“When Apple revealed its new Passbook mobile payment system as part of the iOS 6 preview in June, many industry watchers expected the addition of near-field communications capability on the next version of the iPhone that would compliment Passbook,” Brian Proffitt reports for ReadWriteWeb. “That new iPhone is here, but there’s no NFC feature in sight. The question now is Apple being shrewd, or is it about to miss out on a real opportunity?”

Proffitt reports, “In an interview with All Things Digital, Phil Schiller, Apple senior VP, revealed that Apple’s decision to leave out NFC was based very much on Passbook: ‘It’s not clear that NFC is the solution to any current problem, Schiller said. “Passbook does the kinds of things customers need today.'”

“This is not to say NFC will never happen. It’s very much coming,” Proffitt reports. “But Apple seems to be pacing its own hardware development to match that of real-world NFC deployment.”

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