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Recent patent applications related to Apple Inc. Apple Inc is listed as an Agent/Assignee. Note: Apple Inc may have other listings under different names/spellings. We're not affiliated with Apple Inc, we're just tracking patents.

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Hetnet mobility management

A wireless communication system is presented for robust mobility management in a hetnet communication system. A source cell can prepare a macro cell and a target small cell as handover candidates during handover decision making and/or preparation. ... Apple Inc

System and method for policy control functions management mechanism

Systems and methods for validating and applying modifications to a policy control function (pcf) of a station. The methods include generating a pcf package including a modification to a poe, and determining whether the pcf package is to be transmitted to the station by a first or second entity. ... Apple Inc

Audio system with configurable zones

An audio system is described that includes one or more speaker arrays that emit sound corresponding to one or more pieces of sound program content into associated zones within a listening area. Using parameters of the audio system (e.g., locations of the speaker arrays and the audio sources), the zones, the users, the pieces of sound program content, and the listening area, one or more beam pattern attributes may be generated. ... Apple Inc

Real-time or near real-time streaming

A near real time content streaming system can use a playlist file, in one embodiment, that includes an indicator of the type of content represented by the playlist file. The type can be indicated by a parameter, such as video on demand (vod) or live, or event, that specifies the type of playlist file, and a client device can process the playlist file based upon the type of playlist file indicated by the parameter. ... Apple Inc

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

Secure circuit for encryption key generation

Techniques are disclosed relating to relating to a public key infrastructure (pki). In one embodiment, an integrated circuit is disclosed that includes at least one processor and a secure circuit isolated from access by the processor except through a mailbox mechanism. ... Apple Inc

Secure circuit for encryption key generation

Techniques are disclosed relating to relating to a public key infrastructure (pki). In one embodiment, an integrated circuit is disclosed that includes at least one processor and a secure circuit isolated from access by the processor except through a mailbox mechanism. ... Apple Inc

Multi-radio filtering front-end circuitry for transceiver systems

Devices and systems useful in concurrently receiving and transmitting wi-fi signals and bluetooth signals in the same frequency band are provided. By way of example, an electronic device includes a transceiver configured to transmit data and to receive data over channels of a first wireless network and a second wireless network concurrently. ... Apple Inc

Wireless charging systems with in-band communications

A wireless power transmitting device may have control circuitry that supplies drive signals to a coil to produce wireless power signals. The wireless power receiving device may have a coil that receives the transmitted wireless power signals from the wireless power transmitting device. ... Apple Inc

Charging system

A system may have a power adapter with multiple ports for supplying power to electronic devices. The electronic devices may include devices such as cellular telephones, wristwatch devices, laptop computers, and tablet computers. ... Apple Inc

Micro-light emitting diode with metal side mirror

Light emitting diodes and display systems are disclosed. In an embodiment a light emitting diode (150) includes a p-n diode (120) including a mesa structure (129) that protrudes from a base structure (131). ... Apple Inc

Methods for transferring charge in an image sensor

Apparatuses and methods for charge transfer in image sensors are disclosed. One example of an image sensor pixel may include a first charge storage node and a second charge storage node. ... Apple Inc

Electronic display border gain systems and methods

Systems and methods for improving perceived image quality of an electronic display, which includes a display region with a rounded border and a display pixel at a pixel position adjacent the rounded border. A display pipeline communicatively coupled to the electronic display receives first image data that indicates target luminance at the pixel position in a rectangular image frame; determines a gain value associated with the pixel position from a gain map, in which the gain value is inversely proportional to distance between the display pixel and the rounded border; determines second image data that indicates target luminance of the display pixel by processing the first image data based at least in part on the gain value; and outputs the second image data to the electronic display to facilitate displaying a non-rectangular portion of the image frame on the display region.. ... Apple Inc

Secure-transaction notifications

To facilitate conducting a secure 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 secure transaction. In particular, the final command may be specific to an applet, stored in a secure element in the portable electronic device, which conducts the secure transaction. ... Apple Inc

12/28/17 / #20170371845

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

12/28/17 / #20170371714

Application interface on multiple processors

A method and an apparatus that execute a parallel computing program in a programming language for a parallel computing architecture are described. The parallel computing program is stored in memory in a system with parallel processors. ... Apple Inc

12/28/17 / #20170371642

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

12/28/17 / #20170371512

Mapping application with interactive dynamic scale and smart zoom

Some embodiments provide a mapping application that includes a novel dynamic scale that can be used to perform different zoom operations. In some embodiments, the scale also serves as a distance measurement indicator for a corresponding zoom level. ... Apple Inc

12/28/17 / #20170371511

Speed/positional mode translations

Gestures for converting from a position control mode to a motion continuation mode are disclosed. A position control mode can be invoked when the user simultaneously places two or more fingers upon a sensor panel. ... Apple Inc

12/28/17 / #20170371087

Displays with ramped light guide layers and multidirectional light-emitting diodes

A display such as a liquid crystal display may have an array of pixels that is illuminated using backlight illumination from a backlight. The backlight may have a light guide plate that distributes light from light-emitting diodes across the display. ... Apple Inc

12/28/17 / #20170371086

Display backlights with reduced mixing distances

A display may have a backlight with a row of light-emitting diodes that emit light into an edge surface of a light guide layer. The light guide layer may have opposing planar surfaces. ... Apple Inc

12/28/17 / #20170370776

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

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

12/28/17 / #20170370554

Top-emission vcsel-array with integrated diffuser

A radiation source includes a semiconductor substrate, an array of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (vcsels) formed on the substrate, which are configured to emit optical radiation, and a transparent crystalline layer formed over the array of vcsels. The transparent crystalline layer has an outer surface configured to diffuse the radiation emitted by the vcsels.. ... Apple Inc

12/28/17 / #20170370030

Conductive signal paths in woven fabrics

Weaving equipment may include strand positioning equipment that positions warp strands and that inserts weft strands among the warp strands to form fabric. The weaving equipment may include one or more guide arms that pushes warp strands in the weft direction during weaving. ... Apple Inc

12/21/17 / #20170367190

Display and multi-layer printed circuit board with shared flexible substrate

An electronic device may be provided with a display and a multi-layer printed circuit. Integrated circuits and other components may be mounted to the multi-layer printed circuit. ... Apple Inc

12/21/17 / #20170366928

Proximity and tap detection using a wireless system

A method for detecting the proximity of a signal source using wireless systems is contemplated in which a wireless mobile device wirelessly receives packets from a signal source and determines a received signal strength for each packet. The wireless mobile device may store information based upon the received signal strength for each packet, and calculate from the information stored for all the packets, a current path loss value corresponding to a current distance from the wireless mobile device to the signal source. ... Apple Inc

12/21/17 / #20170366703

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for placing a representation of the captured signature in a document

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are provided for capturing a signature, and placing a representation of the captured signature in an appropriate field of a document. A camera or other appropriate sensor can capture an image of a signature provided by a user on a piece of paper. ... Apple Inc

12/21/17 / #20170366657

Tracking activity data between wearable devices paired with a companion device

A set of wearable devices, each paired with a companion device, are configured to cumulatively maintain data about physical activities even though a user may switch between wearing them over a period of time. For example, a streak of workouts over many days can be maintained while the user switches between two watches over that period of time.. ... Apple Inc

12/21/17 / #20170366655

Tracking activity data between wearable devices paired with a companion device

A set of wearable devices, each paired with a companion device, are configured to cumulatively maintain data about physical activities even though a user may switch between wearing them over a period of time. For example, a streak of workouts over many days can be maintained while the user switches between two watches over that period of time.. ... Apple Inc

12/21/17 / #20170366239

Pilot scheme for a mimo communication system

The present invention employs a pilot scheme for frequency division multiple access (fdm) communication systems, such as single carrier fdm communication systems. A given transmit time interval will include numerous traffic symbols and two or more short pilot symbols, which are spaced apart from one another by at least one traffic symbol and will have a fourier transform length that is less than the fourier transform length of any given traffic symbol. ... Apple Inc

12/21/17 / #20170366170

Reduced power set-reset latch based flip-flop

An apparatus includes a master latch circuit including a first circuit and a second circuit, and a slave latch circuit including a third circuit and a fourth circuit. The first circuit and the second circuit may be coupled to a first shared circuit node, and the third circuit and the fourth circuit may be coupled to a second shared circuit node. ... Apple Inc

12/21/17 / #20170366045

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

12/21/17 / #20170365249

System and method of performing automatic speech recognition using end-pointing markers generated using accelerometer-based voice activity detector

A method of performing automatic speech recognition (asr) using end-pointing markers generated using accelerometer-based voice activity detector starts with a voice activity detector (vad) generating an accelerometer vad output (vada) based on data output by at least one accelerometer that is included in at least one earbud. The at least one accelerometer to detect vibration of the user's vocal chords. ... Apple Inc

12/21/17 / #20170365214

Light-emitting diode display with reduced leakage

An organic light-emitting diode display may contain an array of display pixels. Each display pixel may have a respective organic light-emitting diode that is controlled by a drive transistor. ... Apple Inc

12/21/17 / #20170365213

Light-emitting diode display with reduced leakage

An organic light-emitting diode display may contain an array of display pixels. Each display pixel may have a respective organic light-emitting diode that is controlled by a drive transistor. ... Apple Inc

12/21/17 / #20170365092

Method and system for vision based 3d reconstruction and object tracking

Three dimensional model construction includes obtaining a first image of an object captured by a first camera facing a first direction, obtaining a second image of the object captured by a second camera facing a second direction, wherein the second camera captures the second image of the object as a reflection in a mirror, determining a virtual baseline distance between the first camera and a device including the second camera based on a location of the first camera, a known spatial relationship between the first camera and the device, and a reflected distance of the second camera, and generating at least a partial 3d model of the first object using the first image, the second image, and the virtual baseline distance.. . ... Apple Inc

12/21/17 / #20170365034

Method for chaining media processing

One embodiment may include media circuits, an application processor, a direct memory access circuit (dma), and a media managing circuit. The application processor may issue media commands into a queue. ... Apple Inc

12/21/17 / #20170364768

Detecting keypoints in image data

Methods and systems for detecting keypoints in image data may include an image sensor interface receiving pixel data from an image sensor. A front-end pixel data processing circuit may receive pixel data and convert the pixel data to a different color space format. ... Apple Inc

12/21/17 / #20170364676

Authentication and control of encryption keys

An apparatus, a method, and a system are presented in which the apparatus includes an interface control circuit that may be configured to receive a message including a cryptographic keyword and a policy value. The policy value may include one or more data bits indicative of one or more policies that define allowable usage of the cryptographic keyword. ... Apple Inc

12/21/17 / #20170364246

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

12/21/17 / #20170364181

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

12/21/17 / #20170364158

Localized and/or encapsulated haptic actuators and elements

In some embodiments, a haptic actuator includes piezoelectric material and a pattern of voltage electrodes coupled to a surface of the piezoelectric material. The voltage electrodes are individually controllable to supply voltage to different portions of the piezoelectric material. ... Apple Inc

12/21/17 / #20170364141

Physical layer for peripheral interconnect with reduced power and area

An integrated circuit (ic) implements an industry standard-defined peripheral interconnect to connect to another integrated circuit or component in a system. The industry standard specification includes a software interface that is well-defined and implemented by various software in the system, and thus is desirable to retain. ... Apple Inc

12/21/17 / #20170364139

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

12/21/17 / #20170364125

Electronic device with moveable contacts at an exterior surface

An accessory device including a foldable cover, a keyboard assembly coupled to the foldable cover and including a plurality of individually depressible keys, an attachment feature connected to the enclosure and configured to magnetically couple the accessory device with the electronic device. The attachment feature includes an exterior surface, a plurality of openings formed through the exterior surface, a plurality of movable contacts corresponding in number to the plurality of openings, each movable contact extending out of one of the plurality of openings, and an alignment feature comprising at least one magnet positioned adjacent to the plurality of openings.. ... Apple Inc

12/21/17 / #20170363800

Backlit displays with bent light guide layers

A display such as a liquid crystal display may have an array of pixels that is illuminated using backlight illumination from a backlight. The backlight may have a light guide layer that distributes light from light-emitting diodes across the display. ... Apple Inc

12/21/17 / #20170363430

Autonomous navigation system

Some embodiments provide an autonomous navigation system which enables autonomous navigation of a vehicle along one or more portions of a driving route based on monitoring, at the vehicle, various features of the route as the vehicle is manually navigated along the route to develop a characterization of the route. The characterization is progressively updated with repeated manual navigations along the route, and autonomous navigation of the route is enabled when a confidence indicator of the characterization meets a threshold indication. ... Apple Inc

12/21/17 / #20170360306

Systems, devices, and methods for measuring blood pressure of a user

The present invention generally relates to blood pressure monitoring. In some embodiments, methods and devices of measuring a mean arterial pressure are provided and/or monitoring blood pressure changes. ... Apple Inc

12/21/17 / #20170360171

Magnetic fastener

An item may be provided with a body that forms an enclosure. The body (12) may have body portions (16, 18) that open and close along a seam (14). ... Apple Inc

12/21/17 / #20170360167

Co-molded ceramic and polymer structure

A method of manufacturing a co-molded housing component for an electronic device is disclosed. A component formed from a ceramic material is placed in a mold. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359913

Gasket for an electronic device

An electronic device having an enclosure and a cover is disclosed. The cover may be secured with the enclosure by a sealing element, or gasket. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359843

Zero-round-trip-time connectivity over the wider area network

A communication device (ue) conducting wired and/or wireless communications may issue service requests using zero-round-trip-time (zero-rtt) connectivity. The ue may obtain, prior to initiating an application, an address corresponding to a service and a security credential for use in accessing the service. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359829

Adaptive throughput and bandwidth for enhanced category of mobile devices

A user equipment (ue) device may communicate according to a new device category satisfying specified qos (quality of service) requirements while also satisfying specified link budget requirements, and additional optimization requirements. The new device category may identify the ue device as a wearable device. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359798

Coordinated notifications

A device may broadcast an indication of an activity level of the device. The device may also receive a notification of an incoming message and receive at least one broadcast from at least one additional device also receiving the notification of the incoming message including an indication of at least one activity level of the at least one additional device. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359797

Coordinated notifications

A device may broadcast an indication of an activity level of the device. The device may also receive a notification of an incoming message and receive at least one broadcast from at least one additional device also receiving the notification of the incoming message including an indication of at least one activity level of the at least one additional device. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359783

Apparatus, systems and methods for enhanced dormancy triggers and dynamic dormancy timer selection

A device and corresponding method to determine a buffer status of an application buffer, communicate the buffer status to a baseband processor and determine an activation of a dormancy trigger based on the buffer status of the application buffer. Also, a device and corresponding method to derive an initial inactivity timer value based on a plurality of operational observations for a type of inactivity timer, evaluate a cost function associated with the type of inactivity timer using the initial inactivity timer value and adjust the initial inactivity timer value based on the evaluating of the cost function.. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359782

Device-based solutions to power drain caused by continuous switching between different radio access technology networks

A wireless communication device may detect, within a specified time duration, at least a specified number of occurrences of a sequence of events, which includes the wireless communication device transitioning from a second cellular network operating according to a second radio access technology (rat) to a first cellular network operating according to a first rat, the wireless communication device failing to remain on the first cellular network for more than a specified time duration, and the wireless communication device returning from the first cellular network to the second cellular network. At least in response to this detection, the wireless communication device may determine whether to attempt future transition to the first cellular network while operating in the second network, based on one or more conditions, and/or may adjust one or more parameters used by the wireless communication device to determine when to redirect from the second cellular network to the first cellular network.. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359780

Device, system, and method for adaptive monitoring to optimize power consumption

A device, system, and method adaptively adjusts monitoring for opportunities. The method is performed at a user equipment (ue) configured to control an operation of a transceiver, the transceiver configured to enable the ue to establish a connection with a long term evolution (lte) network, the user equipment and the lte network configured with and utilizing a connected discontinuous reception (cdrx) functionality. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359779

Device, system, and method for adaptive scheduling request suppression

A method and device for scheduling sr transmissions for a user equipment (ue) associated with an evolved node b (enb) of a long term evolution (lte) network. The method includes determining an sr is to be transmitted to the lte network, determining an uplink grant behavior of the enb, when the uplink grant behavior of the enb indicates that previous uplink grants satisfy a threshold of previous grants occurring in ondurations of the cycle of a c-drx functionality, selecting one of the at least one sr opportunity that follows a next onduration relative to when the indication is received and scheduling the sr in the one of the at least one sr opportunity that follows the next onduration. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359773

Adaptive wifi roaming

The present disclosure describes a method for adaptive wifi roaming, where an electronic device and an access point advertise their networking capability. The networking capability may be, for example, the capability to support at least one enterprise feature. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359761

Apparatus, systems and methods for improved mobility between networks

Described herein are apparatus, systems and methods for improved mobility between wireless networks. A method may comprise, at a user equipment (“ue”) in communication with a cellular network activating a detach timer for the cellular network, detecting a short-range network, communicating with the short-range network, storing registration and bearer context data related to the cellular network, interrupting communication with the cellular network, and prior to the expiration of the detach timer, reconnecting to the cellular network via a service request without using an attach procedure.. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359756

Apparatus, systems and methods for an adaptive segment size for data transmissions

Described herein are apparatus, systems and methods for adaptive segment size for data transmissions. A method may comprise, at a user equipment (“ue”), identifying a current size setting of a data segment (e.g., a transmission control protocol (“tcp”) maximum segment size (“mss”)) for communication over a network, receiving current physical layer conditions, receiving historical data, and adjusting the current size setting based on at least one of the current physical layer conditions and the historical data.. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359750

Buffer status report including uncategorized data

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

12/14/17 / #20170359722

Device-level authorization for viewing content

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

12/14/17 / #20170359717

Session protocol for backward security between paired devices

Some embodiments provide a method for establishing a secured session with backward security between a first device and a second device. In some embodiments, the method establishes a communication session between the first and second devices using shared keys stored at the first and second devices. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359703

Layers in messaging applications

A text messaging system that allows messaging apps to send one or more layer identifiers that can specify content for a layer and z depth of that layer relative to other layers in a text message transcript such as a sent message layer and a received message layer.. . ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359702

Message extension app store

A service for providing messaging extension apps can be an online store that can be browsed and searched for the apps. The store uses extension app identifiers which are related to app identifiers that are sent between devices in a conversation of messages so that a receiving device can, when it does not have the extension app installed to interact with received content, use the extension app identifier to download and install the required extension app. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359701

Sticker distribution system for messaging apps

A distribution system for distributing stickers that are available in a set of different resolutions for different target devices is described. The distribution system (e.g. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359697

Determining location of mobile device using sensor space to physical space mapping

A mobile device can identify its physical location without explicit knowledge of physical coordinates, but instead using sensor measurements dependence on distance, e.g., signal strength from a wi-fi router. Sensor measurements can be used to determine the mobile device is at a same physical location as a previous measurement. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359695

Formulating predicted locations for a mobile device

Some embodiments of the invention provide a method for displaying a map. The method provides a first display area to display a map, and a second display area to overlap a portion of the first display area to display (i) a field to receive a search parameter and (ii) a set of predicted locations to view on the map. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359694

Location source control

Techniques for location source control for paired devices are described. Location source control selects a location source for a mobile device. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359689

Wireless login with secure proximity detection

After detecting an access-intent operation, an electronic device establishes a connection with a second electronic device using a communication protocol. The electronic devices exchange identifiers, and the second electronic device provides information specifying a preferred channel to use with a second communication protocol. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359681

Managing location sharing requests

Systems, methods, devices and computer-readable storage mediums are disclosed for managing location sharing requests. In various implementations, a requesting device or a server computer in communication with the requesting device, receives a location sharing request associated with a user and, in response, sends a notification to a companion device associated with the user. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359680

Discrete location classification

A method for identifying a location of a mobile device is disclosed. The method includes during each of a plurality of instances of time: measuring one or more signal properties of one or more other devices across a time interval; obtaining an identifier from each of the one or more other devices; creating a data point to include the one or more signal properties; and storing the data point in a database. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359679

Proactive actions on mobile device using uniquely-identifiable and unlabeled locations

A method for identifying a suggested application on a mobile device is disclosed. The method includes detecting an event, determining a first location of the mobile device, identifying that the first location is within a first location region of a plurality of predetermined location regions, and then measuring one or more sensor values at one or more times. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359677

Adaptable schema based payloads

An approach is provided for providing adaptable schema based payloads for state advertisement messages. In some implementations, multiple schemas (e.g., payload data and structure definition) can be used to flexibly and dynamically define advertisement message payloads. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359676

Adaptable schema based payloads

An approach is provided for providing adaptable schema based payloads for state advertisement messages. In some implementations, multiple schemas (e.g., payload data and structure definition) can be used to flexibly and dynamically define advertisement message payloads. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359629

Audio preview of music

Systems, methods, and machine-readable media are disclosed for providing an audio preview of songs and other audio elements. In some embodiments, an electronic device may operate in either a “play mode,” which allows a user to listen to songs in a normal fashion, or in a “preview mode,” which may be used to provide previews of songs to a user in succession. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359623

Recording and broadcasting application visual output

The present disclosure generally relates to sharing application visual output. In some examples, a user of a first electronic device selects a second electronic device with which to share visual out data of an application task. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359607

Distributed and synchronized media switching

A method of switching media output includes receiving a first variant of a media item with a player, transmitting the first variant to a secondary device, and upon determining a change in operating conditions, switching from the first variant of the media item to a second variant of the media item by estimating a time to perform the switch to the second variant, transmitting to the secondary device a notification of a time to switch from the first variant to the second variant, and transmitting the second variant to the secondary device.. . ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359596

Video coding techniques employing multiple resolution

Video coding techniques are disclosed that can accommodate low bandwidth events and preserve visual quality, at least in areas of an image that have high significance to a viewer. Region(s) of interest may be identified from content of input frame that will be coded. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359590

Dynamic video configurations

Techniques are disclosed for managing memory allocations when coding video data according to multiple codec configurations. According to these techniques, devices may negotiate parameters of a coding session that include parameters of a plurality of different codec configurations that may be used during the coding session. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359586

Transcoding techniques for alternate displays

Video coding techniques are disclosed for resource-limited destination display devices. Input video data may be coded by converting a first representation of the input video to a resolution of a destination display and base layer coding the converted representation. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359580

Content adaptation for streaming

Techniques are disclosed by which a coding parameter is determined to encode video data resulting in encoded video data possessing a highest possible video quality. Features may be extracted from an input video sequence. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359575

Non-uniform digital image fidelity and video coding

A video coder defines multiple fidelity regions in different spatial areas of a video sequence, each of which may have different fidelity characteristics. The coder may code the different representations in a common video sequence. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359555

Integrated accessory control user interface

An integrated accessory control system can integrate functionality (services) of multiple disparate accessories and provide a unified user interface for interacting with the system via a controller device. An integrated accessory control system can include one accessory that can detect an event or action and send a notification to the controller device and at least one other accessory, such as an ip camera, that can be operated in response to the notification. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359534

Mismatched foreign light detection and mitigation in the image fusion of a two-camera system

Foreign lighting effects, such as lens flare, are very common in natural images. In a two-camera-system, the two images may be fused together to generate one image of a better quality. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359513

Methods and apparatus for multi-lane mapping, link training and lower power modes for a high speed bus interface

Methods and apparatus for link training and low power operation. A multi-lane high speed bus is optimized for transferring audio/visual (a/v) data at slower rates. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359506

User interface for camera effects

The present disclosure generally relates to user interfaces. In some examples, the electronic device transitions between user interfaces for capturing photos based on data received from a first camera and a second camera. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359505

User interface for camera effects

The present disclosure generally relates to user interfaces. In some examples, the electronic device transitions between user interfaces for capturing photos based on data received from a first camera and a second camera. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359504

User interface for camera effects

The present disclosure generally relates to user interfaces. In some examples, the electronic device transitions between user interfaces for capturing photos based on data received from a first camera and a second camera. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359494

Switchover control techniques for dual-sensor camera system

Techniques are described for automatically selecting between multiple image capture subsystems with overlapping fields of view but different optical properties. A selection may be made by estimating a plurality of operational characteristics of an image capture event, and, based on those estimates, selecting a primary image capture subsystem for the image capture event. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359462

Integration of third party application as quick actions

A computer readable media, a method, and a system registering a third party application providing an available communication system between a local user and a remote user identity, storing information related to the available communication system in a first database, obtaining contact information for the remote user identity from the third party application, determining a communication type for the third party application, pairing the remote user identity with a contact, and updating a graphical representation of contact information.. . ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359461

Displaying and updating a set of application views

The present disclosure generally relates to viewing and updating application views. A device receives a user input, the input, when received initiating display of a plurality of application views of a set of application views. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359457

Cloud messaging between an accessory device and a companion device

A companion device (e.g., smart phone) and an accessory device (e.g., wearable device) may be configured to communicate messages to each other to flexibly share information, such as emails, text messages, calendar notifications, and media library items. This communication may occur through a direct connection (e.g., bluetooth) and when the devices are connected to a common wi-fi access point. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359455

Instrument cluster metadata to support second screen

A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium, a method, and a system for receiving display capabilities of a secondary vehicular display, determining metadata to display based on the display capabilities of the secondary vehicular display, formatting the displayable metadata, and transmitting the displayable metadata to the secondary vehicular display. The metadata is determined by receiving a data set from producer, comparing the data set against the display capabilities, and formatting the resultant data from the comparing as metadata.. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359453

Electronic devices with convex displays

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

12/14/17 / #20170359444

Change propagation for realtime collaboration

A change propagation command, in one embodiment, causes the creation of induced commands in order to propagate commands in a collaborative document creation process that involves at least two client systems and a server system. The change propagation command received on a client system causes the creation of induced commands to a local copy on that client system and also causes the creation of induced commands on the server system. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359435

Optimized storage of media items

The present technology is for optimizing storage on a computing device. A media application on the computing device can allocate a minimum amount of storage on the computing device. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359431

Notification extensions for applications

In some implementations, a computing device can use notification extensions for applications to preprocess a notification received by the computing device and present content associated with a notification. For example, applications installed on the computing device can provide a service extension for preprocessing the notification. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359423

Network configurations for integrated accessory control

An integrated accessory control system can efficiently set up a new media streaming session with one or more accessories. A session identifier for the new session, as well as a destination address and security parameters can be generated. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359415

Multi-device context store

In some implementations, a user device can maintain a multi-device context store. For example, the user device can receive device and/or user context information from multiple devices and store the context information in a local data store. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359404

Download prioritization

A method and apparatus of a device that downloads an object from a cloud service provider is described. In an exemplary embodiment, the device receives a download request for the object from a process running on a device. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359389

User of identity services to auto-discover subscribers of social networking sites

Techniques are disclosed for initiating game sessions between subscribers to online gaming services when account ids of those subscribers are unknown. Such techniques permit a first user to select a second user with whom to play a game from information readily at hand, such as a contact manager that the first user maintains. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359364

Emoji frequency detection and deep link frequency

Systems and methods are disclosed for generating term frequencies of known terms based on crowdsourced differentially private sketches of the known terms. An asset catalog can be updated with new frequency counts for known terms based on the crowdsourced differentially private sketches. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359363

Emoji frequency detection and deep link frequency

Systems and methods are disclosed for generating term frequencies of known terms based on crowdsourced differentially private sketches of the known terms. An asset catalog can be updated with new frequency counts for known terms based on the crowdsourced differentially private sketches. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359335

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

At a first electronic device with a display and one or more biometric sensors a request is made for user authentication using the one or more biometric sensors. After requesting the user authentication, biometric information associated with the user is detected with the one or more biometric sensors. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359331

Association of address with cloud services account

Some embodiments provide a method for an electronic device. The method receives, through a communication address, an invitation to access a shared data asset via a cloud services platform. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359318

Diversification of public keys

Some embodiments provide a method for providing public keys for encrypting data. The method receives (i) a first request from a first source for a public key associated with a particular user and (ii) a second request from a second source for the public key associated with the particular user. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359314

Secure transfer of a data object between user devices

A data transfer process can include multiple verification features usable by a “source” device to ensure that a “destination” device is authorized to receive a requested data object. The source device and destination device can communicate via a first communication channel (which can be on a wide-area network) to exchange public keys, then use the public keys to verify their identities and establish a secure session on a second communication channel (which can be a local channel). ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359302

Managing contact information for communication applications

The present disclosure generally relates to contact management and communication with contacts. On a portable electronic device having a display a plurality of affordances associated with a plurality of contacts are displayed. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359285

Conversion of detected url in text message

A text messaging system which converts at the sending device a detected url in a text message to a representative image or other content and transmits the representative image (which represents the url) to one or more messaging servers for delivery to a receiving device. In one embodiment, the messaging servers do not have access to clear text of either the representative image or the url. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359283

Music creation app in messaging app

A music creation application (app) displays, in one embodiment, a user interface configured to receive inputs to create music in a view hosted by a first text messaging app on a device. In one embodiment, the music creation app can be an extension app or plug-in of the text messaging app and can exchange music information with another music creation app on another device through a messaging system that includes the first text messaging app and a second text messaging app and one or more messaging servers.. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359282

Conversion of text relating to media content and media extension apps

A first messaging app, in one embodiment receives text and detects that the text includes a url that refers to audio or audiovisual media content in a catalog of media content, and the messaging app obtains metadata about the media content and transmits the metadata to a second messaging app. Both the first and the second messaging app can operate, through interprocess communication, with its own music extension app that displays a user interface within a view hosted by the respective messaging app.. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359281

Polling extension application for interacting with a messaging application

A messaging system in one embodiment includes a messaging app and a polling extension app. The polling extension app is configured to create data for a polling context that is displayed in a view hosted by the messaging app to allow voting by users selected for the poll and to update the polling context with the votes from the users. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359279

Messaging application interacting with one or more extension applications

A messaging system in one embodiment includes a messaging app and one or more extension apps configured to create content that is displayed in a view hosted by the messaging app. The messaging app can launch the one or more extension apps, and content can be communicated between each extension app and the messaging app through are interprocess communication.. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359236

Knowledge graph metadata network based on notable moments

Techniques of generating a knowledge graph metadata network (metadata network) for digital asset management (dam) are described. A dam logic/module can obtain one or more first metadata assets describing characteristics associated with digital assets (das) in the da collection. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359216

Region-specific configuration

A notification server may be configured to receive a message from a device, determine a device location from the message, determine a location identifier corresponding to the determined device location, and send the location identifier to the device. The device may be configured to generate a configuration identifier based on the location identifier and send a configuration data request including the configuration identifier to a cache server. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359200

Adaptive receive diversity

A wireless device comprises a primary antenna, a primary transceiver, one or more secondary antennas and one or more receive diversity chains. The receive diversity chains, in some embodiments, include transceiver capability. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359193

Presenting accessory state

In some implementations, a computing device can present accessory state information. For example, the computing device can receive accessory state information from various accessories and present status items representing the current state of the accessories. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359191

Presenting accessory group controls

In some implementations, a computing device can automatically generate a service group. For example, accessories can be automatically grouped together based on various criteria (such as historical usage patterns). ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359190

Selection of a coordinator device for an automated environment

An automated environment can include multiple controller devices capable of communicating with multiple accessory devices. The controller devices can automatically elect one of their number as a coordinator device for the environment and can automatically perform a new election if an incumbent coordinator becomes unavailable or resigns. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359189

Automatically grouping accessories

In some implementations, a computing device can automatically generate a service group. For example, accessories can be automatically grouped together based on various criteria (such as historical usage patterns). ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359179

Methods for secure enrollment and backup of personal identity credentials into electronic devices

A method and system for securely enrolling personal identity credentials into personal identification devices. The system of the invention comprises the manufacturer of the device and an enrollment authority. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359175

Support for changing encryption classes of files

Representative embodiments set forth herein disclose techniques for modifying encryption classes of files. According to some embodiments, a technique can include receiving a request to update an encryption configuration of a file from a current encryption class to an updated encryption class. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359174

File system support for rolling keys on file extents

This application sets forth a key rolling technique for a file system of a computing device. The key rolling technique allows for files to be transparently re-encrypted in a background process while still allowing applications to access the files being re-encrypted. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359169

Modifying security state with secured range detection

Some embodiments of the invention provide a method for a trusted (or originator) device to modify the security state of a target device (e.g., unlocking the device) based on a securing ranging operation (e.g., determining a distance, proximity, etc.). The method of some embodiments exchanges messages as a part of a ranging operation in order to to determine whether the trusted and target devices are within a specified range of each other before allowing the trusted device to modify the security state of the target device. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359160

Device, system, and method for secondary cell measurement optimization

A method and device are described that may be implemented by a user equipment (ue) that established a first connection to a first network component, the user equipment configured to establish a second connection with a second network component, the user equipment configured for a carrier aggregation functionality, the first network component serving as a primary serving cell (pcell) and the second network component serving as a secondary serving cell (scell). The method may include determining a cycle comprising a first time when a scell measurement is performed and a remainder second time, when the cumulative first and second times is less than a threshold cycle time, determining an interruption opportunity based on activity between the ue and the pcell and when the interruption opportunity is determined, deactivating a radio frequency (rf) chain associated with the scell during the second time.. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359139

Synchronization with different clock transport protocols

A bridge element is provided for establishing clock synchronization across network elements including a first network element using a first clock synchronization transport protocol and a second network element using a second clock synchronization transport protocol different from the first clock synchronization transport protocol. The bridge element includes a port, a protocol translation port and an interconnect structure. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359138

Synchronization with different clock transport protocols

A bridge element is provided for establishing clock synchronization across network elements including a first network element using a first clock synchronization transport protocol and a second network element using a second clock synchronization transport protocol different from the first clock synchronization transport protocol. The bridge element includes a port, a protocol translation port and an interconnect structure. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359137

Determination of accuracy of a chain of clocks

In a time synchronization process, chain of quality information is provided between interconnected nodes, the chain of quality information relating to information regarding accuracy of a clock, a type of timestamping used by a node, a type of link over which a timestamp is provided, and a clock drift parameter indicating the drift characteristics of the clock. Based on the chain of quality information, parameters are determined for a filter that is applied to a sequence of timestamps in order to remove noise from the timestamps, thereby improving accuracy of the time synchronization process.. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358922

Corrosion mitigation for an external connector of an electronic device

A voltage of a first pin that is one of several pins of an external connector of a system is measured, while the first pin is un-driven except for being pulled to ground through a first resistance, and a second pin of the external connector is being used as a power supply rail of the system. The measured voltage is compared to a short circuit threshold and in response to that threshold being exceeded, the power supply voltage on the second pin is reduced. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358316

Noise detection and removal systems, and related methods

Systems and techniques for removing non-stationary and/or colored noise can include one or more of the three following innovative aspects: (1) detection of an unwanted target signal, or component thereof, within an observed signal; (2) removal of the target (component) from the observed signal; and (3) filling of a gap in the observed signal generated by removal of the unwanted target (component). Removal regions, frequency bands, and/or regions of the observed signal used to train the gap filler can be adapted in correspondence with local characteristics of the observed signal and/or the target signal (component). ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358314

Noise detection and removal systems, and related methods

Systems and techniques for removing non-stationary and/or colored noise can include one or more of the three following innovative aspects: (1) detection of an unwanted target signal, or component thereof, within an observed signal; (2) removal of the target (component) from the observed signal; and (3) filling of a gap in the observed signal generated by removal of the unwanted target (component). Removal regions, frequency bands, and/or regions of the observed signal used to train the gap filler can be adapted in correspondence with local characteristics of the observed signal and/or the target signal (component). ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358305

Intelligent digital assistant in a multi-tasking environment

Systems and processes for operating a digital assistant are provided. In one example, a method includes receiving a first speech input from a user. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358304

Intelligent task discovery

This relates to systems and processes for operating an automated assistant to process messages. In one example process, an electronic device receives a communication including a text string and determines whether a portion of the text string is associated with a data type of a plurality of data types. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358303

Application integration with a digital assistant

Systems and processes for application integration with a digital assistant are provided. In accordance with one example, a method includes, at an electronic device having one or more processors and memory, receiving a natural-language user input; identifying, with the one or more processors, an intent object of a set of intent objects and a parameter associated with the intent, where the intent object and the parameter are derived from the natural-language user input. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358302

Intelligent automated assistant for media exploration

Systems and processes for operating an intelligent automated assistant to explore media items are provided. In one example process, a speech input representing a request for one or more media items is received from a user. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358301

Digital assistant providing whispered speech

Systems and processes for detecting and/or providing a whispered speech response are provided. In one example process, speech is received from a user, and based on the speech input, determined that a whispered speech response is to be provided. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358300

Digital assistant providing automated status report

Systems and processes for operating a digital assistant are provided. In one example process, a speech input is received from a user. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358279

Performance-based graphics processing unit power management

Performance counters provided in a graphics processor unit (gpu) are used to provide values used to make a determination of gpu activity so that power management can be exercised. In preferred embodiments counter values relating to computation unit idle times, computation unit stall times, dram bandwidth and computation unit stall times due to a sampler wait are utilized to determine performance level. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358255

Spatial temporal phase shifted polarity aware dither

This application relates to performing certain dithering processes to eliminate display artifacts such as flicker, which can be caused by charge accumulation at the display. The dither process can be performed by a display controller that uses a group lookup method for identifying groups of dithering patterns that can be combined to expand a number of color values available to the display. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358253

