Apple has yet to make a decision on whether to integrate near field communication (NFC) technology for electronic payments into its phones and tablets, but a patent award show its high level of interest.
Similar to the S-Beam feature used by some Samsung Galaxy smartphones, according to Apple Insider, which first identified patent No. 8,458,363, the "System and method for simplified data transfer" describes ways to use wireless to sync data between two electronic devices.
The patent calls "for the use of NFC components, which have yet to appear in Apple's product lineup."Source article