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G01C 09/00

C25D 11/02
Processes for the electrolytic or electrophoretic production of coatings Ü Electrolytic coating by surface reaction,
i.e. forming conversion layers Ü Anodisation
App. No. 20100008030 Assignee APPLE INC.
Title Microperforated and backlit displays having alternative display capabilities
Abstract A visual display having microperforations, backlighting and contrasting surface finishes is
disclosed. The visual display includes an opaque base object having a front surface and a plurality
of microperforations therethrough from the front surface to a back surface. Each microperforation
has a diameter of about 100 microns or less, and numerous microperforations are arranged into
an overall pattern, such as a logo, text or advertisement. A light source placed proximate to the
back surface passes light through the microperforations to be visible at the front surface, such
that the overall pattern can be visibly perceived when the light source is turned on. A contrasting
surface finish formed on the front surface includes at least two visibly distinguishable shades, with
one shade covering at least a portion of the front surface defined by the overall pattern, such that
the overall pattern can be seen when the light source is turned off.
Pri. Date 20080708 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100114

F21V 11/00
Functionalfeatures or details of lighting devices or systems thereof Ü Screens not covered by groups , , or
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100008030 page 4

G01C 09/00
Measuring distances, levels or bearings Ü Measuring inclination, e.g. by clinometers, by levels

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G01C 21/34

App. No. 20100013768 Assignee APPLE INC.


Title Methods and apparatus for processing combinations of kinematical inputs
Abstract Methods and apparatus for processing combinations of force and velocity data generated over
a given period of time. In one embodiment, an input device comprising one or more force
sensors and one or more motion sensors is manipulated relative to a surface. A receiving system
is adapted to receive input sequences or x201c;gesturesx201d; which are triggered upon the
occurrence of one or more conditions detected by the input device. An application executing
in the receiving system may be implemented such that the system responds differently to each
specific gesture provided by the user.
Pri. Date 20080718 App. Date 20080718 Pub. Date 20100121

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G01P 15/00

G01C 21/34
Measuring distances, levels or bearings Ü Navigation Ü specially adapted fornavigation in a road network Ü
Route searching
App. No. 20100017118 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Parking x26; location management processes x26; alerts
Abstract Aspects include using present location information for a mobile device and real-time access
to sources of data about future constraints pertaining to the present location to establish the
occurrence of a future event. Examples include using a present location of the mobile device
to infer a vehicle location, accessing a source of data relating to parking regulations at the
present location and setting a reminder for avoiding violation thereof. The mobile device can
track a present position and adjust an absolute reminder time to account for travel times. The
travel times can be arrived at by obtaining data concerning public transportation schedules and
present locations of elements of such public transportation. Another example aspect includes
correlating a user profile concerning parking requirements with a desired destination area and
parking regulations pertinent to the area for guiding a user to potential parking locations.
Pri. Date 20070323 App. Date 20080716 Pub. Date 20100121

G01L 05/00
Measuring force, stress, torque, work, mechanical power, mechanical efficiency, or fluid pressure Ü Apparatus
for, or methods of, measuring force, e.g. due to impact, work, mechanical power, or torque, adapted for special
purposes
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100013768 page 5

G01P 03/00
Measuring linear or angular speed, acceleration, deceleration, or shock Ü Measuring linear or angular speed
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100013768 page 5

G01P 15/00
Measuring linear or angular speed, acceleration, deceleration, or shock Ü Measuring acceleration

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G01S 05/00

App. No. 20100022269 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Systems and methods for accelerometer usage in a wireless headset
Abstract This includes systems and methods for accelerometer usage in a wireless headset. An
accelerometer can be used to determine the location of a wireless headset. The determined
location can be used to control and improve a noise cancellation system. In some embodiments,
the determined location can be used in controlling the functions of buttons of the wireless headset.
In some embodiments, the accelerometer can further be used to determine when the system is
in use. If the system has not been in use for a predetermined amount of time, at least a portion of
the wireless headset can be turned off to save power.
Pri. Date 20070124 App. Date 20080725 Pub. Date 20100128

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G05B 11/01

G01S 05/00
Radio direction-finding Ü Position-fixing by co-ordinating two or more direction or position-line determinations
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
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G02F 01/13357
App. No. 20100020004 Assignee APPLE INC.
Title Led backlight driver synchronization and power reduction
Abstract A method and apparatus for providing a LED backlight to a LCD display screen is disclosed. In
one embodiment, the apparatus includes N LED strings, wherein N is an integer greater than or
equal to two; a first circuit operable to synchronize a LED clock signal to a LCD timing signal;
and a second circuit operable to generate N PWM drive signals synchronized with the LED clock
signal, wherein the N PWM drive signals are phase offset from each other by a multiple of 360/N
degrees and used to drive respective ones of the N LED strings.
Pri. Date 20041227 App. Date 20080723 Pub. Date 20100128

