Carriers Reportedly Testing Nano-SIMs for Apple Ahead of Next-Generation iPhone Launch

Following a report earlier this week claiming that European carriers have been stockpiling new nano-SIM cards in expectation of Apple using the smaller card in the next-generation iPhone, BGR now reports that carriers are indeed testing the new cards in partnership with Apple.

Multiple carrier sources have exclusively told BGR that Apple is supplying nano-SIM adapters so its carrier partners can test how nano-SIMs work on their networks in standard test devices before they are widely deployed when the new iPhone is introduced. This includes AT&T.

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SIM card form factors with nano-SIM at left (Source: Giesecke & Devrient)

As we noted in the our report earlier this week, a part leak back in early May suggested that Apple would continue to use micro-SIMs in the next-generation iPhone, but with the new nano-SIM standard backed by Apple having been approved last month the company may already be pushing forward to adopt it as a space-saving measure.

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Top Rated Comments

lifeinhd Avatar
156 months ago
I understand the need for testing, but isn't a nano SIM just a micro SIM that's been literally cut down? So what exactly is the need for so many carriers to test it as though it's a brand new card?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
appleguy123 Avatar
156 months ago
Why does it need to be tested? Isn't it exactly the same as a microsim with less plastic?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Simplicated Avatar
156 months ago
It's a rumor from BGR.

They're about as accurate and credible as Digitimes. Which means the rumor is likely wrong.

MacRumors is loathe to admit the credibility track record of its sources. They'd rather just have the page views without making any indication about the possible veracity of their sources.

Just read MacRumors as if it were science fiction. Most of the rumors here end up being false, so you should expect this site to be much more fiction than fact.
I should start reading MacFacts :D
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Diode Avatar
156 months ago
It makes sense to remove all the unnecessary plastic around it. Eventually all cell phone makers will benefit from the smaller size.

I wonder what actually needs testing though.

It's standard practice when you introduce anything new into a system.

It's a newly manufactured and designed device - anything could go wrong from a design flaw to a manufacturing defect.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Colpeas Avatar
156 months ago
Good. I never really understood the presence of that useless plastic piece surrounding the actual chip.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Starship77 Avatar
156 months ago
I'm waiting for the Invisa (http://chandaxi.posterous.com/the-ipod-invisa) SIM card.

I wish they called this SIM card the "Pequeño SIM"! :D:D
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)