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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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Synchronization and master information block for off grid radio service

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

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

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

Locating wireless devices

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

Audio alteration techniques

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

Mounting structures for portable electronic devices

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

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

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

Differential privacy with cloud data

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

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

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

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

Noise mitigation in wireless power systems

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

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

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

Light emitting structure

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

Low-travel key mechanisms using butterfly hinges

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

Problem reporting in maps

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

07/12/18 / #20180196750

Aggregating messages for reducing cache invalidation rate

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

07/12/18 / #20180196683

Application integration with a digital assistant

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

07/12/18 / #20180196529

Rotation smoothing of a user interface

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

07/12/18 / #20180196514

Motion and gesture input from a wearable device

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

07/12/18 / #20180196473

Flexible keyboard accessory for a portable electronic device

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

07/12/18 / #20180195872

Context-aware voice guidance

A context-aware voice guidance method is provided that interacts with other voice services of a user device. The voice guidance does not provide audible guidance while the user is making a verbal request to any of the voice-activated services. ... Apple Inc

07/12/18 / #20180195218

Warp knit fabrics with variable path weft strands

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

07/12/18 / #20180195210

Insulated conductive strands with polymer cores

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

07/12/18 / #20180194014

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

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

07/05/18 / #20180192217

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

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

07/05/18 / #20180191886

Switching between watches

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

07/05/18 / #20180191646

Method and apparatus for displaying information during an instant messaging session

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

07/05/18 / #20180190632

Display module and system applications

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

07/05/18 / #20180190625

Quantum dot integration schemes

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

07/05/18 / #20180190211

Smart pixel lighting and display microcontroller

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

07/05/18 / #20180189362

User interface for searching

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

07/05/18 / #20180188920

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

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

07/05/18 / #20180188642

Integrated light pipe for optical projection

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

07/05/18 / #20180184817

Modular wall system for displaying a product

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

06/28/18 / #20180184545

Optimized vent walls in electronic devices

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

06/28/18 / #20180184420

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

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

06/28/18 / #20180184407

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

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

06/28/18 / #20180184121

Sphere projected motion estimation/compensation and mode decision

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

06/28/18 / #20180184101

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

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

06/28/18 / #20180183207

Vernier effect dbr lasers incorporating integrated tuning elements

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

06/28/18 / #20180183123

Fuel cell system to power a portable computing device

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

06/28/18 / #20180182746

Method for integrating a light emitting device

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

06/28/18 / #20180182376

Rank-reduced token representation for automatic speech recognition

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

06/28/18 / #20180182279

Emission control apparatuses and methods for a display panel

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

06/28/18 / #20180182162

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

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

06/28/18 / #20180182154

Resource synchronization for graphics processing

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

06/28/18 / #20180182153

Mid-render compute for graphics processing

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

06/28/18 / #20180182058

Local image blocks for graphics processing

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

06/28/18 / #20180181500

Tamper-proof storage using signatures based on threshold voltage distributions

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

06/28/18 / #20180181491

Targeted cache flushing

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

06/28/18 / #20180181489

Memory consistency in graphics memory hierarchy with relaxed ordering

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

06/28/18 / #20180181276

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

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

06/28/18 / #20180181204

Guidance device for the sensory impaired

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

06/28/18 / #20180181193

Sense amplifier flip-flop with embedded scan logic and level shifting functionality

In an embodiment, an apparatus includes a first latch including a true storage node and a complement storage node, a discharge circuit, and a second latch. The first latch may pre-charge the true storage node and the complement storage node to a first voltage level using a clock signal. ... Apple Inc

06/28/18 / #20180181185

Reduced-size user interfaces for battery management

A device with a touch-sensitive display and a battery can determine a battery level of the battery, and in accordance with a determination that the battery level is at or below a first threshold value, cause a haptic output and/or enter a low-power mode. While in low-power mode, the device may produce different outputs in response to user inputs than while in a normal power mode. ... Apple Inc

06/28/18 / #20180180248

Pattern projection using microlenses

An illumination assembly includes a light source, which is configured to emit optical radiation. A transparency containing a plurality of micro-lenses, which are arranged in a non-uniform pattern and are configured to focus the optical radiation to form, at a focal plane, respective focal spots in the non-uniform pattern. ... Apple Inc

06/21/18 / #20180176858

Network slice selection

This disclosure relates to techniques for network slice selection. A network slice selection function of a cellular network may receive a network slice selection request from a radio access network node of the cellular network. ... Apple Inc

06/21/18 / #20180176848

Wireless communication using an anchor carrier and flexible data carriers

This disclosure relates to techniques for supporting wireless communication using an anchor carrier and data carriers. A wireless device may attach to a cellular network via an anchor carrier. ... Apple Inc

06/21/18 / #20180176832

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

06/21/18 / #20180176203

Techniques for providing authentication information to external and embedded web browsers

Representative embodiments set forth herein disclose techniques for enabling a client application to supplement its features by utilizing the functionalities provided by a web browser in a secure manner. According to some embodiments, the client application can authenticate with an authentication server to establish a trusted connection between the client application and the authentication server. ... Apple Inc

06/21/18 / #20180176112

Uniform communication protocols for communication between controllers and accessories

A uniform protocol can facilitate secure, authenticated communication between a controller device and an accessory device that is controlled by the controller. An accessory and a controller can establish a pairing, the existence of which can be verified at a later time and used to create a secure communication session. ... Apple Inc

06/21/18 / #20180175994

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

06/21/18 / #20180174505

Electronic device display with monitoring circuitry

An electronic device may have a flexible display such as an organic light-emitting diode display. A strain sensing resistor may be formed on a bent tail portion of the flexible display to gather strain measurements. ... Apple Inc

06/21/18 / #20180174409

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

06/21/18 / #20180173930

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

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

06/21/18 / #20180173929

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

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

06/21/18 / #20180173928

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

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

06/21/18 / #20180173864

Background enrollment and authentication of a user

An electronic device can include a processing device operatively connected to a biometric sensing device. The biometric sensing device may capture a biometric image each time a user interacts with the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

06/21/18 / #20180173725

Image search based on message history

Systems and methods are disclosed for suggesting expressive graphical content to a user to share within a messaging system. Expressive graphical content can include images, video, animated images, any of which may include sound, that a message system user is likely to share because it is related to a conversation between one or more users of the message system. ... Apple Inc

06/21/18 / #20180173560

Processing circuit hardware resource allocation system

In various embodiments, hardware resources of a processing circuit may be allocated to a plurality of processes based on priorities of the processes. A hardware resource utilization sensor may detect a current utilization of the hardware resources by a process. ... Apple Inc

06/21/18 / #20180173415

Managing real-time handwriting recognition

Methods, systems, and computer-readable media related to a technique for providing handwriting input functionality on a user device. A handwriting recognition module is trained to have a repertoire comprising multiple non-overlapping scripts and capable of recognizing tens of thousands of characters using a single handwriting recognition model. ... Apple Inc

06/21/18 / #20180173383

Swiping functions for messaging applications

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

06/21/18 / #20180173364

Touch-sensitive button with two levels

A touch-sensitive depressible button with multiple depression thresholds is provided. When the button is depressed to a first depression threshold, the touch sensor can be switched from a low-power, non-sensing state to a sensing state. ... Apple Inc

06/21/18 / #20180173285

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

06/21/18 / #20180172449

Location based tracking

Location information is used to build a database of locations having associated audio, video, image, or text data. In some implementations, a device includes a touch-sensitive display and collects data associated with a geographic location of interest. ... Apple Inc

06/14/18 / #20180168059

Structured fabrics for electronic devices

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

06/14/18 / #20180168058

Systems and methods for coupling sections of an electronic device

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

06/14/18 / #20180168027

Fabric signal path structures for flexible devices

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

06/14/18 / #20180167800

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

06/14/18 / #20180167799

Networked media station

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

06/14/18 / #20180167797

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

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

06/14/18 / #20180167771

Range-free proximity determination

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

06/14/18 / #20180167735

Graphene composite acoustic diaphragm

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

06/14/18 / #20180167672

Updating properties of remote a/v performance nodes

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

06/14/18 / #20180167576

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

06/14/18 / #20180167539

Light source module with adjustable diffusion

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

06/14/18 / #20180167247

Pilot symbol patterns for transmission through a plurality of antennas

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

06/14/18 / #20180167167

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

06/14/18 / #20180167114

Feedback based on codebook subset

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

06/14/18 / #20180167100

Drop countermeasures for electronic device

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

06/14/18 / #20180166928

Wireless power system with foreign object detection

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

06/14/18 / #20180166819

Low-profile spring-loaded contacts

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

06/14/18 / #20180166654

Electronic devices with light sensors and displays

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

06/14/18 / #20180166032

Electronic device display with charge accumulation tracker

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

06/14/18 / #20180165002

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

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

06/14/18 / #20180164882

Electronic device with adjustable reflective display

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

06/14/18 / #20180164853

Handheld device enclosure

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

06/14/18 / #20180164817

Guidance of autonomous vehicles in destination vicinities using intent signals

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

06/14/18 / #20180164166

Mobile electronic device with squeeze detection

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

06/07/18 / #20180160551

Multi-part electronic device housing having contiguous filled surface

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

06/07/18 / #20180160531

Receptacle for connecting to flexible circuit board

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

06/07/18 / #20180160428

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

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

06/07/18 / #20180160218

Mems microphone with increased back volume

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

06/07/18 / #20180160213

In-ear speaker hybrid audio transparency system

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

06/07/18 / #20180160072

Establishing a video conference during a phone call

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

06/07/18 / #20180160027

Image sensor with in-pixel depth sensing

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

06/07/18 / #20180159969

Electronic devices with concave displays

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

06/07/18 / #20180159807

Dual server system for sending a large email attachment

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

06/07/18 / #20180159570

Facilitating in-device coexistence between wireless communication technologies

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

06/07/18 / #20180159183

Methods for determining and controlling battery expansion

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

06/07/18 / #20180158386

Display interference mitigation systems and methods

Aspects of the subject technology relate to electronic devices with displays. A display may include an array of display pixels and control circuitry for operating the display. ... Apple Inc

06/07/18 / #20180158173

Adaptive pixel uniformity compensation for display panels

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

06/07/18 / #20180158066

User interface for payments

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

06/07/18 / #20180157992

Model and ensemble compression for metric learning

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

06/07/18 / #20180157972

Partially shared neural networks for multiple tasks

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

06/07/18 / #20180157934

Inspection neural network for assessing neural network reliability

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

06/07/18 / #20180157864

Wellness registry

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

06/07/18 / #20180157363

Transparent force sensitive structures in an electronic device

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

06/07/18 / #20180157354

Capacitive coupling reduction in touch sensor panels

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

06/07/18 / #20180157319

Motion tracking user interface

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

06/07/18 / #20180157291

Trimless glass enclosure interface

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

06/07/18 / #20180153418

Cuff designs and methods

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

05/31/18 / #20180152896

Channel sounding techniques for a wireless communication system

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

05/31/18 / #20180152895

Frame transmission scheme modification

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

05/31/18 / #20180152551

Electronic devices with convex displays

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

05/31/18 / #20180152549

Handheld electronic device with cable grounding

A handheld electronic device may be provided that contains a conductive housing and other conductive elements. The conductive elements may form an antenna ground plane. ... Apple Inc

05/31/18 / #20180152492

Network media device

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

05/31/18 / #20180152331

Preambles in ofdma system

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

05/31/18 / #20180152220

Tunable antenna systems

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

05/31/18 / #20180151907

Battery with multiple jelly rolls in a single pouch

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

05/31/18 / #20180150897

Diversity in media item recommendations

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

05/31/18 / #20180150212

Formatting content for a reduced-size user interface

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

05/31/18 / #20180150152

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

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

05/31/18 / #20180150109

Exposed glass article with enhanced stiffness for portable electronic device housing

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

05/24/18 / #20180146435

Power adaptation based on error rate

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

05/24/18 / #20180146377

Device-level authorization for viewing content

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

05/24/18 / #20180146366

Method of establishing communications

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

05/24/18 / #20180146349

Easy location sharing

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

05/24/18 / #20180146298

Piezoelectric speakers for electronic devices

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

05/24/18 / #20180146274

Seamless earbud structures and methods for making the same

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

05/24/18 / #20180146132

User interface for camera effects

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

05/24/18 / #20180146089

Intelligent digital assistant for declining an incoming call

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

05/24/18 / #20180145731

Wireless feedback system and method

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

05/24/18 / #20180145594

Multi-phase switching power converter module stack

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

05/24/18 / #20180145452

Dual orientation connector with external contacts

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

05/24/18 / #20180144870

Multi-layered ceramic capacitors

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

05/24/18 / #20180144687

Sensing for compensation of pixel voltages

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

05/24/18 / #20180144674

Sensing for compensation of pixel voltages

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

05/24/18 / #20180144591

Integrated visual notification system in an accessory device

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

05/24/18 / #20180144178

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

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

05/24/18 / #20180143798

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

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

05/24/18 / #20180143723

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

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

05/24/18 / #20180143078

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

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

05/24/18 / #20180143031

Simplified audio navigation instructions

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

05/17/18 / #20180139617

License assisted access uplink communication with wi-fi preamble

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

05/17/18 / #20180139079

Methods and apparatus for the intelligent scrambling of control symbols

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

05/17/18 / #20180139028

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

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

05/17/18 / #20180138994

Ofdm system with reverse link interference estimation

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

05/17/18 / #20180137996

Low-travel key mechanism for an input device

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

05/17/18 / #20180137864

Multi-microphone speech recognition systems and related techniques

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

05/17/18 / #20180137670

Texture sampling techniques

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

05/17/18 / #20180136800

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

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

05/17/18 / #20180136686

Rotatable input mechanism having adjustable output

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

05/17/18 / #20180136613

Rotary input mechanism for an electronic device

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

05/17/18 / #20180133573

Integrated media jukebox and physiologic data handling application

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

05/10/18 / #20180132372

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

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

05/10/18 / #20180132017

Wireless audio systems

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

05/10/18 / #20180131876

Digital viewfinder user interface for multiple cameras

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

05/10/18 / #20180131781

Page priority indications for reduced push load on cellular networks

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

05/10/18 / #20180131753

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

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

05/10/18 / #20180131657

Displaying interactive notifications on touch sensitive devices

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

05/10/18 / #20180131111

Connectors having printed circuit board tongues with reinforced frames

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

05/10/18 / #20180130524

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

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

05/10/18 / #20180130470

Virtual assistant activation

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

05/10/18 / #20180130182

Multifunctional environment for image cropping

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

05/10/18 / #20180129402

Omnidirectional gesture detection

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

05/10/18 / #20180129388

Variable i/o interface for portable media device

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

05/10/18 / #20180129381

Displaying a selectable item over a blurred user interface

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

05/10/18 / #20180129364

User interfaces for multiple displays

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

05/10/18 / #20180129292

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for haptic mixing

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

05/10/18 / #20180129287

Touch pad with force sensors and actuator feedback

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

05/10/18 / #20180129271

Processor including multiple dissimilar processor cores

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

05/10/18 / #20180129270

Methods and apparatus for providing peripheral sub-system stability

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

05/10/18 / #20180129269

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

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

05/10/18 / #20180129261

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

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

05/10/18 / #20180126704

Structured glass for an electronic device

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

05/10/18 / #20180125178

Consumer product attachment systems having a locking assembly

Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a locking assembly for an attachment system of an electronic device. More specifically, embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to an attachment unit that is configured to be inserted and removed from a housing of a consumer product. ... Apple Inc

05/03/18 / #20180124934

Notched display layers

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

05/03/18 / #20180124739

Enhanced paging schemes and connected-state drx

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

05/03/18 / #20180124705

User equipment transmit duty cycle control

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

05/03/18 / #20180124597

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

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

05/03/18 / #20180124231

Category-based fence

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

05/03/18 / #20180124195

Push notifications for multiple user devices

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

05/03/18 / #20180123860

Nan schedule migration

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

05/03/18 / #20180123399

Inductive power transfer

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

05/03/18 / #20180123392

Wireless charging system with solenoids

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

05/03/18 / #20180122126

Framework for graphics animation and compositing operations

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

05/03/18 / #20180121803

Blending learning models for search support

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

05/03/18 / #20180121435

Re-ranking search results using blended learning models

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

05/03/18 / #20180121409

Intelligent presentation of documents

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

05/03/18 / #20180121199

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

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

05/03/18 / #20180121131

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

Systems and methods for managing data in non-volatile memory devices across a large range of operating temperatures are provided. Embodiments discussed herein selectively reprogram previously programmed data at a temperature that better enables the data to be read regardless of where within the range of operating temperatures the data is being read. ... Apple Inc

05/03/18 / #20180121006

Ultrasound-based force sensing of inputs

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

05/03/18 / #20180120953

Camera-assisted motion estimation for application control

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

05/03/18 / #20180120940

Haptic electromagnetic actuator

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

05/03/18 / #20180120931

Scanning depth engine

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

05/03/18 / #20180120904

Cosmetic co-removal of material for electronic device surfaces

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

05/03/18 / #20180120903

Electronic device with wrapped display

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

05/03/18 / #20180120893

Sensor assemblies for electronic devices

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

04/19/18 / #20180110143

Electronic device with liquid-resistant sim tray and audio module

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

04/19/18 / #20180110036

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

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

04/19/18 / #20180109824

Codec techniques for fast switching

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

04/19/18 / #20180109742

Pixel binning in an image sensor

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

04/19/18 / #20180109659

Liquid-resistant coating on an electronic device

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

04/19/18 / #20180109629

User interface for a device requesting remote authorization

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

04/19/18 / #20180109520

Automatic association of authentication credentials with biometrics

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

04/19/18 / #20180109129

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

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

04/19/18 / #20180108346

Method and apparatus for discovering trending terms in speech requests

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

04/19/18 / #20180108327

Ambient and content adaptive pixel manipulation

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

04/19/18 / #20180108301

Integrated gate driver circuit

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

04/19/18 / #20180107376

Character recognition on a computing device

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

04/19/18 / #20180107361

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

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

04/19/18 / #20180107261

Intergrated multi-touch surface having varying sensor granularity

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

04/19/18 / #20180107240

Timebase synchronization

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

04/12/18 / #20180103557

Enclosure with metal interior surface layer

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

04/12/18 / #20180103451

Methods and apparatus for optimizing paging mechanisms and publication of dynamic paging mechanisms

Methods and apparatus enabling a wireless network to dynamically change or implement paging mode operation, such as optimization based on one or more network parameters. In one embodiment, the wireless network is a cellular network (e.g., 3g umts or lte), and both base stations and cellular user devices dynamically configure the paging mode operation based on various desired operational attributes relating to the network parameters. ... Apple Inc

04/12/18 / #20180103425

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

04/12/18 / #20180103312

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

04/12/18 / #20180103140

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

04/12/18 / #20180102889

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

04/12/18 / #20180102664

Battery charging with reused inductor for boost

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

04/12/18 / #20180102492

Light emitting diode display with redundancy scheme

A display panel and method of manufacture are described. In an embodiment, a display substrate includes a pixel area and a non-pixel area. ... Apple Inc

04/12/18 / #20180102109

Luminescence shock avoidance in display devices

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

04/12/18 / #20180101297

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

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

04/12/18 / #20180101275

Double-sided touch-sensitive panel with shield and drive combined layer

A multi-touch capacitive touch sensor panel can be created using a substrate with column and row traces formed on either side of the substrate. To shield the column (sense) traces from the effects of capacitive coupling from a modulated vcom layer in an adjacent liquid crystal display (lcd) or any source of capacitive coupling, the row traces can be widened to shield the column traces, and the row traces can be placed closer to the lcd. ... Apple Inc

04/12/18 / #20180101274

Portable multi-touch input device

A portable input device is described. The portable input device can wirelessly send control signals to an external circuit. ... Apple Inc

04/12/18 / #20180101205

Methods and apparatuses for dynamic power control

Exemplary embodiments of methods and apparatuses to provide a cooling arrangement for a system are described. The system includes a component coupled to a heat sink. ... Apple Inc

04/12/18 / #20180101196

Electronic devices with structural glass members

Electronic devices may be provided having internal components mounted to a structural glass support member. The structural glass support member may have a planar front surface that forms a front surface of the device. ... Apple Inc

04/12/18 / #20180101138

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

04/12/18 / #20180099352

Forming white metal oxide films by oxide structure modification or subsurface cracking

The embodiments described herein relate to forming white appearing metal oxide films by forming cracks within the metal oxide films. In some embodiments, the methods involve directing a laser beam at a metal oxide film causing portions of the metal oxide film to melt, cool, contract, and crack. ... Apple Inc

04/05/18 / #20180098444

Components of an electronic device and methods for their assembly

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

04/05/18 / #20180098372

Extending use of a cellular communication capabilities in a wireless device to another device

Extending cellular telecommunication service from a first ue to another device. The first ue may register for cellular telecommunication service with a cellular network using a first cellular service account, using a cellular communication link via a cellular radio. ... Apple Inc

04/05/18 / #20180098196

Harvesting labels for signifcant locations and updating a location fingerprint database using harvested labels

This disclosure describes embodiments for harvesting and serving labels for locations. In an embodiment, a method comprises: receiving, by one or more server computers, location data including wireless access point data and location labels associated with significant locations, the location data being harvested from a plurality of devices operating at a plurality of geographic locations; and updating, by the one or more server computers, a plurality of fingerprints representing the plurality of geographic locations, the updating including associating at least one of the received location labels with at least one of the plurality of fingerprints.. ... Apple Inc

04/05/18 / #20180098178

Methods, procedures and framework to provision an esim and make it multi-sim capable using primary account information

Some embodiments relate to methods for provisioning a secondary wireless device with an esim for wireless communication and activating multi-sim functionality between the secondary wireless device and a primary wireless device having a subscribed sim. The primary wireless device may act as a proxy in obtaining the esim for the secondary wireless device. ... Apple Inc

04/05/18 / #20180098172

Spatial audio rendering for beamforming loudspeaker array

A process for reproducing sound using a loudspeaker array that is housed in a loudspeaker cabinet includes the selection of a number of sound rendering modes and changing the selected sound rendering mode based on changes in one or both of sensor data and a user interface selection. The sound rendering modes include a number of mid-side modes and at least one direct-ambient mode. ... Apple Inc

04/05/18 / #20180098171

Spatial audio rendering for beamforming loudspeaker array

A process for reproducing sound using a loudspeaker array that is housed in a loudspeaker cabinet includes the selection of a number of sound rendering modes and changing the selected sound rendering mode based on changes in one or both of sensor data and a user interface selection. The sound rendering modes include a number of mid-side modes and at least one direct-ambient mode. ... Apple Inc

04/05/18 / #20180097920

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

04/05/18 / #20180097521

Method and apparatus for calibration of voltage controlled oscillator

A method and apparatus for performing a two-point calibration of a vco in a pll is disclosed. The method includes determining a first steady state tuning voltage of the vco with no modulation voltage applied. ... Apple Inc

04/05/18 / #20180097377

Electronic device and charging device for electronic device

An electronic device. The electronic device may include a battery, and a charging system in electronic communication with the battery. ... Apple Inc

04/05/18 / #20180097145

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

04/05/18 / #20180095560

Proximity and multi-touch sensor detection and demodulation

The use of one or more proximity sensors in combination with one or more touch sensors in a multi-touch panel to detect the presence of a finger, body part or other object and control or trigger one or more functions in accordance with an “image” of touch provided by the sensor outputs is disclosed. In some embodiments, one or more infrared (ir) proximity sensors can be driven with a specific stimulation frequency and emit ir light from one or more areas, which can in some embodiments correspond to one or more multi-touch sensor “pixel” locations. ... Apple Inc

04/05/18 / #20180095545

Actuation lock for a touch sensitive input device

Touch sensitive mechanical keyboards and methods of configuring the depressibility of one or more keys of a keyboard are provided. A touch sensitive mechanical keyboard can accept touch events performed on the surface of the keys. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180092241

Thermal transfer between electronic device and case

An electronic device case with a thermal dissipation system is disclosed. The electronic device case is configured to draw heat out of an electronic device disposed therein. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180092229

Cold worked metal housing for a portable electronic device

A cold worked stainless steel bezel for a portable electronic device is provided. The bezel is secured flush to a housing to form part of the case of the portable electronic device. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180092213

Stacked printed circuit board packages

The present disclosure is related to printed circuit board packages and methods of assembly that may be used in the fabrication of electrical devices. Printed circuit board packages may be manufactured by stacking printed circuit board assemblies. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180092212

Stackable passive component

Methods and systems for producing circuitry using stackable passive components are discussed. More specifically, the present disclosure provides designs and fabrication methods for production of stackable devices that may be used as components in circuitry such as filters and impedance matching adaptors. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180092210

Pcb assembly with molded matrix core

Methods and devices related to the design and fabrication of molded cores for printed circuit board assemblies and system-on-package (sip) devices are discussed. The discussed printed circuit board assemblies may have multiple electrical components embedded in a molded core matrix and forming electrical connections with one or more printed circuit boards attached to the molded core matrix. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180092209

System with field-assisted conductive adhesive bonds

Components may have substrates with metal traces that form mating contacts. The components may be bonded together using anisotropic conductive adhesive bonding techniques. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180092145

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

03/29/18 / #20180092119

Flexible nan availability schedule indications

Embodiments relate to wireless stations that operate to configure direct communication between the wireless stations without utilizing an intermediate access point. In embodiments, a wireless station may transmit, to a first peer wireless station, a first availability schedule that may include one or more types of committed availability and receive, from the first peer wireless station, a second availability schedule applicable to the wireless station but not other peer wireless stations. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180092109

Laa/wifi coexistence for 5ghz antenna sharing

A wireless communication device (ue) includes a cellular processor configured to conduct wireless communications according to a first radio access technology (rat) in a first frequency band and in a second frequency band, wherein the first rat is a cellular rat, the first frequency band is in an unlicensed spectrum, and the second frequency band is in a licensed spectrum. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes a wireless local area network (wlan) processor configured to conduct wireless communications according to a second rat in the first frequency band. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180092098

Communication resource allocation systems and methods

A channel descriptor management message is transmitted on a broadcast connection to a mobile terminal. The channel descriptor management message provides a format for a frame. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180092007

Dynamic rat selection

According to techniques described herein, a ue (which may be link budget limited) may be connected to a network using a first rat. The ue may be configured to determine a first resource requirement for communication on the network using the first rat and a second resource requirement for communication on the network using a second rat. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091965

Broadcasting a device state in a wireless communication network

Apparatuses, systems, and methods broadcast a device state in a wireless communication network. A wireless audio output device is configured to be paired with a second wireless device via a first piconet connection, wherein the second wireless device comprises a source of audio data to be output by the wireless audio output device. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091962

Context-dependent allocation of shared resources in a wireless communication interface

Resource allocation logic in a user device can determine allocation of a shared resource among different communication modules supporting a number of different communication types (e.g., gnss, cellular, wi-fi, and/or bluetooth communications) in a context-dependent manner. For example, the logic can determine an operating context of the user device. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091952

Precise indoor localization and tracking of electronic devices

Methods and devices useful in performing precise indoor localization and tracking are provided. By way of example, a method includes locating and tracking, via a first wireless electronic device, a plurality of other wireless electronic devices within an indoor environment. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091951