G05B 11/01
Control or regulating systems in general Ü Automatic controllers Ü electric

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G05F 01/10

App. No. 20100007473 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Intelligent power-enabled communications port
Abstract A port that supplies power in accordance with a standard is equipped with a variable power supply
and a power line communications module. Power line signals on the power conductors are used
to allow a port controller to negotiate power requirements with peripheral devices and the power
supply is adjusted accordingly. If the peripheral device does not support such negotiation, power
is delivered in accordance with the standard. The port may be a data communications port that
supplies power and data in accordance with a standard.
Pri. Date 20070327 App. Date 20090508 Pub. Date 20100114

G05B 23/00
Control or regulating systems in general Ü Testing or monitoring of control systems or parts thereof
App. No. 20100007458 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Updating properties of remote a/v performance nodes
Abstract Aspects include systems, computer readable media and methods for remotely updating properties
of Audio/Visual (A/V) performance nodes that can receive A/V content through a wireless network
from a central content source. The central content source can maintain information about
properties of such nodes, providing such information to a device configured with remote control
software, upon request. The remote control device can accept user inputs relating to properties
updates, indications of such being provided to the central content source for distribution to nodes
whose properties were updated. Examples of updatable properties include on/off toggling, and
volume controls. Updating such properties can be protected by passwords. The central content
source can be configured as software executing on a personal computer operable to communicate
over the Internet for obtaining access to streaming and/or downloadable A/V content. Remote
control device examples include phones that can be networked to receive node properties data,
obtain user inputs affecting such data, and transmit that data back to the central source.
Pri. Date 20071029 App. Date 20080710 Pub. Date 20100114

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G06F 03/00

G05F 01/10
Systems for regulating electric or magnetic variables Ü Automatic systems in which deviations of an electric
quantity from one or more predeterminedvalues are detected at the output of the system and fed back to a
device within the system to restore the detected quantity to its predeterminedvalue orvalues, i.e. retroactive
systems Ü Regulating voltage or current
App. No. 20100008040 Assignee APPLE INC.
Title Cold-drawn housing for electronic device
Abstract A primary outer housing component for an electronic device formed via a cold-drawing process
is disclosed. The electronic device can include internal operational components located within an
outer housing, as well as a processor and one or more user interfaces in communication therewith.
A primary outer housing component substantially surrounds and protects the internal operational
components and processor, and comprises a single, continuous and seamless structural wall
having a cross-sectional profile that includes an outer circumference and an inner circumference,
as well as openings at a top end and bottom end thereof. Top and bottom end closures fit within
and close off the top and bottom end openings in the primary outer housing component, which is
formed using a cold-drawing material process that includes the use of a die to form the shape of
the outer circumference and a mandrel to form the shape of said inner circumference.
Pri. Date 20080711 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100114

G06F 01/16
Electric digital data processing Ü Details not covered by groups and Ü Constructional details or arrangements
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100008030 page 4

G06F 03/00
Electric digital data processing Ü Inputarrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable
of being handled by the computer

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G06F 03/041

App. No. 20100011135 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Synchronization of real-time media playback status
Abstract In a system comprising a content performance device, multiple status display devices can
communicate with the performance device to receive messages updating status of content being
performed by the performance device, or being transmitted to one or more other performance
devices. Content performance devices can include computers configured with software for
managing media libraries, for obtaining Internet-based media, as well as more purpose-specific
devices, such as digital video recorders, settop boxes, Apple TV, TiVo, and so on. Status
display devices, remote controls or client devices can make standing requests to receive status
updates as status changes. Status display devices also can function as remote controls
for the performance device, and can submit control requests to it, which when effected, are
acknowledged to all status display devices, which responsively update their displays. Each
status display device can interpret content sent for communicating status updates, and can make
changes to a respective display, or to other features or functions according to its programming.
Status display devices can include personal information managers, smart phones, laptops, palm
tops and other electronic devices capable of displaying playback status information received from
the content performance device.
Pri. Date 20080711 App. Date 20080710 Pub. Date 20100114

G06F 03/033
Electric digital data processing Ü Inputarrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable
of being handled by the computer Ü Input arrangements or combined input and outputarrangements for
interaction between user and computer Ü Arrangements for converting the position or the displacement of
a member into a coded form Ü Pointing devices displaced or positioned by the user, e.g. mice, trackballs,
pens or joysticks
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
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G06F 03/041
Electric digital data processing Ü Inputarrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable
of being handled by the computer Ü Input arrangements or combined input and outputarrangements for
interaction between user and computer Ü Arrangements for converting the position or the displacement of a
member into a coded form Ü Digitisers, e.g. for touch screens or touch pads, characterised by the transducing
means
App. No. 20100013793 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Light sensitive display with pressure sensor
Abstract A system comprising a display having a stack of layers configured to display an image, multiple
elements included in the stack of layers and a pressure sensor. Each of the multiple elements
is configured to sense light. The pressure sensor is distinct from the multiple elements and is
configured to sense a pressure applied to the display.
Pri. Date 20040727 App. Date 20090924 Pub. Date 20100121

