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Apple Still Fighting for Smaller SIM Card Standard for Future iPhones


Current micro-SIM (bottom right) punched out of a mini-size SIM card (top right)

The Financial Times reports that Apple is up against rival smartphone makers over the next industry standard for miniaturized SIM cards. (via Engadget).

In May 2011, we reported that Apple had submitted a proposal for a standardized SIM Card design smaller than the micro-SIM currently used in the iPhone 4S and iPad. A smaller SIM card design would allow Apple to create smaller and thinner devices.

Other companies including Motorola, Research in Motion, and Nokia are pushing their own standards for these so-called "nano-SIM" cards.
Micro-Sims are already common in the latest generation of smart devices, such as Apple’s iPhone 4S and Nokia’s Lumia. The nano-Sim is thinner and about a third smaller than the micro-Sim, and would allow more space for other functions.
Apple is said to be already backed by "most of the European operators". Apple has reportedly taken some controversial steps to gain more votes in the final decision on proposals next week.

One of Nokia's objections to Apple's proposal is the use of a "drawer" to protect the nano-SIM card. The drawer design is seen on the iPhone 4S and iPad, allowing the user to eject the SIM from the side of the device.

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33 months ago
I want the internal sim card where i can switch carriers at will without swapping any parts.
Rating: 25 Votes
33 months ago

I want the internal sim card where i can switch carriers at will without swapping any parts.


Apple apparently proposed this (eSIM), but carriers said no.

arn
Rating: 22 Votes
33 months ago
Smaller sims are the way to go. Make way for more battery!
Rating: 17 Votes
33 months ago

Because Apple wants a PATENT on it which will force everyone to pay Apple even more money.

Basically, Apple wants *ZERO* competition.


Where does it say that Apple wants it patented? I didn't see that in the article.
Rating: 16 Votes
33 months ago

Apple apparently proposed this (eSIM), but carriers said no.

arn


Yep, that's what i was thinking of, alas I can still hope....
Rating: 14 Votes
33 months ago

Where does it say that Apple wants it patented? I didn't see that in the article.


In the actual Financial Times article it said:

All handset makers would be able to use the design chosen under licence but the Apple-led proposal has caused some concern among its rivals that the US group might eventually own the patents


making wikus correct in his judgment.
Rating: 12 Votes
33 months ago
From a technical standpoint, why should a drawer be part of a SIM card standard? Does anybody think this makes any sense? If you want a drawer - use it. Others may prefer different design. The card should be compatible with all of them - just like it is now. The only reason for Apple to push for this stupid standard is to eliminate the design advantage that many competitor phones have now. With replaceable batteries, they obviously do not need any drawers. Apple does. If you want to have a replaceable battery AND still have to have a SIM card with a drawer, you introduce unnecessary parts to your design. And the way Apple is trying to achieve it - by buying seats in European Telecommunications Standards Institute - is just disgusting. Clear abuse of market power. 1984 anybody?

Rating: 9 Votes
33 months ago
I find it ironic that they want to make a smaller SIM card, but then require a drawer to hold it, effectively making the required space larger again. Bizarre.
Rating: 9 Votes
33 months ago
First of all, a full sized SIM card is the one shown *left* in the image. A mini SIM card is the one broken out of it, and Apple made a micro SIM card by again braking something out.

Second, a SIM card has its merits. If I travel abroad or maybe do some sports activity, where my iPhone might break, I might want to take some other phone compared to my iPhone with me. I can easily equip that other phone with my SIM card. Yes, this would also be possible with an electronic SIM, but just swapping a piece of plastic is a very simple thing that even non-tech savvy people can do.
Rating: 6 Votes
33 months ago

Apple should unlock iPhone first when contract ends.


That's not really Apple's fault though, its a carrier issue. They request the phone and lock it. Apple doesn't have much say in that.
Rating: 5 Votes

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