas

An electronic device may have radio-frequency transceiver circuitry for transmitting and receiving antenna signals using an antenna. The antenna may be formed within a connector port in the electronic device or may be formed on an external cable that is coupled to the connector port. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150303416

Battery pack with cells of different capacities electrically coupled in parallel

The disclosed embodiments provide a battery pack for use with a portable electronic device. The battery pack includes a first set of cells with different capacities electrically coupled in a parallel configuration. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150303244

Electronic devices with display-integrated light sensors

An electronic device is provided, with a display and a display-integrated light sensor. The display includes a transparent cover layer, light-generating layers, and a touch-sensitive layer. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150303149

Emi shielded wafer level fan-out pop package

In some embodiments, a semiconductor device package assembly may include a first substrate. The first substrate may include a first set of electrical conductors which electrically connect the assembly. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150302971

Induction coil having a conductive winding formed on a surface of a molded substrate

The following examples and embodiments are directed to an induction coil that can be used in a variety of applications, including, for example, induction charging systems. In one example, an induction coil is configured to couple an electrical field between a base device and a mobile device in an inductive charge system. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150302709

Tactile feedback in an electronic device

An electronic device for providing tactile feedback is provided. The electronic device may provide tactile feedback using any suitable approach, including for example vibration, heat, electrical, visual, or any other type of feedback. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150302544

Coordinate based qos escalation

Systems and methods for determining priorities of pixel fetch requests of separate requestors in a display control unit. The distance between the oldest pixel in an output buffer and the output equivalent coordinate of the oldest outstanding source pixel read request for each requestor in the display control unit is calculated. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150301938

Lba bitmap usage

Systems and methods are disclosed for logical block address (“lba) bitmap usage for a system having non-volatile memory (“nvm”). A bitmap can be stored in volatile memory of the system, where the bitmap can store the mapping statuses of one or more logical addresses. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150301760

Correction of block errors for a system having non-volatile memory

Systems and methods are disclosed for correction of block errors for a system having non-volatile memory (“nvm”). In particular, the system can store a parity page per page-modulo, where a pre-determined number of pages of a block or a band of the nvm may be allocated as page-modulo xor (“pmx”) parity pages. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150301681

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

10/22/15 / #20150301615

Impact and contactless gesture inputs for docking stations

A docking station configured to mate to an electronic device enables methods of interacting with the electronic device by impacting (e.g., knocking) on a table on which the device and/or the docking station are disposed and by means of contactless gestures. The electronic device may remain in a powered off state while the docking station continuously monitors for user input. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150301565

Active screen protection for electronic device

An electronic device includes one or more screens, multiple screen protectors moveable between a retracted position and extended position where they extend above the screen to create a gap, and one or more sensors. When the sensor detects a drop event, the screen protectors move from the retracted to extended position, functioning as a shock absorber and preventing the screen from connecting with a surface that the electronic device contacts. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150301563

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

10/22/15 / #20150301417

Logo patterning methods for liquid crystal displays

A display may have a thin-film transistor (tft) layer and a color filter layer. The tft layer may have a first substrate, a first black masking layer, a planarization layer, and a layer of tft circuitry on the planarization layer. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150300961

Electronic device having components with stress visualization features

An electronic device may have housing structures, electrical components, and other electronic device structures. Stress sensing structures may be formed using coatings on these electronic device structures. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150300833

Providing navigation instructions while device is in locked mode

A method of providing navigation instructions in a locked mode of a device is disclosed. The method, while the display screen of the device is turned off, determines that the device is near a navigation point. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150300832

Hierarchy of tools for navigation

Some embodiments provide a mapping application that provides a variety of ui elements for allowing a user to specify a location (e.g., for viewing or serving as route destinations). In some embodiments, these location-input ui elements appear in succession on a sequence of pages, according to a hierarchy that has the ui elements that require less user interaction appear on earlier pages in the sequence than the ui elements that require more user interaction. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150299825

Methods for constructing parts using metallic glass alloys, and metallic glass alloy materials for use therewith

Described herein are methods of constructing a three-dimensional part using metallic glass alloys, layer by layer, as well as metallic glass-forming materials designed for use therewith. In certain embodiments, a layer of metallic glass-forming powder or a sheet of metallic glass material is deposited to selected positions and then fused to a layer below by suitable methods such as laser heating or electron beam heating. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150299824

Amorphous alloy roll forming of feedstock or component part

Embodiments herein relate to a method of making roll formed objects of a bulk solidifying amorphous alloy comprising a metal alloy, and articles thereof. The roll forming includes forming a portion of the bulk solidifying amorphous alloy at a temperature greater than a glass transition temperature (tg) of the metal alloy. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150298392

Methods for attaching structures using heat activated thermoset film and induction heating

An electronic device assembly may have electronic components enclosed within plastic and/or metal housing structures. The assembly may include first and second housing structures that are joined using heat activated thermoset polymer film. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150298251

Coated substrate and process for cutting a coated substrate

A system and method of forming a sapphire component. The method may include disposing an absorptive-barrier layer on a first surface of a sapphire substrate, performing a cut in the sapphire substrate using a laser beam incident on the absorptive-barrier layer, and forming and removing molten sapphire from the cut. ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150298207

Inductive coil designs for the melting and movement of amorphous metals

An apparatus with a vessel (20), a first induction source (30), and a second induction source (32) in the melt zone (12). The first induction source (30) is used to melt the material received in the vessel (20). ... Apple Inc

10/22/15 / #20150298206

Injection molding and casting of materials using a vertical injection molding system

An injection molding system and methods for improving performance of the same. The system includes a plunger rod and a melt zone that are provided in-line and on a vertical axis. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150282350

Electronic device with cured adhesive screw boss mounting structures

Screw bosses may be attached to a support structure using screw boss support structures. The screw boss support structures may be formed from cured adhesive. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150282329

Methods for assembling electronic devices with adhesive

An electronic device may have housing structures, electrical components, and other electronic device structures. Adhesive may be used to join electronic device structures. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150282304

Flexible printed circuits with bend retention structures

An electronic device may be provided with printed circuits. Electrical components may be interconnected using signal paths formed from metal traces in the printed circuits. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150282237

Performing data communication using a first rat while performing a voice call using a second rat

Performing data communication using a first radio access technology (rat) while performing a voice call using a second rat, using a first radio (e.g., a single radio for cellular communication. The ue may use the first radio to initially perform first data communication using the first rat. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150282108

Cellular network assisted proximity services registration procedures and event framework for proximity requests/alerts using session initiation protocol

This disclosure relates to providing proximity services (prose) registration, proximity request, proximity alert, proximity request cancellation, and deregistration handling between a wireless device and a prose function of a cellular core network using session initiation protocol. According to some embodiments, a wireless device and a prose function of a cellular core network may exchange sip signaling messages to register and de-register the wireless device for cellular network assisted proximity services. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150281893

Multi-tiered detection of a geofence

Methods, program products, and systems for multi-tier detection of a geofence are disclosed. In general, in one aspect, a mobile device can be configured to perform a task when the mobile device enters a geographic region. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150281892

Beacon-based geofencing

A mobile device can monitor a current location using a multi-tier approach. A baseband subsystem can monitor a coarse location of the mobile device using various course location parameters, such as a mobile country code (mcc), a location area code (lac), or a cell identifier (cell id), as the mobile device moves closer to the geographic region. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150281846

Compact audio speaker

A audio speaker includes two parallel magnetically permeable plates and a diaphragm movably supported parallel to and approximately equidistant from the plates by a surround. A magnet assembly is coupled to the two magnetically permeable plates and passes through an opening in the diaphragm. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150281811

Personal items network, and associated methods

A personal items network, comprising a plurality of items, each item having a wireless communications port for coupling in network with every other item, each item having a processor for determining if any other item in the network is no longer linked to the item, each item having an indicator for informing a user that an item has left the network, wherein a user may locate lost items. A method for locating lost personal items, comprising: linking at least two personal items together on a network; and depositing one or both of time and location information in an unlost item when one of the items is lost out of network.. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150281642

Establishing a connection for a video call

A system and method for conducting a video call between an originating device and a terminating device by establishing a peer-to-peer (p2p) connection between the devices. The originating and terminating devices exchange candidate information through a p2p server, except that the candidate information for the terminating device is altered before arriving at the originating device. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150281424

Personal items network, and associated methods

A personal items network, comprising a plurality of items, each item having a wireless communications port for coupling in network with every other item, each item having a processor for determining if any other item in the network is no longer linked to the item, each item having an indicator for informing a user that an item has left the network, wherein a user may locate lost items. A method for locating lost personal items, comprising: linking at least two personal items together on a network; and depositing one or both of time and location information in an unlost item when one of the items is lost out of network.. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150280986

Multifunctional devices as virtual accessories

At least certain embodiments of the present disclosure include a framework for turning one or more multifunctional devices coupled to a personal area network (pan) into virtual accessories of another multifunctional device coupled to the pan. In one embodiment, connection between a multifunctional device and a pan is established, where the pan is further coupled to a set of multifunctional devices. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150280941

Channel estimation and interference cancellation for virtual mimo demodulation

A method and system for wireless communication in a wireless communication network. The wireless communication network has a first mobile terminal and a second mobile terminal arranged in virtual multiple input, multiple output (“v-mimo”) communication with a base station. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150280895

Apparatus and methods for flexible provision of control data in large data structures

Methods and apparatus for the flexible provision of control data within large data structures. In one exemplary embodiment, displayport is modified from its existing 8b/10b line coding to 128b/130b (or 128b/132b). ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150280794

Communicating a feedback data structure containing information identifying coding to be applied on wirelessly communicated signaling

To perform wireless communications in a closed loop multiple input, multiple output (mimo) system, a feedback data structure is communicated over a wireless channel between a first wireless node and a second wireless node, where the feedback data structure contains indicators identifying coding to be applied by the second wireless node on signaling communicated between the second wireless node and the first wireless node, where the information in the feedback data structure is based on wireless channel conditions detected at the first wireless node. The indicators identify different codings to be used for different corresponding bands in the wireless channel.. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150280771

Tunable antenna systems

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

10/01/15 / #20150280767

Laser welding of transparent and opaque materials

Welding of transparent material in electronic devices. An electronic device may include an enclosure having at least one aperture formed through a portion of the enclosure. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150280676

Metadata for ducking control

An audio encoding device and an audio decoding device are described herein. The audio encoding device may examine a set of audio channels/channel groups representing a piece of sound program content and produce a set of ducking values to associate with one of the channels/channel groups. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150280483

Temperature management for inductive charging systems

A thermal management system for an electromagnetic induction-power transfer system. The system may include a charging apparatus including a housing that defines an interface surface. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150280442

Tessellated inductive power transmission system coil configurations

A system for inductive power transmission includes at least one interface surface and a plurality of triangular coil elements positioned underneath the interface surface such that at least one edge of the respective triangular coil element is adjacent to an edge of at least one other of the triangular coil elements. Each of the triangular coil elements may be operable to inductively transmit power to at least one coil of at least one electronic device and/or inductively receive power from the coil of the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150280313

Structures for shielding and mounting components in electronic devices

An electronic device may be provided with a conductive housing. An antenna window structure may be formed in an opening in the housing. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150279330

Aligned video comparison tool

A video quality comparison tool provides for direct visual perceptual comparison of video sequences. Two inputs are presented at the same position and size, with no-look user choice of which to see and easy back-and-forth comparison while the videos are playing, single-stepping, or paused.. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150279179

Communication using coupled devices

A first device presents first information that is associated with a first mode of operation. The first device receives a communication from a second device that is communicably coupled to the first device. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150279020

Display panel characterization system with flatness and light leakage measurement capabilities

A display characterization system may be used to gather display flatness data and light leakage data from a display. The display characterization system may include a camera system that includes flatness measurement cameras and a light leakage measurement camera. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150278574

Processing a fingerprint for fingerprint matching

Processing a fingerprint can include determining one or more optimal weights based on ridge flow angles or ridge flow angle differences. Determination of the optimal weight(s) can be based on predicting a ridge flow angle for each cell in a ridge flow map using one or more neighboring cells. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150278326

Migration of feedback data to equivalent digital assets

Methods and systems for managing for migrating feedback data from one digital asset to another digital asset are disclosed. Typically, the one digital asset is available for distribution from a network-based media distribution system, but then subsequently is removed from distribution for any of a number of reasons. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150278134

Clock control for dma busses

A method and system is disclosed for accessing i/o and memory devices utilizing a dma controller. Each device may be connected to the dma controller through an individual channel. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150277893

Authentication and notification heuristics

Server-side authentication of user accounts by using multiple authentication tokens and transmission of update statement to users for updates to applications installed on their devices. Prompting users that updates are available upon determining that a threshold event has occurred and if requisite network and situational conditions exist. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150277889

Cloud-based application resource files

A cloud computing system can be used to transparently reduce the storage space of an application on a client device. An application can be installed with a minimal set of application resource files. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150277670

User interface for multiple display regions

User interfaces for multiple display regions are described. One embodiment provides an array of non-overlapping windows that are created from a set of overlapping windows, and a user can select one of the non-overlapping windows to obtain an enlarged view of that selected window while keeping the other windows in their non-overlapping state. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150277664

Split sense lines for negative pixel conpensation

A touch panel configured to compensate for negative pixel effect is disclosed. The panel can be configured to increase a capacitive sense signal, indicative of a touching or hovering object, in order to compensate for an increase in negative capacitance when the object is poorly grounded. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150277590

Suppressing errant motion using integrated mouse and touch information

The suppression of errant motion regarding a mouse is disclosed. Mouse and touch information can be integrated to determine whether a gesture made on a surface of the mouse is errant, such as when a mouse is being moved and the fingers holding the mouse inadvertently move on the mouse surface. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150277562

Adjusting the level of acoustic and haptic output in haptic devices

A haptic device in an electronic device includes a feedback surface, one or more actuators, and a connection member connected between the feedback surface and each actuator. At least one actuator produces an attracting or repelling force that creates movement in the connection member and the feedback surface. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150277559

Devices and methods for a ring computing device

A user controls an external electronic device with a finger-ring-mounted touchscreen that includes a computer processor, wireless transceiver, and rechargeable power source; the ring is worn on a first finger receives an input from a second finger, selects one of a plurality of touch events associated with the input, and wirelessly transmits a command associated with the touch event to the external electronic device.. . ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150277541

L2 cache retention mode

Systems and methods for reducing leakage power in a l2 cache within a soc. The l2 cache is partitioned into multiple banks, and each bank has its own separate power supply. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150276976

Proximity sensors with optical and electrical sensing capabilities

An electronic device may be provided with a touch screen display that is controlled based on information from a proximity sensor. The proximity sensor may have a light source that emits infrared light and a light detector that detects reflected infrared light. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150276396

Personal items network, and associated methods

A personal items network, comprising a plurality of items, each item having a wireless communications port for coupling in network with every other item, each item having a processor for determining if any other item in the network is no longer linked to the item, each item having an indicator for informing a user that an item has left the network, wherein a user may locate lost items. A method for locating lost personal items, comprising: linking at least two personal items together on a network; and depositing one or both of time and location information in an unlost item when one of the items is lost out of network.. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150275351

Evaporation tool

An evaporation tool is provided that has an elongated evaporation source with elongated edges that run parallel to a longitudinal axis and shorter edges that run perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The evaporation source has multiple evaporation sources formed by respective source orifices through which material is evaporated. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150274585

Asymmetric chemical strengthening

Apparatus, systems and methods for increasing the strength of glass are disclosed. The strengthening of one portion of the glass article can be performed to a greater degree than another portion. ... Apple Inc

10/01/15 / #20150273524

Acoustic modules

In one embodiment, acoustic devices are formed on a substrate which is then placed on a first haf layer, a screen, and a second haf layer. The layers of haf each have apertures aligned with acoustic ports of the devices. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150271961

Disassembly fixture, apparatus, and method for an electronic device

Apparatuses, fixtures, methods, and computer program products for disassembling devices are provided. A disassembly apparatus may include first and second disassembly fixtures and an actuator configured to provide a separation force therebetween. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150271959

Shielding structures 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

09/24/15 / #20150271911

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

09/24/15 / #20150271824

Dynamic selection of power reduction values

A method for dynamically selecting an a-mpr value to apply for an uplink transmission is provided. The method can include a wireless communication device receiving an indication from a network that a-mpr should be applied for uplink transmissions within a frequency band used for communication between the wireless communication device and the network. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150271755

Dynamic wireless circuitry configuration for carrier aggregation component carriers

Methods, apparatuses and computer readable media are described that configure wireless circuitry in a wireless communication device. The wireless communication device establishes a connection via one or more component carriers to a wireless network using wireless circuitry that includes multiple radio frequency receive signal chain. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150271754

Synchronized low-energy detection technique

In order to reduce the power consumption after a transmitting electronic device in a wireless network has been detected, a receiving electronic device calculates transmit times of subsequent beacons from the transmitting electronic device based on a clock drift of the transmitting electronic device and the beacon period. Then, the receiving electronic device receives the subsequent beacon by opening scan windows that encompass the calculated transmit times. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150271697

Methods and apparatus for managing radio measurements during discontinuous reception

