When Apple announced the iPhone 4, they also announced the Micro SIM which is a SIM card that is much smaller than the ones used by the majority of mobile networks, and now it looks like Apple wants an even smaller SIM card.
According to Reuters, Apple is proposing an even smaller SIM card and is attempting to get it adopted as the industry standard size, and it looks like the plan has the backing of the major mobile operators which include Orange and others.
Apple are attempting to get this new smaller SIM card adopted as standard, and the European telecoms standards body (ETSI) has confirmed that Apple has proposed a new smaller SIM card.
“This process may take some time, up to a year or more, if there is strong disagreement between industry players. However, when there is broad consensus among the companies participating in the standards committee, the process can be accelerated to a number of months,”
A new smaller SIM card would allow Apple and other smartphone manufacturers to make thinner smartphone, and if it is approved it could be adopted by the majority of smartphone manufacturers.
Don’t expect to see this new smaller SIM card in the iPhone 5, the process of getting it approved could take up to a year or longer, and it could also be opposed by some manufacturers which could cause delays.