Apple Patent Applications

MANAGING USER INFORMATON - BACKGROUND PROCESSING

Granted: May 25, 2017
Application Number: 20170147757
Systems, methods, and computer-readable medium are provided for managing user information. For example, subscription information may be received from an application that identifies a data type associated with information of a user. The application may be launched as a background process at least in response to receipt of a portion of the information that corresponds to the data type. In some examples, the application may be relaunched as the background process at least until receipt of a…

FACILITATING ACCESS TO LOCATION-SPECIFIC INFORMATION USING WIRELESS DEVICES

Granted: May 25, 2017
Application Number: 20170150305
A host device (e.g., mobile device) and a wearable device can cooperate to provide location-specific information to a user. For example, a host device can maintain a store of location-specific information records. When the host device detects that its current location corresponds to a relevant location for one of the records, the host device can send the record (or a portion thereof) to a paired wearable device. The wearable device can present information content from the record to a…

CONNECTOR INSERT ASSEMBLY

Granted: May 18, 2017
Application Number: 20170141522
Connector inserts having retention features with good reliability and holding force. These connector inserts may include ground contacts that provide an insertion portion having a reduced length. These connector inserts may be reliable, have an attractive appearance, and be readily manufactured.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPLAY MIRRORING

Granted: May 11, 2017
Application Number: 20170131963
A computing system that supports the use of multiple displays in display mirroring mode and extended display mode may automatically determine a display mode in which to configure the system (with little or no user input) based on various characteristics of the displays in the system. For example, the system may determine that a television, projector, or other presentation type display is connected in the system, and in response, may determine that the system should be configured in a…

SURFACE CONNECTOR WITH SILICONE SPRING MEMBER

Granted: May 11, 2017
Application Number: 20170133785
Contact structures for devices, where contacts in the contact structures may provide a sufficient normal force to provide a good electrical connection with corresponding contacts while consuming a minimal amount of surface area, depth, and volume in a device, and where the contact structures may prevent or limit the ingress of fluid or debris into the device. On example may provide a contact structure having a frame. The frame may be arranged to be placed in an opening in a device…

FLEXIBLE AND BREAKAWAY MECHNISIMS FOR CONNECTIONS

Granted: May 11, 2017
Application Number: 20170133787
Connectors that are able to withstand force and are easy to manufacture. The connectors may include connecting portions that may move relative to other portions of the connectors to absorb force. The connectors may be designed to partially break in order to protect devices that may be connected to. The connectors may be further designed to break in a controlled manner to prevent springs or other components that may be under compression from being dislodged from the connectors.

CONNECTOR ILLUMINATION FOR INSERTION IN LOW-LIGHT CONDITIONS

Granted: May 11, 2017
Application Number: 20170133792
Connector systems that may facilitate the insertion of connector inserts into connector receptacles, may eliminate the need for dedicated contacts to detect a connection, and may provide connector inserts that are rotatable even when the functions of the contacts on the connector inserts are not symmetrical.

HIGH-SPEED CONNECTOR INSERTS AND CABLES

Granted: May 11, 2017
Application Number: 20170133798
High speed connector inserts and cables having improved heat conduction, high strength, and may be manufactured in a reliable manner. One example may provide a connector insert having several paths by which heat may be removed from circuitry in the cable insert. In one example, heat may be removed from one or more circuits by forming a thermal path between a circuit and a shield of the connector insert. Another path may include one or more pads on a side of an integrated circuit board…

HIGH-SPEED CONNECTOR SYSTEM

Granted: May 11, 2017
Application Number: 20170133799
Connector receptacles that may have a desired form factor to fit in a stylized device enclosure. These stylized connector receptacles and corresponding connector inserts may also be capable of high-speed performance. Examples may also provide circuitry for these connector inserts and connector receptacles that support these high speeds.