Methods and apparatus for managing radio measurements during discontinuous reception. In one exemplary embodiment, the distribution of long term evolution (lte) drx measurements is staggered or distributed across multiple drx cycles (which may be contiguous or non-contiguous) so as to reduce the transceiver activity and power consumption. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150271690

Selecting a radio access technology mode based on current conditions

Determining whether to operate in a single radio access technology (rat) mode or a dual rat mode for a user equipment (ue) having a radio capable of communicating using at least a first rat and a second rat. The ue may determine whether current path loss for the first rat exceeds a maximum path loss. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150271216

Apparatus, systems and methods for providing telephony services to multiple devices

Described are call handling methods performed by a carrier network or client stations. A method performed by a carrier network includes designating rules for call handling for an account, receiving first and second voice calls for the account, wherein the voice calls may be either an incoming calls or originated calls and handling the first and second voice calls for the account based on the rules. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150270996

Pilot design for ofdm systems with four transmit antennas

Pilot, preamble and midamble patterns are provided that are particularly suited for four transmit antenna ofdm systems. Pilots are inserted in a scattered manner for each of the four antennas, either uncoded, space-time coded in pairs, space-time frequency coded in pairs, or space-time-frequency coded.. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150270900

Optical data transfer utilizing lens isolation

A first electronic device optically communicates with a second electronic device. Each of the devices includes one or more optical transmitters, one or more optical receivers, and one or more lenses where each of the lenses includes at least a first and a second optical path that are optically isolated from each other. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150270883

Transmission method and related base station

The invention relates to transmission from a base station to a receiver, the base station comprising first radiating means arranged for transmitting according to an antenna pattern with respect to the receiver and further comprising second radiating means arranged for transmitting according to the same antenna pattern as the first radiating means with respect to the receiver, the transmissions of the first and second radiating means being time shifted by a determined duration.. . ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150270619

Electronic device with slot antenna and proximity sensor

An electronic device may be provided with slot antennas. A slot antenna may be formed from metal structures that have a dielectric gap defining an antenna slot. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150270618

Electronic device with indirectly fed slot antennas

An electronic device may be provided with antennas. Antennas for the electronic device may be formed from slot antenna structures. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150270599

Electronic device with dual clutch barrel cavity antennas

An electronic device has antennas formed from cavity antenna structures. The electronic device may have a metal housing. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150270598

Electronic device with dual clutch barrel cavity antennas

An electronic device has antennas formed from cavity antenna structures. The electronic device may have a metal housing. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150270317

Pixel patterns for organic light-emitting diode display

An electronic device may include a display having an array of organic light-emitting diode display pixels. The display pixels may have subpixels of different colors. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150270258

Optimized esd clamp circuitry

Esd protection circuitry is disclosed. In one embodiment, an integrated circuit includes first and second sensor circuits. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150270227

Edge coated ceramic substrates for electronic device components

An electrical component may be mounted on a substrate such as a ceramic substrate. Contacts may be formed on upper and lower surfaces of the substrate. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150270073

Scissor mechanism features for a keyboard

A key supported by a scissor mechanism including interlocking scissor members assembled to mutually pivot along a pivot track. A first scissor member may include a pivot track and an up-stop track and a second scissor member may include at least a first and second extension portion positioned within the pivot track and the up-stop track respectively. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150270058

Magnetic shielding in inductive power transfer

A first electronic device connects with an second electronic device. The first electronic device may include a first connection surface and an inductive power transfer receiving coil and a first magnetic element positioned adjacent to the first connection surface. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150270046

Magnetic connection and alignment of connectible devices

A first and second electronic device each including a connection surface and a magnetic element. The first and second devices may be in contact along the respective connection surfaces. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150270007

Mitigation of retention drift in charge-trap non-volatile memory

A method includes storing data values in a group of memory cells that share a common isolating layer, by producing quantities of electrical charge representative of the data values at respective regions of the common isolating layer that are associated with the memory cells. A function, which relates a drift of the electrical charge in a given memory cell in the group to the data values stored in one or more other memory cells in the group, is estimated. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150269897

Displays with intra-frame pause

A touch screen display may include gate line driver circuitry coupled to a display pixel array. The display may be provided with intra-frame pausing (ifp) capabilities, where touch or other operations may be performed during one or more intra-frame blanking intervals. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150269747

Palette generation using user-selected images

Automatic generation of custom palettes based on an image selected by a user is disclosed. In various embodiments, automatic palette generation may involve generating one or more than one palette based on the color or shading content of the image provided by the user. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150269655

Trailer notifications

The subject disclosure relates to a method for providing user notifications related to the release of a movie or other media item. In some implementations, the method includes steps for receiving an interest signal for a user, the interest signal comprising a selection of one or more media items for which the user has indicated an interest; receiving a locations signal, the locations signal comprising location information corresponding with one or more of the user's preferred theatre locations, and searching, a media database to determine if any of the one or more media items is available to the user, wherein searching the media database is performed using the interest signal and the locations signal. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150269532

Methods and systems for managing an electronic calendar

Methods and systems for managing an electronic calendar are described. One exemplary method includes displaying a calendar on a display device, the calendar having at least one time range, and displaying an invitation, before it is accepted, on the calendar in the at least one time range with other events which are already accepted. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150268791

Channel scan logic

A device that can autonomously scan a sensor panel is disclosed. Autonomous scanning can be performed by implementing channel scan logic. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150268775

Flexible displays with strengthened pad area

An electronic device may have a flexible display with portions that can be bent. The display may include an array of display pixels in an active area. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150268772

Double-sided touch-sensitive panel with shield and drive combined layer

A multi-touch capacitive touch sensor panel can be created using a substrate with column and row traces formed on either side of the substrate. To shield the column (sense) traces from the effects of capacitive coupling from a modulated vcom layer in an adjacent liquid crystal display (lcd) or any source of capacitive coupling, the row traces can be widened to shield the column traces, and the row traces can be placed closer to the lcd. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150268712

Quality-of-service management in power-throttled storage devices

A method includes, in a host that stores data in a storage device, instructing the storage device to operate in a power throttling mode that limits power consumption of the storage device to a selected power limit. Storage commands are generated in the host for execution by the storage device, wherein each of at least some of the storage commands is partitioned into multiple sub-commands having a maximal size that depends on the selected power limit. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150268510

Methods for fabricating display structures

An electronic device display may have a color filter layer and a thin film transistor layer. A layer of liquid crystal material may be interposed between the color filter layer and the thin film transistor layer. ... Apple Inc

09/24/15 / #20150268273

Conductive test probe including conductive, conformable components

A test probe system including a test probe structure. The test probe system may include the test probe structure including a probe support, and a conductive, conformable component coupled to the probe support. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150264798

Electronic devices having stress concentrators for printed circuit boards

An electronic device may have circuitry mounted on a printed circuit board. The circuitry may include electronic components such as integrated circuits, sensors, and switches that are sensitive to bending-induced stress in the printed circuit board. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150264737

Wireless transit link discovery and establishment

The present invention provides a technique for allowing neighboring nodes to dynamically discover the existence of each other and establish transit links therebetween. The discovery process includes providing a channel assessment among a number of communication channels based on channel traffic or characteristics of the channel traffic. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150264697

Cross-carrier scheduling

To effectively and efficiently provide control information, a broadcast pointer channel (bpch) may be used to identify the type and perhaps relative location of control information that is being provided in a given frame structure, such as a sub-frame, frame, or superframe. A sub-frame (or like framing entity, such a frame or superframe) may have a bpch and a corresponding system control information segment in which control information may reside. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150264518

Retroactive check-ins based on learned locations to which the user has traveled

A mobile device enables its user to retroactively “check in,” on social media, to locations to which the device has previously been. The mobile device automatically tracks the locations to which it goes during some time interval. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150264472

Pressure sensing earbuds and systems and methods for the use thereof

Pressure sensing earbuds and systems are disclosed. The earbuds can include one or more pressure sensors to determine the size and shape of a user's ear. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150264278

System and method for estimating an ambient light condition using an image sensor and field-of-view compensation

A system and method for estimating an ambient light condition is using an image sensor of a digital camera. An array of pixels is obtained using the image sensor. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150264241

System and method for estimating an ambient light condition using an image sensor

A system and method for calculating an ambient light estimate using an image sensor in a camera of a device. An array of pixels is obtained using the image sensor. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150264090

Edca operation to improve voip performance in a dense network

This disclosure relates to wireless communication techniques for high short packet density scenarios. According to some embodiments, a wireless device may determine whether a wireless medium is experiencing crowded short packet conditions during a first period of time. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150263878

Transmitter time adjustments for groups of receivers

A method and system for achieving a link budget improvement in a diverse ofdm radio system by addressing the timing misalignment issue that can occur due to the differences in propagation time in signals between mobile stations and radio access nodes. Timing misalignment is shared or split between the primary path to a primary radio access node and a diverse path to a diverse radio access node. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150263830

Adaptive uplink link adaptation

A wireless communication system is presented for adaptive uplink (ul) link adaptation (la). The adaptive ul la can include multiple outer loops, for which multiple block error rate (bler) filtering is performed. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150263828

Management of arq detection threshold in communication networks

Embodiments of a system and methodology are disclosed for enabling a network to manage threshold values provided to ues for use in decoding ack-nak signals. In various embodiments described herein, a base station signals an actual fixed threshold value in a semi-static manner for use by ues to decode ack/nak signals. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150263754

Precision half cell for sub-femto unit cap and capacitive dac architecture in sar adc

A capacitive device is disclosed, including a first conductor formed on a lower metal layer and coupled to a first terminal. A second conductor is formed on an upper metal layer and a plurality of wires is partitioned into groups, each group including one wire from a respective metal layer. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150263745

Distributed gain stage for high speed high resolution pipeline analog to digital converters

In an embodiment, multiple mdac stages are coupled in parallel to form an mdac having the desired gain and capacitor size. Each stage may include capacitors and an ota that are much smaller than the corresponding capacitors and ota would be for a large single stage. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150263540

Wireless power utilization in a local computing environment

Various embodiments of a wirelessly powered local computing environment are described. The wireless powered local computing environment includes at least a near field magnetic resonance (nfmr) power supply arranged to wirelessly provide power to any of a number of suitably configured devices. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150263450

Elastomeric connectors

In a first embodiment, an elastomeric connector may include conductive and nonconductive portions and a guide that at least partially surrounds the connector and transfers compression in at least two directions. In a second embodiment, an elastomeric connector includes conductive portions at least partially surrounded by a nonconductive portion that is at least partially surrounded by conductive material connectible to ground to shield. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150263378

Mechanical structures for maintaining structural integrity in cylindrical pouch cell batteries

The disclosed embodiments relate to the design and manufacture of a battery cell. The battery cell includes a jelly roll containing layers which are wound together, including a cathode with an active coating, a separator, and an anode with an active coating. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150262907

Thermal module accounting for increased board/die size in a portable computer

This application relates to a low profile, small footprint cooling stack that does not extend substantially beyond a footprint of an integrated circuit to which it is affixed. The cooling stack utilizes a number of beam springs that supply a seating force to the integrated circuit by way of a metal slug. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150262746

Method and apparatus for producing accurate kinematics in a computing device

Method, system, and apparatus for optimizing kinematics of a magnetic latch having a magnetic element is disclosed.. . ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150262556

Presenting digital images with render-tiles

An image can be presented using render-tiles, which are movable rendering contexts in which multiple image-tiles can be drawn as a single image. To optimize performance, the render-tiles can be large enough to minimize the number of render-tiles necessary to present the image within the screen view of a client device, while remaining small enough to avoid memory or performance issues when panning or zooming the image. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150262398

System and method of tile management

A device selectively loads map tiles into its memory while re-using others. As a user chooses different sections of a master map to be displayed, the device determines an intersection between the formerly and currently viewed sections. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150262152

Network-based purchase and distribution of digital media items

Methods and systems for network-based purchase and distribution of media are disclosed. The purchase and distribution of media by these methods and systems are not only secure but also controlled. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150262108

Managed assessment of submitted digital content

Methods and systems for managing assessment of media content electronically submitted to a network-based media distribution system. A submitter can prepare a media package that is associated with a particular media asset (e.g. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150261966

Secure factory data generation and restoration

In various embodiments, methods, devices and systems for securely generating, sealing, and restoring factory-generated calibration and provisioning data for an electronic device are described, in which calibration and provisioning data for an electronic device are generated in a distributed manner and stored on a storage system. The calibration data can be retrieved from the storage system during device assembly and finalized calibration and provisioning data for each electronic device can be stored to the storage system. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150261794

Generating or updating table data

The present approaches relate to the creation or updating of a table using data acquired from an external source. In one embodiment, the data acquired from the external source may be dragged-and-dropped onto a new or existing table to invoke execution data import or update routines. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150261425

Optimized presentation of multimedia content

Methods and arrangements are provided for the optimized configuration of media bundles to facilitate media presentations on client devices. In particular, media bundles are submitted by content providers for displaying media presentations associated with a video or audio product. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150261362

Electronic device having display and surrounding touch sensititve bezel 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

09/17/15 / #20150261340

Panel mismatch compensation for touch enabled displays

A controller with mismatch compensation for a touch panel is disclosed. A multi-stimulus controller for a touch panel can be formed on a single integrated circuit (single-chip) that can include a transmit section that can generate a plurality of drive signals, a plurality of transmit channels that can transmit the drive signals simultaneously to drive the touch panel, a receive channel that can receive a sense signal resulting from the driving of the touch panel, and a demodulation section that can demodulate the received sense signal to obtain sensing results, the demodulation section including a demodulator and a vector operator. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150261285

Automatic low noise frequency selection

Automatic low noise frequency selection for a touch sensitive device is disclosed. A low noise stimulation frequency can be automatically selected by device logic without intervention of the device processor to stimulate the device to sense a touch event at the device. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150261032

Display with multilayer and embedded signal lines

A display may have a thin-film-transistor layer with a substrate layer. A layer of dielectric may be formed on the substrate layer and may have an upper surface and a lower surface. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150260847

Dual-axis scanning mirror

Optical apparatus (64) includes a stator assembly (47), which includes a core (78, 90, 91) containing an air gap and one or more coils (80, 92, 94, 116, 120) including conductive wire wound on the core so as to cause the core to form a magnetic circuit through the air gap in response to an electrical current flowing in the conductive wire. A scanning mirror assembly (45, 83, 85, 130) includes a support structure (68), a base (72), which is mounted to rotate about a first axis relative to the support structure, and a mirror (46), which is mounted to rotate about a second axis relative to the base. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150260198

Method to reduce entrance losses to increase fan inlet flow and reduce acoustic noise

A cooling system for optimizing fan air flow performance without compromising acoustic performance is disclosed. At least three fan feature embodiments are disclosed: (1) sloped fan blades, (2) sloped impeller hubs, and (3) inlet flow guidance features. ... Apple Inc

09/17/15 / #20150258607

Layer-by-layer construction with bulk metallic glasses

Described herein is a method of selectively depositing molten bulk metallic glass (bmg). In one embodiment, a continuous stream or discrete droplets of molten bmg is deposited to selected positions. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150257201

During warm up operations of a first rat performing tune away operations for a second rat

Operating a user equipment (ue) which comprises a first radio that is configured to operate according to a first radio access technology (rat) and a second rat. The ue may receive a request to perform tune away operations (e.g., page decoding) for the second rat while performing warm up procedures for the first rat. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150257200

While performing measurement for a first rat performing tune away operations for a second rat

Operating a user equipment (ue) which comprises a first radio that is configured to operate according to a first radio access technology (rat) and a second rat. The ue may receive a request to perform a tune away operation for the second rat while performing measurement for the first rat (e.g., intra-cell measurement, inter-cell measurement, and/or inter-rat measurement). ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150257199

User equipment with improved tune-away performance during measurement

Operating a user equipment (ue) which comprises a first radio that is configured to operate according to a first radio access technology (rat) and a second rat. The ue may receive a request to perform a tune away operation for the second rat while performing measurement for the first rat (e.g., intra-cell measurement, inter-cell measurement, and/or inter-rat measurement). ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150257198

User equipment with improved drx performance

Operating a ue device having a single radio configured to communicate using a first and second rat. The ue may begin operating in a connected discontinuous reception (cdrx) mode of the first rat, where the cdrx mode comprises an on duration timer and an inactivity timer. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150257175

Initial access channel for scalable wireless mobile communication networks

Physical layer structures and access schemes for use in such networks are described and in particular initial access channel (iach) structures are proposed. A spectrum efficient downlink (dl) iach design supports different types of user equipment (ue) capabilities and different system bandwidths. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150257158

Electronic device with accessory-based transmit power control

An electronic device may be provided with wireless circuitry for transmitting and receiving wireless signals. Control circuitry may be used to adjust transmit power levels for the wireless signals and other settings for the wireless circuitry. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150257133

Backward compatible l-ltf design for implementation friendly preamble

A backward compatible l-ltf design that can provide control information in addition to channel estimation information in conjunction with wi-fi communication techniques. A wireless transmission may be received by a wireless device. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150257122

Using access technology and location information to smartly initiate bearer independent protocol sessions

