“With Mac OS X Lion nearing its launch this summer, we just might have gotten a glimpse at either a Time Machine or MobileMe upgrade in one of this week’s patents,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Apple wants to beef up sensitive document security for average consumers and they want to do it in a way that will get consumers used to trusting Apple branded cloud based software and/or services,” Purcher reports. “Even if you don’t have sensitive documents like a Living Will or Home Insurance Policy that you want to protect, everyone wants to protect their investment in iTunes! You’ve invested a lot of money in your music, movies, books and app purchases – and that’s reason enough to want to use this upcoming new feature relating to a virtual safe deposit box.”

Purcher reports, “Apple wants consumers to trust them on this front early on, beginning with a friendly little app called the safe deposit box.”

Read more in the full article, which contains Apple’s patent application illustrations, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Johnny Bravo” for the heads up.]