Sounds like Apple is being nice. Which immediately makes you wonder if Cupertino wants something. And it does.
It's promising royalty-free licenses to patents involving its nano-SIM design if accepted, throwing down the gauntlet to the likes of Nokia.
It's straight from the horse's mouth here with “an unequivocal commitment to grant royalty-free licenses to any Apple patents essential to nano-SIM” promised in a letter from Infinite Loop to the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI).
Apple may be feeling a little rattled by Nokia. Although no longer the world-class and leading phone maker that it may have been ten years ago, the Finnish company has been leading the way with "most" European carriers behind its standard.
It appears Apple has sent this letter to offset concerns that it could soon hold the rights over sim-card designs and then use that position to bully other manufacturers in the future. Its Micro-SIM idea has been adopted by a few others but not widely yet.