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  • Apple To Embrace Smaller, Standardized SIM Cards


    According to comments made by an Orange executive to Reuters this morning, Apple is looking to embrace a standardized SIM card that is considerably smaller than those presently used in the iPhone and iPad. The reason? Apple will then be able to produce even thinner iDevices.

    On the other hand, just because Apple will have more space available inside of iOS devices doesn't mean they will choose to make the devices smaller. The additional space could easily be absorbed by a larger battery (something many iOS fans will likely support) or other tweaked and embellished components.

    "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 added.

    Of course, the plan is yet to manifest in reality. For now, officials for Orange reiterate the importance of patience, as it will likely take a substantial period of time before future generations of iPhones and iPads will actually sport the revamped SIM cards, which likely won't debut until 2012 at the absolute earliest.

    Source: Reuters
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple To Embrace Smaller, Standardized SIM Cards started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 20 Comments
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Smaller sim? I'm sure there will be regular size adapters for older phones.
    1. skiptowncat's Avatar
      skiptowncat -
      How much smaller can you make a sim?
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      Hopefully longer battery life.
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      Quote Originally Posted by delusion950 View Post
      Hopefully longer battery life.
      The iPhone already has the best battery life of any smartphone. How come everyone wants more?
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Because there is never enough.
      That is like asking you look rich enough, why do you want more money.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Changing SIM sizes every few years isn't exactly going to "standardize" anything.

      Quote Originally Posted by Michael Essany View Post
      The additional space could easily be absorbed by a larger battery
      Yeah saving a millimeter or two by using smaller SIMs will greatly increase the size of a battery.
      One more thing....we've added 4 seconds to the battery life!
    1. ajo610's Avatar
      ajo610 -
      they are making it smaller so its more risker to cut for unlocked user
    1. spider_romeo's Avatar
      spider_romeo -
      Make it difficult to unlocked user..... but we will find the way...
    1. ajo610's Avatar
      ajo610 -
      Quote Originally Posted by spider_romeo View Post
      Make it difficult to unlocked user..... but we will find the way...
      we always find a way
    1. Lombardo Joe's Avatar
      Lombardo Joe -
      Quote Originally Posted by Donnutt View Post
      The iPhone already has the best battery life of any smartphone. How come everyone wants more?
      Why not? I don't think more would be excessive. It's not like we have a trillion dollars and are drooling for two trillion. It seems like we have a couple thousand and could use a little more for a comfortable buffer.

      I go most days without running a charge, but some days I find myself at 70% before I even really start using the phone to procrastinate.


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Apple's goal should be to make the iPhone as slim as the iPod Touch 4. It feels so much better in the hand than the "iBrick" that is the new iPhone.
    1. reprazent1's Avatar
      reprazent1 -
      Standardized? Only good when all simcards are of the same standard...
    1. macleod1976's Avatar
      macleod1976 -
      Quote Originally Posted by spider_romeo View Post
      Make it difficult to unlocked user..... but we will find the way...
      in a few months, its not gonna matter in the US anyway:P At&t will be the only game in town using sims:P
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Quote Originally Posted by skiptowncat View Post
      How much smaller can you make a sim?
      So small that you can lose it when it's in your phone.
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      Quote Originally Posted by macleod1976 View Post
      in a few months, its not gonna matter in the US anyway:P At&t will be the only game in town using sims:P
      You mean my local GSM CarrIer isn't going to use a sim anymore?
    1. SwatPac's Avatar
      SwatPac -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      Apple's goal should be to make the iPhone as slim as the iPod Touch 4. It feels so much better in the hand than the "iBrick" that is the new iPhone.
      I disagree!

      I love everything about the i4. Even it's "ibrick"-y-ness. The 3G/3GS feel good too, but the i4 feels almost...well...
      "MAGICAL"
    1. iPittsburgh's Avatar
      iPittsburgh -
      I would hate the iPhone if it were as thin as an iPod touch.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      MicroSIM isn't small enough? well that'd be good though if they could fit a bigger battery. What would this SIM be called tho...
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      Quote Originally Posted by iPittsburgh View Post
      I would hate the iPhone if it were as thin as an iPod touch.
      I agree. You couldn't hold it. At least not like a phone. The iPhone 4 is about the thinnest I would like a phone to be.
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      On no planet does the iPhone need to get any thinner or smaller. If I had to choose, I'd rather it was bigger. Only hoes with skank jeans have any trouble fitting them into pockets.