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G06F 03/042
App. No. 20100013796 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Light sensitive display with object detection calibration
Abstract A system comprising a stack of layers configured to display an image and including multiple
elements configured to sense light. The system is configured to obtain a first reference image
based on output from the multiple elements in a dark lighting condition associated with the system,
and calibrate object detection based on output from the multiple elements using the obtained
reference image. Additionally, a system comprising a display having a stack of layers configured
to display an image and including a first and second set of elements. Each of the elements in the
first set is configured to sense light, and each of the elements in the second set is configured to
sense a dark current. The system is configured to perform object detection based on output from
the elements in the first set, and calibrate the object detection based on output from the elements
in the second set.
Pri. Date 20080708 App. Date 20090924 Pub. Date 20100121

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G06F 03/042

App. No. 20100020044 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Light sensitive display with switchable detection modes
Abstract A display device including a surface for viewing an image comprising a stack of layers configured
to display the image. A processor is configured to include switchable detection modes. Each
mode is preconfigured to detect an object on or near the surface based on a given sensitivity to
light, and has a different sensitivity than other of the modes.
Pri. Date 20080728 App. Date 20090928 Pub. Date 20100128

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G06F 03/045
App. No. 20100001973 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Display with dual-function capacitive elements
Abstract A touch screen including display pixels with capacitive elements is provided. The touch screen
includes first common voltage lines connecting capacitive elements in adjacent display pixels,
and a second common voltage line connecting first common voltage lines. The pixels can be
formed as electrically separated regions by including breaks in the common voltage lines. The
regions can include a drive region that is stimulated by stimulation signals, a sense region that
receives sense signals corresponding to the stimulation signals. A grounded region can also be
included, for example, between a sense region and a drive region. A shield layer can be formed
of a substantially high resistance material and disposed to shield a sense region. A black mask
line and conductive line under the black mask line can be included, for example, to provide low-
resistance paths between a region of pixels and touch circuitry outside the touch screen borders.
Pri. Date 20090220 App. Date 20080929 Pub. Date 20100107

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G06F 03/045

App. No. 20100013794 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Light sensitive display with multiple data set object detection
Abstract A display device including a surface for viewing an image comprising a stack of layers configured
to display the image and a first and second set of light sensitive elements included in the stack.
The first set of light sensitive elements is configured to provide a first data set corresponding to an
object on or near the surface based on a first sensitivity to light. The second set of light sensitive
elements is configured to provide a second data set corresponding to the object on or near the
surface based on a second sensitivity to light. One of the first and the second data sets is selected
and a location of the object on or near the surface is determined based on the selected data set.
Pri. Date 20040727 App. Date 20090928 Pub. Date 20100121

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Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
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G06F 03/048
Electric digital data processing Ü Inputarrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable
of being handled by the computer Ü Input arrangements or combined input and outputarrangements for
interaction between user and computer Ü Interaction techniques for graphical user interfaces, e.g. interaction
with windows, icons or menus
App. No. 20100011292 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Collaborative media production
Abstract Methods, systems, and apparatus for collaborative media editing. In one aspect, a method
includes presenting, to an originator, an originator interface including multiple media panes;
establishing a connection with a collaborator; receiving from the originator a selection indicating
an item of media content associated with at least one of the multiple media panes; transmitting
to the collaborator the selected item of media content; and enabling inter-user communication
relating to the selected item of media content in the originator interface with the collaborator.
Further, a connection can be established with a second collaborator, the item of media content
can be transmitted to the second collaborator, and communication can occur in the originator
interface with the second collaborator.
Pri. Date 20050805 App. Date 20080710 Pub. Date 20100114

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G06F 03/048

App. No. 20100011299 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title System and method for syncing a user interface on a server device to a user interface on a client
device
Abstract A system, method, and computer-readable medium for method for syncing a user interface on
a server device to a user interface on a client device are disclosed. The method includes
broadcasting a signal from a server device to a client device when the server device presents an
active user input interface on a display screen, wherein the active user input interface illustrates
input from a user via a remote control that is separate from the client device, wherein the remote
control requires multiple steps for inputting a character. The method next includes establishing a
connection between the server device and the client device if certain pre-defined criteria are met.
Next the method includes transmitting parameters for displaying a client user input interface on
the connected client device that is associated with the active user input interface, including loading
existing data in an input field of the active user input interface into a client input field on the client
device. The method then includes receiving character input sent from the connected client device
to the server device via the client user input interface, wherein the character is received via a
single step. The method then includes updating the input field of the active user input interface
with the received character input from the client user input interface, and removing the client user
input interface on the client device upon the occurrence of an event.
Pri. Date 20080709 App. Date 20080710 Pub. Date 20100114

App. No. 20100011304 Assignee APPLE INC.


