Apple’s modified Nano SIM gets a showing off ahead of the final vote

By , May 9, 2012

An Apple-proposed variant of the upcoming Nano SIM card standard is being shown off at the International CTIA Wireless show. Apple modified the design around Nokia’s concerns and ahead of the final vote tally, which is mere days away. Voting for members of The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) began last month and wraps up in mid-May.

According to SIM card maker Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), the revised variant is being “driven by a supplier”, in this case Apple. So, how has Apple changed the original design to counter Nokia’s concerns? With a slight ‘how come I didn’t think of it’ tweak, that’s how…

Firstly, don’t count on the Apple-backed Nano SIM debuting on the next iPhone. Micro SIM took five years since ratification to appear in the iPhone 4. But don’t panic, Nano SIM could appear in devices in 2013, G&D hinted:

Adoption is being driven by a supplier. We’ll see a product very soon after ratification.

As for Nokia’s concern that Apple’s design – which originally called for a third-smaller SIM card with a tray – would require devices to be re-engineered with this in mind, Chriz Ziegler, writing for The Verge, explains:

A small amount of plastic has been added around the edges of the electrical contacts, making the new nano-SIM just long enough so that it can’t be forced lengthwise into an incompatible socket.

Though the modification saves little room inside devices, it nevertheless provides some additional space for other components compared to the Micro SIM it’s replacing.

More importantly, Nokia could no longer argue that Apple’s Nano SIM would makes it easy for customers to accidentally jam it into a Micro SIM slot. Let’s also not forget that Apple was granted a patent pertaining to so-called SIM connector, which lends itself nicely to Nano SIM.

A SIM card tray component leaked from a part supplier, shown below, also suggests the next iPhone will still feature a Micro SIM slot.

As you’ll recall, Nokia – with a little friendly help from RIM – is basically saying Apple’s variant is no good, accusing the iPhone maker of imposing the standard upon itself, Research In Motion and Motorola.

Apple on its part promised to license its Nano SIM to others on a royalty-free basis, to which Nokia threatened it won’t license essential patents pertaining to the standard should Apple prevail.

If Nokia’s proposal gets chosen, there’s nothing stopping the Finnish cell phone giant from extracting license fees from competitors.

Do you care about Nano SIM?

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  • http://wpleet.com WordPress Elite

    No i don’t care, as long as it have the same or better features than the current, it’s fine.

  • Anonymous

    i dont care either…

    PD: cut your MACRO-nails

  • Anonymous

    pleaseeeee help how can i fix my iphone’s sms timestamp it shows wrong time please help
    help

    • http://twitter.com/omgwutsthat Clark Wallace

      Does this look like a help forum to you?

    • http://twitter.com/PaulsiOSdevice Paul Flahan

      The question was, Do you care about the Nano SIM? That has nothing to do with time stamps.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1507068701 Jorit Studer

      Don’t evenlisten to this dumb fucks Clark and Paul… because of these kinda people the jailbreak community has a bad name ! -.-
      Oh and this sure is also a help forum, it’s ablog for IOS users..

      So anyway they pissed me a little off srry about that, here is your answer:
      You may want to try to reset the settings, Choose General > Reset and tap Reset All Settings.
      Try this hope it works for u.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Markieze-Anthony-Mitchell/768663899 Markieze Anthony Mitchell

    I think that this is the dumbest thing ever. Now when people have to go out and get the new iphone, again they have to go and register a new sim card and its a pain in the but. I would just like to get the new iphone, put in my micro sim card and go. Not buy the new iphone, wait a long time to activate it because at that time phones lines and waiting in the stores would be long. I dont see the point of this anyways. Barely saving any more space in there.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2JFDZXSTUH2HWGIM6NSZX66KWA Kurt

      great points….barely and saving in space. and the wait for activation can end up being more than just hours but days (weekend)…also dont forget it does cost money to buy a new sim card. not a lot but still, there is no need to spend more money on them

    • Anonymous

      That’s the worst reasoning ever. By your argument the iPhone should still use the original full size sim card because it’s an inconvenience for you to get a new one. Suck it up princess.

    • Anonymous

      That’s the worst reasoning ever. By your argument the iPhone should still use the original full size sim card because it’s an inconvenience for you to get a new one. Suck it up princess.

    • Anonymous

      Huh? That’s all you got? So innovation has to not cause you any extra time? Tell you what! DON’T BUY THE NEW iPHONE! Then you can save all kinds of time! In fact throw away your existing phone and save even more time!

    • Anonymous

      Huh? That’s all you got? So innovation has to not cause you any extra time? Tell you what! DON’T BUY THE NEW iPHONE! Then you can save all kinds of time! In fact throw away your existing phone and save even more time!

  • Anonymous

    It’s a sim card ffs, who cares.