Apple has recently applied for a new patent that would allow users to send each other iTunes purchases using both NFC and email.
There are a fair few rumours flying around the internet today about Apple's next steps and what treats the brand has in store for its future handsets. Our favourite of these rumours has to be that a friendly little iPhone in the next few years could well allow us to give each other gifts by tapping our devices together.
According to Patently Apple, a new patent application from Apple allows users to give iTunes purchases as gifts to others:
"On April 26, 2012, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that introduces us to gifting iTunes purchases via NFC or email. Apple's patent generally relates to digital media content and electronic devices being configured to transfer information from one user's account to another user's account."
It seems that these new gifts can be sent with personal voice messages and images too, meaning we never have to do more than lift a finger next time it's someone's birthday.