Why do iPhone's use micro sims?

Is there a gneuine reason or just Apple being different?

Most Useful Answer CTPAHHIK  Jun. 10, 2011 at 07:55

It's amazing that not a single company followed Apple. One of the blunders of Apple. Should have kept it the way it is. Let's reinvent the wheel, but make it square instead.

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blizzard7  Jun. 9, 2011 at 19:05

Simply put, a micro-SIM does everything a SIM does, it's just smaller. Apple probably saved about a gram in weight and a millimetre in size. That's about it.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 9, 2011 at 20:16

If Apple were truly concerned about size, they wouldn't use the largest proprietary usb connector in recent history...

CTPAHHIK  Jun. 9, 2011 at 22:56

Apple wants to do everything differently. No good reason for smaller SIM card.

blizzard7  Jun. 10, 2011 at 00:37

That would make too much sense though. Much better to make something already fiddly to handle even harder to hold.

CTPAHHIK  Jun. 10, 2011 at 07:55

It's amazing that not a single company followed Apple. One of the blunders of Apple. Should have kept it the way it is. Let's reinvent the wheel, but make it square instead.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 10, 2011 at 08:24

Thank g*d other manufacturers din't follow. I hate it, and furthermore, dear Apple, it means I'll often refrain from using an ithingy because I won't swap my main sim to microsim everytime I want to try out something on an iPhone, and using a different sim/number isn't always sufficient.
Not to mention idiotic things such as networks running out of microsims - in Januar this year and October 2010 Vodafone had iPhones but no microsims for one and two weeks respectively.

mrew42  Jun. 10, 2011 at 09:37

Agree with Jan.
A complete Apple booboo.

Infinite Element  Jun. 10, 2011 at 13:29

SIM cards are unnecessarily large; 2/3rds of the old SIM design was just plastic. Apple want to put as much hardware into a device that's as thin as possible.

A smaller SIM means more space for other hardware. And you can get an adapter if you want to use the SIM in a non-micro phone.

Don't listen to people who think it's Apple being awkward. Do you really think they would make a smaller SIM, knowing that they'd lose a few petty customers as a result, for no apparent reason?

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 10, 2011 at 13:42

Yes. That is what I believe.

No mass storage has nothing to do with safety. It's Apple being 'awkward'.
No micro-USB - Apple being awkward.
No way to activate an iPhone without iTunes - ...you know where this is going.

alg  Jun. 10, 2011 at 14:18

@JanSt - when iOS 5 comes out, the no iTunes things will happen. And apple are also signed up to the microUSB charger initiative as well - just expect a micro-usb to apple adapter to be essential. :-)

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 10, 2011 at 14:47

Yeah, alg, me knows ;)
Some progress :)

Thomas70  Jul. 6, 2011 at 15:07

My opinion: Apple wanted to sell the iPad 3G and the iPhone 4 as "unlocked" but still wanted to make sure that only their favorite MNOs were able to supply people with contracts.
Nowadays it's not that of an issue anymore but in the iPad beginning you really could only get the Micro SIM from a select few MNOs. This was before people noticed that you could help yourself with scissors of course...

michellemcintyre  Jul. 13, 2011 at 16:51

Have just received my first iphone. I have 7 days to cancel the deal. I am a bit perturbed that I can only get it started with itunes and wondering is it the beginnning of my having to buy i-everything and should I get out while I have the chance??! Is the iphone 4 really worth it??

blizzard7  Jul. 13, 2011 at 20:19

Whether a phone is right for you may not strictly be a pros/ cons thing, but an emotional thing as well. Have a play around with it and if it doesn't push your buttons then it might not be the phone for you. Also as you mentioned, iPod + iTunes is a very closed ecosystem, so if you decide against it later, you can kiss your apps goodbye, whereas if you bought a WP7 phone or Android, you're free to swap from manufacturer to manufacturer.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 13, 2011 at 20:27

Yes, have a play with it. Once it's activated via iTunes on your PC/Mac, you don't need iTunes anymore. Except, ahem, to transfer songs, videos, and apps... But you can download apps and tracks straight to the phone, also.

I use Linux as my main PC OS, and iTunes is not available for Linux OSs, so I say, screw Apple :p

but I've owned iPhones, and I can see why some peeps love it.

Infinite Element  Jul. 13, 2011 at 21:35

Surprised nobody has mentioned the fact that iOS 5 (coming later this year) won't need a PC in order to sync - just a data connection. They're also including a feature to wirelessly sync, so they're pretty much eliminating the need for iTunes entirely, if you're not a fan.

I used iTunes before I even had an iDevice, so the transition when I got an iPhone was pretty painless for me.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 13, 2011 at 22:28

Well, you'd rely on Apple's cloud then... O_o

shuwaz  Jul. 14, 2011 at 00:01

As much as I hate to say it cos I am anti-Apple (cant stand them, much more prefer Oranges any day of the week) the micro-sim actually saves them some money (think how many of those suckers Apple have had to produce/fork out for?) and its another way to help Apple stay... unique!


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