Apple’s 40 percent smaller Nano SIM proposal gets a go-ahead

By , Jun 1, 2012

Following an amusing public back and forth between Apple on one side and Research In Motion, Motorola and Nokia on the other, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) this morning decided to officially back Apple’s proposal for an upcoming miniaturized SIM card standard that provides for a thinner, smaller mobile devices…

According to the official announcement on the organization’s website, Nano SIM cards are 40 percent smaller, measuring 12.3mm x 8.8mm x 0.67mm thick.

The new form factor was adopted by industry with the involvement of major mobile network operators, smart card suppliers and mobile device manufacturers. The new design will be published in due course in ETSI’s TS 102 221 specification, freely available like all ETSI standards from the ETSI website.

The Verge did their homework and discovered that even though ETSI doesn’t mention Apple by name, it’s clear that the chosen Nano SIM variant is mostly based on Apple’s proposal.

 

 

According to ETSI, the new SIM card design“will offer the same functionality as all current SIM cards”. It will also be backwards compatible with existing SIM card designs.

It’s going to be an industry standard, RIM, Motorola and Nokia be damned.

The new form factor was adopted by industry with the involvement of major mobile network operators, smart card suppliers and mobile device manufacturers.

Apple previously pledged to provide the technologies pertaining to its Nano SIM variant on a royalty-free basis, if accepted by the institute.

Just don’t expect the next iPhone to feature a Nano SIM tray as the standard isn’t expected to take off before 2013.

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  • http://twitter.com/GXGOW Nicolas Loots

    YES. Now it’s easier to lose your SIM card.

    • http://twitter.com/2morebatteries AAAA

      If you’re that clumsy, maybe you shouldn’t be changing your own SIM.

    • M Last

      are you taking off your SIM CARD everyday?

  • M Last

    Apple always has new idea & makes new products first on the world.that why I love this company

    • http://twitter.com/Dongiuj DonGiuj

      Correction, Apple don’t make anything.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002483908659 Brian Gtz

    there’s no problem if we can still cut our sims :P

  • Laszlo Gaspar

    nice, thats all i can say.

  • http://twitter.com/e420kush e420Kush

    Smaller components = good more room for other stuff, like more memory, more battery, more room for bigger screen. Can’t be a bad thing, and who seriously takes their sim card out that much that its a problem anyways? Unless I am switching phones for a warranty replacement, or getting a brand new upgrade, that sim card stays in there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shadmaster45 Shadee Musa

    I heard that Apple’s design did NOT get approved and that Rim, Nokia, Samsung… made there own design that included apples. The final product that got approved was not designed by apple.

    “Apple, a proponent of this evolution, had wanted their own design spec to become the official one. But handset makers objected and came up with a compromise”

  • M Last

    are you taking off your SIM CARD everyday?

  • http://www.grischke.net/ Maciek

    I haven’t seen my simcard since 24th october 2011 :P