Apple Patent Grants

Peek mode and graphical user interface (GUI) experience

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9575555
A tablet device determines a spatial relationship between the tablet device and a protective cover. The tablet device operates in accordance with the spatial relationship.

Methods and apparatuses for operating a portable device based on an accelerometer

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9575569
Methods and apparatuses for operating a portable device based on an accelerometer are described. According to one embodiment of the invention, an accelerometer attached to a portable device detects a movement of the portable device. In response, a machine executable code is executed within the portable device to perform one or more predetermined user configurable operations. Other methods and apparatuses are also described.

Stylus with touch sensor

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9575573
A stylus may have an elongated body with opposing ends. Electronic equipment may have a touch sensor that receives electromagnetic signals from one or more electrodes. The stylus may have a touch sensor on the elongated body. The touch sensor on the body may have electrodes that gather touch input and optional force input when the fingers of a user touch the stylus. The touch input may include touch gestures in which a user's fingers move along the length of the stylus and may include…

Electronic device with noise-cancelling force sensor

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9575588
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. The layer of material on which the strain gauge is mounted may be configured to flex in response to pressure applied by a finger of a user. The strain gauge may serve as a button for the electronic device or may form part of other input circuitry. A…

Reduced-size interfaces for managing alerts

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9575591
An electronic device with a display can receive an alert comprising information, and in response to receiving the alert, issue a perceptual output. The device can detect a user input and determine whether the user input was detected within a predetermined time interval after the perceptual output. In accordance with a determination that the user input was detected within the predetermined time interval, the device can display a notification on the display, wherein the notification…

Capacitive sensor packaging

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9576178
An apparatus comprises a fingerprint sensor having a set of capacitive elements configured for capacitively coupling to a user fingerprint. The fingerprint sensor may be disposed under a control button or display element of an electronic device, for example one or more of a control button and a display component. A responsive element is responsive to proximity of the user fingerprint, for example one or both of a first circuit responsive to motion of the control button, and a second…

Framework for graphics animation and compositing operations

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9576388
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. The application commits state changes of the layers of the layer tree. The application does not need to include explicit code for animating the changes to the layers. Instead,…

Avatar editing environment

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9576400
An avatar editing environment is disclosed that allows users to create custom avatars for use in online games and other applications. Starting with a blank face the user can add, rescale and position different elements (e.g., eyes, nose, mouth) on the blank face. The user can also change the shape of the avatar's face, the avatar's skin color and the color of all the elements. In some implementations, touch input and gestures can be used to manually edit the avatar. Various controls can…

Context-sensitive handling of interruptions by intelligent digital assistant

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9576574
Methods and systems related to intelligent interruption handling by digital assistants are disclosed. In some embodiments, a first information provision process is initiated in response to a first speech input. The first information provision process comprises preparing a first response and a second response to the first speech input. After or concurrent with the provision of the first response to the user, but before provision of the second response to the user, an event operable to…

Close-talk detector for personal listening device with adaptive active noise control

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9576588
A close-talk detector detects a near-end user's speech signal, while an adaptive ANC process is running, and in response helps prevent the filter coefficients of an adaptive filter of the ANC process from being corrupted, thereby reducing the risk of the adaptive filters diverge. Upon detecting speech using a vibration sensor signal and one or more microphone signals, the detector asserts a signal that slows down, or even freezes or halts, the adaptation of the adaptive filter. The…

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

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9578173
Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for utilizing a virtual assistant to assist a user with a communication session between the user and a third party service. A user can use a communication application to enter a message directed to the virtual assistant and request assistance to communicate with a 3rd party service. In response, the virtual assistant can access a set of communication instructions associated with the 3rd party service. The…

Comb drive and leaf spring camera actuator

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9578218
An actuator package includes a base frame member and an image sensor. The actuator package further includes a plurality of comb drive actuators affixed to the base frame member by a plurality of respective electrically conductive leaf spring flexures. The respective electrically conductive leaf spring flexures provide an electrical current conductive path between the image sensor and conductors mounted on the base frame member, and the plurality of comb drive actuators is arranged to…

Mass loaded earbud with vent chamber

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9578412
Intra-concha earphones are disclosed. In an embodiment, an intra-concha earphone includes a housing having a rear space divided into a back volume, a bass duct, and a vent chamber between a driver and a rear wall. The vent chamber may be acoustically coupled with the back volume through both an acoustic port and the bass duct. Furthermore, the vent chamber may be acoustically coupled with a surrounding environment through a vent port, which may be a sole acoustic opening in the rear…

High speed overlay mode for burst data and real time streaming (audio) applications

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9578447
A wireless communication system for demodulating data packets includes an interface circuit and a modem circuit. The interface circuit may receive a data packet, and the demodulator circuit may demodulate a first part of the data packet by dispreading only selected data bits in the data packet. The demodulator circuit may separately process at least a data payload portion of the data packet without dispreading.

Paging for circuit switched fallback (CSFB) in long term evolution (LTE) connected mode

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9578571
Methods, apparatuses and computer readable media are described that analyze and communicate signaling messages between a mobile wireless device and a wireless access network to realize a circuit switched fallback (CSFB) procedure when the mobile wireless device is initially in a radio resource control connected mode with the wireless network. A set of information elements of a paging message is analyzed, and based on contents of the set of information elements and an internal state of…

Table

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: D779244

Electronic device

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: D779484

Cover

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: D779485

Keyboard

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: D779489

Keyboard

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: D779490