Before we continue, I will tell you readers that this article may or may not be true. But if it is, you guys must take it seriously, because if our sources are right Apple are well and truly working to give users an oppurtunity to transfer files without using the pesky iTunes.
If true, it will also mean that Apple would finally jump onto the mobile payments bandwagon, allowing its users to purchase goods and services directly through their smartphones. This latest rumor also comes on top of the company's launch of Passbook, a feature slated for iOS 6 that would let people store electronic versions of receipts, tickets, boarding passes, and other information from merchants. Although, Passbook doesn't necessarily need to depend on NFC since it serves more as a repository.
Apple could also hook up with an existing mobile payment service like CitiBank's PayPass or even handle payments on its own through all the credit cards already stored through iTunes, suggests 9to5Mac.
According to CNET, "NFC has been touted for its ability to enable mobile payments merely by swiping your smartphone past a merchant's NFC-equipped reader. But the technology potentially offers much more. iPhone owners would be able to swap and share files between different devices, reducing the need to synchronize through iTunes."
A New York Times story from March 2011 confirmed that a future iPhone would include the NFC hardware. Some rumors at the time speculated that last year's iPhone would be NFC-enabled, but obviously those rumors missed the mark.
NFC is still struggling to move beyond its first baby steps. Google has already been playing in this sandbox. Certain Android phones come equipped with the NFC hardware, and the search giant has been pushing its Google Wallet service. So the time seems ripe for Apple to finally enter this nascent market, a development that could give NFC the push it needs to enter the mainstream.