SCVNGR's LevelUp added NFC support to its mobile-payment system last year in anticipation of an NFC-equipped iPhone. Apple never built such a phone, but LevelUp appears ready to promote NFC when the time is right.
Rumors swarm year after year that Apple will build an NFC-based "iWallet." So far all we've got is Passbook, which aggregates other companies' software-based wallets, but already there is speculation that this year Apple will finally take the NFC plunge. (Image: Bloomberg News)
Square has previously updated its hardware to support new technology, such as encryption. Could it add NFC too? Right now there doesn't seem to be a reason to, since Square's more probable next step would be to push greater use of the software-based Square Wallet. Pictured: Square CEO Jack Dorsey (Image: Bloomberg News)