We've been hearing for some time that near-field communication (NFC) technology is destined to be the next big thing in mobile payments. And it has other uses, too: Samsung's S Beam data-transfer technology, for instance, is based on NFC. But while a fair number of Android phones are NFC enabled, the iPhone isn't -- a factor that's certainly been a major obstacle to NFC's reception in the marketplace.
Will the new iPhone have NFC? It might, Yankee Group analyst Jordan McKee told Computerworld last month. Then again, Apple could wait until next year to integrate NFC with the iPhone's Passbook mobile payment app and its new fingerprint reader. Alternatively, Apple could bypass NFC altogether and go with Bluetooth Smart, some say. Bottom line: NFC won't come to the iPhone in 2013.