Title Adding a contact to a home screen
Abstract An icon can be created for a contact (e.g., an individual(s) or an entity) and presented on a
user interface of a mobile device, such as a x201c;home screen.x201d; The icon can be used
to retrieve and display contact information. The icon can also be used to invoke one or more
applications that are personalized to the contact. The icon can be modified to display information
related to the contact. In one aspect, an icon associated with an entity can be temporarily
displayed on the mobile device based on the proximity of the mobile device to the entity. The
icon can be used to retrieve and display information related to the entity. Additionally, the icon can
be removed from the display on the mobile device when the mobile device is no longer within a
certain proximity of the entity.
Pri. Date 20060810 App. Date 20080709 Pub. Date 20100114

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G06F 03/048

App. No. 20100011306 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Data-driven layout engine
Abstract Systems and methods for providing a user with increased flexibility and control over the
appearance and behavior of objects on a user interface are described. Sets of objects can
be grouped into themes to provide a user with a distinct overall impression of the interface.
These themes can be switched dynamically by switching pointers to drawing procedures or
switching data being supplied to these procedures. To buffer applications from the switchable
nature of graphical user interfaces according to the present invention, colors and patterns used to
implement the interface objects are abstracted from the interface by, for example, pattern look-up
tables.
Pri. Date 20060810 App. Date 20090914 Pub. Date 20100114

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G06F 03/048

App. No. 20100011319 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Graphical user interface having contextual menus
Abstract A contextual pop-up menu of frequently used commands is displayed by an application whenever
a user carries out a particular action. The contextual menu appears at the location of a cursor,
so that the displayed commands are spatially very close to an item on which an action is to be
performed. The commands which are displayed in the contextual menu are not limited to those
provided by an application associated with the selected item. Other commands, such as system
level commands, for help items or other types of user assistance features, can be added to the
menu before it is displayed to the user. In addition, plug-in modules can be employed to provide
other commands associated with the selected item.
Pri. Date 20080714 App. Date 20090916 Pub. Date 20100114

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G06F 09/00

G06F 09/00
Electric digital data processing Ü Arrangements for programme control, e.g. control unit
App. No. 20100008650 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Multi-model modes of one device
Abstract A portable media player may provide multi-modes for a user. Each mode may define different
features and content that are customized for a particular mode. Based a selected mode, the
media player may provide access to only content, features, hardware, user interface elements,
and the like that the user wishes to have access to when the mode is enabled. The media player
may provide the user different experiences, looks, and feels for each mode.
Pri. Date 20080711 App. Date 20080909 Pub. Date 20100114

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G06F 09/46

G06F 09/445
Electric digital data processing Ü Arrangements for programme control, e.g. control unit Ü using stored
programme, i.e. using internal store of processing equipment to receive and retain programme Ü Arrangements
for executing specific programmes Ü Programme loading or initiating
App. No. 20100011354 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title System and method for localizing display of applications for download
Abstract Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and computer readable-media for localizing display of
applications for download, the method including receiving from a developer and ingesting into
an online store an application localized in different languages, including a designated default
language, determining a local language of a user desiring to download the application from the
online store, presenting to the user an interface to download a version of the application in the
user’s local language if the application is available in the user’s local language, and presenting to
the user an interface to download the version of the application in the designated default language
if the application is unavailable in the user’s local language. In one aspect, a list of all available
localized versions is presented to the user. In another aspect, statistics about when the user
desires an unavailable localized version are recorded and reported to the developer. One variation
includes receiving from the user a request for an unavailable localized version, and forwarding the
request to the developer. To assist a customer in selecting a proper localized version, the method
can display to the user one or more representative screenshots of the localized application. In
the case of people who speak more than one language, determining a local language of a user
further includes determining one or more secondary local languages and/or assigning an order of
priority to the secondary languages.
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G06F 12/06

G06F 09/46
Electric digital data processing Ü Arrangements for programme control, e.g. control unit Ü using stored
programme, i.e. using internal store of processing equipment to receive and retain programme Ü Multiprogramming
arrangements
App. No. 20100011258 Assignee APPLE INC.
Title Coordinating the execution of system and database scripts in a database server
Abstract An administrator can specify a script sequence including one or more system scripts and database
scripts. A graphical user interface is provided to allow the administrator to specify an execution
order of individual scripts in the script sequence and a timeout interval for when the script
sequence will complete. Once the script sequence is specified, the script sequence can be run
without further intervention by the administrator.
Pri. Date 20080714 App. Date 20080711 Pub. Date 20100114

