Apple Patent Applications

DETECTING CONTROLLERS IN VEHICLES USING WEARABLE DEVICES

Granted: March 23, 2017
Application Number: 20170082649
In one aspect, the present disclosure relates to a method, including determining, by a wearable device, receiving, by a wearable device, motion information from a motion sensor of the wearable device, determining, by the wearable device using the motion information, that a vehicle is turning, and determining, by the wearable device using the motion information when the vehicle is turning, that a user of the wearable device is controlling the vehicle.

CPP-GMR Sensor for Electronic Compass

Granted: March 23, 2017
Application Number: 20170082698
CPP-GMR sensors and methods for making them are disclosed. In an implementation, a CPP-GMR sensor comprises: a substrate; an antiferromagnetic (AFM) layer formed on the substrate; a magnetic pin layer formed on the AFM layer; a first wire electrically coupled to the pin layer; a non-magnetic spacer layer formed on the pin layer, the spacer layer insulated from the first wire by electrical insulation material; a sensing layer formed on the spacer layer; a protective layer formed on the…

VENUE-BASED REAL-TIME CROWD MODELING AND FORECASTING

Granted: March 23, 2017
Application Number: 20170083647
Crowds of people within an environment can be modeled in real time. A multitude of mobile devices located within an environment can periodically transmit their geographical locations over networks to a remote server. The remote server can use these geographical locations to generate a current real-time model of a crowd of people who possess the mobile devices that transmitted the geographical locations. The remote server can transmit the model over networks back to the mobile devices.…

PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE CONNECTOR

Granted: March 23, 2017
Application Number: 20170085020
In various embodiments, an affixing structure of a connector is configured to attach to an affixing structure interface of a portable electronic device that is configured to also couple to an attachment member. A connector plug including conductors coupled to an electrical conduit is coupled to the affixing structure. The conductors are configured to electrically connect to one or more electric components of the portable electronic device and the electrical conduit is configured to…

INSTANT VIDEO COMMUNICATION CONNECTIONS

Granted: March 23, 2017
Application Number: 20170085836
Computing devices may implement instant video communication connections for video communications. Connection information for mobile computing devices may be maintained. A request to initiate an instant video communication may be received, and if authorized, the connection information for the particular recipient mobile computing device may be accessed. Video communication data may then be sent to the recipient mobile computing device according to the connection information so that the…

AUGMENTED REALITY MAPS

Granted: March 16, 2017
Application Number: 20170074675
A user points a handheld communication device to capture and display a real-time video stream. The handheld communication device detects geographic position, camera direction, and tilt of the image capture device. The user sends a search request to a server for nearby points of interest. The handheld communication device receives search results based on the search request, geographic position, camera direction, and tilt of the handheld communication device. The handheld communication…

APP RECOMMENDATION USING CROWD-SOURCED LOCALIZED APP USAGE DATA

Granted: March 16, 2017
Application Number: 20170075910
Applications may be tagged with location data when they are used. Mobile device may anonymously submit application usage data. Aggregated application usage data from many mobile devices may be analyzed to determine applications that are particularly relevant to a given location (i.e., exhibiting a high degree of localization). Analysis may include determining the application usage intensity, whether hotspots exist or not at a given location, the spatial entropy of a particular…

ACOUSTIC ASSEMBLY FOR AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Granted: March 16, 2017
Application Number: 20170078777
A portable electronic device may have acoustic ports such as microphone and speaker ports. Acoustic devices such as microphones and speakers may be associated with the acoustic ports. An acoustic port may have an opening between an interior and exterior of the portable electronic device. The opening may be covered by a metal mesh. An acoustic fabric may be interposed between the metal mesh and the opening. The opening may be formed from a hole in a glass member having outer and inner…

EARBUDS WITH BIOMETRIC SENSING

Granted: March 16, 2017
Application Number: 20170078780
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. In some embodiments, the housing of the earbud can be symmetric so that the earbud can be worn interchangeably in either a left or a right ear of a user. In such an embodiment, the earbud can include a sensor and circuitry configured to determine and alter operation of the…