Sharing location information among devices

Methods, systems, apparatus, and computer program products that include, on a first device executing a first instance of a location application, receiving an indication to begin sharing data describing a path traveled by the first device, receiving location data describing the path traveled by the first device, the location data received from a location system of the first device, and the location data including a plurality of locations of the first device, and transmitting the location data in a form usable to enable a user interface of a second instance of a location application executing on a second device to indicate the path traveled by the first device.. . ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091928

Networked sensor array

An electronic device is disclosed. In some examples, the electronic device comprises a first sensor configured to measure a first type of sensor data at a first sampling rate. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091924

Systems and methods for determining estimated head orientation and position with ear pieces

Aspects of the present disclosure provide systems and methods for determining an estimated orientation and/or position of a user's head using worn ear pieces and leveraging the estimated head orientation and/or position to provide information to the user. In one exemplary method, first and second spatial positions of respective first and second ear pieces worn by a user may each be determined. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091923

Binaural sound reproduction system having dynamically adjusted audio output

A binaural sound reproduction system, and methods of using the binaural sound reproduction system to dynamically re-center a frame of reference for a virtual sound source, are described. The binaural sound reproduction system may include a head-mounted device, e.g., headphones, having a device sensor to provide device orientation data corresponding to a direction of the head-mounted device. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091922

Coordinated tracking for binaural audio rendering

A binaural sound reproduction system, and methods of using the binaural sound reproduction system to dynamically re-center a frame of reference for a virtual sound source, are described. The binaural sound reproduction system may include a reference device, e.g., a mobile device, having a reference sensor to provide reference orientation data corresponding to a direction of the reference device, and a head-mounted device, e.g., headphones, having a device sensor to provide device orientation data corresponding to a direction of the head-mounted device. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091920

Producing headphone driver signals in a digital audio signal processing binaural rendering environment

A number of candidate binaural room impulse responses (brirs) are analyzed to select one of them as a selected first brir that is to be applied to diffuse audio, and another one as a selected second brir that is to be applied to direct audio, of a sound program. A first binaural rendering process is performed on the diffuse audio by applying the selected first brir and a first head related transfer function (hrtf) to the diffuse audio. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091910

Pressure gradient microphone for measuring an acoustic characteristic of a loudspeaker

A differential pressure gradient micro-electro-mechanical system (mems) microphone for measuring an acoustic characteristic of a loudspeaker. The microphone includes a mems microphone housing and a compliant membrane mounted in the mems microphone housing, the compliant membrane dividing the mems microphone housing into a first chamber and a second chamber. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091902

Transducer having a conductive suspension member

A speaker including a frame, and a magnet assembly coupled to the frame. The magnet assembly forms an air gap through which a magnetic flux is directed. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091901

User interface cooling using audio component

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

03/29/18 / #20180091897

Audio driver and power supply unit architecture

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

03/29/18 / #20180091896

Audio driver and power supply unit architecture

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

03/29/18 / #20180091894

Airflow exit geometry

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

03/29/18 / #20180091893

Earphone having a controlled acoustic leak port

An earphone comprising an earphone housing having a wall comprising (1) a front side that joins (2) an end portion in which a primary sound output opening is formed, which joins (3) a face portion in which a secondary output opening is formed, which joins (4) a back side which joins the front side and encloses a driver, wherein the primary output opening is dimensioned to output sound generated by a diaphragm of the driver contained within the earphone housing into the ear and the secondary output opening is dimensioned to vent the ear to a surrounding environment, and wherein the primary output opening and the secondary output opening face different directions.. . ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091892

Valve for acoustic port

A portable electronic device including an enclosure having an enclosure wall that forms an interior chamber. A speaker module is positioned within the interior chamber and includes a speaker and a module wall forming a back volume chamber of the speaker. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091889

Speaker back volume extending past a speaker diaphragm

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

03/29/18 / #20180091888

Speaker back volume extending past a speaker diaphragm

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

03/29/18 / #20180091887

Wireless headset carrying case with wireless transmitter

A case for a wireless electronic listening device (e.g., a pair of wireless earbuds) is configured to house a pair of wireless earbuds and charge the earbuds when they are in the case. The case is further configured to receive media received by the wireless earbuds and transmit the media to a non-wireless output device connected to the case. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091884

Wireless headset carrying case with digital audio output port

A case for a portable wireless listening device (e.g., a pair of wireless earbuds) is configured to house a pair of wireless earbuds and charge the earbuds when they are in the case. The case is further configured to receive media received by the wireless earbuds and transmit the media to a non-wireless output device connected to the case. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091883

Acoustically summed reference microphone for active noise control

A headphone including a circumaural or supra-aural ear cup having an ear cup housing wall which forms an interior chamber within the ear cup. A transducer is positioned within the interior chamber for producing an acoustic output to a user and an active noise control assembly positioned within the interior chamber. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091881

Shock mounted transducer assembly

An electronic device comprising having an enclosure with an enclosure wall separating a surrounding environment from an encased space. The enclosure wall includes a top portion having an acoustic channel extending from the encased space to the surrounding environment and a bottom portion. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091879

Annular support structure

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

03/29/18 / #20180091878

Subwoofer with multi-lobe magnet

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

03/29/18 / #20180091827

Multiple transcode engine systems and methods

Systems and methods for improving determination of encoded image data using a video encoding pipeline, which includes a first transcode engine that entropy encodes a first portion of a bin stream to determine a first bit stream including first encoded image data that indicates a first coding group row and that determines first characteristic data corresponding to the first bit stream to facilitate communicating a combined bit stream; and a second transcode engine that entropy encode a second portion of the bin stream to determine a second bit stream including second encoded image data that indicates a second coding group row while the first transcode engine entropy encodes the first portion of the bin stream and that determines second characteristic data corresponding to the second bit stream to facilitate communicating the combined bit stream, which includes the first bit stream and the second bit stream, to a decoding device.. . ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091815

Multi-bin decoding systems and methods

Systems and methods for improving decoding of encoded image data using parallel multi-bin decoding are provided. In one embodiment, multiple context bins per cycle are decoded for a set of syntax elements, by decoupling and/or retiming particular syntax parsing and/or arithmetic decoding tasks of the decoding process.. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091812

Video compression system providing selection of deblocking filters parameters based on bit-depth of video data

Techniques are disclosed for selecting deblocking filter parameters in a video decoding system. According to these techniques, a boundary strength parameter may be determined based, at least in part, on a bit depth of decoded video data. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091811

Region-based processing of predicted pixels

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

03/29/18 / #20180091773

Feed-forward and feed-back metadata exchange in image processing pipelines to improve image quality

Techniques are disclosed for improving operation of image processing systems. A first component generates metadata representing its operational parameters. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091743

Automated seamless video loop

Techniques and devices for creating an autoloop output video include performing postgate operations. The autoloop output video is created from a set of frames. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091732

Avatar creation and editing

The present disclosure generally relates to creating and editing user avatars. In some examples, guidance is provided to a user while capturing image data for use in generating a user-specific avatar. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091728

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for capturing and recording media in multiple modes

A device displays a camera user interface including a live view from a camera. While displaying the live view from the camera: the device records media images that are captured by the camera, while continuing to display the live view from the camera; and the device further displays representations of a plurality of media images that were recorded while displaying the live view from the camera as frames scrolling across the display in a first direction.. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091717

Camera shades

An imaging device can include an image sensor, a control unit coupled to the image sensor, and a light blocking element coupled to the control unit. The control unit can be configured to adjust the light blocking element in response to image information received from the image sensor. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091655

Method, device, and system to notify a call transfer event from a first device to a second device

Method, device, and system being performed by a first station. The method includes receiving a first call identification of a first communication session between the first station and a second station. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091643

Voice-to-text mode based on ambient noise measurement

Some embodiments relate to a smart phone or a wearable device, such as a smart watch, and associated methods for enabling the ue device to switch from a normal mode to/from a voice-to-text mode and/or a text-to-voice mode. The transition to/from voice-to-text mode and/or text-to-voice mode may be conducted automatically or through manual selection by the user of the ue. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091601

Quick relay traffic management for cloud messaging

A quick relay communication protocol is used by an initiating communication device (such as a wearable electronic device, e.g., a smart watch) and/or a recipient communication device (such as a companion electronic device to the wearable electronic device, e.g., a smart phone, a tablet computer or a laptop computer) to selectively communicate messages via different communication channels. Based on available connections and a communication constraint associated with a message, a processor executing a program module in an application layer in the initiating communication device provides transmission instructions to an interface circuit in the initiating communication device, which transmits a message to the recipient communication device based on the transmission instructions. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091600

Quick relay session management protocol

When direct communication between devices, such as via bluetooth, is unavailable, a communication protocol is used by an initiating communication device and/or a recipient communication device to establish a communication session via a cloud-based relay server. This communication protocol efficiently allocates (or binds) the initiating communication device, the recipient communication device, and the relay server together for the communication session. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091538

Managing credentials of multiple users on an electronic device

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for managing credentials of multiple users on an electronic device are provided.. . ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091490

Authentication framework for a client of a remote database

Disclosed herein is a technique for authenticating an application operating on a client device with an authentication server device based on user credentials associated with an identity provider. In particular, the authentication server device facilitates the authorization process between the application and the identity provider without exposing, to the application, either the user credentials or an authorization code generated by the identity provider.. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091466

Differential privacy for message text content mining

Systems and methods are disclosed for determining whether a message received by a client may be spam, in a computing environment that preserves privacy. The message may be encrypted. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091381

Generating suggestions for scenes and triggers

In some implementations, a user device can automatically generate scene suggestions and/or trigger suggestions. For example, a scene can be a collection of accessories and corresponding accessory states. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091348

System and method for constrained peak cancellation

Embodiments include a method, computer program product, and system for utilizing a system for peak cancellation for a received orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (ofdm) symbol to reduce the peak-to-average power ratio (papr). The system detects m sets of clipping noise samples of the symbol where each set includes one of the m highest clipping noise peaks of the symbol, determines cancellation pulses that correspond to the highest clipping noise peaks of the m sets in the time domain, and subtracts the cancellation pulses from the corresponding highest clipping noise peak samples to reduce the papr. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091340

Most likely estimation systems and methods for coded gmsk

Systems and methods for efficient estimation of a most likely sequence are provided. In one embodiment, an electronic device includes most likely receiver circuitry that receives a convolutional encoded signal, generates a linearized representation of the convolutional encoded gaussian minimum-shift keying signal, resulting in a pseudo-symbol stream, estimates a most likely sequence for the pseudo-symbol stream, and decodes the pseudo-symbol stream based upon the most likely sequence.. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091327

Anomaly detection by resident device

In some implementations, a user device (or resident device) can notify the user of anomalous accessory states. For example, the user device can determine which accessory states and contexts represent normal accessory states in the respective contexts. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091326

Generating suggestions for scenes and triggers by resident device

In some implementations, a resident device can automatically generate scene suggestions and/or trigger suggestions based on historical data aggregated from multiple user devices. For example, a resident device can be a user device that is (e.g., mostly) kept in the home environment. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091298

Extended anti-replay token

A device may include a secure processor and a secure memory coupled to the secure processor. The secure memory may be inaccessible to other device systems. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091215

Quick relay interface and transport selection

When direct communication, such as via bluetooth, is unavailable, a communication protocol is used by an initiating communication device and/or a recipient communication device to establish a communication session via a cloud-based relay server. Establishing the communication session, such as a phone call or video streaming, includes setting up at least a first connection or link between the initiating communication device and the relay server, and at least a second connection or link between the relay server and the recipient communication device. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091056

Integrated bi-directional driver with modulated signals

According to some embodiments, a bi-directional converter is configured to operate in a boost mode or a buck mode. The bi-directional converter includes a hysteresis control unit that includes a comparator that can be configured to determine whether the reference voltage has a positive slope or a negative slope in conjunction with the bi-directional converter operating in boost mode or buck mode. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091054

Synchronous buck converter with current sensing

A power converter includes a buck converter with a low-side switch. During a discharge mode, current passes through the low-side switch to form a current loop. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091051

Control and detection of average phase current in switching dc-dc power converters

A method for dc-dc power conversion using a switching phase. While a high side switch of the phase is closed, detecting that a high side current of the phase has risen to a set peak limit, and in response opening the high side switch. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091000

Multi-layer transmitter coil arrangement for wireless charging mats

Embodiments describe a transmitter coil arrangement for a wireless charging device including: a first layer of transmitter coils, each transmitter coil in the first layer of transmitter coils is arranged in a first radial direction; a second layer of transmitter coils, each transmitter coil in the second layer of transmitter coils is arranged in a second radial direction that is offset from the first radial direction by an angular offset; and a third layer of transmitter coils, each transmitter coil in the top layer of transmitter coils is arranged in a third rotational direction that is offset from both the first and second radial directions by the angular offset, where the second layer of transmitter coils is disposed between the first and third layers of transmitter coils. . ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090999

Wireless charging mat with multiple coil arrangements optimized for different devices

Embodiments describe apparatuses for wireless charging. A wireless charging device for wirelessly charging a plurality of different electronic devices having different wireless power receiving characteristics includes: a housing having a charging surface and one or more walls defining an interior cavity; a first transmitter coil arrangement disposed within the interior cavity and comprising a first plurality of transmitter coils configured to wirelessly charge a first electronic device positioned on the charging surface; and a second transmitter coil arrangement disposed within the interior cavity below the first transmitter coil arrangement, the second transmitter coil arrangement comprising a second plurality of transmitter coils configured to wirelessly charge a second electronic device positioned on the charging surface; where the first transmitter coil arrangement operates at a first frequency, and the second transmitter coil arrangement operates at a second frequency different from the first frequency.. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090998

Interconnection structures for wireless charging mats

Embodiments describe apparatuses for wireless charging. An interconnection structure for a wireless charging device includes: a first contact configured for coupling with a first component of the wireless charging device; a second contact disposed below the first contact and configured for coupling with a second component of the wireless charging device; and a connector coupling the first contact with the second contact, wherein the first contact, second contact, and the connector form a monolithic structure.. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090991

Bobbin structure and transmitter coil for wireless charging mats

Embodiments describe a wireless charging transmitter coil includes: a support structure having an outer perimeter surrounding a contact housing and having first and second channels extending from the outer perimeter to the contact housing; first and second contacts positioned within the contact housing; and a wire wound around the outer perimeter of the support structure, the wire having a first end that extends through the first channel and a second end that extends through the second channel.. . ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090974

Electromagnetic shielding for wireless power transfer systems

Embodiments describe electromagnetic shielding for wireless charging systems. A wireless charging system includes a transmitter coil configured to generate a magnetic flux, a receiver coil positioned coaxial with the transmitter coil to receive the generated magnetic flux, where electrical interaction between the transmitter coil and the receiver coil generates electric fields, a transmitter shield positioned between the transmitter coil and the receiver coil to intercept some of the electric fields directed away from the transmitter coil and allow the magnetic flux to pass through the transmitter shield, and a receiver shield positioned between the transmitter shield and the receiver coil to intercept some of the electric fields directed away from the receiver coil and allow the magnetic flux to pass through the receiver shield.. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090973

Wireless charging mat with a transmitter coil arrangement including inner and outer coils having different structures

Embodiments describe a wireless charging device that includes: a housing having an outer perimeter and one or more walls defining an interior cavity; a charging surface within the outer perimeter of the housing; a transmitter coil arrangement disposed within the interior cavity below the planar charging surface, the transmitter coil arrangement comprising a plurality of transmitter coils arranged in different layers, each transmitter coil having a pair of termination ends; wherein the plurality of transmitter coils comprises a plurality of inner transmitter coils and a plurality of outer transmitter coils positioned around the inner transmitter coils; and wherein the pair of termination ends of the plurality of outer transmitter coils are arranged differently than the pair of termination ends of the plurality of inner transmitter coils.. . ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090972

Interconnections for multi-layer transmitter coil arrangements in wireless charging mats

Embodiments describe a wireless charging device including: a housing having a charging surface, the housing including first and second walls defining an interior cavity; a transmitter coil arrangement disposed within the interior cavity; a plurality of cowlings for confining the plurality of planar transmitter coils in their respective positions; an interconnection structure positioned within the interior cavity between the transmitter coil arrangement and the second wall, the interconnection structure including a plurality of packaged electrical components mounted onto the interconnection structure; and a plurality of standoffs coupled to the interconnection structure and configured to electrically couple the transmitter coil arrangement to the plurality of packaged electrical components.. . ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090971

Faraday cage for wireless charging devices

Embodiments describe a wireless charging device including: a housing having a planar charging surface and one or more walls that define an interior cavity; a transmitter coil arrangement positioned within the interior cavity; and a faraday cage enclosing the transmitter coil arrangement. The faraday cage includes: an electromagnetic shield positioned between the transmitter coil arrangement and the first shell; an interconnection structure positioned within the interior cavity below the transmitter coil arrangement, the interconnection structure including a plurality of packaged electrical components mounted on the interconnection structure; a ferromagnetic shield positioned between the transmitter coil arrangement and the interconnection structure; and a conductive grounding fence disposed around a perimeter of the interconnection structure and between the electromagnetic shield and the interconnection structure.. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090970

Magneto-inductive charging and communication in electronic devices

Methods and devices useful in performing magneto-inductive charging and communication in the absence of a cellular and/or internet network connection are provided. By way of example, an electronic device includes inductive charging and communication circuitry configured to receive a signal configured to induce a charging function based at least in part on an inductive coil coupled to the inductive charging and communication circuitry. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090956

Structural framework for wireless charging mats

Embodiments describe a wireless charging device including: a housing having a charging surface and first and second walls that define an interior cavity; a transmitter coil arrangement disposed within the interior cavity, an interconnection structure positioned within the interior cavity below the transmitter coil arrangement, the interconnection structure including a plurality of packaged electrical components mounted on the interconnection structure and configured to operate the plurality of transmitter coils during wireless power transfer, where the plurality of packaged electrical components is located below the transmitter coil arrangement; and a frame comprising a plurality of openings positioned corresponding to the plurality of packaged electrical components, each opening providing space within which a respective packaged electrical device is disposed.. . ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090955

Wireless charging mats with multi-layer transmitter coil arrangements

Embodiments describe a wireless charging device including: a housing having an outer perimeter and a charging surface within the outer perimeter, the housing including a first wall and a second wall that define an interior cavity; and a transmitter coil arrangement disposed within the interior cavity and below the planar charging surface. The transmitter coil arrangement includes: a plurality of transmitter coils arranged in different layers, each transmitter coil having a first termination end, a second termination end, and a coil of wire that winds from an inner diameter to an outer diameter between the first and second termination ends; where the first termination end of each transmitter coil is disposed within the inner diameter of its respective coil of wire and the second termination end of each transmitter coil is disposed outside the outer diameter of its respective coil of wire. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090954

Wireless charging mats for portable electronic devices

Embodiments describe a wireless charging device including a housing having a charging surface and first and second walls defining an interior cavity, and a transmitter coil arrangement disposed within the interior cavity and configured to generate a time-varying magnetic flux and an electric field during wireless power transfer, where each of the plurality of transmitter coils has a central axis positioned a lateral distance away from the central axes of all other transmitter coils of the plurality of transmitter coils. The wireless charging mat also includes an electromagnetic shield positioned between the transmitter coil arrangement and the first wall, an interconnection structure positioned within the interior cavity between the transmitter coil arrangement and the second wall, and a ferromagnetic shield positioned within the interior cavity between the transmitter coil arrangement and the interconnection structure, the ferromagnetic shield is configured to redirect the magnetic flux away from the interconnection structure.. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090945

Multi-phase buck-boost charger

A battery charger has at least two phases and coupled switches that are controlled using switch mode power supply (smps) techniques. One of the phases is part of a buck-boost circuit that includes a high side switch, which is coupled between a near end of the phase and the input, and a low side switch that is coupled between a far end of the phase and ground. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090944

Charger-converter with single inductor and downstream low-dropout regulator

A charger-converter circuit in an electronic device detects whether an external power supply is coupled to the electronic device. The charger-converter circuit uses an inductor in an inductor-switch circuit to economize on volume occupied by the charger-converter circuit. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090898

Use and application method of dielectric lubricant in an electrical connector

A method of applying a dielectric lubricant to an electrical connector of a consumer electronic device. The method includes inserting a dielectric lubricant delivery device apertures for delivering the dielectric lubricant to the electrical connector into a receptacle of the electronic device; applying pressure to a chamber including the dielectric lubricant, the chamber being fluidly coupled to the apertures of the lubricant delivery device such that the pressure causes the lubricant to enter the receptacle via the apertures and deposit on contacts of the electrical connector; and pulling vacuum using the lubricant delivery device to remove excess dielectric lubricant from the receptacle and the electrical connector.. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090890

Accessory contacts

A first connector assembly may be connectable to a second connector assembly using a sliding attachment process, in which a front portion of the first connector assembly is inserted into an end of a slot in the second connector assembly and slides laterally along the slot until electrical contacts on the two connector assemblies are aligned. Electrical contacts of the first connector assembly may be biased proud to make contact with recessed electrical contacts in the second connector assembly. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090886

Modular connector receptacles having printed circuit board tongues

Connector receptacles that may be modular, may be reliable and durable, and may provide a high signal quality. Examples may provide modular connector receptacles having a shielded housing around a tongue supporting a number of contacts. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090884

Reliable connector receptacles having high signal quality

Connector receptacles and connector inserts that may be reliable, may readily manufactured, and may provide high signal quality for high speed signals with minimized signal noise, distortion losses, radiation, and interference. An example may provide a reliable connector receptacle by including a plurality of contacts, where each contact includes a first bend angling a contacting portion away from a tongue and a second bend angling a contacting portion towards the tongue, where the second bend is between the first bend and a front of the connector receptacle. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090878

Magnetic rf connectors

Connector systems that may be easy to use, may be used to make connections in a limited area, may provide a stable and consistent connection, may provide good impedance matching, and may provide a good user experience. Various embodiments of the present invention may provide connector systems for conveying radio frequency (rf) signals.. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090869

Gated connector receptacles

Connector receptacles that are arranged to avoid inadvertent connections. One example may provide contacts for a first connector receptacle that may be located behind a movable gate. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090867

Spring-loaded contacts

Spring-loaded contacts having an improved reliability. One example may provide spring-loaded contacts having a reduced likelihood of entanglement between a spring and a plunger. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090847

Hybrid electronic device antennas having parasitic resonating elements

An electronic device may have a hybrid antenna that includes a slot resonating element formed from a slot in a ground plane and a planar resonating element formed over the slot. A parasitic element may be disposed over the planar element. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090826

Wristwatch antennas

An electronic device such as a wristwatch may have a housing with metal sidewalls and a dielectric rear wall. The metal sidewalls may form an antenna ground for an antenna. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090825

Radio frequency transparent patterns for conductive coating

Methods and devices useful in radio frequency (rf) signal transmission are provided. By way of example, a wireless electronic device may include a transceiver, and an enclosure in which the transceiver is disposed. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090817

Electronic devices having housing-integrated distributed loop antennas

An electronic device may include a metal housing and a distributed loop antenna. The antenna may include a dielectric carrier. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090816

Electronic device with millimeter wave antenna arrays

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

03/29/18 / #20180090767

Current collectors incorporating electrohydrodynamically deposited carbonaceous material

Exemplary energy storage devices, battery cells, and batteries of the present technology may include a cathode active material disposed on a cathode current collector. The devices may also include an anode active material disposed on an anode current collector. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090733

Modified u-tab for accommodating indeterminate battery tab locations

Battery assemblies, as well as methods and processes for forming same. A battery assembly can include a first tab electrically connected to a first terminal of a battery and a second tab electrically connected to a second terminal of the battery. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090730

Flexible battery structure

A number of different battery cell configurations are disclosed. Flexible battery cells are used to form a flexible structure capable of bending and flexing to accommodate movement of components of an electronic device. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090553

Display with power supply mesh

An organic light-emitting diode display may have an array of pixels. The pixels may each have an organic light-emitting diode with a respective anode and may be formed from thin-film transistor circuitry formed on a substrate. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090536

Stacked backside illuminated spad array

A back-illuminated single-photon avalanche diode (spad) image sensor includes a sensor wafer stacked vertically over a circuit wafer. The sensor wafer includes one or more spad regions, with each spad region including an anode gradient layer, a cathode region positioned adjacent to a front surface of the spad region, and an anode avalanche layer positioned over the cathode region. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090526

Stacked backside illuminated spad array

A back-illuminated single-photon avalanche diode (spad) image sensor includes a sensor wafer stacked vertically over a circuit wafer. The sensor wafer includes one or more spad regions, with each spad region including an anode gradient layer, a cathode region positioned adjacent to a front surface of the spad region, and an anode avalanche layer positioned over the cathode region. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090253

Integrated gap sensing electromagnetic reluctance actuator

In an embodiment, a system comprises: a electromagnet having a core and a coil wrapped around the core; and a gap sensing circuit coupled to the coil, the gap sensing circuit operable to determine a gap distance between the electromagnet and a ferromagnetic target based on a change of inductance of the coil.. . ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090175

Seamless forward-reverse video loops

Techniques and devices for creating a forward-reverse loop output video and other output video variations. A pipeline may include obtaining input video and determining a start frame within the input video and a frame length parameter based on a temporal discontinuity minimization. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090173

Automated seamless video loop

Techniques and devices for creating an autoloop output video by adding synthetic camera motion to the autoloop output video. The autoloop output video is created from a set of frames. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090172

Automated seamless video loop

Techniques and devices for creating an autoloop output video include performing pregate operations. The autoloop output video is created from a set of frames. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090171

Automated seamless video loop

Techniques and devices for creating an autoloop output video include identifying optimal loops within short videos or within a series of image. The autoloop output video may be automatically created using casually shot, handheld videos, and may include an autoloop pipeline that may comprise obtaining an input video, stabilizing the input video, detecting optimal loop parameters and baking out the autoloop output video with crossfade and playing back the autoloop output video. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090150

Ambience extraction from stereo signals based on least-squares approach

Ambience extraction from a multichannel input signal is provided. The multichannel input signal is converted into a time-frequency representation. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090143

Intelligent automated assistant

Systems and processes for operating an automated assistant are disclosed. In one example process, an electronic device provides an audio output via a speaker of the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090109

Display adjustment

An electronic device includes an electronic display, whereby the electronic display includes an active area that includes a pixel having a display behavior that varies with temperature. The electronic display also includes processing circuitry. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090103

Temperature sensor on display active area

An apparatus is disclosed. In some examples, the apparatus comprises a display panel comprising a plurality of display pixels. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090102

Reduced footprint pixel response correction systems and methods

Systems and methods for improving displayed image quality of an electronic display including a display pixel and a display driver are provided. A display pipeline receives input image data that indicates target luminance of the display pixel when displaying an image frame on the electronic display; determines a first bit group in pixel response corrected image data by mapping a first bit group in the input image data based at least in part on a first pixel response correction look-up-table; determines a second bit group in the pixel response corrected image data by mapping a second bit group in the input image data based at least in part on a second pixel response correction look-up-table; and outputs the pixel response corrected image data to the display driver to enable the display driver to facilitate displaying the image frame by writing the display pixel based on the pixel response corrected image data.. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090084

Internal gamma correction for electronic displays

Devices and methods for useful in providing localized synchronized and/or dynamic in-band internal gamma code adjustment per frame period are provided. By way of example, a display panel includes a data driver, which includes a first dac configured to provide an internal gamma voltage signal to cause a first adjustment to an image data signal. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090075

