Quote of the day…
"Offering no clear benefits to users is the reason Apple didn’t put NFC into the iPhone 5…" ~ Darrell Etherington
I'd actually say that NFC offers no clear benefits… yet. Just as the new Lightning plug offers no significant benefits (other than size) to the user… yet.
But the adaptive cabling system used by Lightning looks like it will help to future-proof new devices and accessories.
So in the same vein, just once I'd like to hear Apple say, "The infrastructure needed to make NFC convenient isn't quite there yet. But we added a NFC chip to iPhone 5 anyway."
"So when it is there, you'll be ready for it."