Saturation dependent image splitting for high dynamic range displays

Systems, methods, and computer readable media to improve gamut size for a multi-layer display are described. Various embodiments receive a color input value indicative of a target display color associated with an input image and determine a color saturation value for the received color input value. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358242

Managing presentation of fitness achievements

A fitness achievement definition may define a fitness achievement using trigger information and one or more achievement rules. The fitness achievement may be earnable by a user of a user device by meeting the requirements of the fitness achievement. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358240

Fluctuating progress indicator

A breathing sequence may define a suggested breathing pattern. Input may be received at a user interface of a device to initiate the breathing sequence. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358239

Breathing synchronization and monitoring

A breathing sequence may define a suggested breathing pattern. Based on signal data collected by a user device, an initial breathing pattern that includes a cyclic pattern may be estimated. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358208

Parking event detection and location estimation

Systems, methods, devices and computer-readable mediums are disclosed for parking event detection and location estimation. In some implementations, a method comprises: determining, by a processor of a mobile device, a first activity state indicative of a possible parking event; obtaining, by the processor, a speed of the mobile device from a global navigation satellite system (gnss) of the mobile device; obtaining, by the processor, pedometer data from a digital pedometer of the mobile device; determining, by the processor, a second activity state indicative of a possible parking event based at least in part on the gnss speed and pedometer data; and responsive to the second activity state, estimating, by the processor, a location of the vehicle.. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358181

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

An electronic device detecting an alert event; and, in response, delays provision of feedback indicative of the alert event until determining whether the electronic device is in a first use context or in a second use context. In response to determining whether the electronic device is in the first use context or the second use context, the device, in accordance with a determination that the electronic device is in the first use context, provides first feedback indicative of the alert event. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358132

System and method for tessellation in an improved graphics pipeline

An improved tessellation graphics pipeline that obviates that use of early stage vertex shaders and hull shaders and allows greater efficiency and flexibility. Embodiments provide a graphics pipeline beginning with a tessellator that may obtain tessellation factors in any manner such as reading from a memory of factors provided by a developer or computing the factors using a compute kernel. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358122

Procedural terrain generation systems and related methods

Systems and techniques for generating an artificial terrain map can select a plurality of component terrains for each of several terrain types. Values of a selection noise map ranging between a lower bound and an upper bound can be computed on a tile-by-tile basis. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358121

Virtual terrain alteration systems and related methods

Systems and techniques for generating an artificial terrain map can compute a region of a noise map in an n-dimensional space and define a terrain characteristic in correspondence with a value of the noise map at each of a selected plurality of positions within the region of the noise map. The terrain characteristic can be projected at each of a selected plurality of positions within the region on a lower-dimensional sub-space. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358118

Animation techniques for mobile devices

Systems, methods, and computer readable media to improve the animation capabilities of a computer system are described. Animation targets may be represented as a combination of a current animation pose and an incremental morph. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358117

Customized avatars and associated framework

Various embodiments provide for techniques to facilitate online communication. In one embodiment, the communication is facilitated by providing a framework to enable the transmission of customized avatars across the messaging platform. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358114

Playback of handwritten message

A system for processing a handwritten message received by a messaging app can modify playback over time of the handwritten message based on a set of rules to determine how to modify the playback. In one embodiment, graphics data (e.g. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358113

Dynamically adjusting style of display area for presenting information associated with a displayed map

Some embodiments of the invention provide a map application with novel map exploration tools. In some embodiments, the map application executes on a mobile device (e.g., a handheld smartphone, a tablet, etc.) with a touch sensitive screen. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358110

Providing variants of texture assets for an asset catalog

Described is a system that processes texture assets for an application to be distributed across a range of devices while still leveraging device-specific hardware capabilities. In one embodiment, the system processes various criteria and determines specialized texture asset variants for a set of devices. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358109

Accelerated blits of multisampled textures on gpus

Systems, computer readable media, and methods for hardware accelerated blits of multisampled textures on graphics processing units (gpus) are disclosed. For multisampled surfaces, texture-to-buffer blits cannot be trivially implemented because most gpus do not support writing multisampled surfaces with a linear memory layout. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358107

Dynamic media item layout presentation

A method may include generating a list of frame candidates, the list of frame candidates including a plurality of aspect ratios, based on a characteristic of a display device and an aspect ratio of a base tile; receiving a set of media items, each with a respective aspect ratio (ar), to display on the display device; and for each respective media item in the set of media items: filtering the list of frame candidates based on a respective aspect ratio of the list of frame candidates being within a threshold cropping amount of the ar of the respective media item; and matching the respective media to a frame candidate of the filtered list of frame candidates.. . ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358101

Optical image stabilization for depth sensing

Depth determination includes obtaining a first image of a scene captured by a camera at a first position, obtaining a second image of the scene captured by the camera at a second position directed by an optical image stabilization (ois) actuator, determining a virtual baseline between the camera at the first position and the second position, and determining a depth of the scene based on the first image, the second image, and the virtual baseline.. . ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358094

Adaptive focus sweep techniques for foreground/background separation

Adaptive focus sweep (afs) techniques for image processing are described. For one technique, an afs logic/module can obtain an afs representing a scene, where the afs is a sequence of images representing the scene that includes: (i) a first image representing the scene captured at a first focus position; and (ii) a second image representing the scene captured at a second focus position that differs from the first focus position. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358064

Rendering information into images

Systems, methods, and computer readable media to improve the operation of a display system are disclosed. Techniques disclosed herein selectively darken a region of an image so that when text or other information is rendered into that region, the contrast between the text or other information and the underlying image in that area is sufficient to ensure the text or other information is visible and readable. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358059

Image/video editor with automatic occlusion detection and cropping

Techniques for cropping images containing an occlusion are presented. A method for image editing is presented comprising, when an occlusion is detected in an original digital image, determining an area occupied by the occlusion, assigning importance scores to different content elements of the original digital image, defining a cropping window around an area of the original digital image that does not include the area occupied by the occlusion and that is based on the importance scores, and cropping the original digital image to the cropping window.. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358057

Systems for automatically assembling tile maps and associated techniques

A method of assembling a tile map can include assigning each tile in a plurality of tiles to one or more color groups in correspondence with a measure of a color profile of the respective tile: a position of each tile in relation to one or more neighboring tiles can be determined from a position of a silhouette corresponding to each respective tile in relation to one or more neighboring silhouettes within a set containing a plurality of silhouettes. The plurality of tiles can be automatically assembled into a tile map, with a position of each tile in the tile map being determined from the color group to which the respective tile belongs and the determined position of the respective tile in relation to the one or more neighboring tiles. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358055

Texture not backed by real mapping

One disclosed embodiment includes memory allocation methods for use by a graphics processing unit in rendering graphics data for display. The method includes receiving a buffer attachment associated with a first rendering pass. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358054

Eliminating off screen passes using memoryless render target

One disclosed embodiment is directed to graphics processing method for displaying a user interface. The method includes executing a plurality of graphic processing operation in a single rendering pass. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358051

Providing variants of digital assets based on device-specific capabilities

Described is a system for providing variants of a digital asset based on specific device capabilities of target devices. A developer may compress a digital asset that is part of a universal application to be installed on a set of target devices by selecting from a set of intent-based compression options. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170358050

Dynamic selection of image rendering formats

Systems, methods, and computer readable media to promote a graphics context when rendering a digital image content with dynamic ranges and/or color gamut outside the current graphics context. Various embodiments render digital image content based on a graphics context that corresponds to an initial image rendering format. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357975

Notifications and subscriptions for a device news application

A method of providing subscription for a news channel by a news application of an electronic device is provided. The method displays a summary list of a set of articles from a news channel. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357973

User interfaces for transactions

The present disclosure generally relates to transaction user interfaces. In some examples, a user is notified if there is an error with transaction parameters and the device determines whether potentially compatible transaction parameters are available on the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357972

User interface for transactions

The present disclosure generally relates to techniques for managing contextual transactions. In some examples, at a sender electronic device, a first user provides authorization to purchase an item for a second user. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357967

Authentication using a secure circuit

Techniques are disclosed relating to authentication using public key encryption. In one embodiment, a computing device includes a secure circuit, a processor, and memory. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357950

Device, method, and graphical user interface for changing the time of a calendar event

In accordance with some embodiments, a method is performed at an invitee device with one or more processors, non-transitory memory, an input device, and a display. The method includes receiving, from an organizer, an invitation for a calendar event. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357936

Managing secure transactions between electronic devices and service providers

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for managing secure transactions between electronic devices and service providers. In one embodiment, an administration entity system may receive device order data from an electronic device, wherein the received device order data is indicative of an order for an item of value of a service provider system to be stored on the electronic device, transmit administration order data to the service provider system based on the received device order data, wherein the administration order data is indicative of the order for the item of value, receive service provider fulfillment data from the service provider system based on the transmitted administration order data, wherein the service provider fulfillment data includes the item of value, and transmit administration fulfillment data to the electronic device based on the received service provider fulfillment data, wherein the administration fulfillment data includes the item of value.. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357917

Device, method, and graphical user interface for meeting space management and interaction

An electronic device, with a display and one or more input devices: displays a first user interface element provided to create a calendar event, the first user interface element includes a location input element provided to receive user inputs in order to add a location for the calendar event; detects a first input that corresponds to the location input element; in response to detecting the first input, displays in association with the location input element one or more locations for the calendar event, where at least one of the one or more locations corresponds to a virtual conference; detects a second input that corresponds to the virtual conference; and, in response to detecting the second input: generates call-in information and a link for the virtual conference; and associates the call-in information and the link with the calendar event.. . ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357916

Integrating restaurant reservation services into a navigation application

In some implementations, a navigation application can integrate third party services into the navigation application in an easy to use and convenient manner. For example, the navigation application can receive user input indicating that the user is interested reserving a table from a table reservation service. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357915

Device, method, and graphical user interface for meeting space management and interaction

An electronic device, associated with a meeting space: displays a meeting space status interface that includes a status indicator indicating a current reservation status for the meeting space and a claiming affordance provided to claim reservations of the meeting space; and, while displaying the meeting space status interface, detects a change in conditions at the meeting space. In response to detecting the change in conditions at the meeting space, and in accordance with a determination, based on the change in conditions at the meeting space, that the one or more claiming criteria are satisfied, the device enables the claiming affordance. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357910

System for iteratively training an artificial intelligence using cloud-based metrics

A method may include receiving, at an artificial intelligence cloud service, a plurality of artificial intelligence feedback communications from a plurality of devices, wherein each artificial intelligence feedback communication of the plurality of artificial intelligence feedback communications includes data generated by software application components running on respective ones of the plurality of devices, the software application components including respective current artificial intelligence models, deriving, from the data included with each artificial intelligence feedback communication, an associated artificial intelligence model update for each of the respective current artificial intelligence models on the plurality of devices, and transmitting, to the plurality of devices, a plurality of artificial intelligence model update communications, wherein each artificial intelligence model update communication of the plurality of artificial intelligence model update communications includes the derived associated artificial intelligence model update for updating a corresponding one of the respective current artificial intelligence models on the plurality of devices.. . ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357904

Suggested locations for calendar events

In an example method, a mobile device receives a first calendar item associated with a first event. The first calendar item includes a first text string. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357894

Data packing for convolution of artificial neural networks

Convolution processing performance in digital image processing is enhanced using a data packing process for convolutional layers in deep neural networks and corresponding computation kernel code. The data packing process includes an input and weight packing of the input channels of data into a contiguous block of memory in preparation for convolution. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357893

Artificial intelligence controller that procedurally tailors itself to an application

A method may include receiving a communication from a device at an artificial intelligence controller including state information for a software application component running on the device, the state information including information corresponding to at least one potential state change available to the software application component, and metrics associated with at least one end condition, interpreting the state information using the artificial intelligence controller, and selecting an artificial intelligence algorithm from a plurality of artificial intelligence algorithms for use by the software application component based on the interpreted state information; and transmitting, to the device, an artificial intelligence algorithm communication, the artificial intelligence algorithm communication indicating the selected artificial intelligence algorithm for use in the software application component on the device.. . ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357871

Hierarchical sharpness evaluation

Techniques are disclosed for estimating quality of images in an automated fashion. According to these techniques, a source image may be downsampled to generate at least two downsampled images at different levels of downsampling. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357839

Active sensing element for acoustic imaging systems

An acoustic fingerprint imaging system having a plurality of acoustic elements, each acoustic element including a transducer, and independent drive and sense circuitry is disclosed. Drive circuitry may require higher voltage than low voltage sense circuitry. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357830

Cryptographic separation of users

Techniques are disclosed relating to securely storing data in a computing device. In one embodiment, a computing device includes a secure circuit configured to maintain key bags for a plurality of users, each associated with a respective one of the plurality of users and including a first set of keys usable to decrypt a second set of encrypted keys for decrypting data associated with the respective user. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357822

Diversification of public keys

Some embodiments provide a method for providing public keys for encrypting data. The method receives (i) a first request from a first source for a public key associated with a particular user and (ii) a second request from a second source for the public key associated with the particular user. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357820

Efficient implementation for differential privacy using cryptographic functions

The system described may implement a 1-bit protocol for differential privacy for a set of client devices that transmit information to a server. Implementations of the system may leverage specialized instruction sets or engines built into the hardware or firmware of a client device to improve the efficiency of the protocol. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357817

File system metadata protection

Techniques are disclosed relating to securely storing file system metadata in a computing device. In one embodiment, a computing device includes a processor, memory, and a secure circuit. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357816

Hierarchical encryption of data

Some embodiments provide a method for storing multiple data assets in a folder structure on a cloud services platform. The method stores a separate encrypted structure for each of the data assets on the cloud services platform. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357798

Removal of credentials from an electronic device

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for managing credentials are provided. In one example embodiment, a method may include terminating the functionality of a security domain element on an electronic device, communicatively coupling the electronic device to a trusted service manager of the security domain element, and, after the terminating, communicating data from the electronic device to the communicatively coupled trusted service manager, wherein the communicated data is usable by the trusted service manager to determine a stored value of the security domain element. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357797

Accessory authentication for electronic devices

Improved techniques to control utilization of accessory devices with electronic devices are disclosed. The improved techniques can use cryptographic approaches to authenticate electronic devices, namely, electronic devices that interconnect and communicate with one another. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357788

Unlocking a device

Techniques and systems for unlocking a first device based on signals transmitted between the first device and a second device are disclosed. A disclosed technique includes receiving, by a first device, at least one wireless signal from a second device; transmitting, by the first device, at least one wireless signal to the second device; determining, by the first device, transit times of the at least one received wireless signal and the at least one transmitted wireless signal; determining, by the first device, one or more range measurements between the first device and the second device based at least in part on the transit times; determining, by the first device, an unlock decision based at least in part on the one or more range measurements; and causing, by at least the first device, the first device to unlock if the unlock decision is positive.. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357733

Methods for refining search results in an application

Disclosed herein is a technique for refining search results presented in a graphical user interface of a search application operating at a user device. A scrollable category list is presented in the graphical user interface, where the scrollable category list includes a number of categories related to a search query provided by a user of the user device. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357725

Ranking content items provided as search results by a search application

Described is a system and technique for providing search results in response to a search query for content items. The system may search for content items based on searching metadata associated with the content items. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357717

Arrangement of documents in a document feed

Some embodiments provide a gui for a document reader application that displays an aggregated feed with sections for different groups of personalized documents. Some embodiments provide a method for arranging documents within the different sections and for ordering the different sections within the aggregated feed. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357716

Data driven natural language event detection and classification

Systems and processes for operating a digital assistant are provided. In accordance with one or more examples, a method includes, at a user device with one or more processors and memory, receiving unstructured natural language information from at least one user. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357699

System and method of highlighting terms

A method and apparatus of a device that links a term in an application running on a device to a predictive search query is described. In one embodiment, the device receives a plurality of key terms from a key terms server, wherein each of the plurality of key terms is associated with the predictive search query. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357696

System and method of generating a key list from multiple search domains

A machine-readable medium that gathers a plurality of key terms is described. In an exemplary embodiment, the machine-readable medium receives a plurality of terms and selects a plurality of key terms from the plurality of terms, wherein each of the plurality of key terms is a term that is highlighted in a running application. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357688

Providing an application specific extended search capability

Described is a system (and method) for providing an application specific extended search that is initiated from a system-wide search application such as a “finder” application or service. The extended search may be automatically performed by an application (including a third-party applications) in order to search its own content from the search initiated within the system-wide search application. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357680

System and method for maintaining a multi-level data structure

Disclosed herein is a technique for merging a batch of intermediate trees into a base tree stored in a storage device. The batch of intermediate trees is stored in a storage device and each intermediate tree in the batch represents a tree that was previously moved from memory to the storage device. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357675

Selection behavior history and transformation

All environment for creating a document by collaboration of multiple concurrent users, coupled through a network to a server system, user undo and redo commands and those commands are associated with corresponding undo selection behavior data and redo selection behavior data. The undo and redo selection behavior data specify how the selection of one or more objects changes when undo or redo commands are involved. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357672

Relating digital assets using notable moments

Techniques of relating at least two digital assets based on digital asset management (dam) are described. A dam logic/module can obtain a knowledge graph metadata network (metadata network) of metadata associated with a collection of digital assets (da collection). ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357663

System and method for performing operations on a hierarchy of content

Disclosed herein is a technique for performing an operation on a hierarchy of content. The operation is performed atomically by utilizing a hidden directory in a hidden area of a filesystem namespace. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357661

Providing content items in response to a natural language query

Described is a system that may search for content items in response to a voice-based natural language query. The system may provide search results for content associated with various types of user actions such as sending or receiving a document, sharing a content, printing a document, etc. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357659

Systems and methods for managing snapshots of a file system volume

The embodiments set forth techniques for generating snapshots of file system volumes without requiring the implementation of reference counts. A file system can manage snapshot identifiers (ids) within an object map that corresponds to the file system volume, where each snapshot id represents a different existing snapshot of the file system volume. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357657

Systems and methods for implementing dynamic file systems

Representative embodiments set forth herein disclose techniques for implementing dynamic file system volumes that can share storage space with other file system (fs) volumes within the same partition/storage device. According to some embodiments, techniques are disclosed for establishing an fs volume within a container. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357652

Relative addressing

A processor may receive a request to display descriptive information for a location of interest on a device. The processor may retrieve a first set of attributes for the location of interest and compare the retrieved set of attributes to a second set of attributes for a location associated with the device. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357650

Client-side search result re-ranking

A method and apparatus of a device that re-rank a plurality of search results received from a search server on the device is described. In an exemplary embodiment, the device receives, with a browser of the device, a search query from a user. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357649

Media files and protocols supporting runtime dependent tracks

Embodiments of the present disclosure provide techniques for rendering content from a media item. According to these embodiments, from a file of the media item, track(s) in a group data structure corresponding to the type of content are identified as candidate track(s). ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357644

Notable moments in a collection of digital assets

Techniques of digital asset management (dam) are described. A dam logic/module can obtain a knowledge graph metadata network (metadata network) of metadata associated with a collection of digital assets (da collection). ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357640

Multilingual word prediction

Systems and processes for multilingual word prediction are provided. In accordance with one example, a method includes, at an electronic device having one or more processors and memory, receiving context information associated with a current word; determining, for each of a plurality of languages, a set of monolingual probabilities based on the context information; determining a set of language weights based on the context information; determining a set of multilingual probabilities based on the respective sets of monolingual probabilities and the set of language weights; and providing a plurality of candidate words based on the set of multilingual probabilities.. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357637

Intelligent automated assistant in a home environment

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

12/14/17 / #20170357633

Dynamic phrase expansion of language input

The present disclosure generally relates to dynamic phrase expansion for language input. In one example process, a user input comprising text of a first symbolic system is received. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357632

Multilingual word prediction

Systems and processes for multilingual word prediction are provided. In accordance with one example, a method includes, at an electronic device having one or more processors and memory, identifying context information of the electronic device and generating, with the one or more processors, a plurality of candidate words based on the context information, wherein a first candidate word of the plurality of candidate words corresponds to a first language of a plurality of languages and a second candidate word of the plurality of candidate words corresponds to a second language of the plurality of languages different than the first language.. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357627

Device, method, and graphical user interface for classifying and populating fields of electronic forms

An electronic device: displays an electronic form with a plurality of fields; detects an autofill input that corresponds to a field of the plurality of fields in the electronic form; and in response to detecting the autofill input, updates the electronic form to display fields that have been populated based on a user profile. If the autofill input is associated with a first category of information in the user profile, updating the electronic form includes populating at least two of the plurality of fields using information from the user profile that corresponds to the first category of information. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357623

Arrangement of documents in a document feed

Some embodiments provide a gui for a document reader application that displays an aggregated feed with sections for different groups of personalized documents. Some embodiments provide a method for arranging documents within the different sections and for ordering the different sections within the aggregated feed. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357622

Arrangement of documents in a document feed

Some embodiments provide a gui for a document reader application that displays an aggregated feed with sections for different groups of personalized documents. Some embodiments provide a method for arranging documents within the different sections and for ordering the different sections within the aggregated feed. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357621

Layout generation for an electronic document that includes a web object

A method of determining a layout for an electronic document comprising a web object that includes a set of components is provided. The method, for each component of the web object, injects code into a web frame used to retrieve the component of the web object. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357620

Dynamic layout generation for an electronic document

A two-step process to determine the layout of an electronic document such as a webpage or an article is provided. The electronic document is selected from a summary page that displays summaries of several documents. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357619

Arrangements of documents in a document feed

Some embodiments provide a gui for a document reader application that displays an aggregated feed with sections for different groups of personalized documents. Some embodiments provide a method for arranging documents within the different sections and for ordering the different sections within the aggregated feed. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357568

Device, method, and graphical user interface for debugging accessibility information of an application

In accordance with some embodiments, a method is performed at a device with one or more processors, non-transitory memory, a display, and an input device. The method includes receiving, from an application, application output data and accessibility metadata associated with user interface elements of a user interface of the application, wherein the accessibility metadata can be used by accessibility modules to identify, describe, or enable interaction with the user interface elements. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357529

Behavior aware scheduling of tasks

In some implementations, a user device can schedule tasks based on user behavior. For example, the user device can receive a task request that includes a time window and user/device context parameters for performing the task. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357523

Modifying security state with secured range detection

Some embodiments of the invention provide a method for a trusted (or originator) device to modify the security state of a target device (e.g., unlocking the device) based on a securing ranging operation (e.g., determining a distance, proximity, etc.). The method of some embodiments exchanges messages as a part of a ranging operation in order to determine whether the trusted and target devices are within a specified range of each other before allowing the trusted device to modify the security state of the target device. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357520

Displaying a predetermined view of an application

The present disclosure generally relates to managing user interfaces. In a method, at a device with one or more processors and memory, prior to displaying a first application, a user input is received, the user input, when received initiating display of the first application. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357506

Unified integer and floating-point compare circuitry

Techniques are disclosed relating to comparison circuitry. In some embodiments, compare circuitry is configured to generate comparison results for sets of inputs in both one or more integer formats and one or more floating-point formats. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357495

Providing updated application data for previewing applications on a display

Embodiments provide methods and systems for updating application data in snapshots of applications for previewing. Some embodiments update application data by determining when current application data may expire and retrieving updated application data. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357493

Providing variants of texture assets for an asset catalog

Described is a system that processes texture assets for an application to be distributed across a range of devices while still leveraging device-specific hardware capabilities. In one embodiment, the system processes various criteria and determines specialized texture asset variants for a set of devices. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357479

Personal music content

The present technology pertains to automatically providing refreshed versions of personalized playlists of media items based on a refresh schedule. The automatically refreshed personalized playlists can be automatically downloaded to a client device associated with the user account. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357478

Intelligent device arbitration and control

This relates to systems and processes for using a virtual assistant to arbitrate among and/or control electronic devices. In one example process, a first electronic device samples an audio input using a microphone. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357465

Memory management for application loading

Some embodiments can load one or more applications into working memory from persistent storage when permitted by a memory pressure level of a mobile device. Loading the applications into working memory enables the applications to be launched into the foreground quickly when the user indicates the desire to launch. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357454

Hybrid, adaptive virtual memory compression

A method and apparatus of a device that compresses an object stored in memory is described. In an exemplary embodiment, the device receives an indication that the object is to be compressed. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357453

System and method for managing storage space

Disclosed herein is a technique for managing storage space in a user device. Users are provided with options to manage storage space usage in an organized and efficient manner. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357450

Reserved memory in memory management system

A memory management system, such as a virtual memory manager that manages a virtual memory space that includes volatile memory (e.g. Dram) and non-volatile memory (e.g., flash memory) creates a reserved portion of memory in the volatile memory for at least one user application in one embodiment, and that reserved portion can also store content that it restricted to read only permission within the non-volatile memory.. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357449

Managing data using a time-based directory structure

A server (or server instance) may receive data during a plurality of sequential blocks of time. The server may store the data received in each block of time in a corresponding separate directory within a data store. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357442

Messaging application interacting with one or more extension applications

A messaging system in one embodiment includes a messaging app and one or more extension apps configured to create content that is displayed in a view hosted by the messaging app. The messaging app can launch the one or more extension apps, and content can be communicated between each extension app and the messaging app through an interprocess communication.. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357441

Providing a remote keyboard service

The systems described herein provide a remote keyboard service for a media device on a computing device without having to invoke an application or unlock the computing device. The computing device can receive a message indicating that a text input field on the other device is selected and present a notification to the user prompting the user to invoke the virtual keyboard on the computing device to provide text input to the selected text input field. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357439

Devices and methods for accessing prevalent device functions

While displaying a first user interface that corresponds to a display-on state of an electronic device, the device detects a swipe gesture on a touch-sensitive surface. In response to detecting the swipe gesture: when the swipe gesture is in a first direction, the device replaces display of the first user interface with display of a camera application user interface; when the swipe gesture is in a second direction, the device replaces display of the first user interface with display of a mini application object user interface that is configured to include a plurality of mini application objects; when the swipe gesture is in a third direction, the device displays a first page of a multipage control panel user interface; and when the swipe gesture is in a fourth direction, the device displays a notifications user interface that is configured to display a plurality of notifications.. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357438

Handwriting keyboard for screens

The present disclosure generally relates to handwriting on touch sensitive surfaces. In some examples, text suggestions strokes entered on a touch sensitive surface are viewed and selected in response to a rotatable input mechanism. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357437

Device, method, and graphical user interface for manipulating windows in split screen mode

An electronic device detects a gesture input while displaying first content including a first hyperlink in a first window and a second window that includes second content. In response to detecting the gesture input, and in accordance with a determination that the gesture input corresponds to a first gesture type on the first hyperlink, the electronic device replaces display of the first content in the first window with display of third content that is associated with the first hyperlink. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357436

Device, method, and graphical user interface for changing a number of columns of an application region

In accordance with some embodiments, a method is performed at a device with one or more processors, non-transitory memory, a display, and an input device. The method includes displaying, on the display, a first column and a second column in an application region. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357434

User interface for managing controllable external devices

An electronic device, with a display, a touch-sensitive surface, one or more processors and memory, displays a first representation of a first controllable external device, where the first controllable external device is situated at a location. The device detects a first user input corresponding to a selection of the first representation of the first controllable external device. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357433

Application shortcuts for carplay

The present disclosure generally relates to replacing an application affordance corresponding to an application with a different application affordance corresponding to a different application when the different application meets a predetermined criteria.. . ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357432

Image creation app in messaging app

An image creation app is used in conjunction with the messaging app to create one or more drawn images which can be sent by the messaging app to other messaging apps. In one embodiment, the image creation app can be either a plug-in, of the messaging app sir an extension app of the messaging app. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357431

Proactive search window

Some embodiments of the invention provide a method for displaying a map. The method provides a first display area to display a map, and a second display area to overlap a portion of the first display area to display (i) a field to receive a search parameter and (ii) a set of predicted locations to view on the map. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357430

Content scrubber bar with real-world time indications

In some embodiments, an electronic device displays a playback user interface that is configured to playback content on the electronic device. While displaying the playback user interface that is configured to playback the content on the electronic device, the electronic device displays a scrubber bar for navigating through the content, wherein the scrubber bar includes: a visual indication of a current playback position within the content; and one or more playback time indications that include time values based on the current playback position within the content. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357429

Character recognition method, apparatus and device

Some embodiments of the invention provide a novel method for recognizing characters that are input through touch strokes on a touch-sensitive sensor (e.g., a touch-sensitive display screen or a touch-sensitive surface) of a device (e.g., a mobile device, a remote control, a trackpad, etc.). In some embodiments, the sensor has a space-constrained area for receiving the touch input. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357427

Context-specific user interfaces

Context-specific user interfaces for use with a portable multifunction device are disclosed. The methods described herein for context-specific user interfaces provide indications of time and, optionally, a variety of additional information. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357426

Configuring context-specific user interfaces

Techniques for configuring context-specific user interfaces for use with a portable multifunction device are disclosed. The context-specific user interfaces provide indications of time and, optionally, a variety of additional information. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357425

Generating scenes based on accessory state

In some implementations, a computing device can automatically generate a scene. For example, a scene can be a collection of accessories and corresponding accessory states. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357424

Editing inherited configurations

Embodiments provide techniques for creating an adaptive user interface for an electronic device. In one embodiment the instructions configure one or more processors to perform operations including displaying, in an application development environment, a user interface of a graphical representation of the electronic device, the graphical representation associated with one or more configurations, each configuration including a set of properties; while displaying the graphical representation of the electronic device, receiving a value for a first property; in response to receiving the value for a first property, determining that the graphical representation of the electronic device is associated with a first configuration; creating a first sub-configuration of the first configuration, the first sub-configuration inheriting one or more properties in the set of properties from the first configuration; applying the value for the first property to the first sub-configuration; and updating the user interface of the graphical representation of the electronic device.. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357423

Gesture based controls for adjusting display areas

Some embodiments of the invention provide a map application with novel map exploration tools. In some embodiments, the map application executes on a mobile device (e.g., a handheld smartphone, a tablet, etc.) with a touch sensitive screen. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357422

Device, method, and graphical user interface for managing electronic communications

An electronic device: displays a plurality of representations of electronic communications associated with a first grouping and a filter affordance that corresponds to a set of filter criteria; and detects a selection input selecting the filter affordance. In response to detecting the selection input, and in accordance with a determination that the selection input corresponds to a first input type, the electronic device: ceases to display a first set of representations of electronic communications from the first grouping that do not match the set of one or more filter criteria; displays a second set of representations of electronic communications from the first grouping that match the set of one or more filter criteria; and displays an indication of the set of filter criteria that have been applied to the electronic communications associated with the first grouping.. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357421

Device, method, and graphical user interface for media playback

In accordance with some embodiments, a method includes displaying a representation of a first automatically-generated playlist, the representation of the first automatically-generated playlist including representations of a first set of media items selected for inclusion in the first automatically-generated playlist based on first playlist generation criteria for the first automatically-generated playlist. While displaying the first automatically-generated playlist, detecting user interaction with the representations of the first set of media items, and then detecting that a first update criterion for the first automatically-generated playlist has been met. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357420

Device, method, and graphical user interface for media playback

In accordance with some embodiments, a method is performed at a device with one or more processors, non-transitory memory, a display, and an input device. The method includes displaying, on the display, a playback status indicator regarding playback of a media item. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357419

Scheduling customizable electronic notifications

An alarm application is described. A user interface of the alarm application may be presented that includes a generic alarm option and a sleep alarm option. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357418

Device, method, and graphical user interface for window manipulation and management

An electronic device: displays a first window and a second window within a display area, the first window having a first edge parallel to a second edge of the second window; and detects an input moving the first edge toward the second edge. In response to detecting the input, the device: pairs the first edge to the second edge such that the first window stops moving before it overlaps the second window when the user input satisfies pairing criteria, the pairing criteria include a first pairing criterion that is met when the input corresponds to movement of the first edge toward the second edge that deviates from a predefined axis by less than an angular threshold value; and continues the movement of the first window based on the input so that the first window overlaps the second window when the user input does not satisfy the pairing criteria.. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357417

Avatars reflecting user states

Methods, systems, and computer-readable media for creating and using customized avatar instances to reflect current user states are disclosed. In various implementations, the user states can be defined using trigger events based on user-entered textual data, emoticons, or states of the device being used. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357415

Messaging sticker applications

A messaging system in one embodiment includes a messaging app and one or more sticker extension apps configured to create a sticker image and render a sticker image that is displayed in a view hosted by the messaging app. The messaging app can launch, from a browsable view that includes one or more sticker extension apps, one or more of the sticker extension apps, and a sticker image created by one of the sticker extension apps can be communicated between the sticker extension app and the messaging app through an interprocess communication.. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357414

Map application with novel search, browsing and planning tools

Some embodiments of the invention provide a map application with novel map exploration tools. In some embodiments, the map application executes on a mobile device (e.g., a handheld smartphone, a tablet, etc.) with a touch sensitive screen. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357413

Enhanced application preview mode

Techniques for enhancing the viewing of applications in a preview provider are provided. A method includes receiving an indication to provide a preview mode on a display of the computing device, providing screenshots of a plurality of applications in the preview mode such that the screenshots are accessible for viewing by a user. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357411

User interface for initiating a telephone call

An electronic device with a touch-sensitive display, one or more processors, and memory detects a first user input. In response to detecting the first user input, the device displays on the touch-sensitive display a user interface screen including a first affordance and a second affordance. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357409

Device, method, and graphical user interface for navigating and displaying content in context

An electronic device displays one or more thumbnails. The device detects a first multi-contact gesture that includes movement of a first contact and a second contact; and, in response to detecting the first multi-contact gesture, the device displays content associated with a respective thumbnail and enlarges the content associated with the respective thumbnail to a respective enlarged size in accordance with the first multi-contact gesture. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357402

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for manipulating embedded interactive content

An electronic device: displays an interactive ui object that conditionally exhibits respective interactive behavior responsive to changes in detected contact intensity, and content that does not exhibit the respective interactive behavior. The device detects a first input over the interactive ui object. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357401

Device, method, and graphical user interface for controlling multiple devices in an accessibility mode

In accordance with some embodiments, a method is performed at a first device with one or more processors, non-transitory memory, and a display. The method includes displaying, on the display, a device control transfer affordance while operating the first device based on user input from an input device that is in communication with the first device. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357398

Accelerated scrolling

While in a normal scrolling mode, an electronic device optionally displays a representation of a portion of a set of items that includes a plurality of items, wherein a respective item of the plurality of items has focus. The electronic device optionally receives one or more inputs including a contact and a movement of the contact detected on a touch-sensitive surface. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357394

Device, method, and graphical user interface for managing electronic communications

An electronic device: displays a conversation view of a plurality of messages within a first pane of a messaging application, where the conversation view includes a first message region of a portion of a first message and a second message region of a portion of a second message; and detects a user input selecting the first message region within the conversation view. In response to detecting the user input selecting the first message region, and in accordance with a determination that the user input satisfies first input criteria, the device displays one or more affordances provided to perform corresponding actions on the first message. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357390

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for dynamically adjusting presentation of audio outputs

An electronic device displays, on a display, a user interface that includes first and second interactive regions of an application. While displaying the user interface, the device detects an input by a contact on the touch-sensitive surface at a location that corresponds to a user interface element in the first interactive region on the display. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357389

Device, method, and graphical user interface for media playback in an accessibility mode

In accordance with some embodiments, a method is performed at a device, coupled to a display, with one or more processors and non-transitory memory. The method includes displaying, on the display, a plurality of user interface objects. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357388

Device, method, and graphical user interface for managing data stored at a storage location

In accordance with some embodiments, a method includes detecting a management input indicative of a request to manage data stored at the direction of the device at a storage location with a limited available storage capacity, and in response, displaying a data storage management user interface that includes a plurality of data storage management affordances. The method further includes, detecting selection of a particular data storage management affordance of the plurality of data storage management affordances; and, in response to detecting selection of the particular data storage management affordance, in accordance with a determination that the particular data storage management affordance is the first data storage management affordance, initiating a process for performing the first data storage management operation and, in accordance with a determination that the particular data storage management affordance is the second data storage management affordance, initiating a process for performing the second data storage management operation.. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357387

Identifying applications on which content is available

In some embodiments, an electronic device receives an input corresponding to a request for information about a user-specified topic. In response, the electronic device displays information about media that is relevant to the user-specified topic, including concurrently displaying: a representation of respective media that is available for viewing on a first set of applications, the electronic device having a second set of applications downloaded on it, and a respective selectable user interface element associated with the respective media. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357382

User interfaces for retrieving contextually relevant media content

The present disclosure generally relates to retrieving and displaying contextually-relevant media content. In some embodiments, a device receives a request to display contextually-relevant media and, in response, displays a representation of a collection of media items relevant to a context of the device. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357381

Labeling a significant location based on contextual data

Computer-implemented methods, computer-readable storage media storing instructions and computer systems for labeling significant locations based on contextual data can be implemented to perform operations that include determining a location of a computing device, and determining a label for the determined location based on contextual data associated with the significant location. The location can be a significant location that has meaning to a user of the device.. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357376

Devices and methods for processing touch inputs based on adjusted input parameters

An electronic device with a display, a touch-sensitive surface, and one or more sensors to detect intensity of contacts with the touch-sensitive surface displays a first user interface of a first software application, detects an input on the touch-sensitive surface while displaying the first user interface, and, in response to detecting the input while displaying the first user interface, performs a first operation in accordance with a determination that the input satisfies intensity input criteria including that the input satisfies an intensity threshold during a first predefined time period, and performs a second operation in accordance with a determination that the input satisfies long press criteria including that the input remains below the intensity threshold during the first predefined time period.. . ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357358

