Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)

Methods and devices for locating accessories of an electronic device are offered. In one example, the method could include the detection of parameters that are associated with disconnecting an accessory from the electronic device. An electronic or other device that is connected to the device can keep the parameters in order to ensure they’re accessible in the event that the accessory is lost. A user of the accessory may seek help from the electronic device for finding it. The electronic device might respond to the request to locate the device by providing stored parameters to the user in order to assist to locate the missing item.

The present disclosure relates generally to electronic devices, and specifically, to devices and methods of locating the electronic device’s accessories.

This section is intended to introduce the reader to various aspects of art that might be connected to the various aspects of the disclosed disclosure, which are described and/or claimed below. This discussion will provide background information that could be used to help the reader better comprehend the different aspects of the disclosure. These remarks are not intended to be taken as prior art admissions.

Many accessories are currently available to the use of electronic devices. These accessories may include headphones (e.g. wired, wired or wireless) or adaptor cables (e.g. to connect the device to computers), power cables(e.g., for powering the electronic device or for charging a battery in the device) docking stations, keyboards and speakers. Certain accessories may interchangeably be connected to multiple electronic devices and people frequently move accessories between devices. One unfortunate consequence of this interconnectivity is that the accessories could be linked to multiple electronic devices, and users could accidentally lose their devices.

The devices can comprise electronics which send signals to another device in order to aid in the search for accessories. The nature of the sent signals can enable the receiver device to decide if the device falls within a particular area. Certain accessories might not be able transmit signals to other devices. Certain accessories, like adaptor cables and power cables, wireless headsets, speakers docking stations, and keyboards might not be equipped to transmit signals. Wireless headphones may not be equipped to send signals. They may only transmit signals when the range of another device is restricted.

Below is a summary of the various embodiments described in this disclosure. These features are designed to give the reader a quick overview of certain examples. They are not intended to limit the disclosure’s scope. Indeed, this disclosure may contain a wide range of features which are not described below.

The embodiments described in the present disclosure are related to devices and methods to locate the components of electronic devices. As an example the method of locating devices’ accessories could include detecting parameters that are associated disconnecting an accessory from the electronic device. The device itself, or an accompanying device, may keep the parameters that were detected so that the detected parameters can be accessed in the event that the accessory disappears. The electronic device might receive arequest from a user of the device to provide assistance in finding the item. The device could respond to a request for assistance in locating the accessory.

Certain refinements can be added to the elements that were mentioned earlier in relation to the various aspects of the disclosure. These features could include additional features. These features and improvements can be used individually or as a group. For instance, the characteristics described below in relation to one of the embodiments illustrated can be incorporated in any combination of any of these features. The short summary provided above is intended only to provide the reader with specific aspects and contexts of embodiments of the present disclosure without restriction to the subject matter claimed.

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