G06F 11/00
Electric digital data processing Ü Error detection
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100011258 page 27

G06F 11/07
Electric digital data processing Ü Error detection Ü Responding to the occurrence of afault, e.g.fault tolerance

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G06F 15/16

Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100011258 page 27

G06F 12/06
Electric digital data processing Ü Accessing, addressing or allocating within memory systems or architectures
Ü Addressing or allocation Ü Addressing a physical block of locations, e.g. base addressing, module addressing,
address space extension, memory dedication
App. No. 20100011117 Assignee APPLE INC.
Title Video streaming using multiple channels
Abstract Systems and methods for streaming video over multiple HTTP channels are provided. The client
may have control over the channels, allowing the client to control the amount and source of data
received. Data requested by the client may be separated into a set of layers, with each layer being
assigned to a separate channel. The client may adjust the number of layers requested based on
a variety of factors. Layers may be requested from multiple remote sources, providing the client
with additional control over the specific bandwidth profile of received data.
Pri. Date 20030905 App. Date 20090319 Pub. Date 20100114

G06F 15/16
Electric digital data processing Ü Digital computers in general Ü Combinations of two or more digital computers
each having at least an arithmetic unit, a programme unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of
several programmes
App. No. 20100011052 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title System and method of regulating data traffic between a client device and a server
Abstract A system, method, and computer-readable medium for regulating data traffic between a client
device and a server. The system determines whether a transmission of a data file is allowable
based on pre-defined criteria. The system provides an indication of whether the transmission is
allowable and under what conditions the transmission would be allowable. If the transmission of
a data file is requested and the transmission is not allowable, a message is sent from the server
to the client device that first pre-defined criteria are not met and the message indicates that the
transmission of the data file will be allowed when second pre-defined criteria are met.
Pri. Date 20061208 App. Date 20080710 Pub. Date 20100114

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G06F 17/00

App. No. 20100017506 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Systems and methods for monitoring data and bandwidth usage
Abstract Access to a communications network may be provided via a data provider that may charge for
access. In some cases, the access fee may be related to the amount of network resources
consumed (e.g., amount of data downloaded or bandwidth used). In some cases, a user may have
access to a particular amount of data provider resources and be required to pay an additional fee
for using resources in excess of the particular amount. To assist the user in managing his data
resource consumption, a resource utilization component may provide different alerts and notices
informing the user of current consumption, expected future consumption, and recommendations
for reducing data provider resources consumed (e.g., stopping particular processes or data
provider requests, such as downloading media). If several electronic devices in a network are
connected to the same data provider resources, a network component may manage the data
provider resource use among the several electronic devices (e.g., allow only particular users or
devices access).
Pri. Date 20061218 App. Date 20080929 Pub. Date 20100121

Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100011117 page 28

G06F 15/173
Electric digital data processing Ü Digital computers in general Ü Combinations of two or more digital computers
each having at least an arithmetic unit, a programme unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing
of several programmes Ü Interprocessor communication Ü using an interconnection network, e.g. matrix,
shuffle, pyramid, star, snowflake
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100017506 page 29

G06F 17/00
Electric digital data processing Ü Digital computing ordata processing equipment or methods, specially adapted
for specific functions

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G06Q 10/00

App. No. 20100010648 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Auto-station tuning
Abstract In various embodiments, a media player or portable media device can enable a user to navigate
and discover content or other media assets. The media player may analyze broadcasts and other
content streams to determine currently playing and forthcoming content. The media player may
switch from one source of content to another to find content that matches user preferences or
criteria. The media player may generate playlists based on the matching content, and switch
between sources of the matching content automatically. In some embodiments, the media player
may receive user input to browse content using a navigation stream. Content associated with
stations within the navigation stream may be output. As if the user were tuning a radio dial, the
media player may determine what content to played back for each station. The media player may
procure content and generate playlists to represent each station focus on by the user.
Pri. Date 20080710 App. Date 20080909 Pub. Date 20100114

G06F 17/30
Electric digital data processing Ü Digital computing ordata processing equipment or methods, specially adapted
for specific functions Ü Information retrieval
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100010648 page 30 20100011258 page 27

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G09G 03/36

G06Q 10/00
Data processing systems or methods, specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial,
supervisory or forecasting purposes Ü Administration, e.g. office automation or reservations
App. No. 20100010857 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Intelligent power monitoring
Abstract An electronic device operative to monitor and control processes and operations based on the
power cost of those processes and operations are provided. The electronic device can identify
processes or networked devices requiring power, determine the expected amount of power
required for the process or networked device, and calculate the cost of the power requirement.
For example, the electronic device can receive data or algorithms defining the manner in which
a power supplier computes the cost of consumed power, and predict the expected cost of the
particular power requirement. Based on the importance of the process or device, and the
expected power cost, the electronic device can perform a process or provide power to a networked
device, or alternatively delay or cancel a process to ensure that the power cost of the device
remains within preset boundaries (e.g., the power cost of the device or of a home network of
devices does not exceed a maximum cap).
Pri. Date 20080711 App. Date 20090508 Pub. Date 20100114