A user identity module (uim) is incorporated in user equipment such as a mobile phone or mobile device. The uim is configured to provision itself while roaming away from a home network as follows. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150257106

Wi-fi low energy preamble

This disclosure relates to low energy communication techniques. According to some embodiments, a wireless transmission may be received by a wireless device. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150257100

Using a frequency error estimate of a first radio access technology (rat) for a second rat

Using a frequency error estimate (fee) of a first rat for a second rat. The ue may include a first radio which supports, e.g., simultaneously, a first radio access technology (rat) and a second rat. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150257099

Resolving cycle conflicts between multiple rats sharing a radio of a ue

Operating a ue device having a radio configured to communicate using a first and second rat. The ue may determine whether page decoding or other cycle conflicts (e.g., drx cycle conflicts) are present or will occur for the first and second rat. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150257057

User equipment with selective neighbor cell detection during handover

Performing selective tune-away by a user equipment (ue). The ue may include a first radio that is configurable to operate according to a first radio access technology (rat) and a second rat. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150257042

User equipment with selective neighbor cell detection

Performing selective tune-away by a user equipment (ue). The ue may include a first radio that is configurable to operate according to a first radio access technology (rat) and a second rat. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150257041

Synchronization beacon detection

Performing detection of a synchronization beacon. The ue may include a first radio which supports, e.g., simultaneously, a first radio access technology (rat) and a second rat. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150257015

Wireless femtocell setup methods and apparatus

Methods and apparatus that enable a wireless femtocell to operate in its designated frequency so as to minimize interference between the wireless femtocell and neighboring base stations (and other femtocells or nomadic cells). In one exemplary embodiment, the femtocell cell comprises a umts (universal mobile telecommunications system) femtocell which has the ability to scan the air interface in a manner similar to that associated with a ue in order to identify unallocated resources within the wireless network, and subsequently request access for the unallocated resources. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150257011

Methods and apparatus for mitigating interference in agressive form factor designs

Methods and apparatus for mitigation of radio interference between two or more wireless concurrently operating interfaces in a wireless device having an aggressive form factor. In one embodiment, the interfaces are used for different tasks (e.g., wlan for data and pan for human interface devices), and the device includes logic configured to evaluate the priority of the tasks and adjust the operation of one or more of the interfaces accordingly.. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150256986

Device and method for dynamic concatenated short messaging service optimization of messages with multiple encoding schemes

A device, method and non-transitory computer readable storage medium for receiving a text message including a plurality of characters for transmission through a network, determining, based on a number of characters and encoding schemes associated with the characters, that the text message is to be transmitted using concatenation, determining, based on the number of characters and encoding schemes for each of the characters, a minimum number of concatenated messages used to transmit the text message, encoding the minimum number of concatenated messages for transmission, wherein a first of the concatenated messages is encoded by a first encoding scheme and a second of the concatenated messages is encoded by a second encoding scheme, wherein at least one of the characters in the second concatenated message cannot be encoded by the first encoding scheme and transmitting the concatenated messages that have been respectively encoded to the receiving station.. . ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150256977

Determining activity paths from anonymous application usage data and motion activity

Anonymous application usage data (and optionally motion activity classification) are collected on mobile devices and transmitted to a server computer. The anonymous application usage data, which are associated with an application running on the mobile devices, are processed by one or more server computers to determine one or more activity paths. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150256725

Preventing artifacts due to underfill in flip chip imager assembly

A cmos imager assembly may include an integrated circuit (ic) having an active-pixel image sensor that is mounted on a printed circuit board (pcb) substrate using flip chip packaging technology. The ic and the pcb may be physically and electrically connected to each other through multiple electrically conductive connectors. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150256345

Revocation of root certificates

Disclosed herein is a technique for revoking a root certificate from at least one client device. In particular, the technique involves causing a secure element—which is included in the at least one client device and is configured to store the root certificate as well as at least one backup root certificate—to permanently disregard the root certificate and prevent the at least one client device from utilizing the specific root certificate. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150256303

Uplink transmission on unlicensed radio frequency band component carriers

Methods and apparatus for using an unlicensed radio frequency band component carrier for uplink transmission are disclosed. A wireless communication device receives a carrier aggregation configuration, which can include at least one licensed radio frequency band component carrier and at least one unlicensed radio frequency band component carrier. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150256007

Electronic device and charging device for electronic device

An electronic device. The electronic device may include a battery, and a charging system in electronic communication with the battery. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150255869

Methods and apparatus for controlling tunable antenna systems

An electronic device may include an adjustable power supply, at least one antenna, and associated antenna tuning circuitry. The antenna tuning circuitry may be an integral part of the antenna and may include a control circuit and at least one tunable element. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150255853

Electronic device with display frame antenna

An electronic device has a display mounted in a housing using a plastic display frame. The display has an active area and an inactive area. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150255851

Electronic device with dual clutch barrel cavity antennas

An electronic device has antennas formed from cavity antenna structures. The electronic device may have a metal housing. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150255776

Battery pack system

An improved battery pack and system including such battery pack is disclosed. The battery pack includes a power control module positioned to allow for increased battery power or reduced battery pack size.. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150255366

Embedded system in package

In some embodiments, a system and/or method may include forming a semiconductor device package assembly. The method may include forming a substrate including a first surface and a second surface substantially opposite the first surface. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150255231

Floating switch assemblies and methods for making the same

Switch assemblies that mitigate stack up variations and methods of making the same are provided. The stack up variations are mitigated by embodiments that use a floating switch design. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150255142

Compact system with memory and pmu integration

One or more integrated circuits including at least one integrated circuit that is fabricated in a dram fabrication process. Capacitors in the dram-fabricated integrated circuit can be used for decoupling for logic components of the integrated circuits, and may be used for fine-grain on-chip pmus. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150255047

Display pipe statistics calculation for video encoder

In an embodiment, a system includes a display processing unit configured to process a video sequence for a target display. In some embodiments, the display processing unit is configured to composite the frames from frames of the video sequence and one or more other image sources. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150255001

Systems and methods for providing automated workout reminders

Systems and methods are provided for monitoring a user's progress towards a workout goal spanning multiple workouts and providing a workout reminder based on the progress. An electronic device can monitor the user's progress towards the goal by monitoring the user's rate of motion and/or one or more physiological parameters of the user. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150254806

Efficient progressive loading of media items

A set of media items may be matched with a media arrangement that displays the media items in the set in a group of frames having various sizes and positions. The media arrangement may extend across an area that is larger than a viewable area of a display device on which the media arrangement is displayed. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150254490

Field shaping channels in a substrate above a biometric sensing device

An electronic device may include a biometric sensing device that has a sensing area, and a substrate positioned above the sensing area and/or the biometric sensing device. The substrate can include vias that are formed through at least a portion of the substrate. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150254363

Lifestream annotation method and system

A method and system for collecting information, enriching the collected information, and linking the enriched information is provided. The system includes an application server that is accessible by users via their computer device for performing a variety of functions encompassed in a lifestream data function. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150254137

Methods and apparatus for multi-phase restore

Methods and apparatus to identify at least a first portion and a second portion of resources to restore to a device are described. The first portion of the resources may be restored atomically to the device before the second portion of the resources. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150253907

Touch sensor panel design

A touch sensor panel including a plurality of drive lines crossing a plurality of sense lines, forming an array, is disclosed. The plurality of drive lines and the plurality of sense lines are formed by interconnecting a plurality of substantially transparent conductive sections having a first resistivity. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150253891

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

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

09/10/15 / #20150253866

Using measurement of lateral force for a tracking input device

Systems and methods for using measurements of a lateral force applied to a motion-based input device are disclosed. The input device has a force detection module operable to detect lateral forces applied to the input device and generate force data representative of the applied lateral forces. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150253836

Dynamic voltage margin recovery

In an embodiment, an integrated circuit includes multiple instances of a component (e.g. A processor) and a control circuit. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150253826

Method to reduce acoustic noise induced by processor performance state changes in response to periodic application workloads

A method and apparatus to alter acoustic noise induced by processor performance changes is disclosed. In one embodiment, a processor having one or more processor cores may execute instructions of one or more applications. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150253822

Computer thermal system

The present application describes various embodiments regarding systems and methods for providing efficient heat rejection for a lightweight and durable compact computing system having a small form factor. The compact computing system can take the form of a desktop computer. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150253647

Folded camera lens systems

A folded lens system may include multiple lenses with refractive power and a light path folding element. Light entering the camera through lens(es) on a first optical path or axis is refracted to the folding element, which changes direction of the light onto a second optical path or axis with lens(es) that refract the light to form an image plane at a photosensor. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150253543

Folded telephoto camera lens system

A folded telephoto lens system may include multiple lenses with refractive power and a light path folding element. Light entering the camera through lens(es) on a first path is refracted to the folding element, which changes direction of the light on to a second path with lens(es) that refract the light to form an image plane at a photosensor. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150253148

Map application with improved search tools

Some embodiments of the invention provide a mapping application with novel tools for examining potential destinations and routes to the potential destinations. In some embodiments, the mapping application includes a route preview page that provides a novel combination of user element tools that allow a user (1) to explore alternative routes to a selected destination, (2) to explore routes to other destinations in a list of destinations. ... Apple Inc

09/10/15 / #20150252452

Insert molding of bulk amorphous alloy into open cell foam

Provided in one embodiment is a method of making use of foams as a processing aid or to improve the properties of bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy materials. Other embodiments include the bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy/foam composite materials made in accordance with the methods.. ... Apple Inc

09/03/15 / #20150249977

Hybrid arq schemes with soft combining in variable rate packet data applications

A system and method for transmitting high speed data on fixed rate and for variable rate channels. The system and method provides the flexibility of adjusting the data rate, the coding rate, and the nature of individual retransmissions. ... Apple Inc

09/03/15 / #20150249959

Power management and distributed scheduling for uplink transmissions in wireless systems

To schedule uplink transmission time slots for a collection of mobile communication devices, a set of base station target interference patterns is associated with base stations. A time slot target interference pattern is assigned for each time slot and it repeats after several time slots. ... Apple Inc

09/03/15 / #20150249916

Adjustable wireless circuitry with antenna-based proximity detector

An electronic device such as a portable electronic device has wireless communications circuitry. Antennas in the electronic device may be used in transmitting radio-frequency antenna signals. ... Apple Inc

09/03/15 / #20150249876

Grounding circuit for alternate audio plug designs

Circuits, methods, and apparatus for grounding contacts in an audio jack. One example may provide a driver, such as a charge pump, driving a first transistor or switch coupled between a first contact in an audio jack and ground, and a second transistor or switch coupled between a second contact in the audio jack and ground. ... Apple Inc

09/03/15 / #20150249848

Intelligent video quality adjustment

A method for streaming video content is described. Several device parameters are received from a user device. ... Apple Inc

09/03/15 / #20150249833

Video encoding optimization with extended spaces

Embodiments of the present invention may provide a video coder. The video coder may include an encoder to perform coding operations on a video signal in a first format to generate coded video data, and a decoder to decode the coded video data. ... Apple Inc

09/03/15 / #20150249485

Electronic device with near-field antennas

An electronic device may have multiple near-field communications antennas. Multiplexer circuitry may have a transceiver port that is coupled to a near-field communications transceiver, and multiple antenna ports coupled to respective near-field communications antennas. ... Apple Inc

09/03/15 / #20150249297

Low-profile plug with cam and flexible circuit board

A cable assembly including a connector insert to fit in a connector receptacle in an electronic device, where a back surface of the connector insert is substantially flush with an outside of an enclosure for the electronic device. One example may provide a cable assembly that includes a connector insert formed by wrapping a flexible circuit board at least partially around a housing. ... Apple Inc

09/03/15 / #20150249292

Electronic device with shared antenna structures and balun

An electronic device may be provided with shared antenna structures that can be used to form both a near-field-communications antenna such as a loop antenna and a non-near-field communications antenna such as an inverted-f antenna. The antenna structures may include conductive structures such as metal traces on printed circuits or other dielectric substrates, internal metal housing structures, or other conductive electronic device housing structures. ... Apple Inc

09/03/15 / #20150249280

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

09/03/15 / #20150248958

Cold spray of stainless steel

The described embodiments relate generally to methods to form magnetic assemblies. In particular, extreme cold work (aka cold spray) is used to enhance magnetic properties of a steel alloy (most notably 316l stainless steel and others) that can then be formed into useful shapes and embedded within a substrate without undue machining operations.. ... Apple Inc

09/03/15 / #20150248663

Processing payments for an online marketplace

Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and computer-readable storage devices for enabling users of mobile devices to load funds onto an account with an online marketplace. Instead of linking a payment card with the account, or requiring users to purchase a plastic card from a retailer, a user enrolls his account with the online marketplace to generate a barcode that can be rendered on the mobile device. ... Apple Inc

09/03/15 / #20150248574

Finger biometric sensing device including series coupled error compensation and drive signal nulling circuitry and related methods

A finger biometric sensing device may include drive circuitry for generating a drive signal and an array of finger biometric sensing pixel electrodes cooperating with the drive circuitry and generating a detected signal based upon placement of a finger adjacent the array. The detected signal may include a drive signal component and a sense signal component superimposed thereon. ... Apple Inc

09/03/15 / #20150248233

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for navigating and editing text

An electronic device displays text of an electronic document on a display; displays an insertion marker at a first position in the text of the electronic document; detects a first horizontal gesture on a touch-sensitive surface; in response to a determination that the first horizontal gesture satisfies a first set of one or more predefined conditions: translates the electronic document on the display in accordance with a direction of the first horizontal gesture, and maintains the insertion marker at the first position in the text; and, in response to a determination that the first horizontal gesture satisfies a second set of one or more predefined conditions, moves the insertion marker by one character in the text from the first position to a second position in the text in accordance with the direction of the first horizontal gesture.. . ... Apple Inc

09/03/15 / #20150248218

Generating a dynamic user interface representing an arbitrary content provider back-end

Third-party apps on a mobile device can expose their content, such as audio content, video content, music stations, audio books, and so forth, to an in-vehicle computing device via a standardized format for content items that is decoupled from the user interfaces of the third-party apps. In this way, the in-vehicle computing device can display the content items in an in-vehicle user interface without granting providers of the content items access to the in-vehicle user interface. ... Apple Inc

09/03/15 / #20150248205

Application programming interfaces for scrolling operations

Described are devices, methods and storage media for receiving an input and issuing at least one scroll call or gesture call based on a determination whether the input consists of a single input point that moves a distance across the display or consists of a plurality of input points on the display. A scroll call, for example, causes scrolling of a window in a vertical or horizontal direction at a fixed or varying speed. ... Apple Inc

09/03/15 / #20150248199

Split view calendar

A calendar application of a computing device includes multiple views. The views of the calendar application include a split view. ... Apple Inc

09/03/15 / #20150248191

User interface presentation of information in reconfigured or overlapping containers

A graphical user interface provides a display of multiple items of information in a manner such that the user can comprehend the relationship of various items to one another over a wide span. To achieve this result, at least some information containers are allocated a reduced amount of area in which to be viewed by the user. ... Apple Inc

09/03/15 / #20150248175

Scrolling based on rotational movement

Improved approaches for users to interact with graphical user interfaces of computing devices are disclosed. A rotational user action supplied by a user via a user input device can provide accelerated scrolling. ... Apple Inc

09/03/15 / #20150248171

Three dimensional user interface session control using depth sensors

A method, including receiving, by a computer executing a non-tactile three dimensional (3d) user interface, a set of multiple 3d coordinates representing a gesture by a hand positioned within a field of view of a sensing device coupled to the computer, the gesture including a first motion in a first direction along a selected axis in space, followed by a second motion in a second direction, opposite to the first direction, along the selected axis. Upon detecting completion of the gesture, the non-tactile 3d user interface is transitioned from a first state to a second state.. ... Apple Inc

09/03/15 / #20150248142

Exposed glass article with enhanced stiffness for portable electronic device housing

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

09/03/15 / #20150248033

Displays with elevated backlight efficiency

An electronic device may be provided with a display mounted in a housing. The display may include a liquid crystal display module and a reflective polarizer having an in-plane optical axis. ... Apple Inc

09/03/15 / #20150247736

Map application with improved navigation tools

Some embodiments provide a mapping application with novel navigation and/or search tools. In some embodiments, the mapping application formulates predictions about future destinations of a device that executes the mapping application, and provides dynamic notifications regarding these predicted destinations. ... Apple Inc

09/03/15 / #20150246394

Solid state deposition methods, apparatuses, and products

The described embodiments relate generally to methods for forming structures by solid state deposition processes. More specifically a method for depositing cold spray over a removable body is disclosed. ... Apple Inc

09/03/15 / #20150245722

Product demonstration fixture for a portable electronic device

A retail electronic product demonstration fixture for demonstrating portable electronic devices. The product demonstration fixture may include an exhibition portion and a base portion. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150245388

System and method for performing emergency calls over wifi

A station that performs methods related to emergency calls. In one example, the station determines that a first connection to a cellular network is unavailable, the client station being associated with a home network having a home public-safety answering point (psap), the station disposed at a location outside the home network, the location having a remote psap. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150245368

