Apple patents granted on 12 July 2011

12 US patents granted on 12 July 2011 and assigned to Apple

1 7,979,868 Method and apparatus for intercommunications amongst device drivers
2 7,979,796 Searching for commands and other elements of a user interface
3 7,979,728 Charging a rechargeable external device by periodically powering down and powering up portions of the charging device until the rechargeable external device is recharged
4 7,979,462 Head-to-head comparisons
5 7,979,269 Universal container for audio data
6 7,978,925 Smoothing and/or locking operations in video editing
7 7,978,474 Liquid-cooled portable computer
8 7,978,182 Screen rotation gestures on a portable multifunction device
9 7,978,181 Keystroke tactility arrangement on a smooth touch surface
10 7,978,176 Portrait-landscape rotation heuristics for a portable multifunction device
11 7,977,998 Apparatus and method for testing level shifter voltage thresholds on an integrated circuit
12 7,977,976 Self-gating synchronizer