G06Q 50/00
Data processing systems or methods, specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial,
supervisory or forecasting purposes Ü Systems or methods specially adapted for a specific business sector,
e.g. health care, utilities, tourism or legal services

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G11C 07/02

Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100010857 page 31

G09G 03/36
Arrangements or circuits for control of indicating devices using static means to present variable information
Ü Control arrangements or circuits,of interest only in connection with visual indicators other than cathode-ray
tubes Ü for presentation of an assembly of a number of characters, e.g. a page, by composing the assembly
by combination of individual elements arranged in a matrix Ü by control of light from an independent source Ü
using liquid crystals
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100020004 page 8

G10K 11/02
Sound-producing devices Ü Methods or devices for transmitting, conducting or directing sound in general Ü
Mechanical acoustic impedances
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100022269 page 7

G11B 17/00
Information storage based on relative movement betweenrecord carrier and transducer Ü Guidingrecord
carriers not specifically of filamentary or web form, or of supports therefor
App. No. 20100002564 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Method and device for hard drive shock event detection
Abstract A method and system for sensing the current applied to the motor of a data storage device and
determining whether a shock event has occurred by processing the sensed current levels.
Pri. Date 20080704 App. Date 20080702 Pub. Date 20100107

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G11C 07/02

G11C 07/02
Static stores Ü Arrangements for writing information into, or reading information out from, a digital store Ü with
means for avoiding parasitic signals
App. No. 20100020604 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Shifting reference values to account for voltage sag
Abstract A system and method, including software implemented techniques, can be used to adjust for
sag in stored data values. Charge is applied to multiple memory cells, and each memory cell
is charged to a target voltage corresponding to a data value. The memory cells include a
reference cell that is charged to a predetermined voltage. A voltage level in the reference cell
is detected, and voltage levels from a group of memory cells are also detected. An adjustment is
performed based upon the difference between the detected voltage level in the reference cell and
the predetermined voltage.
Pri. Date 20080722 App. Date 20090930 Pub. Date 20100128

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H01R 24/04

G11C 16/04
Static stores Ü Erasable programmable read-only memories Ü electrically programmable Ü using variable
threshold transistors, e.g. FAMOS
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100020604 page 33

G11C 16/06
Static stores Ü Erasable programmable read-only memories Ü electrically programmable Ü Auxiliary circuits,
e.g. for writing into memory
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100020604 page 33

H01H 09/02
Electricswitches Ü Details of switching devices, not covered by groups Ü Bases, casings, or covers
App. No. 20100018844 Assignee APPLE INC.
Title Hold switch
Abstract This invention is directed to a switch for use in an electronic device. As the user actuates the
switch, different labels may be visible to indicate to the user the current state of the switch. To
allow the switch to be positioned adjacent to an edge of the device, the switch may include only
a single label that moves with the switch. For example, the switch may include a label positioned
adjacent to a nub that the user may operate. The label may be sized such that only the label is
visible when the switch is in a first position. The electronic device may also include a second label
that is fixed to a non-moving portion of the electronic device. When the user moves the switch, the
switch may move away from and uncover the second label while hiding the label that is included
in the switch.
Pri. Date 20050722 App. Date 20080725 Pub. Date 20100128

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H02J 07/35

H01R 24/04
Electrically-conductive connections Ü Two-part coupling devices, or either of their cooperating parts, characterised
by their overall structure Ü having the contacts of each coupling part arranged in line parallel with the direction
of coupling-engaging motion, e.g. telephone-jack type
App. No. 20100009575 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Audio plug with cosmetic hard shell
Abstract Apparatus, systems and methods for assembling an audio plug with a cosmetic hard shell are
provided. A plug may be coupled to a cable. An inner member may be molded about an end
portion of the plug and an end portion of the cable. A strain relief member may be molded about
a portion of the cable such that the strain relief member is adjacent to and substantially flush with
the inner member. The seam between the inner member and the strain relief member may be
covered by coupling a hard, smooth outer shell over a portion of the inner member and a portion
of the strain relief member. Each of the inner member, the strain relief member, and the outer
shell may be formed by injection molding, be of a cylindrical shape, and be formed from the same
or different materials.
Pri. Date 20080804 App. Date 20080714 Pub. Date 20100114

H01R 43/00
Electrically-conductive connections Ü Apparatus or processes specially adapted for manufacturing, assembling,
maintaining, or repairing of line connectors or current collectors or for joining electric conductors
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100009575 page 35

