Alleged iPhone 5 SIM card tray seemingly confirms use of nano SIM
Something that is pretty certain about the next iPhone iteration is that the device will use a nano-SIM card. As the name implies, the new module is smaller than its predecessor – the micro-SIM card, and therefore occupies less space inside the smartphone. As a result, engineers will have additional room to fit more components inside the handset, such as more integrated circuits or antennas.
Now thanks to a French blog called Nowhere Else, we have a better idea as to what the nano-SIM card tray of the iPhone 5 (or "the new iPhone", perhaps) will look like. The component, if legit, shows that its design remains mostly unchanged, except for the smaller form factor. That said, getting the SIM card out will require the use of a paper clip, or a similar tool that can release the mechanism holding the tray in place.
Besides the use of the nano-SIM card standard, developed by Apple itself, the next iPhone is expected to come with a bigger, 4-inch display. The unit itself is said to be even slimmer than its predecessor. Whether any of those rumors are true or not will be known in a few months, once the device is officially announced. If rumors are to be trusted, that might happen no later than September 12.