Apple proposes even smaller SIM card standard

Apple proposes even smaller SIM card standardFirst came the SIM, then the micro SIM. So what would you call a new kind of SIM card even smaller than that?

Well, that's a question we might have to devote some more time to, as Apple has put forward a proposal a new super-small standardised SIM in order to produce slimmer gadgets.

News of the proposal came from Orange head of mobile services Anna Bouverot, who told Reuters it was happy to get behind the concept.

“We were quite happy to see last week that Apple has submitted a new requirement to (European telecoms standards body) ETSI for a smaller SIM form factor – smaller than the one that goes in iPhone 4 and iPad,” she said.

“They have done that through the standardization route, through ETSI, with the sponsorship of some major mobile operators, Orange being one of them.”

It's not entirely clear just how much smaller we're taking about here, although we'd argue that even the most drastic size cut wouldn't make too much difference because of how small and then even the full-sized SIM is.

Still, Bouverot confidently predicted that should everything go to plan we could be seeing the first devices featuring the new cards next year.

Read more about: OrangeApple iPad 2Apple iPhone 4

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5 comments

Andy247  May. 18, 2011 at 11:39

Nice, making them small enough to just be the gold contact will in no way increase the likelihood of it being damaged due to being inserted/removed in multiple devices!
Huzzah for Apple.

they've also patented a handset which has the SIM built in without it being accessible to the user, it would then have to be provisioned by the network, or more likely, the Apple store. Let's hope that never sees the light of day!

JanSt / MOD  May. 18, 2011 at 11:51

Oh gee, aren't they caring? Funny though how the mighty not-so-small prorietary usb connector is not too big eh... ;)

blizzard7  May. 18, 2011 at 12:07

@JanSt
Well a patent for a super small one has just surfaced so they might finally get round to that high-tech connector they've been using for about 10 years now! :p

@Andy247
I also had the exact same thought, surely it's just going to be so much easier to stick your greasy digits onto the contacts and maybe even damage it. I feel like a microsurgeon enough when I have to ply a regular SIM out of my phone. Micro-SIM, yeah it's cool, Mini-micro-SIM, umm... maybe not.

CTPAHHIK  May. 19, 2011 at 08:29

Do away with SIM card all together. Verizon never had one and will not use them. Figure out a way for this to work for GSM phones.

Chernov  May. 20, 2011 at 19:42

@ctpahhik - Lol there was a BT Cellnet phone back in the day like that. People used to hack the firmware and make calls. When you rebooted the phone, you got another 5er worth of credit on the phone to use again. And with people prying their handsets open these days, no way in hell Baldob's going to loose money if networks refuse to buy the phone due to security concerns.

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