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.