ILLUMINATED PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARDS FOR CONNECTORS

Granted: May 11, 2017
Application Number: 20170133800
Connectors that may provide illumination at an opening in order to facilitate the mating to a corresponding connector by a user. The illumination may be generated on a tongue of a connector insert or in a connector receptacle. For connector receptacles, illumination may be guided to illuminate an opening of the connector receptacle, it may be guided out of a front edge of a tongue in the connector receptacle, or it may be guided in other directions. For connector inserts, illumination…

CONTACT CORROSION MITIGATION

Granted: May 4, 2017
Application Number: 20170124010
Methods, structures, and apparatus that limit the amount of dendritic growth and metal migration between contacts in order to prevent an erroneous detection of a connection and/or functional failure. One example may reduce dendritic growth and metal migration by limiting an amount of time that a connection detection voltage is applied to CC contacts of a USB Type-C connector when an electronic device is detecting a connection. This and other examples may further limit dendritic growth by…

HYDROPHOBIC MESH COVER

Granted: May 4, 2017
Application Number: 20170127163
A screen having a hydrophobic portion to resist the entry of liquid into an acoustic module and a hydrophilic portion to aid in the removal of liquid from an acoustic chamber is described. The screen is placed in an orifice in the acoustic module between the external environment and the internal acoustic chamber.

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO REUSE WIRELESS CIRCUITRY FOR MULTIPLE SUBSCRIBER IDENTITIES IN A WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE

Granted: May 4, 2017
Application Number: 20170127217
Apparatus and methods to reuse wireless circuitry to communicate with multiple wireless networks to support multiple subscriber identities in a wireless communication device are disclosed. A representative method includes receiving signaling messages for a second subscriber identity from a second wireless network while connected to a first wireless network for a first subscriber identity. A portion of radio frequency wireless circuitry is reconfigured to communicate with the second…

LENS SYSTEM

Granted: April 27, 2017
Application Number: 20170115471
Compact narrow angle lens systems that may be used in small form factor cameras. The lens system may include six lens elements with refractive power, and may provide lower F-numbers while maintaining or improving imaging quality and package size when compared to other compact lens systems. Total track length of the lens system may be 6.5 millimeters or less, for example 5.9 or 6 millimeters. Focal length of the lens system may be 7.0 millimeters or less, for example 6.6 millimeters. The…

INDUCTIVE THREE-AXIS LENS POSITION MEASUREMENT USING AF AND OIS COILS

Granted: April 27, 2017
Application Number: 20170118408
Some embodiments include a camera of a mobile computing device. In some embodiments, the camera includes an autofocus coil for moving a lens module, a plurality of optical image stabilization coils, a driver circuit element, connected to the autofocus coil, for passing an alternating current waveform through the autofocus coil, and one or more measurement circuit elements, connected to respective ones of the plurality of the optical image stabilization coils, for measuring changes…

BATTERY CHARGING SYSTEM AND MOBILE AND ACCESSORY DEVICES

Granted: April 20, 2017
Application Number: 20170110890
Various embodiments of the present invention are directed at a method and system for recharging batteries for wireless electronic devices. According to one embodiment, a battery charging and monitoring system is disclosed. The system includes a host machine providing a plurality of charging slots and a plurality of wireless devices coupled to and powered by a plurality of batteries. The host machine is adapted to communicate with the plurality of wireless devices through a plurality of…

BATTERY CHARGING SYSTEM AND MOBILE AND ACCESSORY DEVICES

Granted: April 20, 2017
Application Number: 20170110891
Various embodiments of the present invention are directed at a method and system for recharging batteries for wireless electronic devices. According to one embodiment, a battery charging and monitoring system is disclosed. The system includes a host machine providing a plurality of charging slots and a plurality of wireless devices coupled to and powered by a plurality of batteries. The host machine is adapted to communicate with the plurality of wireless devices through a plurality of…

MEDIATED DATA EXCHANGE FOR SANDBOXED APPLICATIONS

Granted: April 13, 2017
Application Number: 20170102975
The described embodiments include a computing device that executes a broker application. The broker application performs a mediated data exchange to exchange data between a first sandboxed application and a second application. For example, the broker application can import data from the second application into the first sandboxed application. As another example, the broker application can export data from the first sandboxed application into the second application.

DIRECTIVITY OPTIMIZED SOUND REPRODUCTION

Granted: April 13, 2017
Application Number: 20170105084
An audio system is described that receives a piece of sound program content for playback from a content distribution system. The piece of sound program content may include a multi-channel dialogue signal and a combined multi-channel music and effects signal. The audio system may determine a first set of directivity patterns for the multi-channel dialogue signal and a second set of directivity patterns for the combined multi-channel music and effects signal. The first set of directivity…

Management of User Interface Elements in a Display Environment

Granted: April 6, 2017
Application Number: 20170097744
A widget manager facilitates management of widgets in a dashboard layer. Management functions can include enablement, preview, importation, exportation, organization, installation, deletion, acquisition, etc.