Apple Patent Applications

CONNECTOR RECEPTACLE HAVING A SHIELD

Granted: August 17, 2017
Application Number: 20170237202
Connector systems may include a connector receptacle and connector plug or insert. The connector receptacle may include a tongue. A first plurality of contacts may be formed on a top surface of the tongue. A first ground pad may be located on a top surface of tongue, and a shield may be formed around the tongue. The connector insert may include a housing and a conductive shield around the housing behind a leading edge of the connector insert. A front edge of the shield may be folded into…

SIMPLIFIED CONNECTOR RECEPTACLE HOUSINGS

Granted: August 17, 2017
Application Number: 20170237213
Structures, methods, and apparatus that provide connector receptacles that have a reduced tendency to scratch and otherwise mar connector inserts, have an aesthetically-pleasing appearance, and have an improved tactile response when inserts are inserted. Various examples reduce scratches and wear by utilizing domes, cylinders, balls, or other structures as finger contacts in a connector receptacle. Another example provides aesthetically-pleasing connector receptacle enclosures by forming…

CALIBRATION OF A PRIMARY PEDOMETER DEVICE USING A SECONDARY PEDOMETER DEVICE

Granted: August 10, 2017
Application Number: 20170227375
An electronic pedometer device can be calibrated using other pedometer devices that the user happens to be wearing. For example, a first pedometer can be incorporated into a device wearable on a first portion of a user's body (e.g., the wrist) while a second pedometer is incorporated into a device wearable on another portion of the user's body (e.g., the waist). The pedometer devices can communicate with each other to initiate a calibration period, during which data regarding measured…

MIRROR TILT ACTUATION

Granted: August 10, 2017
Application Number: 20170227785
Some embodiments include an image sensor and a zoom lens assembly including a plurality of movable lens elements arranged to be moved independent of one another. In some embodiments, the plurality of movable lens elements share an optical axis. Some embodiments include a lens and mirror assembly for admitting light to the miniature camera. The lens and mirror assembly includes a folded optics arrangement such that light enters the lens and mirror assembly through a first lens with an…

METHOD FOR CREATING A VIRTUAL ACOUSTIC STEREO SYSTEM WITH AN UNDISTORTED ACOUSTIC CENTER

Granted: August 10, 2017
Application Number: 20170230772
A system and method are described for transforming stereo signals into mid and side components xm and xs to apply processing to only the side-component xs and avoid processing the mid-component. By avoiding alteration to the mid-component XM, the system and method may reduce the effects of ill-conditioning, such as coloration that may be caused by processing a problematic mid component xM while still performing crosstalk cancellation and/or generating virtual sound sources. Additional…

LOCATION SERVICE AUTHORIZATION AND INDICATION

Granted: August 10, 2017
Application Number: 20170230787
An application can specify a location service authorization type to be enforced by a mobile device. After the user authorizes the location service through an authorization dialog, the application can receive location service according to the authorization type. A first authorization type allows the application to receive continuous location updates and location events from a location service on the mobile device only when the application is in use. A second authorization type allows the…

INTERACTION-AWARE ADVERTISING FOR MINIMIZING BANNER BLINDNESS

Granted: August 3, 2017
Application Number: 20170221106
Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for interaction-aware advertising to minimize banner blindness. First, the system concurrently displays, via a graphical user interface, an advertisement and application content. Next, the system detects a user interaction with the application content. Based on the user interaction, the system then locks the advertisement within a viewable area of display for concurrent display at the graphical user interface with a…

GROUND BAR FOR MICRO-COAXIAL WIRES IN HDMI CABLES

Granted: August 3, 2017
Application Number: 20170221604
Cable assemblies that may convey high speed signals while providing reduced signal noise, radiation, and susceptibility to interference. These and other examples may be readily manufactured. These and other examples may provide cables having a reduced thickness.

