The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 54 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a single important patent that could very well come to life this year. We've noted several times that Apple's Phil Schiller stated that it's not "clear that NFC is the solution to any current problem." The method of sharing data using a digital handshake via NFC doesn't seem to impress Apple and this newly granted patent may very explain their reasoning. Apple's solution is vastly superior in terms of securing data while being transferred. Due to its built-in security features, we may very well see Apple implement this technology into their future iWallet application instead of or in addition to NFC.