Apple Patent Applications

IMAGING LENS SYSTEM

Granted: October 19, 2017
Application Number: 20170299845
A compact, wide angle, low F-number lens system that may be used in small form factor cameras is described. The compact lens system has six lens elements, and provides high brightness with a low F-number and a wide field of view (FOV) in small form factor cameras. The shapes, materials, and arrangements of the lens elements in the lens system may be selected to correct aberrations, enabling the camera to capture high resolution, bright, high quality images at low F-numbers with a wide…

FLEXIBLE AND BREAKAWAY MECHANISMS FOR CONNECTORS

Granted: October 19, 2017
Application Number: 20170302021
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.

PIEZOELECTRIC SPEAKERS FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Granted: October 19, 2017
Application Number: 20170303048
An electronic device has an exterior housing with a piezoelectric speaker disposed in an opening formed within the housing. The piezoelectric speaker includes a speaker diaphragm that is secured within the opening with a vibration isolator. The vibration isolator allows the diaphragm to vibrate independently from the housing.

FACILITATING A SECURE SESSION BETWEEN PAIRED DEVICES

Granted: October 19, 2017
Application Number: 20170303129
A wearable device can establish a verified session with a host device. For example, if a user wearing the wearable device unlocks the host device (e.g., by entering a credential), the devices can create a verified session, which can persist across lock and unlock events at the host device. For the duration of the verified session, a host device can request session confirmation from the wearable device at any time to confirm that the verified session is still in progress. While the…

Routing Based on Detected Stops

Granted: October 12, 2017
Application Number: 20170292849
In some implementations, a mobile device can transmit traffic information to a server for analysis. The traffic information can include movement information including detected stops and durations of detected stops. The traffic information can be analyzed to detect traffic patterns that indicate locations of stop signs and/or stop lights. The traffic information can be analyzed to determine durations of stops at stop signs and/or stop lights. The durations of stops can be associated with…

MITIGATING ACTIVE STYLUS/TOUCH CROSS-COUPLING

Granted: October 12, 2017
Application Number: 20170293372
In one aspect, the present disclosure relates to a method including determining which sense lines are potentially corrupted based on touch image information, measuring a sense signal on each sense line, and applying a trained best compensation factor to the measured sense signal on potentially corrupted sense lines in order to produce a corrected sense signal. The corrected sense signal eliminates active stylus signal that has cross-coupled to a touch contact (e.g., a finger or…

POINT-TO-POINT AD HOC VOICE COMMUNICATION

Granted: October 12, 2017
Application Number: 20170295604
A wireless communication device establishes voice communication between a supported user and a selected remote device supporting another user via a point-to-point wireless ad hoc network link. The device selects a particular remote device, establishes an ad hoc network link with the selected remote device, and communicates voice communication signals with the selected remote device. Selection can be based upon a user interaction with the device which specifies the particular remote…

CONNECTOR SYSTEM IMPEDANCE MATCHING

Granted: October 5, 2017
Application Number: 20170288343
Connector inserts and receptacles that provide signal paths having desired impedance characteristics. One example may provide a connector system having a connector insert and a connector receptacle. Contacts in the connector insert may form signal paths with corresponding contacts in the connector receptacle. Additional traces in the connector insert and receptacle may be part of these signal paths. The signal paths may have a target or a desired impedance along their lengths such that…

POWER SUPPLY WITH CURRENT LIMIT ON INDIVIDUAL CONDUCTORS

Granted: October 5, 2017
Application Number: 20170288386
Circuits, methods, and apparatus that may provide power supply voltages in a safe and reliable manner that meets safety and regulatory concerns and does not exceed physical limitations of cables and other circuits and components used to provide the power supply voltages. One example may provide a cable having a sufficient number of conductors to provide power without exceeding a maximum current density for the conductors. Another example may provide a cable having more than the…

ANSWERING A CALL WITH CLIENT THROUGH A HOST

Granted: October 5, 2017
Application Number: 20170289266
A client device may be used to initiate or answer calls using a host device connected to a network. For example, when a phone operating as a host device receives an incoming call from a network, the phone may communicate the presence of the incoming call to one or more client devices such as laptop, desktop, tablet, or wearable devices that are associated with the host device. When an answer call selection is made at a client, a call answered communication may be sent from the client…

