Remember when the original iPad launched, Apple introduced a new SIM card size to the world? The micro-SIM. Apple then used the same minuscule card in the iPhone 4, as well as the iPad 2. Why? Because it (obviously) allows the SIM card slot to be smaller, and that leaves more room for other components (read: battery, in Apple’s case), or can be used to make devices smaller and slimmer.
And it now seems that micro isn’t small enough for Apple. During Reuters‘ Global Technology Summit, Orange’s head of mobile services, Anne Bouverot, said that last week Apple submitted “a new requirement to ETSI for a smaller SIM form factor — smaller than the one that goes in iPhone 4 and iPad”. ETSI is the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, and, as its name implies, it oversees standardization in the mobile space in Europe (though with wordwide projection).
The current SIM card sizes
A spokesman for ETSI has confirmed that Apple made the proposal for the new standard for SIM cards, but a decision on whether to start the standardization work has not been made yet. This work can take more than a year, if there’s some disagreement between industry players. However, if there is broad consensus among the companies in the standards committee, the process can take only a few months.
It remains to be seen how it will be in this case, yet there’s no logical reason for anyone to disagree with Apple’s proposal. In this field at least, it certainly looks like smaller is always better. And if that will lead to smaller, sleeker devices with better battery life – what’s not to like?
Full disclosure: I have no idea if “nano” actually means something smaller than something which is “micro”.
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