Apple's got their iPad 2 event confirmed for March 2nd and according to sources close to Apple, iOS 4.3's been given the Gold status. Which means that the same March 2nd event could be used to launch iOS 4.3. Its biggest function seems to be fixing the gap between GSM and CDMA iPhones.
iPhone 5 could have NFC
More importantly, Apple's submitted a patent application with a sketch of what can only be guessed as the iPhone 5. It's got an icon for an E-Wallet application. Which means that Apple's preparing to add NFC in the iPhone 5, which has been a trend for smartphones in general. Rumours had already been circulating about NFC in iPhone 5 and the patent application just strengthens them.
We'll find out more about iOS 4.3 in March (check back here) and NFC in the iPhone 5 most likely around June (again, check back here). Stay tuned.