Cast your mind back to November, and you might recall that Giesecke & Devrient announced it was working on a nano-SIM – a cheeky little chap that’s two-thirds the size of a micro-SIM.
Apple, one of the few manufacturers to use micro-SIMs, is – unsurprisingly – all for nano-SIM action, however its proposal to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has upset rival manufacturers.
The Financial Times cites “one person with knowledge of the committee” who explains that the Apple-led proposal would require a “drawer” to protect the nano-SIM. “Phones would need to be re-engineered with this in mind,” adds the source.
Under the proposal, all handset makers would be permitted to use the design under license, however there are concerns that Apple might ultimately own the related patents. Cue: protestation from Motorola, Nokia and RIM.
The proposal is thought to have the backing of most of Europe’s providers. However, just to be on the safe side, Apple is looking to register six subsidies, each wielding 45 ETSI votes each. Audacious!
Last year, Giesecke & Devrient explained: “Compared to the SIM cards most widely used today, the nano-SIM is almost 60 percent smaller. It offers device manufacturers the crucial advantage of freeing up extra space for other mobile phone components, such as additional memory or larger batteries.
“And because nano-SIM cards are significantly smaller and thinner, they will also make it easier to create thinner devices.”