Display pixel charge accumulation compensation systems and methods

Systems and methods for improving displayed image quality of an electronic display including a display pixel that displays an image frame based at least in part on an analog electrical signal supplied to the display pixel are provided. In some embodiments, control circuitry instructs the electronic display to display the image frame based at least in part on an expected charge accumulation in the display pixel determined using a charge accumulation model that describes one or more electric fields expected to be present in the display pixel when displaying the image frame and that provides a display pixel state indicative of expected charge accumulation in the display pixel when the image frame is to be displayed based at least in part on the one or more electric fields.. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090074

Threshold voltage hysteresis compensation

Electronic devices, storage medium containing instructions, and methods pertain to determining a target boosted threshold voltage level based at least in part on a target emission threshold voltage level. Using the determined target boosted threshold voltage level, a light emitting diode (led)-controlling transistor is submitted to voltage stress to boost a threshold voltage of the transistor to the target boosted threshold voltage level during a first portion of a refresh period between first and second emission periods. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090042

Edge column differential sensing systems and methods

Electronic displays, systems, and methods that perform display panel sensing are provided. An electronic device may include processing circuitry that generates image data based at least in part on display panel sensing feedback and an electronic display. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180090027

Interactive tutorial support for input options at computing devices

The described embodiments set forth techniques for providing interactive tutorial support for input options at computing devices. According to some embodiments, an interactive tutorial manager of a given application can analyze input information against various available interactive tutorials to identify an appropriate interactive tutorial to be displayed. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089901

Immersive virtual display

A vr system for vehicles that may implement methods that address problems with vehicles in motion that may result in motion sickness for passengers. The vr system may provide virtual views that match visual cues with the physical motions that a passenger experiences. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089900

Augmented virtual display

A vr system for vehicles that may implement methods that address problems with vehicles in motion that may result in motion sickness for passengers. The vr system may provide augmented or virtual views that match visual cues with the physical motions that a passenger experiences. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089899

Adaptive vehicle augmented reality display using stereographic imagery

An ar system that leverages a pre-generated 3d model of the world to improve rendering of 3d graphics content for ar views of a scene, for example an ar view of the world in front of a moving vehicle. By leveraging the pre-generated 3d model, the ar system may use a variety of techniques to enhance the rendering capabilities of the system. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089890

Tessellation edge shaders

Systems, methods, and computer readable media to implement tessellation edge shaders. Various embodiments receive tessellation patch information that includes patch information and shared edges for the patches. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089880

Transmission of avatar data

In an embodiment a method of online video communication is disclosed. An online video communication is established between a source device and a receiving device. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089879

Synchronizing display of multiple animations

Some embodiments of the invention provide a method for concurrently presenting two synchronized animations based on an input value that is received through an input interface of a device. The method defines, based on the received input, a first animation that presents a first animated object, and then uses a set of attributes of the first animation to define a second animation that presents a second animated object. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089816

Multi-perspective imaging system and method

A system includes a processor to capture a first image of a scene by a first imaging device of the array of imaging devices, capture a second image of the scene by a second imaging device of the array of imaging devices, perform image analysis of the first image and the second image and determining that an object is present in the first image and the object is present in the second image, the first image representing a first perspective of the object and the second image representing a second perspective of the object different from the first perspective of the object, classify the object with a classification based on a list of known objects and weight an object portion of the first image and an object portion of the second image based on the classification, compress the first image and the second image based on the weighting, encode the first image and the second image as multi-perspective image data, and store the multi-perspective image data in the non-transitory computer-readable medium based on the classification.. . ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089800

Fast and edge-preserving upsampling of images

Disclosed herein are methods and systems for fast and edge preserving upsampling of a small data image based on one or more guide images. During the upsampling process, selected data from the one or more guide images are combined with data from the data image to generate an upsampled pixel in an upsampled image. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089799

Methods and systems for spatially localized image editing

This invention provides methods for spatially localized image editing. For example, an input image is divided into multiple bins in each dimension. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089796

Fixed size scope overlay for digital images

Systems and methods are disclosed for processing a digital image. In some embodiments, a digital image may be output to a display. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089794

Resource layout randomization for gpu execution

The embodiments disclosed herein relate to the field of graphics processing and, without limitation, the use of hardware and software in the memory layout of graphics items to prevent the malicious use of graphics resources. In greater particularity, embodiments of the disclosure provide varying software and hardware arrangements for transforming an allocated resource address that is deterministic and often visible to software in the system into an effective address that is neither deterministic nor visible to most software. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089713

Redeeming multiple redeemable codes in a single transaction

The systems described herein include a system and method for redeeming multiple redeemable codes. For example, a mobile device can be configured to enable redemption of multiple redeemable codes in a single transaction. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089691

Secure element having multiple users

Techniques are disclosed relating to secure data storage. In various embodiments, a mobile device includes a wireless interface, a secure element, and a secure circuit. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089660

Making anonymous payments

The systems and methods disclosed herein provide features that allow a user (e.g., sender) to make anonymous direct person-to-person payments to a recipient (e.g., another user). In some cases, the recipient may be someone that the sender of the payment does not know. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089563

Decision making for autonomous vehicle motion control

A behavior planner for a vehicle generates a plurality of conditional action sequences of the vehicle using a tree search algorithm and heuristics obtained from one or more machine learning models. Each sequence corresponds to a sequence of anticipated states of the vehicle. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089465

Method for rate-limiting interactions based on dynamically calculated values by supplying problems of varying difficulty to be solved

Systems and methods are described for rate-limiting a message-sending client interacting with a message service based on dynamically calculated risk assessments of the probability that the client is, or is not, a sender of a spam messages. The message service sends a proof of work problem to a sending client device with a difficulty level that is related to a risk assessment that the client is a sender of spam messages. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089441

Using biometric verification to grant access to redacted content

Some embodiments provide an electronic device with a novel content redaction engine. The content redaction engine of some embodiments determines whether to redact content for output based on whether a user is biometrically verified. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089434

Preserving trust data during operating system updates of a secure element of an electronic device

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for preserving trust data during operating system updates of a secure element of an electronic device are provided.. . ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089206

Performing live updates to file system volumes

The described embodiments set forth techniques for performing live updates to file system volumes (e.g., operating system (os) file system volumes) of computing devices through the utilization of snapshots. In particular, the techniques enable a computing device to remain active while a majority of an update process is performed, which eliminates the considerable functional downtime that is normally imposed when implementing conventional update techniques. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089166

User interface for providing text prediction

The present disclosure generally relates to providing text prediction. In one example process, a keyboard comprising a plurality of keys is provided. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089118

Methods and apparatus for aggregating packet transfer over a virtual bus interface

Methods and apparatus for data aggregation and multiplexing of one or more virtual bus interfaces via a physical bus interface. Various disclosed embodiments are configured to: (i) multiplex multiple logical interfaces over a single physical interface, (ii) exchange session management and logical interface control, (iii) manage flow control, (iv) provide “hints” about the data (e.g., metadata), and/or (v) pad data packets. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089090

Instruction predication circuit control system

In some embodiments, a system includes an execution unit, a register file, an operand cache, and a predication control circuit. Operands identified by an instruction may be stored in the operand cache. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089033

Performing data backups using snapshots

The embodiments set forth a technique for carrying out a backup of data managed at a computing device. According to some embodiments, the technique can include the steps of (1) receiving a request to carry out the backup of the data, (2) in response to the request, generating a current snapshot of the data, (3) identifying, in accordance with the current snapshot of the data, block data of at least one data block to be reflected in the backup of the data, wherein the at least one data block is tagged with an identifier of a file node to which the at least one data block corresponds, and (4) providing information to a storage to cause the block data to be reflected in the backup of the data.. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088996

Systems and methods of memory allocation for neural networks

A method may include accessing a data processing architecture associated with a neural network to determine dependencies between intermediate data layers of the neural network; obtaining dimensions of the intermediate data layers in the neural network; calculating a minimum number of data storage portions for executing the neural network based on the dependencies; determining a memory allocation size for each respective data storage portion of the data storage portions based on the dimensions and dependencies; allocating memory on a storage device for each data storage portion in accordance with its respective determined memory allocation size.. . ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088986

Peer-to-peer distributed computing system for heterogeneous device types

Described is a framework (or technique or method) and system for providing a distributed computing network including different types of devices. The framework allows peer devices to transmit “packages” of information (e.g. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088985

Scheduler and cpu performance controller cooperation

In one embodiment, an application programming interface (api) is defined that enables a thread scheduler to communicate thread information to the cpu performance controller when dispatching a thread to a processor or processor core. When dispatching a thread, the scheduler may communicate thread information including thread state information, a general “importance” of the thread as defined by a priority level and/or quality of service (qos) classification, a measurement of the scheduler dispatch latency for the thread, or architectural information regarding the instructions within the thread, such as whether the thread is contains 64-bit or 32-bit instructions. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088961

Booting and power management

A computing device may comprise a first processor and a secondary processor. The first processor may initiate a power management process transitioning the first processor from a first state to a second state and, upon reaching a predetermined step in the power management process, notify the secondary processor of the power management process. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088933

Automated discovery and notification mechanism for obsolete display software, and/or sub-optimal display settings

Techniques for managing a display device coupled to a media processing (mp) device are described. An mp logic/module implemented by the mp device can retrieve data from a display device and identify information characterizing the display device in a database based on the retrieved data. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088896

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for media playback control using intensity-based user inputs

A method is performed at an electronic device. While media is playing, the device detects a contact at a touch-sensitive surface location associated with a first media playback control. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088821

Providing memory usage analysis by attributing memory allocations to development components

Described are a system and technique for collecting stack trace information of devices and analyzing this information to provide metrics with respect to memory usage. The memory analysis includes attributing the memory usage to particular development components by traversing a stack trace. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088799

Dynamic function row management

A device may include a dynamic function row (dfr) comprising a touchscreen. A device processor may operate a dfr agent controlling the dfr. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088798

Dynamic function row constraints

A device may include a dynamic function row (dfr) comprising a touchscreen. A device processor may operate a dfr agent controlling the dfr. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088797

Watch theater mode

The present disclosure generally relates to receiving a user input corresponding to a rotation of a rotatable input mechanism and in accordance with the user input, adjusting a brightness level of a display screen during a brightening configuration session.. . ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088795

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for selecting and interacting with different device modes

A method is performed at a mobile device with a display. The method includes displaying a first mode of a plurality of modes of the device. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088794

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for a unified annotation layer for annotating content displayed on a device

An electronic device displays a first user interface of a first application. The first application is a respective application of a plurality of applications, and the first user interface including first application content. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088793

Device, method, and graphical user interface for force-sensitive gestures on the back of a device

An electronic device with a front side including a touch-sensitive display, a back side that does not include a display, and sensor(s) to detect contact intensities on the front and back side displays, on the touch-sensitive display, a user interface including objects. While displaying the user interface, the device detects an input on a side of the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088787

Image data for enhanced user interactions

The present disclosure generally relates to using avatars and image data for enhanced user interactions. In some examples, user status dependent avatars are generated and displayed with a message associated with the user status. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088776

Three dimensional user interface effects on a display

The techniques disclosed herein may use various sensors to infer a frame of reference for a hand-held device. In fact, with various inertial clues from accelerometer, pyrometer, and other instruments that report their states in real time, it is possible to track a frenet frame of the device in real time to provide an instantaneous (or continuous) 3d frame-of-reference. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088761

Dynamically adjusting touch hysteresis based on contextual data

The present disclosure generally relates to whether a user input at an electronic device should be processed as a scroll input or a tap input based on contextual data associated with the user input.. . ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088750

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for creating and displaying application windows

In accordance with some embodiments, there is provided an electronic device that performs a method. The device displays a first user interface on the display. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088748

Dynamic function row item discovery and context

A device may include a dynamic function row (dfr) comprising a touchscreen. A device processor may operate a dfr agent controlling the dfr. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088735

Location-based swing compensation for touch channel attenuation

Location-based swing compensation for touch sensor panels can improve touch sensing performance. Due to differences in impedance characteristics of touch nodes at different locations in a touch sensor panel (due to differences in routing to touch nodes and due to differences in impedance with respect to ground (loading effects) of touch nodes), touch nodes can have non-uniform bandwidth characteristics which can manifest as non-uniform signal and signal-to-noise ratio (snr) across the touch sensor panel. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088733

Low power touch sensing during a sleep state of an electronic device

An electronic device is disclosed. The electronic device can sense touch on its touch screen while in a sleep state in a manner that allows the electronic device to respond to certain touch inputs, while consuming less power due to touch sensing than while in an awake state. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088728

Integrated force-sensitive touch screen

This relates to a force-sensitive touch screen including a metallization layer for force sensing. In some examples, the force-sensing metallization layer can be deposited between a color filter layer and a thin film transistor (tft) layer (including an array of tfts) of the touch screen. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088717

Touch sensor panel with top and/or bottom shielding

A touch sensor panel is disclosed. The touch sensor panel can include a first substrate layer; a first electrode layer comprising one or more of a touch electrode and a trace configured to couple the touch electrode to sense circuitry, the first electrode layer located on a first side of the first substrate layer; a second electrode layer located on the first side of the first substrate layer; a passivation layer disposed in between the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer; and a third electrode layer located on a second side of the first substrate layer, different from the first side of the first substrate layer. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088702

Pressure compensation for force-sensitive touch screen

Pressure compensation can be used to improve performance of force-sensitive touch screens. Changes in pressure, particularly transient, internal pressure changes in an electronic device due to an object applying force to a touch screen of the electronic device, can degrade force sensing performance of the touch screen. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088686

Domed orientationless input assembly for controlling an electronic device

Domed input assemblies for controlling an electronic device and methods for using domed input assemblies for controlling electronic device are provided.. . ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088667

Postponing the state change of an information affecting the graphical user interface until during the condition of inattentiveness

Triggering a state change includes displaying a first version of a series of frames based on a first setup configuration, obtaining a second setup configuration for the series of frames, in response to obtaining a second setup configuration, monitoring for a change in an eye status, and in response to detecting a change in the eye status, displaying a second version of the series of frames based on the second setup configuration.. . ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088660

Methods and apparatus for recovering errors with an inter-processor communication link between independently operable processors

Methods and apparatus for an inter-processor communication (ipc) link between two (or more) independently operable processors. In one aspect, the ipc protocol is based on a “shared” memory interface for run-time processing (i.e., the independently operable processors each share (either virtually or physically) a common memory interface). ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088632

Dynamic function row customization

A device may include a dynamic function row (dfr) comprising a touchscreen. A device processor may operate a dfr agent controlling the dfr. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088624

Master/slave control of touch sensing

Touch sensing can be accomplished using master/slave touch controllers that transmit drive signals to a touch surface and process sense signals including superpositions resulting from master/slave drive signals. The master/slave can drive and sense different sets of lines, respectively, of the touch surface. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088588

Color filter array for machine vision system

A machine vision system having a first camera configured to be coupled to a vehicle, the camera includes an optical stack having a color filter array with a plurality of sections. Each section includes a first white filter portion, a yellow filter portion, a magenta filter portion, and a second white filter portion.. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088532

Tactile switch for an electronic device

One embodiment of the disclosure includes an input module. The input module includes a switch, a rotatable and translatable input member operably connected to the switch and configured to actuate the switch, and an electrical contact operably connected to the switch and in electrical communication with the input member. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088324

Systems and methods for relative representation of spatial objects and disambiguation in an interface

Implementations described and claimed herein provide systems and methods for interaction between a user and a machine. In one implementation, a system is provided that receives an input from a user of a mobile machine which indicates or describes an object in the world. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088222

Time of flight estimation using an asymmetric scheme

Embodiments for accurately performing time of flight estimations are provided. These embodiments include using a first wireless device to monitor a wireless link and subsequently generate a wireless link estimation based on the monitoring. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088186

Spatially dependent correction of magnetic field sensor readings

In an embodiment, a method comprises: obtaining, by a sensing device on a ferromagnetic surface, a first magnetometer reading of magnetic flux density modified by the ferromagnetic surface in a first direction; obtaining, by the sensing device, a second magnetometer reading of magnetic flux density modified by the ferromagnetic surface in a second direction; obtaining, by the sensing device, sensitivity terms based on the first and second magnetometer readings; and storing, by the sensing device, the sensitivity terms and a location of the sensing device on the ferromagnetic surface.. . ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088067

Connection and corrosion detection

Methods, structures, and apparatus that are able to detect the presence of a connection to a contact of an electronic device and are also able to detect the presence of contamination at the contact.. . ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180087922

Discovering points of entry to a location

Some embodiments provide a method for identifying one or more entrances to a point of interest or commercial entity (e.g., a shopping mall, a store, a business, etc.) using crowd sourced data received from a set of mobile devices over a specific period of time. The method identifies one or more points of entry to an enclosed area (e.g., a parking garage) associated with a point of interest (poi), as well as one or more points of entry to a building associated with the poi (e.g., a museum). ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180087767

Illuminated user interface architecture

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

03/29/18 / #20180086663

Thermoformed cover glass for an electronic device

A property-enhanced cover sheet, and methods for forming a property-enhanced cover sheet, for a portable electronic device are disclosed. A property-enhanced cover sheet is formed by thermoforming a glass sheet into a specified contour shape while modifying one or more properties of the glass. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180086662

Process for forming textured glass component with high bending strength

A method of processing a glass substrate including texturing the glass substrate to form a textured surface that includes a plurality of micro fractures extending from the textured surface into the substrate. And, thereafter, chemically etching the textured surface of the glass substrate to a depth sufficient to remove the micro fractures. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180086026

Sapphire and glass laminates with a gradient layer

A sapphire sheet is laminated to a glass sheet with a gradient layer that transitions from a composition of predominantly al2o3 at the sapphire sheet to a composition of predominantly sio2 at the glass sheet. The gradient layer chemically bonds to both the sapphire sheet and the glass sheet and has no distinct interfaces.. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180085857

Hybrid substrate processing

A hybrid laser modulation and acid etch process for the creation of a patterned substrate. According to some embodiments, a hole is formed in a glass substrate by first modulating a portion of the substrate in the desired shape. ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180085786

Multi-core, multi-dimension electromagnet

In an embodiment, an electromagnetic reluctance actuator comprises: a core assembly including a plurality of magnetic cores arranged in a two-dimensional plane, each core comprised of ferromagnetic material and wound by a coil of conductive wire, the coils operable for producing magnetic flux density in response to electrical currents flowing in the coils, wherein the current in each coil flows in a direction that is opposite the currents flowing in adjacent coils; and an actuator, at least a portion of which comprises ferritic material magnetically coupled to the coils by a magnetic circuit, for producing mechanical force in response to the effect of magnetic flux on the portion, the portion of the actuator being mounted for movement relative to the core assembly.. . ... Apple Inc

03/29/18 / #20180084873

Accessory contacts

A first connector assembly may be connectable to a second connector assembly using a sliding attachment process, in which a front portion of the first connector assembly is inserted into an end of a slot in the second connector assembly and slides laterally along the slot until electrical contacts on the two connector assemblies are aligned. Electrical contacts of the first connector assembly may be biased proud to make contact with recessed electrical contacts in the second connector assembly. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084681

Compensation of magnetic interference

A compensation coil placed at least partially underneath a magnetic field sensor package in an electronic system provides attenuation of electromagnetic interference (emi). In an embodiment, the compensation coil attenuates emi in a frequency band which overlaps with an operating frequency band of the magnetic field sensor. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084680

Thermal distribution assembly in an electronic device

A thermal distribution assembly for an electronic device is disclosed. The electronic device includes an enclosure defined by a metal band and a non-metal bottom wall formed by glass, sapphire, or plastic. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084658

Oxide coatings for metal surfaces

Oxide coatings that reduce or eliminate the appearance of thin film interference coloring are described. In some embodiments, the oxide coatings are configured to reduce the appearance of fingerprints. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084653

Electronic device having a composite structure

Embodiments are directed to an enclosure for an electronic device. In one aspect, an embodiment includes an enclosure having an enclosure component and an internal component that may be affixed along a bonding region. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084636

Stacked circuit board architecture in an electronic device

A circuit board assembly in an electronic is disclosed. To conserve space in the electronic device, the circuit board assembly includes stacked circuit boards in electrical communication with each other, such as a first circuit board stacked over a second circuit board. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084606

Real-time relay of wireless communications

Exemplary embodiments include a system having a first wireless audio output device and a second wireless audio output device. One of the first or second audio output devices is configured to one of connect as a slave to a source device in a first piconet and connect as a master to the other one of the first or second audio output devices in a second piconet. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084574

Roll-call channel access

Embodiments include a method, computer program product, and system for grouping electronic devices into roll-call channel access (rcca) groups to reduce the number of devices contending for a wireless channel. Devices within rcca groups are represented a host device during a channel contention process. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084569

Mitigating scheduling conflicts in wireless communication devices

Exemplary embodiments include a method performed by a wireless device configured as a slave in a first piconet and configured as a master in a second piconet. The method includes determining whether the wireless device has data to transmit over the second piconet to an other wireless device, determining an availability of a full slot in a first piconet schedule, selecting a data transmission scheme based on the availability of the full slot in the first piconet schedule and transmitting the data via the second piconet to the other wireless device in accordance with the selected data transmission scheme.. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084562

Device, system, and method for carrier aware scheduling

Described is a user equipment (ue) that is connected to a network component, the user equipment and the network component configured with a carrier aggregation functionality. The ue performs a method that includes determining a primary component carrier and at least one secondary component carrier associated with the carrier aggregation functionality of the user equipment, determining a component carrier quality measurement (cqm) metric for each of the component carriers, when an uplink data packet is capable of being transmitted over the secondary component carrier, selecting one of the primary component carrier and the at least one secondary component carrier based on the cqm metrics, generating measurement data indicative of the selected component carrier to increase a probability to transmit the uplink data packet over the selected component carrier and transmitting the measurement data to the network component.. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084558

Coexistence management for multiple wireless devices by a wireless network device

Methods and apparatuses for managing coexistence of multiple wireless devices that share a radio frequency band and communicate with a wireless network device. The wireless devices include both wireless personal area network (wpan) and wireless local area network (wlan) devices. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084489

Method and apparatus for lte cell search using multiple receivers of a mobile device

A method using multiple receivers of a wireless communication device to accelerate cell selection and reselection is disclosed. Multiple receivers of the wireless device are used to implement carrier aggregation in lte connected mode. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084485

Bluetooth connection establishment

Embodiments of the current disclosure facilitate the creation of a wireless connection between a host device and an accessory device over a wireless medium. For instance, according to some embodiments, a method of connecting an accessory device to a host device includes transmitting a plurality of advertising beacons over a wireless medium. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084484

Bluetooth connection establishment

Embodiments of the current disclosure facilitate the creation of a connection between a host device and an accessory device over a wireless network. For instance, according to some embodiments, a method of connecting an accessory device to a host device includes transmitting a plurality of advertising beacons over a wireless network. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084456

Real-time relay of wireless communications

Exemplary embodiments include a system having a first wireless audio output device configured to connect to a source device via a first piconet and a second wireless audio output device configured to connect to the first wireless audio output device via a second piconet. A schedule of the first piconet includes a plurality of slots associated with an audio packet, a first subset of the slots used by the source device to transmit the audio packet, the first and second wireless audio output devices tuning to the first piconet to listen for the transmissions of the audio packet, and when, after a last one of the first subset of slots, the first or second wireless audio output devices did not receive the audio packet, the first and second wireless audio output devices exchange information via the second piconet such that the both wireless audio output device receive the audio packet.. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084439

Antenna array uplink sector selection and deselection based on coexistence with other in-device radios

Systems, methods, and devices are provided for performing an antenna sector level sweep of a radio in a radio frequency system with co-existence of other radios. The method may involve sending a first command to a portion of a plurality of radios to determine a first set of signal quality metrics associated with the portion of the plurality of radios for one or more sectors of an antenna while the first radio is not active. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084438

Antenna array uplink sector level sweep to allow coexistence with other in-device radios

A method for operating a first radio of a number of radios within a radio frequency system may include sending a first command to the first radio of the plurality of radios to initiate an antenna sector level sweep and determining a first set of metrics associated with a first set of signals from other radios of the plurality of radios that correspond to the antenna sector level sweep. The method may also include receiving a second set of metrics associated with the first set of signals from a responder electronic device and identifying a sector of a number of sectors associated with the antenna sector level sweep based on the first set of metrics and the second set of metrics. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084426

Secure control of profile policy rules

A secure element (se) in a device processes profile policy rule (ppr) update information received in a message. The se uses a rule authorization table (rat), when processing the message, to control whether a ppr on/off state will be adjusted. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084419

Coexistence interference mitigation during wireless local area network authentication

Methods and apparatuses for mitigating coexistence interference in a wireless device between a wlan interface and a wpan interface during a wlan authentication process. The wireless device associates with a wlan access point (ap), and after receiving a wlan association response from the wlan ap, the wireless device alternates between wlan time periods, during which wlan transmission is enabled and wpan transmission is disabled, and wpan time periods, during which wpan transmission is enabled and wlan transmission is disabled, during the wlan authentication process. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084401

Station and method for lte only attach optimization

A method performed by a station that includes receiving information from a cell of a public land mobile network (plmn), determining whether the information indicates the cell supports circuit switched fallback (csfb) voice calls, when the csfb voice calls are not supported, determining whether at least one packet switched voice property of the station satisfies a predetermined condition and attaching to the cell of the plmn when the predetermined condition is satisfied. A further method performed by a station connected to a plmn that includes identifying cells of the plmn available for the station to camp on, determining whether the station is capable of executing packet switched calls, when the station is not capable of executing packet switched calls, determining whether the identified cells have a neighbor cell that supports csfb voice calls and prioritizing the cells that are identified as having neighbor cells that support csfb voice calls.. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084362

Augmented performance synchronization

Various embodiments of the invention pertain to augmented performance synchronization systems and methods. According to some embodiments of the invention, an audio waveform may be used to generate one or more haptic waveforms for one or more electronic devices. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084324

Speaker module architecture

An electronic device includes a housing having an opening comprising an audio port and a speaker assembly carried by the device housing. The speaker assembly includes a water ejection system having a diaphragm coupled to a magnetic driver and a mesh that covers the audio port where the diaphragm and the mesh together define an acoustic volume. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084323

Audio module for an electronic device

An electronic device is disclosed that includes one or more sealed audio modules that are unaffected by changes in the internal pressure within the electronic device. The audio modules can also include one or more features that increase the audible bandwidth of the electronic device.. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084241

Optical apparatus with beam steering and position feedback

A method for projection includes projecting a pattern toward a target by directing optical radiation, which is collimated along an optical axis by projection optics, through a diffractive optical element (doe). An optical signal that is indicative of a shift of the projected pattern is detected. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084181

Adaptive bracketing techniques

Adaptive bracketing techniques for photography are described. An adaptive bracketing logic/module directs an imaging device to capture an adaptive bracket. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084093

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

03/22/18 / #20180084061

Stateless technique for distributing data uploads

The embodiments set forth a technique for providing a stateless technique for distributing uploads. According to some embodiments, a system can include various computing devices, authorization servers, and storage destinations. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084017

Intelligent hand-off across multiple modalities during content playback

Intelligent handoff across different content modalities during streaming of content is discussed herein. Content modalities represent different mechanisms by which content may be streamed to a playback device and include transport modality, source modality, and playback modality. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083986