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for processing intensity information associated with touch inputs

An electronic device detects a change in intensity of an input at a location corresponding to a first user interface element associated with a user-interaction behavior model; generates, with an application-independent software module, output associated with the first user interface element determined in accordance with the change in intensity of the input and the user-interaction behavior model, including a first user-interaction component behavior and a second user-interaction component behavior; detects a change in intensity of an input at a location corresponding to a second user interface element associated with a subset of the user-interaction component behaviors; obtains, from the application-independent software module, an indication of whether the change in intensity of the input has met conditions associated with the first user-interaction component behavior; and updates, based on the indication, an appearance of the second user interface element based on the first user-interaction component behavior.. . ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357350

Opaque white coating with non-conductive mirror

An opaque cover is provided for a capacitive sensor. The cover includes a transparent substrate, and at least one white coating layer including white pigments disposed over at least one portion of the transparent substrate. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357335

Devices and methods for manipulating user interfaces with stylus and non-stylus contacts

An electronic device with a touch-sensitive display and one or more sensors to detect signals from a stylus associated with the device: displays a user interface in a viewing mode, the user interface including a content region and a first control region; while displaying the user interface in the viewing mode, detects an input by a first contact on the touch-sensitive display; and, in response to detecting the input: when the first contact is a stylus contact in the content region: changes from the viewing mode to an editing mode; and displays, in the content region, a mark drawn in accordance with movement of the first contact; and when the first contact is a non-stylus contact in the content region: remains in the viewing mode; and performs a navigation operation in the content region in accordance with movement of the first contact without displaying the mark.. . ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357325

Localized deflection using a bending haptic actuator

An electronic device configured to provide localized haptic feedback to a user on one or more regions or sections of a surface of the electronic device. A support structure is positioned below the surface, and one or more haptic actuators are coupled to the support structure. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357324

Digital touch on live video

The present disclosure generally relates to electronic touch communications that include visual information, such as a video or image in combination with visual representations that are based on a single-finger touch input or a multiple-finger touch input.. . ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357321

Wrist-based tactile time feedback for non-sighted users

The present disclosure generally relates to tactile time feedback. Systems and methods for tactile time feedback include detecting a sequence of touch inputs at an electronic device, and in response to a determination that the sequence of touch inputs meets tactile time output criteria, output a tactile output pattern that indicates a time of day.. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357320

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

An electronic device with a touch-sensitive surface, a display, and tactile output generator(s) displays a user interface including a moveable component representing a plurality of selectable options. The device detects a scroll input directed to the moveable component including movement of a contact followed by a lift-off. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357319

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

An electronic device with a touch-sensitive surface, a display, and tactile output generator(s) displays a user interface including an object and predetermined snap positions. The device detects a first portion of an input by a contact on the object to select the object. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357318

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

An electronic device with a touch-sensitive surface, a display, and tactile output generator(s) displays a user interface including a user interface element. The device detects a contact on the user interface element and an input by the contact including a movement of the contact across the touch-sensitive surface. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357317

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

An electronic device with a touch-sensitive surface, a display, and one or more tactile output generators for generating tactile outputs displays a user interface that includes a first item. While displaying the user interface, the device detects a first portion of an input by a first contact on the touch-sensitive surface, and detects a first movement of the first contact on the touch-sensitive surface. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357302

Processor unit efficiency control

Embodiments provide for a computer implemented method comprising sampling one or more power and performance metrics of a processor; determining an energy cost per instruction based on the one or more power and performance metrics; determining an efficiency metric based on the energy cost per instruction; computing an efficiency control error based on a difference between a current efficiency metric and a target efficiency metric; setting an efficiency control effort based on the efficiency control error; determining a performance control effort, the performance control effort determined by a performance controller for the processor; and adjusting the performance control effort based on the efficiency control effort, wherein adjusting the performance control effort reduces power consumption of the processor.. . ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357226

Coordinating modifications by multiple users to a shared automated environment

Modifications made by multiple controller devices to an environment model describing a shared automated environment can be coordinated. One of the controller devices can be designated as a coordinator, and any controller device other than the coordinator can send an update request to the coordinator. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357217

Scheduling device for customizable electronic notifications

An adjustable alarm indicator of an alarm application is described. The adjustable alarm indicator may be presented in connection with an alarm setting sequence. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357099

Overlay display

Some embodiments provide a system which includes a layered transparent surface which includes a uv absorption layer configured to be located between a user environment and an external environment and a phosphor layer configured to be located between the user environment and the uv absorption layer. An image projection system can project an ultraviolet image upon the phosphor layer, which can generate a visual image based on a fluorescent reaction of the phosphor layer to the ultraviolet image which can be perceived by a user in the user environment. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357007

Radionavigation for swimmers

Methods, systems and computer program products for radionavigation for swimmers are described. A mobile device configured to estimate a location using radio frequency signals can estimate a position of the swimmer when the mobile device is worn on a limb of the swimmer and periodically submerged. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357005

Global navigation satellite signal categorization

Techniques for improving positioning performance using categorization of navigation signal environment are described. A mobile device can receive signal environment data. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170356755

Context driven navigation presentation

Some embodiments of the invention provide several novel methods for generating a navigation presentation that displays a device navigating a route on a map. The method of some embodiments uses a virtual camera that, based on detected changes in the navigation context, dynamically modifies the way it captures portions of the map to produce different navigation scenes in the navigation presentation. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170356754

Style sheet driven virtual camera for defining a navigation presentation

Some embodiments of the invention provide several novel methods for generating a navigation presentation that displays a device navigating a route on a map. The method of some embodiments uses a virtual camera that, based on detected changes in the navigation context, dynamically modifies the way it captures portions of the map to produce different navigation scenes in the navigation presentation. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170356753

Grouping maneuvers for display in a navigation presentation

Some embodiments of the invention provide several novel methods for generating a navigation presentation that displays a device navigating a route on a map. The method of some embodiments uses a virtual camera that, based on detected changes in the navigation context, dynamically modifies the way it captures portions of the map to produce different navigation scenes in the navigation presentation. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170356752

Route-biased search

A route-biased search in a mobile navigation system locates points of interest (poi) on or convenient to a mobile user's current travel. The route-biased search operates in two modes, navigation and non-navigation. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170356749

Integrating ride hailing services into a navigation application

In some implementations, a navigation application can integrate third party services into the navigation application in an easy to use and convenient manner. For example, the navigation application can receive user input indicating that the user is interested obtaining transportation from a ride hailing service. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170356742

In-venue transit navigation

Some embodiments of the invention provide a navigation application that generates navigation instructions for a route, including navigation instruction for navigating within a venue. One example of such a venue is transit station. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170355599

Method and system for cmos based mems bump stop contact damage prevention

In some embodiments, a microelectromechanical system may include a semiconductor substrate, a plurality of wiring layers, and a stop. The plurality of wiring layers may be coupled to a first surface of the semiconductor substrate. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170355507

Active surface protection for portable electronic devices

A portable electronic device includes one or more bumpers that are operable to transition between a stowed position and a deployed position. In the deployed position, the bumpers may be proud of one or more surfaces of the portable electronic device that the bumpers are not proud of in the stowed position. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170354877

Persistent game sessions with multiplayer support

Embodiments of the present disclosure provide techniques for initiating direct-connection multiplayer game sessions and for resuming a previously-adjourned multiplayer game session using a stored game object representing a state of the game session. In one exemplary method, a multiplayer gaming application may be executed on a first terminal, which may be associated with a first user. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170354845

Activity and workout updates

The present disclosure generally relates to navigating, viewing, and sharing activity and workout data and interacting with workout and/or activity applications. In some examples, scrolling of activity data is based on the content being displayed. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170354795

Breathing sequence user interface

The present disclosure generally relates to user interfaces for breathing sequences. In some examples, a device displays a configuration user interface that comprises a prompt to select a number of cycles of a breathing sequence, adjusts the number of cycles of the breathing sequence to the selected number of cycles in response to selection, and initiates a breathing phase of the breathing sequence. ... Apple Inc

12/14/17 / #20170354332

Electronic device that computes health data

An electronic device includes a camera, an ambient light sensor, and a proximity sensor. The electronic device uses one or more of the camera and the proximity sensor to emit light into a body part of a user touching a surface of the electronic device and one or more of the camera, the ambient light sensor, and the proximity sensor to receive at least part of the emitted light reflected by the body part of the user. ... Apple Inc

12/07/17 / #20170353990

Intermittent out of service recovery on accessory device

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

12/07/17 / #20170353954

Systems and methods for ofdm channelization

Systems and methods for ofdm channelization are provided that allow for the coexistence of sub-band channels and diversity channels. Methods of defining diversity sub-channels and sub-band sub-channels are provided and systematic channel definition and labeling schemes are provided.. ... Apple Inc

12/07/17 / #20170353921

Software-enabled access point with power saving

An access point establishes target wakeup times (twts) with one or more associated electronic devices in a wlan. The access point transitions to a power-saving mode outside of the one or more twts. ... Apple Inc

12/07/17 / #20170353851

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

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

12/07/17 / #20170353713

Enhanced image display in head-mounted displays

Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, implementing and using techniques for projecting a source image in a head-mounted display apparatus having a left and a right display for projecting a left and right images viewable by the left and right eyes, respectively, of a user. Source image data is received. ... Apple Inc

12/07/17 / #20170353704

Environment-aware supervised hdr tone mapping

Embodiments of the present disclosure provide techniques for environment aware supervised hdr tone mapping. According to those techniques, responsive to metadata provided with hdr source video data, the received metadata may be compared to sensor date representing viewing conditions at a display device. ... Apple Inc

12/07/17 / #20170353473

Electronic devices having adaptive security profiles and methods for selecting the same

Adaptive security profiles are supported on an electronic device. One or more security profiles may be automatically or selectively applied to the device based on the device's location and one or more geographic zone definitions. ... Apple Inc

12/07/17 / #20170353320

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

A secure element (se) with a notion of time useful for checking secure items is disclosed herein. Use of public key infrastructure (pki) with secure elements is improved by verifying secure items used by an se. ... Apple Inc

12/07/17 / #20170353291

Data recovery using edge detection

Circuits, methods, and apparatus that may reconstruct a data signal in the presence of ground drift and high-frequency signal coupling. An illustrative embodiment of the present invention may reconstruct a received data signal by taking an finite difference of the received data signal, detecting edges of the received data signal by detecting positive and negative peaks of the finite difference of the received signal, and reconstructing the received data signal using the detected edges. ... Apple Inc

12/07/17 / #20170353281

Methods and apparatus for an extensible and scalable control channel for wireless networks

Methods and apparatus to enable an extensible and scalable control channel for wireless networks. In one embodiment, an enhanced physical downlink control channel (epdcch) is disclosed that is implemented with a flexible number of physical resource blocks (prbs). ... Apple Inc

12/07/17 / #20170353218

Apparatus and methods for transmission and reception of data in multi-antenna systems

Methods and apparatus adapted to address asymmetric conditions in a multi-antenna system. In one embodiment, the multi-antenna system comprises a wireless (e.g., 3g cellular) multiple-input, multiple-output (mimo) system, and the methods and apparatus efficiently utilize transmitter and receiver resources based at least in part on a detected asymmetric condition. ... Apple Inc

12/07/17 / #20170352503

Electronic devices with component mounting structures

Electronic devices are provided that have components. A housing protrusion may be interposed between a display cover layer and display components. ... Apple Inc

12/07/17 / #20170352459

Magnetic materials polarized at an oblique angle

An oblique angle polarized magnet includes a rectangular magnetized permanent magnet having a grain direction, an attraction surface, and a magnetic primary field line that is orthogonal to the grain direction but non-orthogonal to the attraction surface. The oblique angle polarized magnet may be used in a magnetically positioned apparatus, such as a tablet computing device cover operable as a stand for the tablet computing device. ... Apple Inc

12/07/17 / #20170352350

Intelligent list reading

Systems and processes for operating an intelligent automated assistant to perform intelligent list reading are provided. In one example process, a spoken user request associated with a plurality of data items is received. ... Apple Inc

12/07/17 / #20170352346

Privacy preserving distributed evaluation framework for embedded personalized systems

Systems and processes for evaluating embedded personalized systems are provided. In one example process, instructions that define an experiment associated with a personalized speech recognition system can be received. ... Apple Inc

12/07/17 / #20170352325

Controlling display performance using animation based refresh rates

Embodiments provide for a method of generating and displaying data on a display device, the method comprising receiving an input to interact with an image presented via the display; generating a sequence of frames having an animation frame rate independent of a current refresh rate of the display device; presenting configuration data to the display engine at a display time based on the requested presentation time; and dynamically refreshing the display device based on the display time to display the sequence of frames.. . ... Apple Inc

12/07/17 / #20170352324

Controlling display performance using display statistics and feedback

One embodiment provides for a display system to generate and display data on a display device, the display system comprising one or more graphics processors to generate one or more frames of data for display on the display device; a window manager to submit a request to display the one or more frames of data; a display engine to present the one or more frames of data to the display device for display; and display logic to receive the request to display the one or more frames of data and generate one or more display events for the display engine based on the request to display the one or more frames of data, wherein the display logic is to manage a set of statistics associated with the request.. . ... Apple Inc

12/07/17 / #20170352323

Controlling display performance using display system hints

Embodiments provide for a display system to generate and display data on a display device, the display system comprising one or more graphics processors to generate one or more frames of data for display on the display device; a display engine to present the one or more frames of data to the display device for display; display logic to receive a request to display the one or more frames of data and generate one or more display events for the display engine based on the request, wherein the request includes a first hint to indicate a complexity of the one or more frames of data and the one or more display events includes a second hint derived from the first hint; and a performance controller to adjust one or more performance related parameters for the display system based on the second hint.. . ... Apple Inc

12/07/17 / #20170352322

Controlling display performance

Embodiments described herein provide for a display system to generate and display data on a display device, the display system comprising one or more graphics processors to generate one or more frames of data for display on the display device; display logic to receive a request to display the one or more frames of data, the request including a requested presentation time in which the one or more frames of data are to be displayed; and a display engine to present the one or more frames of data to the display device for display at a target presentation time, the target presentation time derived from the requested presentation time, wherein the display engine is to adjust a refresh rate of the display device based on the target presentation time of the one or more frames of data.. . ... Apple Inc

12/07/17 / #20170351902

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

12/07/17 / #20170351569

Reading-threshold setting based on data encoded with a multi-component code

A storage device includes a memory that includes storage circuitry and a memory including multiple memory cells. The storage circuitry is configured to store in a group of the memory cells data that was encoded using an error correcting code (ecc) consisting of multiple component codes, to define multiple threshold settings, each specifying positions of one or more reading-thresholds, to read the data from the memory cells in the group using the threshold settings and decode the read data using the component codes, to calculate for the component codes respective component-code scores that are indicative of levels of confidence in the decoded data of the component-codes, to select, based on the component-code scores, a threshold setting that is expected to result in a best readout performance among the multiple threshold settings, and to read data from the memory using the selected threshold setting.. ... Apple Inc

12/07/17 / #20170351379

Display with shallow contact holes and reduced metal residue at planarization layer steps

Thin-film transistor circuitry for a display may include conductive layers such as transparent conductive layers and metal layers and may include dielectric layers. The dielectric layers may include buffer layers, interlayer dielectric, gate insulator, and organic planarization layers. ... Apple Inc

12/07/17 / #20170351378

Common electrode driving and compensation for pixelated self-capacitance touch screen

A touch screen is disclosed. A plurality of common electrodes can be configured to operate as display circuitry during a display phase, and to operate as touch sensing circuitry during a touch sensing phase. ... Apple Inc

12/07/17 / #20170351368

Reducing display noise in an electronic device

A sensing device can be included in a display of an electronic device. Various techniques can be used to reduce display noise in the signals output from the sensing device. ... Apple Inc

12/07/17 / #20170351314

Integrated multi-touch surface having varying sensor granularity

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

12/07/17 / #20170351310

Application power usage

Systems and methods are disclosed for determining hours of utility of an application per amount of energy consumed by the application for a wide variety of device types. For each subsystem of a client device, a model of the subsystem is used to estimate a portion of the total energy consumed by the subsystem during a predetermined period of time. ... Apple Inc

12/07/17 / #20170350703

Warning for frequently traveled trips based on traffic

Some embodiments of the invention provide a novel prediction engine that (1) can formulate predictions about current or future destinations and/or routes to such destinations for a user, and (2) can relay information to the user about these predictions. In some embodiments, this engine includes a machine-learning engine that facilitates the formulation of predicted future destinations and/or future routes to destinations based on stored, user-specific data. ... Apple Inc

12/07/17 / #20170347885

Detecting activity by a wheelchair user

The present disclosure relates to a system and method of detecting activity by a wheelchair user. In one aspect, a method comprises collecting motion data of a user device located on an appendage of the user; detecting, by a processor circuit, that one or more activities by the wheelchair user occurred based on the motion data; calculating, by a processor circuit, an energy expenditure by the user based the one or more activities by the wheelchair user occurred; and outputting, by a processor circuit, the energy expenditure estimation.. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170347372

Channel access based on uplink virtual queues

An access point may receive, from a set of electronic devices, one or more buffer status reports that indicate that at least a subset of the electronic devices have uplink data associated with one or more access categories. In response, the access point may create a group of uplink virtual queues for one or more electronic devices in the subset based on the one or more buffer status reports, where a given uplink virtual queue corresponds to a particular access category and a given electronic device. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170347370

Power saving using integrated cf-end indication

An electronic device that transmits a frame to a second electronic device is described. In particular, during operation, an interface circuit in the electronic device (such as an access point in a wlan) may transmit the frame to the second electronic device using a wi-fi communication protocol. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170347313

Baseband power estimation and feedback mechanism

This disclosure relates to techniques for estimating baseband power consumption and using the baseband power consumption estimation to select baseband operation features. According to some embodiments, one or more baseband power consumption modifiers occurring during an estimation window may be identified. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170347278

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

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

11/30/17 / #20170347273

Radio frequency systems and methods for overriding network signaling values

Systems and method to improve performance of a radio frequency system while operating in compliance with wireless transmission regulations are provided. One embodiment describes a radio frequency system including an antenna that wirelessly transmits an analog electrical signal at a transmission frequency and receives a first network signaling value from a wireless network. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170347255

Neighbor awareness networking - accelerated discovery

In some embodiments, one or more wireless stations operate to configure direct communication with neighboring mobile stations, e.g., direct communication between the wireless stations without utilizing an intermediate access point. Embodiments of the disclosure relate to accelerated service discovery between peer devices. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170347239

Assisted gnss velocity estimation

Systems, methods, devices and computer-readable storage mediums are disclosed for assisted gnss velocity estimation. In an implementation, a method comprises: obtaining, by a mobile device, a step-based speed measurement based on sensor data; obtaining, by the mobile device, a step-based speed uncertainty associated with the step-based speed measurement; determining, by the mobile device, that one or more assistance conditions are met; responsive to the determining, assisting a state estimator using the step-based speed measurement and the associated step-based speed uncertainty; and estimating at least one of the position, velocity or speed of the mobile device using the assisted state estimator.. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170347227

Copy and paste between devices

A device may comprise at least one wireless transceiver, a memory configured to store a local pasteboard, and a processor. The processor may be configured to receive local selections of data to be placed on a local pasteboard, broadcast advertisements indicating that the local data is on the local pasteboard, and wirelessly transmit the local data to remote device pasteboards. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170347226

Copy and paste between devices

A device may comprise at least one wireless transceiver, a memory configured to store a local pasteboard, and a processor. The processor may be configured to receive local selections of data to be placed on a local pasteboard, broadcast advertisements indicating that the local data is on the local pasteboard, and wirelessly transmit the local data to remote device pasteboards. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170347182

Case with inductive charging system to charge a portable device

A case for a portable listening device includes a rechargeable battery and a first and a second charging system. The first charging system is configured to charge the portable listening device and the second charging system is configured to wirelessly charge a portable electronic device positioned outside of the case adjacent to an exterior charging surface. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170347112

Bit stream switching in lossy network

Coding and decoding techniques are disclosed in which a plurality of coding parameter sets is transmitted between an encoder and a decoder, each of which is distinguishable from the others by a respective identifier. When a new frame of video is to be coded, an encoder may identify a coding parameter set to be applied during coding, it may code the new frame according to the identified coding parameter set, and it may transmit the coded frame to the decoder along with an identifier of the coding parameter set used during the coding. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170347097

Adaptive color space transform coding

An encoder system may include an analyzer that analyzes a current image area in an input video to select a transform. A selectable residue transformer, controlled by the analyzer, may perform the selectable transform on a residue image generated from the current image area and a predicted current image area, to generate a transformed residue image. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170347063

Inter radio access technology management for audiovisual calls

This disclosure relates to inter radio access technology management for audiovisual calls. Wireless link availability and suitability for an audiovisual call may be evaluated for each of a first radio access technology and a second radio access technology. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170347033

Single piece optical image stabilization actuator coil assembly

In some embodiments, an image sensor mechanically coupled to a base of a camera module. A coil assembly is mechanically coupled to the base of the camera module. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170346999

Capacative auto focus position detection

Some embodiments include an electrically conductive capacitor plate mounted to a chassis supporting an actuator using one or more suspension wires. In some embodiments, the first electrically conductive capacitor plate is electrically connected with an electrically conductive coil of the actuator. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170346949

Virtual assistant aided communication with 3rd party service in a communication session

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for utilizing a virtual assistant to assist a user with a communication session between the user and a third party service. A user can use a communication application to enter a message directed to the virtual assistant and request assistance to communicate with a 3rd party service. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170346872

Personalization of media streams

In some implementations, a user device can personalize a media stream by converting notifications into audio speech data and presenting the audio speech data at locations within the media stream that do not interrupt the enjoyment of the media stream by the user. In some implementations, the user device can receive notifications from various communication services, applications installed on the user device, and/or other sources, determine information describing the notifications, and present the information to the user using the audio speech data. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170346858

Registration management for a secondary wireless device using a primary wireless device

Methods and apparatus to manage registration for cellular services of a secondary wireless device associated with a primary wireless device are disclosed. The secondary wireless device can detect entering proximity to the primary wireless device and in response to the detecting deactivate a cellular wireless interface of the secondary wireless device to conserve battery power, and provide an indication to the primary wireless device, via a non-cellular wireless interface, to cause the primary wireless device to perform a deregistration of the secondary wireless device for cellular services. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170346852

Secure wireless ranging

Embodiments for securely determining a separation distance between wireless communication devices is provided. These embodiments include receiving a measurement request and a first random identifier from a first wireless communication device at a second wireless communication device. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170346746

Apparatus, systems and methods for network selection with priority class

Described herein are apparatus, systems and methods for enhanced plmn selection using priority class information. A method may comprise, at a user equipment (“ue”), identifying a plurality of networks, each network having an assigned priority class indicator, identifying a first network of the plurality of networks as having a first priority class indicator, identifying a second network of the plurality of networks as having the first priority class indicator, identifying the first priority class indicator as the highest priority class of the assigned priority class indicators, and selecting between the first network and the second network based a quality characteristic.. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170346631

Securely recovering a computing device

A method and an apparatus for establishing an operating environment by certifying a code image received from a host over a communication link are described. The code image may be digitally signed through a central authority server. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170346630

Relay service for communication between controllers and accessories

A relay service can relay messages between controllers and electronically controllable accessory devices that may be located remotely from the controllers. Relaying of messages by the relay service can be decoupled from any knowledge of the functionality of the accessory or the content of the messages. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170346518

Noise and interference estimation for colliding neighbor reference signals

This disclosure relates to techniques for estimating noise and interference in a wireless communication system in which neighbor and serving cell reference signals are colliding. A wireless device and a base station may establish a wireless communication link such that the base station acts as a serving cell to the wireless device. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170346514

Low-power receiver

A low-power scouting receiver is presented that provides an ability perform low-power scouting functions at a relatively low power. The low-power scouting functions determine context information for the receiver and enable fine-tuning of other receiver operations based on the context information. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170346511

Removing rf interference through scan rate locking

This relates to methods and apparatus for mitigating effects of the presence of rf communication signals. In some examples, non-linearity and rectification of the rf communication signals can become rectified in sensor circuitry such that spectral components of a frame or sub-frame timing of the rf communication signals can be aliased into the sensor circuitry output within a bandwidth of interest. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170346406

Gain adjustment circuit to enhance stability of multiple-output ac/dc converters

This disclosure describes an ac/dc power converter that produces multiple output voltage levels. The ac/dc power converter may include a gain adjustment circuit. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170346333

Brownout avoidance

Examples of the disclosure are directed to methods of managing power of various modules of an electronic device to prevent the voltage of the battery from falling to an undervoltage lockout (uvlo) threshold. In some examples, software operating on the electronic device or an associated electronic device (e.g., a paired electronic device) may assign power budgets to one or more modules, thereby preventing each module from drawing its maximum current capacity and causing the battery's voltage level to fall to the uvlo threshold. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170346167

Electronic device with component trim antenna

An optical component such as a camera, an acoustic component such as a speaker, or other electrical component may be mounted on the surface of an electronic device housing. A window structure may overlap the component. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170346166

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

11/30/17 / #20170346082

High-density precursor for manufacture of composite metal oxide cathodes for li-ion batteries

The disclosed embodiments relate to the manufacture of a precursor co-precipitate material for a cathode active material composition. During manufacture of the precursor co-precipitate material, an aqueous solution containing at least one of a manganese sulfate and a cobalt sulfate is formed. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170345591

Locking arrangement for a plurality of toggle switches

The present disclosure relates to a locking arrangement for a plurality of toggle switches. The locking arrangement facilitates independent locking and independent actuation of the toggle switches. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170345589

Metal dome switch

A key mechanism is disclosed. The key mechanism comprises a keycap, a dome support structure positioned relative to the keycap and defining an opening, an actuation mechanism coupled to the keycap, and a collapsible dome positioned in the opening of the dome support structure. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170345411

Unit-selection text-to-speech synthesis based on predicted concatenation parameters

Systems and processes for performing unit-selection text-to-speech synthesis are provided. In an example process, text to be converted to speech is received. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170345192

Systems and methods for displaying content of digital media

An electronic device for displaying digital media having a page with a page aspect ratio, the electronic device including a display for displaying the page, the display having a display aspect ratio and memory configured to receive and store the digital media. The electronic device can include a processor configured to analyze the page to detect content and a page background on the page, the page background being the areas of the page that are not content. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170345123

System for optimizing graphics operations

Disclosed is a system for producing images including techniques for reducing the memory and processing power required for such operations. The system provides techniques for programmatically representing a graphics problem. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170345040

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

11/30/17 / #20170344296

Dynamically controlling random access memory retention in a wireless device

A wireless communication device (ue) may include random access memory and associated software configured to selectively place different memory banks into either an active power on mode, retention mode, or power off mode. The selective placement of memory banks into different modes may be performed based on a variety of factors including software module voting information, a current power mode of the memory banks, one or more software program(s) and/or data currently stored on the memory banks, and a counter that counts an amount of time during which a memory bank is not accessed. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170344242

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

11/30/17 / #20170344213

Speed/positional mode translations

Gestures for converting from a position control mode to a motion continuation mode are disclosed. A position control mode can be invoked when the user simultaneously places two or more fingers upon a sensor panel. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170344205

Systems and methods for displaying and navigating content in digital media

A method for navigating a digital media on an electronic device that can include receiving a digital book comprising a page including an associated content map of the digital media, where the content map provides the size, shape and location of content panels on the page, and displaying the page including the content panels on a display of the electronic device. The method can include receiving input to display a selected content panel in a prominent state on the display and displaying the selected panel in a prominent state on the display.. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170344204

Systems and methods for detecting and displaying graphic contents on digital media page

A method for detecting content on a page of digital media that has a reading direction by reading image data beginning from a starting point in the reading direction of the digital media and identifying the content by analyzing differences in the image data as the image data is read. The method can include mapping a boundary of the content based on variations between content image data and surrounding background image data and generating a content map for the page using the boundary of the content, where the content map allows the page to be navigated between multiple pieces of content.. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170344174

Position-based stylus communication

Position-based sensing methods and systems can be used to transmit data from an input device to a touch-sensitive device. For example, the touch sensing system may perform one or more coarse input device sub-scans to determine a coarse location of the input device. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170344143

Ultrasound-based force sensing and touch sensing

An input/output device for a computing device including one or more touch sensors and one or more force sensors. The touch sensors sense data including one or more locations at which a contact or near-contact occurs. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170344115

Haptic output device

A haptic actuator is disclosed. The haptic actuator comprises a magnet, a conductor set apart from the magnet by a gap, and an actuator coupled to the magnet. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170344097

Ambient light sensors with auto gain switching capabilities

An ambient light sensor that is operable in high gain mode and low gain mode is provided. The high gain mode may help provide satisfactory sensitivity at low light levels but may generate saturated output levels in bright ambient lighting conditions. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170343642

Method and system for user equipment location determination on a wireless transmission system

Neighbor cell hearability can be improved by including an additional reference signal that can be detected at a low sensitivity and a low signal-to-noise ratio, by introducing non-unity frequency reuse for the signals used for a time difference of arrival (tdoa) measurement, e.g., orthogonality of signals transmitted from the serving cell sites and the various neighbor cell sites. The new reference signal, called the tdoa-rs, is proposed to improve the hearability of neighbor cells in a cellular network that deploys 3gpp eutran (lte) system, and the tdoa-rs can be transmitted in any resource blocks (rb) for pdsch and/or mbsfn subframe, regardless of whether the latter is on a carrier supporting both pmch and pdsch or not. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170343361

Correcting compass view using map data

Systems, methods, devices and computer-readable storage mediums are disclosed for correcting a compass view using map data. In an implementation, a method comprises: receiving, by one or more sensors of a mobile device, sensor data; determining, by a processor of the mobile device, compass offset data for a compass view based on the sensor data and map data; determining, by the processor, a corrected compass view based on the compass offset data; and presenting, by the processor, the corrected compass view.. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170340219

Electrical coupling of pulse transit time (ptt) measurement system to heart for blood pressure measurment

Wrist-worn devices and related methods measure a pulse transit time non-invasively and calculate a blood pressure value using the pulse transit time. A wrist-worn device include a wrist-worn elongate band, at least four ekg or icg electrodes coupled to the wrist-worn device for detecting a ventricular ejection of a heart, a photo-plethysmogram (ppg) sensor coupled to the wrist-worn device for detecting arrival of a blood pressure pulse at the user's wrist, and a controller configured to calculate a pulse transit time (ptt) for the blood pressure pulse. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170340209

Blood pressure monitoring using a multi-function wrist-worn device

The present invention provides non-invasive devices, methods, and systems for determining a pressure of blood within a cardiovascular system of a user, the cardiovascular system including a heart and the user having a wrist covered by skin. More particularly, the present invention discloses a variety of wrist-worn devices having a variety of sensors configured to non-invasively engage the skin on the wrist of the user for sensing a variety of user signals from the cardiovascular system of the user. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170340095

Armband for holding an electronic device

An armband that holds an electronic device is presented. The armband includes a pouch which includes a window and an opening configured to allow an electronic device to be inserted into the pouch. ... Apple Inc

11/30/17 / #20170340093

Securement apparatus having a concealed structural component

Disclosed herein is a securement apparatus, such as a lanyard, that has increased tensile strength and shear strength when compared with a conventional securement apparatus. The securement apparatus includes a connector extending from a connector body, a strap coupled to the connector body, and a structural component. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170339739

Learned dual band wifi network association

Systems, devices, and methods are described for allowing a first device to learn how to connect to a first network using information that a second device obtained about a second network that is related to the first network. The second device can perform a virtual network discovery of the first network on behalf of the first device. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170339733

Adaptive signal strength thresholds for peer-to-peer synchronization and data communication

In some embodiments, one or more wireless stations operate to configure direct communication with neighboring mobile stations, e.g., direct communication between the wireless stations without utilizing an intermediate access point. Embodiments of the disclosure relate to adapting a signal strength metric threshold. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170339711

Tti scheduling for improved ramp up of tcp throughput in cellular networks

A wireless device, such as a user equipment device (ue), and a base station are disclosed, which may communicate with more efficient use of dynamic transmit time interval durations to enable a faster and more efficient ramp up of tcp communications to a higher or maximum throughput. The ue may communicate uplink or downlink communications with the base station according to a first shorter tti duration for a first period of time. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170339681

Control channel design for category-a devices

A user equipment device (ue) may communicate according to a new device category satisfying specified qos (quality of service) requirements while also satisfying specified link budget requirements, and additional optimization requirements. The ue may use physical channels and procedures (e.g. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170339676

Dynamic frame structure for an enhanced cellular network

A base station is disclosed that may communicate with a wireless device such as a user equipment (ue) using a dynamic frame structure. The base station may transmit control information on a control channel that dynamically specifies a first transmit time interval between control channel transmissions. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170339601

System and method for transitioning to a vehicle network resource

Systems and methods for transitioning between networks are disclosed. A multifunction device detects a vehicle network advertisement beacon over a first communication channel. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170339443

Management of the channel bar

Videos may be loaded to an electronic device at any of a plurality of bitrates, each bitrate corresponding to a certain video quality level. The bitrate selected may be based on, for example, bandwidth capabilities and/or video quality standards. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170339151

User interface for a device requesting remote authorization

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

11/23/17 / #20170338966

Euicc secure timing and certificate revocation

Secure reception of a certificate revocation list (crl) is determined. In some embodiments, a device initiates a crl update by sending a message with a timestamp to an embedded universal integrated circuit card (euicc). ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170338962

Electronic subscriber identity module (esim) eligibility checking

Embodiments provided herein determine if an electronic subscriber identity module (esim) associated with a requested service can be installed in a secure element (se) housed in a wireless device. Before requesting deployment of an esim suitable for the requested service from an esim delivery server, a carrier server asks that an original equipment manufacturer (oem) server validate that an esim corresponding to a customer request should be deployed. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170338954

Electronic subscriber identity module (esim) provisioning error recovery

A device hosting a universal integrated circuit card (uicc or euicc) initiates a provisioning call flow with an electronic subscriber identity module (esim) server. The purpose of the provisioning call flow is to perform a particular provisioning action or function. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170338944

Robust event handling in an electronic subscriber identity module (esim) notification service

Duplicate processing of events registered at a root server is avoided. An electronic subscriber identity module (esim) server pushes, to a root server, data in the form of notification data portions indicating that commands or events need to be processed by a device. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170338850

Adaptive antenna selection for interference mitigation

This disclosure relates to performing antenna selection to reduce interference in a wireless device. According to some embodiments, it may be determined whether simultaneous communication according to first and second wireless communication technologies causes performance degradation to a third wireless communication technology. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170338845

Accessory device having a retaining feature

An accessory device for use with an electronic device is disclosed. The accessory device may include multiple layers. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170338838

Efficient convergence in iterative decoding

A decoder includes one or more variable-node processors (vnps) that hold respective variables, and logic circuitry. The logic circuitry is configured to decode 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 at least some of the variables, to hold one or more auxiliary equations derived from the check equations, so that a number of the auxiliary equations is smaller than a number of the check equations, to evaluate the auxiliary equations, during the sequence of iterations, using the variables, and, in response to detecting that the variables satisfy the auxiliary equations, to terminate the sequence of iterations and output the variables as the decoded code word.. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170338603

Dual orientation electronic connector

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

11/23/17 / #20170338581

Multiposition ground/earth terminal block for electrical receptacles

An electrical receptacle assembly comprising a housing defined by a first compartment and a second compartment removably securable to each other by means of fasteners. The first compartment has an operative sidewall defining a first opening and an operative base defining a second opening, wherein the first opening has hourly graduations with a corresponding first securing formation for each graduation on the operative front face of the sidewall facing the outside of the first compartment. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170338577

Connector receptacle having a tongue

Connector systems may include a connector receptacle and connector plug or insert. The connector receptacle may include a tongue. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170338029

Capacitively balanced inductive charging coil

An inductor coil includes a wire which is wound in alternating layers such that the surface area of the wire in each winding viewed from above or below the coil is substantially equal in each half of the coil defined by a line bisecting the center point in each layer. The layers are also wound in a serpentine fashion to balance the capacitance between layers. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170337932

Beam selection for noise suppression based on separation

An audio system has a housing in which are integrated a number of microphones. A programmed processor accesses the microphone signals and produces a number of acoustic pick up beams. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170337868

Systems and methods for controlling current in display devices

The present disclosure relates generally systems and methods for controlling current provided to display devices. A method for controlling the current may include receiving drive current values associated with subpixels in a display and receiving information that corresponds to an application type being rendered on the display and/or an indication of image data being rendered on the display. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170337804

Context-based alerts for an electronic device

Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a system and method for providing an output for an electronic device. In certain embodiments, an alert is output in accordance with a current alert mode, which are selected based on one or more environmental conditions. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170337367

Sensor derived authentication for establishing peer-to-peer networks

Methods, systems and devices for generating an authentication key are provided. Two or more communications devices can generate an authentication key by monitoring a physical stimulus that is experienced by both devices (e.g., a common physical stimulus). ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170337041

Source code rewriting during recording to provide both direct feedback and optimal code

