Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller said that Passbook alone does what most customers want and works without existing merchant payment systems. It's not clear that NFC is the solution to any current problem, Schiller said. "Passbook does the kinds of things customers need today."
In regards to wireless charging, Schiller notes the charger still needs to be plugged into the wall so it's unclear how much convenience they add. "Having to create another device you have to plug into the wall is actually, for most situations, more complicated," Schiller said.
When asked why the new Lightning dock connector was introduced, Schiller said it wasn't possible to make devices as thin as they new iPhones or iPods using the old connector.
Notably, he said they didn't take changing the connector lightly. "This is the new connector for many years to come."