Communication protocol for use with portable electronic devices

Communication protocol for use with portable electronic devices
US008073984B2
(12) Ulllted States Patent
(10) Patent N0.:
Lydon et a].
(54)
(75)
(45) Date of Patent:
COMMUNICATION PROTOCOL FOR USE
WITH PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Inventors: Gregory Thomas Lydon, Santa Cruz,
CA (US); Scott Krueger, San Francisco,
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(73) Ass1gnee. Apple Inc., Cupertino, CA (US)
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International Search Report dated Dec. 6, 2007 in PCT Application
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No. PCT/US2007/0l0888.
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(60) Provisional application No. 60/802,889, ?led on May
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Primary Examiner * Khanh Dang
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ABSTRACT
Improved techniques for communicating betWeen a portable
See application ?le for complete Search history,
electronic device and an accessory (or auxiliary) device are
References Cited
the functionality or capabilities of the portable electronic
disclosed. The accessory device can augment or supplement
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device. For example, in one embodiment, the accessory
device can provide Wireless communication capabilities to
the portable electronic device. In one embodiment, the por
table electronic device pertains to a portable media player and
thus provide media data for storage, playback or transmis
sion. In one embodiment, the accessory device is attachable to
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