Wireless radio access network control channel capacity management

Transmission capacity for a control channel sent to multiple mobile wireless devices in a wireless network is increased by transmitting the control channel using multi user multiple input multiple output transmissions (mu mimo). Received signal quality measured at mobile wireless devices in a radio sector are communicated to a radio node and used to determine one or more sets of mobile wireless devices to share transmission of control channel elements on the same time and frequency resource element. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150245256

Mitigating no-service delays for lte capable wireless devices without lte access permission

This disclosure relates to reducing or mitigating no-service delays for lte capable wireless devices which do not have permission to access one or more lte networks. According to some embodiments, a mme of a first plmn may receive an lte nas request corresponding to a tracking area from a wireless device. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150245250

System and method for throttling carrier aggregation activation

A device and method for throttling carrier aggregation (ca) in a device connected to a ca enabled network. The method includes determining that a carrier aggregation state of the device is enabled by a network component of a ca enabled network to which the device is connected, determining at least one condition indicating that the carrier aggregation functionality is unnecessary, generating a throttling indication to indicate to the network that a secondary serving cell (scell) providing a secondary component carrier (scc) in the carrier aggregation functionality is to be disabled and transmitting the throttling indication to the network component.. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150245207

Network access control methods and apparatus

Methods and apparatus that provide user access control within wireless networks such as those having both fixed and portable nodes. In one embodiment, the network comprises a 3g cellular network or interworking wlan (iwlan), and the portable nodes comprise home node b (hnb) base stations. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150245129

System and method of improving voice quality in a wireless headset with untethered earbuds of a mobile device

Method of improving voice quality using a wireless headset with untethered earbuds starts by receiving first acoustic signal from first microphone included in first untethered earbud and receiving second acoustic signal from second microphone included in second untethered earbud. First inertial sensor output is received from first inertial sensor included in first earbud and second inertial sensor output is received from second inertial sensor included in second earbud. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150245128

Remotely controlling a hearing device

Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media are provided for remotely controlling a hearing device. A hearing device configured to communicate with a control device transmits status data, including settings, to the control device. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150245110

Management of invitational content during broadcasting of media streams

Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for managing invitational content associated with broadcast media streams. Metadata is added to a broadcast media stream, in the form of tags, which can be used to present and track invitational content items in the broadcast media stream. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150245050

Adaptive transfer function for video encoding and decoding

A video encoding and decoding system that implements an adaptive transfer function method internally within the codec for signal representation. A focus dynamic range representing an effective dynamic range of the human visual system may be dynamically determined for each scene, sequence, frame, or region of input video. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150245044

Backward-compatible video capture and distribution

Video processing techniques and pipelines that support capture, distribution, and display of high dynamic range (hdr) image data to both hdr-enabled display devices and display devices that do not support hdr imaging. A sensor pipeline may generate standard dynamic range (sdr) data from hdr data captured by a sensor using tone mapping, for example local tone mapping. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150245043

Display-side adaptive video processing

Adaptive video processing for a target display panel may be implemented in or by a decoding/display pipeline associated with the target display panel. The adaptive video processing methods may take into account video content, display characteristics, and environmental conditions including but not limited to ambient lighting and viewer location when processing and rendering video content for a target display panel in an ambient setting or environment. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150245004

User interface and graphics composition with high dynamic range video

A method and system for adaptively mixing video components with graphics/ui components, where the video components and graphics/ui components may be of different types, e.g., different dynamic ranges (such as hdr, sdr) and/or color gamut (such as wcg). The mixing may result in a frame optimized for a display device's color space, ambient conditions, viewing distance and angle, etc., while accounting for characteristics of the received data. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150244341

Impedance matching for inductive power transfer systems

Methods and apparatuses for improved efficiency of power transfer across an inductive charging interface by adaptively changing the impedance of the receive coil in response to changes in load conditions during inductive power transfer are disclosed.. . ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150244179

Adjusting filter in a coupled coil system

A receiver device in a coupled coil system for wireless energy transfer includes a receiver coil and a load device operatively connected to the receiver coil and configured to receive a signal from the receiver coil. As one example, the load device is a rechargeable battery. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150243937

Printed circuit board components for electronic devices

Electronic devices may be provided that include mechanical and electronic components. Connectors may be used to interconnect printed circuits and devices mounted to printed circuits. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150243457

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

08/27/15 / #20150243440

Non-uniform dielectric layer capacitor for vibration and acoustics improvement

A non-uniform dielectric layer, multi-layer-ceramic-capacitor (mlcc) has upper and lower dielectric layers separating upper and lower electrode layers, where the lower dielectric layers have a greater vertical thickness than the upper dielectric layers to reduce piezoelectric effect driven capacitor reaction forces on a printed circuit board (pcb) on which the capacitor is mounted. Such an mlcc may include an upper set of dielectric layers that separate adjacent pairs of upper electrode layers in a top portion of the mlcc, and a lower set of dielectric layers that separate adjacent pairs of lower electrode layers in a bottom portion of the mlcc. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150243271

Active noise control with compensation for acoustic leak in personal listening devices

An acoustic noise cancellation (anc) process is performed during in-the-field use of a personal listening audio device, using a control filter to produce anti-noise by the device. The process includes computing an s_hat filter that estimates a signal path between an earpiece speaker of the device and an error microphone that are at a user's ear. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150243243

Server-side adaptive video processing

Adaptive video processing for a target display panel may be implemented in or by a server/encoding pipeline. The adaptive video processing methods may obtain and take into account video content and display panel-specific information including display characteristics and environmental conditions (e.g., ambient lighting and viewer location) when processing and encoding video content to be streamed to the target display panel in an ambient setting or environment. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150243200

Non-linear display brightness adjustment

Display brightness adjustment apparatus and methods are described in which the average brightness of a display may be scaled up or down using a non-linear function. When applying the non-linear function to scale down brightness, the contrast of the output signal may not be reduced so that the dynamic range and highlights are preserved. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150242885

Invitational content attribution

Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for invitational content attribution. The system tracks a user's conversion of an item of invitational content and correlates the user's conversion with a previously-served impression based on a token of information associated with the previously-served impression, wherein the token of information includes a unique identifier associated with the previously-served impression and a timestamp corresponding to a time of impression. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150242737

Encoding information in physical properties of an object

A method, system for encoding or decoding information in physical properties of an object. A tangible product comprises a three dimensional tangible object having modified physical properties; and wherein the modified physical properties are a modification of physical properties, wherein the modification encodes information. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150242675

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

08/27/15 / #20150242611

Authentication with secondary approver

Techniques are provided for giving access to restricted content on a first device from a second device through a wireless network. In one embodiment, the first device transmits an authorization request signal to the second device or to a server in the wireless network. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150242519

Revisiting content history

The content items presented to a user account as part of a media station can be recorded in a content history index, which can be requested and presented to the user account. The content history can enable a user to revisit the content items included in the content history and/or provide feedback regarding the content items. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150242513

Personalized targeting of media stations

Methods and arrangements are provided for the personalized targeting and customization of media stations in an online media service. A key set of inputs, with values unique to each user, is used to arrive at a personalized group of featured media stations that a user has access to. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150242196

Installation of software onto a computer

An indication is received from a user to initiate installation of an operating system onto a storage device of a computer. The storage device is partitioned into an original partition and a new partition. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150242097

Portable multifunction device, method, and graphical user interface for managing communications received while in a locked state

A computer-implemented method, performed at a portable multifunction device with a display, includes: receiving a plurality of communications via a plurality of communication modalities while the device is in a locked state; and detecting an unlock interaction by the user with the device. In response to detecting the unlock interaction, the method further includes unlocking the device and presenting a communication, or information about the communication, in the plurality of communications that was received while the device was in the locked state. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150242092

Portable electronic device with interface reconfiguration mode

A portable electronic device displays a plurality of icons (e.g., graphical objects) in a region in a touch-sensitive display; detects a predefined user action, with respect to the touch-sensitive display, for initiating a predefined user interface reconfiguration process; and varies positions of one or more icons in the plurality of icons in response to detecting the predefined user action. The varying includes varying the positions of the one or more icons about respective average positions.. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150242062

Selectively broadcasting audio and video content

Disclosed herein is a technique for selectively broadcasting content to a destination device. An operating system (os) executing on a source device is configured to generate an os user interface (ui) and execute a plurality of applications, where each application of the plurality of applications is configured to generate a respective application ui. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150242037

Transparent force sensor with strain relief

A transparent force sensor for detecting an applied force on a surface of a device. The transparent force sensor includes a transparent force-sensitive film having an array of strain-relief features oriented along a first direction. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150241751

Electro-optic variable aperture lens

A variable aperture lens and methods of forming such lenses are disclosed. More particularly, embodiments of the variable aperture lens include an electro-optic aperture sandwiched between a front lens and a rear lens along an optical axis. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150241196

Strain-based sensing of mirror position

Mechanical apparatus includes a base, a moving element, and a hinge, having a first end attached to the moving element. A supporting structure is attached to the base and to the second end of the hinge and has at least a component perpendicular to the hinge so as to translate rotation of the moving element about the hinge into elongation of the component, whereby the moving element rotates about the hinge relative to the base while the supporting structure is deformed as a result of the rotation of the moving element about the hinge. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150240374

Electroformed housings and methods for making the same

Electroformed housings for electronic devices and methods for making the same are provided. An electronic device is provided having at least one electronic part and an electroformed housing constructed from a metal that encloses the at least one electronic part.. ... Apple Inc

08/27/15 / #20150239213

Insert casting or tack welding of machinable metal in bulk amorphous alloy part and post machining the machinable metal insert

Provided in one embodiment is a method of forming a connection mechanism in or on a bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy by casting in or on, or forming with the bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy, a machinable metal. The connection mechanism can be formed by machining the machinable metal.. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150237757

Electronic devices with housing-based interconnects and coupling structures

An electronic device has an electronic device housing containing electrical components such as integrated circuits and other components. The electronic device housing may be provided with an interconnect stack that has layers of dielectric and metal traces forming signal paths. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150237748

Magnetic latch

Magnetic latch mechanisms are provided. The latch mechanisms may be employed to releasably hold a portable computing device in a closed configuration. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150237675

Uplink behavior for a device using multiple radio access technologies

Improving uplink behavior for a user equipment (ue) having a radio capable of communicating using at least a first radio access technology (rat) and a second rat. The ue may be configured to use the radio for both the first rat and the second rat. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150237615

Network infrastructure identification

This disclosure relates to network infrastructure identification by a wireless user equipment (ue) device. According to one embodiment, one or more requests for infrastructure identification information may be transmitted. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150237564

Method and system for a wireless multi-hop relay network

In a wireless multi-hop relay network arranged in a tree topology, the base station and one or more relay stations are associated as a virtual base station (vbs). The base station and each relay station have a unique virtual base station identifier (vbs-id) associated with the path defined by the base station and the one or more relay stations. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150237549

Fast cell selection in a mobile wireless device

A method and apparatus for fast cell selection by a mobile wireless device. The mobile wireless device detects when a first wireless cell fails a set of stored suitability criteria and searches for and locates a set of candidate wireless cells to associate with. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150237498

Mobile device management

Methods and apparatuses that enroll a wireless device into an enterprise service with a management server addressed in a management profile are described. The enrollment may grant a control of configurations of the wireless device to the management server via the management profile. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150237472

Content geofencing

Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for invitational content geofencing. A system first sends, to a server location data associated with the system, the location data being calculated at the system. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150237470

Personal geofence

Systems, methods and computer program products for providing location-based services triggered by a personal geofence are disclosed. A mobile device can determine that a venue located at a geographic location and frequently visited by the mobile device in the past is associated with a particular item, service, or activity. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150237431

Microphone port with foreign material ingress protection

An electronic device may be provided with a microphone in a microphone port. A shield may cover a microelectromechanical systems microphone device on a microphone substrate. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150237185

Cellular network communications wireless headset and mobile device

A headset that communicates with a mobile device through a local radio frequency (rf) communication link to conduct a telephone call is described. The headset includes a local rf communication modem that receives downlink packets from the mobile device through the local rf communication link. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150236705

Pre-program of clock generation circuit for faster lock coming out of reset

A method and apparatus for achieving fast pll lock when exiting a low power state is disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes operating a pll in a first state in which the pll is locked to a first frequency. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150236446

Connector retention features for reduced wear

Connector inserts having latches, bayonets, or similar structures as retention features. The connector inserts may include these bayonets on one or more sides or other portions of the connector insert. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150236426

Electronic device with satellite navigation system slot antennas

An electronic device may be provided with a satellite positioning system slot antenna. The slot antenna may include a slot in a metal housing. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150236383

Using effective c-rates to determine inaccessible capacities of batteries

The disclosed embodiments provide a system that manages use of a battery in a portable electronic device. During operation, the system obtains a voltage of the battery and a state-of-charge of the battery and calculates an effective c-rate of the battery using the voltage and the state-of-charge. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150236371

Graphene current collectors in batteries for portable electronic devices

The disclosed embodiments provide a battery cell. The battery cell includes a cathode current collector containing graphene, a cathode active material, an electrolyte, an anode active material, and an anode current collector. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150235634

Asymmetric circuitry

Techniques are disclosed relating to asymmetric circuits. In some embodiments, a storage element is configured to maintain a first input value as an input to an asymmetric circuit during a time interval. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150235408

Parallax depth rendering

A pseudo-three dimensional image may be created from a two dimensional image by segmenting the two dimensional image, adjusting the scale of individual segments of the two dimensional image, then superimposing the scaled segment as layers of the pseudo-three dimensional image. By detecting changes in relative orientation of an observer and a programmable device displaying the pseudo-three dimensional image, then translating the scaled segments according to the orientation change, parallax effects may be simulated, enhancing the view of the pseudo-three dimensional image.. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150234589

Device, method, and graphical user interface for selection of views in a three-dimensional map based on gesture inputs

An electronic device displays a first map view of a map that includes one or more map objects on a touch-sensitive display. While displaying the first map view, the device detects a first gesture of a first gesture type at a first location on the touch-sensitive display. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150234568

Interactive menu elements in a virtual three-dimensional space

The present technology includes a digital content authoring tool for authoring digital content without the need to understand or access computer code. The present technology further includes creating digital content that is compatible with a diverse population of end user devices without the need for separate versions of the completed content. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150234562

Device, method and graphical user interface for zooming in on a touch-screen display

In accordance with some embodiments, a computer-implemented method for use in conjunction with a device with a touch screen display is disclosed. In the method, at least a first portion of an electronic document is displayed at a first magnification. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150234553

Method for presenting documents using a reading list panel

A reading list panel is displayed as a sidebar window with respect to a main window of a content viewing application. In response to a first input, a first article representation of a first article associated with a presentation page displayed in the main window is listed in the reading list panel, where the first article representation includes information identifying the first article. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150234535

Single-chip multi-stimulus sensor controller

A multi-stimulus controller for a multi-touch sensor is formed on a single integrated circuit (single-chip). The multi-stimulus controller includes a transmit oscillator, a transmit signal section that generates a plurality of drive signals based on a frequency of the transmit oscillator, a plurality of transmit channels that transmit the drive signals simultaneously to drive the multi-touch sensor, a receive channel that receives a sense signal resulting from the driving of the multi-touch sensor, a receive oscillator, and a demodulation section that demodulates the received sense signal based on a frequency of the receive oscillator to obtain sensing results, the demodulation section including a demodulator and a vector operator.. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150234530

Touch-sensitive electronic apparatus for media applications, and methods therefor

Described herein are devices, methods and computer readable media that allow a device with a touch-screen to respond to different pressure inputs. For example, while the device displays a plurality of media controls on the touch screen, it detects a gesture at a location corresponding to a respective medial control. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150234482

Highly portable media device

An improved portable media device and methods for operating a media device are disclosed. According to one aspect, the portable media device can also function as a solid-state drive for data storage. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150234429

Handheld computing device

A handheld computing device is disclosed. The handheld computing device includes a seamless housing formed from an extruded metal tube. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150234179

Beam scanning using an interference filter as a turning mirror

Scanning apparatus includes a scanner, which is configured to scan over a field of view falling within a predefined angular range. An interference filter is positioned between the scanner and the field of view and is configured to pass light within a predefined wavelength range that is incident on the interference filter at angles within the predefined angular range, while reflecting the light within the predefined wavelength range that is incident on the interference filter at an angle that is outside the predefined angular range. ... Apple Inc

08/20/15 / #20150234144

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for thermally managing electronic devices using dynamic optical components

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media. For thermally managing electronic devices using dynamic optical components are provided. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150230350

Multi-layered ceramic enclosure

Techniques for fabricating a laminated ceramic housing that can be used for a handheld computing device that includes an enclosure having structural walls formed from a multi-layered ceramic material that can be radio-transparent. The multi-layered ceramic housing can be formed of a plurality of ceramic materials such as zirconia and alumina in any combination. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150230342

Novel structure achieving fine through hole pitch for integrated circuit substrates

In some embodiments, a carrier substrate for an integrated circuit may include a core, a first plurality of openings, and a first insulating material. The core may include a first surface and a second surface substantially opposing the first surface. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150230339

Methods for forming a sensor array package

Various methods for forming a low profile assembly are described. The low profile assembly may include an integrated circuit. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150230232