EARBUDS WITH BIOMETRIC SENSING

Granted: March 16, 2017
Application Number: 20170078781
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. In some embodiments, the housing of the earbud can be symmetric so that the earbud can be worn interchangeably in either a left or a right ear of a user. In such an embodiment, the earbud can include a sensor and circuitry configured to determine and alter operation of the…

EARBUDS WITH BIOMETRIC SENSING

Granted: March 16, 2017
Application Number: 20170078785
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. In some embodiments, the housing of the earbud can be symmetric so that the earbud can be worn interchangeably in either a left or a right ear of a user. In such an embodiment, the earbud can include a sensor and circuitry configured to determine and alter operation of the…

MANAGING CONNECTIONS OF A USER DEVICE

Granted: March 16, 2017
Application Number: 20170078786
Systems, methods, and computer-readable medium are provided for managing connections of user devices. For example, two source devices may be configured to maintain a data stream with one another. The data stream may enable the two source devices to identify one or more connections between each other and at least a third device. In response to receiving an event that indicates content to be provided to the third device, the data stream may be used by the source devices to configure their…

Pedometer With Lag Correction

Granted: March 9, 2017
Application Number: 20170067933
Systems, methods and computer-readable storage mediums are disclosed for a pedometer with lag correction. In some implementations, a method comprises: determining, by a first pedometer of an electronic device, a first step count based on sensor data provided by a motion sensor of the electronic device; determining, by a second pedometer of the electronic device, a second step count based on a window of the sensor data; responsive to determining that a step was detected by the second…

GNSS POSITIONING USING THREE-DIMENSIONAL BUILDING MODELS

Granted: March 9, 2017
Application Number: 20170067999
Techniques for GNSS positioning using three-dimensional (3D) building models are described. A processor of a mobile device can determine a lower bound of uncertainty for an estimated position of the mobile device. The processor can receive an estimated position from a GNSS receiver of the mobile device. The processor can acquire geographic feature data including 3D building models of buildings and other geographic features that are located near the estimated position and may reflect GNSS…

PIN ALIGNMENT AND PROTECTION IN COMBINED CONNECTOR RECEPTACLES

Granted: March 9, 2017
Application Number: 20170070007
Combined connector receptacles that provide isolation between individual connector receptacles and have structures arranged to reduce or eliminate damage to through-hole contact portions during insertion of the combined connector into a board.

POWER REMOVAL MONITOR CIRCUIT FOR INTERFACE DISCONNECT DETECT

Granted: March 9, 2017
Application Number: 20170070010
Circuits, methods, and apparatus that may compensate for an incompatibility between connection detection schemes used by different interface circuits for different connector receptacles. One example may provide an active pull-down that normally provides a pull-down resistor and provides an open circuit for a period of time following a disconnection of an interface from a cable.

ADAPTER

Granted: March 9, 2017
Application Number: 20170070019
Adapters that are small in size and may be readily assembled.

WIRELESS CHARGER FOR AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Granted: March 9, 2017
Application Number: 20170070076
A wireless charger includes a base having a base opening and an interior cavity defined by upper and lower shells and an inner sidewall extending between the upper and lower shells to define the base opening. An aperture is formed through the inner sidewall between the interior cavity and the base opening and a hinge is connected to the base within the interior cavity and extends through the aperture. The charger further includes a wireless charging assembly pivotably attached to the…

HINGE ASSEMBLY FOR A WIRELESS CHARGER

Granted: March 9, 2017
Application Number: 20170070077
A wireless charger for an electronic device. The charger includes a base having a base opening and an interior cavity defined by an upper shell, a lower shell and an inner sidewall extending between the upper and lower shells to define the base opening. An aperture is formed through the inner sidewall between the interior cavity and the base opening and a hinge is connected to the base within the interior cavity and extends through the aperture. The charger further includes a wireless…

Multicast in Multi-User Transmissions

Granted: March 9, 2017
Application Number: 20170070418
Disclosed herein are system, method, and computer program product embodiments for selectively decoding a multicast subframe in a multi-user frame for a wireless communications protocol. Embodiments include transmitting a request frame including a multicast group address for a multicast group to an access point (AP). The AP can determine a multicast identifier for the multicast group based on the multicast group address in the request frame. The AP can also transmit a response frame…