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The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter, Apple Inc plans to include near-field communication (NFC), a technology that can be used to make payments wirelessly, in its upcoming smartwatch. The paper reported, the company is also expected to add the technology, which is used to transmit data wirelessly over short distances, to the next version of its iPhone. The people said, however, the smartwatch is unlikely to go on sale this year.

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