Apple is trying to outmaneuver Nokia, RIM, Motorola
and others, and introduce its own design for the next generation of SIM cards. It is signing up subsidiaries with voting rights to overturn Nokia's majority in the crucial period before the ETSI board votes in favor of a nano-SIM standard. The rest of the industry was hesitant that Apple will try and impose licencing fees on its mechanism, but Cupertino offered it all for free
Apple's tray-loading proposal basically strips the plastic from the current micro-SIM cards that are in the iPhone 4/4S, but Nokia is concerned that the remaining part has the same length as the width of the current slots, so users might try and jam the cards sideways. Nokia's design, on the other hand, has notches cut in it, which can allow it to latch into place like a microSD card.
The vote is scheduled this week by ETSI in Southern France, and we can't wait to see who will win. The European carriers are all backing Apple's tray-loading standard, so it's going to be a rough fight for the nano-prize.