Credential modification notifications

Disclosed are systems and methods for providing protection against alteration of data, such as a credential, associated with a transaction. A first communication is received from a requesting system. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083858

Proximity wi-fi

In embodiments, one or more wireless stations operate to configure direct communication with neighboring mobile stations, i.e., direct communication between the wireless stations without utilizing an intermediate access point. Embodiments of the disclosure relate to an architecture to implement proximity wi-fi communications, including, architecture design, timing and clock management, communication protocols, including discovery, device addressing, and termination, as well as security.. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083820

System and method for peak-to-average power ratio reduction of ofdm signals via weighted gradient-based adaptive peak cancellation

Embodiments include a system, method, and computer program product that receives an orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (ofdm) symbol, and utilizes a weighted gradient-based adaptive peak cancellation convergence algorithm to create a peak cancellation signal to reduce a peak-to-average power ratio (papr) as well as induced error rates of the ofdm symbol. Iterations of the weighted gradient-based adaptive peak cancellation convergence algorithm produce a peak cancellation signal that converges to a desired peak cancellation signal that satisfies a targeted papr. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083793

Multicast packets for a wireless local area network

Methods and apparatus for transmission of data streams using a multicast packet format based on group identifiers (group ids) to deliver data to multiple recipient stations (stas). Using group ids, an access point (ap) assigns multiple stas to one or more groups, and uniquely assigns each sta to a particular position within the group, such that it can receive a requested data stream. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083724

Accessing radio content from a non-radio source

Systems and methods are provided for accessing broadcast media items and segments from non-broadcast sources. In response to detecting that a user has not finished listening to a broadcast segment (e.g., a radio segment), an electronic device can automatically identify and access an alternate, non-broadcast source for the same broadcast segment (e.g., a corresponding podcast episode). ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083648

Digital to analog converter

A device includes a resistor string that includes a plurality resistors with voltage taps disposed therebetween. The device may select one particular voltage tap of the plurality of voltage taps based on received gray level data for a pixel of a display. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083643

Detecting power supply noise events and initiating corrective action

Techniques are disclosed relating to detecting supply voltage events and performing corrective actions. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes sensor circuitry and control circuitry. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083620

Touch and force sensitive rocker switch

A touch and force sensitive rocker switch or button array for a portable electronic device can include multiple dome switches or force sensors, as well as a capacitive sensing surface that can detect finger location and swipes. A cosmetic surface can cover the entire elongated switch/button and portions of device housing proximate the button, and can be configured to transfer each of multiple types of input there through to the button and also provide a seal to the device housing interior. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083546

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 capacitors) at the instant of turning off of the control switch. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083534

Constant off-time control method for buck converters using coupled inductors

A system that includes a regulator unit is disclosed. The regulator unit includes first and second phase units whose outputs are coupled to through first and second coupled inductors, respectively, to a power supply node of a circuit block. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083532

Current mode control of a buck converter using coupled inductance

A system that includes a regulator circuit is disclosed. The regulator circuit includes first and second phase units whose outputs are coupled to a power supply node of a circuit block, via respective coupled inductors. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083490

Single-isolation wireless power converter

A power converter can be implemented as a series of power conversion stages, including a wireless power conversion stage. In typical embodiments, the power converter receives power directly from mains voltage and outputs power to a battery within an electronic device. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083444

Zero dc power delivery

Methods, structures, and apparatus that are able to transfer power through a device power contact while minimizing its corrosion. During a first period, a power supply may be connected to the device power contact. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083421

Independent control of emission wavelength and output power of a semiconductor laser

Methods for driving a tunable laser with integrated tuning elements are disclosed. The methods can include modulating the tuning current and laser injection current such that the laser emission wavelength and output power are independently controllable. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083406

Sealed corrosion-resistant contacts

Contacts and connector assemblies that may be space efficient, provide direct connections to flexible circuit boards, provide corrosion resistance, prevent moisture leakage into an electronic device housing the connector assembly, are readily assembled, and have an aesthetically pleasing appearance.. . ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083344

Antennas having symmetrical switching architecture

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

03/22/18 / #20180083322

Battery architecture in an electronic device

An electronic device having a battery assembly is disclosed. Unlike traditional battery assemblies that include rectilinear electrodes with two sides of equal length, the battery assemblies described herein may include electrodes having a shape/configuration resembling an l-shape electrode used to form chemical reactions in order to generate electrical energy. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083312

Integrated electrical feedthroughs for walls of battery housings

Electrical feedthroughs are presented that are integrated within a wall of a battery housing. In some embodiments, an electrical feedthrough includes a battery housing defining an opening. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083278

Cathode active materials having improved particle morphologies

Mixed-metal oxides and lithiated mixed-metal oxides are disclosed that involve compounds according to, respectively, nixmnycozmeαoβ and lii+γnixmnycozmeαoβ. In these compounds, me is selected from b, na, mg, al, si, k, ca, sc, ti, v, cr, fe, cu, zn, ga, ge, zr, nb, mo, ru, ag, in, and combinations thereof; 0≦x≦1; 0≦y≦1; 0≦z≦1; x+y+z>0; 0≦α≦0.5; and x+y+α>0. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083277

Cathode active materials having improved particle morphologies

Mixed-metal oxides and lithiated mixed-metal oxides are disclosed that involve compounds according to, respectively, nixmnycozmeαoβ and li1+γnixmnycozmeαoβ. In these compounds, me is selected from b, na, mg, al, si, k, ca, sc, ti, v, cr, fe, cu, zn, ga, ge, zr, nb, mo, ru, ag, in, and combinations thereof; 0≦x≦1; 0≦y≦1; 0≦z<1; x+y+z>0; 0≦α≦0.5; and x+y+α>0. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083256

Electrical feedthroughs for redistributing thermally-induced stresses that result from welding

Electrical feedthroughs are presented for redistributing thermally-induced stresses that result from welding. In some embodiments, an electrical feedthrough includes a tubular conduit having a flange at one end. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083232

Battery pouch including nanoceramic coating

An outer cover of a pouch-style battery includes a nanoceramic coating. Constructing an outer cover including a nanoceramic coating may include forming a malleable layer, applying a sealing layer to an inside surface of the malleable layer, and applying the nanoceramic layer to an outside surface of the malleable layer. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082971

Conductive adhesive film structures

Conductive adhesive films can include a binding material having a first set of conductive particles therewithin. The binding material can be electrically non-conductive and can flow between and bond external electronic components during a bonding process. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082858

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

03/22/18 / #20180082800

Illuminated switches and input buttons

This application relates to illuminated dome switches and a dome switch assembly having a first contact carried by a switch base and a dome shaped structure coupled to and supported by the switch base, the dome shaped structure comprising a material that is flexible and capable of internally transmitting visible light. The switch assembly can include a second contact coupled to the dome shaped structure and arranged opposite the first contact, and a light source configured to emit visible light, the light source in optical communication with the dome shaped structure such that at least some of the visible light emitted by the light source passes into the material and is subsequently emitted by the material in a generally uniform manner.. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082735

Low active power write driver with reduced-power boost circuit

Techniques for implementing a storage array write driver with a reduced-power boost circuit. An apparatus may include a bit cell configured to store data, a bit line circuit coupled to convey data to the bit cell, a write driver circuit configured to transmit write data to the bit cell via the bit line circuit, and a boost circuit that is distinct from the write driver circuit. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082715

Artistic style transfer for videos

Techniques are disclosed herein for applying an artistic style extracted from one or more source images, e.g., paintings, to one or more target images. The extracted artistic style may then be stored as a plurality of layers in a neural network. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082659

Light sensor with spectral sensing and color matching function channels

An electronic device may be provided with a display mounted in a housing. An ambient light sensor may measure the color of ambient light through an ambient light sensor window in the display. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082638

Time-interleaved source driver for display devices

A display device may include a plurality of pixels that display image data on a display, a digital-to-analog converter that outputs a voltage that corresponds to a luminance value to be depicted on a first pixel, and a circuit that amplifies the voltage and outputs an amplified voltage to the first pixel. The circuit may include a capacitor that receives the voltage via the digital-to-analog converter and an amplifier coupled to the capacitor. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082635

System and method for external pixel compensation

An electronic device includes a display panel. The display panel includes a plurality of pixels, each of which includes a driving thin-film-transistor (tft) configured to receive driving data related to the operation of a respective pixel and a light-emitting diode configured to emit light based on the driving data provided to the tft. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082634

Active sensing and compensation for display panel hysteresis

An apparatus receives current image frame data and data relating to at least one previous image frame for an electronic display. One or more parameters related to hysteresis of transistors in the electronic display are sensed. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082633

Low-visibility display sensing

Electronic devices, storage medium containing instructions, and methods pertain to scanning a display during a sensing phase for the display. One or more parameters pertaining to operation or conditions around the display are obtained. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082631

Display panel adjustment from temperature prediction

Systems, methods, and devices for adjusting image display on an electronic display by predicting a temperature change of the electronic display due to heat-producing components near the display or due to changes in content. An electronic device may include an electronic display and processing circuitry. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082626

Dithering techniques for electronic displays

Devices and methods for error diffusion and spatiotemporal dithering are provided. By way of example, a method of operating a display includes receiving a pixel input, a set of pixel coordinates, and a current frame number. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082621

Noise mitigation for display panel sensing

Systems and methods are provided for differential sensing (ds), difference-differential sensing (dds), correlated double sampling (cds), and/or programmable capacitor matching to reduce display panel sensing noise. An electronic device may include one or more processors and an electronic display. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082620

Power cycle display sensing

Electronic devices and methods pertain to reducing artifacts resulting from a thermal profile preexisting a boot up of an electronic device are disclosed. Scanning driving circuitry of the electronic device scans at least a portion of one or more pixels of an active area of a display using a boot up scan before a boot up sequence of at least a portion of an electronic device completes. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082587

External communication for vehicles

Methods, apparatuses, and non-transitory computer readable storage media for external vehicle communication are described. A method for external vehicle communication may include determining a vehicular path for a vehicle and an extra-vehicular path for an extra-vehicular object external to the vehicle, the vehicular path based on vehicle state data including a vehicle velocity and a vehicle orientation, the extra-vehicular path based on extra-vehicular state data including an object velocity and an object orientation of the extra-vehicular object; determining when the vehicular path will intercept the extra-vehicular path based on the vehicle state data and the extra-vehicular state data; determining an object identity for the extra-vehicular object and a distance between the vehicle and the extra-vehicular object; and generating at least one external communication based on the object identity when the distance between the vehicle and the extra-vehicular object is less than a predetermined threshold distance.. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082552

Semantic framework for variable haptic output

Methods and apparatus organize a plurality of haptic output variations into a cohesive semantic framework that uses various information about the alert condition and trigger, application context, and other conditions to provide a system of haptic outputs that share characteristics between related events. In some embodiments, an event class or application class provides the basis for a corresponding haptic output. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082486

Method and system for compositing an augmented reality scene

Disclosed are systems and methods for compositing an augmented reality scene, the methods including the steps of extracting, by an extraction component into a memory of a data-processing machine, at least one object from a real-world image detected by a sensing device; geometrically reconstructing at least one virtual model from at least one object; and compositing ar content from at least one virtual model in order to augment the ar content on the real-world image, thereby creating ar scene. Preferably, the method further includes; extracting at least one annotation from the real-world image into the memory of the data-processing machine for modifying at least one virtual model according to at least one annotation. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082482

Display system having world and user sensors

A mixed reality system that includes a head-mounted display (hmd) that provides 3d virtual views of a user's environment augmented with virtual content. The hmd may include sensors that collect information about the user's environment (e.g., video, depth information, lighting information, etc.), and sensors that collect information about the user (e.g., the user's expressions, eye movement, hand gestures, etc.). ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082471

Common geometric primitive associated with multiple geometric primitives

Disclosed herein are system, method, and computer program product embodiments for identifying and processing a common geometric primitive associated with multiple geometric primitives. In some embodiments, a first geometric primitive including a first set of end points and a second geometric primitive including a second set of end points are obtained. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082407

Style transfer-based image content correction

Techniques are disclosed herein for applying an artistic style extracted from one or more source images, e.g., paintings, to one or more target images. The extracted artistic style may then be stored as a plurality of layers in a neural network. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082400

Configurable convolution engine

Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a configurable convolution engine that receives configuration information to perform convolution or its variant operations on streaming input data of various formats. To process streaming input data, input data of multiple channels are received and stored in an input buffer circuit in an interleaved manner. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082293

Script deployment through service provider servers

A device facilitating script deployment through service provider servers includes at least one processor configured to receive, from a service provider, a request to perform a transaction directly with a device secure element on which a credential is provisioned, where the request includes a credential identifier corresponding to the credential. The at least one processor is further configured to identify, based at least in part on the credential identifier, the device secure element. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082288

Inter-device credential transfer

A device implementing an inter-device credential transfer system may include at least one processor that is configured to receive a request to transfer a transaction credential from a first device to a second device, the transaction credential being associated with a stored monetary value and the request comprising a transaction credential identifier of the transaction credential. The at least one processor is further configured to prevent, responsive to the request, the transaction credential from being utilized for payment transactions by the first device. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082285

Transaction card selection based on geographic area

The disclosed technology addresses the need in the art for a mobile wallet application that can intelligently select a transaction based on a geographic region in which the card was issued, and in which a transaction is to take place. The present technology can determine a region where a transaction card was issued from, and designate the transaction card as the default card for the determined region, and can automatically select the card for use with transactions taking place in the determined region.. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082282

User interfaces for stored-value accounts

In some examples, an account is provisioned onto an electronic device. In some examples, the device receives a value to fund the account provisioned on the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082135

Vehicle video system

Images are obtained using cameras mounted on a vehicle, and at least a portion of the obtained images are displayed on a screen. Motion of the vehicle can be controlled such that it moves toward a physical destination selected from images obtained using cameras mounted on a vehicle.. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082134

Traffic direction gesture recognition

Traffic direction gesture recognition may be implemented for a vehicle in response to traffic diversion signals in the vehicles vicinity. Sensors implemented as part of a vehicle may collect data about pedestrians and other obstacles in the vicinity of the vehicle or along the vehicle's route of travel. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082109

Curvature-based face detector

A method for processing data includes receiving a depth map of a scene containing at least a humanoid head, the depth map comprising a matrix of pixels having respective pixel depth values. A digital processor extracts from the depth map a curvature map of the scene. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082065

Countersigning updates for multi-chip devices

A device facilitating countersigning updates for multi-chip devices includes at least one processor configured to receive, from a collocated chip, a data item and a software update, the data item being signed using a private key corresponding to a primary entity associated with the collocated chip and the data item comprising an authentication code generated using a symmetric key corresponding to a secondary entity associated with the software update. At least one processor is further configured to verify the data item using a public key associated with the primary entity. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081659

State machines for installation management

A job state machine may transition to a downloading state in response to a start message on the job pipeline, wherein the job object causes job data to be downloaded to the device when the job state machine is in the downloading state. The job state machine may transition to an installing state in response to an assertion message on the job pipeline, wherein the job object causes downloaded job data to be installed on the device when the job state machine is in the installing state. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081621

Assistive apparatus having accelerometer-based accessibility

An assistive apparatus, and a method of providing an accessibility switch output by the assistive apparatus, is described. The assistive apparatus may include an accelerometer to be worn in an ear canal of a user, and a display having a graphical user interface. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081519

3d document editing system

A 3d document editing system and graphical user interface (gui) that includes a virtual reality and/or augmented reality device and an input device (e.g., keyboard) that implements sensing technology for detecting gestures by a user. Using the system, portions of a document can be placed at or moved to various z-depths in a 3d virtual space provided by the vr device to provide 3d effects in the document. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081515

Sharing user-configurable graphical constructs

Methods for sharing user-configurable graphical constructs, e.g., for use with a portable multifunction device, are disclosed. The methods described herein allow for sharing user-configurable graphical constructs that contain independently configurable graphical elements and graphical assets. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081491

Systems and methods for inserting intra-frame pause

One embodiment describes an electronic display that includes display driver circuitry that displays at least a first image frame and a second image frame on the electronic device using a first display pixel and a second display pixel. A timing controller of the electronic display determines at least a first insertion time for a first intra-frame pause for the first image frame and a second insertion time for a second intra-frame pause for the second image frame, which pause rendering of image data to allow the touch sensing circuitry to detect user interaction. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081485

Gasket with embedded capacitive sensor

An electronic device is disclosed. In some examples, the device includes one or more force sensors at its perimeter. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081483

Trackpad integration in an electronic device

A trackpad includes an interface module positioned below a cover layer. The interface module can include a support structure and a circuit board attached to the support structure. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081481

Display module & glass with undercut plastic frame

An electronic device having a display assembly is disclosed. Several layers may combine to form the display assembly. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081456

Multipurpose stylus with exchangeable modules

An input device, such as a stylus, can include a main body comprising a main body connector for connecting to a charger to charge a power source of the stylus. A separate functional end module is removable from the main body to expose the main body connector. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081455

Stylus for coordinate measuring

An input device, such as a hand-held, wireless stylus, can be used to measure coordinates of a three-dimensional object. Position data can be calculated based on, for example, acceleration, orientation, and static parameters of a stylus. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081453

Gesture detection, list navigation, and item selection using a crown and sensors

The present disclosure generally relates to methods and apparatuses for detecting gestures on a reduced-size electronic device at locations off of the display, such as gestures on the housing of the device or on a rotatable input mechanism (e.g., a digital crown) of the device, and responding to the gestures by, for example, navigating lists of items and selecting items from the list; translating the display of an electronic document; or sending audio control data to an external audio device.. . ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081441

Integrated haptic output and touch input system

An electronic device is configured to provide localized haptic feedback to a user on one or more regions or sections of a surface of the electronic device. The localized haptic feedback is provided by an array of piezoelectric haptic actuators below the surface of the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081438

Haptic structure for providing localized haptic output

Disclosed herein are structures, devices, methods and systems for providing haptic output on an electronic device. In some embodiments, the electronic device includes an actuator configured to move in a first direction. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081437

Dynamically configurable input structure with tactile overlay

Embodiments are directed to an input device and methods related to the use thereof. The embodiment may include a deformable structure. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081434

Eye and head tracking

Systems, methods, and computer readable media to detect and track a user's eye gaze and head movement are described. In general, techniques are disclosed for receiving one or more stereo images of a set of pupils, wherein each of the set of pupils is part of an eye of a head, calculating a location of each of the set of pupils from the stereo images, determining a head pose based on the one or more stereo images, identifying a location of the set of pupils in the head based on the determined head pose, and identifying a gaze using the locations of each of the set of pupils.. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081427

Eye and head tracking

Systems, methods, and computer readable media to detect and track a user's eye gaze and head movement are described. In general, techniques are disclosed for identifying a user's pupil location and using this information, in conjunction with a three dimensional (3d) model of the user's head, perform gaze tracking operations. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081426

Relative intertial measurement system

Methods and systems for relative inertial measurement may include a user device configured to couple with a user's body and measure motion of the user's body or a part of the user's body while the user rides in a vehicle. A second inertial measurement device may be configured to move with the vehicle but to not move with movements of the user's body within the vehicle. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081400

Electronic devices with sealing elements having embedded sensors

An electronic device having a housing that defines an interior volume, the housing being suitable for carrying at least a processor within the internal volume, the housing comprising an edge that defines an opening that provides access to the internal volume. The electronic device can have a cover carried at the edge of the housing and within the opening and having an external surface capable of receiving an external force and a sealing element disposed between the housing and the cover, with the sealing element preventing intrusion of liquid into the internal volume. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081390

Inter-chip time synchronization

A device implementing an inter-chip time synchronization system may include a first circuit having a first clock and a second circuit having a second clock. The first circuit may be configured to capture a first timestamp from the first clock responsive to receiving a sampling signal from the second circuit. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081234

Dual-loop display sensing for compensation

Devices, storage media, and methods for compensating for aging and temperature variations using dual-loop compensation are provided. The compensating for temperature and aging variations of one or more pixels of the display using a coarse scan loop updated at a faster rate. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081223

Optical films for electronic device displays

A display may include an optical film to promote sunglass-friendly viewing of the display. Displays may include linear polarizers. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081178

Predictive, foveated virtual reality system

A predictive, foveated virtual reality system may capture views of the world around a user using multiple resolutions. The predictive, foveated virtual reality system may include one or more cameras configured to capture lower resolution image data for a peripheral field of view while capturing higher resolution image data for a narrow field of view corresponding to a user's line of sight. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081168

Prism-based scanner

Optical scanning apparatus includes a triangular prism, having first and second side faces and a base. A transmitter directs a beam of optical radiation into the prism through the first side face, which refracts the beam so that the optical radiation is incident on and reflects from the base within the prism at a reflection angle that is greater than a total internal reflection (tir) angle of the prism and exits the prism through the second side face. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081100

Electronic devices with infrared blocking filters

An electronic device may be provided with one or more light-sensing components such as a camera and a color ambient light sensor. Optical structures such as camera lenses or a light pipe may be used to convey light from a window in an electronic device to a light-sensing component. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081094

Retroreflectors

A retroreflector system including an outer body panel coupled to a vehicle, wherein the outer body panel is configured to allow a radar signal originating from an external radar device to pass through the outer body panel. The retroreflector system also includes a plurality of retroreflectors embedded in the vehicle, where the plurality of retroreflectors is configured to reflect the signal to the external signal source as a reflected signal, and where the plurality of retroreflectors is configured to have a peak reflectivity for a radar wavelength range or a light detection and ranging (lidar) wavelength range.. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081093

Electronic device with light diffuser

An electronic device may have an optical system that includes one or more light-based components. The light-based components may include light-emitting components such as light-emitting diodes or lasers and may include light-detecting components such as photodiodes or digital image sensors. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081086

Electronic devices having scratch-resistant antireflection coatings

An electronic device may have transparent members such as display cover layers and camera windows. A transparent member such as a sapphire member may be provided with an antireflection coating. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081085

Electronic devices having scratch-resistant antireflection coatings

An electronic device may have transparent members such as display cover layers and camera windows. A transparent member such as a sapphire member may be provided with an antireflection coating. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081062

Line scan depth sensor

Optical apparatus includes a scanning line projector, which is configured to scan a line of radiation across a scene. A receiver includes an array of sensing elements, which are configured to output signals in response to the radiation that is incident thereon, and collection optics configured to image the scene onto the array, such that each sensing element receives the radiation reflected from a corresponding point in the scene. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081061

Adaptive transmission power control for a lidar

An electro-optical device includes a laser, which is configured to emit toward a scene pulses of optical radiation. An array of detectors are configured to receive the optical radiation that is reflected from points in the scene and to output signals indicative of respective times of arrival of the received radiation. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081058

Enabling lidar detection

A system for detecting a vehicle includes a light source configured to emit a light signal. The system also includes a receiver sensor configured to receive a reflected light signal based at least in part on the light signal reflected from a plurality of reflectors. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081041

Lidar with irregular pulse sequence

Depth-sensing apparatus includes a laser, which is configured to emit pulses of optical radiation toward a scene, and one or more detectors, which are configured to receive the optical radiation that is reflected from points in the scene and to output signals indicative of respective times of arrival of the received radiation. Control and processing circuitry is coupled to drive the laser to emit a sequence of the pulses in a predefined temporal pattern that specifies irregular intervals between the pulses in the sequence, and to correlate the output signals with the temporal pattern in order to find respective times of flight for the points in the scene.. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180080992

Determination of a battery-model parameter

A battery management unit may measure a battery voltage of a battery across a first pair of nodes of the battery management unit to produce a first battery measurement and a current of the battery based on a voltage across a second pair of nodes of the battery management unit. Then, the battery management unit may generate a threshold current for a comparator in the battery management unit based on the current, where the threshold current is a sum of the current and a predetermined reference current associated with a predetermined operating profile of an application. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180080851

Doe defect monitoring utilizing total internal reflection

An optical apparatus includes a diffractive optical element (doe), having at least one optical surface, a side surface, which is not parallel to the at least one optical surface of the doe, and a grating, which is formed on the at least one optical surface so as to receive and diffract first radiation that is incident on the grating. The apparatus further includes at least one secondary radiation source, which is configured to direct second radiation to impinge on the side surface, causing at least part of the second radiation to propagate within the doe while diffracting internally from the grating and to exit through the side surface. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180080815

Ambient light sensor system having light-scattering desiccant

An ambient light sensor system ma be mounted in alignment with a window in a display cover layer associated with a display in an electronic device. The ambient light sensor system may have a light diffuser layer and an infrared-light-blocking filter. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180080800

Motion sensing using hall voltage signals

An integrated circuit (ic) chip including an array of asymmetrically distributed magnetic field sensing elements. Additionally, an integrated circuit (ic) chip includes a substrate, a sensing coil supported by the substrate and enclosing a portion of substrate, and a hall effect sensor supported by the portion of the substrate enclosed by the sensing coil.. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180080785

Cognitive load routing metric for vehicle guidance

A method for routing a vehicle includes receiving a current location for the vehicle and a destination location for the vehicle and identifying candidate navigation routes extending between the current location and the destination location. The method also includes determining a cognitive load parameter for each candidate navigation route and determining a cost value for a cost function for each candidate navigation route. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180080769

Duty-cycled phase shifter for angular rate sensor

An architecture is disclosed for an angular rate sensor that includes a duty-cycled phase shifter for generating a clock with high resolution delay for use in synchronized demodulation of a sensor output signal. In an embodiment, a sensor comprises: a mechanical resonator; a drive circuit coupled to the mechanical resonator and operable to actuate the mechanical resonator into resonant vibration; a sense circuit mechanically coupled to the mechanical resonator, the sense circuit operable to generate a sense signal having an in-phase signal component and a quadrature signal component; a demodulator circuit operable to receive the sense signal and a first clock for demodulating the sense signal to separate the in-phase signal component from the quadrature signal component; and a duty-cycled phase shifter coupled to the demodulator, the duty-cycled phase shifter operable to generate the first clock.. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180080758

Motion sensing by monitoring intensity of light redirected by an intensity pattern

Systems and techniques are described for measuring displacement of a mass by using an array of beams for scanning a binary intensity pattern disposed on a surface of the mass. Further, systems and techniques are described for measuring displacement of a moving mass by combining (i) information obtained from scanning, using a beam of light, an intensity pattern disposed on a surface of the mass, with (ii) information obtained when a coil interacts with a magnet attached to the moving mass. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180080598

Counterbalanced display stand

A counterbalanced display stand can be used with a tablet or other suitable portable electronic device. The display stand can allow for tilt, rotation, and lateral movement in multiple directions to arrive at a desired display position. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180080138

Processes for reducing surface concentration of dyes in anodic oxides

Dyed anodic oxides having modified dye concentration profiles, and processes for forming the same, are described. The modified dye concentration profiles can be characterized as having a peak of dye concentration beyond at least a specified distance from an outer surface of an anodic oxide. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180080109

Methods of making bulk metallic glass from powder and foils

Methods of forming a bulk metallic glass disclosed. The methods include packing a metallic glass-forming alloy powder to form a green body; heating the green body to a temperature between the glass transition temperature and the melting point of the metallic glass-forming alloy to form a heated green body; and cooling the heated green body to a temperature below the glass transition temperature of the metallic glass-forming alloy to form the bulk metallic glass. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180079686

