Apple has filed a new patent outlining how iPhone users can “gift” iTunes purchases and playlists to other users via NFC or email.
According to Patently Apple, the gifting feature works by the gift giver first authorizing the purchase of his gift on his account associated with the online digital media provider. The user then transmits the gift to the recipient using a close range communication protocol, such as NFC.
The recipient can then confirm the gift by sending an acceptance message over the NFC connection. According to Patently Apple, this message would relay the recipient’s account information associated with the online digital media provider to the initiating device.
The new patent also marks where the embedded NFC chip would be located on the iPhone. The “N” icon, as seen in the pic to the left, is consistent with the schematics of Apple’s iWallet patent filed in March.
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