Systems and methods are disclosed for developing an application on a development device. The application is built on a development device, then installed and run on a test device. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170336960

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for messaging

An electronic device displays a messaging user interface on a display, the messaging user interface including a conversation transcript of a messaging session between a user of the electronic device and at least one other user, a keyboard, a message-input area, and a digital image affordance. While displaying the messaging user interface, the device detects an input that activates the digital image affordance. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170336959

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for messaging

An electronic device displays a messaging user interface on the display, the messaging user interface including: a conversation transcript of a messaging session between a user of the electronic device and at least one other user, and a message-input area that includes a first message input. While displaying the messaging user interface, the device detects a first input by a first contact at a location on the touch-sensitive surface that corresponds to a location in the message-input area; in response to detecting the first input by the first contact, the device display an impact selection interface that includes a plurality of impact effect options. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170336958

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for messaging

An electronic device displays a messaging user interface on the display, the messaging user interface including a conversation transcript of a messaging session between a user of the electronic device and at least one other user. The device receives a first message within the messaging session from an electronic device that corresponds to another user included in the messaging session; in response to receiving the first message, the device displays the first message in a first message region in the conversation transcript on the display. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170336948

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for messaging

The device displays a messaging user interface on a display, the messaging user interface including a conversation transcript, a plurality of electronic stickers, and a message-input area. While displaying the messaging user interface, the device detects a first user input while a focus selector is at a first location in the messaging user interface that corresponds to a first electronic sticker in the plurality of electronic stickers. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170336943

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for messaging

An electronic device displays a messaging user interface of a messaging application, including a conversation transcript of a messaging session between a user of the electronic device and at least one other user, and an application affordance. While displaying the messaging user interface, the device detects an input that activates the application affordance. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170336929

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for messaging

An electronic device displays a messaging user interface of a messaging application on the display, the messaging user interface including a conversation transcript of a messaging session between a user of the electronic device and at least one other user, a message-input area, and an icon for an interactive application that is displayed within the conversation transcript. While displaying the messaging user interface, the device detects an input that activates the icon for the interactive application; in response to detecting the input that activates the icon for the interactive application, the device displays a user interface for the interactive application in a first state. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170336928

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for messaging

An electronic device displays a messaging user interface of a messaging application on the display, the messaging user interface including a conversation transcript of a messaging session between a user of the electronic device and at least one other user, a first message-input area, and a launch icon for an interactive application. While displaying the messaging user interface, the device detects an input that activates the launch icon for the interactive application. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170336927

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for messaging

An electronic device displays a messaging interface. The messaging user interface includes a search affordance and a conversation between a user of the device and another user. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170336926

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for messaging

An electronic device displays a messaging user interface on the display, the messaging user interface including a conversation transcript of a messaging session between a user of the electronic device and at least one other user. The device receives a first message within the messaging session from an electronic device that corresponds to another user included in the messaging session; in response to receiving the first message, the device displays the first message in a first message region in the conversation transcript on the display. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170336902

Managing power consumption of force sensors

A force-responsive sensor incorporating a force-sensitive element is in communication with a power controller. The power controller changes one or more performance characteristics associated with the force-responsive sensor. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170336850

Dynamic transmission power adjustment

A technique for dynamically adjusting power use of an input/output (i/o) interface of an electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes an input/output (i/o) interface that facilitates electronic communications with a receiving electronic device, at a particular transmission rate that is dynamically changeable by the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170336831

Electronic devices with flexible displays

An electronic device may have a flexible portion that allows the device to be folded. The device may have a flexible display. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170336829

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

11/23/17 / #20170334774

Electronic device having selectively strengthened glass

Embodiments disclosed therein generally pertain to selectively strengthening glass. More particularly, techniques are described for selectively strengthening cover glass, which tends to be thin, for electronic devices, namely, portable electronic devices.. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170334770

Asymmetric chemical strengthening

Asymmetrically strengthened glass articles, methods for producing the same, and use of the articles in portable electronic device is disclosed. Using a budgeted amount of compressive stress and tensile stress, asymmetric chemical strengthening is optimized for the utility of a glass article. ... Apple Inc

11/23/17 / #20170334769

Asymmetric chemical strengthening

Asymmetrically strengthened glass articles, methods for producing the same, and use of the articles in portable electronic device is disclosed. Using a budgeted amount of compressive stress and tensile stress, asymmetric chemical strengthening is optimized for the utility of a glass article. ... Apple Inc

11/16/17 / #20170332416

Emergency services support for non-cellular wireless access

Apparatus and methods to support emergency services sessions by network elements and by a wireless device are disclosed. The wireless device, when roaming to a visited country/region, queries a network-based server to obtain information for public land mobile networks (plmns) that support emergency services sessions via non-cellular wireless access in the visited country/region. ... Apple Inc

11/16/17 / #20170332414

Single user multi-tid txop with qos prioritization

Disclosed herein are method, system, and computer program product embodiments for utilizing multiple traffic identifiers (tids) in a single user (su) transmission. Some embodiments may operate by forming a su multiple tid data unit that includes first data associated with a first access category and a first tid and second data associated with a second access category and a second tid. ... Apple Inc

11/16/17 / #20170332344

Location-assisted service capability monitoring

A digitally stored map can indicate the signal quality for each of the map's regions. A device can determine its location, speed, and direction using global positioning system (gps) and other sensors. ... Apple Inc

11/16/17 / #20170332290

Sending an identifier of a wireless local area network to enable handoff of a mobile station to the wireless local area network

In a wireless communications network, the presence of a wireless local area network in a cell segment is determined. An identifier of the wireless local area network in the cell segment is sent to at least one mobile station in the cell segment to enable the at least one mobile station to hand off to the wireless local area network. ... Apple Inc

11/16/17 / #20170331993

Impact absorber

In some embodiments, a camera includes an optical package, a camera actuator for moving the optical package, a camera cover, and an impact absorption member to prevent contact between the camera cover and the lens carrier. In some embodiments, the camera actuator includes a lens carrier moveably mounted to a camera cover.. ... Apple Inc

11/16/17 / #20170331869

Sharing media information between applications on client devices

A media process may receive, from a client application, a request for media information about a range of media items in a queue of a media application, the request being sent while the media application is executing. The queue includes a previous set of media items that have been played by the media application, a current item (e.g., currently playing), and a future set of items that are to be played the request may specify the range to include the current item and at least one item from the previous set and/or future set. ... Apple Inc

11/16/17 / #20170331659

Pilot symbol patterns for transmission via a plurality of antennas

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

11/16/17 / #20170331605

Wireless local area network sounding protocol

An access point (ap) in a wireless local area network (wlan) uses a protocol to determine frequency/time resource allocations of resource units (rus) in parallel with data transfer to and from wlan stations (stas). The ap generates a sounding table associating stas with rus for uplink (ul) and downlink (dl). ... Apple Inc

11/16/17 / #20170331538

Wireless feedback system and method

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

11/16/17 / #20170331463

Wide voltage range level shifting circuit with isolation function

In an embodiment, an apparatus includes an input circuit coupled to a first power supply with a first voltage level, a power circuit coupled to a second power supply with a second voltage level, and an output driver. The input circuit may receive an input signal, and generate an inverted signal dependent upon the input signal. ... Apple Inc

11/16/17 / #20170331316

Variable diameter coil for efficient inductive charging

This application relates to inductive charging coil configurations. In particular, the wireless charging coil configurations are arranged in a shape and size suitable for utilizing available space within a device housing. ... Apple Inc

11/16/17 / #20170331221

Universal top and bottom cable entry electrical receptacle assembly

The present disclosure discloses an electrical receptacle assembly. The electrical receptacle assembly comprises a housing with a first compartment and a second compartment with at least one third opening for receiving power supply cables. ... Apple Inc

11/16/17 / #20170330671

An arrangement for maintaining desired temperature conditions in an encapsulated transformer

The present disclosure envisages an arrangement for maintaining desired temperature conditions on and within a transformer housing of an encapsulated transformer. The arrangement comprises at least one insulation plate disposed proximal to a transformer core and coil assembly of the encapsulated transformer such that the insulating element is in surface contact with a potting compound of the encapsulated transformer and adapted to substantially contain the heat emanating from the transformer core and coil assembly, thereby maintaining desired temperature conditions on and within the transformer housing.. ... Apple Inc

11/16/17 / #20170330542

Separate isolated and resonance samples for a virtual instrument

A virtual instrument can manage separate static and dynamic samples for various notes that can be played by the virtual instrument. In some cases, the static samples correspond to resonance sounds recorded for an instrument and are the same for every note. ... Apple Inc

11/16/17 / #20170330539

User interfaces for virtual instruments

Embodiments of the present disclosure can provide systems, methods, and computer-readable medium for implementing user interfaces for interacting with a virtual instrument. For example, first touch input indicating a string location of a plurality of string locations within the note selection area. ... Apple Inc

11/16/17 / #20170330528

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

11/16/17 / #20170330021

Efficient texture comparison

A scannable object is sensed and scanned. A map is constructed based on the scan results. ... Apple Inc

11/16/17 / #20170329646

Graphical processing unit (gpu) implementing a plurality of virtual gpus

Techniques and structures relating to virtual graphics processing units (vgpus) are disclosed. A vgpu may appear to software as an independent hardware gpu. ... Apple Inc

11/16/17 / #20170329441

Concurrent touch and negative pixel scan

A concurrent touch and negative pixel scan performed at a touch panel is disclosed. The concurrent scan can include sensing an object proximate to the touch panel and sensing a negative pixel effect, based the object's grounding condition, at the touch panel, at the same time. ... Apple Inc

11/16/17 / #20170328767

Color ambient light sensor circuitry for electronic devices

An electronic device may be provided with a display mounted in a housing. The display may have an array of pixels that form an active area and may have an inactive area that runs along an edge of the active area. ... Apple Inc

11/16/17 / #20170328368

Motor interconnect device

A fan assembly having a reduced dimension formed by several modifications is described. The fan assembly includes a stator having stator coils positioned within a recessed portion of a pillow that receives the motor. ... Apple Inc

11/16/17 / #20170325744

Systems and methods for increasing localized pressure to improve ppg motion performance

The relates to a back surface of the device including one or more protrusions configured to create the localized pressure. In some examples, the protrusion(s) can be located between the optical components and one or more edges of the back plate. ... Apple Inc

11/16/17 / #20170325698

Systems and methods for non-pulsatile blood volume measurements

This relates to systems and methods for determining one or more of a user's physiological signals. The one or more of the user's physiological signals can be determined by measuring pulsatile blood volume changes. ... Apple Inc

11/09/17 / #20170325339

Beam bar snap in an electronic device

This is directed to a hook and receiving element combination for securing components forming the shell of an electronic device. The receiving element can include a beam connected to the outer shell component and operative to deflect as the hook element approaches the receiving element. ... Apple Inc

11/09/17 / #20170325273

Device, system and method for synchronizing network states during handover between volte and wifi

A device, system, and method synchronizes network states for a user equipment (ue) during a handover from a first network to a second network while the ue was in a radio resource control (rrc) idle state. The method includes determining whether a first context associated with a first non-default bearer over the first network is stored on the ue. ... Apple Inc

11/09/17 / #20170325209

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

11/09/17 / #20170325123

Carrier aggregation with improved efficiency

In some embodiments, a wireless device such as a user equipment (ue) may communicate with a base station using an advanced form of carrier aggregation. The ue may provide signaling to the network specifying a number p of downlink component carriers to be configured for use by the ue for downlink carrier aggregation and a number q of uplink component carriers to be configured for use by the ue for uplink carrier aggregation. ... Apple Inc

11/09/17 / #20170324949

Resolving three dimensional spatial information using time-shared structured lighting that embeds digital communication

Systems, methods, and computer readable media to resolve three dimensional spatial information of cameras used to construct 3d images. Various embodiments perform communication synchronization between a first image capture system and one or more other image capture systems and generate a first flash pulse that projects a light pattern into an environment. ... Apple Inc

11/09/17 / #20170324588

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

11/09/17 / #20170324523

Methods and systems for channelization

Methods and systems are described that are suitable for channelization, in particular, but not limited to, the ieee 80216.m telecommunications standard. For a time-frequency resource, physical sub-carriers for each of one or more zones in the time-frequency resource are assigned to one or more zones having a respective type of transmission. ... Apple Inc

11/09/17 / #20170324517

Transmission of symbols in a mimo environment using alamouti based codes

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

11/09/17 / #20170324417

Downshift techniques for oscillator with feedback loop

Techniques are disclosed relating to rapidly downshifting the output frequency of an oscillator. In some embodiments, the oscillator is configured to operate in a closed-loop mode in which negative feedback is used to maintain a particular output frequency (e.g., in a phase-locked loop (pll)). ... Apple Inc

11/09/17 / #20170324261

Single piece case with a battery and a hinge

An accessory device for an electronic device is disclosed. The accessory device may include a unitary body having a first region, a second region, and a hinge positioned between the first region and the second region. ... Apple Inc

11/09/17 / #20170323883

Dual-sided silicon integrated passive devices

In some embodiments, a system may include an integrated circuit. The integrated circuit may include a substrate including a first surface, a second surface substantially opposite of the first surface, and a first set of electrical conductors coupled to the first surface. ... Apple Inc

11/09/17 / #20170323642

Speech recognition wake-up of a handheld portable electronic device

A system and method for parallel speech recognition processing of multiple audio signals produced by multiple microphones in a handheld portable electronic device. In one embodiment, a primary processor transitions to a power-saving mode while an auxiliary processor remains active. ... Apple Inc

11/09/17 / #20170323637

Name recognition system

A speech recognition system uses, in one embodiment, an extended phonetic dictionary that is obtained by processing words in a user's set of databases, such as a user's contacts database, with a set of pronunciation guessers. The speech recognition system can use a conventional phonetic dictionary and the extended phonetic dictionary to recognize speech inputs that are user requests to use the contacts database, for example, to make a phone call, etc. ... Apple Inc

11/09/17 / #20170323420

Instruction storage

Techniques are disclosed relating to low-level instruction storage in a processing unit. In some embodiments, a graphics unit includes execution circuitry, decode circuitry, hazard circuitry, and caching circuitry. ... Apple Inc

11/09/17 / #20170323419

Systems and methods for time shifting tasks

Systems, apparatuses, and methods for time shifting tasks in a computing system. A system may include a display control unit configured to process pixels for display. ... Apple Inc

11/09/17 / #20170322933

System and method for placeshifting media playback

Systems and methods of placeshifting media playback between two or more devices are provided. For example, a method for placeshifting media may include downloading onto a first device an index of files accessed or modified on a second device via a data storage server, at least one of the files being a media file played on the second device. ... Apple Inc

11/09/17 / #20170322694

Anchoring viewport

The present disclosure relates to techniques of configuring a layout of graphical objects for display. In one example process, the device detects a scroll request and determines whether the scroll request meets predetermined criteria. ... Apple Inc

11/09/17 / #20170322669

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

11/09/17 / #20170322660

Proximity edge sensing

In various implementations, a sensor operates in a force sensing mode by determining an applied force based on a first change in capacitance between first and second electrodes related to compression of a compressible material positioned between while the third electrode functions as a shield and in a proximity sensing mode by sensing proximity of an object based on a second change in capacitance of the third electrode while the first and/or second electrodes function as a shield. In some implementations, a device has a cover glass including a surface having a display area, an edge surface, and a cavity; a touch sensing electrode oriented toward the surface; an electrode positioned in the cavity oriented toward the edge surface; and a processing unit operable to detect touch or proximity of an object to the edge surface based on a change in capacitance between the electrode and the object.. ... Apple Inc

11/09/17 / #20170322653

Embedded force measurement

Disclosed embodiments relate to a force detection system that detects force exerted on a flexible display based upon changes in resistance and/or capacitance. In one embodiment, a method includes measuring a baseline comprising a baseline resistance or a baseline capacitance or both of a force measurement layer disposed within or overlaid on the display panel. ... Apple Inc

11/09/17 / #20170322614

Power management techniques

Systems, apparatuses, and methods for improved power management techniques. An apparatus may include a display control unit, a communication fabric, a memory controller, a memory cache, and a memory. ... Apple Inc

11/09/17 / #20170322357

Border structures for displays

An organic light-emitting diode display may have an active area that contains pixels and an inactive area. The inactive area of the display may be provided with opaque masking layer structures having an appearance that matches the active area of the display when the pixels are off and are not displaying images. ... Apple Inc

11/09/17 / #20170318917

Magnetic actuated attachment mechanisms for electronic devices

A band for a wearable device includes first and second band links. The first band link includes one or more magnetic pins and the second band link includes one or more magnets and one or more apertures. ... Apple Inc

10/26/17 / #20170311466

Witness layers for glass articles

Glass articles having a base layer formed of glass and having a first compressive stress, an adjacent compression layer formed in the glass and having a second compressive stress, and a witness layer formed in the glass adjacent the compression layer and having a third compressive stress. The first, second and third compressive stresses all differing from one another. ... Apple Inc

10/26/17 / #20170311456

Portable electronic device housing structures

Portable electronic devices are provided. Each device may be formed from two parts. ... Apple Inc

10/26/17 / #20170311318

Access-category-based multi-user trigger frames

During operation, an interface circuit in an electronic device may receive, from a second electronic device (such as an access point in a wlan), an uplink trigger frame that may specify an access category. In response to the uplink trigger frame, the electronic device may first include data associated with the specified access category in one or more frames, and then may transmit the one or more frames to the second electronic device. ... Apple Inc

10/26/17 / #20170311282

Situationally-aware alerts

An electronic device that provides situationally-aware alerts determines to provide an alert output (such as haptic, audio, visual, and so on) via an output device, determines a movement pattern based on one or more signals from one or more sensors indicating information relating at least to movement of the electronic device, and adjusts the alert output to account for the movement pattern. In some implementations, the electronic device may adjust the alert output by delaying the alert output. ... Apple Inc

10/26/17 / #20170311189

Radio link monitoring using downlink control and data decoding performance characteristics

This disclosure relates to radio link monitoring techniques. According to some embodiments, a wireless device may establish a radio link with a cellular base station according to a radio access technology. ... Apple Inc

10/26/17 / #20170311171

Dynamic frequency selection proxy

Methods and apparatus for an electronic device to perform a dynamic frequency selection (dfs) proxy function are described. An interface circuit of the electronic device receives, from an access point associated with the electronic device, a frame with dfs information that indicates a presence of interference associated with a higher priority user in a shared band of radio frequencies. ... Apple Inc

10/26/17 / #20170311166

Controlled spatial reuse in a wlan

An interface circuit in an electronic device may receive, from an access point associated with the electronic device, a frame with management information that enables the electronic device to use a spatial-reuse technique, where the electronic device, through the spatial-reuse technique, adjusts a transmit power and a channel-availability sensing threshold. Moreover, the management information may specify parameters for the spatial-reuse technique. ... Apple Inc

10/26/17 / #20170311105

Swapping roles between untethered wirelessly connected devices

Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for performing a role swapping operation between a pair of non-tethered wireless ear buds after detecting a triggering event. Further, state information can be coordinated between devices, including in connection with performing a role swap between buds in a pair of wireless, untethered ear buds, where one wireless ear bud is in a primary role and is responsible for a connection with a companion device, and another wireless ear bud in the pair is in a secondary role.. ... Apple Inc

10/26/17 / #20170310874

Camera remote control

Certain embodiments of the present invention provide the ability to control a camera from a wearable mechanism device, such as a watch, pendant or other device with its own limited display. Certain embodiments of the present invention provide a wearable mechanism device for remotely controlling a camera with an intuitive user interface and sequencing of interface options. ... Apple Inc

10/26/17 / #20170309992

Electronic device with millimeter wave antennas on stacked printed circuits

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

10/26/17 / #20170309991

Electronic device with millimeter wave yagi antennas

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

10/26/17 / #20170309988

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

10/26/17 / #20170309882

Laminar battery system

A battery system comprises a plurality of substantially planar layers extending over transverse areas. The plurality of layers comprises at least one cathode layer, at least one anode layer, and at least one separator layer therebetween.. ... Apple Inc

10/26/17 / #20170309645

Dual data structure for high resolution and refresh rate

Display backplanes and pixel element structures are described. In an embodiment, a pixel electrode is located between two stacked data lines, with a left edge of the pixel electrode being separated from a first lower data line by approximately a same distance as a right edge of the pixel electrode is separated from a second lower data line.. ... Apple Inc

10/26/17 / #20170309575

Substrate designed to provide emi shielding

Packages and packaging techniques for providing emi shielding are described. In an embodiment, a package includes an electrically conductive ground structure on a ground pad at a periphery of a package substrate. ... Apple Inc

10/26/17 / #20170309054

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

10/26/17 / #20170308541

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

10/26/17 / #20170308510

Display and selection of bidirectional text

Techniques are disclosed for editing bidirectional text, including techniques for creating, selecting, inserting, and copying bidirectional text. The disclosed techniques include a method of inserting a character in bidirectional text. ... Apple Inc

10/26/17 / #20170308364

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

10/26/17 / #20170308277

Application programming interfaces for scrolling

An electronic device with a display, a touch-sensitive surface, and software code configured to interact with applications and provide the applications with an application programming interface (api) for performing gesture operations in response to a user input detected on the touch-sensitive surface, detects, via the software code, a drag input that includes movement of a contact on the touch-sensitive surface that corresponds to movement over a displayed scrollable region in an application. While detecting the drag input, the device scrolls on the display, via the software code, the scrollable region of the application in accordance with the drag input. ... Apple Inc

10/26/17 / #20170308210

Display table

A system for presenting an electronic device on a display table is disclosed. The system includes a table, a processor, an electronic device, and a cable. ... Apple Inc

10/26/17 / #20170308177

Capacitive keyboard having variable make points

Disclosed herein is an input device having variable make points. More specifically, the various embodiments described herein are directed to an input device having a key, a first button member and a second button member. ... Apple Inc

10/26/17 / #20170308163

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

10/26/17 / #20170308150

Management of near field communications using low power modes of an electronic device

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for managing near field communications during a low power management mode of an electronic device are provided that may make credentials of a near field communication (“nfc”) component appropriately secure and appropriately accessible while also limiting the power consumption of the nfc component and of other components of the electronic device.. . ... Apple Inc

10/26/17 / #20170308134

Computer internal architecture

An internal component and external interface arrangement for a cylindrical compact computing system is described that includes at least a structural heat sink having triangular shape disposed within a cylindrical volume defined by a cylindrical housing. A computing engine having a generally triangular shape is described having internal components that include a graphics processing unit (gpu) board, a central processing unit (cpu) board, an input/output (i/o) interface board, an interconnect board, and a power supply unit (psu).. ... Apple Inc

10/26/17 / #20170308124

Computer display or cover glass/cell attachment to frame

The described embodiments relate generally to computing devices including liquid crystal displays (lcds) and more particularly to methods for attaching a cover glass layer to a structural housing while minimizing an amount of stress transferred through the cover glass layer to the lcd module. A continuous and compliant foam adhesive can be used to bond the cover glass layer to a structural. ... Apple Inc

10/26/17 / #20170308123

Handheld portable device

A portable computing device is disclosed. The portable computing device can take many forms such as a laptop computer, a tablet computer, and so on. ... Apple Inc

10/26/17 / #20170308039

Tactile switch for an electronic device

Embodiments are directed to a watch having a touch-sensitive display and a switch assembly positioned along or within an enclosure. The switch assembly includes a shaft extending into an opening of the enclosure and is configured to receive rotational and translational input. ... Apple Inc

10/26/17 / #20170307950

Display having gate lines with zigzag extensions

A display may have an array of pixels arranged in rows and columns. Display driver circuitry may be provided along an edge of the display. ... Apple Inc

10/26/17 / #20170307795

Dichroic glass for cosmetic appeal in an electronic device

A dichroic coating can be applied to a glass window of an electronic device to enhance the cosmetic and aesthetic appeal of the device. Different processes can be applied to the glass window in combination with a dichroic coating. ... Apple Inc

10/26/17 / #20170306446

Crystalline gold alloys with improved hardness

The disclosure provides gold alloys. The alloys can have improved strength and hardness. ... Apple Inc

10/26/17 / #20170304948

Interlocking flexible segments formed from a rigid material

A method for creating a flexible portion or bending portion within a rigid structure. The method can also be used for creating a flexible structure from a rigid material. ... Apple Inc

10/12/17 / #20170295604

Point-to-point ad hoc voice communication

A wireless communication device establishes voice communication between a supported user and a selected remote device supporting another user via a point-to-point wireless ad hoc network link. The device selects a particular remote device, establishes an ad hoc network link with the selected remote device, and communicates voice communication signals with the selected remote device. ... Apple Inc

10/12/17 / #20170295580

Apparatus, systems and methods for adaptive downlink scheduling and link adaptation

Described herein are apparatuses, systems and methods for adaptive downlink scheduling and link adaptation. The methods including, at a base station connected to a user equipment (“ue”), determining an initial modulation and coding scheme (“mcs”) for a plurality of subframes to be transmitted to the ue, wherein each mcs relates to a coding rate value for the subframes, determining an mcs pattern for the plurality of subframes based on the initial mcs, wherein an mcs for one of the subframes has a higher coding rate value than the initial mcs, and transmitting the plurality of subframes to the ue according to the mcs pattern.. ... Apple Inc

10/12/17 / #20170295425

Balanced armature based valve

A balanced armature (“ba”) based valve is described. The valve includes a motor having a coil assembly and a magnetic system, an armature extending through or being located adjacent to the motor, a drive pin coupled to the armature, and a valve flap of a membrane having a hole therein. ... Apple Inc

10/12/17 / #20170295361

Method and system for 360 degree head-mounted display monitoring between software program modules using video or image texture sharing

Presenting an image preview includes receiving image data from a gpu buffer, wherein the gpu buffer is associated with a media manipulation application, obtaining an orientation data for a display device, rendering a preview image using the image data and the orientation data, and displaying the preview image using the display device, wherein the preview image is displayed while the image data is utilized by the media manipulation application, and wherein the preview image is dynamically modified when the image data is modified by the media manipulation application.. . ... Apple Inc

10/12/17 / #20170294499

Electrical components having metal traces with protected sidewalls

A component such as a display may have a substrate and thin-film circuitry on the substrate. The thin-film circuitry may be used to form an array of pixels for a display or other circuit structures. ... Apple Inc

10/12/17 / #20170294495

Electronic devices with displays

An electronic device may have a flexible portion that allows the device to be folded. The device may have a flexible display. ... Apple Inc

10/12/17 / #20170294173

Electronic device with obstruction-sensing color ambient light sensor

An electronic device may have a housing in which a display is mounted. The display may have an active area in which images are displayed by an array of pixels and an inactive area that is free of pixels. ... Apple Inc

10/12/17 / #20170294172

Display having vertical gate line extensions and minimized borders

A display may have an array of pixels arranged in rows and columns. Each pixel may have a transistor for controlling the amount of output light associated with that pixel. ... Apple Inc

10/12/17 / #20170294108

Self adapting alert device

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

10/12/17 / #20170293727

Intelligent blood pressure monitoring

In some implementations, a user device can assist a user with intelligent blood pressure monitoring. For example, the user device can present notifications and/or reminders that prompt the user to take blood pressure measurements at a prescribed time or according to a prescribed schedule. ... Apple Inc

10/12/17 / #20170293527

Data recovery in memory having multiple failure modes

A controller includes an interface and a processor. The interface is configured to communicate with a memory including multiple memory cells organized in at least two sections each including multiple sets of word lines (wls), wherein in a first failure mode multiple wls fail in a single section, and in a second failure mode a wl fails in multiple sections. ... Apple Inc

10/12/17 / #20170293470

Floating-point multiply-add with down-conversion

Techniques are disclosed relating to floating-point operations with down-conversion. In some embodiments, a floating-point unit is configured to perform fused multiply-addition operations based on first and second different instruction types. ... Apple Inc

10/12/17 / #20170293372

Mitigating active stylus/touch cross-coupling

In one aspect, the present disclosure relates to a method including determining which sense lines are potentially corrupted based on touch image information, measuring a sense signal on each sense line, and applying a trained best compensation factor to the measured sense signal on potentially corrupted sense lines in order to produce a corrected sense signal. The corrected sense signal eliminates active stylus signal that has cross-coupled to a touch contact (e.g., a finger or conductive stylus) and thereby mitigates errors in stylus location due to cross-coupled signal.. ... Apple Inc

10/12/17 / #20170293174

Display with hybrid column spacer structures

A liquid crystal display may have main column spacers and subspacer column spacers. The column spacers may have cross shapes formed from overlapping perpendicular rectangular column spacer portions respectively located on a color filter layer and a thin-film transistor layer. ... Apple Inc

10/12/17 / #20170292849

Routing based on detected stops

In some implementations, a mobile device can transmit traffic information to a server for analysis. The traffic information can include movement information including detected stops and durations of detected stops. ... Apple Inc

10/12/17 / #20170292202

Process for enhanced corrosion protection of anodized aluminum

Processes for enhancing the corrosion resistance of anodized substrates are disclosed. In some embodiments, the process involves a second anodizing operation that targets an area of the substrate that is left inadequately protected by a first anodizing operation, and also targets defects that may have been arisen from intermediate processing operations such as laser-marking operations. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170290207

Component shielding structures with magnetic shielding

. . Electrical components may be shielded using a shielding can or other shielding structure that covers the electrical components. The electrical components and the shielding structure may be mounted on a substrate such as a printed circuit board using solder or other conductive material. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170289886

Apparatus, systems and methods for system selection and reselection

Described herein are apparatus, systems and methods for opportunistic system selection and reselection to avoid jammer desense intermodulation distortion. A method may comprise, at a user equipment (“ue”), identifying a list of frequencies and bands available to a cellular modem of the ue for one of system selection and system reselection, identifying a subset of the list of frequencies and bands based on an operation of a non-cellular wireless communication component of the ue, storing the subset of the list of frequencies and bands in a graylist, and performing, by the cellular modem, a search for one of the system selection and the system reselection based on the graylist.. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170289883

Emergency services handover between untrusted wlan access and cellular access

Apparatus and methods to support handover of emergency services sessions by network elements and by a wireless device between wireless networks are disclosed. The wireless device indicates an emergency services handover to applicable network elements, including an evolved packet data gateway (epdg), in one more messages when transferring an established emergency services session from a cellular wireless network to an untrusted non-cellular wireless network. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170289816

Frame structure for allocating radio resources in a cellular wireless network

The capacity of a cellular wireless system is increased by operation of base stations or base station sectors arranged to re-use radio resource elements that are used by neighbouring base stations or base station sectors, in conjunction with operation of relay stations, which are similarly arranged to re-use radio resource elements used by neighbouring relay stations, and where the radio resource elements re-used by the relay stations are different to those used by the base stations. The relay stations provide coverage, particularly in the areas at the boundaries between the areas of coverage of base stations that suffer from interference between signals transmitted from the respective base stations. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170289737

Visual recognition of target devices

An example method includes presenting, on a first display screen associated with a first computing device, a first graphically encoded display element. The method also includes acquiring, using an image acquisition component associated with a second computing device, one or more images of the first display screen, determining that the one or more images correspond to the first display element, and responsive to determining that the one or more images correspond to the first display element, transferring a data item from the second computing device to the first computing device.. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170289673

Loudspeaker with reduced audio coloration caused by reflections from a surface

Loudspeakers are described that may reduce comb filtering effects perceived by a listener by either 1) moving transducers closer to a sound reflective surface (e.g., a baseplate, a tabletop or a floor) through vertical (height) or rotational adjustments of the transducers or 2) guiding sound produced by the transducers to be released into the listening area proximate to the reflective surface through the use of horns and openings that are at a prescribed distance from the reflective surface. The reduction of this distance between the reflective surface and the point at which sound emitted by the transducers is released into the listening area may lead to a shorter reflected path that reduces comb filtering effects caused by reflected sounds that are delayed relative to the direct sound. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170289657

Integrated cosmetic audio driver

An accessory device suitable for use with an electronic device is disclosed. The electronic device may include an audio assembly designed to generate acoustical energy. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170289647

Automatic video stream selection

A handheld communication device is used to capture video streams and generate a multiplexed video stream. The handheld communication device has at least two cameras facing in two opposite directions. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170289514

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

10/05/17 / #20170289512

Lens shading modulation

This disclosure pertains to systems, methods, and computer readable media for performing lens shading correction (lsc) operations that modulate gains based on scene lux level and lens focus distance. These gains compensate for both color lens shading (i.e., the deviation between r, g, and b channels) and vignetting (i.e., the drop off in pixel intensity around the edges of an image). ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170289500

Synchronization of media rendering in heterogeneous networking environments

Techniques are disclosed for synchronizing media rendering among a plurality of networked terminals. A first terminal may receive communication from another terminal that correlates a network time to a first portion of a media item to be rendered on the terminals. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170289333

Device locator disable authentication

A device locator mode or find my device (fmd) mode can allow a lost, stolen, or misplaced mobile device to be located. The fmd mode can be enabled or disabled on a mobile device. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170289266

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

10/05/17 / #20170289249

Cloud tabs

The presently disclosed techniques related to data transfer and synchronization between multiple electronic devices. The multiple electronic devices may be logged onto a user's account with a cloud computing service so that they may transfer data relating to websites that they have accessed to the cloud computing service so that such data may be synchronized amongst the multiple electronic devices. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170289231

Clock synchronization techniques including modification of sample rate conversion

Methods and systems provide control of media synchronization using time stamp pairs. In an embodiment, a first device may request a time stamp from a second device. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170289142

Methods and apparatus for establishing a secure communication channel

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

10/05/17 / #20170289112

Communicating messages with intermittently available encryption credentials

Some embodiments relate to a device that transmits/receives encrypted communications with another device. A first device, such as a smart phone or smart watch, may generate a message associated with a certain data class, which may determine the security procedure used in the communication of the message. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170288723

Co-channel wireless detection

An electronic device includes an antenna configured to receive a wireless signal. The electronic device also includes a first correlator configured to correlate the wireless signal to a communication of a first wireless protocol type and a second correlator configured to correlate the wireless signal to a communication of a second wireless protocol type.. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170288467

In-band signaling within wireless power transfer systems

Systems and methods for in-band communication across a wireless power interface from a load device to a source device. The load device selectively modifies the timing of switches within a voltage rectifier coupled to an output of a receive coil within the load device that receives power from a transmit coil within the source device. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170288421

Battery charger with gauge-based closed-loop control

Systems and methods for power management are disclosed. In an embodiment, a battery charging system includes closed-loop control of a battery charger using a servo target based on measurements taken by a battery gauge.. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170288392

Electronic device with reverse voltage protection circuitry for multiple control lines

A host electronic device may be coupled to an accessory electronic device. The host device and the accessory device may be connected via power supply lines and user data lines. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170288386

Power supply with current limit on individual conductors

Circuits, methods, and apparatus that may provide power supply voltages in a safe and reliable manner that meets safety and regulatory concerns and does not exceed physical limitations of cables and other circuits and components used to provide the power supply voltages. One example may provide a cable having a sufficient number of conductors to provide power without exceeding a maximum current density for the conductors. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170288343

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

10/05/17 / #20170287923

Method and system for object reconstruction

Pattern. A processor reconstructs a three-dimensional (3d) map of the object responsively to a shift of the pattern in the image data relative to a reference image of the pattern.. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170287392

Organic light emitting diode display having photodiodes

Systems, methods, and devices are provided in which photodetectors disposed throughout a display are used to control the display brightness. The photodetectors are to be used for ambient light sensing, proximity sensing, or to compensate for aging oleds. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170287291

Electronic device including sound level based driving of haptic actuator and related methods

An electronic device may include a device housing, a haptic actuator carried by the device housing, and an audio input transducer carried by the device housing. The electronic device may also include a controller coupled to the audio input transducer and the haptic actuator. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170287102

Link aggregator for an electronic display

Video data and auxiliary data may be sent between a processor and a display device via a single cable using a link aggregator. As such, the link aggregator may receive a first parallel signal that may include the video data and a second parallel signal that may include auxiliary data from the processor. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170286938

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

10/05/17 / #20170286387

Reference representation and transformation in collaborative documents

The present disclosure relates to implementing changes to a data structure, such as a formula, in a collaborative context. In certain embodiments, collaborative changes made to a formula containing references to other portions of a table are retained or account for when an undo operation is performed. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170286323

Memory access protection apparatus and methods

Methods and apparatus for providing access to a shared memory resource. In one embodiment, a first processor generates a first window register associated with the shared memory resource; and transmits the first window register from the first processor to a second processor, the first window register defining a first extent of address space within the shared memory resource that is directly accessible by the second processor without requiring a performance of arbitration operations by the first processor.. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170286322

Memory access protection apparatus and methods

Methods and apparatus for registering and handling access violations of host memory. In one embodiment, a peripheral processor receives one or more window registers defining an extent of address space accessible from a host processor; responsive to an attempt to access an extent of address space outside of the extent of accessible address space, generates an error message; stores the error message within a violation register; and resumes operation of the peripheral processor upon clearance of the stored error message.. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170286290

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

10/05/17 / #20170286131

Gesture recognizers with delegates for controlling and modifying gesture recognition

A software application includes a plurality of views and an application state. The application includes instructions for displaying one or more views, where a respective view includes a respective gesture recognizer having a corresponding delegate, detecting one or more touches on a touch-sensitive surface, and processing a respective touch. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170285915

