Alleged iPhone 5 SIM card tray seemingly confirms use of nano SIM

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.

source: Nowhere Else (translated) via MacRumors

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1. Tux4g63

Posts: 121; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

While the stated reason might be for the additional space savings, is it really that much more extra space compared to a micro sim? I just have a feeling they are doing it to explicitly make it more difficult for users to swap a single sim between devices.

2. JC557

Posts: 1921; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

You'd be surprised how much space a full size SIM slot and SD card slot takes up in an electronic item. The slot may look small and slim but the main connectors/ housing inside the phone are quite large. The microSD and microSIM take up less space allowing for more efficient use of phone real estate *I've cracked open my Droid Charge (full sim) and Cowon D2 mp3 player.

4. Tux4g63

Posts: 121; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

I agree a full size SIM slot takes up a lot of space, but I am comparing Apples current Micro-SIM to the proposed Nano-SIM standard that they are going to use. The size difference between those two is literally millimeters.

9. JC557

Posts: 1921; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Not defending Apple at all here but a mm or 2 makes a difference as the slot is larger inside than what we see on the outside. Of course I still prefer Nokia's implementation.

10. JessJess unregistered

"I just have a feeling they are doing it to explicitly make it more difficult for users to swap a single sim between devices." To what end and for what purpose? Making the SIM smaller is good! Smaller the better really. Why should we care? If I want a new SIM I just call my provider and they send me one (and deactivate my old one). I don't think it's common for a person to hot swap sims between devices constantly....

23. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

that's what i'm thinking

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31323; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I think so too

30. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Agreed micro sim is almost becoming the norm now and apple don't want ifans under their control to have the ability to put their sims in any other phone than the iPhone. The hassle the initial use of micro sim by apple in the iPhone 4 caused was very high,especially when so many handsets had to be sent for DOA testing and repairs for dropping calls. The amount of sim changes down over these doas etc witnessed in store was unprecedented Apple simply want a sim card for iPhone only and no other phone,its like it or lump it for ifans,if your iPhone doesn't work apple simply want you to get another iphone for u to make calls. God forbid apple customers might get the experience of using their sim in an s3 or similar,apple fear that. Blatant refusal to use the EU legal requirement of a micro USB charger is along similar lines to this from apple

3. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Seriously, and people wonder why I hate Apple. I mean it's okay to have your own eco-system somewhat, look at Samsung, Sony and HTC, sure they're all Android manufacturers, but each have a different ecosystem, Samsung has Samsung account which is used for DIVE, HTC has Sense & Sony (I'm not sure what it is, but I'm sure they have their own). However, parts like microUSB cables, SIM cards, SD cards are all compatible with one another. Why does Apple have to be so stupidly different and anti-competitive? Using a weird easily damaged large port for cables, making all accessories incompatible with anything else but their own, and when they adopted MicroSim, no one complained and slowly adapted to it, and just when everyone has made it a standard, they f**king use a nanoSim so that it's difficult to switch between devices...and to top that off, if they're going to change the port connector, why not MicroUSB instead of another Apple-exclusive port? Is it faster? Obviously not...Seriously, go to hell Apple.

5. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

The nanosim Apple designed has been accepted as the industry standard. Apple agreed to not charge royalties on it so everyone could use their design. There's also a good reason for it explained JC557. So here Apple does everything you supposedly want them to do, but you still hate them.

6. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Seriously, What can 1cm do for the new iPhone? Add an extra GB of RAM? What's the point? What I'm mad about is not that Apple is charging royalties or some crap like that, what I'm pissed about is that they just change the standard as and when they like like they own the friggin smartphone market. A standard should be something everyone or at least majority has adapted to, MicroSIM is, NanoSIM is not and now we're back to 2010 when the iPhone 4 was the only phone with MicroSIM.

7. JessJess unregistered

Cannot tell if serious or just troll.

8. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

The whole smartphone market was switching to nano sims. This isn't Apple's idea. There was a big debate about who's design would be used and Apple ended up winning. See how you're mad at Apple for no reason. You just automatically hate anything that has their name involved.

11. Jasonhunterx

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

For once you make sence


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Totally agree. What's wrong with Taco today.... He's got 9 thumbs up, wow....

31. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

He has many log in alias

24. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Hurray, now you know how you sound like in every other article here. Yeah, you can pretty much say I hate anything Apple does because 1) It doesn't benefit me as a consumer in anyway since I will never use an Apple product (My overpriced Nano will be my first and last Apple product) and 2) Not only does it not benefit me, I'll be missing out because Apple keeps everything within their closed walls. "Oh, you wanna buy that cool speaker dock? Too bad, you'll have to buy an iPhone just so you can use it."

28. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Not wanting to use Apple products and hating is two different things. Hating a tech company shows you have some major issues. It's ok your ignorance has been shown on this thread.

32. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Oh yes, the one time I didn't know something and you did totally outweighs all the times you were dumb and stupid, good job...Oh btw, just to complete your whole "I'm so smart & right" front, how about showing a source?

40. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

taco, you are either clueless or a big time apple fanboy. I suspect both! Apple is in cohort with the carriers, now they can charge you again for registration and the nano sim card when you upgrade to iPhone 5.

45. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012

You are a puppet in a master's need of awaking....You represent what apple is doing to this entire world.........Unity is bad if you're on the wrong side my friend....... wake up man... wake up

22. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

its not just 1cm this cm translates into less space inside your phone. and with that other optimizations come around

20. Aeires unregistered

Agreed, why someone complains when internal components are made smaller is anyone's guess.

41. hawke9150

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

Yeah right, Once Apple sees that they can charge another manufacture, they will sue them for copying and demand payments and or they will ban those devices from being sold.

12. Jasonhunterx

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

Frydaexii you give android fans a bad name your very miseducated

21. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Really? I hardly see you around here...I'll only take that statement from reputable members here.

13. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I agree with taco here. Everyone is going to NanoSIM (which is a bit quick, as only LTE phones and iPhones use the micro to my knowledge), and apple's design won out (I like Nokia's better). That said, your statement about accessories is spot on. There was an almost universal agreement between OEMs to use MicroUSB as as the charging and data standard for phones for the time being, but apple stubbornly continues to use and implement its own proprietary designs. It's selfish and creates a negative experience for.the customer

15. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Can you explain why you like Nokia's design better?

33. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

As I recall, I preferred their notch layout which eased installation and removal, and that it could have been implemented without a tray, saving room and a minuscule amount of weight depending on implementation. I don't have access to the designs right now, but I'll find them after work and try to update my stated rationale

36. JC557

Posts: 1921; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Agreed. I was hoping for Nokia to win the bid as the design made more sense.

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