Providing a data function in an access gateway node

An access gateway node couples a control node to an external data network, where the control node and access gateway node are for use in a wireless communications network. The access gateway node comprises a data function to route packets containing traffic data between the control node and the external data network. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150230206

Dynamic antenna tuner setting for carrier aggregation scenarios

Apparatus and methods for dynamically adjusting radio frequency circuitry in a wireless communication device are disclosed. The wireless communication device can receive downlink communication using carrier aggregation through a primary component carrier and a secondary component carrier. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150230196

Extension of location status event

A processor in a mobile wireless device communicates detailed state information about attachments to a user identity module card embedded in the mobile wireless device. The processor detects a change in an attach state of the mobile wireless device for at least one of a plurality of attachment types. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150230182

Methods and apparatus for improving power consumption in a wireless network

Methods and apparatus for power optimization in e.g., a wireless mobile device. In one embodiment, the optimization is effected via intelligent idle mode current drain management. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150230181

Automatic power-off of wireless communication device from linked device

Methods and systems for powering-off a wireless communication device from a linked device are provided. A device can transmit a wireless communication signal to a linked device to instruct the linked device to power-off. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150230078

Secure ad hoc data backup to nearby friend devices

Ad hoc data backup for mobile devices is disclosed. When the user of a mobile device has poor or no data connectivity with a network-based storage system and friends are identified that are in the vicinity of the user, backup data is transferred from the user's mobile device to one or more of the friend devices using peer-to-peer connections.. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150229718

Protocol for exchanging data between two devices

Some embodiments provide a protocol for a first device to obtain information about one or more data entities from a second device. In some embodiments, the first device is a client device, while the second device is a server device. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150229639

System and method for using credentials of a first client station to authenticate a second client station

Described are methods that allow credentials of a first client station to authenticate a second client station. An exemplary method includes associating a first client station with a second client station, the first client station including credential information, the associating authorizing the second client station to use the credential information, transmitting, by the second client station, an association request to a network, the network utilizing the credential information to authorize a connection, the second client station configured to perform a proxy functionality for requests received from the network to be forwarded to the first client station and responses received from the first client station to be forwarded to the network, determining, by the network, whether the credential information received from the second client station is authenticated and establishing a connection between the second client station and the network using the credential information of the first client station.. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150229018

Antenna on sapphire structure

An antenna on a sapphire structure. The antenna includes a sapphire structure having a first side, and a second side positioned opposite the first side. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150228529

Clamping mechanism for processing of a substrate within a substrate carrier

A method and clamping apparatus for securing a substrate within a substrate carrier during an ultrasonic mounting process. The clamping apparatus may include a substrate carrier having a top plate and a bottom plate, the top plate and the bottom plate forming a cavity dimensioned to hold a substrate. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150228517

Universal process carrier for substrates

A carrier apparatus and method of assembling a carrier apparatus for processing a substrate. The carrier including a first carrier plate having a first plurality of cavities, each of the first plurality of cavities dimensioned to receive a first side of a substrate. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150228423

Shimless button assembly for an electronic device

Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a shimless button assembly. According to such embodiments, a shimless button assembly includes a button component and a switch mechanism. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150228312

Voltage regulation for data retention in a volatile memory

A system, a voltage regulator and a method for regulating power are disclosed, wherein the system may include a processor, a voltage regulator circuit, and a memory unit. The voltage regulator circuit may be configured to generate a first power supply voltage provided to the memory unit. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150228292

Close-talk detector for personal listening device with adaptive active noise control

A close-talk detector detects a near-end user's speech signal, while an adaptive anc process is running, and in response helps prevent the filter coefficients of an adaptive filter of the anc process from being corrupted, thereby reducing the risk of the adaptive filters diverge. Upon detecting speech using a vibration sensor signal and one or more microphone signals, the detector asserts a signal that slows down, or even freezes or halts, the adaptation of the adaptive filter. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150228168

Integrated visual notification system in an accessory device

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

08/13/15 / #20150227979

Valuation of invitational content slots based on user attentiveness

Methods and arrangements are provided to valuate advertising slots for a client device based on events that are detected on the device. The cost of the advertising slots can vary according to the timing of the user interactions or according to different classifications for the client device that are determined based on the events. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150227835

Electronic device with automatic mode switching

An electronic device for predicting or anticipating a user's operational desires. The electronic device is ready to perform the anticipated function without input from the user by using sensors to sense environmental attributes. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150227783

Upper-body skeleton extraction from depth maps

A method for processing data includes receiving a depth map of a scene containing at least an upper body of a humanoid form. The depth map is processed so as to identify a head and at least one arm of the humanoid form in the depth map. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150227782

Systems and methods for sending digital images

Facial recognition algorithms may identify the faces of one or more people in a digital image. Multiple types of communication may be available for the different people in the digital image. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150227740

Updating a template for a biometric recognition device

A template of a biometric attribute for use with a biometric recognition device includes a long term component and a short term component. The long term component can include a plurality of nodes that each represents at least a portion of the biometric attribute. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150227503

Rendering common cell formatting for adjacent cells

Rendering common cell formatting for adjacent cells is disclosed. In some embodiments, when rendering cells, a set of adjacent cells that have at least one type of cell formatting in common is identified, and the at least one type of cell formatting is rendered as a single entity rather than individually for each cell in the set to prevent visual artifacts between adjacent cells from arising.. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150227476

Reducing latency in a peripheral component interconnect express link

A method and system are described for reducing latency in a peripheral component interconnect express (pcie) link between a host and an endpoint. In the described embodiments, an interrupt is issued from the endpoint to the host using the pcie link. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150227460

Efficient buffering for a system having non-volatile memory

Systems and methods are disclosed for efficient buffering for a system having non-volatile memory (“nvm”). In some embodiments, a control circuitry of a system can use heuristics to determine whether to perform buffering of one or more write commands received from a file system. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150227456

Global write driver for memory array structure

A system for storing data in a memory may include circuitry that may receive an address, a command and data. The circuitry may also determine a type of the command and generate a read control or write control signal dependent upon the type. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150227440

Interface calibration using configurable on-die terminations

A method includes communicating over an interface between a controller and multiple memory dies, which comprise respective on-die terminations (odts) that are each connectable to the interface by the controller. A plurality of termination settings are evaluated, each termination setting specifies a respective subset of the odts to be connected to the interface, so as to identify a preferred termination setting in which the communication quality with a given memory die meets a predefined criterion. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150227410

Hardware state data logger for silicon debug

Systems and methods of utilizing a hardware state data logger to debug in silicon. One or more hardware state data loggers are incorporated into a circuit design and fabricated along with the functional units of the circuit into a fabricated chip. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150227374

Early loop buffer entry

Systems, processors, and methods for determining when to enter loop buffer mode early for loops in an instruction stream. A processor waits until a branch history register has saturated before entering loop buffer mode for a loop if the processor has not yet determined the loop has an unpredictable exit. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150227369

Completion time prediction for vector instructions

In an embodiment, a processor may include a completion time prediction circuit. The completion time prediction circuit may be configured to track one or more aspects of previous instances of a vector memory operation, and may be configured to predict a completion time for a current instance of the vector memory operation. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150227368

Completion time determination for vector instructions

In an embodiment, a processor may include a completion time determination circuit. The completion time determination circuit may be configured to receive one or more source operands of a vector memory operation used to produce the addresses of the vector elements accessed by the vector memory operation. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150227280

Thresholds for determining feedback in computing devices

The present application is related to a computer for providing output to a user. The computer includes a processor and an input device in communication with the processor. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150227272

Multimedia control center

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

08/13/15 / #20150227240

Touch sensor panel design

A touch sensor panel including a plurality of drive lines crossing a plurality of sense lines, forming an array. The plurality of drive lines and the plurality of sense lines are formed by interconnecting sections of at least one conductive material having a truncated diamond shape or formed of interconnected conductive lines. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150227232

Frequency independent offset cancellation scheme in touch receiver channel

A self-capacitance touch sensor panel including a plurality of touch electrodes and one or more sense circuits coupled to the touch electrodes. The touch sensor panel also includes at least one offset cancellation circuit coupled to at least one of the touch electrodes and configured to generate an offset cancellation signal to cancel an offset signal at the at least one touch electrode. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150227227

Electronic devices with sidewall displays

Electronic devices may be provided that contain flexible displays that are bent to form displays on multiple surfaces of the devices. Bent flexible displays may be bent to form front side displays and edge displays. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150227190

Method and apparatus for recovery from low power state

A method and apparatus for recovering from a low power state in a computing system is disclosed. In one embodiment of the method, the computing system enters the low power state from a standard power state after an activity detector indicates a user controlled peripheral device connected to the computer system has been inactive for a period of time. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150227186

Low leakage address decoder

A system and method for managing power in a memory, wherein the system may include a processor and a memory unit coupled to the processor. The memory unit may initialize an address decoder into a first power mode. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150227000

Display with color mixing prevention structures

An electronic device may have a liquid crystal display having a backlight and color mixing prevention structures. The color mixing prevention structures may, in part, be formed from one or more arrays of color filter elements. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150226723

Method of inspecting sapphire structures and method of forming the same

A method of inspecting and forming sapphire structures. The method of inspecting a sapphire structure may include may include providing an annealed sapphire structure, and measuring a profile of at least a portion of the annealed sapphire structure. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150226585

Electronic devices with environmental sensors

An electronic device may be provided with environmental sensors. Environmental sensors may include one or more environmental sensor components and one or more acoustic components. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150226545

Pattern projector

A pattern projector, comprising a light source, configured to emit a beam of light. A transparent substrate, which has a pair of mutually-opposed planar surfaces is configured to receive and propagate the beam within the substrate by total internal reflection between the planar surfaces. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150225948

Ceiling system

A ceiling system includes a support structure configured to be installed in a ceiling area of a variety of room types. A ceiling supported by the support structure may cover the majority of the ceiling area and may include light sources to light the room. ... Apple Inc

08/13/15 / #20150225867

Anodized films with branched pore structures

The embodiments described herein relate to anodizing and anodized films. The methods described can be used to form opaque and white anodized films on a substrate. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150223244

Wi-fi signaling by cellular devices for coexistence in unlicensed frequency bands

This disclosure relates to wi-fi signaling in conjunction with cellular communication in unlicensed frequency bands for efficient co-existence. According to one embodiment, a cell may be established between a cellular base station and a wireless user equipment device on a frequency channel in an unlicensed frequency band. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150223243

Method and apparatus for time division coexistence in unlicensed radio frequency bands for mobile devices

Apparatus and methods for time division multiplexing of radio frequency channels in unlicensed radio frequency bands by a wireless device in communication with a cellular wireless network are disclosed. The wireless device obtains, from an enodeb, a configuration for carrier aggregation using a primary component carrier (pcc) in a licensed radio frequency band and at least one secondary component carrier (scc) in an unlicensed radio frequency band. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150223120

Support for continuity of tunnel communications for mobile nodes having multiple care of addressing

The present invention solves communication disruption problems during the hand-off transition period by using a pre-handoff registration of a new foreign agent on behalf of the mobile node the pre-handoff registration message should: (1) identify itself as a pre-hand off registration message, (2) indicate direction of traffic for the pre-handoff registration time period, and (3) specify a lifetime or time period when the pre-handoff registration request will continue to be considered valid the local mobility anchor will accept traffic using the pre-handoff registration care-of address depending on the directionality indicator, but the communication traffic to or from the mobile node will not be disrupted during the transition period. Because the care-of address for the mobile node on the new foreign network can be used to direct communication traffic to or from the mobile node during this transition time period, no disruption of service will be encountered.. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150223115

Offloading and reselection policies and rules for mobile devices

Apparatus and methods for managing use of radio frequency channels in unlicensed radio frequency bands by a wireless communication device in communication with a cellular wireless network are disclosed. The wireless communication device obtains, from an enodeb of the wireless network, one or more access network discovery and selection function (andsf) policies that include rules for mobility of the wireless communication device and offloading of traffic for the wireless communication device to radio frequency channels in an unlicensed radio frequency band. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150223070

Customer identification for seamless wireless-network access

An electronic device connects to a network associated with a service provider via a router at a home location. During a time interval, the electronic device provides information specifying a network address of the router to an authentication computer when the electronic device is connected to a network. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150223031

Push-to-talk telecommunications system utilizing an voice-over-ip network

A method and system to provide ad-hoc push-to-talk calls between a plurality of users in a wireless packet data telecommunications network are described. The system may include: a wireless communication network including push-to-talk (ptt) functionality, with a session initiation protocol (sip) proxy server; a sip registrar and location server operable to store contact addresses of active mobile devices; a realtime transport protocol (rtp) media gateway (ptt server) operable to function as a call endpoint for each of a plurality of mobile devices wherein the plurality of mobile devices may be segmented into membership groups, the ptt server further operable to multicast a communication from one member of the group to the other members of the group; and an internet protocol (ip) network interconnecting the sip proxy server, the sip registrar and location server, and the ptt server.. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150222930

Backwards compatible extended image format

Techniques are provided for encoding an extended image such that it is backwards compatible with existing decoding devices. An extended image format is defined such that the extended image format is consistent with an existing image format over the full range of the existing image format. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150222823

Multi-zone imaging sensor and lens array

An imaging module includes a matrix of detector elements formed on a single semiconductor substrate and configured to output electrical signals in response to optical radiation that is incident on the detector elements. A filter layer is disposed over the detector elements and includes multiple filter zones overlying different, respective, convex regions of the matrix and having different, respective passbands.. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150222635

Apparatus and methods for controlled switching of electronic access clients without requiring network access

Methods and apparatuses for providing controlled switching of electronic access control clients without requiring network access are set forth herein. In one embodiment, a method for swapping of subscriptions and/or profiles for electronic subscriber identity modules (esims) without network supervision that prevents possibly malicious high frequency switching is disclosed. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150222517

Uniform communication protocols for communication between controllers and accessories

A uniform protocol can facilitate secure, authenticated communication between a controller device and an accessory device that is controlled by the controller. An accessory and a controller can establish a pairing, the existence of which can be verified at a later time and used to create a secure communication session. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150222414

Reference subframes for synchronization and cell measurements

This disclosure relates to using a dedicated reference subframes in a cellular communication system. According to one embodiment, a base station may transmit reference signals in a dedicated synchronization and measurement reference subframe. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150222410

Method and apparatus for frequency hopping coexistence in unlicensed radio frequency bands for mobile devices

Apparatus and methods for frequency hopping among a set of frequency channels used for secondary cells by wireless devices operating with carrier aggregation across a combination of licensed and unlicensed radio frequency (rf) bands are described. A wireless device establishes a connection with an enodeb using a primary component carrier (pcc) of a primary cell in a licensed radio frequency band. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150222182

Shunt integrated voltage regulator

A method and apparatus for augmenting an external voltage regulator with a shunt integrated voltage regulator is disclosed. In one embodiment, an integrated circuit (ic) includes a load circuit coupled to a supply voltage node. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150222062

Dual coaxial cable-to-board connector

Coaxial cable connector systems including connector plugs and receptacles that consume a reduced amount of board space and are readily connected together. One example may provide coaxial connector plugs and receptacles that may be used to connect more than one coaxial cable. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150221960

Reduced-weight fuel cell plate with corrosion resistant coating

The disclosed embodiments provide a fuel cell plate. The fuel cell plate includes a substrate of electrically conductive material and a first outer layer of corrosion-resistant material bonded to a first portion of the substrate. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150221460

Waterproof button assembly

A waterproof button assembly. The waterproof button assembly may include a housing including an opening and a button. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150221322

Threshold adaptation in two-channel noise estimation and voice activity detection

A method for adapting a threshold used in multi-channel audio voice activity detection. Strengths of primary and secondary sound pick up channels are computed. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150221297

System and method for generating a rhythmic accompaniment for a musical performance

Embodiments of the invention include storing musical elements in a database and processing performance data, where the musical elements including a plurality of reference accent pattern data and a plurality of reference system pattern data. Processing performance data can include receiving input data corresponding to a musical performance, determining an accent pattern for the musical performance, matching the accent pattern data to one or more reference accent pattern data in the database, and selecting one of the matching reference accent patterns. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150221042

System and method for managing wireless point-of-sale transactions

A system that enables a wireless point-of-sale transaction. In one embodiment the system comprises an account module, an account selection module, a display, an input interface, and a wireless transmitter. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150220977

Campaign budget controls via user configurable line specifications

Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for providing advertisers with a mechanism to dynamically adjust budget constraints in order to take into account the advertisers' preferences for targeting users associated with specific dimensions within the segments targeted by a campaign. In particular, advertisers can specify a line specification that sets forth soft and hard constraints, where the hard constraints set caps for spend and the soft constraints set forth desired range of spend for categories in one or more dimensions and a relative importance of the spend in each category. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150220970

Representative user journeys for content sessions

Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for determining user journeys during presentations of content. The system first determines an average time spent for sessions associated with a presentation of content. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150220931

Use of a biometric image for authorization

A second user can authorize a first user to take or complete an online action by submitting one or more biometric images. For example, the second user can authorize a purchase by the first user on an online store. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150220926

