Ina Fried at AllThingsD interviews Apple’s Phil Schiller:
Though some saw Apple’s Passbook feature as a perfect companion to NFC, Apple opted not to include the technology in the iPhone 5. Passbook is used to store loyalty cards and gift cards as well as things like boarding passes and baseball tickets.
In an interview, Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller said that Passbook alone does what most customers want and works without existing merchant payment systems.
It’s not clear that NFC is the solution to any current problem, Schiller said. “Passbook does the kinds of things customers need today.
NFC isn’t going to solve any problems for the next year, thus its absence from the iPhone 5. Follow the link to get Schiller’s thoughts on “wireless” charging and the new dock connector.