Yttria-sensitized zirconia

A housing for a portable electronic device is disclosed. The housing is composed of yttria-sensitized zirconia. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180079655

Surface stabilized cathode material for lithium ion batteries and synthesizing method of the same

A compound represented by liαco(1-x-2y)mex(m1m2)yoδ, (formula (i)) wherein me, is one or more of li, mg, al, ca, ti, zr, v, cr, mn, fe, ni, cu, zn, ru and sn, and wherein 0≦x≦0.3, 0<y≦0.4, 0.95≦α≦1.4, and 1.90≦δ≦2.10 is disclosed. Further, particles including such compounds are described.. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180079427

Gesture based control of autonomous vehicles

A triggering condition for initiating an interaction session with an occupant of a vehicle is detected. A display is populated with representations of one or more options for operations associated with the vehicle. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180079420

Vehicle control system

Systems and methods for automated control of vehicle lane change maneuvers are disclosed. Some implementations may include detecting, based on data from a sensor in the first vehicle, one or more other vehicles that are moving in a target lane of the road. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180079272

Motion minimization systems and methods

A method includes receiving, at a control system of a vehicle, a road profile for a road at a particular location, the road profile indicating a road condition of the road at the particular location. The method also includes determining that the vehicle is approaching the road at the particular location. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180078183

Systems and methods for determining axial orientation and location of a user's wrist

This relates to systems and methods for determining the axial orientation and location of the user's wrist using one or more sensors located on the strap, the device underbody, or both. For example, the strap can include a plurality of elastic sections and a plurality of rigid sections. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180078182

Workout monitor interface

The present disclosure relates to systems and processes for monitoring a workout and for generating improved interfaces for the same. One example user interface detects when a workout of a particular type is started and begins generating activity data related to workout metrics associated with the type of workout selected. ... Apple Inc

03/22/18 / #20180078151

Systems and methods for determining physiological signals using ambient light

This relates to systems and methods for determining one or more physiological signals of a user using ambient light. The systems and methods can include one or more light sensors configured to measure light that has interacted with a user and one or more light sensors configured to measure ambient light. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180077813

Electronic devices with protective enzymes

. . . . An electronic device may have polymer structures such as polymer electronic device structures, gaskets for forming seals between display cover layers and housing structures, polymer structures that fill gaps between housing walls, adhesive, adhesive tapes, and other structures with polymer. To prevent degradation of the polymer from exposure to fatty acids and other potentially harmful materials, a protective enzyme may be incorporated into one or more of the polymer structures. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180077726

Coordinated wireless access protocol

An electronic device may coordinate access to a shared communication channel with one or more other electronic devices. After receiving frames from the one or more other electronic devices with information specifying back-off values associated with at least an access category for the one or more other electronic devices in a subsequent potential slot transmission opportunity, the electronic device may update a stored list of known occupied back-off values for the subsequent potential slot transmission opportunity. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180077649

Communications fabric with split paths for control and data packets

Techniques are disclosed relating to a split communications fabric topology. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes a communications fabric structure with multiple fabric units. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180077634

Dynamic aggression management of cellular connectivity

This disclosure relates to techniques for dynamic selection of connection attempt throttling algorithms based on user context. According to some embodiments, a wireless device may monitor certain current conditions of the ue, such as battery level, user activity level, motion level, and/or other conditions. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180077493

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

03/15/18 / #20180077021

Selective network sleep and wake

A network switch having a plurality of ports may be configured with a plurality of wake domains, which may be independently transitioned between at least a wake state and a sleep state. For example, one or more wake domains may transition between a wake state and a sleep state while one or more other wake domains do not change state. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180076843

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

03/15/18 / #20180076492

Portable electronic device with accessible-charge indicator

An electronic device that displays a battery status is described. In particular, based on the occurrence or presence of an environmental condition (such as an extrinsic environmental factor and/or a current electronic-device usage factor), the electronic device may determine an inaccessible-charge condition of a battery in the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180076112

Flexible system integration to improve thermal properties

In an embodiment, an interposer includes multiple integrated circuits coupled thereto. The integrated circuits may include processors and non-processor functionality that may have previously been integrated with the processors on an soc. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180076076

Electrostatic cleaning device

An electrostatic cleaning device, mass transfer tool, and method of operation are disclosed. In an embodiment an electrostatic cleaning device includes a cleaning electrode area including a first electrode pattern, a first trace line connected to the first electrode pattern, and a dielectric layer covering the cleaning electrode and the first trace line. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180075926

Classifying memory cells to multiple impairment profiles based on readout bit-flip counts

A storage apparatus includes a plurality of memory cells and storage circuitry. The storage circuitry is configured to store a mapping that maps sets of readout bit-flip counts to respective predefined impairment profiles. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180075809

Displays with multiple scanning modes

An electronic device may include a display such as a light-emitting diode display. The electronic device may be a head-mounted device that provides a virtual reality or augmented reality environment to a user. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180075808

Displays with multiple scanning modes

An electronic device may include a display such as a light-emitting diode display. The electronic device may be a head-mounted device that provides a virtual reality or augmented reality environment to a user. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180075801

Display flicker reduction systems and methods

Aspects of the subject technology relate to electronic devices with displays. A display may include an array of display pixels each having a drive transistor and an organic light-emitting diode. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180075798

External compensation for display on mobile device

A mobile electronic device includes a display having a pixel and processing circuitry separate from but communicatively coupled to the display. The processing circuitry prepares image data to send to the pixel and adjusts the image data to compensate for operational variations of the display based on feedback received from the display that describes a present operational behavior of the pixel. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180075715

Haptic notifications

Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a haptic actuator or a device having a haptic actuator that is capable of producing short, sharp and crisp pulses in a short amount of time.. . ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180075620

Method and system for determining a pose of camera

The invention is related to a method and system for determining a pose of a first camera, comprising providing or receiving a spatial relationship (rvc 1) between a visual content displayed on a display device and the first camera, receiving image information associated with an image (b1) of at least part of the displayed visual content captured by a second camera, and determining a pose of the first camera according to the image information associated with the image (b1) and the spatial relationship (rvcl).. . ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180075275

Electronic device including electrostatic discharge device coupled flexure member and related methods

An electronic device may include a device housing having a topside and an underside, a mounting frame movable above the topside of the device housing, and a finger biometric sensor carried by the mounting frame. The electronic device may also include an electrically conductive flexure member carried by the underside of the device housing and configured to upwardly bias the mounting frame relative to the device housing and an electrostatic discharge (esd) device electrically coupled between the mounting frame and the electrically conductive flexure member.. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180075274

Electronic device including pushbutton switch between finger biometric sensor and device housing and related methods

An electronic device may include a device housing having a topside and an underside. The electronic device may also include a mounting frame movable above the topside of the device housing and a finger biometric sensor carried by the mounting frame. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180074988

System for presenting electrically supported devices

Systems for presenting electrically supported devices and methods for assembling the same are provided.. . ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180074892

Recovery of data read from memory with unknown polarity

A memory controller includes an interface and circuitry. The interface is configured to communicate with a memory device, which includes multiple memory cells, and which applies refreshing to the memory cells by repeatedly inverting data stored in the memory cells. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180074824

Outer product engine

In an embodiment, an outer product engine is configured to perform outer product operations. The outer product engine may perform numerous multiplication operations in parallel on input vectors, in an embodiment, generating a resulting outer product matrix. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180074743

Systems and methods for dynamically switching memory performance states

Systems, apparatuses, and methods for improved memory controller power management techniques. An apparatus includes control logic, one or more memory controller(s), and one or more memory devices. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180074694

Keyless keyboard with force sensing and haptic feedback

An input device for an electronic device includes an enclosure and a top member defining an input surface having multiple differentiated input regions. The input device further includes a first force sensing system associated with a first area of the top member and including a first group of the differentiated input regions, and a second force sensing system associated with a second area of the top member and including a second group of the differentiated input regions. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180074693

Special lock mode user interface

The present disclosure generally relates to user interfaces for managing input mechanisms. In some examples, the electronic device transitions from a first mode into a second mode in accordance with a determination that the one or more characteristics of a user input detected via a second input mechanism of the electronic device meet a set of predefined criteria. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180074690

User interface for manipulating user interface objects with magnetic properties

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

03/15/18 / #20180074673

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

An electronic device displays a first application view at a first size. The first application view corresponds to a first application in a plurality of concurrently open applications. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180074667

Stacked tab view

Stacked tab views are described. A computing device can display multiple content panes in a web browser window. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180074573

Methods and apparatus for reducing power consumption within embedded systems

Methods and apparatus for managing connections between 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-chip™ (hsic) interface are disclosed. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180074545

Capacitive touch opening display for electronic device

A capacitive touch opening system can be used with a portable electronic device having rotationally coupled components, such as a laptop computer having a display component that opens from a base component. A first magnet in a first device component (e.g., display) can be located proximate a second magnet in a second device component (e.g., base) when the display is in a closed position relative to the base. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180074199

Systems and methods for in-frame sensing and adaptive sensing control

A method for operating an electronic display includes receiving, using a controller, sensor data related to operational parameters of the electronic display based at least in part on illuminating a sense pixel of at least one row of pixels of the electronic display, wherein a first set of pixels below the at least one row of pixels renders a portion of a first image frame and a second set of pixels above the at least one row of pixels renders a portion of a second image frame. The method also includes adjusting, using the controller, image display on the electronic display based at least in part on the sensor data.. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180073944

Strain sensor with thermally conductive element

Embodiments are directed to a strain sensor having a thermally conductive element and methods related to the use thereto. In one aspect, an embodiment includes a substrate. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180073159

Interference colored titanium with protective oxide film

Coatings for titanium and titanium alloy substrates are described. The coatings can include an aluminum oxide layer and, in some cases, a thin titanium oxide layer. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180073158

Anodized substrates with dark laser markings

Anodized substrates having laser markings and methods for forming the same are described. According to some embodiments, the methods involve forming a feature on a substrate using a laser prior to anodizing. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180073104

Methods and apparatus for rejuvenation of amorphous alloys and micro-alloying

The disclosure provides a method of modifying a surface of a metallic glass. The method includes applying an electron beam within an energy band to a crystalline metal portion at a surface zone of the metallic glass. ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180072878

Chemically resistant and tough cyclic olefin copolymer compounds

Cyclic olefin copolymer (coc) has its impact toughness and its resistance to uv absorbers and fatty acid derivatives enhanced to commercially acceptable levels by the addition of an impact modifying polymer selected from the group consisting of styrenic block copolymers and olefinic block copolymers and combinations thereof; and a linear or branched polyolefin, respectively.. . ... Apple Inc

03/15/18 / #20180072021

Techniques for marking a substrate using a physical vapor deposition material

Techniques, processes and structures are disclosed for providing markings on products, such as electronic devices. For example, the markings can be formed using physical vapor deposition (pvd) processes to deposit a layer of material. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180070484

Electronic assembly architectures using multi-cable assemblies

An electronic assembly having a printed circuit board (pcb) formed of a substrate of electrically isolating material that electrically isolates conductive traces carried therein and an electrical contact electrically coupled to an electrical trace and including, an electrical component that uses a high current/low loss signal, the electrical component being mounted at the substrate and electrically coupled to the electrical contact, a flex assembly having a housing formed of electrically isolating material, the housing carrying lines in a stacked arrangement each of which is capable of providing a high current/low loss path for carrying the high current/low loss signal, the flex assembly having a terminal having contacts arranged in a low-noise pattern where a contact is electrically connected to a corresponding transmission line and capable of forming an electrical connection between the transmission line and at least one electrical trace.. . ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180070472

Electronic device with cooling fan

In an exemplary electronic device with a cooling fan, a fan assembly is attached to a keyboard assembly of the electronic device. The fan assembly includes an impeller at least partially inside a fan enclosure. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180070465

Interlock features of a portable electronic device

An electronic device having multiple housing components interlocked together by a molded material is disclosed. In order to provide interlocking surfaces for the molded material, the housing components can include various geometries designed to receive and retain the molded material such that the housing components are secured with one another. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180070464

Magnetic stand for tablet device

A magnetic stand for a tablet device is disclosed. The magnetic stand is configured to rigidly hold a portion of the tablet device in place and to shield the magnetic field from adversely affecting nearby devices susceptible to strong magnetic fields. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180070463

Multi-colored ceramic housings for an electronic device

A method of manufacturing a housing of an electronic device includes applying a mask to a portion of a ceramic green body to define a masked portion and an unmasked portion, applying a pigment to the ceramic green body to color the unmasked portion, and sintering the ceramic green body to remove the mask and form a ceramic housing. The ceramic housing may comprise a first portion corresponding to the masked portion and having a first color, and a second portion corresponding to the unmasked portion and having a second color different from the first color.. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180070357

Spectral aggregation to generate a wideband channel estimation

A device implementing spectral aggregation to generate a wideband channel estimation may include a processor configured to generate a combined channel estimation for one or more channels. For each channel, the processor may be configured to: transmit a first signal to another device; after an amount of time elapses, open a receive window for facilitating detection of a second signal from the other device; receive the second signal from the other device; generate a first channel estimation based on the second signal; and generate the combined channel estimation based on the first channel estimation and a second channel estimation received from the other device. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180070293

Device, system, and method for advertising device capability

A device and method for transmitting user equipment capability information to a network. In a first mechanism, the device and method determines the carrier aggregation (ca) combinations supported by the user equipment that are relevant to the user equipment. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180070282

Dynamic coverage mode switching and communication bandwidth adjustment

This disclosure relates to techniques for dynamically changing coverage modes and/or communication bandwidth in a wireless communication system. According to some embodiments, a wireless device may attach to a serving cell associated with a cellular network. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180070250

Device, system, and method for advertising device capability

A device and method for transmitting user equipment capability information to a network. In a first mechanism, the device and method transmits carrier aggregation (ca) combinations supported by the user equipment in a priority order to the network. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180070179

Wireless headset antennas

An accessory such as a wireless headset may have an antenna for transmitting and receiving wireless signals. First and second earbuds may be coupled to different ends of a housing for the accessory. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180070166

Wireless ear buds

Ear buds may have optical proximity sensors and accelerometers. Control circuitry may analyze output from the optical proximity sensors and the accelerometers to identify a current operational state for the ear buds. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180070165

Earphone assemblies with wingtips for anchoring to a user

Earphone assemblies with wingtips are provided for anchoring to a user during use.. . ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180070164

Earphone assemblies with multiple subassembly housings

Earphone assemblies with multiple subassembly housings are provided.. . ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180070095

Memory compression systems and methods

A display control is configured to detect a first condition related to an image frame from source image data. The display control is also configured to compress the image frame iteratively on portions of the image frame to generate a compressed frame. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180070073

Generation of patterned radiation

Imaging apparatus includes an illumination assembly, including a plurality of radiation sources and projection optics, which are configured to project radiation from the radiation sources onto different, respective regions of a scene. An imaging assembly includes an image sensor and objective optics configured to form an optical image of the scene on the image sensor, which includes an array of sensor elements arranged in multiple groups, which are triggered by a rolling shutter to capture the radiation from the scene in successive, respective exposure periods from different, respective areas of the scene so as to form an electronic image of the scene. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180070068

Auto white balance control algorithm based upon flicker frequency detection

Techniques for auto white balancing of captured images based on detection of flicker in ambient light is described. When flicker is detected in ambient light during an image capture event, and the flicker is unchanging during the image capture event, a white point of image data may be estimated according to a first technique. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180070044

Systems and methods for saving and restoring scenes in a multimedia system

Systems and methods for saving and restoring scenes in a multimedia system with minimal configuration are provided. The techniques of the present invention can allow the states of the components in the multimedia system to be captured in a scene. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180070015

Still image stabilization/optical image stabilization synchronization in multi-camera image capture

Techniques are disclosed for managing image capture and processing in a multi-camera imaging system. In such a system, a pair of cameras each may output a sequence of frames representing captured image data. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180070007

Image adjustments based on depth of field estimations

Techniques are described for automated analysis and filtering of image data. Image data is analyzed to identify regions of interest (rois) within the image content. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180069904

Automatic call initiation in response to selecting tags in electronic documents and applications

The present invention provides a telecom control function in a communication terminal. The telecom control function is configured to receive call indicia when a call tag in a software entity, such as an application or electronic document, is selected by a user of the communication terminal. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180069871

Data verification via independent processors of a device

A content request communication, e.g., generated using a first processor of a device, can be transmitted to a web server. A response communication including content identifying a first value can be received from the web server. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180069676

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

03/08/18 / #20180069615

Adaptive transmission systems and methods

Spatial multiplexing and transmit diversity can improve the capacity of a wireless communication system. The system and method adapts communication schemes for communication systems with multiple antennas utilizing at least two transmission modes. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180069614

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

03/08/18 / #20180069601

Wirelessly charged devices

This disclosure relates to the inductive charging of portable electronic devices. In particular, a charging assembly is disclosed that allows a portable electronic device to be charged in multiple orientations with respect to a charging device. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180069600

Wirelessly charged devices

This disclosure relates to the inductive charging of portable electronic devices. In particular, a charging assembly is disclosed that allows a portable electronic device to be charged in multiple orientations with respect to a charging device. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180069599

Wirelessly charged devices

This disclosure relates to the inductive charging of portable electronic devices. In particular, a charging assembly is disclosed that allows a portable electronic device to be charged in multiple orientations with respect to a charging device. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180069588

Electronic device antennas with ground isolation

An electronic device may have a display cover layer mounted to a metal housing. Electrical component layers such as a display layer, touch sensor layer, and near-field communications antenna layer may be mounted under the display cover layer. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180069581

Update of a trusted name list

Methods, devices, and servers for as-needed update of a trusted list are provided herein. An electronic subscriber identity module (esim) server receives a request for an esim of a particular type from a wireless device. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180069575

Systems and methods for mitigating intermodulation effects

A radio frequency system may generate a first signal within a first band and a second signal within a second band for simultaneous transmission. The transceivers may receive a third signal within the first band and a fourth signal within the second band. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180069550

Reinforced key assembly

Embodiments are directed to a dome switch and methods related to the use thereto. In one aspect, an embodiment includes a key cap. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180069478

Fixed frequency series-parallel mode (spm) active clamp flyback converter

A flyback converter can include a series-parallel mode (spm) active clamp circuit. The active clamp circuit, coupled in parallel with the primary coil, may include multiple networks in parallel. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180069361

Electronic connector

A unidirectional cable connector that can be operatively connected between a host device and accessory device in the ecosystem of products. The cable includes first and second plug connectors at opposite ends of a wire where the two plug connectors share a common pinout but the insertion plug of the second connector is shortened in length as compared to the insertion plug of the first connector. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180069356

Sealed accessories for electronic devices

Accessories for an electronic device are sealed and include a connector having a deformable seal positioned on it such that when the connector is mated to the electronic device a liquid-tight seal is formed between the accessory and the electronic device. The accessories have functions that are useful in moist, wet and/or dirty environments.. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180069343

Vacuum sealed connector for electronic devices

A vacuum generator is included within an accessory or an electronic device and generates a vacuum seal within mated connectors of the accessory and the electronic device to protect against ingression of moisture and/or debris. A vacuum release valve is used to break the vacuum seal and allow the accessory to be demated from the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180069342

Sealed electronic connectors for electronic devices

A plug connector for an electronic device has a deformable seal positioned on it such that when the plug connector is mated to the electronic device a liquid-tight seal is formed between the plug connector and the electronic device. A seal may also be positioned within a receptacle connector cavity of the electronic device such that it forms a liquid-tight seal to a plug connector when the plug connector is mated to the electronic device.. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180069317

Electronic device antenna with switchable return paths

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

03/08/18 / #20180069308

Switched antenna assembly

A consumer electronic product includes a switchable inductor array coupled to the rf antenna, the switchable inductor array comprising inductive elements and a switch circuit coupled to the inductor array to select at least one of the inductive elements and couple the selected inductive element with the rf antenna. The product can further include an assembly having a mesh that is strengthened by a stiffener. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180069297

Electronic device antenna with suppressed parasitic resonance

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

03/08/18 / #20180069295

Electronic devices having closed-loop antenna adjustment capabilities

An electronic device may be provided with wireless circuitry that includes an antenna. Control circuitry may perform closed loop tuning adjustments on the antenna. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180069210

Battery pack with circuit board having nested castellations for sub-flush power wire soldering

A streamlined battery pack can contain at least two battery cells. A printed circuit board (pcb) of the battery pack can include a protection control module. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180069194

Encapsulation design for narrow border

Display panels and encapsulation structures are described for oled display panels, in particular. In an embodiment, a display panel includes a gate driver in panel (gip) region, a gip clock region within the gip region, a pixel area region, and a vssel contact region laterally between an outer edge of the gip region and the pixel area region. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180069060

Electronic devices having displays with openings

An electronic device may have a display. The display may have an active region in which display pixels are used to display images. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180068811

Keyboard

Embodiments of keyboards having variations of electrically connecting keys to an internal component of an electronic device are described. Some embodiments include positioning several rows of conductive layers below several rows of keys. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180068808

Ingress prevention for keyboards

Keyboards include mechanisms that prevent and/or alleviate contaminant ingress. In some embodiments, a keyboard assembly includes a substrate, a key cap, a movement mechanism moveably coupling the key cap to the substrate, and a guard structure coupled to the key cap operable to direct contaminants away from the movement mechanism. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180068784

Magnetic field containment inductors

A system includes a circuit board, an inductor including windings mounted on the circuit board, and a plurality of magnetic field containment devices. Each magnetic field containment device includes an independent electrical circuit that is not directly electrically connected via a conductor to any other magnetic field containment device. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180068636

Electronic device having ancillary display with color control

An electronic device may have a main display and an ancillary display. The device may also have a backlit keyboard with glyphs. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180068624

Content-based vcom driving

Methods and systems for compensating for vcom variations include determining a voltage change in pixels between frames to be displayed on an electronic display. Based on the determined voltage change, vcom variation is calculated based on coupling the vcom to one or more data lines of the electronic display. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180068617

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

03/08/18 / #20180068605

Inversion balancing compensation

System and method for improving displayed image quality of an electronic display that displays a first image frame by applying a first voltage to a display pixel and a second image frame directly before the first image frame by applying a second voltage to the display pixel. A display pipeline is communicatively coupled to the electronic display and receives first image data corresponding with the first image frame, where the image data includes a first grayscale value corresponding with the display pixel. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180068538

Output devices for fabric-based electronic equipment

A fabric-based electronic device may include an electronic device housing coupled to fabric. Control circuitry may be mounted in the electronic device housing and may control the movement of an output device in the fabric that provides tactile output to a user. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180068473

Image fusion techniques

Image fusion techniques hide artifacts that can arise at seams between regions of different image quality. According to these techniques, image registration may be performed on multiple images having at least a portion of image content in common. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180068313

User interfaces for stored-value accounts

In some examples, an account is provisioned onto an electronic device. In some examples, the device receives a value to fund the account provisioned on the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180068301

Express credential transaction system

A device implementing an express credential transaction system includes at least one processor configured to receive an indication that a payment applet for a service provider has been provisioned on a secure element of the device with a first attribute indicating that the payment applet can be utilized for a transaction without authentication associated with the transaction. The processor is configured to set the first attribute of the payment applet to indicate that authentication is required to utilize the payment applet when another payment applet for the service provider provisioned on the secure element of the device has an attribute that indicates the other payment applet can be utilized for the transaction without user authentication. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180068195

Multi-dimensional objective metric concentering

A video quality assessment method may include frame-by-frame analysis of a test video sequence (often compressed) with its original (reference) counterpart, pre-conditioning elements of the test and reference frames, defining a region of interest in the pre-conditioned test frame and estimating relative errors within the region of interest between the test and reference frame, filtering the estimated errors of the region of interest temporally across adjacent frames within a perpetually relevant time window, aggregating the filtered errors within the time window, ranking the aggregated errors, selecting a subset of the ranked errors, aggregating across the selected subset of errors, and inputting said aggregated error to a quality assessment system to determine a quality classification along with an estimated quality assessment.. . ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067953

Search filtering based on expected future time and location

Systems and methods are provided for identifying points of interest and specific locations located in the vicinity of an expected future location of a user. When a user provides a search request for a point of interest that will be of interest only at a future time, the electronic device can automatically predict an expected future location of the user, and provide points of interest near the expected future location.. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067918

Language identification using recurrent neural networks

Systems and processes for language identification using recurrent neural networks are provided. An example method includes, at an electronic device, receiving a first typed character of a character sequence and determining a character context of the first typed character based on the first typed character and a second typed character of the character sequence. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067877

Maintaining ordering requirements while converting protocols in a communications fabric

Systems and methods for maintaining an order of read and write transactions for each source through a bridge in a bus fabric are disclosed. The bridge provides a connection from a first bus to a second bus within the bus fabric. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067757

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

03/08/18 / #20180067748

Clause chaining for clause-based instruction execution

Techniques are disclosed relating to clause-based execution of program instructions, which may be single-instruction multiple data (simd) computer instructions. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes execution circuitry configured to receive clauses of instructions and simd groups of input data to be operated on by the clauses. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067735

Installation of software onto a computer

An indication is received from a user to initiate installation of an operating system onto a storage device of a computer. The storage device is partitioned into an original partition and a new partition. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067712

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for wireless pairing with peripheral devices and displaying status information concerning the peripheral devices

In accordance with some embodiments, a method is performed at an electronic device with a display, radio frequency (rf) circuitry, and one or more input devices. The device displays a first user interface on the display. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067643

Portable electronic device performing similar operations for different gestures

A portable electronic device with a touch-sensitive display is disclosed. One aspect of the invention involves a computer-implemented method in which the portable electronic device: displays an application on the touch-sensitive display; and when the application is in a predefined mode, performs a predefined operation in response to each gesture of a set of multiple distinct gestures on the touch-sensitive display. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067639

Processing capacitive touch gestures implemented on an electronic device

Content on a display user interface of an electronic device, such as a wearable electronic device, can be manipulated using capacitive touch sensors that may be seamlessly integrated into the housing or strap of the electronic device. The capacitive touch sensors can advantageously replace mechanical buttons and other mechanical user interface components, such as a crown, to provide industrial design opportunities not possible with the inclusion of mechanical buttons and mechanical interface components. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067633

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

03/08/18 / #20180067627

Selective rotation of a user interface

This is directed to rotating an entire user interface of a portable electronic device. In particular, this is directed to defining a ui orientation mode in which a user can direct the device to rotate a ui. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067622

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for providing feedback during interaction with an intensity-sensitive button

An electronic device: while displaying a user interface, detects an input sequence that includes detecting an increase in a characteristic intensity of a contact on a home button. In response, the device determines whether the increase is above a first intensity threshold and whether a change in the characteristic intensity proximate to a time when the characteristic intensity increases above the first intensity threshold has a first or a second value for an intensity-change metric. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067617

Music now playing user interface

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

03/08/18 / #20180067612

Force sensing in an electronic device using a single layer of strain-sensitive structures

A strain-sensitive structure includes two resistive structures connected in series and formed on one surface of a substrate. One resistive structure is formed with a first trace arranged in first trace pattern. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067601

Thermal compensation for force-sensitive button

Thermal compensation can be applied to force measurements of a force-sensitive button. A temperature differential between an object and the force-sensitive button can result in changes in the reconstructed force by the force sensor due to thermal effects rather than actual user force, which in turn can result in degraded performance of the force sensor (e.g., false positive or inconsistent activation force). ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067600