Adaptive secondary authentication criteria based on account data

An authentication challenge system for performing secondary authentication for an account associated with an online store is described. In one embodiment, the authentication challenge system includes a question generation engine, which can derive a series of questions based upon activity associated with a user account of an online store; a network interface, which can transport the series of one or more questions derived by the question generation engine to authenticate the user to the online store; a confidence engine, which can determine a required confidence level for a successful authentication, and can compute a confidence score of the user identity; and a quality engine, which can adjust the question generation engine and the confidence engine based upon an analysis of question and answer metrics across multiple accounts of the online store. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150220634

Digital mixed tapes

Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for gifting a personalized album. A system is described that includes generating a personalized album from a request and subsequently gifting the personalized album to another party. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150220278

Dynamic io operation timeout assignment for a solid state drive

A storage system having an input-output (io) component, a solid state drive (ssd) with multiple logical units (luns), e.g., flash storage units, and a controller coupled to the io component and the ssd. The controller can cause the storage system to receive an operation request, determine various operational throughputs associated with outstanding commands of the ssd (e.g., read or write commands to be performed by the ssd), determine a time required for the ssd to process the outstanding commands based in part on the operational throughputs, and assign a timeout value to the received operation request. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150220248

Grouping items in a folder

User interface changes and file system operations related to grouping items in a destination folder are disclosed. A user can group multiple items displayed on a user interface into a destination folder using an input command. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150220194

Displays with intra-frame pause

A touch screen display may include gate line driver circuitry coupled to a display pixel array. The display may be provided with intra-frame pausing, (ifp) capabilities, where touch or other operations may be performed during one or more intra-frame blanking intervals. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150220183

Touch sensitive module with integrated sensor and artwork

A touch sensor panel including artwork formed on the touch sensor panel is disclosed. The touch sensor panel stackup can include a substrate, one or more underlying layers, one or more patterned transparent conductive layers, a passivation layer, artwork, and an adhesive layer. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150219972

Displays with flipped panel structures

A display may have a thin-film transistor layer and a color filter layer. The display may include light blocking structures formed on a transparent substrate. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150218425

Stretch release conductive adhesive

This application relates to adhesives for use in electronic devices. Specifically, the embodiments discussed herein set forth stretch release conductive adhesives for adhering an electrical component to the surface of a housing of a computing device while also allowing current to flow through the electrical component. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150217891

Customizable shrink wrap

Shrink wrap films that are customized to have a shape matching a shape of a particular part or parts are disclosed. The shrink wrap films can be formed using unique manufacturing techniques that involve heating the part or parts prior to applying the shrink wrap film. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150217479

Ceramic component casting

Methods for improved ceramics component casting. One such method may include vacuuming a ceramic-based slurry mixture and/or vacuuming a component mold. ... Apple Inc

08/06/15 / #20150217368

Temperature regulated melt crucible for cold chamber die casting

Disclosed is a vessel for melting and casting meltable materials. The vessel may be a surface temperature regulated vessel for providing a substantially non-wetting interface with the molten materials. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150216053

Integrated circuit package

An integrated circuit package may have a package substrate with a surface to which an integrated circuit die is soldered. A first set of contacts on the package substrate may mate with contacts on the integrated circuit die. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150216024

Electronic devices having electrostatic discharge paths

An electronic device may have a display and other electrical components that are sensitive to electrostatic charge. A button may pass through an opening in a layer of the display. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150215921

Methods and systems for enabling feedback in wireless communication networks

Aspects of the present invention provide additional mac functionality to support the phy features of a wireless communication system framework. The additional mac functionality aids in enabling feedback from wireless terminals to base stations. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150215864

Power management of a radio data transceiver

Methods and apparatuses for operating a wireless mobile station configured to communicate with a wireless access point are described. A first awake timer may be started in response to receiving a beacon signal from the wireless access point. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150215534

Driver circuit for a camera voice coil motor

A driver circuit for a camera voice coil motor (vcm) is described. A first power switch selectively conducts current from a vcm node to a power supply node, and a second power switch selectively conducts current from the vcm node to a power return node. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150214897

Family of slew-enhanced operational transconductance amplifiers

Operational transconductance amplifiers (otas) with enhanced slew rate are disclosed. An ota can have a main amplifier and pre-amplifier gain stage to increase the effective transconductance and bandwidth of the ota. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150214674

Dual connector having ground planes in tongues

Connector receptacle assemblies that may be simple to manufacture, provide multiple receptacles, and provide a good ground contact path. One example may provide a connector receptacle assembly formed of a housing having a tongue that may include openings on one or more sides for contacts as well as openings on its sides for ground contacts. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150214673

Connector retention features

Connector systems that may include improved locking and retention features. One example includes a connector plug having an opening to accept an end of a wide portion of a connector receptacle tongue. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150214649

Contact-support mechanism for increased retention force

Circuits, methods, and apparatus that may provide audio jacks capable of providing a sufficient retention force to avoid some inadvertent extractions of an audio plug. Examples may also provide audio jacks that may be readily assembled. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150214602

Wireless handheld electronic device

A handheld electronic device may be provided that contains a conductive housing and other conductive elements. The conductive elements may form an antenna ground plane. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150214600

Peripheral electronic device housing members with gaps and dielectric coatings

An electronic device such as a handheld device may have a rectangular housing with a rectangular periphery. A conductive peripheral housing member may run along the rectangular periphery and may surround the rectangular housing. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150214578

Design and construction of non-rectangular batteries

The disclosed embodiments relate to a battery cell which includes a set of electrode sheets of different dimensions arranged in a stacked configuration to facilitate efficient use of space inside a portable electronic device. For example, the electrode sheets may be arranged in the stacked configuration to accommodate a shape of the portable electronic device. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150213780

Display panel self-refresh entry and exit

Embodiments of an apparatus for implementing a display port interface are disclosed. The apparatus may include a source processor and a sink processor coupled through an interface. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150213475

Method and system for upgrading a previously purchased media asset

Systems, graphical user interfaces and methods for upgrading from one or more digital media assets to a set of digital media assets over a network are described. A potential purchaser can be notified of available upgrade opportunities that are available for purchase. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150213467

Metadata rich tag for survey re-targeting

A user account can be tagged with a metadata rich survey tag used to manage a survey campaign. The survey tag can identify a user as eligible to participate in a survey campaign and include information used to manage the survey campaign. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150213443

Tokenizing authorizations

Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for creating sharable tokens that point to financial information stored in a secure online platform and that can be used in financial transactions.. . ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150213433

Secure provisioning of credentials on an electronic device using elliptic curve cryptography

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for provisioning credentials are provided. In one example embodiment, an electronic device may include a communications component that receives encrypted commerce credential data from a service provider subsystem. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150213140

Search assistant for digital media assets

Techniques and systems for facilitating searching of digital media assets are disclosed. In one embodiment, a user can be assisted in entering search strings for searching a media repository (e.g., online media store) having a plurality of digital media assets that are available, e.g., available for purchase. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150212966

Cross-over and bypass configurations for high-speed data transmission

Circuits, methods, and apparatus that may improve networking techniques for transferring data among various electronic devices. One example may provide sharing data among various devices by daisy-chaining devices together. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150212784

Electronic device with wrap around display

A consumer electronic product includes at least a transparent housing and a flexible display assembly enclosed within the transparent housing. In the described embodiment, the flexible display assembly is configured to present visual content at any portion of the transparent housing.. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150212745

Non-volatile memory monitoring

The invention provides a technique for managing write operations issued to a non-volatile memory included in a wireless device. A monitor software application executes on the wireless device and is configured to determine that a number of write operations issued to the non-volatile memory is greater than or equal to a write operation threshold associated with the non-volatile memory. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150212655

Adaptive image loading

Adaptive loading of images is described. In some implementations, the process of loading of images by a computing device can be adapted to account for image size, image load times and/or user behavior. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150212627

Mutual capacitance touch sensing device

A mutual capacitive touch sensing device is disclosed. The device can include nodes for sensing a touch at the device and for sensing a force applied to the device. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150212614

Integrated polarizer and conductive material

A polarizer integrated with conductive material and a process for forming a polarizer integrated with conductive material are disclosed. A polarizer can be integrated with conductive material to form a portion of a touch sensor panel. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150212609

Light block for transparent touch sensors

A touch sensor panel including one or more conductive sections disposed in an outer area of a touch sensor panel is disclosed. The touch sensor panel stackup can include a substrate, one or more underlying layers, one or more patterned transparent conductive layers, and one or more conductive sections. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150212608

Touch pad with symbols based on mode

A multifunctional handheld device capable of operating in different modes includes a single input arrangement that provides inputs for each mode of the multifunctional handheld device. The single input arrangement includes at least an input pad that provides signals when touched or pressed. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150212602

Texture capture stylus and method

Embodiments disclosed herein relate generally to a stylus for texture capture. The stylus includes an image sensing and capture device to permit a surface to be scanned using the stylus and an image may be stored and displayed on an electronic device to represent the texture of the scanned surface.. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150212578

Touch implement with haptic feedback for simulating surface texture

A touch implement may include one or more controllers coupled to one or more haptic devices and one or more sensors that detect when the touch implement contacts a surface. The controller may provide haptic feedback via the haptic device(s) to simulate a texture of the surface when the touch implement is in contact. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150212336

Passive damping for optical image stabilization

Passive dampers (e.g., a viscoelastic material such as a silicon gel) may be applied at one or more locations within an actuator module between a moving component (an optics assembly) and a fixed component (e.g., a cover attached to a base). The passive dampers act to passively dampen the motion of the optics assembly on the xy plane within the actuator module during optical image stabilization (ois) of the optics assembly when subjected to external excitation or disturbance, and may also provide z (optical) axis damping and impact protection. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150212120

Operating surface characterization for integrated circuits

A device includes an integrated circuit programmed with an operating surface equation. The operating surface equation may define an operating point as a function of operating voltage, operating frequency, and leakage current. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150212114

Printed circuits with sacrificial test structures

Electrical components may be soldered to a printed circuit. The printed circuit may have an edge with an opening. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150210033

Stain proof textured fabric

This application relates to a method and apparatus for forming a textured stain resistant fabric. The stain resistant layer can be formed from a non-conventional anti-stain resistant resin that can conform to varying texturing geometries. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150209903

System and method for laser cutting sapphire using multiple gas media

A system and a method for manufacturing a sapphire part. A sapphire substrate is obtained for performing a laser cutting operation. ... Apple Inc

07/30/15 / #20150208826

Display systems and methods

A display system and method for displaying a product is disclosed. The system may include a display stem and a retainer for holding the product. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150208349

System and method for low power signaling in a wireless local area network

A station, a method performed by a station and a corresponding method performed by an access point (ap) of a network to allow the station to operate a wireless local area network (wlan) radio in a sleep state until the wlan radio is ready to receive a beacon from the ap. The station includes a low power (lp) radio configured to receive a wake up signal from an ap of a network to which the station is connected. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150208253

Wlan and lte coexistence in unlicensed radio frequency bands

A wireless local area network (wlan) device processes received samples for a radio frequency channel in an unlicensed radio frequency band to detect radio frequency interference from a long term evolution (lte) wireless communication system. The wlan device performs a correlation of received time-domain samples to detect the presence of a cyclic prefix for an orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (ofdm) symbol used by the lte wireless communication system. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150208159

Electronic device accessory

Electronic devices and accessories such as headsets for electronic devices are provided. A microphone may be included in an accessory to capture sound for an associated electronic device. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150208158

Controlling operation of a media device based upon whether a presentation device is currently being worn by a user

A mechanism is provided for automatically controlling the operation of a media device based upon whether a portable presentation device coupled to the media device is currently being worn by a user. A portable presentation device may be any device that is meant to be worn by a user that is capable of presenting media content to the user (e.g. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150208098

Methods and apparatus for error rate estimation

Methods and apparatus for estimating received error rates. In one embodiment, the estimation of received error rates is conducted in relation to a bus interface such as a high-speed high-definition multimedia interface (hdmi) interface, and the method utilizes corrupted symbols that violate tmds symbol rules, the corrupted symbols being easily detected and counted. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150207631

Accessory identification for mobile computing devices

Embodiments disclosed herein provide for identification processes and/or procedures for accessories coupled with a mobile computing device. During identification an accessory can communicate lingo information that includes only those lingoes the accessory can use while coupled with the mobile computing device. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150207578

Multichannel wireless local area network

A multichannel wireless local area network (wlan) using multiple radio frequency (rf) channels simultaneously for a basic service set (bss) is described. The multichannel wlan provides efficient use of rf bandwidth and improves throughput. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150207496

Latch circuit with dual-ended write

Embodiments of a latch circuit are disclosed that may allow a reduction in storage time of data into the latch circuit. The latch circuit may include an input circuit, a first switch, a second switch, an input circuit, and an inverting amplifier. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150207479

Dynamic range control with large look-ahead

A system and method applying dynamic range control/compression (drc) to an audio signal. The dynamic range controller presented here differs from conventional drc techniques by providing a much larger look-ahead time. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150207462

Wide common mode range sense amplifier

A device for comparing voltage levels of a pair of input signals is presented. The device may include a pre-amp circuit and a differential amplifier. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150207345

Rechargeable battery with series-connected, asymmetric banks

The disclosed embodiments provide a system that balances voltages between battery banks. This system includes a plurality of asymmetric battery banks having differing capacities electrically connected to each other through a series connection. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150207267

Robust magnetic connector

Connector inserts and receptacles that are robust, easily manufactured, and provide an improved connector performance. One example may provide a connector receptacle having a power contact located in a ground surface. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150207254

Molded plastic structures with graphene signal paths

A connector or other structure may be provided with dielectric material and conductive traces. The dielectric material may include plastic structures such as molded plastic members. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150206931

Organic light-emitting diode display with bottom shields

A display may have an array of organic light-emitting diode display pixels. Each display pixel may have a light-emitting diode that emits light under control of a drive transistor. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150206558

Systems and methods for monitoring and controlling repetitive accesses to volatile memory

Systems and methods for monitoring and controlling repetitive accesses to a dynamic random-access memory (dram) row are disclosed. A method for monitoring and controlling repetitive accesses to a dram can include dividing a bank of the dram into a number of logical blocks, mapping each row of the bank to one of the logical blocks, monitoring accesses to the logical blocks, and controlling accesses to the logical blocks based on the monitoring.. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150206493

Devices and methods for reducing or eliminating mura artifact

Devices and methods for reducing or eliminating image artifacts are provided. By way of example, a display panel includes row common voltage (vcom) electrodes each having a first width. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150206366

Electronic device operation using remote user biometrics

An electronic device having at least one operational setting, such as a power setting, with at least a first state and a second state. The electronic device may also include an access controller that can receive state data and authorization data from an external source such as a remote control. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150206168

Technologies for inserting dynamic content into podcast episodes

Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for inserting dynamic content into podcast episodes. The system first detects a playback of a podcast episode, the podcast episode including at least one media item. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150205851

Extensible application state preservation architecture

The preservation of the user interface state of first application on a first device allows, in one embodiment, a user to resume use of at least a portion of the user interface state on a second application on second devices. The first and second applications can be the same or different (with some common user interface ui features or elements and other ui features that are different). ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150205749

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

07/23/15 / #20150205725

Cache for patterns of instructions

Techniques are disclosed relating to a cache for patterns of instructions. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes an instruction cache and is configured to detect a pattern of execution of instructions by an instruction processing pipeline. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150205659

Cell error tracking in applications

Embodiments are disclosed in which an algorithm that evaluates the contents of a cell within an application incorporates error tracking. In certain such embodiments, a second cell is identified that is responsible for generation of an error indication within the cell. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150205623

Device configuration for multiple users using remote user biometrics

An electronic device receives data associated with at least one biometric detected by a sensor of a remote control device. The biometric may be at least one fingerprint, retinal scan, facial image, and/or any other biometric. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150205622

Device configuration with multiple profiles for a single user using remote user biometrics

An electronic device receives data associated with at least one biometric detected by a sensor of a remote control device that is operable to transmit one or more instructions to the electronic device. A profile for a user associated with the data is determined out of a number of profiles for the user based on the data. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150205582

Application dataflow aware property and bindings

In one embodiment, a non-transitory computer-readable medium stores instructions for implementing an application dataflow aware property and bindings system that implements two-way binding via a unidirectional directed acyclic graph and propagates data through the graph based on the connections between the graph nodes. In one embodiment, properties in a binding relationship are arranged in an upstream and downstream manner. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150205511

Systems and methods for an animated graphical user interface

Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to an electronic device and method providing a plurality of playback indicators for controlling playback of a media object. Playback indicators include playback progress, download progress and volume control indicators. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150205502

User interface tools for selectively applying effects to image

Some embodiments provide an image editing application that edits an image. The image editing application assigns a mask value to each pixel of the image that includes several pixels. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150205379

Motion-detected tap input

Some embodiments of the invention provide one or more novel motion-detected, tap-input methods for initiating one or more particular operations of a device. In some embodiments, these methods detect a tap input without relying on the output of a touch-sensitive screen sensor, which the device may or may not have. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150205324

Clock routing techniques

Techniques are disclosed relating to clock routing techniques in processors with both pipelined and non-pipelined circuitry. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes execution units that are non-pipelined and configured to perform instructions without receiving a clock signal. ... Apple Inc