AUTOMATIC VIDEO STREAM SELECTION

Granted: October 5, 2017
Application Number: 20170289647
A handheld communication device is used to capture video streams and generate a multiplexed video stream. The handheld communication device has at least two cameras facing in two opposite directions. The handheld communication device receives a first video stream and a second video stream simultaneously from the two cameras. The handheld communication device detects a speech activity of a person captured in the video streams. The speech activity may be detected from direction of sound or…

Visual Recognition of Target Devices

Granted: October 5, 2017
Application Number: 20170289737
An example method includes presenting, on a first display screen associated with a first computing device, a first graphically encoded display element. The method also includes acquiring, using an image acquisition component associated with a second computing device, one or more images of the first display screen, determining that the one or more images correspond to the first display element, and responsive to determining that the one or more images correspond to the first display…

USER DEVICE ENABLING ACCESS TO PAYMENT INFORMATION IN RESPONSE TO MECHANICAL INPUT DETECTION

Granted: October 5, 2017
Application Number: 20170286938
In certain embodiments, an electronic device can include a secure element that detects a mechanical input. The mechanical input can correspond to an instruction to transmit securely stored payment information to another device and/or to release such information to an application on the device (e.g., for use in an in-app commerce transaction). This feature can inhibit or prevent unauthorized transmission of payment information. When the mechanical input is detected, payment information…

TECHNIQUES FOR JOINTLY CALIBRATING LOAD AND AEROBIC CAPACITY

Granted: September 28, 2017
Application Number: 20170273619
A relationship relating a load of exercise and a user's aerobic capacity may be determined as follows. A processor circuit of a device may retrieve, from a memory, a prior probability distribution of the load of exercise and a prior probability distribution of the user's aerobic capacity. The processor circuit may compute a joint prior probability of the load of exercise and the user's aerobic capacity. The processor circuit may compute a joint likelihood of the load of exercise and the…

SHARING UPDATABLE GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE ELEMENTS

Granted: September 28, 2017
Application Number: 20170274267
User interface elements relating to fitness may be shared between user devices. These user interface elements may be updated based at least in part on activity data of users associated with the user devices. A user may determine a length of time for sharing their user interface elements. Once a sharing relationship between at least two users has been established, updates corresponding to user interface elements may be shared between the users via their respective user devices.

FOLDED LENS SYSTEM WITH FOUR REFRACTIVE LENSES

Granted: September 28, 2017
Application Number: 20170276912
Compact folded lens systems are described that may be used in small form factor cameras. Lens systems are described that may include four lens elements with refractive power, with a light folding element such as a prism, located between a first lens element on the object side of the lens system and a second lens element, that redirects the light refracted from the first lens element from a first axis onto a second axis on which the other lens elements and a photosensor are arranged. The…

FOLDED LENS SYSTEM WITH FIVE REFRACTIVE LENSES

Granted: September 28, 2017
Application Number: 20170276913
Compact folded lens systems are described that may be used in small form factor cameras. Lens systems are described that may include five lens elements with refractive power, with a light folding element such as a prism, located between a first lens element on the object side of the lens system and a second lens element, that redirects the light refracted from the first lens element from a first axis onto a second axis on which the other lens elements and a photosensor are arranged. The…

FOLDED LENS SYSTEM WITH THREE REFRACTIVE LENSES

Granted: September 28, 2017
Application Number: 20170276914
Compact folded lens systems are described that may be used in small form factor cameras. Lens systems are described that may include three lens elements with refractive power, with a light folding element such as a prism, located between a first lens element on the object side of the lens system and a second lens element, that redirects the light refracted from the first lens element from a first axis onto a second axis on which the other lens elements and a photosensor are arranged. The…

BATTERY STRUCTURE AND INTEGRATION

Granted: September 28, 2017
Application Number: 20170279097
A portable electronic device is described. This portable electronic device includes an external housing with a cavity defined by an edge. A keyboard, having a front surface and a back surface, is disposed in the cavity with the front surface facing the external housing. Moreover, a tray is disposed over the back surface of the keyboard, and is mechanically coupled to the external housing adjacent to the edge. Furthermore, battery cells are mechanically coupled to an opposite side of the…

FACILITATING SWITCHING BETWEEN TRANSMITTING ANTENNAS IN PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Granted: September 28, 2017
Application Number: 20170279510
The disclosed embodiments provide a system that uses a first antenna and a second antenna in a portable electronic device. During operation, the system receives a request to switch from the first antenna to the second antenna to transmit a signal to a cellular receiver. Next, the system loads a set of radio-frequency (RF) calibration values for the second antenna. Finally, the system performs the switch from the first antenna to the second antenna to transmit the signal, wherein the…