Apple didn't spend hundreds of millions investing in maps just give Google the middle finger.. Apple has the money to buy the resource it needs to build up their maps solution up to par faster than when Google first started their mapping solution a decade ago.
NFC can be used other than e-wallets you know.. On the subject of mobile payments, with carriers, credit card companies, hardware manufacturers arguing over NFC who better to get NFC moving forward than the company known to do whatever the hell they want? Apple..
If I understood it correctly, it means there's going to be transit, walking, hiking, etc. except its coming from 3rd party developers, and it will be integrated inside the maps app. I take that to mean there's going to be plenty of choices soon.