Apple Patent Grants

Determining domain salience ranking from ambiguous words in natural speech

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9734193
Systems and processes for identifying relevant domains for user inputs that include one or more ambiguous words are disclosed. The ambiguous words include words that may or may not refer to a named entity, such as a song, movie, book, etc. In one example, a textual representation of user speech can be received and processed to identify a candidate named entity. The possible parts of speech of the candidate named entity can be determined and compared to a predetermined set of parts of…

Methods for restricting resources used by an application based on a base profile and an application specific profile

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9734327
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. A security profile specifically for the application is created based on the…

Finger biometric sensor including capacitance change sensing pressure sensing circuit and related methods

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9734380
A finger biometric sensor may include a lower conductive layer, an upper conductive layer, and a spacer between the lower and upper conductive layers to define an air gap therebetween. The finger biometric sensor may also include a finger biometric sensing integrated circuit (IC) above the upper conductive layer and capable of deflecting the upper conductive layer toward the lower conductive layer to change a capacitance thereof based upon pressure applied to the finger biometric sensing…

Long term object tracker

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9734587
In some implementations, a computing device can track an object from a first image frame to a second image frame using a self-correcting tracking method. The computing device can select points of interest in the first image frame. The computing device can track the selected points of interest from the first image frame to the second image frame using optical flow object tracking. The computing device can prune the matching pairs of points and generate a transform based on the remaining…

Organic light emitting diode displays with reduced leakage current

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9734756
An electronic device may be provided with an organic light-emitting diode display. The display may include row driver circuitry that provides an emission control signal at an output terminal to display pixels. The emission control signals may enable or disable light emission by the pixels. The row driver circuitry may include a bootstrapping capacitor that stores charge for boosting a gate signal at an intermediate node for a pull-up transistor above a power supply voltage. The row…

Displays with high impedance gate driver circuitry

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9734783
A touch screen display may include gate line driver circuitry coupled to a display pixel array. The display may be provided with intra-frame pausing (IFP) capabilities, where touch or other operations may be performed during one or more intra-frame blanking intervals. In one suitable arrangement, a gate driver may be operable in a high impedance mode, where the output of the gate driver is left floating during touch or IFP intervals. In another suitable arrangement, the gate driver may…

Speech recognition wake-up of a handheld portable electronic device

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9734830
A system and method for parallel speech recognition processing of multiple audio signals produced by multiple microphones in a handheld portable electronic device. In one embodiment, a primary processor transitions to a power-saving mode while an auxiliary processor remains active. The auxiliary processor then monitors the speech of a user of the device to detect a wake-up command by speech recognition processing the audio signals in parallel. When the auxiliary processor detects the…

Cableless battery integration

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9735528
An interposer for electrically coupling a battery-management circuit board in a power supply and a motherboard is described. The interposer includes: a substrate having a top surface and a bottom surface; first spring connectors, disposed on the top surface, which electrically couple to the battery-management circuit board; and second spring connectors, disposed on the bottom surface and electrically coupled to the first spring connectors, which electrically couple to the motherboard.…

Techniques for advanced chroma processing

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736335
Image and video processing techniques are disclosed for processing components of a color space individually by determining limits for each component based on the relationship between each component in a color space. These limits may then be used to clip each component such that the component values are within the determined range for that component. In this manner, more efficient processing of images and/or video may be achieved.

Capacative auto focus position detection

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736345
Some embodiments include an electrically conductive capacitor plate mounted to a chassis supporting an actuator using one or more suspension wires. In some embodiments, the first electrically conductive capacitor plate is electrically connected with an electrically conductive coil of the actuator. Some embodiments include the electrically conductive coil. In some embodiments, a capacitance between the first electrically conductive capacitor plate and the electrically conductive coil…

Generation of patterned radiation

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736459
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…

Microphone-based orientation sensors and related techniques

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736578
An orientation detector can have a first microphone, a second microphone, and a reference microphone spaced from the first microphone and the second microphone. An orientation processor can be configured to determine an orientation of the first microphone, the second microphone, or both, relative to a user's mouth based on a comparison of a relative strength of a first signal associated with the first microphone to a relative strength of a second signal associated with the second…

Location support for emergency calls

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736633
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. The mobile device can then enable a location determination function of the mobile device and determine a location of the mobile device. The mobile device can determine the location in multiple attempts, including, in a first time window, attempting to determine a…

Tamper prevention for electronic subscriber identity module (eSIM) type parameters

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736678
Disclosed herein are various techniques for preventing or at least partially securing parameters—e.g., Type parameters—of electronic Subscriber Identity Modules (eSIMs) stored within an embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card (eUICC) from being inappropriately modified by mobile network operators (MNOs). One embodiment sets forth a technique that involves modifying file access properties of the Type parameters of eSIMs to make the Type parameters readable, but not updatable by the…

Method for preventing overheating of internal components of a mobile terminal

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736792
A method implemented on a mobile device that starts by receiving a temperature reading from a sensor included on the mobile device. The temperature reading is compared to a threshold temperature and a power cap is set when the temperature reading is greater than the threshold temperature. The power cap is a maximum transmission power of the mobile device. The method then determines if the mobile device is transmitting a critical message. The power cap is released for a period of time if…

Display screen or portion thereof with graphical user interface

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: D794671

Table mechanisms and structures

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9730516
A table with drawers for displaying electronic devices is disclosed. The table may include a support beam and support panel within the table top for structural support. The table may include one or more drawers coupled to a carriage mechanism positioned rearward from the rear of the drawer. The carriage mechanism may be configured for moving the drawer from a first position to a second position.

Method of manufacturing touch sensors

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9733331
Roll-to-roll processes for manufacturing touch sensors on a plastic base film are provided. The touch sensors can be deposited on the base film using various patterning techniques. One or more shorting bars can also be patterned onto the base film to couple together traces, such as drive lines, sense lines, conductive traces, and the like, of the touch sensor to prevent a potential difference from forming between traces due to static buildup during the manufacturing process. After the…

Case for electronic device having magnetic elements for connection with external magnetic elements

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9733669
A case for a portable electronic device, the portable electronic device having a housing that carries a first magnetic element capable of forming a first magnetic circuit through the housing with a magnetic element external to the portable electronic device capable of securing together the housing and the external magnetic element. The case can include a body having a bottom wall and side walls that combine to define a recessed region suitable for retaining the portable electronic device…