07/23/15 / #20150204650

Sensing of mirror position using fringing fields

Mechanical apparatus includes a base and a moving element, which is mounted to rotate about an axis relative to the base. A capacitive rotation sensor includes at least one first electrode disposed on the moving element in a location adjacent to the base and at least one second electrode disposed on the base in proximity to the at least one first electrode. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150201324

Service provider activation with subscriber identity module policy

Systems and methods for activating a mobile device for use with a service provider are described. In one exemplary method, a mobile device having a currently inserted sim card may be prepared for activation using a signing process in which an activation server generates a signed activation ticket encoded with sim policy data that corresponds to the combination of the device and one of a number of sim cards belonging to a set of sim cards defined by the sim policy data. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150201306

Range-free proximity determination

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

07/16/15 / #20150201046

Multipath tcp signaling with application specific tags

This disclosure relates to techniques for electronic devices to identify application streams multiplexed onto a multipath transmission control protocol (mptcp) connection using mptcp signaling. According to one embodiment, an mptcp connection may be established between an electronic device and a remote endpoint. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150201011

Directing data in a web browser from a portable electronic device

Some embodiments provide a system for interacting with a web browser. During operation, the system establishes a network connection with the web browser from a portable electronic device. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150200640

Audio power amplification with reduced input power supply crest factor

A power converter has an output that is coupled in parallel with an energy reservoir circuit and a power supply node of an audio power amplifier. The converter can set an upper limit on its input supply current that is variable in accordance with a control input. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150200493

Ground contacts for reduced-length connector inserts

Connector inserts having a high signal integrity and low insertion loss by shielding signal contacts. One example may provide one or more ground contacts between a front opening and signal pins of a connector insert. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150200207

Display circuitry with improved transmittance and reduced coupling capacitance

A display may have a color filter layer and a thin-film transistor layer. A layer of liquid crystal material may be located between the color filter layer and the thin-film transistor (tft) layer. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150200056

Acoustic noise cancellation in multi-layer capacitors

A device is presented for decoupling voltage transients occurring on a voltage signal generated by a voltage regulator. The device may decouple the voltage transients from circuits coupled to the voltage regulator. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150200016

Storage in charge-trap memory structures using additional electrically-charged regions

A device includes a memory and a read/write (r/w) unit. The memory includes multiple gates coupled to a common charge-trap layer. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150199999

Statistical peak-current management in non-volatile memory devices

A method includes, in a storage system that includes multiple memory devices, holding a definition of a given type of storage command. Multiple storage commands of the given type are executed in the memory devices, such that an actual current consumption of each storage command deviates from a nominal current waveform defined for the given type by no more than a predefined deviation, and such that each storage command is preceded by a random delay.. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150199725

Method and system for delivering advertisements to mobile terminals

Method and system for targeted advertising of goods and services to users of mobile terminals, based for example on the users' profile. Goods and services are marketed to particular target groups of users sharing a common profile which may be selected to increase the likelihood of the users responding to the advertisements and purchasing the advertised goods and services. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150199710

Supplemental analysis module for invitational content

Method and arrangements are provided to generate supplemental analysis modules for items of invitational content, the modules including an event dictionary and event handlers. Such modules are configured to collect event information at an end user device associated with the operation of an item of invitational content, determine whether the event information corresponds to an entry in the event dictionary, and, upon determining that the event information corresponds to an entry, identify an event handler corresponding to the entry and routing the event information to the event handler, where the event handler is configured for generating an event message.. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150199687

Continual authorization for secured functions

A computing device may determine to execute a secured function. The computing may obtain a biometric of the user of the computing device utilizing one or more biometric sensors associated with the computing device, determine that the biometric matches the biometric of a user authorized to utilize the secured function, and execute the secured function. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150199653

Location adaptive electronic calendar system

Disclosed herein is a technique for a location adaptive electronic calendar system. In particular, the location adaptive electronic calendar system is configured to dynamically analyze and track location information associated with users who utilize the location adaptive electronic calendar system. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150199616

Methods and systems for managing and automating user customization of a device based on observed user behavior

A method for managing and automating user customization of a device based on observed user behavior is disclosed. First, the method collects data on the user's activities on a device for a period of time. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150199510

File system access for one or more sandboxed applications

Methods, systems, and machine-readable storage medium are described wherein, in one embodiment, identifiers, such as bookmarks, are used to allow access to files or folders in a sandboxed environment. One or more applications are restricted by an access control system, which can be, for example, a trusted software component of an operating system. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150199371

Tokenized search suggestions

Embodiments of tokenized search suggestions include generating, by at least one suggestion engine executing on a data processing system, first suggestions based on first text input in a text input flea the first suggestions are displayed on a display device and a selection of one of the first suggestions is received. The first text input is replaced with a first token corresponding to the selected one of the first suggestions. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150199292

Method and apparatus for simplifying communication between a host system and a display subsystem

A method for simplifying the host-to-display subsystem communications and consolidating the non-volatile memory requirements into a pmic (power management integrated circuit) is disclosed. Hardware and software resource reduction in both the client devices (located in the display subsystem) and the host system on a chip (soc) can be realized with a novel pmic design. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150199272

Concurrent store and load operations

Systems, processors, and methods for efficiently handling concurrent store and load operations within a processor. A processor comprises a load-store unit (lsu) with a banked level-one (l1) data cache. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150199115

Information management with non-hierarchical views

Information items in a file system are arranged into groups that are created according to a grouping component. A non-hierarchical view displays visual representations (e.g., icons, thumbnail images) of the information items arranged in visually delineated groups according to an arrange type that can be specified for each group. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150199114

User-centric widgets and dashboards

User-centric widgets and dashboards are automatically modified to reflect a user's goals and needs.. . ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150199070

Multi-touch input discrimination

Techniques for identifying and discriminating between different types of contacts to a multi-touch touch-screen device are described. Illustrative contact types include fingertips, thumbs, palms and cheeks. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150199062

Wireless devices with touch sensors and solar cells

A wireless input-output device may gather touch input from a user. The touch input may be wirelessly transmitted to external wireless equipment such as a computer. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150199053

Multipoint touchscreen

A touch panel having a transparent capacitive sensing medium configured to detect multiple touches or near touches that occur at the same time and at distinct locations in the plane of the touch panel and to produce distinct signals representative of the location of the touches on the plane of the touch panel for each of the multiple touches is disclosed.. . ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150199026

Viewing images with tilt-control on a hand-held device

A user interface suitable for use in cellular phones and personal digital assistants (pdas), pc tablets, as well as laptops, pcs, office equipment, medical equipment, or any other hand-held electronic device, that allows control of the image on the device display by tilting the device to either change the view in perspective, change the magnification, or both, concurrently, by moving the device. Thus, the tilt of the device controls the angle of view of the image, and moving the device perpendicular to the screen controls the magnification.. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150198992

Floating point coprocessor dynamic power gating for on-die leakage reduction

An apparatus is disclosed for managing operational modes of a processor. The apparatus may include the processor which may include a coprocessor, an instruction queue, and a monitoring circuit for detecting instructions for the coprocessor in the instruction queue. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150198976

Trimless glass enclosure interface

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

07/16/15 / #20150198966

Method to manage current during clock frequency changes

A system for managing a change in a frequency of a clock signal, including a clock generator configured to output the clock signal, a clock divider coupled to the output of the clock generator, a processor configured to select the frequency of the clock signal, and a clock management circuit. The clock management circuit may be configured to set the clock generator to adjust the clock signal to the selected frequency. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150198864

Suspension for camera trim enabling thinner camera stack

A camera assembly and a method for mounting it in a portable electronic device are provided. The assembly includes a camera module, and a camera trim coupled with the camera module. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150198844

Display with column spacer structures

A display may have a layer of liquid crystal material between a color filter layer and a thin-film transistor layer. Column spacer structures may be formed between the color filter layer and the thin-film transistor layer to maintain a desired separation between the color filter and thin-film transistor layers. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150198834

High dynamic range liquid crystal display

A display may have a first stage such as a color liquid crystal display stage and a second stage such as a monochromatic liquid crystal display stage that are coupled in tandem so that light from a backlight passes through both stages. The dynamic range of the display may be enhanced by using the second stage to perform local dimming operations. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150198811

Head-mounted display apparatus for retaining a portable electronic device with display

Head-mounted display systems and methods of operation that allow users to couple and decouple a portable electronic device such as a handheld portable electronic device with a separate head-mounted device (e.g., temporarily integrates the separate devices into a single unit) are disclosed. The portable electronic may be physically coupled to the head-mounted device such that the portable electronic device can be worn on the user's head. ... Apple Inc

07/16/15 / #20150196981

Methods for cutting smooth reflective surfaces

The embodiments described herein relate to methods, systems, and structures for cutting a part to form a highly reflective and smooth surface thereon. In some embodiments, the part includes substantially horizontal and vertical surfaces with edges and corners. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150195737

Cell utilization estimation by a wireless device

Estimating loading and potential available throughput a serving cell of a wireless user equipment (ue) device. Physical layer metrics of a channel on which the ue communicates with the serving cell may be measured. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150195696

System and method for reception of cell broadcast messages

A system, station and corresponding methods for providing warning notifications. In one exemplary method, it is determined whether any of a plurality of stations to which a warning notification is to transmitted is in a connected state. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150195639

Earphones with left/right magnetic asymmetry

A first earphone of an earphone system includes a first magnet assembly and a first voice coil. A second earphone of the earphone system includes a second magnet assembly and a second voice coil. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150195596

Advertising management method and system

System and method for managing distribution of content such as television programs to portable multi-media devices which are capable of using such content and communicating includes a broadcast management system arranged to manage delivery of content from content sources to the devices, an account management system arranged to manage requests for use of the content from the devices and manage communications to and from the devices, and a processor coupled to the account management system and arranged to analyze requests to use content relative to information about users of the devices in order to determine whether use of the content by the users can be sponsored. If so, an advertisement is delivered to that user's device and the device presents the advertisement to the user as a condition for use of the content.. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150195439

Magnetic camera component mounting in cameras

An actuator module for optical image stabilization of a lens assembly relative to an image sensor in a camera includes a coil mounting structure. A plurality of optical image stabilization (ois) coils is mounted to the coil mounting structure. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150194821

Unified high power and low power battery charger

The embodiments discussed herein relate to systems, methods, and apparatus for providing a charger capable of adaptively handling a range of power inputs. The charger can selectively activate different control switches within the charger in order to more efficiently use current supplied to the charger. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150194753

Mid-plane board-to-board connectors

Board-to-board connectors that may consume a reduced amount of space in an electronic device by having a reduced height, provide a durable and reliable connection, and may be easy to manufacture. In one example, a board-to-board connector having a reduced height may reside at least partially in a recess or opening in a printed circuit board or other substrate.. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150194654

Thermally curable composite separators for batteries in portable electronic devices

The disclosed embodiments relate to the design and manufacture of a battery cell. The battery cell contains a set of layers, including a cathode with an active coating, an anode with an active coating, and a composite separator containing an adhesion polymer layer that does not reflow after a thermal treatment of the battery cell is performed to laminate the layers together. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150194443

Display circuitry with reduced metal routing resistance

A display may have a color filter layer and a thin-film transistor layer. A layer of liquid crystal material may be located between the color filter layer and the thin-film transistor (tft) layer. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150194387

Self-shielded components and methods for making the same

This is directed to self-shielded components and methods for making the same. A self-shielded component can include an electromagnetic interference (emi) shield that contains circuitry within a shielded space defined by the emi shield. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150193958

Framework for graphics animation and compositing operations

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

07/09/15 / #20150193939

Depth mapping with enhanced resolution

A method for depth mapping includes receiving an image of a pattern of spots that has been projected onto a scene, which includes a feature having dimensions that are less than twice an average distance between the spots in the pattern that is projected onto the feature. The image is processed so as to find a 3d location of the feature by computing three-dimensional (3d) coordinates of points on the feature based on transverse shifts of the spots in the image. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150193764

Disabling mobile payments for lost electronic devices

If a user loses an electronic device that has the capability to conduct financial transactions, the user may report that the electronic device is lost using a lost-device software application to a management electronic device associated with a provider of the electronic device. In response to receiving this information, a disabling command is sent to a payment network associated with the financial account of the user to temporarily disable use of the electronic device to conduct the financial transactions. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150193657

Depth mapping with enhanced resolution

A method for depth mapping includes receiving an image of a pattern of spots that has been projected onto a scene, which includes a hand having fingers. The image is processed in order to segment and find a three-dimensional (3d) location of the hand. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150193649

Enhanced face detection using depth information

A method for face detection includes capturing a depth map and an image of a scene and selecting one or more locations in the image to test for presence of human faces. At each selected location, a respective face detection window is defined, having a size that is scaled according to a depth coordinate of the location that is indicated by the depth map. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150193611

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

07/09/15 / #20150193456

Staging electronic publications

A system includes storage devices for storing content along with two or more computing devices such as two or more servers. One of the computing devices includes a staging memory that stores content that is received from the storage devices. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150193384

Image preview

A method, apparatus, and system are provided for displaying a graphical representation of at least a portion of a file by interfacing with a graphical interface relating to the file. A request for viewing a file content is received. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150193379

System and method for cognizant time-based reminders

The computer-implemented method provides information relating to reminders. The method is performed at an electronic device comprising a processor and memory storing instructions for execution by the processor. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150193300

Redundant data storage schemes for multi-die memory systems

A method for data storage includes storing data in a memory that includes one or more memory units, each memory unit including memory blocks. The stored data is compacted by copying at least a portion of the data from a first memory block to a second memory block, and subsequently erasing the first memory block. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150193293

Advanced programming verification schemes for memory cells

A method for data storage includes receiving in a memory device data for storage in a group of memory cells. The data is stored in the group by performing a program and verify (p&v) process, which applies to the memory cells in the group a sequence of programming pulses and compares respective analog values of the memory cells in the group to respective verification thresholds. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150193224

Logging operating system updates of a secure element of an electronic device

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for logging secure element updates of an electronic device are provided. In one example embodiment, a method, at a secure element including a previously-installed secure element asset, includes, inter alia, receiving an update package, uninstalling the previously-installed secure element asset based on the received update package, installing a new secure element asset based on the received update package, and updating at least one of a counter on the secure element and a log on the secure element based on the installation of the new secure element asset. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150193221

On-board applet migration

An electronic device (such as a cellular telephone) automatically installs and personalizes updates to an applet on a secure element in the electronic device. In particular, when a digitally signed update package containing the update is received from an updating device (such as a server), the secure element identifies any previous versions of the applet installed on the secure element. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150193155

Speculative prefetching of data stored in flash memory

A method for data storage, includes holding a definition of a speculative readout mode for readout in a storage device, in which the storage device is requested to read a data unit having a data unit size, and in response the storage device retrieves a storage page that contains the data unit and has a storage page size larger than the data unit size, and retains the storage page in preparation for subsequent requests. Activation of the speculative readout mode is coordinated. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150193141

Continuous handwriting ui

Some embodiments provide a touch-sensitive device that includes a handwriting area for receiving a handwritten input and a text area for displaying text characters that have been recognized for the handwritten input. As the device receives a subsequent handwritten input, it continuously removes portions of previously handwritten input from the handwriting area in order to allow the user to continue to provide handwritten input without having to clear the handwriting area. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150193137

Pull down navigation mode

In examples of the disclosure, a user may both expand a menu and select a menu item by overscrolling the displayed content—that is, by attempting to scroll the displayed content past a boundary of the content (e.g., an edge of a document or image, among other possibilities). The menu may be expanded in response to detection of overscrolling, and the selection of the menu item may be based on a determined overscroll value.. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150193132

Interactive image thumbnails

A computer-implemented method displaying, within a user interface, a view pane having a vertical direction and a horizontal direction, displaying, within the view pane, a first frame represented by a bounded region, wherein the first frame represents a container that comprises one or more objects, upon detecting a positioning of a cursor at a position in the poster frame, displaying an object of the one or more objects in the frame, the displayed object varying based on the position of the cursor, upon detecting a selection of the first frame, displaying a second frame, represented by a second bounded region, adjacent to the second frame, and displaying the displayed object in the second frame.. . ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150193116

Embedded authentication systems in an electronic device

Described are methods, devices and computer-readable media for displaying, on a touch screen display, a user interface that includes an unlocked element, detecting user inputs that include movement of a finger contact on the unlocked element toward the first location, wherein the first location is in respective direction from the unlocked element. Fingerprint data is obtained based on the finger movement, and based on the obtained fingerprint data, it is determined whether the user inputs meet unlock criteria or not.. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150193039

Proximity and multi-touch sensor detection and demodulation

The use of one or more proximity sensors in combination with one or more touch sensors in a multi-touch panel to detect the presence of a finger, body part or other object and control or trigger one or more functions in accordance with an “image” of touch provided by the sensor outputs is disclosed. In some embodiments, one or more infrared (ir) proximity sensors can be driven with a specific stimulation frequency and emit ir light from one or more areas, which can in some embodiments correspond to one or more multi-touch sensor “pixel” locations. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150193038

