A handful of Apple patents have appeared at the US Patent & Trademark Office. Following is a summary of each.
Patent number 7936946 is for migration of an old image database. Techniques are described for causing digital image data to be interpreted according to a particular technique of a plurality of techniques. According to an embodiment, digital sensor data is received, and user input is received that specifies which technique of a plurality of techniques to use to generate a display that depicts an unmodified image from the sensor data, wherein each technique of the plurality of techniques generates a display from the sensor data in a different manner than each other technique of the plurality of techniques. The inventors are Nikhil M. Bhatt and Curtis A. Bianchi.
Patent number 79372306 is for a display digital signal visualizations with increasing accuracy. Digital signal visualizations may be displayed with increasing accuracy as the signal data is processed. According to one embodiment, an entire digital signal visualization is displayed as data processing begins. As the digital signal data upon which the visualization is processed, the visualization is refined with increasing accuracy.
In one embodiment, a process reads portions of the digital signal data and uses the partial data set to build a visualization of the entire digital signal file. The process continues to read portions of the digital signal data, and uses the additional data to refine the visualization. This process continues until the entire digital signal file is processed and the visualization is displayed with complete accuracy, using all data points. Christopher Moulios is the inventor.
Apple was also granted patent number 7936348, which involves methods and apparatuses using control indicators for data processing systems. The patent is for a control indication assembly and apparently goes back to the late, lamented Cube desktop.
A first control mounted on a surface of a computer is coupled to a first sensor, to a first sensing circuit to send an electrical signal to the first control when a user-touch occurs to the first sensor, and to a first indicator to indicate an occurrence of said user-touch. A second control mounted on a surface of a display which is coupled to the computer is coupled to a second sensor, to a second sensing circuit to send an electrical signal to said second control when said user-touch occurs to the display, and to a second indicator to indicate an occurrence of the user-touch. The first and second control are configured such that the first and second indicator are synchronized to exhibit identical behaviors when the user-touch occurs to either the first control or the second control. The inventors are Andrew Gong, Brian Q. Huppi, Christoph H. Krah, Richard D. Cappels, Duncan R. Kerr and Michael Culbert.
Apple has also won a patent (number 7934291) for multi-position magnetic detents that are used in the MacBook and iPod dock. Various embodiments for magnetic detent assemblies provide for detent devices with improved performance and manufacturability. In one embodiment, magnetic detent assemblies provide for custom detent positions and custom force profiles by including a pair of unitary magnetic components each having a special geometry.
In an embodiment, the changing area of overlap (and hence magnetic flux) between the magnetic components can give rise to the custom detent positions and custom force profiles. In a specific embodiment, the magnetic components can comprise an N-point star shaped geometry, where the number and distribution of the start wings can be varied to define customized detent positions and the contour of the star wings can be varied to create customized force profiles. In other embodiments, devices such as laptop computers and docking stations for handheld electronic devices can implement multi-position detent hinges with the magnetic detent assemblies. Christopher D. Prest is the inventor.
— Dennis Sellers