re: Apple iOS7: What's Missing
Apple did not talk about Bluetooth LE at WWDC because it is already supported in the iPhone 4s and newer devices. Apple's answer to NFC was simply that they don't intend to support it. Unlike other device makers, Apple intentionally does not support every new gee-wiz feature. Whereas other phone makers may attempt to overwhelm its customers with the breadth of its features, Apple tends to focus on depth and usefulness.
Now that NFC has been in the market for a while, how useful is it, really? For transferring files, the iOS AirDrop feature appears to be much more useful, but perhaps, not as fun as trying to physically tap every phone in the room. As a payment system, NFC requires special readers which are generally not available whereas Passbook cards can be read with any optical scanner and works just fine for me at the local Starbucks or boarding a plane at the airport. One of the differences between Apple and Google is that Apple does not have to own everything to be successful. Google Wallet sounds more like a gimmick at this stage of the game and I am not sure where I could actually use it. Passbook can can simply store cards or tickets and make them available when needed and it already integrates with Square Payment System.