Intelligent automated assistant in a media environment

Systems and processes are disclosed for operating a digital assistant in a media environment. In an exemplary embodiment, a user can interact with a digital assistant of a media device while content is displayed by the media device. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170285864

Electronic device having direction-dependent strain elements

A force sensor is disclosed. The force sensor includes a force-sensitive structure that compensates for temperature and other environmental changes through the use of a strain-sensitive element and one or more reference elements. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170285810

Electronic device with an integrated touch sensing and force sensing device

An integrated touch sensing and force sensing device is included in an electronic device. The integrated touch sensing and force sensing device includes a force-sensitive layer operably attached to an input surface, a first electrode layer attached to a first surface of the force-sensitive layer, and a second electrode layer attached to a second surface of the force-sensitive layer. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170285804

Ungrounded user signal compensation for pixelated self-capacitance touch sensor panel

A touch controller is disclosed. The touch controller can include sense circuitry configured to sense, during a self-capacitance portion of a touch frame, first one or more self-capacitances associated with a first plurality of touch pixels on a touch sensor panel, and sense, during a mutual capacitance portion of the touch frame, first one or more mutual capacitances associated with the first plurality of touch pixels. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170285781

Movable track pad with smudge-resistant input surface

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

10/05/17 / #20170285747

Dampening mechanical modes of a haptic actuator using a delay

Described herein is a method for determining a higher order resonance mode frequency of a haptic actuator for an electronic device. The higher order resonance mode frequency may correspond to a frequency in which a mass of the haptic actuator exhibits undesired movement. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170285746

Force sensor in an input device

An input device can be integrated within an electronic device and/or operably connected to an electronic device through a wired or wireless connection. The input device can include one or more force sensors positioned below a cover element of the input device or an input surface of the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170285686

Cover glass arrangement for an electronic device

An electronic device can include a camera and a cover glass arrangement disposed over the camera. The cover glass arrangement includes a thinner region or cover glass that is positioned over a light-receiving region of the camera. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170285325

Hybrid mems scanning module

A scanning device includes a base containing one or more rotational bearings disposed along a gimbal axis. A gimbal includes a shaft that fits into the rotational bearings so that the gimbal rotates about the gimbal axis relative to the base. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170285082

Electronic device with resistive sensor array

An array of resistive sensor circuits may be used to gather sensor data. Each resistive sensor circuit may have a resistive sensor and an associated switch. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170284987

Electronic device with sensor ports having enhanced airflow

An electronic device may have input-output devices such as sensors. The sensors may include environmental sensors that make measurements on the environment surrounding the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

10/05/17 / #20170281057

Physical activity and workout monitor

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

10/05/17 / #20170281024

Wrist worn accelerometer for pulse transit time (ptt) measurements of blood pressure

Wrist-worn devices and related methods measure a pulse transit time non-invasively and calculate a blood pressure value using the pulse transit time. A wrist-worn device includes an accelerometer, a photo-plethysmogram (ppg) or a pulse pressure sensor, and a controller. ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170280422

Mechanisms for optimizing communications band selection depending on ongoing quality of service

A wireless communication device (ue) conducting wireless communications according to a specified radio access technology (rat) in a first communications band belonging to a first network may be required to switch to a different communications band due to network restrictions and/or radio link failure. The ue may therefore perform a system scan identifying other communications bands associated with the first rat and available at the present location of the ue. ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170280421

Wireless multicast communication

This document describes multicast communication between wireless devices. A scheduling frame may be wirelessly transmitted by a wireless device. ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170280328

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

09/28/17 / #20170280294

Positioning techniques for narrowband wireless signals under dense multipath conditions

Techniques and systems for position determination using narrowband signals are disclosed. A disclosed technique includes receiving, at a wireless device, signals that are transmitted at different times, each of the signals having a different carrier frequency and representing a different subchannel of a wireless channel; determining estimated magnitudes of the subchannels based respectively on the signals; determining estimated group delays of the subchannels based respectively on the signals; determining an estimated channel frequency response of the wireless channel based on the estimated magnitudes and the estimated group delays; determining a propagation delay of the signals based on the estimated channel frequency response; and generating position information based on the propagation delay.. ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170280265

Method to determine loudspeaker change of placement

A system and method is described for determining whether a loudspeaker device has relocated, tilted, rotated, or changed environment such that one or more parameters for driving the loudspeaker may be modified and/or a complete reconfiguration of the loudspeaker system may be performed. In one embodiment, the system may include a set of sensors. ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170280231

Loudspeaker with reduced audio coloration caused by reflections from a surface

Loudspeakers are described that may reduce comb filtering effects perceived by a listener by either 1) moving transducers closer to a sound reflective surface (e.g., a baseplate, a tabletop or a floor) through vertical (height) or rotational adjustments of the transducers or 2) guiding sound produced by the transducers to be released into the listening area proximate to the reflective surface through the use of horns and openings that are at a prescribed distance from the reflective surface. The reduction of this distance between the reflective surface and the point at which sound emitted by the transducers is released into the listening area may lead to shorter reflected path that reduces comb filtering effects caused by reflected sounds that are delayed relative to the direct sound. ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170280225

Remotely controlling a hearing device

An electronic device with a display is paired with a set of wireless audio output devices, including a first wireless audio output device for outputting audio to a right ear of a user and a second wireless audio output device for outputting audio to a left ear of the user. In response to a request to display status information about the set of wireless audio output devices, the electronic device displays a status user interface, including concurrently displaying a first battery status indicator for the first wireless audio output device with an indication that battery status indicator relates to the device for outputting audio to the right ear of the user and a second battery status indicator for the second wireless audio output device with an indication that battery status indicator relates to the device for outputting audio to the left ear of the user.. ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170280219

Liquid ingress-redirecting acoustic device reservoir

An acoustic device such as a microphone or speaker is positioned with and coupled to a housing to connect an acoustic port of the acoustic device with an external opening of the housing. A reservoir is connected to the external opening via a bleed channel. ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170280059

Combined optical and electronic image stabilization

Techniques to improve a digital image capture device's ability to stabilize a video stream are presented. According to some embodiments, improved stabilization of captured video frames is provided by intelligently harnessing the complementary effects of both optical image stabilization (ois) and electronic image stabilization (eis). ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170280035

Apparatus and method for automatically activating a camera application based on detecting an intent to capture a photograph or a video

A method of automatically activating a camera application implemented in a mobile device in locked mode starts with the processor receiving a first signal from an accelerometer. The device's processor activates the camera application when the processor determines that the mobile device has remained in a stationary portrait or landscape position for a period of time based on the first signal. ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170279967

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

09/28/17 / #20170279943

Housing features of an electronic device

An enclosure and a method for forming an enclosure are disclosed. The enclosure may be formed from metal, such as aluminum, and further include a non-metal portion allowing for transmission and receipt of electromagnetic waves. ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170279727

Handling voice and non-voice data under uplink limited conditions

This disclosure relates to techniques for handling voice and data under uplink limited conditions in a wireless communication system. A wireless device and a base station may establish a wireless communication link. ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170279619

Device-assisted verification

A device assists an embedded universal integrated circuit card (euicc) resident in the device with verification of public key information or of security materials. The verification provided by the device can be configured by the user and/or by the euicc. ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170279510

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

09/28/17 / #20170279097

Battery structure and integration

A portable electronic device is described. This portable electronic device includes an external housing with a cavity defined by an edge. ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170278258

Method of detecting and describing features from an intensity image

The invention provides methods of detecting and describing features from an intensity image. In one of several aspects, the method comprises the steps of providing an intensity image captured by a capturing device, providing a method for determining a depth of at least one element in the intensity image, in a feature detection process detecting at least one feature in the intensity image, wherein the feature detection is performed by processing image intensity information of the intensity image at a scale which depends on the depth of at least one element in the intensity image, and providing a feature descriptor of the at least one detected feature. ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170278097

Apparatus and methods for secure element transactions and management of assets

Methods and apparatus for the deployment of financial instruments and other assets are disclosed. In one embodiment, a security software protocol is disclosed that guarantees that the asset is always securely encrypted, that one and only one copy of an asset exists, and the asset is delivered to an authenticated and/or authorized customer. ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170277974

Apparatus and method for detecting a feature in an image

An apparatus for detecting a feature in an image includes an image input section for receiving at least part of the image in the form of image data having a plurality of pixels, the plurality of pixels comprising a plurality of non-border pixels, a feature detection module adapted to attribute a feature probability value to each of the pixels of the image data, and an extremum determination module for determining at least one local extremum among the feature probability values, wherein the extremum determination module is adapted to output, for each of the plurality of pixels, a final indication if the feature probability value of the pixel in question is a local extremum. The extremum determination module is adapted to use, for each of the plurality of non-border pixels, comparison results of at least two comparison operations, with each comparison operation including a comparison of the feature probability value of the non-border pixel in question with the feature probability values of a respective subset of neighboring pixels, with the respective subsets of neighboring pixels being different subsets.. ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170277933

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

09/28/17 / #20170277886

System and method of authorizing execution of software code based on at least one installed profile

Embodiments include systems and methods for authorizing software code to be executed or access capabilities in secure operating environments. Profiles may be issued by trusted entities to extend trust to other entities to allow those other entities to provide or control execution of applications in a secure operating environment such as on particular computing devices. ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170277875

Systems and methods for controlling output of content based on human recognition data detection

Systems and methods for controlling output of content based on human recognition data captured by one or more sensors of an electronic device are provided. The control of the output of particular content may be based on an action of a rule defined for the particular content, and may be performed when at least one human feature detection related condition of the rule is satisfied. ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170277648

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

09/28/17 / #20170277498

Keyboard input to an electronic device

In some embodiments, a first electronic device displays a first user interface, where the first user interface is not a user interface of an application for controlling a second electronic device. The first electronic device receives, from the second electronic device, an indication that text input is needed for a text input user interface displayed on a separate display device of the second electronic device. ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170277245

Systems and methods for handling sudden power failures in solid state drives

Systems and methods for handling sudden power failures in non-volatile memory devices such as solid state drives are provided by having the non-volatile memory device boot up in a low power write mode, which limits substantially all programming operations to a single level cell (slc) mode, as opposed to a normal mode in which the programming operations can be performed in a multi-level cell (mlc) mode. Thus, if the system experiences a sudden power failure when it is being powered solely by ac derived power and the battery is below a level sufficient for powering the device while it is programming in the slc mode, data integrity will be preserved because the programming operation was being performed in slc mode. ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170276931

Coupling schemes for gimbaled scanning mirror arrays

A scanning device includes a substrate, which is etched to define an array of two or more parallel rotating members and a gimbal surrounding the rotating members. First hinges connect the gimbal to the substrate and defining a first axis of rotation, about which the gimbal rotates relative to the substrate. ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170276914

Folded lens system with three refractive lenses

Compact folded lens systems are described that may be used in small form factor cameras. Lens systems are described that may include three lens elements with refractive power, with a light folding element such as a prism, located between a first lens element on the object side of the lens system and a second lens element, that redirects the light refracted from the first lens element from a first axis onto a second axis on which the other lens elements and a photosensor are arranged. ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170276913

Folded lens system with five refractive lenses

Compact folded lens systems are described that may be used in small form factor cameras. Lens systems are described that may include five lens elements with refractive power, with a light folding element such as a prism, located between a first lens element on the object side of the lens system and a second lens element, that redirects the light refracted from the first lens element from a first axis onto a second axis on which the other lens elements and a photosensor are arranged. ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170276912

Folded lens system with four refractive lenses

Compact folded lens systems are described that may be used in small form factor cameras. Lens systems are described that may include four lens elements with refractive power, with a light folding element such as a prism, located between a first lens element on the object side of the lens system and a second lens element, that redirects the light refracted from the first lens element from a first axis onto a second axis on which the other lens elements and a photosensor are arranged. ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170276705

Power detection circuit

An apparatus for detecting a change in a voltage level of a power supply is disclosed. An inverter coupled to a first power supply may generate a signal dependent upon a voltage level of a second power supply. ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170276618

Glass breakage detection

An electronic device includes one or more emitters, one or more receivers, and a glass or other breakable external component, such as the cover glass of a display. The emitters emit one or more waves that travel via the glass. ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170274267

Sharing updatable graphical user interface elements

User interface elements relating to fitness may be shared between user devices. These user interface elements may be updated based at least in part on activity data of users associated with the user devices. ... Apple Inc

09/28/17 / #20170273619

Techniques for jointly calibrating load and aerobic capacity

A relationship relating a load of exercise and a user's aerobic capacity may be determined as follows. A processor circuit of a device may retrieve, from a memory, a prior probability distribution of the load of exercise and a prior probability distribution of the user's aerobic capacity. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170273180

Overmolded plastic components formed on metallic plates

A method of forming an overmolded plastic structure on a metallic plate includes first bonding a component to the metallic plate. The component is bonded with an adhesive that adheres it to the metallic plate. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170273067

Coordinated control of media playback

Methods and systems provide for coordinated control between multiple devices of playback of a media track or playlist. The multiple devices may form an ad-hoc network for sharing control of media. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170273044

Synchronized playback and control of media

Methods and systems provide synchronized sharing of multimedia between multiple devices. The multiple devices may form an ad-hoc network for sharing of multimedia. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170273031

Radio link monitoring for link-budget-limited devices

A link-budget-limited wireless communication device (ue) may implement improved radio link monitoring procedures for enhancing the link-budget of the ue. The ue may monitor the radio link and may determine whether the radio link can support a lowest acceptable link quality according to a hysteresis-based comparison that uses threshold values to determine error rates associated with a physical control channel. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170273029

Determination of device body location

In some implementations, a mobile device can analyze motion sensor data and proximity sensor data during a voice call to determine whether the mobile device is on a stationary object or worn on a user's body (e.g., in the lap or pocket of a user of the mobile device). The mobile device can adjust the transmit power level of the telephony transceiver during the voice call based on the determination.. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170273025

Techniques for managing wireless transmission energy budget

Techniques are disclosed relating to wireless transmission energy budgets. In some embodiments, an apparatus is configured to determine wireless transmission energy budget for a plurality of time periods. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170272904

Location service management

An application manager of a mobile device can provide a user with the ability to control whether an application can use location information provided by a location subsystem of the mobile device. The application can request to be notified by the location subsystem when the mobile device crosses a geofence. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170272886

Optimizing the performance of an audio playback system with a linked audio/video feed

An audio system is provided that efficiently detects speaker arrays and configures the speaker arrays to output sound. In this system, a computing device may record the addresses and/or types of speaker arrays on a shared network while a camera captures video of a listening area, including the speaker arrays. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170272864

Corrosion resistant magnet assembly

Embodiments of the disclosure pertain to methods of plating magnets with a stack of layers such that the resulting magnet assembly has improved corrosion resistance. Embodiments of the disclosure are also directed to magnet assemblies formed by such methods. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170272780

Extended ycc format for backward-compatible p3 camera video

This disclosure relates to a wide gamut encoder capable of receiving a wide gamut color image in accordance with a wide gamut standard. The encoder can encode one or more wide gamut color image pixel values into portions of narrow gamut encoding elements for transmission to a video encoder. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170272413

Managing program credentials on electronic devices

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for personalizing program credentials are provided. For example, a program credential (e.g., loyalty pass) associated with a program provider (e.g., an issuer) subsystem may be customized using personal data. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170272058

Using pulsed biases to represent dc bias for charging

Power transfer systems including a direct current source and a plurality of outputs operable in several modes. A ground mode may couple an output to circuit ground and a current mode may couple the output to the direct current source. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170271983

Charge pump-based split-rail supply generation

A charge pump circuit having first and second input nodes to be coupled to a first power source, and top and bottom output nodes and an intermediate node. The charge pump circuit produces i) a voltage at the top output node that is higher than a voltage of the intermediate node, and ii) a voltage at the bottom output node that is lower than the voltage of the intermediate node. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170271800

Precious-metal-alloy contacts

Contacts that may be highly corrosion resistant, may be readily manufactured, and may conserve precious materials. One example may provide contacts having a layer of a precious-metal alloy to improve corrosion resistance. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170271799

Smt connection of rigid and flexible printed circuit boards

The described embodiments relate generally to methods and apparatus for securely and efficiently joining components together. In some embodiments, a flexible printed circuit board and a rigid printed circuit board can be electrically coupled together by soldering electrical contacts distributed on the flexible printed circuit board to electrical contacts distributed on the rigid printed circuit board. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170271605

Quantum dot spacing for high efficiency quantum dot led displays

Quantum dot layers and display devices including quantum dot layers are described. In an embodiment the quantum dot layer includes quantum dots with metal oxide coatings to adjust the spacing between adjacent quantum dots. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170271427

Color-insensitive window coatings for ambient light sensors

An electronic device may have a display with a transparent layer such as a cover layer. An ambient light sensor may be aligned with an ambient light sensor window formed from an opening in a masking layer on the transparent layer in an inactive portion of the display. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170271192

Compliant bipolar micro device transfer head with silicon electrodes

A compliant bipolar micro device transfer head array and method of forming a compliant bipolar micro device transfer array from an soi substrate are described. In an embodiment, a compliant bipolar micro device transfer head array includes a base substrate and a patterned silicon layer over the base substrate. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170271130

Durable 3d geometry conformal anti-reflection coating

Methods and systems for depositing a thin film are disclosed. The methods and systems can be used to deposit a film having a uniform thickness on a substrate surface that has a non-planar three-dimensional geometry, such as a curved surface. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170270704

Depth of field for a camera in a media-editing application field of the invention

Some embodiments provide a method that provides tools for defining a scene including media objects in a multi-dimensional space. The method provides a set of user interface tools for adjusting a region of focus for rendering the space from a particular location within a particular field of view. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170270646

Electronic device including sub-array based deblurring of a blurred finger image and related methods

An electronic device may include a finger biometric sensor that includes an array of electric field sensing pixels and image data output circuitry coupled thereto and capable of processing the image data from each of sub-arrays of the array of electric field sensing pixels. The electronic device may also include a dielectric layer over the array of electric field sensing pixels and causing electric field diffusion so that the image data output circuitry generates image data corresponding to a blurred finger image. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170270336

Finger biometric sensor including capacitance change sensing pressure sensing circuit and related methods

A finger biometric sensor may include a lower conductive layer, an upper conductive layer, and a spacer between the lower and upper conductive layers to define an air gap therebetween. The finger biometric sensor may also include a finger biometric sensing integrated circuit (ic) above the upper conductive layer and capable of deflecting the upper conductive layer toward the lower conductive layer to change a capacitance thereof based upon pressure applied to the finger biometric sensing ic. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170270174

Highlighting items for search results

The present invention provides a search capability to allow a user to easily locate a preference control, file, folder, control, or other system resource or data item associated with a search result. In one embodiment, a user enters a search term (or a portion thereof) in a search field associated with one or more resource types that may be searched. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170269967

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

09/21/17 / #20170269866

Efficient readout from memory cells using data compression

A method for data storage includes storing data in a group of analog memory cells by writing respective input storage values to the memory cells in the group. After storing the data, respective output storage values are read from the analog memory cells in the group. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170269844

Managing backup of logical-to-physical translation information to control boot-time and write amplification

An apparatus includes an interface and a processor. The interface is configured to communicate with a non-volatile memory. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170269794

Portable electronic device, method, and graphical user interface for displaying-structured electronic documents

At an electronic device with a touch screen display, display a user interface, where the user interface includes at least two windows of an application, a first icon displayed in association with a first window of the at least two windows, and a second icon at a location different from the at least two windows. While displaying the at least two windows, detect a gesture on the touch screen display. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170269785

Detecting backside force in a touch-screen device

In one aspect, the present disclosure relates to a method including detecting force applied to a force sensing layer in a device and detecting touch contacts applied to a touch screen layer in a device. The method also includes determining if the location and/or amount of force detected by the force sensing layer correlates to a touch contact, and, if it correlates, treating the force as front-side force, while if the location and/or amount of force detected by the force sensing layer does not correlate to a touch contact, treating the force as a back-side force. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170269757

Temperature compensating transparent force sensor

An optically transparent force sensor, which may be used as input to an electronic device. The optically transparent force sensor may be configured to compensate for variations in temperature using two or more force-sensitive components that are formed from materials having different temperature- and strain-dependent responses.. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170269744

Display with touch sensor circuitry

A display may have an array of pixels. A transparent conductive layer may serve as a common voltage electrode layer and may distribute a common voltage to each of the pixels. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170269738

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

09/21/17 / #20170269734

Virtual deflection determination for force-sensing

A force applied to a force-sensing touch screen device may be determined as follows. A deformation sensing layer of the device may measure an actual deformation of a touch screen of the device. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170269673

Power-gating media decoders to reduce power consumption

Embodiments of a system that reduces power consumption by power-gating media decoders are described. During operation of the system, a decoder circuit receives encoded audio data and outputs corresponding decoded audio data to a memory, which is electrically coupled to the decoder circuit. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170269666

Smart dynamic voltage and frequency scaling of electronic components

Techniques for managing components of a processing system are described. Illustrative components include graphics processing units (gpus), central processing units (cpus), communication fabrics, memory controllers, or peripheral control circuits. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170269641

Computer internal architecture

An internal component and external interface arrangement for a cylindrical compact computing system is described that includes at least a structural heat sink having triangular shape disposed within a cylindrical volume defined by a cylindrical housing. A computing engine having a generally triangular shape is described having internal components that include a graphics processing unit (gpu) board, a central processing unit (cpu) board, an input/output (i/o) interface board, an interconnect board, and a power supply unit (psu).. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170269634

Magnetic pairing for lateral restoring force

An electronic device and accessory device are disclosed. The devices may be designed to magnetically couple together. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170268942

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

09/21/17 / #20170268888

System and method for acquiring map portions based on expected signal strength of route segments

Embodiments may include determining a navigation route between an origination and a destination; the route may span multiple portions of a map. Embodiments may also include receiving an order of priority in which to receive the multiple portions of the map; the order may be generated based on distinct levels of expected signal strength for each of the multiple portions. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170268268

An enclosure assembly with concealed hinge system

An enclosure assembly with concealed hinge system comprises a quadrilateral cabinet and a cover that is configured to swivel along a sidewall of the quadrilateral cabinet. The swiveling action of the cover with respect to the quadrilateral cabinet is enabled by the use of a first pair of hinges and at least one second hinge. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170267581

Bond layer between a coating and a substrate

A bonding operation to increase the bond between a coating layer and substrate is described. The coating layer may be designed to resist residue on a substrate that covers a display of an electronic device. ... Apple Inc

09/21/17 / #20170265607

Attachment system for an electronic device

Embodiments are directed to an attachment system for a consumer product and methods related to the manufacture thereof. In one aspect, an embodiment includes an attachment system including a band having an insert portion. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170265304

Techniques for observing an entire communication bus in operation

A circuit board includes conductive traces being sandwiched by an upper insulating layer and a lower insulating layer, a first array of conductive vias extending perpendicularly to the conductive traces, the vias in the first array of conductive vias being arranged such that any two adjacent vias in a row of vias extending along any given dimension in the first array of conductive vias are equally spaced from each other, and isolation resistors embedded within the first array of conductive vias such that each isolation resistor is disposed between at least two adjacent vias in the first array of conductive vias, each isolation resistor being disposed closer to the conductive via to which the isolation resistor is coupled than all other conductive vias surrounding the isolation resistor.. . ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170265211

Synchronization and interprocessor communication in a low power lte system architecture

This disclosure relates to synchronization and interprocessor communication techniques in an improved system architecture for a cellular modem. According to some embodiments, a wireless device may include a control module, a downlink module, and an uplink module. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170265178

Communication of control information using alert flag and version number

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

09/14/17 / #20170265162

Location-aware mobile device

One or more location-based clients can be activated on a mobile device for providing location-based services. The location-based clients can be provided with information (e.g., presets, defaults) related to the current location and/or mode of the mobile device. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170265136

Low power lte (lp-lte) paging monitoring

A wireless communication device (ue) may include a paging subsystem that performs paging-monitoring as part of wireless communications of the wireless communication device. The ue may place wireless communication system resources not required during paging-monitoring into either a low-power state or a power-down state, and those system resources may remain in one of those respective states during paging-monitoring. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170265132

Low power cellular modem system architecture

In some embodiments, a cellular modem that has reduced power requirements. The cellular modem architecture is divided into three orthogonal domains or modules, these being a control module, an uplink module, and a downlink module. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170265057

User plane for fifth generation cellular architecture

Apparatuses, systems, and methods to perform attachment of a wireless device to a next generation gateway via either a base station of a next generation radio access network (ran) or a mobility management entity of a legacy ran. An apparatus may be configured to receive an attachment request from a wireless device, determine authentication information via communication with a home subscriber server, determine, based at least in part on the authentication information, whether the wireless device is capable of communicating via the next generation rat, and send, in response to determining the wireless device is capable, a connection request to a gateway of the next generation ran. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170264674

Detecting and transmitting a redeemable document

Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for detecting documents within content received by a computing device. A computing device can receive content through an application. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170264274

Flip flop using dual inverter feedback

Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a flip flop circuit that obviates the need of a transmission gate. The flip flop includes a first match multiplexer, a second match multiplexer and a separable inverter. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170264122

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

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

09/14/17 / #20170264076

Light source driving circuitry for electronic devices

An electronic device may have control circuitry and input-output components. The input-output components may include audio components, sensors, and other devices. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170264037

Portable electronic device connector

In various embodiments, an electronic band for a wearable device comprises: a first band segment including a first affixing structure configured to couple the first band segment to the wearable device when inserted into a first channel of the wearable device, a processing unit, and a first electrical connector having a plurality of contact pins at least some of which are electrically connected to the processing unit; where the first electrical connector electrically connects the processing unit of the first band segment to a second electronic component positioned within the wearable device when the first affixing structure is inserted into the first channel.. . ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170264001

Tuning circuits for hybrid electronic device antennas

An electronic device may have hybrid antennas that include slot antenna resonating elements formed from slots in a ground plane and planar inverted-f antenna resonating elements. The planar inverted-f antenna resonating elements may each have a planar metal member that overlaps one of the slots. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170263929

Cathode active materials for lithium-ion batteries

Compounds, powders, and cathode active materials that can be used in lithium ion batteries are described herein. Methods of making such compounds, powders, and cathode active materials are described.. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170263928

Cathode active materials for lithium-ion batteries

Compounds, powders, and cathode active materials that can be used in lithium ion batteries are described herein. Methods of making such compounds, powders, and cathode active materials are described.. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170263917

Cathode active materials for lithium-ion batteries

Compounds, powders, and cathode active materials that can be used in lithium ion batteries are described herein. Methods of making such compounds, powders, and cathode active materials are described.. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170263873

Flexible display panel with bent substrate

A display may have an array of organic light-emitting diodes that form an active area on a flexible substrate. Metal traces may extend between the active area and an inactive area of the flexible substrate. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170263569

System-in-package devices with magnetic shielding

Electrical components may be packaged using system-in-package configurations or other component packages. Integrated circuit dies and other electrical components may be soldered or otherwise mounted on printed circuits. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170263561

Techniques for observing an entire communication bus in operation

A routing apparatus includes a pcb having first and second arrays of contact pads, an interposer having third, fourth and fifth arrays of contact pads, the third and fourth arrays of contact pads being disposed on opposing surfaces of the interposer, the third array of contact pads being electrically connected to the first array of contact pads. First and second integrated circuits are respectively mounted on the second and fourth arrays of contact pads. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170263267

System and method for performing automatic gain control using an accelerometer in a headset

A method performing automatic gain control (agc) using an accelerometer in a headset starts with an accelerometer-based voice activity detector (vada) generating a vada output based on (i) acoustic signals received from at least one microphone included in a pair of earbuds and (ii) data output by at least one accelerometer that is included in the pair of earbuds. The at least one accelerometer detects vibration of the user's vocal chords. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170263249

Identification of voice inputs providing credentials

Systems and processes for identifying of a voice input providing one or more user credentials are provided. In one example process, a voice input can be received. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170263248

Dictation that allows editing

An electronic device implements dictation-based editing of textual data. The device receives a natural-language user input and determines whether the natural-language user input includes a predefined editing command. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170263183

Light-emitting diode display with threshold voltage compensation

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

09/14/17 / #20170263174

Electronic device with ambient-adaptive display

An electronic device may be provided with a display, display control circuitry that operates the display, and a color ambient light sensor that gathers ambient light information. Display color cast may be adjusted based on the ambient light information. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170263173

Driving scheme for high brightness and fast response panel flash

Driving methods and display systems are described for operating a display panel in flash mode. In an embodiment, the driving method includes time multiplexing between at least two panel operation voltage (vop) levels including a first vop level and a second vop level across all vdd input lines to a display area, and emitting a first wavelength range from a first subpixel group during application of the first vop level across all of the vdd input lines and emitting a second wavelength range from a second subpixel group during application of the second vop level across all of the vdd input lines.. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170262951

Hierarchical techniques for storing graphics primitives

Techniques are disclosed relating to storing primitive information for tile-based graphics rendering. In some embodiments, primitive information is stored using hierarchically arranged bins. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170262688

Enrollment using synthetic fingerprint image and fingerprint sensing systems

A fingerprint sensing system. The fingerprint sensing system includes: at least one sensor; at least one display device; at least one application processor; and at least one secure enclave processor. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170262149

Touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for moving on-screen objects without using a cursor

In some embodiments, an electronic device with a touch screen display: detects a single finger contact on the touch screen display; creates a touch area that corresponds to the single finger contact; determines a representative point within the touch area; determines if the touch area overlaps an object displayed on the touch screen display, which includes determining if one or more portions of the touch area other than the representative point overlap the object; connects the object with the touch area if the touch area overlaps the object, where connecting maintains the overlap of the object and the touch area; after connecting the object with the touch area, detects movement of the single finger contact; determines movement of the touch area that corresponds to movement of the single finger contact; and moves the object connected with the touch area in accordance with the determined movement of the touch area.. . ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170262101

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

09/14/17 / #20170262089

Dynamic user interface adaptable to multiple input tools

A computing device having a touch-sensitive surface and a display, detects a stylus input on the touch-sensitive surface while displaying a user interface. A first operation is performed in the user interface in accordance with a determination that the stylus input includes movement of the stylus across the touch-sensitive surface while the stylus is detected on the touch-sensitive surface. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170262036

Dynamic voltage and frequency management based on active processors

In an embodiment, a system may include multiple processors and an automatic power state controller (apsc) configured to switch the processors between various operating points. The operating points may be described by data programmed into the apsc, and the apsc may include a register that is programmable with a target operating point request identifying a target operating point for the processors from among the described operating points. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170262033

Dynamic control of power consumption based on memory device activity

A memory controller includes an interface and a processor. The interface is configured to communicate with one or more memory devices that require an operation voltage. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170261387

Magnetic interference avoidance in resistive sensors

A strain-responsive sensor incorporating a strain-sensitive element is disclosed. The strain-sensitive element includes a matched-pair of resistive structures disposed on opposite sides of a substrate. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170258246

Table display system

A display apparatus, such as a table, for display consumer products, such as electronic devices, is disclosed. The table may include a display cavity for displaying products. ... Apple Inc

09/14/17 / #20170258204

Double brush rod type mascara cosmetic case

A double brush rod type mascara cosmetic case is provided, to which a double brush rod type of a first brush rod having a top portion coupled to a first cap and a first brush disposed at a bottom, and a second brush rod having a top portion coupled to a second cap and a second brush disposed at a bottom is applied, such that a mascara liquid in a case main body may be used even when the brushes applied as brushes or the brush rods are deformed due to carelessness in use, and to which a double closing structure of a first closure which doubly blocks and tightly closes an opened top portion of the case main body, and a second closure which doubly blocks and tightly closes an opened top portion of the first cap is applied.. . ... Apple Inc

09/07/17 / #20170257888

Wireless channel reservation

Determining wireless local area network (wlan) channel medium usage information by wlan access points (aps) and wlan stations (stas) is disclosed. A new medium access control (mac) duration field in a request to send (rts) message provides a duration value to be conveyed in a subsequent clear to send (cts) message. ... Apple Inc

09/07/17 / #20170257844

Situationally-aware alerts

An electronic device that provides situationally-aware alerts determines to provide an alert output (such as haptic, audio, visual, and so on) via an output device, determines a movement pattern based on one or more signals from one or more sensors indicating information relating at least to movement of the electronic device, and adjusts the alert output to account for the movement pattern. In some implementations, the electronic device may adjust the alert output by delaying the alert output. ... Apple Inc

09/07/17 / #20170257756

Method of establishing communications

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

09/07/17 / #20170257739

Determining a significant user location for providing location-based services

Systems, methods, and program products for providing services to a user by a mobile device based on the user's daily routine of movement. The mobile device determines whether a location cluster indicates a significant location for the user based on one or more hints that indicate an interest of the user in locations in the cluster. ... Apple Inc

09/07/17 / #20170257695

Headphones

A pair of headphones including an adjustable headphone band. The headphone band can include an inner member and an outer member. ... Apple Inc

09/07/17 / #20170257427

Systems, methods, and computer readable media for sharing awareness information

Systems, methods, and computer readable media for sharing awareness information are provided. A non-aware electronic device can require awareness information including, for example, information about its environment or information about its status within its environment, in order to perform a particular device operation. ... Apple Inc

09/07/17 / #20170256768

Binders for wet and dry lamination of battery cells

Cell stacks are presented that include binders for wet and dry lamination processes. The cell stacks, when laminated, produce battery cells (or portions thereof). ... Apple Inc

09/07/17 / #20170256489

Soc with integrated voltage regulator using preformed mim capacitor wafer

In some embodiments, a method and/or a system may include an integrated circuit. The integrated circuit may include a semiconductor die. ... Apple Inc

09/07/17 / #20170256292

Memory array power reduction through reduced supply voltage

Systems, apparatuses, and methods for implementing a storage array with a voltage regulator circuit. An integrated circuit (ic) may include a storage array, periphery logic, and a voltage regulator circuit coupled to an array power supply and a periphery power supply; the latter may operate at any of several periphery operating voltages according to respective power modes of operation. ... Apple Inc

09/07/17 / #20170256199

System and method for data sensing for compensation in an electronic display

Provided herein are systems and methods for measurement and compensation of display panel current leakage and/or display panel noise. A pixel data signal is received at sensing and compensation circuitry. ... Apple Inc

09/07/17 / #20170256110

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

09/07/17 / #20170255780

Methods and systems for securely executing untrusted software

Methods and systems for securely executing untrusted software are described. In one embodiment, two virtual memory mappings are used (one readable/writeable-rw and the other readable/executable-rx). ... Apple Inc

09/07/17 / #20170255775

Software verification systems with multiple verification paths

Systems, methods, and machine readable media are described which use code verification to verify the authenticity of installed software. The code verification can be performed in any one of a set of different paths, in one embodiment, which includes a first path using a trust cache of hashes of operating system components and one or more platform applications that are included together in a static software build that is installed on a system and a second path which evaluates code figured with one or more certificates (e.g. ... Apple Inc

09/07/17 / #20170255645

Dynamic location search suggestions based on travel itineraries

Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for retrieving local information on a user device include detecting itinerary information stored by a first application on a user device, and identifying a travel destination based on the detected itinerary information. The travel destination is communicated to a second application executable on a user device, and the travel destination is stored in association with the second application. ... Apple Inc

09/07/17 / #20170255635

Data-driven media management within an electronic device

A method and apparatus for intelligently routing and managing audio signals within an electronic device is disclosed. The routing is responsive to a set of logical and physical policies which are stored in data tables which can be updated as needed.. ... Apple Inc

09/07/17 / #20170255457

Associating a url or link between two applications

Methods and systems for associating, in a secure manner, a link between web sites (or other network resources) and installed applications. In one embodiment, a signed list of one or more urls is downloaded and validated to establish an association, which is stored in a data structure, between a first application and a second application. ... Apple Inc

09/07/17 / #20170255396

Parallel scheduling of write commands to multiple memory devices

A controller includes an interface and a processor. The interface is configured to communicate with multiple memory devices over a link. ... Apple Inc

09/07/17 / #20170255359

Portable electronic device for instant messaging

A portable electronic device for instant messaging is disclosed. One aspect of the invention involves a graphical user interface (gui) on a portable electronic device with a touch screen display. ... Apple Inc

09/07/17 / #20170255351

Handheld devices as visual indicators

A computing device is configured with a multifunctional backlit display. The backlighting can be operated in at least a first mode and a second mode. ... Apple Inc

09/07/17 / #20170255266

Input with haptic feedback

An electronic device is disclosed. In some examples, the electronic device comprises a housing and an input mechanism cooperatively engaged with the housing and configured to rotate in a first direction about a rotation axis. ... Apple Inc

09/07/17 / #20170255234

Mobile electronic device with an adaptively responsive flexible display

A mobile electronic device having a flexible display device is disclosed. A request to retrieve information from a server over a wireless network is triggered based on flexing the flexible display device and other gestures.. ... Apple Inc

09/07/17 / #20170254760

Liquid contact indicator

An electronic device having an indication member for determining liquid exposure in an electronic device is disclosed. The indication member may include ink and a layer covering the ink. ... Apple Inc

09/07/17 / #20170254663

Navigation peek ahead and behind in a navigation application

A method of providing a sequence of turn-by-turn navigation instructions on a device traversing a route is provided. Each turn-by-turn navigation instruction is associated with a location on the route. ... Apple Inc

