Apple Reportedly Asking For Even Smaller SIM Card

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News Posted: Wed, May 18 2011 10:03 PM
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 them."

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.
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Joel H replied on Wed, May 18 2011 11:20 PM

It's downright silly to think that smaller SIM cards are going to allow for smaller phones. The length and width of a phone is dictated by its screen size and battery size. These devices can't magically shrink forever; they have to be comfortable to type on, fit the hand well, etc. Existing SIM cards are already just a fraction of an inch thick (they aren't going to matter to future devices, and the current micro flavor is small enough that there's no way shrinking it will somehow increase internal real estate *or* allow for new designs.

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Dave_HH replied on Thu, May 19 2011 12:21 AM

Agreed. I don't see the point of a smaller sim card, other than the potential of me crushing it in my ape-like hands.

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The current micro SIM card is more than small enough. Until the day comes when phones switch over to wireless video to glasses, with input my glove finger motions, then there is no need for a smaller SIM card.

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HHGrrl replied on Thu, May 19 2011 8:00 PM

I don't see a point in having a smaller SIM card, at least not for the time being. On a good note, I'm glad to see Apple is at least proposing a new standard instead of creating a new Apple-only standard. Not that they probably have much of a choice in this regard, but still....

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