Apple proposing even smaller SIM card standard?

Apple proposing even smaller SIM card standard?

Reuters is reporting that Apple, ever the miniaturizer, is proposing an international standard for a SIM card even smaller the current iPad and iPhone 4 micro-SIM.

"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.

As TiPb answered previously, the current micro-SIM is already the third generation of shrunken-down SIM, following the standard, credit card-sized SIM, the popular mini-SIM used in the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS (and most other phones). How much smaller could they get? Pinky nail sized like micro SD?

Considering the carriers reportedly had a fit when Apple was rumored to considering building the SIM chips right into the iPhone, this is probably the next best solution. Less space taken up by the SIM, the more space is left for battery, right?

The only question is what would it be called? Super-mico? Pica-SIM?


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Apple proposing even smaller SIM card standard?


Any thing to stop jail breaks from becoming unlockers? Either way, Apple beat muscle nerd, so I think smaller sims are kinda pointless being that the iPhone is going to all carriers, FINALLY.

The mIcroSIM pisses me off. I can't swap between a 4 and other AT&T phone without a lot of nonsense. I wish a carrier would take the reigns and state they will adopt the micro for x period of time forward, rather than let manufacturers play the game.

I bought an adapater for a dollar on ebay and it's seamless. I switch between phones with no problem.

My carrier (Swisscom) ships Micro-SIMs together with a Mini-SIM adapter, which I find quite thoughtful.

Of course, make a new standard, one that's harder to swap, eventually require a special tool. It's just one step toward getting those embedded SIMs they really want.

It's all a part of the Nazi-like Apple control over their products as Steve Jobs spouts his Mein Kampf ideologies veiled in the form of products "for the people".
I know... it's far fetched and a little paranoia but it was fun to write. ;)

It's the same on the iPad. If you're on a Mac, you'll have to go to the top bar, hit Edit, then Special Characters. On a Windows machine... I don't know; sorry, can't help you there.

-.- on mac just hold the options key then pres the n, then let go of the options key and press n agan for ñ.
Windows alt+164 hold alt and punch that number in

The smaller sim for the iPhone 4 helped in a way to increase the size of the battery. It's not all that bad, guys.