09/07/17 / #20170254661

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

09/07/17 / #20170254006

Textile product having reduced density

Embodiments described herein may take the form of a textile product having one or more regions of reduced density. These reduced density volumes may form one or more features in the product. ... Apple Inc

09/07/17 / #20170253986

Metal surface and process for treating a metal surface

A surface treatment for metal surfaces can be used to create one or more desired effects, such as functional, tactile, or cosmetic effects. In one embodiment, the treatment involves selectively masking a portion of the surface using a photolithographic process. ... Apple Inc

09/07/17 / #20170253367

Packaging with a retractable handle and methods of making the same

Packaging for a product including a retractable handle. The retractable handle may be a foldable retractable handle configured to fold and unfold between a retracted position and an erect position. ... Apple Inc

08/31/17 / #20170251555

Fabric with embedded electrical components

Apparatus, comprising fabric (62) formed from fibers (74); and an electrical component (20) having first and second perpendicular fiber guiding structures, wherein a first of the fibers is soldered in the first fiber guiding structure and a second of the fibers is soldered in the second fiber guiding structure.. . ... Apple Inc

08/31/17 / #20170251415

Method and apparatus for performing handover in a wireless communication system

A method for performing handover by wireless user equipment (ue) is provided. The ue includes a long term evolution-mobile extreme convergence (lte-mxc) application processor, a lte processor and a digital signal processor (dsp). ... Apple Inc

08/31/17 / #20170251372

Mechanisms for laa/lte-u detection to mitigate impact on wi-fi performance

A wireless communication device may conduct first wireless communications over a first frequency band according to a first radio access technology (rat), and may detect second wireless communications conducted over the first frequency band according to a second rat while the wireless communication device is conducting the first wireless communications. The wireless communication device may then adjust characteristics and/or parameters associated with the first wireless communications based on the detected second wireless communications. ... Apple Inc

08/31/17 / #20170251306

Techniques for presenting sound effects on a portable media player

Improved techniques for presenting sound effects at a portable media device are disclosed. The sound effects can be output as audio sounds to an internal speaker, an external speaker, or both. ... Apple Inc

08/31/17 / #20170251268

Motion-based configuration of a multi-user device

In some embodiments, an electronic device obtains first motion information describing motion of an accessory of a multi-user device that is in communication with a display, and obtains second motion information describing motion of a user device that is associated with a first profile, wherein the motions of the accessory and the user device are detected during the first time period. In response to obtaining the first motion information of the accessory and/or the second motion information of the user device, in accordance with a determination that the motion of the accessory and the motion of the user device satisfy profile-switching criteria, including a criterion that is satisfied when the motion of the accessory and the motion of the user device have corresponding movement profiles during the first time period, the electronic device optionally initiates a process for configuring the multi-user device based on the first profile.. ... Apple Inc

08/31/17 / #20170251097

Sending smart alerts on a device at opportune moments using sensors

Measurements can be obtained from sensors to determine a state of a device. The state can be used to determine whether to provide an alert. ... Apple Inc

08/31/17 / #20170250826

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

A secure element (se) with a notion of time useful for checking secure items is disclosed herein. Use of public key infrastructure (pki) with secure elements is improved by verifying secure items used by an se. ... Apple Inc

08/31/17 / #20170250719

Device case with balanced hinge

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

08/31/17 / #20170250578

Inductive charging ports for portable computing devices

Connector assemblies may be space efficient, have a high corrosion resistance, are difficult to damage, reduce or prevent moisture leakage into an electronic device housing the connector assembly, are readily assembled, and are reliable. One example may provide an inductive charging port for transferring electrical energy from a first electric device to a second electronic device. ... Apple Inc

08/31/17 / #20170250436

Lithium-metal batteries having improved dimensional stability and methods of manufacture

Lithium-metal batteries with improved dimensional stability are presented along with methods of manufacture. The lithium-metal batteries incorporate an anode cell that reduces dimensional changes during charging and discharging. ... Apple Inc

08/31/17 / #20170250385

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

08/31/17 / #20170249757

Unitary shadows

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

08/31/17 / #20170249344

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

08/31/17 / #20170249322

Collaborative location-based search results

Multiple mobile devices can be enabled to collaboratively search online information databases for results that may be interesting to all of them. Such search results can involve places of interest at which all of the search participants can conveniently meet due to the locations of those results being near to all of the search participants, for example.. ... Apple Inc

08/31/17 / #20170249164

Methods and apparatus for loading firmware on demand

Methods and apparatus for enabling a peripheral processor to retrieve and load firmware for execution within the constraints of its memory. The peripheral processor is allocated a portion of the host processor's memory, to function as a logical secondary and tertiary memory for memory cache operation. ... Apple Inc

08/31/17 / #20170249163

Methods and apparatus for loading firmware on demand

Methods and apparatus for enabling a peripheral processor to retrieve and load firmware for execution within the constraints of its memory. The peripheral processor is allocated a portion of the host processor's memory, to function as a logical secondary and tertiary memory for memory cache operation. ... Apple Inc

08/31/17 / #20170249122

Devices with enhanced audio

A system for enhancing audio including a computer and an output device. The computer includes a sensor configured to determine a user location relative to the computer. ... Apple Inc

08/31/17 / #20170249117

Graphics engine and environment for efficient real time rendering of graphics that are not pre-known

This disclosure pertains to the operation of graphics systems and to a variety of architectures for design and/or operation of a graphics system spanning from the output of an application program and extending to the presentation of visual content in the form of pixels or otherwise. In general, many embodiments of the invention contemplate a high level graphics framework to receive graphic requests from an application. ... Apple Inc

08/31/17 / #20170249098

Methods and apparatus for locking at least a portion of a shared memory resource

Methods and apparatus for locking at least a portion of a shared memory resource. In one embodiment, an electronic device configured to lock at least a portion of a shared memory is disclosed. ... Apple Inc

08/31/17 / #20170249064

Sharing media content

Among other things, a method includes receiving, from a user of a user interface of a media authoring application, first settings specifying a destination for media content authored in the media authoring application, the destination selected from a set of destinations supported by the media authoring application, and second settings specifying a set of media characteristics of media content authored in the media authoring application, and generating data representing a user interface element usable to provide media content authored in the media authoring application to the destination specified in the first settings at the set of media characteristics specified in the second settings.. . ... Apple Inc

08/31/17 / #20170249048

Electronic device with dynamic thresholding for force detection

The systems and techniques described herein generally relate to an electronic device having a touch-sensitive surface or region that is configured to receive force-based user input and dynamically adjust a force threshold used to recognize the force-based user input. In particular, the device may include one or more force sensors that are configured to detect a touch that exceeds a dynamically adjustable threshold. ... Apple Inc

08/31/17 / #20170249033

Fabric sensing device

A touch-sensitive textile device that is configured to detect the occurrence of a touch, the location of a touch, and/or the force of a touch on the touch-sensitive textile device. In some embodiments, the touch-sensitive textile device includes a first set of conductive threads oriented along a first direction, and a second set of conductive threads interwoven with the first set of conductive threads and oriented along a second direction. ... Apple Inc

08/31/17 / #20170249028

Disabling stylus to prevent worn tip performance degradation and screen damage

A level of wear of a stylus tip can be estimated and in accordance with a determination that the level of wear of the stylus tip exceeds a threshold, the stylus input functionality of an electronic device can be disabled. The threshold can be set such that the stylus can be disabled before the stylus sensing performance degrades to a degree perceptible to a human and/or before exposing internal portions of the stylus that can scratch a touch screen. ... Apple Inc

08/31/17 / #20170249024

Haptic mouse

A haptic mouse is configured to provide various kinds of haptic input. In some embodiments, the mouse has first and second housing portions and an actuator operable to provide haptic output by moving the first housing portion with respect to the second housing portion so as to tangentially displace skin or alter hand posture of a user's hand. ... Apple Inc

08/31/17 / #20170248986

Rotatable input mechanism having adjustable output

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

08/31/17 / #20170248816

Display having a flexured element

A display device having a flexured element. More particularly, the display device may incorporate a cover glass with one or more flexure bearing sections. ... Apple Inc

08/31/17 / #20170248446

Dynamic adjustment of a sampling rate for an optical encoder

A light source in a rotary optical encoder can illuminate a pattern on a rotatable shaft and an optical sensor can detect either the light that is reflected or transmitted based on the pattern. A sampling rate of the optical sensor is dynamically adjusted based on a rotational speed of the rotatable shaft. ... Apple Inc

08/31/17 / #20170247820

Three-dimensional fabric with embedded input-output devices

Three-dimensional weaving, knitting, or braiding tools may be used to create three-dimensional fabric (24) with internal pockets (56). The pockets (56) may be shaped to receive electrical components such as switch electrodes (46a, 46b) for a switch (18). ... Apple Inc

08/31/17 / #20170246542

Utilizing a social network account to provide additional functionality to a gaming network account

A method to provide additional gaming network functionality links a user's gaming network identity with the user's social network identity. Linkage of the user's gaming network and social network identities establishes a two way communication link by which a gaming (social) network service can obtain information from, and send information to, a social (gaming) network service on behalf of the user. ... Apple Inc

08/24/17 / #20170245216

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

08/24/17 / #20170245057

Speaker with flex circuit acoustic radiator

A speaker assembly including a frame and a magnet assembly positioned within the frame. The magnet assembly may include a magnet and a top plate. ... Apple Inc

08/24/17 / #20170245047

Managing connections of a user device

Systems, methods, and computer-readable medium are provided for managing connections of user devices. For example, two source devices may be configured to maintain a data stream with one another. ... Apple Inc

08/24/17 / #20170245040

Headset connector

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

08/24/17 / #20170245038

Magnetic retention of earbud within cavity

A case for an earbud includes a receiving cavity sized and shaped to accept the earbud within the receiving cavity. The case includes one or more housing magnetic components configured to magnetically attract and secure the earbud within the receiving cavity.. ... Apple Inc

08/24/17 / #20170245017

Systems and methods for presenting and interacting with a picture-in-picture representation of video content 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: playing video content in a full-screen mode on a touch-sensitive display of an electronic device. ... Apple Inc

08/24/17 / #20170244955

Scanning projectors and image capture modules for 3d mapping

Apparatus for mapping includes a radiation source, which is configured to emit a beam of radiation, and a detector and optics, which define a sensing area of the detector. A scanning mirror assembly is configured to receive and scan the emitted beam over a selected angular range within a region of interest while scanning the sensing area over the selected angular range in synchronization with the scanned beam from the radiation source. ... Apple Inc

08/24/17 / #20170244464

System and method for supporting antenna beamforming in a cellular network

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

08/24/17 / #20170244391

Power saving with dynamic pulse insertion

A method and apparatus for saving power in integrated circuits is disclosed. An ic includes functional circuit blocks which are not placed into a sleep mode when idle. ... Apple Inc

08/24/17 / #20170244316

Systems and methods of operation for power converters having series-parallel mode active clamps

Systems and methods for operating improved flyback converters are disclosed, in which leakage energy is returned to the input power source rather than to the output load, while still achieving zero voltage switching (i.e., zvs) operation. In some embodiments, the improved converters may transfer the energy stored in the leakage inductance to a snubber capacitor(s) at the instant of turning off of the control switch. ... Apple Inc

08/24/17 / #20170243548

Step-down pixel response correction systems and methods

Systems and methods are provided for improving displayed image quality of an electronic display that includes a display pixel. The electronic display displays a first image frame directly after a second image frame by applying an analog electrical signal to the display pixel. ... Apple Inc

08/24/17 / #20170242798

Methods for performing a memory resource retry

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

08/24/17 / #20170242544

Scan sequence generator

A sensor panel device that can generate and use a stimulus signal having multiple different waveforms for detecting events on or near the sensor panel is disclosed. Among other things, such a stimulus signal can be used to reject environmental noise present in the device. ... Apple Inc

08/24/17 / #20170242538

Systems and methods for activating a multi-tasking mode using an application selector that is displayed in response to a swipe gesture on an electronic device with a touch-sensitive display

Systems and methods for multitasking using touch-sensitive displays are disclosed. An example method includes: displaying a first application on a touch-sensitive display (tsd) of an electronic device; detecting, via the tsd, a swipe gesture that moves over part of the first application; in response to detecting the swipe gesture, displaying an application selector with a set of affordances, and the application selector is (i) displayed in a predefined portion of the tsd and (ii) overlays at least a portion of the displayed first application; detecting an input at an affordance of the set of affordances; in response to detecting the input: (i) ceasing to display the application selector; (ii) displaying a second application corresponding to the selected affordance in the predefined portion that was previously used to display the application selector; and (iii) resizing the first application to occupy a remaining portion of the tsd adjacent to the predefined portion.. ... Apple Inc

08/24/17 / #20170242517

Reducing the border area of a device

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

08/24/17 / #20170242506

Force sensing architectures

An electronic device with a force sensing device is disclosed. The electronic device comprises a user input surface defining an exterior surface of the electronic device, a first capacitive sensing element, and a second capacitive sensing element capacitively coupled to the first capacitive sensing element. ... Apple Inc

08/24/17 / #20170242500

Adaptive make/break detection for a stylus touch device

In one aspect, the present disclosure relates to a method and system for performing an adaptive make/break detection technique including adapting make and break thresholds based on the sum of all signals measured on display electrodes when the sum is lower than a respective filtered sum value. The filtered sum values are produced by a fast and slow filter, which correspond to the break and make thresholds respectively. ... Apple Inc

08/24/17 / #20170242499

Noise correction for a stylus touch device

In one aspect, the present disclosure relates to a method and system for performing a noise correction technique including determining core electrodes and non-core electrodes, generating a noise estimate for each electrode based on electrodes that are at least an offset distance away from the electrode, correcting the signal at each electrode based on the noise estimate, and setting the corrected signal to zero if the corrected signal has a sign that is opposite the sign of the peak magnitude signal. By performing this method, noise induced on sense lines of a stylus by an lcd can be corrected for and accuracy of stylus positioning may be improved.. ... Apple Inc

08/24/17 / #20170242286

Display having column spacer structures with minimized plastic deformation

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

08/24/17 / #20170242092

Dual frequency angle of arrival estimation

Systems, methods, and devices are provided to estimate angle of arrival of wireless signals. An electronic device may include two or more antennas that receive a wireless transmission. ... Apple Inc

08/24/17 / #20170238864

Adjusting alarms based on sleep onset latency

In some implementations, a mobile device can adjust an alarm setting based on the sleep onset latency duration detected for a user of the mobile device. For example, sleep onset latency can be the amount of time it takes for the user to fall asleep after the user attempts to go to sleep (e.g., goes to bed). ... Apple Inc

08/17/17 / #20170238225

Method and system for soft handoff in mobile broadband systems

The present invention provides a method and system for facilitating efficient handoff and data throughput in mobile broadband communication systems. Methods implemented by a system constructed in accordance with the principles of the present invention include selectively enabled soft handoff, performing layer 2 bearer functions at the base station and using the mobile device to coordinate soft handoff and interference avoidance without the need for a centralized coordination function.. ... Apple Inc

08/17/17 / #20170238210

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

08/17/17 / #20170238167

Device-type specific preferred plmn list

Generating and using a device-type specific preferred public land mobile network (plmn) list for roaming plmn selection. Wireless devices sharing one or more common characteristics may be tasked with collecting roaming plmn selection data. ... Apple Inc

08/17/17 / #20170238091

Rotationally symmetric speaker array

A multi-way speaker array is disclosed that includes rings of transducers of different types. The rings of transducers may encircle the cabinet of the speaker array such that the speaker array is rotationally symmetric. ... Apple Inc

08/17/17 / #20170238090

A rotationally symmetric speaker array

A multi-way speaker array is disclosed that includes rings of transducers of different types. The rings of transducers may encircle the cabinet of the speaker array such that the speaker array is rotationally symmetric. ... Apple Inc

08/17/17 / #20170238087

Earbuds with acoustic insert

An earbud includes a housing that includes a driver assembly positioned within the housing forming a front volume in front of the driver and a back volume behind the driver. An acoustic insert is positioned behind the driver assembly and attached to an interior surface of the housing such that it forms a bass channel that is routed from the back volume to a vent in the housing.. ... Apple Inc

08/17/17 / #20170237905

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

08/17/17 / #20170237888

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

08/17/17 / #20170237532

Asymmetric ofdma tone mapping and dynamic channel access using non-primary channels

An electronic device communicates frames with an access point (ap) by receiving, from the ap, a frame header that includes information specifying a first set of tones of an ofdma communication, the first set of tones associated with first resource block subchannels having a first bandwidth used by the ap to transmit a frame payload. The electronic device obtains a second set of tones associated with second resource block subchannels having a second bandwidth that differs from the first bandwidth, and receives the frame payload using the ofdma communication, the second resource block subchannels, and the second set of tones. ... Apple Inc

08/17/17 / #20170237213

Simplified connector receptacle housings

Structures, methods, and apparatus that provide connector receptacles that have a reduced tendency to scratch and otherwise mar connector inserts, have an aesthetically-pleasing appearance, and have an improved tactile response when inserts are inserted. Various examples reduce scratches and wear by utilizing domes, cylinders, balls, or other structures as finger contacts in a connector receptacle. ... Apple Inc

08/17/17 / #20170237202

Connector receptacle having a shield

Connector systems may include a connector receptacle and connector plug or insert. The connector receptacle may include a tongue. ... Apple Inc

08/17/17 / #20170236578

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

08/17/17 / #20170236577

Bit-cell voltage distribution system

In some embodiments, a method includes receiving, at a voltage distribution circuit, a power enable signal. In response to the power enable signal, the voltage distribution circuit may connect a word line driver circuit to a bit-cell voltage circuit such that an operating voltage is received at a bit-cell circuit before a word line signal form the word line driver circuit is received at the bit-cell circuit, where the operating voltage is provided by the bit-cell voltage circuit. ... Apple Inc

08/17/17 / #20170236420

Wireless vehicle system for enhancing situational awareness

Electronic equipment in vehicles may transmit and receive wireless messages. Each wireless message that is transmitted by a transmitter may include information on the vehicle from which it is being transmitted, information on the location of the transmitter within the vehicle, and other vehicle status information. ... Apple Inc

08/17/17 / #20170236388

Self adapting haptic device

Methods and apparatuses are disclosed that allow an electronic device to autonomously adapt one or more user alerts of the electronic device. For example, some embodiments may include a method for operating a haptic device including driving a haptic device using a control signal, measuring a frequency related to the operation of the haptic device and comparing the measured frequency with a target frequency. ... Apple Inc

08/17/17 / #20170236033

Method of providing image feature descriptors

A method of providing a set of feature descriptors configured to be used in matching an object in an image of a camera is provided. The method includes: a) providing at least two images of a first object; b) extracting in at least two of the images at least one feature from the respective image, c) providing at least one descriptor for an extracted feature, and storing the descriptors; d) matching descriptors in the first set of descriptors; e) computing a score parameter based on the result of the matching process; f) selecting at least one descriptor based on its score parameter; g) adding the selected descriptor(s) to a second set of descriptors; and h) updating the score parameter of descriptors in the first set based on a selection process and to the result of the matching process.. ... Apple Inc

08/17/17 / #20170235483

Touch input cursor manipulation

The method for manipulating a cursor is performed at a portable multifunction device with one or more processors, memory, and a touch screen display. Initially, content of an electronic document is displayed on the display, where a cursor is displayed within the electronic document. ... Apple Inc

08/17/17 / #20170235403

Input member with capacitive sensor

Input members with capacitive sensors are disclosed. In one embodiment of an electronic button, a first circuit is configured to capture a fingerprint of a user's finger placed on the electronic button, and a second circuit is configured to sense a force applied to the electronic button by the user's finger. ... Apple Inc

08/17/17 / #20170235345

Near zero force grounding feature

An electronic device can include first and second housing components and an electrical grounding feature located therebetween to provide a grounding path. The grounding feature can include an outer portion formed from an electrically conductive material and an internal region containing a removable expansion element. ... Apple Inc

08/17/17 / #20170235339

Case for electronic device having magnetic elements for connection with external magnetic elements

A case for a portable electronic device, the portable electronic device having a housing that carries a first magnetic element capable of forming a first magnetic circuit through the housing with a magnetic element external to the portable electronic device capable of securing together the housing and the external magnetic element. The case can include a body having a bottom wall and side walls that combine to define a recessed region suitable for retaining the portable electronic device and a second magnetic element located at a position corresponding to the external magnetic element such that when the portable electronic device is carried in the recessed region, the second magnetic element forms a second magnetic circuit through the body with the external magnetic element that is capable of securing together the case and the external magnetic element.. ... Apple Inc

08/17/17 / #20170234690

Simplified audio navigation instructions

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

08/17/17 / #20170232326

Systems and methods for providing audio and visual cues via a portable electronic device

Methods and systems for providing a lifestyle companion system are provided. The lifestyle companion system can provide a platform to conduct a user interview. ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170230934

Methods and apparatus for optimizing paging mechanisms using device context information

Methods and apparatus enabling a wireless network to optimize paging channel operation, based on mobile device context information. In one embodiment, the wireless network is a cellular network (e.g., lte-advanced), and both base stations and cellular user devices dynamically exchange and maintain a paging agreement. ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170230924

Calibration techniques for envelope tracking power amplifiers

There is provided a technique for calibrating the envelope tracking circuitry of the wireless interface of an electronic device to compensate for any delay mismatch between the iq signal path and the envelope path. Thee desired levels of input test signals are determined to assure that they are sensitive to any delay mismatch which may be in the system. ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170230904

Carrier network access for multi-sim devices

Apparatuses, systems, and methods for multi-sim user equipment (ue) devices to perform data operations with a packet data network of a carrier associated with a first sim of the ue. An indication of a requested data operation with the packet data network of the carrier associated with the first sim of the ue may be received. ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170230860

Buffer status report for high priority transmission

A wireless local area network (wlan) station (sta) reports, with a medium access control (mac) frame, a buffer status of an urgent traffic identifier (tid) to a second sta. In some embodiments, the second sta is also an access point (ap). ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170230787

Location service authorization and indication

An application can specify a location service authorization type to be enforced by a mobile device. After the user authorizes the location service through an authorization dialog, the application can receive location service according to the authorization type. ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170230776

Optimizing the performance of an audio playback system with a linked audio/video feed

An audio system is provided that efficiently detects speaker arrays and configures the speaker arrays to output sound. In this system, a computing device may record the addresses and/or types of speaker arrays on a shared network while a camera captures video of a listening area, including the speaker arrays. ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170230772

Method for creating a virtual acoustic stereo system with an undistorted acoustic center

A system and method are described for transforming stereo signals into mid and side components xm and xs to apply processing to only the side-component xs and avoid processing the mid-component. By avoiding alteration to the mid-component xm, the system and method may reduce the effects of ill-conditioning, such as coloration that may be caused by processing a problematic mid component xm while still performing crosstalk cancellation and/or generating virtual sound sources. ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170230754

Detecting an installation position of a wearable electronic device

An electronic device that can be worn by a user can include a processing unit and one or more sensors operatively connected to the processing unit. The processing unit can be adapted to determine an installation position of the electronic device based on one or more signals received from at least one sensor.. ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170230742

Electronic device accessories formed from intertwined fibers

Fibers may be intertwined to form structures for electronic devices and other parts. Fibers may be intertwined using computer-controlled braiding, weaving, and knitting equipment. ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170230709

Intelligent automated assistant for tv user interactions

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

08/10/17 / #20170230656

Sample adaptive offset systems and methods

Systems and methods for improving operation of a video encoding pipeline, which includes a sample adaptive offset block that selects an offset sample from image data corresponding with a coding unit; determines edge offset parameters including a first mapping of an edge classification to an edge offset value and band offset parameters including a second mapping of a band classification to a band offset value based at least in part on analysis of the offset sample; and determines sample adaptive offset parameters based at least in part on a first rate-distortion cost associated with the edge offset parameters and a second rate-distortion cost associated with the band offset parameters. Additionally, a decoding device may apply offsets to decoded image data corresponding with the coding unit based at least in part on the sample adaptive offset parameters.. ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170230614

Techniques to overcome communication lag between terminals performing video mirroring and annotation operations

Techniques are disclosed for overcoming communication lag between interactive operations among devices in a streaming session. According to the techniques, a first device streaming video content to a second device and an annotation is entered to a first frame being displayed at the second device, which is communicated back to the first device. ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170230318

Return to sender

In some implementations, a return to sender option can be invoked from within a file editing application when a user has edited a file received as a message attachment. The user can select a file attached to a message from within a messaging application. ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170230163

Systems and methods for use with orthogonal frequency division multiplexing

Systems and methods are provided for enabling h-arq communication between a base station and one or more wireless terminals. Methods for enabling incremental redundancy (ir) based h-arq, chase based h-arq and space-time code combining (stc) based h-arq between devices for down-link and up-link direction transmissions are provided in the form of an information element (ie) for use with a normal map convention as currently accepted in the draft version standard of ieee 802.16. ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170230127

Radio telecommunications system and method of operating the same with polling

An apparatus or method for transmitting data blocks on a communications channel having a radio link between two stations including a user equipment comprises receiving first data blocks from the user equipment, and transmitting second data blocks to the user equipment. A polling interval is dynamically set for the transmission of polling messages to the user equipment after transmission of the second data blocks, the polling interval being set in accordance with at least one of: a size of one or more data blocks received by the apparatus from the user equipment, a size of one or more blocks transmitted from the apparatus to the user equipment, and a service to which the user equipment is subscribed. ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170230124

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

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

08/10/17 / #20170229951

Electrical component with moving mass and flexible cables

An electronic device may have an electrical component with a moving portion. The moving portion of the electrical component may include a moving mass and may include coils or other circuitry coupled to the moving mass. ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170229134

Metadata driven dynamic range control

A system for encoding and applying dynamic range control/compression (drc) gain values to a piece of sound program content is described. In particular, a set of drc gain values representing a drc gain curve for the piece of content may be divided into frames corresponding to frames of the piece of content. ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170229059

Electronic device with ambient light sensor system

An electronic device may be provided with a display mounted in a housing. Color ambient light sensors may make measurements of ambient light intensity and color through windows in an inactive border region of the display or other portions of the device. ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170229009

Controlling electronic devices based on wireless ranging

A wireless communication device may wirelessly control an object, such as a physical device, directly or through interaction with a virtual representation (or placeholder) of the object situated at a predefined physical location. In particular, the wireless communication device may identify an intent gesture performed by a user that indicates intent to control the object. ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170228935

Augmented reality based on wireless ranging

A wireless communication device may locate a proximate object in an environment, such as an electronic device or a resource. During this communication technique, the wireless communication device may receive a transmission that includes an identifier associated with the object. ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170228919

Texture sampling techniques

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

08/10/17 / #20170228442

System and method for metadata transfer among search entities

A new approach is proposed that contemplates systems and methods to ascribe or transfer metadata from one search-related entity to another, where each entity can be one of subject or source, citation, and object or target. First, one or more complete or incomplete attributes associated with one or more of entities across source, citation and target are identified with a high degree of probable accuracy, wherein such metadata or attributes include but are not limited to, time, language, and location of the entities. ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170228379

Mixed source media playback

Playlists having media items from more than one source are described. Media items in a first library are mapped to media items from an online media item store. ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170228242

Electronic device with automatic mode switching

An automatic hold switch is disclosed. The automatic hold switch provides a means for automatically switching a hold feature on and off. ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170228032

Variable device graphical user interface

Methods, systems, devices, and apparatus, including computer program products, for adjusting a graphical user interface. A motion of a device is detected. ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170227785

Mirror tilt actuation

Some embodiments include an image sensor and a zoom lens assembly including a plurality of movable lens elements arranged to be moved independent of one another. In some embodiments, the plurality of movable lens elements share an optical axis. ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170227416

Interrogating doe integrity by reverse illumination

Optical apparatus includes a primary radiation source, which emits first optical radiation along a first optical axis. A doe includes at least an entrance surface, upon which the first optical radiation from the primary radiation source is incident, and an exit surface, through which one or more primary diffraction orders of the first optical radiation are emitted from the doe. ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170227375

Calibration of a primary pedometer device using a secondary pedometer device

An electronic pedometer device can be calibrated using other pedometer devices that the user happens to be wearing. For example, a first pedometer can be incorporated into a device wearable on a first portion of a user's body (e.g., the wrist) while a second pedometer is incorporated into a device wearable on another portion of the user's body (e.g., the waist). ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170226651

Process for producing white anodic oxide finish

The embodiments described herein relate to treatments for anodic layers. The methods described can be used to impart a white appearance for an anodized substrate. ... Apple Inc

08/10/17 / #20170224064

Woven material including bonding fibers

A woven material (100) including bonding fibers (108) and a method of reinforcing woven material using bonding fibers is disclosed. The woven material (100) includes a plurality of warp threads (102), and at least one weft thread (104) coupled to the warp threads (102). ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170223705

Systems and methods for ofdm channelization

Systems and methods for ofdm channelization are provided that allow for the coexistence of sub-band channels and diversity channels. Methods of defining diversity sub-channels and sub-band sub-channels are provided and systematic channel definition and labeling schemes are provided.. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170223535

Methods and apparatus for access control client assisted roaming

Methods and apparatus that allow a device to migrate wireless service across multiple wireless networks. In one exemplary embodiment, the present invention enables storing and switching between multiple electronic subscriber identity modules (esim), where each esim is specific to a different carrier network. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170223471

Remotely updating a hearing aid profile

Broadly speaking, the embodiments disclosed herein describe replacing a current hearing aid profile stored in a hearing aid. In one embodiment, the hearing aid profile is updated by sending a hearing aid profile update request to a hearing aid profile service, receiving the updated healing aid profile from the hearing aid profile service, and replacing the current hearing aid profile in the hearing aid with the updated hearing aid profile. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170223463

Voice coil having epoxy-bound winding layers

An audio speaker including a bobbin-less voice coil having epoxy-bound winding layers is disclosed. More particularly, a voice coil may include a first winding layer and a second winding layer coaxially arranged about a central axis. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170223462

Mechanically actuated panel acoustic system

An electronic device whose enclosure or housing panel is used as part of an acoustic system is described. The panel is divided into several sub-panels. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170223447

Multi-driver acoustic horn for horizontal beam control

A loudspeaker array has a cabinet in which is formed a continuously open circumferential horn for controlling sound produced by a number of transducers which are positioned in the cabinet, at a throat of the horn. The continuously open circumferential horn may 1) improve the power efficiency of the transducers without unwanted aliasing effects in audible frequency ranges and 2) provide vertical control for sound emitted by the transducers by flaring.. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170223303

Display of video subtitles

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

08/03/17 / #20170223176

Portable multifunction device with animated user interface transitions

In accordance with some embodiments, a computer-implemented method is performed at a portable multifunction device with a touch screen display. The computer-implemented method includes: displaying a home menu comprising a plurality of application launch icons; detecting activation of any respective application launch icon; and, in response to detecting the activation, displaying a first animation of a transition from display of the home menu to display of an application that corresponds to the activated application launch icon. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170223156

Cosmetically self-centering removable module tray

This application relates to methods and apparatus pertaining to a sim tray that includes a deformable portion. When the sim tray is subjected to stresses that result from tolerance stacking, the deformable portion accommodates the differences tolerance errors by allowing the non-deformable portion of the sim tray to move substantially independently from one another. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170222992

Method for securing user data with drm keys

Some embodiments provide convenient auto-authentication for user data on a primary device, while still providing a significant level of security, by taking advantage of existing security and cryptographic measures used to communicate with a secondary device. The primary device of some embodiments encrypts the user data on the primary device using a cryptographic key based on a set of keys received from the secondary device. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170222991

Management of profiles in an embedded universal integrated circuit card (euicc)

Consumer/enterprise and machine-to-machine functions in wireless devices have led to a need for end user consent, security of profile data while permitting remote profile management, and mixed profile types in a shared embedded universal integrated circuit card (euicc). User consent is provided by the device or by the euicc parsing an incoming profile management command and triggering a user prompt on a user interface. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170222784

Restrictions on transmissions of control plane data with carrier aggregation

The disclosure describes apparatus and methods for communicating control plane data with a mobile device in a long term evolution (lte) network employing carrier aggregation. A network apparatus, such as an enhanced nodeb (enodeb) or a mobility management entity (mme), can be configured to evaluate a measurement report (mr) received from a mobile device for one or more radio frequency (rf) conditions associated with a primary network cell and one or more rf conditions associated with a secondary network cell. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170222762

Methods and systems for harq protocols

Methods described herein are for wireless communication systems. One aspect of the invention is directed to a method for a harq process, in which the harq process includes a first transmission of an encoder packet and at least one retransmission. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170222761

Methods and systems for harq protocols

Methods described herein are for wireless communication systems. One aspect of the invention is directed to a method for a harq process, in which the harq process includes a first transmission of an encoder packet and at least one retransmission. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170222702

Closed loop mimo systems and methods

Systems and methods for closed loop mimo (multiple input and multiple output) wireless communication are provided. Various transmit formats including spatial multiplexing and sttd are defined in which vector or matrix weighting is employed using information fed back from receivers. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170222673

Noise cancellation

An electronic device includes an antenna configured to receive a wireless transmission. The wireless transmission includes noise and data to be received. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170222329

Dual antenna feed clip

A multiple antenna feed assembly including an antenna feed support having a body made of an electrically insulating material and a method of forming the antenna feed assembly, are provided. The antenna feed support may have a slot adapted to receive a connector; and a gap formed in the body having a thickness to fit a printed circuit board (pcb). ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170222301

Electronic devices having millimeter wave wireless data transfer capabilities

An electronic device may be provided with wireless circuitry. The wireless circuitry may include one or more antennas and first and second radio-frequency modules. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170221969

Quantum dot led and oled integration for high efficiency displays

Displays including hybrid pixels including an oled subpixel and qd-led subpixel are described. In an embodiment, oled and qd-led stacks are integrated into the same pixel with multiple common layers shared by the oled and qd-led stacks.. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170221604

Ground bar for micro-coaxial wires in hdmi cables

Cable assemblies that may convey high speed signals while providing reduced signal noise, radiation, and susceptibility to interference. These and other examples may be readily manufactured. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170221550

Storage element with multiple clock circuits

Techniques relating to providing clock signals to a storage element. Generally, different portions of a given storage element may be clocked according to different schemes. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170221218

Generating synthetic video frames using optical flow

A novel method of using optical flow algorithm that maximizes the benefit of optical flow synthetic frames while minimizing the associated computation cost is provided. When using optical flow to produce synthetic frames between two actual/recorded frames, the method computes a set of estimates of optical flows (or a flow estimate) between the two frames. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170221106

Interaction-aware advertising for minimizing banner blindness

Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for interaction-aware advertising to minimize banner blindness. First, the system concurrently displays, via a graphical user interface, an advertisement and application content. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170221055

Validating online access to secure device functionality

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for validating online access to secure device functionality are provided that may use shared secrets between different subsystems and limited use validation data.. . ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170220852

System 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

08/03/17 / #20170220835

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

08/03/17 / #20170220280

Management of peak power consumed by multiple memory devices

A controller includes an interface and a processor. The interface is configured to communicate with one or more memory devices that include multiple memory blocks. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170220212

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

An electronic device includes a touch-sensitive surface, a display, and a camera sensor. The device displays a message region for displaying a message conversation and receives a request to add media to the message conversation. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170220199

Automated response to and sensing of user activity in portable devices

The various methods and devices described herein relate to devices which, in at least certain embodiments, may include one or more sensors for providing data relating to user activity and at least one processor for causing the device to respond based on the user activity which was determined, at least in part, through the sensors. The response by the device may include a change of state of the device, and the response may be automatically performed after the user activity is determined.. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170220193

Multiple controllers for a capacitive sensing device

A capacitive sensing device can include multiple capacitive sensors. A first device controller is operatively connected to a portion of the capacitive sensors, while a second device controller is operatively connected to another portion of capacitive sensors. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170220165

Selective input signal rejection and modification

Embodiments are related to user input devices that accept complex user input including a combination of touch and push (or pick) input. Embodiments of the invention provide for selective ignoring or rejection of input received from such devices in order to avoid interpreting unintentional user actions as commands. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170220116

Device, method, and user interface for processing intensity of touch contacts

An electronic device includes a touch-sensitive surface. The electronic device includes one or more sensors to detect intensity of contacts with the touch-sensitive surface. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170220100

Power management architecture

In one embodiment, an integrated circuit includes a power management architecture in which one or more pipelines are actively powered and clocked when data is provided for processing, but which are clock gated and in retention when there is no data to be processed. When data is provided to the pipeline, supply voltage may be actively provided to initial stages of the pipeline and the clocks may be ungated when the voltage is stable enough for operation. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170219859

Displays with adjustable angles-of-view

A display may have a backlight unit that provides backlight illumination. The backlight unit may include a light guide that distributes light throughout the display and an electrically adjustable lens array. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170219752

Polarizing beamsplitter that passes s-polarization and reflects p-polarization

An optical element includes a transparent substrate having a planar front surface, and a multilayer structure, which is formed on the front surface of the substrate and includes multiple thin film layers, including an outer layer that is exposed to ambient air. The multilayer structure defines, at a target wavelength, a series of resonant cavities that create, for a beam of light at the target wavelength that is incident on the optical element at a target angle, a passband for an s-polarization component of the beam and a stopband for a p-polarization component of the beam.. ... Apple Inc