H02J 07/35
Circuit arrangements or systems for supplying or distributing electric power Ü Circuitarrangements for charging
or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries Ü Parallel operation in networks using both
storage and other dc sources, e.g. providing buffering Ü with light sensitive cells
App. No. 20100013309 Assignee Apple Inc
Title Power management circuitry and solar cells
Abstract This is directed to methods, systems, and apparatuses for implementing circuitry that can be used
to control multiple solar cells to generate power for a portable electronic device. For example, in
response to determining that one or more of the solar cells is generating a reduce voltage output
(e.g., due to a partial obstruction of one or more of the solar cells), the connections among the
solar cells can be configured to generate a constant preset voltage, as long as a subset of the
solar cells is operating. The voltage generated by the solar cells can then be boosted to a value
suitable for powering the portable electronic device and/or any of its individual components. As
another example, the connections among the solar cells can be configured to generate a startup
voltage to directly power the portable electronic device and/or any of its components.
Pri. Date 20061213 App. Date 20080805 Pub. Date 20100121

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H04L 09/32

H04B 01/38
Transmission Ü Details of transmission systems, not covered by a single one of groups Ü Transceivers, i.e.
devices in which transmitter and receiver form a structural unit and in which at least one part is used for
functions of transmitting and receiving
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100001973 page 16

H04L 09/32
Transmission of digital information, e.g. telegraphic communication Ü Arrangements for secret or secure
communication Ü including means for verifying the identity or authority of a user of the system
App. No. 20100011415 Assignee APPLE INC.
Title System and method for processing an upload of a program with export compliance information
Abstract Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and computer readable-media for processing a program
with export compliance information, the method including in a process of ingesting a program from
a developer to an online store, presenting a request to the developer to indicate if the program
contains encryption, upon indication that the program contains encryption, presenting an interface
for the developer to upload an appropriate export compliance form, blocking the program from
the online store if the appropriate export compliance form is not received, and upon receipt of
the appropriate export compliance form, receiving and ingesting the program from the developer
into the online store. In one aspect, the method further presents an interface to the developer
to upload one export compliance form associated with multiple programs. In another aspect, the
export compliance form is bundled with the program for distribution in the online store. The method
can include blocking the program from the online store if the program does not meet one or more
additional requirements. In one aspect, the appropriate export compliance form is transmitted to
a reviewing body for approval before completely ingesting the program. The reviewing body may
notify the developer of approval or rejection of the export compliance form.
Pri. Date 20080425 App. Date 20080710 Pub. Date 20100114

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H04M 01/00

H04M 01/00
Telephonic communication Ü Substation equipment, e.g. for use bysubscribers
App. No. 20100022283 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Systems and methods for noise cancellation and power management in a wireless headset
Abstract This includes systems and methods for noise cancellation and power management in a wireless
headset. The wireless headset can perform noise cancellation by using two or more omni-
directional microphones to generate a noise canceling x201c;cone.x201d; Audio signals received
outside of the cone can be filtered out. An accelerometer can be used to determine the location
of the wireless headset and the system can then properly position the cone to face the user’s
voice and filter out other audio signals. Additionally, by monitoring the ambient noise, the system
can save power by turning off the noise cancellation system when the amount of ambient noise is
below a threshold value.
Pri. Date 20080801 App. Date 20080725 Pub. Date 20100128

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H04N 07/32

Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100022269 page 7

H04N 07/26
Pictorial communication, e.g. television Ü Television systems Ü Systems for the transmission of television
signals using pulse code modulation Ü using bandwidth reduction
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100008650 page 25

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H05K 07/00

H04N 07/32
Pictorial communication, e.g. television Ü Television systems Ü Systems for the transmission of television
signals using pulse code modulation Ü using bandwidth reduction Ü involving predictive coding
App. No. 20100008419 Assignee APPLE INC.
Title Hierarchical bi-directional p frames
Abstract Embodiments of the present invention provide systems, methods and apparatuses for generating
forward, backward or bi-directional P frames. Prior to encoding a sequence of video frames,
P frames within the video sequence can be reordered to include causal and/or non-causal
references to one or more reference frames. This allows any block partition of a bi-directional
P frame to include a single reference to a reference frame that is temporally displayed either
before or after the bi-directional P frame. Compression and visual quality can therefore be
improved. Hierarchical frame structures can be constructed using bi-directional P frames to better
accommodate low complexity decoding profiles. Multilayered encoded video bitstreams can be
generated based on the hierarchical frame structures and can include a first layer of anchor frames
and one or more second layers that include bi-directional P frames that reference the anchor
frames and/or any frame in any lower level layer.
Pri. Date 20071214 App. Date 20081219 Pub. Date 20100114

