How Apple Could Use NFC
An Apple patent titled "Integrated Coupon Storage, Discovery and Redemption System" details a repository application similar to Passport for mobile coupon redemptions. The patent describes how users would redeem coupons by presenting the mobile device to a store clerk to enter the barcode or using near-field communication technology. The patent calls it a "near field payment system offered by the location." Although Apple didn't offer a NFC chip in the iPhone 5, perhaps developers changed their mind.