08/03/17 / #20170219641

Charging systems with direct charging port support and extended capabilities

An alternating current (ac) to direct current (dc) power converter may have a connector with a pair of power supply contacts and a pair of data contacts. An electronic device may be connected to the connector of the power converter. ... Apple Inc

07/27/17 / #20170215181

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

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

07/27/17 / #20170215145

Apparatus and methods for wake-limiting with an inter-device communication link

Methods and apparatus for limiting wake requests from one device to one or more other devices. In one embodiment, the requests are from a peripheral processor to a host processor within an electronic device such as a mobile smartphone or tablet which has power consumption requirements or considerations associated therewith. ... Apple Inc

07/27/17 / #20170215143

Electronic devices for receiving pushed data

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

07/27/17 / #20170215128

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

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

07/27/17 / #20170214912

Intra-frame prediction systems and methods

System and method for improving operational efficiency of a video encoding pipeline, which includes a mode decision block that selects a luma intra-frame prediction mode used to encode a luma component of the source image data and a chroma reconstruction block that determines a first distortion expected to result in a first chroma transform block when each of a plurality of candidate chroma intra-frame prediction modes is implemented based on reconstructed image data, determines a second distortion expected to result in a second chroma transform block of the prediction unit when each of the plurality of candidate chroma intra-frame prediction modes is implemented based at least in part on the source image data, and selects a chroma intra-frame prediction mode used to encode a chroma component from the plurality of candidate chroma intra-frame prediction modes based at least in part on the first distortion and the second distortion.. . ... Apple Inc

07/27/17 / #20170214399

Method and apparatus for digital undervoltage detection and control

A method and apparats for undervoltage detection and correction is disclosed. An ic includes sensors implemented in various functional circuit blocks. ... Apple Inc

07/27/17 / #20170214241

Clamp circuit for electrical overstress and electrostatic discharge

An apparatus includes a device, a comparison circuit, and a switch. The device includes a first terminal coupled to a first power supply signal, and a second terminal coupled to a ground reference. ... Apple Inc

07/27/17 / #20170214136

Electronic device having multiband antenna with embedded filter

An electronic device may have a display in a housing with a metal wall. An antenna may have an antenna ground formed from the wall and an antenna resonating element. ... Apple Inc

07/27/17 / #20170214045

High-energy cathode active materials for lithium-ion batteries

Compounds that can be used as cathode active materials for lithium ion batteries are described. In some embodiments, the cathode active material includes the compound lixniambnco2 where m is selected from mn, ti, zr, ge, sn, te and a combination thereof; n is selected from mg, be, ca, sr, ba, fe, ni, cu, zn, and a combination thereof; 0.9<x<1.1; 0.7<a<1; 0<b<0.3; 0<c<0.3; and a+b+c=1. ... Apple Inc

07/27/17 / #20170214004

Electronic devices with light sensors and displays

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

07/27/17 / #20170213665

Button structures for electronic devices

An electronic device may have buttons, a display, and a vibrator unit. Buttons may be included in electronic devices such as glass buttons, metal buttons, buttons that are assembled on printed circuit boards, and buttons that are partly formed from antenna structures. ... Apple Inc

07/27/17 / #20170213557

Clock switching in always-on component

In an embodiment, a system on a chip (soc) may include one or more central processing units (cpus), a memory controller, and a circuit configured to remain powered on when the rest of the soc is powered down. The circuit may be configured to receive audio samples and match those audio samples against a predetermined pattern. ... Apple Inc

07/27/17 / #20170213393

Method for representing points of interest in a view of a real environment on a mobile device and mobile device therefor

There is disclosed a method and mobile device for displaying points of interest in a view of a real environment displayed on a screen of the mobile device with a functionality for interaction with a user, which comprises the steps of: capturing an image of the real environment or a part of the real environment using a camera, determining at least one point of interest related to the real environment, determining an image position of the at least one point of interest in the image, displaying at least part of the image on at least part of the screen, overlaying a computer-generated indicator with the at least part of the image on the screen at a screen position according to the image position of the at least one point of interest, displaying a computer-generated virtual object related to the at least one point of interest on the screen at a screen position determined according to the screen position of the computer-generated indicator and which is adjacent to a bottom edge of the screen, displaying a visually perceivable relation indication indicative of a relation between the computer-generated virtual object and the computer-generated indicator. The mobile device may perform an action related to the at least one point of interest if at least part of the computer-generated virtual object displayed on the screen is touched.. ... Apple Inc

07/27/17 / #20170213363

Rendering semi-transparent user interface elements

Techniques of rendering user interface elements are described. An exemplary technique can include generating color values for a user interface element's pixels based on a relationship between the element's opacity and a characteristic feature of a background area for the element and rendering the user interface element using the generated color values. ... Apple Inc

07/27/17 / #20170213212

Conducting transactions using electronic devices with non-native credentials

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for conducting a transaction using an electronic device with a non-native credential are provided. In one embodiment, a client electronic device in a system including a credential subsystem, a processing subsystem, and a host electronic device may include an online communications component and a processor that accesses, from the processing subsystem, potential transaction data indicative of a transaction, communicates, to the host electronic device using the online communications component, credential request data based on the potential transaction data, receives, from the host electronic device using the online communications component, host credential data based on the credential request data, and communicates, to the processing subsystem, the host credential data, wherein the host credential data is operative to access funds or other suitable enabling elements from the credential subsystem for funding at least a portion of the transaction. ... Apple Inc

07/27/17 / #20170213211

Document importation into secure element

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

07/27/17 / #20170213206

Conducting transactions using electronic devices with geographically restricted non-native credentials

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for conducting a transaction using an electronic device with a geographically restricted non-native credential are provided. In one embodiment, a host electronic device in a system including an administration entity subsystem and a client electronic device communicatively coupled to the host electronic device via the administration entity subsystem may be provided to include a secure element, a host credential application provisioned on the secure element that generates host transaction credential data, a communications component communicatively coupled to the administration entity subsystem, and a processor that determines that the host credential application is subject to a geographical restriction and, based on the determination, communicates to the administration entity subsystem via the communications component the host transaction credential data and an instruction for the administration entity subsystem to generate a unique voucher redeemable by the client electronic device for the host transaction credential data.. ... Apple Inc

07/27/17 / #20170212893

Categorization of digital media based on media characteristics

Techniques of digital media categorization are described. An exemplary technique can include receiving a plurality of media objects that includes a first media object and a second media object. ... Apple Inc

07/27/17 / #20170212794

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

07/27/17 / #20170212674

List scrolling and document translation, scaling, and rotation 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, a movement of an object on or near the touch screen display is detected. ... Apple Inc

07/27/17 / #20170212673

Device, method, and graphical user interface for transitioning between display states in response to a gesture

An electronic device displays a user interface in a first display state. The device detects a first portion of a gesture on a touch-sensitive surface, including detecting intensity of a respective contact of the gesture. ... Apple Inc

07/27/17 / #20170212644

Playlist-only media items

In some implementations, a computing device can be configured to manage playlist-only media items for a user's media library. For example, when a user adds a media item to a playlist, the user can be presented with an option to add the media item to the playlist as a playlist-only media item. ... Apple Inc

07/27/17 / #20170212558

Contoured interlock for thin wall sections in ceramic

This application relates to an insert nut for a housing of a computing device. The insert nut can include a threaded interior surface for receiving a screw, and a ribbed exterior surface for receiving an adhesive between ribs of the ribbed exterior surface. ... Apple Inc

07/27/17 / #20170212554

Electronic devices having ventilation systems with antennas

An electronic device may have a metal housing. The metal housing may have an upper housing in which a component such as a display is mounted and a lower housing in which a component such as a keyboard is mounted. ... Apple Inc

07/27/17 / #20170211973

Light sensor windows for electronic devices

An electronic device may be provided with light sensors. The electronic device may have an electronic device housing in which a display is mounted. ... Apple Inc

07/27/17 / #20170211936

Always on compass calibration system and methods

A method for performing continuous calibration of a magnetometer in a device includes during operation of a device, continually performing magnetometer measurements; continuously determining a state of the device; determining a magnetometer calibration model based on the magnetometer measurements and the state of the device; continually evaluating an accuracy of the magnetometer calibration model based the magnetometer measurements and the state of the device; and updating the magnetometer calibration model based on the evaluation of the accuracy magnetometer calibration model, the magnetometer measurements, and the state of the device.. . ... Apple Inc

07/27/17 / #20170210535

Packaging

Packaging comprising a base having an interior space for receiving an item, wherein the base includes a bottom surface and one or more side surfaces; a ledge formed along a side surface; and a holder supported by the ledge, wherein the holder includes a retaining mechanism for retaining the item.. . ... Apple Inc

07/20/17 / #20170208710

Electrical component with electrical terminal in wall of shield frame

The present disclosure relates to shield frames that reduce electromagnetic interference in electrical devices. The shield frames may be formed by coupling a shield frame lid to a ground connection of the circuit board through terminations in electrical components. ... Apple Inc

07/20/17 / #20170208690

Reduced electrical terminations in surface-mount technology components

Systems and methods described in this disclosure are related to fabrication and utilization of two-terminal electrical components that may have terminations with reduced width. Components, such as the ones described herein may be used to increase the density of components in electrical devices, as they may reduce a separation distance between devices that lead to solder bridging. ... Apple Inc

07/20/17 / #20170208661

Devices and methods for controlling brightness of a display backlight

A backlight driver chip for an electronic device includes an input that receives data corresponding to a brightness of a backlight device. The backlight driver chip also includes correction circuitry that determines an amplitude correction factor based at least in part on the data and the brightness of the backlight device. ... Apple Inc

07/20/17 / #20170208589

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

07/20/17 / #20170208530

Quality of service control in multiple hop wireless communication environments

A wireless communication access path exists between an ingress station and an egress station. A logical communication tunnel is established between the ingress and egress stations directly or through any number of intermediate relay stations to handle session flows of pdus. ... Apple Inc

07/20/17 / #20170208382

In-ear speaker hybrid audio transparency system

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

07/20/17 / #20170207982

Learning device interaction rules

Devices and methods are disclosed for establishing interaction among electronic devices of an environment. The device has a transmitter, receiver, memory for storing interaction rules, and a processor for learning the interaction rules in association with the transmitter, receiver, and other devices of the environment. ... Apple Inc

07/20/17 / #20170207888

Methods and systems for resource allocation

Various methods and systems are provided for allocating time-frequency resources for downlink (dl) and uplink (ul) communications between base stations and mobile stations. Different forms of resource allocation messages including combinations of bitmaps and bitfields provide additional information about the resources and/or how they are assigned. ... Apple Inc

07/20/17 / #20170207762

Correction of unknown audio content

An unknown content audio signal that is input to an audio power amplifier and speaker that have a known gain and speaker sensitivity, is buffered. A portion of the buffered signal is provided to an automatic content recognition (acr) system, and then a content identifier, of the unknown content signal, as provided by the acr system is received. ... Apple Inc

07/20/17 / #20170207601

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

07/20/17 / #20170207524

Packaged devices with antennas

A packaged device may include electrical components such as integrated circuits that are mounted to a substrate such as a printed circuit substrate. Plastic may be molded to the printed circuit substrate over the integrated circuits. ... Apple Inc

07/20/17 / #20170207028

Self shielding coaxial capacitor structures

Methods and devices related to fabrication and utilization of multilayer capacitors presenting coaxially arranged electrode layers. The capacitors may be self-shielded against electromagnetic interference with neighboring components. ... Apple Inc

07/20/17 / #20170207024

Multi-layer ceramic capacitors with bottom or side terminations

Methods and devices related to fabrication and utilization of multilayer capacitors presenting low equivalent series resistance (esr) is illustrated. The capacitors may present electrodes that are coupled to metallic terminations at the bottom and/or at the side of the capacitor. ... Apple Inc

07/20/17 / #20170206873

Dynamic music authoring

In some implementations, a computing device can be configured to present a graphical user interface that enables the dynamic authoring of music by a user of the computing device. The computing device can present a grid of cells, where each cell represents a music segment. ... Apple Inc

07/20/17 / #20170206845

Smart pixel lighting and display microcontroller

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

07/20/17 / #20170206528

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

07/20/17 / #20170206055

Realtime audio effects control

In some implementations, a computing device can be configured to present a graphical user interface that enables the dynamic authoring of music by a user of the computing device. The computing device can present a grid of cells, where each cell represents a music segment. ... Apple Inc

07/20/17 / #20170205873

Scanning depth engine

Mapping apparatus includes a transmitter, which emits a beam comprising pulses of light, and a scanner, which is configured to scan the beam, within a predefined scan range, over a scene. A receiver receives the light reflected from the scene and to generate an output indicative of a time of flight of the pulses to and from points in the scene. ... Apple Inc

07/20/17 / #20170205847

Electronic device with contacts flush with housing

An electronic device comprising a device enclosure having an exterior surface; a contact area positioned at the exterior surface and having first and second ends, the contact area having a plurality of contacts arranged between the first and second ends and substantially flush with the exterior surface; and an alignment feature within the enclosure comprising first and second magnets positioned on opposing sides of the contact area, the first magnet positioned adjacent to the first end of the contact area and the second magnet positioned adjacent to the second end of the contact area.. . ... Apple Inc

07/20/17 / #20170205243

Map application with improved search tools

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

07/13/17 / #20170202015

Channel access policy control during wireless communication

An access point selects a channel access policy for an electronic device in a wireless local area network (wlan). During operation, an interface circuit of the access point receives a channel access preference from the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170201942

Dynamic connection path detection and selection for wireless controllers and accessories

Controllers can communicate with accessories using various paths, such as a wireless communication path. A controller can maintain reachability information for each accessory indicating the path(s) via which the accessory is currently reachable. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170201866

Neighbor awareness networking multicast support

In some embodiments, one or more wireless stations operate to configure direct communication with neighboring mobile stations, e.g., direct communication between the wireless stations without utilizing an intermediate access point. Embodiments of the disclosure relate to a mechanism for a device to perform multicast communications amongst a group of peer devices. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170201826

Acoustic port with an embedded membrane

An electronic device having an assembly is disclosed. The assembly is designed to regulate fluid flow into the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170201821

Antennas for wireless earbuds

An accessory such as a wireless earbud may have an antenna for transmitting and receiving wireless signals. A housing for the earbud may have a main body portion and an extended portion that forms a stalk protruding from the main body portion. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170201664

Illumination systems and methods for computer imagers

The present invention can provide solutions to many common imaging problems, such as, for example, unevenly distributed illumination, shadows, white balance adjustment, colored ambient light and high dynamic range imaging. Imaging systems and methods can be provided through a computer (e.g., laptop or desktop) such that the system cr method can take advantage of the computer's processing power to provide functionality that goes beyond typical camera. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170201657

Bandpass filter with variable passband

An optical component includes an absorption-based filter having a selected cut-on wavelength and a multilayer interference filter, arranged in series with the absorption-based filter and having a passband containing the cut-on wavelength of the absorption-based filter.. . ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170201612

Switching between watches or other accessories

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

07/13/17 / #20170201611

Switching between watches or other accessories

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

07/13/17 / #20170201550

Credential storage across multiple devices

Techniques are disclosed relating to accessing credential information on multiple devices. In one embodiment, a computer system is disclosed that includes one or processors and memory having program instructions stored therein that are executable by the one or more processors to cause the computer system to perform operations. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170201499

Secure wireless communication between controllers and accessories

A controller and an accessory controllable by the controller can communicate using secure read and write procedures. The procedures can include encrypting identifiers of accessory characteristics targeted by a read or write operation as well as any data being read or written. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170201460

Methods and apparatus to estimate application data traffic characteristics to condition data communication channels

Apparatus and methods for estimating data traffic characteristics for applications to condition data communication channels that support data packet transfer for the applications in wireless communication devices are disclosed. Data connections to support different applications and/or daemon software processes can be established and subsequently adjusted based on data traffic characteristics for data that the different applications/daemons generate and/or consume. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170201380

Secure device pairing

Techniques are disclosed relating to the secure communication of devices. In one embodiment, a first device is configured to perform a pairing operation with a second device to establish a secure communication link between the first device and the second device. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170201301

Mimo precoding enabling spatial multiplexing, power allocation and adaptive modulation and coding

In a closed-loop wireless communication system, a codebook-based feedback mechanism is provided to enable non-unitary precoding for multi-stream transmission, where in each stream is optimized with suitable transmission power allocation and amc. The codebook-based feedback mechanism uses a precoding codebook having a power allocation matrix which is constrained to specify that beamforming always applies full power to a predetermined beam. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170201219

Metadata for loudness and dynamic range control

An audio normalization gain value is applied to an audio signal to produce a normalized signal. The normalized signal is processed to compute dynamic range control (drc) gain values in accordance with a selected one of several pre-defined drc characteristics. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170200988

Battery charging system and mobile and accessory devices

Various embodiments of the present invention are directed at a method and system for recharging batteries for wireless electronic devices. According to one embodiment, a battery charging and monitoring system is disclosed. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170200200

Utilizing a secondary application to render invitational content

Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for utilizing a secondary application to render invitational content. Primary content rendered by a web browser can be embedded with a command requesting that a secondary application be executed. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170200070

Print orientation of documents based on device sensor output

This is directed to defining the orientation in which a document is printed from the orientation of the device on which the document is displayed. In particular, some electronic devices can have limited user interfaces that do not provide for a simple or elegant interface for defining print settings. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170200039

Zero fingerprint enrollment system for an electronic device

This application provides techniques, including circuits and designs, which can receive information with respect to fingerprint images, or portions thereof, and which can be incorporated into devices using fingerprint recognition. This application also provides techniques, including devices which perform fingerprint recognition and methods which can be performed by those devices. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170200017

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

07/13/17 / #20170200008

Switching users and sync bubble for edu mode

Systems and methods are disclosed for implementing an educational mode on a portable computing device, such as a tablet computer, that is a single-user system, used serially by multiple users. Each user can have a separate user storage that may be encrypted. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170200007

Log in/log out process for edu mode

Systems and methods are disclosed for implementing an educational mode on a portable computing device, such as a tablet computer, that is a single-user system, used serially by multiple users. Each user can have a separate user storage that may be encrypted. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170200001

Shared password protection within applications

Various techniques are disclosed for managing and modifying data items. In some embodiments, a first data item can be selected for password protection via establishing an active secured user session according to a set of user credentials. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170199997

Embedded authentication systems in an electronic device

This invention is directed to an electronic device with an embedded authentication system for restricting access to device resources. The authentication system may include one or more sensors operative to detect biometric information of a user. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170199942

Document selection and display based on detected viewer preferences

Some embodiments of the invention provide a method that detects document attribute preferences for viewing documents (e.g., articles) on a device. The method displays several documents on a display screen of the device, with each document having one or more associated attributes. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170199883

Containers shared by multiple users of a device

Some embodiments provide a method for a device having multiple users. The method identifies a process installed on the device that requires an isolated storage in a file system of the device. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170199854

Detecting document viewing preferences

Some embodiments of the invention provide a method that detects document attribute preferences for viewing documents (e.g., articles) on a device. The method displays several documents on a display screen of the device, with each document having one or more associated attributes. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170199749

Dynamic graphical user interface previews

In some implementations, a computing device can present dynamic graphical user interface previews of an application on a display of the computing device. For example, cached graphical user interface (gui) content can be dynamically generated in response to receiving application data update information for the corresponding application. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170199659

Graphical user interface for providing video in a document reader application

Some embodiments provide a gui for a document reader application for viewing videos in video document panes. In some embodiments, the gui determines whether to play the video inline within a document pane based on the size of the video document pane. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170199633

Workflow widgets

Systems, methods, computer-readable mediums, user interfaces and other implementations are disclosed for workflow widgets. In some implementations, a widget workflow method includes: launching a widget at a first device; and updating the widget with content created at a second device.. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170199631

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for enabling display management of participant devices

A method includes receiving a request to display device status information for participant devices corresponding to participants in a group included on a roster, wherein a participant in the group is associated with a participant device. In response to receiving the request to display the device status information for the participant devices, displaying, respective graphical representations that include respective device status indicators for a respective set of the participants in the group, including concurrently displaying, on the display, a first graphical representation of a first participant in the group including a first device status indicator providing a status of a first participant device, associated with the first participant and a second graphical representation of a second participant in the group including a second device status indicator providing a status of a second participant device, associated with the second participant, that is different from the first device status indicator.. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170199625

Ground detection for touch sensitive device

Ground detection of a touch sensitive device is disclosed. The device can detect its grounded state so that poor grounding can be selectively compensated for in touch signals outputted by the device. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170199618

Narrow border touch screen

A touch screen is disclosed that includes conductive elements in a display area and connecting traces for routing the conductive elements to other locations. The connecting traces can be routed underneath or over existing opaque structures in the display area, instead of in border areas adjacent to the display area, to minimize the effect of the connecting traces on the display aperture ratio. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170199405

Electronic device displays with laser-welded edges

An electronic device may be provided with a display having substrate layers such as a color filter layer, thin-film transistor layer, or other display layers. An array of pixels may be formed from thin-film circuitry on a display layer. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170199144

Capacitive doe integrity monitor

An optical module includes first and second transparent substrates and a spacer between the first and second transparent substrates, holding the first transparent substrate in proximity to the second transparent substrate, with first and second diffractive optical elements (does) on respective faces of the first and second transparent substrates. At least first and second capacitance electrodes are disposed respectively on the first and second transparent substrates in proximity to the first and second does. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170199089

Reference circuit for metrology system

Reference center circuitry for a metrology system is disclosed. In one embodiment, the circuitry includes a reference sensor having a topology and characteristics identical to a number of sensors throughout an ic. ... Apple Inc

07/13/17 / #20170197868

Laser processing of electronic device structures

Laser processing techniques may be used to form structures for electronic devices. A laser processing system may be provided with lasers and positioners for moving laser beams across a structure to be processed such as a layer of glass or other material. ... Apple Inc

07/06/17 / #20170196112

Offset control for assembling an electronic device housing

Housings for electronic devices are disclosed. According to one aspect, adjoining surfaces of electronic device housings can be mounted or arranged such that adjoining surfaces are flush to a high degree of precision. ... Apple Inc

07/06/17 / #20170196016

Device category in 3gpp communications

A user equipment (ue) device may communicate according to a new device category satisfying specified qos (quality of service) requirements while also satisfying specified link budget requirements, and/or additional optimization requirements. The ue device may communicate with a cellular base station according to a first mode of operation associated with the new device category, and may switch to communicating with the cellular base station according to a second mode of operation associated with a second (pre-existing) device category in response to the link budget requirements exceeding a specified value and the quality of service requirements not being sensitive. ... Apple Inc

07/06/17 / #20170195964

Receiver front-end power consumption reduction via linearity and sensitivity adaptation

A wireless communication device may operate in different power modes based at least on a decoding of a physical data control channel (pdcch). The wireless communication device may operate its receiver front end circuitry (rx afe) in any one of a number of different power modes, and may switch to operating the rx afe in a different power mode based at least on decoding of the pdcch. ... Apple Inc

07/06/17 / #20170195921

System and method for restricting mobility in wireless networks

This invention provides a method, system and apparatus for controlling mobility on a wireless network, which includes retrieving a network mobility preference, the network mobility preference indicating a level of mobility service for the mobile station, the level of mobility service indicating the extent to which the mobile station can handoff among base stations of the wireless network, and establishing a level of mobility service for the mobile station based on the retrieved network mobility preference. The method and apparatus may further include determining the level of mobility service for the mobile station to be fully or partially restricted based on the mobility preference.. ... Apple Inc

07/06/17 / #20170195796

Microspeaker with improved high frequency extension

A decoupled speaker membrane assembly for a microspeaker, the membrane including a first membrane portion, a compliant portion, a second membrane portion and a suspension member. The compliant portion is attached to, and extends radially outward from, an entire perimeter of the first membrane portion. ... Apple Inc

07/06/17 / #20170195790

Loudspeaker equalizer

A loudspeaker system includes a driver in an enclosure that provides a back volume which is sealed with respect to acoustic pressure waves produced by a driver diaphragm. An external microphone is located outside the back volume. ... Apple Inc

07/06/17 / #20170195786

Use of an earpiece acoustic opening as a microphone port for beamforming applications

A mobile multi-function device that includes a speaker, two or more microphones, and a beamformer processor is described. The beamformer processor uses the microphones to perform beamforming operations. ... Apple Inc

07/06/17 / #20170195557

Image enhancement and repair using sample data from other images

Techniques for capturing images are described. In one scenario, one or more processors of an imaging device can obtain geodata information and time information associated with the imaging device. ... Apple Inc

07/06/17 / #20170195388

Station creation

Systems and methods for creating stations by adding new media streams are provided. A system and method can include a graphical interface having a group of graphical elements associated with remotely stored media streams, and an initiation object for adding new media streams. ... Apple Inc

07/06/17 / #20170195147

Dc offset cancelation for wireless communications

Techniques are disclosed relating to dc interference cancelation in received wireless signals. Disclosed techniques may be performed in the digital domain, in conjunction with analog cancelation techniques. ... Apple Inc

07/06/17 / #20170195113

Polar loop modulation techniques for wireless communication

This disclosure relates to an apparatus, system, and method for generating uplink transmissions using a polar architecture including a phase locked loop with potential for two point injection. According to some embodiments, frequency resources allocated for a transmission may be determined. ... Apple Inc

07/06/17 / #20170195097

Methods and systems for orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (ofdm) multiple zone partitioning

Aspects of the invention include methods and devices for inserting data and pilot symbols into orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (ofdm) frames having a time domain and a frequency domain. A method involves inserting in at least one zone of a first type a two dimensional array of data and pilot symbols in time and frequency and inserting in at least one zone of a second type a two dimensional array of data and pilot symbols in time and frequency. ... Apple Inc

07/06/17 / #20170194639

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

07/06/17 / #20170194618

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

07/06/17 / #20170193971

Variable refresh rate display synchronization

Systems and methods for synchronizing a video source and display circuitry using a dynamic tearing effect (te) signal are provided. In one embodiment, an electronic display device includes: variable refresh rate circuitry that, when no new frame data is provided to the electronic display device, extends a vertical blanking period and reduces a refresh rate of the electronic display device. ... Apple Inc

07/06/17 / #20170193282

Presence sensing

One embodiment may take the form of a method of operating a computing device to provide presence based functionality. The method may include operating the computing device in a reduced power state and collecting a first set of data from a first sensor. ... Apple Inc

07/06/17 / #20170192730

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

07/06/17 / #20170192647

Multifunction device with integrated search and application selection

In some embodiments, a multifunction device with a touch screen display and a plurality of applications concurrently displays a first plurality of application launch icons in a first area of the touch screen display, detects a first input by a user, and in response to detecting the first input by the user, displays a search input area on the touch screen display. In some embodiments, the device receives search input from the user, performs a search using the search input, and displays a plurality of search results from the search. ... Apple Inc

07/06/17 / #20170192627

Device, method, and graphical user interface for a radial menu system

An electronic device displays a radial menu including a first sequence of selectable options that extends off an edge of the display so that a first portion of the first sequence of selectable options is displayed while a second portion of the first sequence of selectable options is not displayed. The radial menu also includes a first selection region at a first fixed location on the radial menu. ... Apple Inc

07/06/17 / #20170192458

Component assembly

A portable computing device is disclosed. The portable computing device can take many forms such as a laptop computer, a tablet computer, and so on. ... Apple Inc

07/06/17 / #20170192391

Tactile switch for an electronic device

Embodiments are directed to a watch having a touch-sensitive display and a switch assembly positioned along or within an enclosure. The switch assembly includes a shaft extending into an opening of the enclosure and is configured to receive rotational and translational input. ... Apple Inc

07/06/17 / #20170191884

Strain sensors in an electronic device

One or more strain sensors can be included in an electronic device. Each strain sensor includes a strain sensitive element and one or more strain signal lines connected directly to the strain sensitive element. ... Apple Inc

06/29/17 / #20170188405

Master device for using connection attribute of electronic accessories connections to facilitate locating an accessory

A connection-indicative signal can be received at a master electronic device from an electronic accessory. The connection-indicative signal can include a connection attribute indicative of a presence or characteristic of a connection between the electronic accessory and at least one other electronic accessory of the master electronic device. ... Apple Inc

06/29/17 / #20170188331

Location-assisted service capability monitoring

A digitally stored map can indicate the signal quality for each of the map's regions. A device can determine its location, speed, and direction using global positioning system (gps) and other sensors. ... Apple Inc

06/29/17 / #20170188307

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

06/29/17 / #20170188234

Methods and apparatus for storage and execution of access control clients

Disclosed herein is a technique for securely provisioning access control entities (e.g., electronic subscriber identity module (esim) components) to a user equipment (ue) device. In one embodiment, a ue device is assigned a unique key and an endorsement certificate that can be used to provide updates or new esims to the ue device. ... Apple Inc

06/29/17 / #20170188192

Waveform design for wi-fi time-of-flight estimation

Some embodiments relate to a waveform design for time-of-flight estimation in a wireless communication system. The waveform may include a number n of signal tones, wherein the number n of signal tones is greater than a number m of signal tones that the receiving wireless device is configured to decode. ... Apple Inc

06/29/17 / #20170188152

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

06/29/17 / #20170187855

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

06/29/17 / #20170187412

Wireless electronic device with radio-frequency sensors

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

06/29/17 / #20170186429

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 an example process, user speech input is received. ... Apple Inc

06/29/17 / #20170186211

Automatic animation generation

Some embodiments of the invention provide a method that receives a selection of an animation to apply to two or more graphical objects in a scene over a particular time duration. The method identifies parameters for each of the graphical objects. ... Apple Inc

06/29/17 / #20170186045

Content ranking and serving on a multi-user device or interface

The effectiveness of targeted content delivery at a multi-user interface can be directly linked to a proper targeting of users. A way of improving targeted content delivery at a multi-user interface can be to determine which users should be targeted based on one or more criteria. ... Apple Inc

06/29/17 / #20170185794

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

06/29/17 / #20170185768

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

06/29/17 / #20170185375

Proactive assistance based on dialog communication between devices

Systems and processes for proactive assistance based on dialog communication between devices are provided. In one example process, while voice communication between an electronic device and a second electronic device is established, a stream of audio data associated with the second electronic device can be received. ... Apple Inc

06/29/17 / #20170185374

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

06/29/17 / #20170185285

Device, method, and graphical user interface for integrating recognition of handwriting gestures with a screen reader

While an electronic device with a display and a touch-sensitive surface is in a screen reader accessibility mode, the device displays a character input area and a keyboard, the keyboard including a plurality of key icons. The device detects a sequence of one or more gestures on the touch-sensitive surface that correspond to one or more characters. ... Apple Inc

06/29/17 / #20170185161

Gesture based user interface

A gesture based user interface includes a movement monitor configured to monitor a user's hand and to provide a signal based on movements of the hand. A processor is configured to provide at least one interface state in which a cursor is confined to movement within a single dimension region responsive to the signal from the movement monitor, and to actuate different commands responsive to the signal from the movement monitor and the location of the cursor in the single dimension region.. ... Apple Inc

06/29/17 / #20170185155

User interface having changeable topography

A user interface having changeable topography is disclosed. The user interface can have a shape changeable surface that can selectively alter according to an input so as to provide changeable topography of the user interface. ... Apple Inc

06/29/17 / #20170185154

User interface having changeable topography

A user interface having changeable topography is disclosed. The user interface can have a shape changeable surface that can selectively alter according to an input so as to provide changeable topography of the user interface. ... Apple Inc

06/29/17 / #20170184764

Electronic devices having infrared-transparent window coatings

An electronic device may have a display with a cover layer. A light-based component such as an infrared-light proximity sensor or other infrared-light-based component may be aligned with a window in the display cover layer. ... Apple Inc

06/29/17 / #20170182667

Micro pick up array pivot mount

Systems and methods for aligning a transfer head assembly with a substrate are disclosed. In an embodiment a pivot mount is used for generating a feedback signal in a closed-loop motion control system. ... Apple Inc

06/22/17 / #20170181303

Membrane for liquid-resistant devices and methods of making a membrane

A bracket assembly suitable for use with an electronic device is described. The bracket assembly may include a bracket body having a channel. ... Apple Inc

06/22/17 / #20170181297

Electronic devices with clips

A portable electronic device may have a clip. The clip may be mounted to a housing using hinge structures. ... Apple Inc

06/22/17 / #20170181131

Methods and apparatus for opportunistic radio resource allocation in multi-carrier communication systems

Methods and apparatus for dynamic sharing of resources such as radio frequency (rf) spectrum in a wireless system. In one embodiment, the sharing is conducted among a number of base stations (e.g., enodebs or access points (aps)), or among different radio access technologies (rats). ... Apple Inc

06/22/17 / #20170181079

Energy-efficient signal processing

In some embodiments, an apparatus includes first and second signal processing circuitry configured to perform signal processing operations and second signal processing circuitry configured to perform signal processing operations, wherein the second signal processing circuitry includes a smaller amount of processing resources than the first signal processing circuitry. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes one or more storage elements configured to store context information for the second signal processing circuitry and the one or more storage elements are accessible to the first signal processing circuitry. ... Apple Inc

06/22/17 / #20170180944

Adding location names using private frequent location data

Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for tagging media files from a media capture device with location information gathered from a portable device when the portable device determines that a user of the media capture device frequents the location and that the media item was captured in the location.. . ... Apple Inc

06/22/17 / #20170180898

Earphones with ear presence sensors

An electronic device may be coupled to an accessory such as a pair of earphones. The earphones may have ear presence sensor structures that determine whether or not the ears of a user are present in the vicinity of the earphones. ... Apple Inc

06/22/17 / #20170180547

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

06/22/17 / #20170180081

Transmission of symbols in a mimo environment using alamouti based codes

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

06/22/17 / #20170179988

Electronic device with wireless power control system

An electronic device may include wireless circuitry that is configured to transmit wireless signals during operation. A maximum transmit power level may be established that serves as a cap on how much power is transmitted from the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

06/22/17 / #20170179432

Organic light-emitting diode displays with reduced border area

A display having thin-film transistor (tft) structures may be used to display images within an active area of the display, which is surrounded by an inactive border area. In order to reduce the inactive area, a tft passivation layer may be used to help protect conductive routing lines at the outer edge of the border so that encapsulation layers need not be formed all the way to the edge. ... Apple Inc

06/22/17 / #20170179420

3d oled substrate and fine metal mask

Organic light emitting diode (oled) backplanes and fine metal masks (fmms) are described. In an embodiment, an oled backplane includes an array of raised bottom electrodes, and an fmm includes an array of pixel openings and an array of recesses. ... Apple Inc

06/22/17 / #20170179339

Display light sources with quantum dots

A display may be provided with light sources. The light sources may include light emitting diodes. ... Apple Inc

06/22/17 / #20170179173

Spad array with pixel-level bias control

A sensing device includes an array of sensing elements. Each sensing element includes a photodiode, including a p-n junction, and a local biasing circuit, coupled to reverse-bias the p-n junction at a bias voltage greater than a breakdown voltage of the p-n junction by a margin sufficient so that a single photon incident on the p-n junction triggers an avalanche pulse output from the sensing element. ... Apple Inc

06/22/17 / #20170179039

Vertical interconnects for self shielded system in package (sip) modules

A system in package (sip) is disclosed that uses an emi shield to inhibit emi or other electrical interference on the components within the sip. A metal shield may be formed on an upper surface of an encapsulant encapsulating the sip. ... Apple Inc

06/22/17 / #20170178840

Fabric electronic device housings

An electronic device such as a cover for a portable device or other electronic equipment may have circuitry mounted in a housing. The housing may be formed from layers of material such as fabric and polymer layers. ... Apple Inc

06/22/17 / #20170178626

Intelligent automated assistant

The intelligent automated assistant system engages with the user in an integrated, conversational manner using natural language dialog, and invokes external services when appropriate to obtain information or perform various actions. The system can be implemented using any of a number of different platforms, such as the web, email, smartphone, and the like, or any combination thereof. ... Apple Inc

06/22/17 / #20170178620

Intelligent text-to-speech conversion

Techniques for improved text-to-speech processing are disclosed. The improved text-to-speech processing can convert text from an electronic document into an audio output that includes speech associated with the text as well as audio contextual cues. ... Apple Inc

06/22/17 / #20170178619

System and method for user-specified pronunciation of words for speech synthesis and recognition

The method is performed at an electronic device with one or more processors and memory storing one or more programs for execution by the one or more processors. A first speech input including at least one word is received. ... Apple Inc

06/22/17 / #20170178302

Global approximation to spatially varying tone mapping operators

Techniques to generate global tone-mapping operators (g-tmos) that, when applied to high dynamic range images, visually approximate the use of spatially varying tone-mapping operators (sv-tmos) are described. The disclosed g-tmos provide substantially the same visual benefits as sv-tmos but do not suffer from spatial artifacts such as halos and are, in addition, computationally efficient compared to sv-tmos. ... Apple Inc

06/22/17 / #20170178086

Reminder creation for tasks associated with a user event

An event analysis engine on a user device may be configured to receive information representative of a user event and to determine a type of the event according to the received information. One or more tasks associated with the determined type of event may be identified. ... Apple Inc

