Apple promises to play nice over new SIM cards

Apple promises to play nice over new SIM cardsSounds 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.

Via Slashgear

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blizzard7  Mar. 26, 2012 at 19:17

Man, if people thought the move from SIM to micro-SIM was pointless, I don't think they'll be happy about having to move again to nano-SIM.
http://www.cophieu68.com/image_news/201203/104018_m2.jpg

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 26, 2012 at 20:02

Lol @ Apple wanting a Nano SIM whilst they still use the massive 30 pin connector hahahahahahahahahaha :D. *Inner Troll Released*

jmarcelino  Mar. 26, 2012 at 20:50

Apple probably has another use in mind, but looking at that picture I can see that two nanoSIMs would easily fit within the same space as one current mini SIM.

This would be quite useful for Dual SIM phones.

Treab  Mar. 26, 2012 at 20:50

Lol @ Apple wanting a Nano SIM whilst they still use the massive 30 pin connector hahahahahahahahahaha :D. *Inner Troll Released*

quick get a good mod to delete this post.

blizzard7  Mar. 26, 2012 at 21:04

Lol @ Apple wanting a Nano SIM whilst they still use the massive 30 pin connector hahahahahahahahahaha :D. *Inner Troll Released*

quick get a good mod to delete this post.


:p

jmarcelino  Mar. 26, 2012 at 22:41

You mean the 30 pin connector just like the one Samsung (and Dell and Advent) recently adopted for use on their tablets?

Don't worry it'll change soon.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 26, 2012 at 22:58

Yeah...those tablets which (mostly) don't even have a SIM card and even if they do, size isn't an issue, as by definition tablets are already big. My comments were aimed at smartphones, as I'm sure you well know, you just decided to pick a pointless argument (seems to be your theme of the day).

jmarcelino  Mar. 26, 2012 at 23:18

I prefer that any mobile devices have a common connector, this way my iPad accessories also work with the iPhone, so there shouldn't be a distinction on device size.

As for the argument it was actually picked by you, kind of funny you feel it's now pointless. IMHO the connector is irrelevant to a sim card discussion, but if a MOD feels it's on topic I'm fine with discussing it.

blizzard7  Mar. 26, 2012 at 23:23


As for the argument it was actually picked by you, kind of funny you feel it's now pointless. IMHO the connector is irrelevant to a sim card discussion, but if a MOD feels it's on topic I'm fine with discussing it.


Game over Matt. :p

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 26, 2012 at 23:36

I made a statement, not an argument. I used no persuasive language and aimed it at no one in particular. Anyway, you pulled me up on my comment, how exactly is that me starting an argument?

As for me saying you started a pointless argument, I stand by that. You brought up tablets when what I was referring to was, quite clearly, phones. It becomes a null point when you bring tablets into the equation.

jmarcelino  Mar. 27, 2012 at 00:59

If you're going on technicality then I didn't make an argument either, just asked a question :)

As for the tablet/phone topic, we might be looking at the issue from different angles - from where I stand they're more similar than you're suggesting. Like with phones there really isn't much free space inside a modern, slim, tablet. Look at the new iPad teardowns for example.

While a next generation process will make those CPUs smaller, more powerful (and bigger) GPUs are coming. Those upcoming multiple-frequency LTE chips won't get any smaller either and battery tech is not improving by much. So even in tablets space is at a premium and every bit of useless plastic helps.

Maybe also worth keeping in mind this nanoSIM change won't come for this year's iPhone, that design is already done a dusted. This is for next year's at the earliest, however Apple needs to know which standard to go for. Of course by next year we might already have a new connector too.

Now this was an argument :)

jmarcelino  Mar. 27, 2012 at 02:50

Just one more note before I go bed for the day :)

The Verge has excellent coverage of the nanoSIM standard, including Apple, Nokia's and RIM's proposals.

http://www.theverge.com/2012/3/26/2904153/apple-vs-nokia-4ff-nano-sim

Apple seems to be the most conventional approach, and essentially just strips the plastic out of the regular SIM. The connections remain the same.

Nokia and RIM's all change the connection substantially, they look more like memory cards than SIMs.

I think Apple is clearly the easiest one to adapt. You can just pop their suggested nanoSIM into a plastic holder and use it in any other phone. Maybe even cut existing SIMs if their slim enough.

Not so with Nokia or RIM's proposal.

Pondlife  Mar. 27, 2012 at 23:06

Still want to see the M2M SIM MFF2 :)

I like the careful wording "essential" sounds like there could be features that aren't aren't essential but will be desirable.

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