SIM cards are pretty small. The Micro-SIM within the iPhone
4 and iPad
is even smaller. But is there a need to go even smaller? One could argue
that you could never actually have an electronic component that's small
enough; the world of tech is constantly evolving, and having smaller
SIM cards would allow for smaller phones in the future. A Reuters report
suggests that Apple has already "proposed" a standard SIM card size
that's smaller than the ones already in use, and that's according to an
Orange executive. Orange is a cellular provider in France, so the rumor
definitely has some legs.
The European telecoms standards body (ETSI) also confirmed the report,
but work on the project had yet to begin. Something like this takes
months, even years, to fully iron out, particularly if it's an
industry-wide change that would have to be adopted on a global scale.
Anne Bouverot, Orange's head of mobile services, had this to say: "We
were quite happy to see last week that Apple has submitted a new
requirement to ETSI for a smaller SIM form factor -- smaller than the
one that goes in iPhone 4 and iPad. They have done that through the
standardization route, through ETSI,
with the sponsorship of some major mobile operators, Orange being one of
Is this a sign that Apple wants a micro-micro-SIM in the next iPhone?
Given just how long something like this takes, we're thinking they may
be considering such a card in the iPhone 6...should a device by that
name ever surface, of course.