06/22/17 / #20170177918

Electronic device including movement based artifact removal and related methods

An electronic device may include a finger biometric sensor that includes an array of electric field sensing pixels and image data output circuitry coupled thereto and capable of outputting image data from a plurality of sub-arrays of the array of electric field sensing pixels and processing circuitry coupled to the image data output circuitry. The processing circuitry is capable of determining movement of a user's finger across the array of electric field sensing pixels by comparing image data from borders of adjacent sub-arrays, the movement causing artifacts in the image data, and, when movement of the user's finger is determined, remove the artifacts from the image data.. ... Apple Inc

06/22/17 / #20170177295

Music synchronization arrangement

The invention generally pertains to a hand-held computing device. More particularly, the invention pertains to a computing device that is capable of controlling the speed of the music so as to affect the mood and behavior of the user during an activity such as exercise. ... Apple Inc

06/22/17 / #20170177265

Data storage in a multi-level memory device using one-pass programming

A method for data storage includes preparing first data having a first size for storage in a memory device that stores data having a nominal size larger than the first size, by programming a group of memory cells to multiple predefined levels using a one-pass program-and-verify scheme. The first data is combined with dummy data to produce first combined data having the nominal size, and is sent to the memory device for storage in the group. ... Apple Inc

06/22/17 / #20170177256

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

06/22/17 / #20170177054

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

06/22/17 / #20170176787

Electronic device optical sensing system with stray light suppression

An electronic device display may have an active area with an array of pixels and an inactive area. A light-transmitting window may be formed in the inactive area. ... Apple Inc

06/22/17 / #20170176657

Electronic device display with polarizer windows

Electronic devices may be provided with displays that have polarizers. A polarizer may have a polymer layer that has a portion covered with a dichroic dye to form a polarized region and a portion that is free of dichroic dye to form an unpolarized region. ... Apple Inc

06/22/17 / #20170176596

Time-of-flight detector with single-axis scan

Apparatus for mapping includes an illumination assembly, which projects a line of radiation extending in a first direction across a scene. A detection assembly receives the radiation reflected from the scene within a sensing area that contains at least a part of the line of the radiation, and includes a linear array of detector elements and objective optics, which focus the reflected radiation from the sensing area onto the linear array. ... Apple Inc

06/22/17 / #20170176579

Light detection and ranging sensor

An electro-optical device includes a laser light source, which emits at least one beam of light pulses, a beam steering device, which transmits and scans the at least one beam across a target scene, and an array of sensing elements. Each sensing element outputs a signal indicative of a time of incidence of a single photon on the sensing element. ... Apple Inc

06/22/17 / #20170176249

Testing device for laser illumination systems

Apparatus and methods are described, including an apparatus for testing a light beam emitted by a light source. The apparatus includes a transparent substrate, a first face of the substrate being shaped to define a plurality of optical deflectors. ... Apple Inc

06/22/17 / #20170176246

Ambient light sensor window coatings for electronic devices

An electronic device may have a display with a cover layer. An ambient light sensor may be aligned with an ambient light sensor window formed from an opening in a masking layer on the cover layer in an inactive portion of the display. ... Apple Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171819

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

06/15/17 / #20170171817

Rohc-based link estimation and power saving in volte

A user equipment device (ue) may transmit, in a packet to a base station, information associated with resource configuration/resource requirement corresponding to wireless uplink communications of the wireless communication device. The base station may assign resources to the ue based on the received information. ... Apple Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171814

Cmas alert procedures over wi-fi for low power devices

Distributing indications of emergency messages via wi-fi. A cellular device may temporarily disable its cellular modem. ... Apple Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171742

Embedded universal integrated circuit card (euicc) file system management with profile switching

Methods and apparatus for dynamic file system management of an embedded universal integrated circuit card (euicc) in response to changes for electronic subscriber identity modules (esims) on the euicc are disclosed herein. Hardware specific file information, e.g., hardware-based euicc parameters, which may apply to multiple esims and/or multiple mobile network operators (mnos), is included in a default euicc file system. ... Apple Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171466

Flare detection and mitigation in panoramic images

Lens flare mitigation techniques determine which pixels in images of a sequence of images are likely to be pixels affected by lens flare. Once the lens flare areas of the images are determined, unwanted lens flare effects may be mitigated by various approaches, including reducing border artifacts along a seam between successive images, discarding entire images of the sequence that contain lens flare areas, and using tone-mapping to reduce the visibility of lens flare.. ... Apple Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171256

Packet switched voice service registration techniques with reduced overhead

This disclosure relates to techniques for reducing overhead associated with packet switched voice service registration. According to some embodiments, a cellular network entity associated with a cellular network may receive a request relating to packet switched voice service from a wireless device. ... Apple Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171094

Playlists for real-time or near real-time streaming

Methods and apparatuses for real-time or near real-time streaming of content using transfer protocols such as an http compliant protocol. In one embodiment, a method includes dividing a stream of data, representing the contiguous time based content of a program (e.g. ... Apple Inc

06/15/17 / #20170170859

Accessory case for wireless electronic device

A removable case may have a body that is configured to receive an electronic device. The case may be coupled to the electronic device using wired and wireless paths. ... Apple Inc

06/15/17 / #20170170857

Handheld electronic touch screen communication device

A handheld electronic device may be provided that contains a conductive housing and other conductive elements. Transceiver circuitry, such as radio frequency (rf) transceiver circuitry configured to transmit and receive rf signals, may be connected to the resonating elements by transmission lines such as coaxial cables. ... Apple Inc

06/15/17 / #20170170814

Efficient duty-cycle balanced clock generation circuit for single and multiple-phase clock signals

Clock generation circuits including a single and multi-phase clock circuits are disclosed. A clock generation circuit is coupled to receive a first pulse on a first input and a second pulse on a second input. ... Apple Inc

06/15/17 / #20170170545

Electronic device with antenna

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

06/15/17 / #20170170360

Led structures for reduced non-radiative sidewall recombination

Led structures are disclosed to reduce non-radiative sidewall recombination along sidewalls of vertical leds including p-n diode sidewalls that span a top current spreading layer, bottom current spreading layer, and active layer between the top current spreading layer and bottom current spreading layer.. . ... Apple Inc

06/15/17 / #20170170049

Micro device stabilization post

A method and structure for stabilizing an array of micro devices is disclosed. The array of micro devices is formed on an array of stabilization posts formed from a thermoset material. ... Apple Inc

06/15/17 / #20170169763

Low power display on mode for a display device

This application relates to systems, methods, and apparatus for transitioning a display device between operating modes using a single dedicated pin of a circuit connected to the display device. The dedicated pin can receive a packet signal corresponding to an operating mode for the display device, and the circuit can thereafter cause the display device to transition into the desired operating mode in response to receiving the packet signal. ... Apple Inc

06/15/17 / #20170169204

Embedded authentication systems in an electronic device

This invention is directed to an electronic device with an embedded authentication system for restricting access to device resources. The authentication system may include one or more sensors operative to detect biometric information of a user. ... Apple Inc

06/15/17 / #20170168940

Methods of overriding a resource retry

In an embodiment, an apparatus includes control circuitry and a memory configured to store a plurality of access instructions. The control circuitry is configured to determine an availability of a resource associated with a given access instruction of the plurality of access instructions. ... Apple Inc

06/15/17 / #20170168707

Electronic touch communication

Touch inputs such as single-finger contacts and multiple-finger contacts are detected at an electronic device and translated into electronic touch communications for playback at an external electronic device.. . ... Apple Inc

06/15/17 / #20170168637

Handheld electronic touch screen device

A handheld electronic device may be provided that contains a conductive housing and other conductive elements. Circuitry configured to transmit and receive signals may be connected to the resonating elements by transmission lines such as coaxial cables. ... Apple Inc

06/15/17 / #20170168619

Structure for integrated touch screen

A touch screen is disclosed. The touch screen can comprise a substrate having a first surface upon which a touch or proximity event is to be detected, and a second surface that opposes the first surface, and a touch sensor electrode and a first display pixel including a first display pixel tft formed on the second surface of the substrate. ... Apple Inc

06/15/17 / #20170168520

Timebase synchronization

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

06/15/17 / #20170167007

High strength, high conductivity electroformed copper alloys and methods of making

An electroformed binary copper alloy comprising copper and x, where x is selected from the group consisting of cr, fe, w, mo, b, co, ag, and p, having a yield strength of at least 600 mpa and an electrical conductivity of at least 20% iacs is disclosed.. . ... Apple Inc

06/15/17 / #20170164884

Measuring respiration rate with multi-band plethysmography

A photoplethysmogram (ppg) signal may be obtained from a pulse oximeter, which employs a light emitter and a light sensor to measure the perfusion of blood to the skin of a user, and multiple wavelengths of light may be employed. For various wavelengths, relatively long wavelengths may interrogate relatively deep blood vessels in comparison to relatively short wavelengths, which may interrogate relatively shallow blood vessels. ... Apple Inc

06/15/17 / #20170164684

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

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

06/08/17 / #20170164380

Systems and methods to enhance radio link performance in a multi-carrier environment

Described herein are systems and methods to enhance radio link performance in a multi-carrier environment. A method may comprise sending, by an upper level layer of a wireless device, user data in a packet for transmission, wherein the packet includes an indication of a level of priority of the packet, receiving, by a media access control (“mac”) layer of the wireless device, the packet for transmission including the indication of the level of priority provided by the upper level layer, identifying, by the mac layer, a reliability of each of a plurality of component carriers, and selecting, by the mac layer, one of the component carriers on which to transmit the packet, wherein the selecting is based on the level of priority of the packet and the reliability of the one of the component carriers.. ... Apple Inc

06/08/17 / #20170164292

Managing notification service connections

A method and apparatus to manage notification service connections. In one embodiment of the invention, a mobile device schedules a notification service connection message transmission interval for each of a plurality of notification service connections. ... Apple Inc

06/08/17 / #20170164186

Flexible btle tds frame format for bi-directional service discovery

In some embodiments, one or more wireless stations operate to configure direct communication with neighboring wireless stations, e.g., direct communication between the wireless stations without utilizing an intermediate access point. Embodiments of the disclosure relate to a mechanism for a device to transmit, via a btle (or bluetooth) interface, a first message indicating an operation associated with a wi-fi service (e.g., a service available via a wi-fi interface and/or wi-fi related interface parameters) to a peer device. ... Apple Inc

06/08/17 / #20170164141

Opportunistic offloading of tasks between nearby computing devices

The embodiments set forth a technique for enabling a group of computing devices to delegate tasks in a manner that promotes energy savings. According to one embodiment, each computing device is configured to identify situations where the computing device has an energy advantage (e.g., when plugged-in) and should serve as a proxy computing device to other computing devices. ... Apple Inc

06/08/17 / #20170164084

Microphone assembly having an acoustic leak path

An electronic device having a microphone behind a water resistant, air-impermeable membrane is disclosed. Embodiments include a trapped volume of air between the membrane and the microphone. ... Apple Inc

06/08/17 / #20170163589

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

06/08/17 / #20170163446

Opportunistic measurement and feedback in a wireless local area network

Uplink resource assignment in a wireless local area network (wlan) by an access point (ap) to wireless stations (stas) is herein provided using opportunistic feedback from the stas. The ap sends a message to a first sta; the message is also observed by a second sta. ... Apple Inc

06/08/17 / #20170163387

Delayed and bundled retransmissions for low bandwidth applications

Apparatus and methods are disclosed for performing delayed hybrid automatic repeat request (harq) communications in the downlink (dl) to reduce power consumption for a user equipment (ue) during a connected mode discontinuous reception (c-drx) cycle. An enhanced nodeb can be configured to monitor a physical uplink control channel (pucch) for dl harq information to determine when the pucch contains a negative acknowledgement (nack) message, and in response to determining that the pucch contains a nack message, the enodeb can wait until a next c-drx on duration to transmit a harq dl retransmission. ... Apple Inc

06/08/17 / #20170163288

On-the-fly evaluation of the number of errors corrected in iterative ecc decoding

A decoder includes an interface and circuitry. The interface is configured to receive a code word that was encoded using a quasi-cyclic low density parity check (qc-ldpc) error correcting code (ecc) represented by multiple check equations that are defined over multiple variables. ... Apple Inc

06/08/17 / #20170163248

Modulation of power supply voltage for varying propagation delay

Embodiments relate to modulating a power supply voltage for varying a propagation delay of data paths within an integrated circuit. The power supply voltage is modulated to increase the delay of shorter data paths for reducing an incidence of hold time violations without substantially affecting the delay of longer data paths. ... Apple Inc

06/08/17 / #20170163092

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

06/08/17 / #20170162553

Led display with wavelength conversion layer

A display and method of manufacture are described. The display may include a substrate including an array of pixels with each pixel including multiple subpixels, and each subpixel within a pixel is designed for a different color emission spectrum. ... Apple Inc

06/08/17 / #20170162546

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

06/08/17 / #20170162258

Management of data storage in 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

06/08/17 / #20170162203

Applying neural network language models to weighted finite state transducers for automatic speech recognition

Systems and processes for converting speech-to-text are provided. In one example process, speech input can be received. ... Apple Inc

06/08/17 / #20170162113

Display with light-emitting diodes

A display may have an array of pixels each of which has a light-emitting diode such as an organic light-emitting diode. A drive transistor and an emission transistor may be coupled in series with the light-emitting diode of each pixel between a positive power supply and a ground power supply. ... Apple Inc

06/08/17 / #20170161716

Location-based graphical user interfaces

In some implementations, a mobile device can receive identification information for a merchant store location. The mobile device can receive the identification information when the mobile device is proximate to the store location, for example. ... Apple Inc

06/08/17 / #20170161268

Voice-based media searching

Methods and systems for searching for media items using a voice-based digital assistant are described. Natural language text strings corresponding to search queries are provided. ... Apple Inc

06/08/17 / #20170161244

Mechanism for partial document restore

Method and apparatus for managing versions of a portion of a document on a computing system are described. Multiple versions of an object in the document are maintained on the computing system. ... Apple Inc

06/08/17 / #20170161241

Utilizing a secondary application to render invitational content

Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for utilizing a secondary application to render invitational content. Primary content rendered by a web browser can be embedded with a command requesting that a secondary application be executed. ... Apple Inc

06/08/17 / #20170161018

Interface for a virtual digital assistant

The digital assistant displays a digital assistant object in an object region of a display screen. The digital assistant then obtains at least one information item based on a speech input from a user. ... Apple Inc

06/08/17 / #20170160925

Touch event model

A device with a touch-sensitive surface detects one or more touches that start within a view on the touch-sensitive surface, and processes the one or more touches on the touch-sensitive surface with a software element associated with the view. The device receives, at the software element associated with the view, a touch event that includes data structure including a phase value indicating that a respective touch on the touch-sensitive surface has been canceled by the device. ... Apple Inc

06/08/17 / #20170160791

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

06/08/17 / #20170160766

Electronic device displays with holes to accommodate components

An electronic device may have a display. The display may be mounted in a housing and may have a window to accommodate a camera or other electrical component. ... Apple Inc

06/08/17 / #20170160455

Multi-piece light guide for enhanced alignment through an opaque surface

An accessory device is disclosed. The accessory device may include a light guide assembly that directs light from a light source (or sources) through an opening of the accessory device, and in particular, in a base portion of the accessory device. ... Apple Inc

06/08/17 / #20170160209

Testing diffraction or diffusion of a light beam

An apparatus for testing diffraction or diffusion of a light beam is provided. The apparatus includes a photosensitive semiconductor, shaped to define an aperture. ... Apple Inc

06/08/17 / #20170160098

Navigation user interface

The present disclosure relates to techniques for managing navigation alerts. The disclosure generally describes an exemplary technique whereby a first device, such as a smartphone, coordinates the timing or sequence of alerts for a navigation instruction on the first device and on a second device, such as a smartwatch. ... Apple Inc

06/01/17 / #20170156111

Cold temperature power throttling at a mobile computing device

The subject matter of the disclosure relates to low temperature power throttling at a mobile device to reduce the likelihood of an unexpected power down event in cold weather environments. A mobile device employing a power management solution may be configured to determine that a monitored temperature at the mobile device (at the battery of the mobile device) is below a first threshold level, and whether a hardware component (such as a camera) is active or inactive. ... Apple Inc

06/01/17 / #20170156002

Integrated mems microphone and vibration sensor

Mems microphone and vibration sensor dies and packages are described. In an embodiment, a mems microphone and vibration sensor die includes a die substrate, a mems microphone on the die substrate and a mems vibration sensor on the die substrate. ... Apple Inc

06/01/17 / #20170156001

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

06/01/17 / #20170155995

Deformable ear tip for earphone and method therefor

A removable component for use with an earphone is disclosed. As an example, the removable component can be an ear tip. ... Apple Inc

06/01/17 / #20170155649

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

06/01/17 / #20170155554

Configuring computing devices using a bootstrap configuration

In the described embodiments, a device configuration file is used to set configuration settings on a computing device during a configuration operation (e.g., an initial configuration or a re-configuration of the computing device). The device configuration file is retrieved from a location where the device configuration file is hosted using a reference to the location from a bootstrap configuration. ... Apple Inc

06/01/17 / #20170155213

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

06/01/17 / #20170154664

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

06/01/17 / #20170154473

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for placing an asset on a three-dimensional model

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are provided for placing an asset on a three-dimensional model. Each asset can be associated with a pivot point and with an asset normal. ... Apple Inc

06/01/17 / #20170154047

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

06/01/17 / #20170153795

Reduced-size interfaces for managing alerts

An electronic device with a display can receive an alert comprising information, and in response to receiving the alert, issue a perceptual output. The device can detect a user input and determine whether the user input was detected within a predetermined time interval after the perceptual output. ... Apple Inc

06/01/17 / #20170153760

Gain-based error tracking for force sensing

An electronic device can include gain-based error tracking for improved force sensing performance. The electronic device can comprise a plurality of force sensors (e.g., coupled to a touch sensor panel configured to detect an object touching the touch sensor panel). ... Apple Inc

06/01/17 / #20170153737

Force sensor-based motion or orientation determination in a device

An electronic device is disclosed. The electronic device comprises a touch sensor panel configured to detect an object touching the touch sensor panel and a plurality of force sensors coupled to the touch sensor panel and configured to detect an amount of force with which the object touches the touch sensor panel. ... Apple Inc

06/01/17 / #20170153445

Electrical tuning of resonant scanning

A scanning device includes a frame, having a central opening, and an array including a plurality of parallel mirrors contained within the central opening of the frame. Hinges respectively connect the mirrors to the frame and define respective, mutually-parallel axes of rotation of the mirrors relative to the frame. ... Apple Inc

05/18/17 / #20170142665

Radio link monitoring for link-budget-limited devices

A link-budget-limited wireless communication device (ue) may implement improved radio link monitoring procedures for enhancing the link-budget of the ue. The ue may monitor the radio link and may determine whether the radio link can support a lowest acceptable link quality according to a hysteresis-based comparison that uses threshold values to determine error rates associated with a physical control channel. ... Apple Inc

05/18/17 / #20170142661

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

05/18/17 / #20170142509

Dual mode headphones and methods for constructing the same

Dual mode headphones, and methods for constructing the same are provided. Headphones can be connected to an electronic device to provide an audio output. ... Apple Inc

05/18/17 / #20170142079

Secure software updates

Improved techniques to update software in electronic devices that are already in use are disclosed. In one embodiment, software can be updated in a secure and controlled manner using cryptography. ... Apple Inc

05/18/17 / #20170141905

Techniques for reducing communication errors in a wireless communication system

A technique for operating a wireless communication device includes transmitting a scheduling request from the wireless communication device and receiving, following the scheduling request, an uplink grant that assigns an uplink channel to the wireless communication device. The uplink grant may include one or more fields indicating whether only channel quality information is to be transmitted and/or if data is to be transmitted.. ... Apple Inc

05/18/17 / #20170141900

Apparatus and methods for wireless channel sounding

A technique of operating a wireless communication device includes receiving an assigned starting point index and an assigned reference signal bandwidth for a reference signal. The reference signal is then transmitted multiple times, beginning at an initial resource block that is associated with the assigned starting point index and in accordance with the assigned reference signal bandwidth, across a shared channel.. ... Apple Inc

05/18/17 / #20170141881

Providing acknowledgement information by a wireless device

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

05/18/17 / #20170141522

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

05/18/17 / #20170141116

Multi-die fine grain integrated voltage regulation

A semiconductor device package is described that includes a power consuming device (such as an soc device). The power consuming device may include one or more current consuming elements. ... Apple Inc

05/18/17 / #20170141095

Package with soc and integrated memory

A semiconductor package includes a processor die (e.g., an soc) and one or more memory die (e.g., dram) coupled to a ball grid array (bga) substrate. The processor die and the memory die are coupled to opposite sides of the bga substrate using terminals (e.g., solder balls). ... Apple Inc

05/18/17 / #20170141091

Display module and system applications

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

05/18/17 / #20170141088

Three layer stack structure

Vertically stacked system in package structures are described. In an embodiment, a package includes a first level molding and fan out structure, a third level molding and fan out structure, and a second level molding and fan out structure between the first and third levels. ... Apple Inc

05/18/17 / #20170140724

Displays with series-connected switching transistors

A display may have an array of light-emitting diode pixels or pixels containing portions of a liquid crystal layer to which electric fields are applied using electrodes. A pixel with a light-emitting diode may have a drive transistor coupled in series with the light-emitting diode. ... Apple Inc

05/18/17 / #20170139801

Presenting status data received from multiple devices

Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for presenting status data received from multiple computing devices in a single central interface. A computing device can be configured to gather and transmit status data. ... Apple Inc

05/18/17 / #20170139539

Panel bootstraping architectures for in-cell self-capacitance

A self-capacitance touch screen. In some examples, the touch screen comprises a plurality of display pixels, a first display pixel of the plurality of display pixels including a first touch electrode of a plurality of touch electrodes, and a gate line coupled to the first display pixel, wherein the gate line is configured such that a voltage at the gate line substantially follows a voltage at the first touch electrode. ... Apple Inc

05/18/17 / #20170139532

Flexible electronic devices

Flexible electronic devices may be provided. A flexible electronic device may include a flexible display, a flexible housing and one or more flexible internal components configured to allow the flexible electronic device to be deformed. ... Apple Inc

05/18/17 / #20170139468

Methods and apparatus for reducing power consumption wihtin embedded systems

Methods and apparatus for managing connections be multiple internal integrated circuits (ics) of for example, a high-speed internal device interface. Improved schemes for coordination of connection and disconnection events, and/or suspension and resumption of operation for a high-speed inter. ... Apple Inc

05/18/17 / #20170137321

Laser-colored sapphire material

A colored sapphire material and methods for coloring sapphire material using lasers are disclosed. The method for coloring the sapphire material may include positioning the sapphire material over an opaque substrate material, exposing the opaque substrate material to a laser beam passing through the sapphire material to impact the substrate material, and inducing a chemical change in a portion of the sapphire material exposed to the laser beam. ... Apple Inc

05/11/17 / #20170135219

Carrier ultra thin substrate

Method of forming ultra thin coreless substrates are described. In an embodiment, the method utilizes a debond layer including high and low adhesion surface areas to the carrier substrate, and cutting through the low adhesion surface areas to remove a build-up structure from the carrier substrate. ... Apple Inc

05/11/17 / #20170135147

Radio resource aggregation with suspend/resume support

This disclosure relates to temporary suspension, and subsequent resumption, of radio resource aggregation in a wireless communication system. A wireless device may establish a communication link with a base station. ... Apple Inc

05/11/17 / #20170135067

Paging mechanisms for link-budget-limited user devices

Various mechanisms for paging link-budget-limited (lbl) devices are disclosed, including: (1) transmitting paging message with non-conventional paging identifier; (2) transmitting paging message(s) with increased power; (3) repeating transmission of paging message to support combining at receiver. Various mechanisms for ue device to signal lbl status are disclosed, including, transmitting status flag or special value of drx cycle to network node as part of tracking area update and/or attach request. ... Apple Inc

05/11/17 / #20170135006

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

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

05/11/17 / #20170134993

Returning to a first network from a second network after premature termination of a circuit switched fallback voice call

A method for returning to a first network from a second network after premature termination of a csfb voice call is provided. The method can include a wireless communication device storing cell information for the first network while connected to the first network; participating in a csfb procedure to transition to the second network in response to initiation of a voice call; and determining that the voice call has prematurely terminated. ... Apple Inc

05/11/17 / #20170134778

Agnostic media delivery system

Systems and methods for a media content delivery service. A media content provider includes a data store for storing and serving media content to subscribers. ... Apple Inc

05/11/17 / #20170134731

Adaptive chroma downsampling and color space conversion techniques

Techniques for selecting a luminance value for color space conversion are disclosed. Techniques include determining values for cb and cr from values for r′, g′, and b′; producing a reconstructed cb* value and a reconstructed cr* value by processing the cb and cr values; and determining a plurality of y′ value options from the values for cb* and cr*. ... Apple Inc

05/11/17 / #20170134655

Modeless video and still frame capture

In an embodiment, an electronic device may be configured to capture still frames during video capture, but may capture the still frames in the 4×3 aspect ratio and at higher resolution than the 16×9 aspect ratio video frames. The device may interleave high resolution, 4×3 frames and lower resolution 16×9 frames in the video sequence, and may capture the nearest higher resolution, 4×3 frame when the user indicates the capture of a still frame. ... Apple Inc

05/11/17 / #20170134389

Third party paywall authentication system

The present technology provides a less burdensome mechanism to bring media items owned or licensed in the physical world into an account hosted by an electronic media provider. A specific use case deals with magazine subscriptions wherein the electronic media provider can send entity identifying information to a publisher clearinghouse that has subscription data for many different magazines. ... Apple Inc

05/11/17 / #20170133800

Illuminated printed circuit boards for connectors

Connectors that may provide illumination at an opening in order to facilitate the mating to a corresponding connector by a user. The illumination may be generated on a tongue of a connector insert or in a connector receptacle. ... Apple Inc

05/11/17 / #20170133799

High-speed connector system

Connector receptacles that may have a desired form factor to fit in a stylized device enclosure. These stylized connector receptacles and corresponding connector inserts may also be capable of high-speed performance. ... Apple Inc

05/11/17 / #20170133798

High-speed connector inserts and cables

High speed connector inserts and cables having improved heat conduction, high strength, and may be manufactured in a reliable manner. One example may provide a connector insert having several paths by which heat may be removed from circuitry in the cable insert. ... Apple Inc

05/11/17 / #20170133792

Connector illumination for insertion in low-light conditions

Connector systems that may facilitate the insertion of connector inserts into connector receptacles, may eliminate the need for dedicated contacts to detect a connection, and may provide connector inserts that are rotatable even when the functions of the contacts on the connector inserts are not symmetrical.. . ... Apple Inc

05/11/17 / #20170133787

Flexible and breakaway mechnisims for connections

Connectors that are able to withstand force and are easy to manufacture. The connectors may include connecting portions that may move relative to other portions of the connectors to absorb force. ... Apple Inc

05/11/17 / #20170133785

Surface connector with silicone spring member

Contact structures for devices, where contacts in the contact structures may provide a sufficient normal force to provide a good electrical connection with corresponding contacts while consuming a minimal amount of surface area, depth, and volume in a device, and where the contact structures may prevent or limit the ingress of fluid or debris into the device. On example may provide a contact structure having a frame. ... Apple Inc

05/11/17 / #20170132657

Active time spent optimization and reporting

Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for optimizing and reporting time spent by a user engaged in a session. The system first obtains data associated with a presentation of an item of content at a mobile device, the presentation being divided into multiple partitions. ... Apple Inc

05/11/17 / #20170132456

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

05/11/17 / #20170132294

App store searching

Methods and systems for searching for applications in an app store use, in one embodiment, distribution data to create an association between a first application and a first set of other applications in the app store, and the association is used to provide search results in response to a navigational search query that specifies the first application by name so that the search results include the first application and the first set of other applications. The distribution data indicates the number of downloads for applications in the app store that resulted from each search query in a set of search queries.. ... Apple Inc

05/11/17 / #20170132199

Unconventional virtual assistant interactions

An exemplary method of using a virtual assistant may include receiving an unstructured natural-language user request for a service from a virtual assistant; determining whether the user request corresponds to at least one of a plurality of plan templates accessible to the virtual assistant, based on the content of the user request and the content of the plan templates; in accordance with a determination that the user request corresponds to at least one of the plurality of plan templates, selecting one of the plurality of plan templates; and in accordance with a determination the user request fails to correspond to at least one of the plurality of plan templates, foregoing selection of a plan template; and in response to selection of one of the plan templates, beginning to respond to the user request according to the selected plan template.. . ... Apple Inc

05/11/17 / #20170132131

Combined transparent/non-transparent cache

In one embodiment, a memory that is delineated into transparent and non-transparent portions. The transparent portion may be controlled by a control unit coupled to the memory, along with a corresponding tag memory. ... Apple Inc

05/11/17 / #20170132019

Intelligent automated assistant in a messaging environment

Systems and processes for operating an intelligent automated assistant in a messaging environment are provided. In one example process, a graphical user interface (gui) having a plurality of previous messages between a user of the electronic device and the digital assistant can be displayed on a display. ... Apple Inc

05/11/17 / #20170131963

System and method for display mirroring

A computing system that supports the use of multiple displays in display mirroring mode and extended display mode may automatically determine a display mode in which to configure the system (with little or no user input) based on various characteristics of the displays in the system. For example, the system may determine that a television, projector, or other presentation type display is connected in the system, and in response, may determine that the system should be configured in a display mirroring mode, rather than in an extended display mode. ... Apple Inc

05/11/17 / #20170131852

Method and apparatus for displaying a window for a user interface

Methods and apparatuses to display windows. In more than one embodiments of the invention, a window is closed automatically (e.g., after a timer expires, or when a condition or criterion is met, or a system input is received) without user input. ... Apple Inc

05/11/17 / #20170131805

Vibration sensing system and method for categorizing portable device context and modifying device operation

Disclosed herein are methods for operating a computing device including determining an amount of pressure exerted on a touch-sensitive surface of the computing device. According to the various embodiments, a touch input is received by the touch-sensitive surface. ... Apple Inc

05/11/17 / #20170130929

Light fixture

A light fixture is disclosed. The light fixture includes a frame, a light source disposed within and coupled to the frame, and a lens coupled to the light source. ... Apple Inc

05/04/17 / #20170127464

Nan further availability schedule indications

In some embodiments, one or more wireless stations operate to configure direct communication with neighboring mobile stations, e.g., direct communication between the wireless stations without utilizing an intermediate access point. Embodiments of the disclosure relate to a mechanism for peer devices to transmit availability schedules beyond 512 time units while continuing to minimize communication overhead. ... Apple Inc

05/04/17 / #20170127369

Nan data beacon

In some embodiments, one or more wireless stations operate to configure direct communication with neighboring mobile stations, e.g., direct communication between the wireless stations without utilizing an intermediate access point. Embodiments of the disclosure relate to a mechanism for a wireless station to discover a neighboring peer wireless station, e.g., via peer-to-peer wi-fi communications, receive a synchronization beacon(s) from the neighboring peer wireless station, and synchronize timing with the neighboring peer wireless station based at least in part on the synchronization beacon(s). ... Apple Inc

05/04/17 / #20170127344

Proxy assisted nan and access point concurrent operation

In some embodiments, one or more wireless stations operate to configure direct communication with neighboring mobile stations, e.g., direct communication between the wireless stations without utilizing an intermediate access point. Embodiments of the disclosure relate to a mechanism for peer nan devices to assist one another in receiving communications from an access point common to the peer nan devices. ... Apple Inc

05/04/17 / #20170127340

Operating-mode transitions based on advertising information

In order to reduce the power consumption of a receiving electronic device, received advertising beacons may be filtered so that the receiving electronic device selectively transitions from a power-saving mode to a normal operating mode. For example, the receiving electronic device may receive a beacon with advertising information for a transmitting electronic device. ... Apple Inc

05/04/17 / #20170127264

Apparatus and methods for electronic subscriber identity module (esim) installation notification

Methods and apparatus for provisioning electronic subscriber identity module (esim) data by a mobile device are disclosed. Processing circuitry of the mobile device transfers encrypted esim data to an embedded universal integrated circuit card (euicc) of the mobile device as a series of data messages and receives corresponding response messages for each data message from the euicc. ... Apple Inc

05/04/17 / #20170127217

Methods and apparatus to reuse wireless circuitry for multiple subscriber identities in a wireless communication device

Apparatus and methods to reuse wireless circuitry to communicate with multiple wireless networks to support multiple subscriber identities in a wireless communication device are disclosed. A representative method includes receiving signaling messages for a second subscriber identity from a second wireless network while connected to a first wireless network for a first subscriber identity. ... Apple Inc

05/04/17 / #20170127177

Noise estimation in a mobile device using an external acoustic microphone signal

A mobile device uses externals microphone signals to improve the estimate of background noise that it computes. In order to improve voice quality in a first signal that is produced by an internal microphone, the mobile device identifies an external microphone device within proximity of the mobile device. ... Apple Inc

05/04/17 / #20170127172

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

05/04/17 / #20170127163

Hydrophobic mesh cover

A screen having a hydrophobic portion to resist the entry of liquid into an acoustic module and a hydrophilic portion to aid in the removal of liquid from an acoustic chamber is described. The screen is placed in an orifice in the acoustic module between the external environment and the internal acoustic chamber.. ... Apple Inc

05/04/17 / #20170126977

Robust image feature based video stabilization and smoothing

A method of removing unwanted camera motion from a video sequence is provided. The method matches a group of feature points between each pair of consecutive video frames in the video sequence. ... Apple Inc

05/04/17 / #20170126461

Wireless station control of wlan receive operating mode change

A wireless local area network station (sta) changes a receiver operating mode (rom) and saves power by influencing when a rom-conforming access point (ap) transmission takes place. The sta evaluates candidate delay regimes after a negotiation exchange with the sta. ... Apple Inc

05/04/17 / #20170126364

Continuous retransmission in wi-fi systems

This disclosure relates to performing retransmissions in a wireless communication system by a wireless device. A wireless device may receive a first transmission of a data frame according to a wireless communication technology. ... Apple Inc

05/04/17 / #20170126347

Methods and systems for ofdm using code division multiplexing

In some embodiments of the invention, ofdm symbols are transmitted as a plurality of clusters. A cluster includes a plurality of ofdm sub-carriers in frequency, over a plurality of ofdm symbol durations in time. ... Apple Inc

05/04/17 / #20170126343

Audio stem delivery and control

A system and method is described for playing back content that includes a video stream and a final audio mix representing sounds for the video stream. An interface receives the video stream and the final audio mix. ... Apple Inc

05/04/17 / #20170126301

System and method for mapping symbols for mimo transmission

Methods and devices are provided for mimo ofdm transmitter and receivers having odd and/even numbers of transmit antennas. Various methods for pre-coding information bits before space time coding (stc) are described for enabling transmission of information bits over all antennas. ... Apple Inc

05/04/17 / #20170126258

Wireless devices having multiple transmit chains with predistortion circuitry

An electronic device may include wireless communications circuitry that has first and second digital predistortion circuits. The first predistortion circuit receives a first signal at a first frequency while the second predistortion circuit receives a second signal at a second frequency. ... Apple Inc

05/04/17 / #20170126133

Ac-dc power converters with improved voltage output level transitions

This disclosure relates to power converters that are capable of providing smooth transitions between multiple output voltage levels. The converter's output may need to be changed from, e.g., 5v to 12v, 15v, or 20v—based on the charging device's request. ... Apple Inc

05/04/17 / #20170125958

Cable assemblies, systems, and methods for making the same

Cable assemblies, systems, and methods for making the same are provided.. . ... Apple Inc

05/04/17 / #20170125889

Electronic device with fingerprint sensor and tunable hybrid antenna

An electronic device may have wireless circuitry and components such as sensors. The electronic device may have a metal housing having first and second planar rear wall portions separated by a gap. ... Apple Inc

05/04/17 / #20170125849

Non-rectangular batteries for portable electronic devices

The disclosed embodiments provide a battery cell. The battery cell includes a set of layers forming a non-rectangular shape, wherein the set of layers comprises a cathode with an active coating, a separator, and an anode with an active coating. ... Apple Inc

05/04/17 / #20170125392

Method for integrating a light emitting device

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

05/04/17 / #20170125391

Method and structure for receiving a micro device

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

05/04/17 / #20170125144

Cover for an electronic device

A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. ... Apple Inc

05/04/17 / #20170124746

Method and apparatus for designing layout for user interfaces

A method is provided that receives an image that includes graphical metadata for specifying alignment information. The method renders the image by using the alignment information. ... Apple Inc

05/04/17 / #20170124010

Contact corrosion mitigation

Methods, structures, and apparatus that limit the amount of dendritic growth and metal migration between contacts in order to prevent an erroneous detection of a connection and/or functional failure. One example may reduce dendritic growth and metal migration by limiting an amount of time that a connection detection voltage is applied to cc contacts of a usb type-c connector when an electronic device is detecting a connection. ... Apple Inc

05/04/17 / #20170123762

Graphical representation of data in a program code editor

In one embodiment, non-transitory computer-readable medium stores instructions for implementing a source code editor within an integrated development environment. The instructions to cause one or more processors to implement a method comprising receiving data at a source code editor, the data representing a data value to be used by source code displayed by the source code editor, inserting the data representing the data value into the source code, and displaying a graphical representation of the data value in the source code editor, the graphical representation displayed within a program code statement associated with the data value.. ... Apple Inc

05/04/17 / #20170123640