Electronic device diagnostics using force sensing assemblies

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for diagnosing an electronic device using a force sensing assembly are provided.. . ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067596

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

An electronic device detects a change in intensity of an input on an input element that includes detecting an increase in intensity followed by a decrease in intensity, and recognizes at least a portion of the change in intensity of the input as a first input event that is associated with a first operation, for example a single click operation. After recognizing the first input event, the device delays performance of the first operation while monitoring subsequent changes in intensity of the input for a second input event, wherein the delay is limited by a default delay time period. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067584

Back of cover touch sensors

Touch sensor configurations for reducing electrostatic discharge events in the border area of a touch sensor panel is disclosed. Touch sensors (e.g., electrodes formed on the cover material and/or the opaque mask) can be susceptible to certain events such as arcing and discharge/joule heating, which may negatively affect touch sensor performance. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067571

Wide touchpad on a portable computer

In one exemplary embodiment, a portable computer having a display assembly coupled to a base assembly to alternate between a closed position and an open position. Palm rest areas are formed by a touchpad disposed on the surface of the base assembly. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067557

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for generating tactile outputs

An electronic device displays a user interface and detects an occurrence of a first condition that triggers a first user interface event, including display of one or more changes to the user interface, associated with a tactile output. The device is not able to generate the tactile output associated with the first user interface event for a respective amount of time. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067555

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for providing feedback during interaction with an intensity-sensitive button

An electronic device has a home button that is available in a plurality of different contexts to dismiss user interfaces in response a first type of input. The device detects a first input of the first type directed to a displayed first user interface. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067554

Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for providing feedback during interaction with an intensity-sensitive button

An electronic device: displays a home button configuration user interface with a plurality of different tactile output settings for the home button. While displaying the home button configuration user interface, the device detects selection of a respective tactile output setting. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067523

Portable computer electrical grounding and audio system architectures

A portable computing device having a substantially non-conducting outer housing and alternative electrical grounding and audio system architectures is disclosed. The device can be a laptop computer having a main logic board, a keyboard assembly, an audio source positioned below the keyboard assembly, and an equalizer electrically coupled to the audio source, with each of these components being electrically coupled to a universal grounding structure. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067245

Infrared-transparent window coatings for electronic device sensors

An electronic device may be provided with a display. The display may have a display cover layer. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067212

Infrared-transparent window coatings for electronic device sensors

An electronic device may be provided with a display. The display may have a display cover layer. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180066955

Mapping application with transit mode

Some embodiments provide a mapping application that displays a transit map including a group of transit lines. The mapping application receives a request to display a transit route in the transit map. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180066945

System for determining position both indoor and outdoor

An apparatus, method, and computer readable medium related to determining the position of a device, for example determining the pose of a camera. Varying embodiments discuss the use of sensors and captured images to construct an environment property map, which provides reference information in the form of environment properties that are associated with positions, such as camera poses. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180066374

Anodization and polish surface treatment for high gloss deep black finish

A high gloss deep black housing for a handheld electronic device is disclosed having either a textured or a mirror finish. Methods for preparing a housing having the high gloss deep black finish are also disclosed, including housings for mobile phones.. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180066347

Ni-free zr-based bmgs for black hue control

The disclosure provides nickel free zr—cu—al metallic glass-forming alloys and metallic glasses comprising at least of pt, pd, and co where the atomic fraction of zr ranges from 50 to 70, the atomic fraction of cu ranges from 15 to 45, the atomic fraction of al ranges from 5 to 15, and the combined atomic fraction of pt, pd, and co ranges from 1 to 10.. . ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180065402

Laser bleach marking of an anodized surface

A deep black housing for a handheld electronic device is disclosed having one or more high resolution, bleached markings. The bleached markings are significantly lighter than the housing and exhibit a smooth appearance. ... Apple Inc

03/08/18 / #20180064224

Inductively chargeable earbud case

A case a portable listening device. The case includes a housing having an interior space to receive the portable listening device; a lid attached to the housing; a rechargeable battery and first and second wireless power receiving elements configured to receive electric charge from a wireless power transmitter during a charging event. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180063996

Thermal management system

A thermal management system is described. The thermal management system being well suited for electronic devices having limited size and operational components that produce excess heat. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180063975

Ceramic sintering for uniform color for a housing of an electronic device

A method of manufacturing a housing of an electronic device includes determining a sintering profile configured to produce a selected color at a selected depth within a wall of the housing, sintering a ceramic housing precursor in accordance with the determined sintering profile, thereby forming the housing, and removing material from the housing up to the selected depth.. . ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180063955

Circuit board secured to battery cell using a circuit board through hole and methods for welding the circuit board

An electronic device having a circuit board and a battery is disclosed. The circuit board may include a through hole and an electrical pad surrounding the through hole. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180063863

Neighbor awareness networking - schedule update

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 nan datapath scheduling and nan pre-datapath operation setup and scheduling. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180063756

Mitigating no-service delays for lte capable wireless devices without lte access permission

This disclosure relates to reducing or mitigating no-service delays for lte capable wireless devices which do not have permission to access one or more lte networks. According to some embodiments, a mme of a first plmn may receive an lte nas request corresponding to a tracking area from a wireless device. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180063751

Cellular system selection frequency scan scope

Apparatuses, systems, and methods for user equipment (ue) devices to perform more efficient frequency scans for potential base stations. According to techniques described herein, the ue may determine that it does not have cellular service and determine first information based on a last camped cell. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180063750

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

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

03/01/18 / #20180063717

Bypassing security authentication scheme on a lost device to return the device to the owner

Some embodiments provide a method for bypassing device security protections to communicate with a contact of a secure device. The method displays a selectable user interface object on the device enabling a user to bypass the security protections of the device. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180063697

Techniques for provisioning bootstrap electronic subscriber identity modules (esims) to mobile devices

Representative embodiments described herein set forth techniques for provisioning bootstrap electronic subscriber identity modules (esims) to mobile devices. According to some embodiments, a mobile device can be configured to issue, to an esim selection server, a bootstrap esim request that includes (i) metadata associated with the mobile device, and (ii) metadata associated with an electronic universal integrated circuit card (euicc) included in the mobile device. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180063668

Dynamic provisioning of device configuration files for electronic subscriber identity modules

Representative embodiments described herein set forth techniques for provisioning device configuration files and electronic subscriber identity modules (esims) to mobile devices. One embodiment sets forth a method for installing an esim at a mobile device. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180063634

Vented acoustic transducers and related methods and systems

An acoustic transducer can have an acoustic diaphragm defining a barometric vent configured to equalize a barometric pressure-gradient across the acoustic diaphragm. Such a barometric vent can be formed by an aperture through the acoustic diaphragm. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180063621

Earbuds with compliant member

This application relates to earbuds configured with one or more biometric sensors. At least one of the biometric sensors is configured to be pressed up against a portion of the tragus for making biometric measurements. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180063591

Universal browse and watch list

The systems described herein include a universal browse and watch list that can provide a centralized user interface for presenting recently watched, recommended, and continue watching content items provided by different content providers. For example, a media device can include multiple content provider applications for viewing media items on the media device. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180063544

Multidimensional quantization techniques for video coding/decoding systems

Video compression and decompression techniques are disclosed that provide improved bandwidth control for video compression and decompression systems. In particular, video coding and decoding techniques quantize input video in multiple dimensions. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180063441

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

03/01/18 / #20180063307

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

03/01/18 / #20180063240

Detecting asymmetric awareness in peer-to-peer protocol

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 techniques for devices (e.g., nan devices and/or awdl devices) to detect asymmetric awareness amongst peers.. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180063111

Entitlement based wi-fi authentication

This disclosure relates to techniques for performing wi-fi authentication using an entitlement server in a wireless communication system. A wireless station may perform authentication with a carrier network entitlement server, using a protocol other than wi-fi. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180063016

Communication queue management system

In some embodiments, a system includes a memory system, plurality of computing devices, and plurality of queues. The plurality of computing devices perform actions dependent on data stored at the memory device, where traffic between the plurality of computing devices and the memory device has at least a first priority level and a second priority level. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180062894

Method and system for combining dft-transformed ofdm and non-transformed ofdm

Methods and systems are provided that enable an ofdm transmitter to be used for transmitting conventional ofdm or a form of transformed ofdm. A technique is provided for transforming a coded and modulated sequence of samples prior to an ifft that enables the transformed sequence of samples to be transmitted using conventional ofdm or transformed ofdm. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180062853

Secure mechanism for subsidy lock enforcement

A malicious party may attempt to avoid a mobile network operator (mno) contract involved with subsidy-lock by inserting an interfering piece of hardware called a proxy sim in a device. The device provided herein uses an authentication technique to guard against a proxy-sim attack. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180062508

Charge pump having ac and dc outputs for touch panel bootstrapping and substrate biasing

A charge pump that can be configured to operate in a first mode and a second mode is disclosed. The charge pump can comprise a charging capacitor coupled to a first node and configured to transfer a first dc voltage to the first node. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180062442

Shared power converter for a wireless transmitter device

A transmitter device is configured to transfer energy to multiple receiver devices. The transmitter device includes multiple transmitter coils, and a shared power converter is coupled to each transmitter coil. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180062416

Rectifier arbitration in wireless charging systems

A wireless power transmitting device may transmit power wirelessly to a wireless power receiving device. The wireless power receiving device may be a portable electronic device with an array of wireless power receiving coils that receive wireless power from wireless power transmitting coils in the wireless power transmitting device. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180062345

Radiation source with a small-angle scanning array

An optical apparatus includes an array of lasers, which are arranged in a grid pattern having a predefined spatial pitch and are configured to emit respective beams of pulses of optical radiation. Projection optics having a selected focal length project the beams toward a target with an angular pitch between the beams defined by the spatial pitch and the focal length. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180062294

Process for making corrosion-resistant electrical contacts in a wide range of colors

Techniques for forming a metal oxide from a metal substrate are disclosed. In some embodiments, the metal oxide can have an optical path difference between about 300 nm to about 1000 nm. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180062264

Electronic device antennas with harmonic resonances

An electronic device may have a housing and other structures that form an antenna ground for an antenna. An antenna resonating element arm for the antenna may extend along the periphery of the housing. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180062156

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

03/01/18 / #20180061867

Methods of protecting semiconductor oxide channel in hybrid tft process flow

Hybrid silicon tft and oxide tft structures and methods of formation are described. In an embodiment, a protection layer is formed over a semiconductor oxide channel layer of the oxide tft to protect the semiconductor oxide channel layer during a cleaning operation of the silicon tft.. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180061854

High snr pixel design

Display panels including mirror pixel layouts and power rail bridges are described. In an embodiment, a display panel includes a plurality of power rail bridges joining together a subset of power rails for a plurality of adjacent mirror pixels within a row of mirror pixels.. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180061743

Flexible circuit substrate with temporary supports and equalized lateral expansion

An item may have a flexible support structure and may include a flexible component. The flexible component may have electrical components mounted on component mounting regions in a flexible circuit substrate. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180061578

Stacked passive component structures

Passive component structures that may save space, are readily manufactured, and are easy to use. In one example, a passive component structure may include two capacitors, each formed as a group of plates separate and apart from the other. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180061484

Systems and methods for memory refresh timing

In an embodiment, an integrated circuit (ic) and a memory device are configured to operate in a “normal” mode and a “self refresh” mode. The ic may generate refresh commands according to a refresh interval during normal mode. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180061465

System and method for calibrating memory using credit-based segmentation control

A system and method for calibrating memory using credit-based segmentation control is disclosed. A memory and a memory controller coupled thereto. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180061366

Brightness control architecture

Display panels and methods for operating a display panel are described. In an embodiment, the display panel includes a plurality of pixels arranged in rows and columns, a plurality of rows of emission control lines extending through the plurality of rows of pixels, and a global emission line coupled to the plurality of rows of emission control lines. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180061355

Content dependent common voltage driver systems and methods

Systems and methods are provided for improving displayed image quality of an electronic display with reduced power consumption. In some embodiments, a display pixel in the electronic display includes a pixel electrode and a common electrode. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180061311

Device and method for improved led driving

An electronic device comprises a display and a controller. The controller is configured to provide a first frequency refresh rate to the display. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180061305

On-chip clock calibration systems and methods for electronic device displays

Aspects of the subject technology relate to electronic devices with displays. A display may include display control circuitry including an internal oscillator and one or more counters. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180061192

Electronic device including haptic actuator driven based upon audio noise and motion and related methods

An electronic device may include a device housing and a haptic actuator carried by the device housing and that includes a haptic actuator housing and a field member movable within the haptic actuator housing. The electronic device may also include a motion sensor carried by the device housing to sense motion of the field member, an audio sensor carried by the device housing to sense audio noise from the haptic actuator, and a controller coupled to the haptic actuator, the motion sensor, and the audio sensor. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180060640

Finger biometric sensing device including series coupled error compensation and drive signal nulling circuitry and related methods

A finger biometric sensing device may include drive circuitry for generating a drive signal and an array of finger biometric sensing pixel electrodes cooperating with the drive circuitry and generating a detected signal based upon placement of a finger adjacent the array. The detected signal may include a drive signal component and a sense signal component superimposed thereon. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180060632

Electronic device including finger biometric sensor based display power mode switching and related methods

An electronic device may include a housing, a display carried by the housing and switchable between a power saving mode and an operating power mode, and a finger biometric sensor carried by the housing and configured to sense an image of an object adjacent thereto. The electronic device may also include a device cover carried by the housing and configured to be movable between an open position exposing the finger biometric sensor and a closed position covering the finger biometric sensor. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180060238

Automatic cache partitioning

Systems, methods, and computer readable media to improve the operation of electronic devices that use integrated cache systems are described. In general, techniques are disclosed to manage the leakage power attributable to an integrated cache memory by dynamically resizing the cache during device operations. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180060199

Local recovery of electronic subscriber identity module (esim) installation flow

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

03/01/18 / #20180060054

Cloud-based application resource files

A cloud computing system can be used to transparently reduce the storage space of an application on a client device. An application can be installed with a minimal set of application resource files. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180059928

Detecting and interpreting real-world and security gestures on touch and hover sensitive devices

“real-world” gestures such as hand or finger movements/orientations that are generally recognized to mean certain things (e.g., an “ok” hand signal generally indicates an affirmative response) can be interpreted by a touch or hover sensitive device to more efficiently and accurately effect intended operations. These gestures can include, but are not limited to, “ok gestures,” “grasp everything gestures,” “stamp of approval gestures,” “circle select gestures,” “x to delete gestures,” “knock to inquire gestures,” “hitchhiker directional gestures,” and “shape gestures.” in addition, gestures can be used to provide identification and allow or deny access to applications, files, and the like.. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180059925

Enhanced 3d interfacing for remote devices

Operating a computerized system includes presenting user interface elements on a display screen. A first gesture made in a three-dimensional space by a by a distal portion of an upper extremity of a user is detected while a segment of the distal portion thereof rests on a surface. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180059914

Device, method, and graphical user interface for displaying widgets

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

03/01/18 / #20180059870

Analog front end with variable gain control for touch applications

An analog front end (afe) can be implemented with automatic variable gain control for self-capacitance based touch- and proximity-sensitive touch sensor panels or touch screens. The afe can include a charge amplifier and an oversampled analog-to-digital converter (adc). ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180059868

Touch induced flicker mitigation for variable refresh rate display

Touch induced flicker for variable refresh rate (vrr) displays can be reduced by adjusting one or more voltages. Synchronization of touch sensing operations after an immediate exit can introduce flicker issues into the vrr display. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180059793

Electronic device including multi-phase driven linear haptic actuator and related methods

An electronic device may include a linear haptic actuator that may include a housing, coils carried by the housing, and a field member linearly movable within the housing and that may include at least one permanent magnet cooperating with the coils. The electronic device may also include a controller configured to drive the coils in a multi-phase arrangement so that at least one coil is driven while at least one other coil is used to sense a position of the field member.. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180059792

Electronic device including sensed location based driving of haptic actuators and related methods

An electronic device may include a device housing, a touch display carried by the device housing and configured to sense a user input at a location thereon, and haptic actuators spaced apart within the device housing. The electronic device may also include a controller coupled to the touch display and the haptic actuators. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180059791

Electronic device including halbach array based haptic actuator and related methods

An electronic device may include a haptic actuator. The haptic actuator may include a haptic actuator housing, at least coil carried by the haptic actuator housing, and a halbach array of permanent magnets movable within the haptic actuator housing responsive to the at least one coil. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180059729

Electronic devices with flexible displays having fastened bent edges

An electronic device may be provided with a display having a flexible substrate with fastened bent edges. The flexible substrate may have an active region that includes an array of light-emitting elements such as organic light-emitting diodes. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180059722

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

03/01/18 / #20180059511

Continuous autofocus mechanisms for image capturing devices

At least certain embodiments described herein provide a continuous autofocus mechanism for an image capturing device. The continuous autofocus mechanism can perform an autofocus scan for a lens of the image capturing device and obtain focus scores associated with the autofocus scan. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180059482

Light diffusers for backlit displays

An array of pixels in a display may be illuminated by a backlight having an array of light-emitting diodes in an array of respective light-emitting diode cells. A cavity reflector in each cell may help distribute blue light emitted from the light-emitting diode of that cell toward edges of the cell. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180059443

Surfaces with photonic crystal coatings and methods of customizing the visual appearance thereof

Substrates having structured optical appearances are disclosed. The substrate can include a surface having a photonic crystal coating disposed on the surface. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180059430

Integrated structured-light projector

Optoelectronic apparatus includes a semiconductor die and a monolithic array of light-emitting elements formed on the semiconductor die in a grid pattern comprising multiple columns. Conductors formed on the die define a respective common contact for driving each column of the light-emitting elements.. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180059381

Camera actuator vibration damping

A camera module includes an optical package, a camera actuator for moving the optical package, a camera subassembly, and one or more resilient members arranged within the camera subassembly to prevent, reduce, or cushion contact between the optical package and other components of the camera. The resilient members may be mounted on the lens carrier of the optical package and configured to come into resistive contact with components of the camera subassembly and/or mounted on components of the camera subassembly and configured to come into resistive contact with the optical package. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180059021

Electronic devices with environmental sensors

An environmental sensor may include a heat source that heats a metal oxide sensing material. Electrodes may be formed in the metal oxide sensing material that measure the resistance of the metal oxide sensing material to determine the concentration of various gases. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180058918

Liquid detection for an acoustic module

An acoustic module is coupled to an acoustic passage. The acoustic module includes an acoustic transducer coupled to a diaphragm. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180058120

Hinge release mechanism

An electronic device with an enclosure having a base and a base is disclosed. The electronic device can include a shaft coupled with the base and the base. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180057693

Metallic coatings with improved specular response and metameric color matching and methods of making the same

Metallic coatings containing metallic flakes with optical coatings are provided. The metallic flakes can be coated with multiple optical layers or a photonic crystal layer. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180056129

Systems and methods of swimming calorimetry

The present disclosure relates to systems and methods of estimating energy expenditure of a user while swimming. A processor circuit of a user device can estimate a speed of the user based on a stroke rate and a stroke length. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180056128

Systems and methods for determining swimming metrics

The present disclosure relates to methods and systems of determining swimming metrics of a user during a swimming session. The method can include receiving, by a processor circuit of a user device, motion information from one or more motion sensors of the user device; determining, by the processor circuit using the motion information, a first set of rotational data of the user device, wherein the first set of rotational data is expressed in a first frame of reference; converting, by the processor circuit, the first set of rotational data into a second set of rotational data, wherein the second set of rotational data is expressed in a second frame of reference; determining, by the processor circuit, one or more swimming metrics of the user; and outputting the one or more swimming metrics.. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180056123

Systems and methods of swimming analysis

Systems and methods of analyzing a user's motion during a swimming session are described. One or more motions sensors can collect motion data of the user. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180055439

Detecting unmeasurable loads using heart rate and work rate

A method and a system for determining an energy expenditure of a user by detecting unmeasurable loads using heart rate and work rate are described. Time-stamped heart rate data and work rate data can be collected by one or more sensing modules. ... Apple Inc

03/01/18 / #20180055375

Systems and methods for determining an intensity level of an exercise using photoplethysmogram (ppg)

Disclosed systems and methods relate to determining an intensity level of an exercise using a photoplethysmogram (ppg) sensor. A method of determining an intensity level of an exercise for a user according to one embodiment of the present disclosure includes detecting, by a device, body signals from the user using a ppg sensor. ... Apple Inc

02/22/18 / #20180054831

Network initiated downlink data transmission for static and nomadic devices

This disclosure relates to techniques for performing network initiated downlink data transmissions with a wireless device in a cellular network. According to some embodiments, a wireless device and a cellular network may perform an attach procedure. ... Apple Inc

02/22/18 / #20180054630

Compression of image assets

A hybrid compression method for compressing images is provided. The method identifies a first set of image components to be compressed by a lossy compression format and a second set of image components to be compressed by a lossless compression format. ... Apple Inc

02/22/18 / #20180054610

Standalone depth camera

Scanning apparatus includes a base and a gimbal, including a shaft that fits into rotational bearings in the base and is configured to rotate through 360° about a gimbal axis relative to the base. A mirror assembly, fixed to the gimbal, includes a mirror, which is positioned on the gimbal axis and is configured to rotate about a mirror axis perpendicular to the gimbal axis. ... Apple Inc

02/22/18 / #20180054510

Enhancements to data-driven media management within an electronic device

A centralized resource manager manages the routing of audio or visual information within a device, including a handheld device such as a smartphone. The resource manager evaluates data-driven policies to determine how to route audio or visual information to or from various input or output components connected to the device, including headphones, built-in speakers, microphones, bluetooth headsets, cameras, and so on. ... Apple Inc

02/22/18 / #20180054481

System and method for synchronizing media presentation at multiple recipients

A network media delivery system includes client devices and a host device. Each client device has a network interface, an engine for processing media data, and a media interface. ... Apple Inc

02/22/18 / #20180054077

Shield for a wirelessly charged electronic device

An inductively charged portable electronic device has a charging receive coil that receives electromagnetic energy during a charge event. An electrically conductive shield is disposed within the portable electronic device and is disposed between the charging receive coil and an exterior housing of the portable electronic device to shield a touch sensitive user interface of the portable electronic device from noise generated during a charge event.. ... Apple Inc

02/22/18 / #20180053990

Antenna system with antenna swapping and antenna tuning

Electronic devices may be provided that contain wireless communications circuitry. The wireless communications circuitry may include radio-frequency transceiver circuitry and first and second antennas. ... Apple Inc

02/22/18 / #20180053731

Invisible compartment shielding

A method for shielding a compartment in a module of an electronic device includes molding the module using a mold material that activates when a laser is applied. The method also includes cutting a trench on the mold of the module around a certain portion of the module using the laser. ... Apple Inc

02/22/18 / #20180053536

Bitline sensing latch

A bit line sensing latch circuit is disclosed. In one embodiment, a latch circuit includes a keeper and a precharge circuit. ... Apple Inc

02/22/18 / #20180053466

Electronic device display with monitoring circuitry

An electronic device may have a flexible display such as an organic light-emitting diode display. A strain sensing resistor may be formed on a bent tail portion of the flexible display to gather strain measurements. ... Apple Inc

02/22/18 / #20180053455

Electronic device display with monitoring circuitry

An electronic device may have a flexible display such as an organic light-emitting diode display. A strain sensing resistor may be formed on a bent tail portion of the flexible display to gather strain measurements. ... Apple Inc

02/22/18 / #20180052854

Method and system for sharing playlists

Methods and systems for publishing a playlist are disclosed. A user generates or selects a playlist, which is then provided (e.g., uploaded) for publishing. ... Apple Inc

02/22/18 / #20180052649

Coordination of device operation on wireless charging surface

Portable electronic devices may be wirelessly charged while resting on a wireless charging surface of a wireless power transmitting device. The wireless power transmitting device may have an array of coils for transmitting wireless power. ... Apple Inc

02/22/18 / #20180052540

Electronic devices with sidewall displays

Electronic devices may be provided that contain flexible displays that are bent to form displays on multiple surfaces of the devices. Bent flexible displays may be bent to form front side displays and edge displays. ... Apple Inc

02/22/18 / #20180052522

Proxy gesture recognizer

An electronic device displays one or more views. A first view includes a plurality of gesture recognizers. ... Apple Inc

02/22/18 / #20180052488

Systems with low-friction matte flexible printed circuits

An electronic device may include flexible printed circuits. A flexible printed circuit may have metal traces supported by a polymer substrate. ... Apple Inc

02/22/18 / #20180052234

Optical systems

Optical systems that may, for example, be used in light ranging and detection (lidar) applications, for example in systems that implement combining laser pulse transmission in lidar and that include dual transmit and receive systems. Receiver components of a dual receiver system in lidar applications may include a medium range (50 meters or less) receiver optical system with a medium entrance pupil and small f-number and with a medium to wide field of view. ... Apple Inc

02/22/18 / #20180052002

Live traffic routing

Live traffic routing in a mobile navigation system generates alternate routes based on the user's current location, live traffic conditions and estimated time of arrival at certain locations along the route. Live traffic routing re-ranks alternate routes taking into account which routes offer the best cost path to the user's destination.. ... Apple Inc

02/22/18 / #20180051995

On-demand shortcut computation for routing

Computing shortcuts for cells used in cell-based routing in a mobile navigation system re-computes shortcuts based on updated traffic conditions and estimated time of arrival (eta) at an entry to the cell. Shortcuts are computed on demand and stored in a last recently used (lru) cache. ... Apple Inc

02/22/18 / #20180050960

Opaque color stack for electronic device

An opaque cover for a capacitive sensor is provided. The cover includes a transparent substrate and a black color stack disposed adjacent the transparent substrate. ... Apple Inc

02/22/18 / #20180050235

Pose and heart rate energy expenditure for yoga

A method and a system for determining an energy expenditure of a user while practicing yoga are described. A heart rate sensing module can measure the user's heart rate. ... Apple Inc

02/22/18 / #20180049694

Systems and methods for determining individualized energy expenditure

A method and a system for determining an individual energy expenditure are described. In some embodiments, an energy expenditure can be calculated based on a combination of biometrics, heart rate and work rate. ... Apple Inc

02/22/18 / #20180049492

Milanese band

A metallic mesh material used to form a portion of a band or securing strap for a wearable electronic device. The band may include a magnetic tab for securing a wearable device to the wrist of a user. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180049337

Colored multilayer oxide coatings

Colored oxide coatings having multiple oxide layers are described. Processes for forming the multilayer oxide coating can include converting a portion of a metal substrate to a primary oxide layer, coloring the primary oxide layer, and depositing a secondary oxide layer on the primary oxide layer. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180049311

Vertical shielding and interconnect for sip modules

Vertical shielding and interconnect structures for system-in-a-package modules, where the vertical shielding and interconnect structures are readily manufactured and are space efficient.. . ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180049209

Quality of service control and usage monitoring mechanisms for unlicensed access

This disclosure relates to techniques for managing and monitoring access to a cellular network using unlicensed spectrum. According to some embodiments, policy information indicating permissible and/or non-permissible uses of unlicensed spectrum to access a radio access network of the cellular network may be distributed to elements of the radio access network, such as base stations. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180049201

