Apple Proposes Smaller SIM Card Standard To Make Thinner iPhones And iPads


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Reuters reports that Apple has proposed a smaller SIM card standard to (European telecoms standards body) ETSI. The proposed SIM card is smaller than the micro-SIM card used in iPhone 4 and iPad.

The smaller SIM form factor will help Apple make thinner iPhones and iPads 3G. Some major mobile operators like Orange are also backing Apple’s new SIM card design.

Reuters reports:

“We were quite happy to see last week that Apple has submitted a new requirement to (European telecoms standards body) ETSI for a smaller SIM form factor — smaller than the one that goes in iPhone 4 and iPad,” said Anne Bouverot, Orange’s head of mobile services.

“They have done that through the standardization route, through ETSI, with the sponsorship of some major mobile operators, Orange being one of them,” she told the Paris leg of the Reuters Global Technology Summit.

It will still take some time for Apple’s proposal to be accepted, so don’t expect it to be adopted in iPhone 5. You can checkout the dimensions of the different SIM cards below:

The dimensions of Apple’s proposed new SIM card standard is not yet known.

Let us know what you think about the possibilities of future iPhones coming with a smaller SIM card slot.

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