Movable track pad with added functionality

An input device is disclosed. The input device includes a movable touch-sensitive track pad capable of detecting an object in close proximity thereto so as to generate a tracking control signal. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150193013

Camera-assisted motion estimation for application control

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

07/09/15 / #20150192964

Invisible, light transmissive display system

An invisible, light-transmissive display system with a light resistant material is provided. Substantially invisible, tapered, light-transmissive holes are penetrated in a lighttransmissive pattern through at least a portion of the light resistant material using a laser beam having a focal width less than the smallest diameter of the tapered holes.. ... Apple Inc

07/09/15 / #20150192815

Integrated touch screens

Integrated touch screens are provided including drive lines formed of grouped-together circuit elements of a thin film transistor layer and sense lines formed between a color filter layer and a material layer that modifies or generates light. The common electrodes (vcom) in the tft layer can be grouped together during a touch sensing operation to form drive lines. ... Apple Inc

07/02/15 / #20150189181

System and method for contextual digital photography mode selection

A digital camera having a plurality of photography modes, comprising: an image sensor; an optical system for imaging a scene onto the image sensor; an image capture control for initiating an image capture operation; a photography mode user interface for selecting between a plurality of photography modes, the photography modes having associated image capture and image processing settings; a power control for turning the digital camera on or off, wherein when the camera is in an off state and the power control is activated with a first activation pattern the digital camera is turned on and set to operate in a default photography mode and when the power control is activated with a second activation pattern the digital camera is turned on and set to operate in a previously selected photography mode.. . ... Apple Inc

07/02/15 / #20150189109

Apparatus and methods for packing and transporting raw data

Methods and apparatus for packing and transporting data within an electronic device. In one embodiment, a consumer electronics device having one or more sensors (e.g., camera sensors) uses modified displayport micro-packets for transmission of raw format data over one or more lanes of a displayport main steam. ... Apple Inc

07/02/15 / #20150189091

Portable multifunction device, method, and graphical user interface for conference calling

In some embodiments, a portable multifunction device with a touch screen display performs a method that includes: displaying a phone call user interface on the touch screen display, wherein the phone call user interface includes: a first informational item associated with an active phone call between a user of the device and a first party, a second informational item associated with a suspended phone call between the user and a second party, and a merge call icon; upon detecting a user selection of the merge call icon, merging the active phone call and the suspended phone call into a conference call between the user, the first party, and the second party, and replacing the phone call user interface with a conference call user interface. The conference call user interface includes: a third informational item associated with the conference call, and a conference call management icon.. ... Apple Inc

07/02/15 / #20150188920

New diameter signaling for mobile ipv4

The invention consists of a new registration and authentication protocol for between a mobile node and a home agent. The new protocol uses a novel messaging sequence to request registration, authentication and authorization of the mobile node when it is located on a foreign network, and the novel protocol will avoid some of the standard registration and authentication protocol messages in order to eliminate the problems associated with re-transmission errors.. ... Apple Inc

07/02/15 / #20150188866

Message focusing

A method and apparatus of a device that focuses messages is described. In an exemplary method, the device receives a first and second group of message. ... Apple Inc

07/02/15 / #20150188791

Background task execution over a network

Network activity of a client device that is coupled to a data network is monitored, to detect network activity idle time. Based upon detecting the idle time, an application running in the client device is automatically signaled that its background task be executed over the data network. ... Apple Inc

07/02/15 / #20150188619

Antenna switching system with adaptive switching criteria

Electronic devices may be provided that contain wireless communications circuitry. The wireless communications circuitry may include radio-frequency transceiver circuitry coupled to multiple antennas. ... Apple Inc

07/02/15 / #20150188616

Facilitating switching between transmitting antennas in portable electronic devices

The disclosed embodiments provide a system that uses a first antenna and a second antenna in a portable electronic device. During operation, the system receives a request to switch from the first antenna to the second antenna to transmit a signal to a cellular receiver. ... Apple Inc

07/02/15 / #20150188215

Two-shot knuckles for coupling electrically isolated sections of an electronic device and methods for making the same

Two shot knuckles include a first shot component and a second shot component. Both shot components are composed of different dielectric materials, where the first shot is composed of a relatively high strength structural material and the second is composed of a cosmetic material. ... Apple Inc

07/02/15 / #20150187322

Subbuffer objects

A method and an apparatus for a parallel computing program using subbuffers to perform a data processing task in parallel among heterogeneous compute units are described. The compute units can include a heterogeneous mix of central processing units (cpus) and graphic processing units (gpus). ... Apple Inc

07/02/15 / #20150186887

Person-to-person payments using electronic devices

Using electronic devices (such as cellular telephones) that communicate wirelessly, two individuals can make person-to-person payments. In particular, an individual using an electronic device may identify another proximate electronic device of a counterparty in a financial transaction, and may provide an encrypted payment packet to the other electronic device that includes: a financial credential for a financial account of the individual, a payment amount, and a payment sign. ... Apple Inc

07/02/15 / #20150186716

Learning-based estimation of hand and finger pose

A method for processing data includes receiving a depth map of a scene containing a human hand, the depth map consisting of a matrix of pixels having respective pixel depth values. The method continues by extracting from the depth map information based on the depth values in a plurality of positions distributed over the human hand and processing the information in order to estimate respective candidate positions of the finger joints. ... Apple Inc

07/02/15 / #20150186399

Browsing or searching user interfaces and other aspects

User interfaces for browsing and/or searching are described. In at least certain embodiments, icon data from a plug-in includes badge data and an image (such as a thumbnail). ... Apple Inc

07/02/15 / #20150186396

File system management

Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for file system management. In one aspect, a method includes receiving a request at a kernel to perform a file operation on a particular file; identifying a flag bit associated with the file; invoking user space file handler to perform particular action when the flag bit is set; determining whether notification that action has been performed by file handler is received; and allowing the file operation on the file when notification is received.. ... Apple Inc

07/02/15 / #20150186106

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

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

07/02/15 / #20150186104

Using a plurality of buffers to provide audio for synchronized playback to multiple audio devices having separate device clocks

According to one embodiment, a media system communicates with an aggregate device that includes multiple media output devices. When providing media data for presentation, the system adjusts for device clock drift by resampling the media data provided to a media output device based at least in part on a device clock rate difference between a device clock of one of the media output devices and a device clock of another of the media output devices.. ... Apple Inc

07/02/15 / #20150185820

Low-power gpu states for reducing power consumption

The disclosed embodiments provide a system that drives a display from a computer system. During operation, the system detects an idle state in a first graphics-processing unit (gpu) used to drive the display. ... Apple Inc

07/02/15 / #20150185055

Concealed electrical connectors

An electronic device with a rigid housing includes multiple apertures which each define a portion of a symbol used to identify the device. Conducting inserts may be positioned within the apertures to provide externally-accessible electrical connectors. ... Apple Inc

07/02/15 / #20150184336

Cut-resistant cable structures and systems and methods for making the same

Cable structures with multiple subassemblies having different cut-resistant characteristics and systems and methods for making the same are provided.. . ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150181638

Radio link control duplication for carrier aggregation

This disclosure relates to carrier aggregation using separate rlc entities for different component carriers. According to one embodiment, a base station and a wireless device may establish a primary component carrier and at least one secondary component carrier according to a first radio access technology. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150181637

Extending use of a cellular communication capabilities in a wireless device to another device

Extending cellular telecommunication service from a first ue to another device. The first ue may register for cellular telecommunication service with a cellular network using a first cellular service account, using a cellular communication link via a cellular radio. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150181548

Indoor remote triggered location scanning

In some implementations, wireless transceivers (“nodes”) can be located throughout a building. In some implementations, an originating mobile device can request the current location of a target mobile device. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150181514

Virtual wlan interface for cellular data offloading in a wireless device

This disclosure relates to use of wlan virtual interfaces. According to one embodiment, a wireless device may be capable of using a wlan chipset for user initiated wlan communication and for cellular offloading wlan communication. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150181497

Network reselection by a wireless communication device based on signal-to-noise ratio

A method for network reselection by a wireless communication device is provided. The wireless communication device can have an established connection to a first network. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150181483

Volte call establishment in td and fdd lte networks

This application discloses various techniques for call establishment using voice-over lte (volte) in networks supporting time division (td) and frequency division duplexed (fdd) lte communication systems. Such techniques can include systems and methods for mobile-originated calls for a ue in a td-lte cell, systems and methods for mobile-terminated calls for a connected ue in a td-lte cell and systems and methods for mobile-terminated calls for an idle ue in a td-lte cell. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150181472

Esr extension for lte tdd to fdd redirection for volte

This application presents techniques for an lte user equipment (ue) to use an extended service request (esr) extension for lte tdd to fdd redirection for mobile originated and mobile terminated volte calls. These techniques include the ue informing the network that it supports the particular features of the esr extensions presented. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150181433

Methods and apparatus for managing data within a secure element

Apparatus and methods for managing and sharing data across multiple access control clients in devices. In one embodiment, the access control clients comprise electronic subscriber identity modules (esims) disposed on an embedded universal integrated circuit card (euicc). ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150181384

Programmable beacon payloads

In some implementations, a beaconing protocol can be used to broadcast beacon information to mobile devices. The beaconing protocol can be used by a bluetooth low energy (le) (e.g., bluetooth 4.0) beacon to transmit a package of information that identifies the beacon and indicates the calibrated transmission power (e.g., measured power) of the beacon. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150181379

Identifying and locating users on a mobile network

A system and method of locating “friends” having mobile devices connected to a network and associated with a user account is disclosed. The method includes sending a request to a mobile device, the mobile device determining its present geographic location and responding to the requestor with this information. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150181372

Location accuracy prediction

Survey data for an environment is used to predict the accuracy of a position estimate in the environment and whether or not more survey data may improve that accuracy. In some implementations, a user performs a site survey of an environment by observing the strengths of radio frequency signals at various survey points in the environment. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150181341

Three part membrane speaker

A speaker assembly membrane including a sound radiating surface (srs) having a first material; a substantially planar srs ring positioned concentrically outward from the srs and having a second material; and a suspension member positioned concentrically outward from the srs ring and having a third material. The second material is stiffer than the first material and the third material to locally stiffen an area surrounding the srs and improve a breaking mode frequency of the membrane. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150181326

Sports monitoring system for headphones, earbuds and/or headsets

A monitoring system that can be placed proximate to the head or ear of a user is disclosed. According to one embodiment, the monitoring system can be used with headphones, earbuds or headsets. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150181238

Methods and apparatus for context based line coding

Methods and apparatus intelligently switching between line coding schemes based on context. In one exemplary embodiment, an high definition multimedia interface (hdmi) system is configured to transmit control and video data according to an 8b/10b line coding protocol, and data island data according to terc4 (tmds (transition minimized differential signaling) error reduction coding 4-bit). ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150181186

Image tone adjustment using local tone curve computation

Image tone adjustment using local tone curve computation may be utilized to adjust luminance ranges for images. Image tone adjustment using local tone curve computation may reduce the overall contrast of an image, while maintaining local contrast in smaller areas, such as in images capturing brightly lit scenes where the difference in intensity between brightest and darkest areas is large. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150181101

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

06/25/15 / #20150180822

Registering client computing devices for online communication sessions

Registering a client computing device for online communication sessions. A registration server receives a message that has a push token that is unique to the client computing device and a phone number of the client computing device from an sms (short message service) transit device, which received an sms message having the push token from the client computing device and determined the phone number of the client computing device from that sms message. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150180816

Customized location notification

A location-aware device operated by a first user allows the first user to request a custom notification from a second user upon the occurrence of a custom notification event specified by the first user. The custom notifications can be sent automatically from the second user's device in a text message session, e-mail thread, as an automated telephone message or by using any other available communication mode. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150180619

Tti bundling for downlink communication

This disclosure relates to tti bundling for downlink communication. According to one embodiment, a base station and a wireless device may establish a wireless communication link. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150180511

Decoder with selective iteration scheduling

A method includes decoding a code word of an error correction code (ecc), which is representable by a set of check equations, by performing a sequence of iterations, such that each iteration involves processing of multiple variable nodes. For one or more selected variable nodes, a count of the check equations that are defined over one or more variables held respectively by the one or more selected variable nodes is evaluated, and, when the count meets a predefined skipping criterion, the one or more selected variable nodes are omitted from a given iteration in the sequence.. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150179324

Magnetic assembly

A magnetic assembly for use in a housing of an electronic device can include a first and a second magnet and a magnetic shield. The magnetic shield can reduce magnetic flux density from the first and the second magnets that can appear on the outside of the housing. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150179265

Data storage management in analog memory cells using a non-integer number of bits per cell

A method for data storage includes, in a first programming phase, storing first data in a group of memory cells by programming the memory cells in the group to a set of initial programming levels. In a subsequent second programming phase, second data is stored in the group by identifying the memory cells in the group that were programmed in the first programming phase to respective levels in a predefined partial subset of the initial programming levels, and programming only the identified memory cells with the second data, so as to set at least some of the identified memory cells to one or more additional programming levels that are different from the initial programming levels. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150179263

Management of data storage in analog memory cells using a non-integer number of bits per cell

A method for data storage includes storing data in a group of memory cells, by encoding the data using at least an outer code and an inner code, and optionally inverting the encoded data prior to storing the encoded data in the memory cells. The encoded data is read from the memory cells, and inner code decoding is applied to the read encoded data to produce a decoding result. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150178764

System and method for situational location relevant invocable speed reference

Situational location dependent information is transmitted from a server data processing system to a receiving data processing system. A candidate delivery event associated with a current positional attribute of the receiving data processing system is recognized and a situational location of the remote data processing system is determined. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150178723

Deletion of credentials from an electronic device

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for managing credentials are provided. In one example embodiment, an electronic device may include a secure element with a security domain element stored on the secure element. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150178548

Man-machine interface for controlling access to electronic devices

This application relates to devices, methods and computer readable media that allow users using a first device to be easily authenticated. For example, while the first device is proximate to a second device, the first device requests user authentication using the one or more biometric sensors. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150178542

Finger biometric sensor including drive signal level updating and related methods

A finger biometric sensor may include an array of finger biometric sensing pixels and processing circuitry coupled thereto. The processing circuitry may be capable of acquiring initial data from the array based upon an initial drive signal level and with a finger positioned adjacent the array, and determining an updated drive signal level based upon the initial data. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150178087

Predicated vector hazard check instruction

A hazard check instruction has operands that specify addresses of vector elements to be read by first and second vector memory operations. The hazard check instruction outputs a dependency vector identifying, for each element position of the first vector corresponding to the first vector memory operation, which element position of the second vector that the element of the first vector depends on (if any). ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150178040

Ambient noise based augmentation of media playback

Ambient noise sampled by a mobile device from a local environment is used to automatically trigger actions associated with content currently playing on the mobile device. In some implementations, subtitles or closed captions associated with the currently playing content are automatically invoked and displayed on a user interface based on a level of ambient noise. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150177958

Providing context information relating to media content that is being presented

An approach is provided for enabling a user to obtain additional information pertaining to a set of media content that is currently being presented to the user. According to this approach, a media access device: (a) accesses a set of media content and some context information pertaining to the media content: (b) provides the media content to a presentation device for presentation to a user; (c) generates a context message based upon the context information; and (d) sends the context message to a receiving device being used by the user. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150177949

Select drag and drop operations on video thumbnails across clip boundaries

A computer-implemented method includes displaying, within a user interface in a digital media system, a media pane, and a project pane, displaying, within the media pane, a thumbnail group representing a media item, the thumbnail group comprising one or more thumbnails, enabling a user to select, from the thumbnail group, a segment of the media item, and enabling a user to transfer the selected segment to the project pane.. . ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150177941

Enhancements to data-driven media management within an electronic device

A centralized resource manager manages the routing of audio or visual information within a device, including a handheld device such as a smartphone. The resource manager evaluates data-driven policies to determine how to route audio or visual information to or from various input or output components connected to the device, including headphones, built-in speakers, microphones, bluetooth headsets, cameras, and so on. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150177927

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

A method includes displaying a first application view. A first input is detected, and an application view selection mode is entered for selecting one of concurrently open applications for display in a corresponding application view. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150177899

Elastomeric shear material providing haptic response control

A haptic response element is contemplated. The haptic response element may generate a tactile feeling as an output and is associated with a computing device. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150177562

Electronic device display with damage-resistant polarizer

A display polarizer may have a polymer layer such as a polyvinyl alcohol layer coated with a dichroic dye such as iodine. A polymer layer such as a tri-acetyl cellulose layer may be formed on the polyvinyl alcohol layer so that the iodine is interposed between the polyvinyl alcohol layer and the tri-acetyl cellulose layer. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150177524

Digital camera with light splitter

A digital camera component is described that has a light splitter cube having an entrance face to receive incident light from a camera scene. The cube splits the incident light into first, second, and third color components that emerge from the cube through a first face, a second face, and a third face of the cube, respectively. ... Apple Inc

06/25/15 / #20150177477

Camera module with artificial muscle actuator and structure for focusing during assembly

A camera module includes an image sensor having a first threaded portion. A lens assembly includes an electro-active polymer (eap) structure having a frusto-conical shape with an opening formed in the tip. ... Apple Inc