Robust downlink control information with flexible resource assignments

This disclosure relates to techniques for providing robust downlink control information with flexible resource assignments for wireless devices that operate in a restricted bandwidth compared to the system bandwidth. A base station may determine a resource assignment for a wireless device. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180049085

Concurrent connectivity techniques

Techniques are disclosed relating to concurrent wireless connectivity. In some embodiments, a base station apparatus includes one or more processing elements and one or more memories having program instructions stored thereon that are executable by the one or more processing elements to perform the following operations. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180049075

Assisted management of radio resources across dual networks

A user equipment (ue) operating in a communication system comprising a base station and one or more ues. The ue may be configured to operate on or “camp” on two different networks with one radio. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180049030

Secure connection release and network redirection

This disclosure relates to techniques for securely performing connection release and network redirection in a wireless communication system. A wireless device may establish a radio resource control (rrc) connection with a first cell. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180048990

Location support for emergency calls

System and method for submitting a location of a mobile device to a public service for providing emergency assistance are described. A mobile device can determine that a user is making an emergency call from the mobile device. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180048796

Camera module with embedded components

A camera module includes a lens barrel holder and a substrate. The substrate may include a circuit board embedded in the substrate. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180048793

Adapting camera systems to accessory lenses

A small format factor camera system for mobile devices that provides improved image quality when using accessory lenses. The system may detect an accessory lens attached to the camera, either via sensing technology or by analyzing captured images. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180048598

Dynamic rule-based notifications

Systems, methods, and computer-readable medium are provided for providing dynamic rule-based messages. For example, a user device may identify physical activity information. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180048398

Millimeter wave test systems

An electronic device may be provided with wireless circuitry that handles millimeter wave communications. The wireless circuitry may be tested using a test system that includes a fixture, computing equipment, and a substrate placed in the fixture. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180048378

Beamforming for non-collaborative, space division multiple access systems

A wireless communication system non-collaborative, multiple input, multiple output (mimo) space division multiple access (sdma) system determines subscriber station combining and weighting vectors that yield a high average signal-to-interference plus noise ratio (sinr). Each subscriber station independently transmits information to a base station that allows the base station to determine a weight vector wi for each subscriber station using the determined combining vector of the subscriber station. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180048350

Multiband bluetooth

An electronic device that communicates with a second electronic device using adaptive frequency hopping across different spectral bands is described. An integrated circuit in the electronic device includes processing logic that determines an adaptive spectral map that specifies channels across multiple spectral bands. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180048115

Vcsel structure with embedded heat sink

An optoelectronic device includes a semiconductor substrate, having front and back sides and having at least one cavity extending from the back side through the semiconductor substrate into proximity with the front side. At least one optoelectronic emitter is formed on the front side of the semiconductor substrate in proximity with the at least one cavity. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180048094

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

02/15/18 / #20180048058

Broadband antenna

An electronic device such as a wristwatch may have a housing with metal portions such as metal sidewalls. The housing may form an antenna ground for an antenna. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180048057

Electronic device antennas

An electronic device such as a wristwatch may have a housing with metal portions such as metal sidewalls. The housing may form an antenna ground for an antenna. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180048053

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

02/15/18 / #20180048052

Electronic device with peripheral hybrid antenna

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

02/15/18 / #20180047342

Concurrently refreshing multiple areas of a display device using multiple different refresh rates

This application relates to methods and apparatus for refreshing a display device at various frequencies. Specifically, multiple areas of the display device can be refreshed concurrently at different frequencies. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180047334

Display with vias for concealed printed circuit and component attachment

An electronic device may include a display. The display may be an organic light-emitting diode display. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180047320

Transparent electronic device

A method and system for displaying images on a transparent display of an electronic device. The display may include one or more display screens as well as a flexible circuit for connecting the display screens with internal circuitry of the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180046851

Command processing using multimodal signal analysis

A first set of signals corresponding to a first signal modality (such as the direction of a gaze) during a time interval is collected from an individual. A second set of signals corresponding to a different signal modality (such as hand-pointing gestures made by the individual) is also collected. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180046837

Electronic device including pin hole array mask above optical image sensor and related methods

An electronic device may include an optical image sensor and a pin hole array mask layer above the optical image sensor. The electronic device may also include a display layer above the pin hole array mask layer that includes spaced apart display pixels, and a transparent cover layer above the display layer defining a finger placement surface capable of receiving a finger adjacent thereto.. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180046402

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

Systems and methods for managing data in non-volatile memory devices across a large range of operating temperatures are provided. Embodiments discussed herein selectively reprogram previously programmed data at a temperature that better enables the data to be read regardless of where within the range of operating temperatures the data is being read. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180046396

Compressed freezer files

In one embodiment, when a secondary application on an electronic device is selected for deactivation, the memory associated with the application can be gathered, compacted and compressed into a memory freezer file. The memory freezer file can be stored in non-volatile memory with a reduced storage footprint compared to a memory stored in a conventional swap file. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180046307

Multi-force input device

A force-sensitive input device for receiving user input. The input device can include a contact (e.g., touch) sensor and a plurality of force sensors. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180046285

Reducing touch sensor panel power consumption

Reducing power consumption in a touch screen. In some examples, a first level of touch accuracy can be determined, and a first portion of the touch screen can be operated in a first mode corresponding to the first level of touch accuracy. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180046063

Closed loop position control for camera actuator

In some embodiments, a camera unit of a multifunction device may include an optical package and an actuator for moving the optical package. In some embodiments, the actuator may include an asymmetric magnet arrangement. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180044102

Earphone packaging

A package for an electronic device is disclosed. The package includes a first layer of compressed natural fibers defining an aperture and a second layer of compressed natural fibers disposed adjacent to the first layer of compressed natural fibers. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180042556

Vital signs monitoring system

This relates to a monitoring system capable of measuring a plurality of vital signs. The monitoring system can include a plurality of sensors including, but not limited to, electrodes, piezoelectric sensors, temperature sensors, and accelerometers. ... Apple Inc

02/15/18 / #20180042547

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

02/15/18 / #20180042368

Electronic devices with wrist straps

A portable electronic device may have an electronic device strap. The strap may include inner and outer fabric layers and optional intermediate fabric layers. ... Apple Inc

02/08/18 / #20180041902

Bluetooth device as security access key

This application is directed to a system for remotely directing a host device to perform an operation using a key. The key may include a communications circuitry for transmitting data, for example a key identifier or an instruction to perform an operation, within a personal area network created by the communications circuitry. ... Apple Inc

02/08/18 / #20180041877

Remote messaging for mobile communication device and accessory

Message notifications to an accessory from a mobile communication device are provided according to some embodiments of the invention. When a message such as a text message, email, and/or voicemail is received at a mobile communication device, the mobile communication device can notify an attached accessory that a message has been received. ... Apple Inc

02/08/18 / #20180041814

Channel bar user interface

Systems and methods for a media content user interface. A media content provider includes storage for storing and serving video content to subscribers. ... Apple Inc

02/08/18 / #20180041755

Controlling lens misalignment in an imaging system

An imaging method includes imaging a scene using an imaging system, which includes an array of radiation sensing elements, including first sensing elements with symmetrical angular responses and second sensing elements with asymmetrical angular responses, interspersed among the first sensing elements, and optics configured to focus radiation from the scene onto the array. The method further includes processing first signals output by the first sensing elements in order to identify one or more areas of uniform irradiance on the array, and processing second signals output by the second sensing elements that are located in the identified areas, in order to detect a misalignment of the optics with the array.. ... Apple Inc

02/08/18 / #20180041707

Video image stabilization with enforced stabilization constraints

Techniques to improve a digital image capture device's ability to stabilize a video stream—while enforcing desired stabilization constraints on particular images in the video stream—are presented that utilize an overscan region and a look-ahead technique enabled by buffering a number of video input frames before generating a first stabilized video output frame. More particularly, techniques are disclosed for buffering an initial number of input frames so that a “current” frame can use motion data from both “past” and “future” frames to adjust the value of a stabilization strength parameter and/or the weighted contribution of particular frames from the buffer in the determination of stabilization motion values for the current frame. ... Apple Inc

02/08/18 / #20180041506

Biometric capture for unauthorized user identification

A computing device may determine to capture biometric information in response to the occurrence of one or more trigger conditions. The trigger condition may be receipt of one or more instructions from one or more other computing devices, detection of potential unauthorized use by the computing device, normal operation of the computing device, and so on. ... Apple Inc

02/08/18 / #20180041403

System and method for negotiating control of a shared audio or visual resource

Systems and methods for negotiating control of a shared audio or visual resource are disclosed. A request for control of a shared audio or visual resource is received at an arbiter. ... Apple Inc

02/08/18 / #20180041367

Pilot design for ofdm systems with four transmit antennas

Pilot, preamble and midamble patterns are provided that are particularly suited for four transmit antenna ofdm systems. Pilots are inserted in a scattered manner for each of the four antennas, either uncoded, space-time coded in pairs, space-time frequency coded in pairs, or space-time-frequency coded.. ... Apple Inc

02/08/18 / #20180041292

Method of controlling a communications link

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

02/08/18 / #20180041116

Quasi-resonant power converter with reduced dynamic switching losses

A power converter includes a current-monitoring on-state controller that is configured to adjust the timing of a switch-mode voltage conversion stage of the power converter. For example, the timing of the turn-on of a mosfet associated with a buck converter operated in a discontinuous conduction mode (e.g., quasi-resonant) can be adjusted based on a zero crossing of current through a tank inductor also associated with the buck converter. ... Apple Inc

02/08/18 / #20180041073

Power converter with output voltage control

A variable-output power converter includes a switch-mode voltage conversion stage operating in a peak-current control mode. For example, the timing of the turn-off of a mosfet associated with a buck converter can be adjusted based on a measurement of current conducted through the by mosfet. ... Apple Inc

02/08/18 / #20180040943

Wireless handheld electronic device

A handheld electronic device may be provided that contains a conductive housing and other conductive elements. The conductive elements may form an antenna ground plane. ... Apple Inc

02/08/18 / #20180040569

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

02/08/18 / #20180040441

Singulated keyboard assemblies and methods for assembling a keyboard

Methods for assembling low-profile, singulated keyboards by prefabricating key assemblies onto a chassis strip that is divided into individual key assemblies only after the substrate is affixed to a feature plate of keyboard. For example, a row of key assemblies is fabricated onto a chassis strip. ... Apple Inc

02/08/18 / #20180040333

System and method for performing speech enhancement using a deep neural network-based signal

Method for performing speech enhancement using a deep neural network (dnn)-based signal starts with training dnn offline by exciting a microphone using target training signal that includes signal approximation of clean speech. Loudspeaker is driven with a reference signal and outputs loudspeaker signal. ... Apple Inc

02/08/18 / #20180039619

Learning new words

Systems and methods are disclosed for a server learning new words generated by user client devices in a crowdsourced manner while maintaining local differential privacy of client devices. A client device can determine that a word typed on the client device is a new word that is not contained in a dictionary or asset catalog on the client device. ... Apple Inc

02/08/18 / #20180039395

Interface scanning for disabled users

Systems and processes for scanning a user interface are disclosed. One process can include scanning multiple elements within a user interface by highlighting the elements. ... Apple Inc

02/08/18 / #20180039393

Touch event model for web pages

One or more touch input signals can be obtained from a touch sensitive device. A touch event model can be used to determine touch and/or gesture events based on the touch input signals. ... Apple Inc

02/08/18 / #20180039388

Devices and methods for processing touch inputs with instructions in a web page

An electronic device displays a content region including first content that contains an image; and, while displaying the first content, detects an input at a location that corresponds to the location of the image. In response, the electronic device, in accordance with a determination that the input includes an intensity above a respective threshold and that the image is associated with a link to second content that is different from the first content, displays a preview of the second content while maintaining display of at least a portion of the first content in the content region; and, in accordance with a determination that the input includes an intensity above the respective threshold and that the image is not associated with a link to additional content, displays an enlarged version of the image while maintaining display of at least a portion of the first content in the content region.. ... Apple Inc

02/08/18 / #20180039381

User interface for application interface manipulation

Selection of visualization objects, such as applications windows, is performed by determining a position of a system object. A graphical representation of a system object can be positioned over a display area of an application interface. ... Apple Inc

02/08/18 / #20180039376

Input device having a dimensionally configurable input area

Embodiments are directed to a user input device and methods for expanding an input area in response to an estimation of the accuracy of touch input or the likelihood that a series of touches will hit an intended touch target area. In one aspect, an embodiment includes a first capacitive area defined by a first electrode and a second capacitive area defined by the first electrode and a second electrode. ... Apple Inc

02/08/18 / #20180039331

Haptic output system for user input surface

A haptic output system configured to generate haptic effects, through a user input surface, by varying one or more haptic output characteristics of one or more haptic elements (e.g., vibrating elements, electrostatic elements, thermal elements, and so on) based on substantially real-time touch input and/or force input information. In this manner, the haptic output system effectively simulates the presence of a physical object (e.g., having textures, edges, features, mechanical responses, and so on) on the user input surface.. ... Apple Inc

02/08/18 / #20180039315

Motion fencing

In some implementations, a mobile device can be configured with virtual motion fences that delineate domains of motion detectable by the mobile device. In some implementations, the mobile device can be configured to invoke an application or function when the mobile device enters or exits a motion domain (by crossing a motion fence). ... Apple Inc

02/08/18 / #20180039306

Handheld computing device

A handheld computing device is disclosed. The handheld computing device includes a seamless enclosure formed from an extruded tube. ... Apple Inc

02/08/18 / #20180039055

Confocal inspection system having averaged illumination and averaged collection paths

A confocal inspection system can optically characterize a sample. An objective lens, or separate incident and return lenses, can deliver incident light from a light source to the sample, and can collect light from the sample. ... Apple Inc

02/08/18 / #20180039052

Optical system for head-mounted display

A head-mounted display may include a display system and an optical system in a housing. The display system may have a pixel array that produces light associated with images. ... Apple Inc

02/08/18 / #20180038962

Fast gps recovery using map vector data

Methods and apparatuses to assist a global positioning system (gps) module to determine gps position estimates for a wireless communication device is disclosed. Processing circuitry in the wireless communication device determines a potential or an actual inaccuracy in a gps position estimate obtained from a gps module. ... Apple Inc

02/08/18 / #20180038903

Electronic device having coupler for tapping antenna signals

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

02/08/18 / #20180038834

Interference-insensitive capacitive displacement sensing

An excitation signal is produced on a plate of an unknown capacitor and on a plate of a known capacitor. The excitation signal is amplified over time to produce a first output signal, with gain that is proportional to capacitance of the unknown capacitor. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180035471

Mechanisms for enhanced transmission and reception of physical random access channel

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

02/01/18 / #20180035449

Cancelable nan schedule indication

In embodiments, one or more wireless stations operate to configure direct communication with neighboring mobile stations, i.e., direct communication between the wireless stations without utilizing an intermediate access point. Embodiments of the disclosure relate to nan datapath scheduling and nan pre-datapath operation setup and scheduling. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180035379

Power savings with preamble in wlan systems

In order to reduce power consumption of an electronic device during communication with another electronic device in a wireless local area network (wlan), the electronic device analyzes fields in a given packet prior to a payload of the given packet to look for information that specifies a destination of the given packet. For example, the information may include: a full associated identification (aid) of the destination, a partial media-access-control (mac) address of the destination; and/or a compressed (mac) address of the destination. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180035376

Nan frame buffering indications

In embodiments, one or more wireless stations operate to configure direct communication with neighboring mobile stations, i.e., direct communication between the wireless stations without utilizing an intermediate access point. Embodiments of the disclosure relate to nan datapath scheduling and nan pre-datapath operation setup and scheduling. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180035345

Handover between cells based on signal quality and interference estimation

Method and apparatus to trigger a handover of a mobile device from a serving cell to a neighbor cell based on signal quality are disclosed. The mobile device measures signal strength and signal quality for the serving cell. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180035300

Transceiver architecture for license assisted access systems

Methods and devices useful in concurrently receiving and supporting wireless fidelity (wi-fi) and long term evolution licensed assisted access (lte-laa) wireless data signals are provided. By way of example, an electronic device includes a network interface configured to allow the electronic device to communicate over one or more channels of a wireless network, and a transceiver configured to transmit data and to receive data over the one or more channels. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180035266

Multimedia broadcast multicast service (mbms) utilizing spatial multiplexing

Systems and methods are disclosed herein for an enhanced multimedia broadcast multicast service (mbms) in a wireless communications network. In one embodiment, a number of base stations in a mbms zone, or broadcast region, accommodate both spatial multiplexing (sm) enabled user elements and non-sm enabled user elements. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180035113

Efficient sao signaling

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

02/01/18 / #20180034632

Secure escrow service

A method of restoring confidential information items of a first device to a second device by using a set of servers. The method generates a public and private key pair and ties the private key to the hash of executable code of the servers at the time of generating the public and private keys. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180034288

Systems and methods for management of asymmetrical multi-tapped battery packs

This disclosure describes a battery pack that includes a plurality of asymmetrical banks, with different capacities and/or voltages, and multiple taps, coupled to the corresponding banks, to power electrical loads. The battery pack also comprise a balancing circuit and a battery management unit. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180034176

Low-profile ssd connector

Connectors that may be used to connect optional or daughter cards or modules to main logic boards or motherboards in electronic devices. These connectors may have a reduced effective height and may be able to support high data rates. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180034030

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

02/01/18 / #20180033805

Displays with silicon and semiconducting oxide thin-film transistors

An electronic device may include a display having an array of display pixels on a substrate. The display pixels may be organic light-emitting diode display pixels or display pixels in a liquid crystal display. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180033449

System and method for performing speech enhancement using a neural network-based combined symbol

Method of speech enhancement using neural network-based combined signal starts with training neural network offline which includes: (i) exciting at least one accelerometer and at least one microphone using training accelerometer signal and training acoustic signal, respectively. The training accelerometer signal and the training acoustic signal are correlated during clean speech segments. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180033447

Coordination of beamformers for noise estimation and noise suppression

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 based groups of microphones, an estimation of voice activity and an estimation of noise characteristics on each beam. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180033431

Competing devices responding to voice triggers

At a first electronic device with a display and a microphone: sampling audio input using the first microphone; in accordance with the sampling of audio input using the first microphone, sending stop instructions to a second electronic device with a second microphone, the second electronic device external to the first electronic device, wherein the second electronic device is configured to respond to audio input received using the second microphone, and wherein the stop instructions instruct the second electronic device to forgo responding to audio input received using the second microphone, wherein responding to audio input received using the second microphone comprises providing perceptible output.. . ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180033265

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

02/01/18 / #20180033078

Interface for enhanced continuity of browsing experience

Providing an online store interface that maintains continuity of a user browsing experience by layering a product view on top of referring product views or online-store pages such that a user can navigate back to the referring page without needing the previous page to reload, and re-navigate to the point the user left off. Providing the ability for an item preview to continue even when a user navigates the online store interface away from the preview page further preserves browsing continuity. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180032535

System and method for alerting a first mobile data processing system nearby a second mobile data processing system

Provided is a fully automated web service with location based services generally involved in transmission of situational location dependent information to automatically located mobile receiving data processing systems. The web service communicates with a receiving data processing system in a manner by delivering information to the device when appropriate without the device requesting it at the time of delivery. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180032281

System for managing memory devices

In some embodiments, a system includes a memory system, a real-time computing device, and a controller. The real-time computing device stores data within a local buffer having a corresponding storage threshold, where the data satisfies the storage threshold, and where the storage threshold is based on a latency of the memory system and an expected rate of utilization of the data of the local buffer. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180032276

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

02/01/18 / #20180032234

Emergency information access on portable electronic devices

Improved techniques for facilitating emergency access to one or more contacts stored on a portable electronic device are disclosed. One or more contacts on the portable electronic device are designated as emergency contacts. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180032229

Presenting visual indicators of hidden objects

Generating for display an indicator of hidden objects in response to user input is disclosed. An input for moving a pointer presented in a user interface toward a first virtual boundary is received. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180032228

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

Systems and methods for efficiently navigating between applications are disclosed herein. An example method includes: concurrently displaying: a first user interface (ui) associated with a first application, a status bar with status indications associated with system-wide functions; and a first affordance associated with a second application. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180032220

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

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

02/01/18 / #20180032211

Methodology and application of acoustic touch detection

Acoustic touch detection (touch sensing) system architectures and methods can be used to detect an object touching a surface. Position of an object touching a surface can be determined using time-of-flight (tof) bounding box techniques, or acoustic image reconstruction techniques, for example. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180032203

Systems, devices, and methods for dynamically providing user interface controls at a touch-sensitive secondary display

Disclosed herein are systems, devices, and methods for dynamically updating a touch-sensitive secondary display. An example method includes receiving a request to open an application and, in response, (i) displaying, on a primary display, a plurality of user interface (ui) objects associated with the application, the plurality including a first ui object displayed with associated content and other ui objects displayed without associated content; and (ii) displaying, on the touch-sensitive secondary display, a set of affordances representing the plurality of ui objects. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180032176

Touch sensor panel with multi-power domain chip configuration

A touch sensing system is disclosed. The touch sensing system includes a guard signal generation chip operating in a first power domain referenced to a first voltage, the guard signal generation chip configured to generate a guard signal. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180032171

Rc tuning of touch electrode connections on a touch sensor panel

A touch sensor panel comprising a first touch node electrode of a plurality of touch node electrodes, the first touch node electrode coupled to a first sense connection comprising a first set of traces, the first sense connection configured to have a first resistance per unit length that varies along a length of the first sense connection, and a second touch node electrode of the plurality of touch node electrodes, the second touch node electrode coupled to a second sense connection comprising a second set of traces, the second sense connection configured to have a second resistance per unit length that varies along a length of the second sense connection differently than the first resistance per unit length varies along the length of the first sense connection. An effective resistance of the first sense connection and the second sense connection are equal.. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180032158

Ambidextrous mouse

An ambidextrous mouse is disclosed. The ambidextrous mouse is configured for both left and right handed use. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180032105

Portable computer display structures

An electronic device housing may have upper and lower portions that are attached with a hinge. At least one portion of the housing may have a rear planar surface and peripheral sidewalls having edges. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180031808

Imaging lens system

Compact lens systems are described that may be used in small form factor cameras. The lens system may include six lens elements with refractive power, and may provide low f-numbers with wide field of view while maintaining or improving imaging quality and package size when compared to other compact lens systems. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180031395

Optical encoder with axially aligned sensor

Embodiments of the present disclosure provide an optical encoder for an electronic device. The optical encoder comprises an elongated shaft and a plurality of markings axially disposed around a circumference of the elongated shaft. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180031382

Normalization of device probe data for path identification

Some embodiments provide a method for defining travel paths in a map region. The method identifies location data collected over a period of time from multiple mobile devices. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180030765

Stiff fabric

An adjustable support structure including two parallel layers of flexible material separated by a coupling that maintains separation between the parallel layers such that the layers may easily displace in a parallel direction but not in a perpendicular direction. The adjustable support structure may also include a displacement brake to selectively resist or maintain parallel displacement of the layers.. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180030608

Plating having increased thickness and reduced grain size

Contacts that may be highly corrosion resistant, less susceptible to wear, and may be readily manufactured with a process that controls or reduces resource usage. Corrosion resistance and wear performance may be improved by providing a thicker plating that has a reduced tendency to crack and by using materials that act as catalysts. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180029339

Electronic device with a reduced friction surface

A surface of an electronic device includes a reduced friction surface that comprises a glass beaded film. The glass beaded film includes glass beads disposed in a polymer layer or in an adhesive layer, where a portion of the glass beads protrude from a surface of the polymer or adhesive layer. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180028111

Family sleep monitoring system

A distributed computer system 100 and method that will serve for recording sleep of at least one user using a mobile subscriber terminal 104 and a peripheral device 102 arranged to communicate with the mobile subscriber terminal 104. The present invention records the sleep parameters of family members by providing third party applications and a plurality of peripheral devices communicating with the mobile subscriber terminals according to the age and interest of each family member. ... Apple Inc

02/01/18 / #20180027931

Dynamic fit adjustment for wearable electronic devices

Systems and methods for dynamically adjusting the fit of a wearable electronic device are disclosed. In many embodiments, a tensioner associated with a wearable electronic device can control one or more actuators that are mechanically coupled to either the housing or to a band attached to the wearable electronic device. ... Apple Inc

01/25/18 / #20180027558

Uplink control in a wireless communication network

A method and system are provided having an uplink control structure and a pilot signal having minimal signal overhead for providing channel estimation and data demodulation in a wireless communication network. The uplink control structures enable mobile terminals to communicate with corresponding base stations to perform various functions including obtaining initial system access, submitting a bandwidth request, triggering a continuation of negotiated service, or providing a proposed allocation re-configuration header. ... Apple Inc

01/25/18 / #20180027490

Wake-up radio assisted wlan power saving technologies

A dual-radio ap including both a high-power (e.g., wi-fi) radio and a low-power (e.g., ble) radio may support an assisted wakeup service for a power-limited dual-radio mobile device (sta). The power-limited sta may register with the ap for the assisted wakeup service, and may then disable its wi-fi radio (or otherwise initiate a lower-power mode). ... Apple Inc

01/25/18 / #20180027485

Extended range networking

Passive and active scanning for extended range wireless networking. The choice between legacy and extended range signaling can depend on one or more factors. ... Apple Inc

01/25/18 / #20180027480

Electronic subscriber identity module (esim) assignment for carrier channel devices

A pool of devices is initially associated under a single product type identifier, for example, a single stock keeping unit (sku) identifier. Each device is associated with a secure element (se), for example, an embedded universal integrated circuit card (euicc). ... Apple Inc

01/25/18 / #20180027402

Providing a set of services to a multi-mode wireless mobile station that is able to operate over packet-switched and circuit-switched access networks

A set of services is from a multimedia network to a multi-mode mobile station that is able to operate over a packet-switched access network and a circuit-switched access network. Packet-switched call control messages are communicated between a node in the multimedia network and the multi-mode mobile station through the packet-switched access network when the multi-mode mobile station is attached to the packet-switched access network, where the packet-switched call control messages communicated through the packet-switched access network are used to provide the set of services. ... Apple Inc

01/25/18 / #20180027185

Dual camera magnet arrangement

Some embodiments include a camera system having a first camera unit and a second camera unit. The first camera unit includes an autofocus actuator. ... Apple Inc

01/25/18 / #20180027150

Electronic device structures with oleophobic coatings

An electronic device may have components such as a display, a camera, a button, and other electrical components. A transparent crystalline member such as a layer of aluminum oxide, zirconium oxide, or other crystalline dielectric structure may overlap an electrical component and may serve as a display cover layer, button cover member, or window member. ... Apple Inc

01/25/18 / #20180026824

Adaptive time diversity and spatial diversity for ofdm

An adaptable orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing system (ofdm) that uses a multiple input multiple output (mimo) to having ofdm signals transmitted either in accordance with time diversity to reducing signal fading or in accordance with spatial diversity to increase the data rate. Sub-carriers are classified for spatial diversity transmission or for time diversity transmission based on the result of a comparison between threshold values and at least one of three criteria. ... Apple Inc

01/25/18 / #20180026777

User equipment that autonomously selects between full and half duplex operations

A user equipment (ue) comprises a radio having tx and rx paths that include a duplexer, thus facilitating a full-duplex mode. The radio may also have tx and rx paths that exclude the duplexer, and which thus facilitate a half-duplex mode. ... Apple Inc