H05K 07/00
Printed circuits Ü Constructional details common to different types of electricapparatus

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Patent Index

Patent Index
Patent Application Page Patent Application Page Patent Application Page
20100001973 16 20100002564 32 20100007458 9
20100007473 9 20100008030 4 20100008040 10
20100008419 39 20100008650 25 20100009575 35
20100010648 30 20100010857 31 20100011052 28
20100011117 28 20100011135 11 20100011258 27
20100011292 21 20100011299 22 20100011304 22
20100011306 23 20100011319 24 20100011354 26
20100011415 36 20100013309 35 20100013768 5
20100013793 11 20100013794 19 20100013796 13
20100017118 6 20100017506 29 20100018844 34
20100020004 8 20100020044 14 20100020604 33
20100022269 7 20100022283 37

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IPC Catchword Index

IPC Catchword Index

Catch Word IPC Page


ACCOUNT(S) electric digital computers for accounting G06F 17/00 29
ANODISING, ANODIZING ANODISING of metal C25D 11/02 4
ANTI-DAZZLE screens in lighting devices F21V 11/00 4
ASSEMBLING of electric conductors or line connectors, e.g. battery terminals H01R 43/00 35
BANDWIDTH reduction for television signal transmission H04N 07/26 38
BANK(S) -accounting computers G06F 17/00 29
CARD(S) guiding, driving, or operation control of magnetic CARD(S) G11B 17/00 32
CLINOMETERS G01C 09/00 4
COMPILING statistics G06 10
COMPUTER(S) G06 10
COMPUTER(S) multimedia applications G06F 17/00 29
CONTROL(S) testing of CONTROL(S) systems G05B 23/00 9
DATA processing G06 10
DIOPTRICS G02 8
ELECTRICITY distribution of ELECTRICITY H02 35
ELECTRO-CHEMICAL processes or apparatus in general C25 4
ELECTROLYSIS C25 4
EQUATIONS solving EQUATIONS G06 10
ERROR(S) -detection or ERROR(S) -correction, in electric digital computers G06F 11/00 27
FOLLOW-UP [devices] electric FOLLOW-UP G05 8
FUNCTIONS evaluating FUNCTIONS G06 10
GENERATION of electricity H02 35
IMPACT measuring IMPACT G01L 05/00 6
IMPEDANCE(S) acoustic IMPEDANCE(S) G10K 11/02 32
INCLINATION measuring INCLINATION G01C 09/00 4
INFORMATION electric digital computers for INFORMATION retrieval G06F 17/30 30
INPUT for electric digital computers G06F 03/00 10
INVENTORY electric digital computers for INVENTORY G06F 17/00 29
INVOICING electric digital computers for INVOICING G06F 17/00 29
JACK(S) telephone JACK(S) H01R 24/04 35
JOINTS for electric conductors H01R 43/00 35
JOYSTICK, JOY STICK JOYSTICK for data input in electric digital computers G06F 03/033 11
JUKE-BOXES record changing or driving mechanisms for JUKE-BOXES G11B 17/00 32
LIGHT-PEN(S) for electric digital computers G06F 03/033 11
MAGAZINES for disc type record carriers G11B 17/00 32
MEASURING G01 4
METAL(S) electrolytic processes C25 4
MOUSE used as input device in computers G06F 03/033 11
MUSCLES measuring force of MUSCLES G01L 05/00 6
OUTPUT for electric digital computers G06F 03/00 10
OXIDIZING by anodising C25D 11/02 4
PASSIVATING METALS by anodising C25D 11/02 4
PLANES measuring inclination of PLANES G01C 09/00 4

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IPC Catchword Index

Catch Word IPC Page


PLAYING -units in information-recording apparatus G11B 17/00 32
POSITION fixing POSITION by radio G01S 05/00 8
PROGRAMME(S), PROGRAM(S) PROGRAMME(S) control in electric digital G06F 09/00 25
computers
RESERVATION electric computers for RESERVATION of seats G06F 17/00 29
RESONATORS for non-electric sound in particular musical instruments G10 32
REVOLUTIONS measuring number of REVOLUTIONS per unit time G01P 03/00 6
ROTATIONS measuring number of ROTATIONS per unit time G01P 03/00 6
SEAT(S) electric digital computers for SEAT(S) reservation G06F 17/00 29
SLOPE(S) measuring SLOPE(S) in surveying G01C 09/00 4
STATISTICS electric digital computers for STATISTICS G06F 17/00 29
TOTALISATORS for electrically computing outcome of betting G06F 17/00 29
TRAFFIC electric digital computers for TRAFFIC control G06F 17/00 29
TRANSCEIVERS H04B 01/38 36
VARIABLES measuring VARIABLES G01 4
WEAPON(S) electric digital computers for WEAPON(S) G06F 17/00 29

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