Always On Compass Calibration System and Methods

Granted: July 27, 2017
Application Number: 20170211936
A method for performing continuous calibration of a magnetometer in a device includes during operation of a device, continually performing magnetometer measurements; continuously determining a state of the device; determining a magnetometer calibration model based on the magnetometer measurements and the state of the device; continually evaluating an accuracy of the magnetometer calibration model based the magnetometer measurements and the state of the device; and updating the…

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING AND CONNECTING TO WI-FI NETWORKS

Granted: July 27, 2017
Application Number: 20170215128
An apparatus and methods are provided for automatically detecting and connecting to a Wi-Fi network. In these methods, a wireless device listens for beacons that are sent using a low-power wireless protocol. Once the wireless device detects a first beacon at a first location, the wireless device extracts a first beacon region identifier from the beacon and correlates the first beacon region identifier with a first Wi-Fi network that is located at the first location. Next, the wireless…

NARROW BORDER TOUCH SCREEN

Granted: July 13, 2017
Application Number: 20170199618
A touch screen is disclosed that includes conductive elements in a display area and connecting traces for routing the conductive elements to other locations. The connecting traces can be routed underneath or over existing opaque structures in the display area, instead of in border areas adjacent to the display area, to minimize the effect of the connecting traces on the display aperture ratio. The lengths and/or widths of these connecting traces as well as the number of parallel…

WORKFLOW WIDGETS

Granted: July 13, 2017
Application Number: 20170199633
Systems, methods, computer-readable mediums, user interfaces and other implementations are disclosed for workflow widgets. In some implementations, a widget workflow method includes: launching a widget at a first device; and updating the widget with content created at a second device.

BATTERY CHARGING SYSTEM AND MOBILE AND ACCESSORY DEVICES

Granted: July 13, 2017
Application Number: 20170200988
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…

SECURE WIRELESS COMMUNICATION BETWEEN CONTROLLERS AND ACCESSORIES

Granted: July 13, 2017
Application Number: 20170201499
A controller and an accessory controllable by the controller can communicate using secure read and write procedures. The procedures can include encrypting identifiers of accessory characteristics targeted by a read or write operation as well as any data being read or written. The procedures can also include the accessory returning a cryptographically signed response verifying receipt and execution of the read or write instruction. In some instances, a write procedure can be implemented…

DYNAMIC CONNECTION PATH DETECTION AND SELECTION FOR WIRELESS CONTROLLERS AND ACCESSORIES

Granted: July 13, 2017
Application Number: 20170201942
Controllers can communicate with accessories using various paths, such as a wireless communication path. A controller can maintain reachability information for each accessory indicating the path(s) via which the accessory is currently reachable. Maintaining the reachability information can include scanning to detect broadcasts from the accessories and updating the reachability information based on the results of scanning. Scanning parameters such as scan interval and scan duration can be…

BATTERY PACK SYSTEM

Granted: July 6, 2017
Application Number: 20170194618
An improved battery pack and system including such battery pack is disclosed. The battery pack includes a power control module positioned to allow for increased battery power or reduced battery pack size.

STATION CREATION

Granted: July 6, 2017
Application Number: 20170195388
Systems and methods for creating stations by adding new media streams are provided. A system and method can include a graphical interface having a group of graphical elements associated with remotely stored media streams, and an initiation object for adding new media streams. Input corresponding to a selection of the initiation object to display new stream options can be received. Input corresponding to a selection of a new stream option can be received. A selection indication of an…

USING A PLURALITY OF BUFFERS TO PROVIDE AUDIO FOR SYNCHRONIZED PLAYBACK TO MULTIPLE AUDIO DEVICES HAVING SEPARATE DEVICE CLOCKS

Granted: June 29, 2017
Application Number: 20170185374
According to one embodiment, a media system communicates with an aggregate device that includes multiple media output devices. When providing media data for presentation, the system adjusts for device clock drift by resampling the media data provided to a media output device based at least in part on a device clock rate difference between a device clock of one of the media output devices and a device clock of another of the media output devices.

LOCATION-ASSISTED SERVICE CAPABILITY MONITORING

Granted: June 29, 2017
Application Number: 20170188331
A digitally stored map can indicate the signal quality for each of the map's regions. A device can determine its location, speed, and direction using global positioning system (GPS) and other sensors. Based on this information, the mobile device can predict a field of locations within which the device will probably be located within a specified future time frame. Based on both the information indicating signal quality and the probable future field of locations, the device can estimate a…

MASTER DEVICE FOR USING CONNECTION ATTRIBUTE OF ELECTRONIC ACCESSORIES CONNECTIONS TO FACILITATE LOCATING AN ACCESSORY

Granted: June 29, 2017
Application Number: 20170188405
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. A location of the master electronic device can be determined at the master electronic device. The location can be stored at the master electronic…