01/25/18 / #20180026613

Balancing delay associated with dual-edge trigger clock gaters

Techniques are disclosed relating to dual-edge triggered (det) clock gater circuitry. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes a first series of det clock gater circuits configured, when the det clock gater circuits are not gating an input clock signal, to provide an output clock signal to sequential circuitry. ... Apple Inc

01/25/18 / #20180026461

Accessory communication over power pins

Simplified interfaces for charging and communication between accessories and docking stations. One example may provide an interface for charging and communication between an accessory and docking station where data and a charging voltage are provided over the same pins. ... Apple Inc

01/25/18 / #20180026341

Electronic device with millimeter wave antennas on 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

01/25/18 / #20180026152

Displays with camera window openings

A display may include a color filter layer, a liquid crystal layer, and a thin-film transistor layer. A camera window may be formed in the display to accommodate a camera. ... Apple Inc

01/25/18 / #20180025694

Integrated touch sensor and force sensor for an electronic device

Systems and method of performing touch and force sensing in an electronic device. The device includes a cover and an array of touch-sensor electrodes disposed below the cover. ... Apple Inc

01/25/18 / #20180025689

Power efficient adaptive panel pixel charge scheme

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

01/25/18 / #20180025595

Devices and methods for locating accessories of an electronic device

Devices and methods for locating accessories of an electronic device are provided. In one example, a method may include detecting parameters associated with disconnecting an accessory from the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

01/25/18 / #20180025287

Using proxies to enable on-device machine learning

Systems and methods are disclosed for a server generating a plurality of proxy prediction models for each of a plurality of applications for use by client devices. Providing a prediction model based on a data distribution that more closely matches the user private data of the actual user of the client device, as opposed to a generic model, can improve the accuracy of predictions and improve the benefits to the user of the client device. ... Apple Inc

01/25/18 / #20180024718

Systems for and methods of providing inertial scrolling and navigation using a fingerprint sensor

An emulation system receives a swipe along a finger sensor to set a computer display in motion. After the swipe is completed, the display continues along its previous path. ... Apple Inc

01/25/18 / #20180024693

Touch rejection

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

01/25/18 / #20180024687

Electronic device with noise-cancelling force sensor

An electronic device may have a housing in which components such as a display are mounted. A strain gauge may be mounted on a layer of the display such as a cover layer or may be mounted on a portion of the housing or other support structure. ... Apple Inc

01/25/18 / #20180024683

Force-detecting input structure

An input mechanism, such as a crown, detects amounts of applied force. In various examples, an assembly including an input mechanism has an enclosure; a stem coupled to the enclosure such that the stem is rotatable, translatable, and transversely moveable with respect to the enclosure; a sensor, coupled between the stem and the housing, to which force is transferred when the stem moves with respect to the housing; and a processing unit coupled to the sensor. ... Apple Inc

01/25/18 / #20180024681

Device, method, and graphical user interface for transitioning between touch input to display output relationships

An electronic device with a touch-sensitive surface, a display, and one or more sensors to detect intensity of contacts, detects a contact, determines a location and intensity of the contact on the touch-sensitive surface, and displays a response, the response being based at least in part on an input-output mapping of intensity to response at the contact location. The input-output mapping including a first input-output relationship between intensity and response over a first range of intensity values, a second input-output relationship between intensity and response over a second range of intensity values, and a transitional intensity value where the first range of intensity values meets or overlaps the second range of intensity values. ... Apple Inc

01/25/18 / #20180024591

Foldable case for use with an electronic device

This is directed to a case for securing and protecting an electronic device. The case can include a cover connected to a pouch by a hinge such that the cover can be overlaid over a device interface (e.g., a device display). ... Apple Inc

01/25/18 / #20180024274

Electronic devices having transparent crystalline structures with antireflection coatings

A graded index antireflection layer may be formed on a transparent crystalline member such as a sapphire member. The graded index layer may include aluminum oxide and silicon oxide. ... Apple Inc

01/25/18 / #20180023984

Electronic devices with environmental sensors

An electronic device may be provided with environmental sensors. Environmental sensors may include one or more environmental sensor components and one or more acoustic components. ... Apple Inc

01/25/18 / #20180023957

Disfavored route progressions or locations

Adaptive route guidance can include analyzing route progressions associated with one or more routes based on multiple user preferences. The adaptive route guidance can provide one or more preferred routes based on the user preferences, which can be presented to a user for navigation purposes.. ... Apple Inc

01/18/18 / #20180020489

Initial access channel for scalable wireless mobile communication networks

Physical layer structures and access schemes for use in such networks are described and in particular initial access channel (iach) structures are proposed. A spectrum efficient downlink (dl) iach design supports different types of user equipment (ue) capabilities and different system bandwidths. ... Apple Inc

01/18/18 / #20180020376

Dynamic link monitoring to resolve imbalance in laa/lte radio resource allocation

A wireless communication device (ue) may monitor grants received from respective cells associated with one or more first (e.g. Licensed) frequency band(s) and one or more second (e.g. ... Apple Inc

01/18/18 / #20180020359

License assisted access communication with dynamic use of request-to-send and clear-to-send messages

This disclosure relates to performing cellular communication in unlicensed spectrum in a manner that accounts for the possible existence of hidden nodes by opportunistically introducing the use of rts and cts messages. A listen-before-talk procedure may be performed to determine whether a wireless medium is available. ... Apple Inc

01/18/18 / #20180020321

Mobile device with applications that use a common place card to display data relating to a location

Some embodiments provide a mobile computing device that includes a number of applications having a common display area to display data relating to a location. In some embodiments, the common display area is a unified display area to display different types of data. ... Apple Inc

01/18/18 / #20180020201

Light field capture

This disclosure pertains to operations, systems, and computer readable media to capture images of a scene using a camera array and process the captured images based on a viewer's point of view (pov) for immersive augmented reality, live display wall, head mounted display, video conferencing, and similar applications. In one implementation, the disclosed subject matter provides a complete view to a viewer by combining images captured by a camera array. ... Apple Inc

01/18/18 / #20180020068

Dual channel delivery

Embodiments described herein relate to systems and methods for transmitting service related messages, e.g., via a reverse push connection. In some embodiments, a ue may be configured to receive a random value from a server, the random value based at least in part on a capacity of the server and/or network. ... Apple Inc

01/18/18 / #20180019371

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 coatings to adjust the spacing between adjacent quantum dots. ... Apple Inc

01/18/18 / #20180019081

Keyboard backlighting with reduced driver circuitry

Systems and methods for selective keyboard backlighting with reduced driver circuitry are provided. In one example embodiment, a method includes, inter alia, simultaneously controlling, with a control signal, an output of a first light emitting element that illuminates only one key of a plurality of keys of a keyboard and an output of a second light emitting element that illuminates only one key of the plurality of keys, and maintaining, with a current mirror circuit, uniformity between the output of the first light emitting element and the output of the second light emitting element.. ... Apple Inc

01/18/18 / #20180018541

Pixel classification techniques

Systems, methods, and computer readable media to categorize a pixel (or other element) in an image into one of a number of different categories are described. In general, techniques are disclosed for using properties (e.g., statistics) of the regions being categorized to determine the appropriate size of window around a target pixel (element) and, when necessary, the manner in which the window may be changed if the current size is inappropriate. ... Apple Inc

01/18/18 / #20180018073

Touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for customizing display of content category icons

A computer-implemented method for use in conjunction with a computing device with a touch screen display comprises: detecting one or more finger contacts with the touch screen display, applying one or more heuristics to the one or more finger contacts to determine a command for the device, and processing the command. The one or more heuristics comprise: a heuristic for determining that the one or more finger contacts correspond to a one-dimensional vertical screen scrolling command, a heuristic for determining that the one or more finger contacts correspond to a two-dimensional screen translation command, and a heuristic for determining that the one or more finger contacts correspond to a command to transition from displaying a respective item in a set of items to displaying a next item in the set of items.. ... Apple Inc

01/18/18 / #20180018069

Interactive content for digital books

A graphical user interface (gui) is presented that allows a user to view and interact with content embedded in a digital book, such as text, image galleries, multimedia presentations, video, html, animated and static diagrams, charts, tables, visual dictionaries, review questions, three-dimensional (3d) animation and any other known media content, and various touch gestures can be used by the user to move through images and multimedia presentations, play video, answer review questions, manipulate three-dimensional objects, and interact with html.. . ... Apple Inc

01/18/18 / #20180018057

Content creation using electronic input device on non-electronic surfaces

Content can be using an input device without a touch-sensitive surface. In some examples, touch-down and lift-off on a non-touch-sensitive surface can be monitored by a force sensor of the input device. ... Apple Inc

01/18/18 / #20180018038

Capacitive sensing for determining mass displacement and direction

A capacitive sensing system for determining mass displacement and direction is disclosed. In an embodiment, a capacitive sensing system for sensing mass displacement and direction comprises: a mass; a periodic drive electrode pattern formed on or attached to the mass; a sensing electrode array positioned relative to the periodic electrode pattern, the sensing electrode array operable to sense a capacitance in an overlapping area between the periodic drive electrode pattern and the sensing electrode array; and a capacitive sensing circuit coupled to at least the sensing electrode array, the capacitive sensing circuit operable to generate a periodic signal based on the sensed capacitance, to determine a phase shift in the periodic signal in response to the periodic drive electrode pattern moving relative to the sensing electrode array, and to determine, based on the phase shift, a displacement and direction of the mass on a movement axis.. ... Apple Inc

01/18/18 / #20180018026

Capacitive gap sensor ring for an input device

An input mechanism for a portable electronic device includes a rotational manipulation mechanism, such as a cap or shaft. The input mechanism also includes a sensor having first capacitive elements coupled to the manipulation mechanism, second capacitive elements, and a dielectric positioned between the first and second capacitive elements. ... Apple Inc

01/18/18 / #20180017995

Coupling structures for electronic device housings

A housing for an electronic device is disclosed. The housing includes a first conductive component defining a first interface surface, a second conductive component defining a second interface surface facing the first interface surface, and a joint structure between the first and second interface surfaces. ... Apple Inc

01/18/18 / #20180017845

Autonomous low-power voice coil motor parking

A camera module includes an optics assembly, an actuator module, and detection circuitry for preventing the optics assembly from colliding with a mechanical stop due to physical impacts and disturbances. The actuator module includes a magnet and a coil. ... Apple Inc

01/18/18 / #20180017772

Confocal inspection system having non-overlapping annular illumination and collection regions

A confocal inspection system can optically characterize a sample. An objective lens, which can be a single lens or a combination of separate illumination and collection lenses, can have a pupil. ... Apple Inc

01/18/18 / #20180017635

High dynamic range magnetometer architecture

A high dynamic range magnetometer architecture and method are disclosed. In an embodiment, a magnetometer sensor comprises: a variable magnetic gain stage including a plurality of selectable signal gain paths, each signal gain path including a magnetic sensor and a magnetic flux concentrator, and for each signal gain path the magnetic flux concentrator being positioned a different distance from the magnetic flux concentrator to provide a different magnetic gain for the signal gain path; a variable magnetic sensing stage coupled to the variable magnetic gain stage, the variable magnetic sensing stage operable to provide variable magnetic sensing to each signal gain path; and a gain control stage coupled to the variable magnetic sensing stage, the gain control stage operable to select one of the signal gain paths and to provide signal conditioning to the selected signal gain path.. ... Apple Inc

01/18/18 / #20180017491

Optical inspection system and method including accounting for variations of optical path length within a sample

An illuminator/collector assembly can deliver incident light to a sample and collect return light returning from the sample. A sensor can measure ray intensities as a function of ray position and ray angle for the collected return light. ... Apple Inc

01/18/18 / #20180016667

Aluminum alloys with high strength and cosmetic appeal

The disclosure provides aluminum alloys having varying ranges of alloying elements and properties.. . ... Apple Inc

01/18/18 / #20180014781

Sensor window with integrated isolation feature

An integrated window for a photosensor for use in an electronic device has first and second transparent regions separated by an opaque region. The first transparent region allows a transmitter to emit light out of the housing of the electronic device and the second transparent region allows a receiver to receive light through the housing. ... Apple Inc

01/11/18 / #20180014325

Triggered wireless access protocol

An access point transmits a trigger frame to a set of electronic devices in a wireless local area network (wlan). The access point receives, from one or more electronic devices in a set of electronic devices, one or more requests to send data. ... Apple Inc

01/11/18 / #20180014308

Channel rank updates in multiple-input multiple-output communication systems

Embodiments of the disclosure provide a system and method for providing channel feedback information (cfi) from a user equipment device to a base station. Cfi is transmitted from the user equipment device on first and second communication channels. ... Apple Inc

01/11/18 / #20180014294

System and method for resource block-specific control signaling

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

01/11/18 / #20180014185

Electronic content requests

Systems, methods, and computer-readable medium are provided for managing electronic content requests. For example, a user device may collect usage information associated with use of the user device. ... Apple Inc

01/11/18 / #20180014184

Access data provisioning apparatus and methods

Methods and apparatus for activating a purchased or previously deployed device by a subscriber. In one embodiment, activation includes authenticating the device to a service provider or carrier, and providing the device with data necessary for enabling the service to the device. ... Apple Inc

01/11/18 / #20180014165

Triggered wireless access protocol with grouped multi-user transmissions

An access point transmits a trigger frame to a set of electronic devices in a wireless local area network (wlan). In response to one or more requests to send data, the access point transmits the trigger frame, which includes information specifying an ordered list of electronic devices in the set of electronic devices that are allowed to transmit, and that groups the electronic devices in the ordered list of electronic devices into a first subset of the electronic devices and a second subset of the electronic devices. ... Apple Inc

01/11/18 / #20180014161

Harvesting labels for significant locations

In an example method, a computer system receives a query from a mobile device, including an indication of a location of the mobile device, and an environmental measurement obtained by the mobile device at the location. A set of candidate points of interest in geographical proximity to the location is determined. ... Apple Inc

01/11/18 / #20180014115

Electronic device having mechanically out-of-phase speakers

An electronic device having several speaker modules that are acoustically in-phase and mechanically out-of-phase is disclosed. Embodiments include a pair of speaker modules mounted at respective ends of a lateral link, and the lateral link may be supported relative to a housing of the electronic device. ... Apple Inc

01/11/18 / #20180013851

Proxied push

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

01/11/18 / #20180013432

Power saving with dual-rail supply voltage scheme

In an embodiment, an integrated circuit includes a clock tree circuit and logic circuitry that is clocked by the clocks received from the clock tree circuit. The logic circuit is powered by a first power supply voltage. ... Apple Inc

01/11/18 / #20180013348

Slew mode control of transient phase based on output voltage slope of multiphase dc-dc power converter

A multi-phase switch mode, voltage regulator has a transient mode portion in which a phase control output is coupled to one or more control inputs of one or more switch circuits that conduct inductor current through one or more transient phase inductors, from amongst a number of phase inductors. A slew mode control circuit detects a high slope and then a low slope in the feedback voltage and, in between detection of the high slope and the low slope, pulses the phase control output of the transient mode portion so that the switch circuit that conducts transient phase inductor current adds power to, or sinks power from, the power supply output. ... Apple Inc

01/11/18 / #20180013347

Slew mode control of transient phase based on output voltage slope of multiphase dc-dc power converter

A multi-phase switch mode, voltage regulator has a transient mode portion in which a phase control output is coupled to one or more control inputs of one or more switch circuits that conduct inductor current through one or more transient phase inductors, from amongst a number of phase inductors. A slew mode control circuit detects a high slope and then a low slope in the feedback voltage and, in between detection of the high slope and the low slope, pulses the phase control output of the transient mode portion so that the switch circuit that conducts transient phase inductor current adds power to, or sinks power from, the power supply output. ... Apple Inc

01/11/18 / #20180013312

Detection of coil coupling in an inductive charging system

An inductive charging system can include a transmitter device and a receiver device. The transmitter device may be adapted to detect when a receiver coil in the receiver device is coupled to a transmitter coil in the transmitter device. ... Apple Inc

01/11/18 / #20180013311

Electronic device with wireless charging and battery heating

A wireless power transmitting device may transmit wireless power signals to a wireless power receiving electronic device. The electronic device may have a coil that receives the transmitted wireless power signals and may have a power receiving circuit that rectifies the received wireless power signals to produce a corresponding direct-current voltage signal. ... Apple Inc

01/11/18 / #20180013310

Wireless charging systems with multicoil receivers

A wireless power transmitting device may have an array of transmitting coils to transmit power wirelessly to a wireless power receiving device having an array of wireless power receiving coils. The receiving device may have a rectifier that receives alternating-current signals from the wireless power receiving coils and provides corresponding rectified direct-current voltage signals to a capacitor and other circuitry. ... Apple Inc

01/11/18 / #20180013296

Time-domain multiplexing of power and data

Circuits, methods, and apparatus that may allow an electronic device to control a power adapter. One example may provide an electronic system where an electronic device may control a power adapter through a communication channel. ... Apple Inc

01/11/18 / #20180013231

Magnetic arrangements and labels for connectors

Magnetic connectors that may be readily manufactured and provide a high landed force and labels for magnetic connectors that may protect magnets or magnetic elements in the connectors, provide an aesthetically pleasing appearance, and improve the magnetic performance of the connectors. In various examples, power and signal paths may be formed using contacts that are separate from magnets or magnetic elements, paths may be formed using magnets or magnetic elements, or paths may be formed using a combination of contacts and magnets and magnetic elements. ... Apple Inc

01/11/18 / #20180012691

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

01/11/18 / #20180012596

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

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

01/11/18 / #20180012017

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

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

01/11/18 / #20180011625

User-centric widgets and dashboards

User-centric widgets and dashboards are automatically modified to reflect a user's goals and needs.. . ... Apple Inc

01/11/18 / #20180011616

Application programming interfaces for scrolling operations

At least certain embodiments of the present disclosure include an environment with user interface software interacting with a software application. A method for operating through an application programming interface (api) in this environment includes transferring a set bounce call. ... Apple Inc

01/11/18 / #20180011565

Rigid trackpad for an electronic device

A laminated stack, such as a trackpad, is assembled by coupling components using an adhesive system. Assembly of the laminated stack includes forming an adhesive-spacing component on a first substrate, forming an adhesive-alignment-holding component on the first substrate in a perimeter around the adhesive-spacing component, forming a bonding component by filling an area within the perimeter with liquid adhesive, and bonding the first substrate to a second substrate by curing the bonding component. ... Apple Inc

01/11/18 / #20180011548

Interacting with touch devices proximate to other input devices

In some embodiments, a keyboard is located proximate to a touch sensor that is operable to perform one or more keyboard functions. The state of a touch sensor and/or interaction of an electronic device with the touch sensor is controlled or altered based on detection that an object is proximate to the keyboard. ... Apple Inc

01/11/18 / #20180010930

Optical encoder based on light-steering based contrast generation

In some examples, an optical encoder may consist of a light source that shines light onto a wheel which then reflects the light onto a sensor. Using information encoded in the reflected light, the rotation of the wheel may be determined. ... Apple Inc

01/11/18 / #20180009586

Packaging with lay-flat flaps

A package for an item is disclosed. The package includes an outer box and a first insert panel. ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180007558

Controlling access to protected functionality of a host device using a wireless device

A wearable device can establish a verified session with a host device (e.g., by establishing that the wearable device is present in the vicinity of the host device and is currently being worn). The existence of such a verified session can be used to control user access to sensitive information that may be stored in or otherwise accessible to a host device. ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180007538

Social reminders

Techniques for providing reminders based on social interactions between users of electronic devices are described. Social reminders can be set to trigger based on social interactions of users. ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180007334

Parallel computer vision and image scaling architecture

Embodiments relate to an architecture of a vision pipe included in an image signal processor. The architecture includes a front-end portion that includes a pair of image signal pipelines that generate an updated luminance image data. ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180007333

Per pixel color correction filtering

Embodiments relate to color correction circuit operations performed by an image signal processor. The color correction circuit computes optimal color correction matrix on a per-pixel basis and adjusts it based on relative noise standard deviations of the color channels to steer the matrix.. ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180007332

Highlight recovery in images

Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to highlight recovery of a high-resolution image using a single low-resolution image captured at a lower exposure. An example apparatus includes a hue target circuit that receives an input image at a high-resolution including at least one pixel with a clipped color channel. ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180007241

Scaling of image data in sensor interface based on detection of defective pixels

Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a sensor interface circuit that performs scaling of image data in a bayer pattern without spreading defective pixels across multiple pixels. The sensor interface circuit may include a register circuit storing operating parameters of the sensor interface circuit. ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180007188

Notifications with custom user interface

Notifications for an accessory device are received at a mobile companion device. The notifications are directed to a notification processing application of the companion device that processes notifications intended for accessory device applications. ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180006857

Drift robust convolutional induced reception scheme with noise prediction

This document describes techniques for decoding a convolutionally coded signal using a trellis decoder in a drift robust manner. A convolutionally coded and differentially modulated signal may be received. ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180006853

Drift robust non-coherent demodulation scheme

This document describes techniques for performing non-coherent demodulation of a differentially modulated signal in a drift robust manner. A differentially modulated signal, including a plurality of symbols, may be received. ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180006677

Wi-fi adaptive transmit antenna selection

Wireless communication devices (ues) may include multiple receive (rx) chains and associated antennas, and at least one transmit (tx) chain co-located with one of the rx chains. The ue may track instant fading of the antenna gain(s) during reception of packets from an associated access point (ap) device to which the ue intends to transmit packets. ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180006621

Metadata for ducking control

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

01/04/18 / #20180006619

Radio frequency system switching power amplifier systems and methods

Systems and method for improving operation of a radio frequency system are provided. One embodiment includes a switching power amplifier that outputs an amplified analog electrical signal based on an input electrical signal and voltage of an envelope voltage supply rail. ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180005579

System and method for voltage sensing for compensation in an electronic display via analog front end

An electronic device includes display circuitry with a source amplifier and a data line that drives signals provided by the source amplifier. Additionally, the display circuitry includes pixels, where each pixel includes a diode, and a scan thin-film-transistor (tft) that selectively couples the pixels with the data line, based upon a scan control signal. ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180005578

System and method for external pixel compensation

An electronic device includes a display panel. The display panel includes a number of pixels, each of which includes a driving thin-film-transistor (tft) and a light-emitting diode. ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180005562

Noise reduction in led sensing circuit for electronic display

Systems, methods, and devices are provided to reduce noise present in sensing circuits used for calibrating light emitting diodes (e.g., organic light emitting diodes) in electronic display devices. Such a system may include a display that renders image data using self-emissive pixels. ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180005517

Handheld electronic devices with remote control functionality and gesture recognition

Handheld electronic devices are provided that have remote control functionality and gesture recognition features. The handheld electronic device may have remote control functionality in addition to cellular telephone, music player, or handheld computer functionality. ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180005352

Image data conversion

Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to an apparatus for converting image data from a bayer format image to a four-plane image format using two memory channels. An example apparatus includes an interface for receiving the bayer image including repeating pixel groups, where each pixel group includes a first pixel type, a second pixel type, a third pixel type, and a fourth pixel type. ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180005344

Configurable convolution engine

Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a configurable convolution engine that receives configuration information to perform convolution or its variant operations on streaming input data of various formats. To process streaming input data, input data of multiple channels are received and stored in an input buffer circuit in an interleaved manner. ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180005316

Linked user accounts

Separate user accounts can be linked into a group of linked user accounts so that content items assigned to each of the user accounts can be accessed by each user account in the group. Linking user accounts in this way allows the individual user accounts to share content items while also retaining their individual properties such as username, password, preference data, etc. ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180005078

Configurable histogram-of-oriented gradients (hog) processor

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

01/04/18 / #20180005010

Tile image based scanning for head position for eye and gaze tracking

An eye tracking method comprising: capturing image data by an image sensor; determining a region of interest as a subarea or disconnected subareas of said sensor which is to be read out from said sensor to perform an eye tracking based on the read out image data; wherein said determining said region of interest comprises: a) initially reading out only a part of the area of said sensor; b) searching the image data of said initially read out part for one or more features representing the eye position and/or the head position of a subject to be tracked; c) if said search for one or more features has been successful, determining the region of interest based on the location of the successfully searched one or more features, and d) if said search for one or more features has not been successful, reading out a further part of said sensor to perform a search for one or more features representing the eye position and/or the head position based on said further part.. . ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180004759

Methods and systems for managing data

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

01/04/18 / #20180004747

Prefetching accessory data

In some implementations, a coordinator device can prefetch images from a camera accessory in response to receiving a doorbell event notification from a doorbell accessory. For example, the coordinator device can prefetch an image in response to receiving a doorbell event notification from a doorbell accessory so that the captured image is contemporaneous with the doorbell event and to avoid making multiple subsequent requests for the same image from the camera accessory when multiple user devices request the captured image. ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180004340

System and method for variable frame duration control in an electronic display

Devices and methods for improving image quality and decreasing power consumption of an electronic display are provided. The electronic device includes a display panel including a plurality of pixels configured to display an image, and to operate at multiple refresh rates. ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180004077

Integrated light pipe for optical projection

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

01/04/18 / #20180003855

Wrist-detection algorithm

Algorithms for detecting whether a device is properly secured to a user's skin are described. The operation of a device, such as a wearable device, can be adjusted based on whether the device is properly secured to a user's skin (e.g., on-wrist) or not properly secured to the user's skin (e.g., off-wrist). ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180003803

Optical systems for remote sensing receivers

Optical systems that may, for example, be used in remote sensing systems, for example in systems that implement combining laser pulse transmission in lidar and that include dual transmit and receive systems. A dual receiver system may include a receiver including an optical system with a relatively small aperture and wide field of view for capturing reflected light from short-range (e.g., <20 meters) objects, and a receiver that includes an optical system with a relatively large aperture and small field of view for capturing reflected light from long-range (e.g., >20 meters) objects. ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180003370

Enclosure for lighting systems

The present disclosure relates to the field of lighting systems. The collective dissipation of heat by various components of lighting systems, inside a conventional single compartment enclosure, raises the temperature of each of the components, resulting in damage and reduction in the life of the components. ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180003368

Connection mechanism

The present disclosure is related to the field of mechanical engineering. In particular, the present disclosure relates to the field of connection mechanisms. ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180003183

Shrouded fan impeller with reduced cover overlap

The described embodiments relate to improving efficiency of a low-profile cooling fan. In one embodiment, an impeller of the cooling fan includes a shroud which covers a central portion of the impeller, thereby allowing a central inlet portion of the blades to have an increased fan blade height when compared to a cooling fan constrained by minimum part tolerances between the fan blades and a portion of the fan housing. ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180002959

Tool-less hinge mechanism

The present disclosure envisages a tool-less hinge mechanism for coupling a first element and a second element. The tool-less hinge mechanism comprises at least one lug integrally extending from one of the first element and the second element, and at least one loop integrally extending from remaining one of the first element and the second element. ... Apple Inc

01/04/18 / #20180001734

Climate control

Some embodiments provide a vehicle climate control system for controlling climate conditions in various cabin regions of a vehicle cabin, where the climate control system is configured to control one or more vehicle components to change the set of climate conditions associated with one or more cabin regions to approximate a set of optimal comfort conditions. The climate control system controls various vehicle components to control climate conditions, including window assemblies, sunroof assemblies, etc. ... Apple Inc








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