Apple tweaks its nano-SIM design, awaiting Nokia's answer

Apple tweaks its nano-SIM design, awaiting Nokia's answer
You may remember that last time we talked about the new nano-SIM standard that's currently in the works, the vote that will decide which proposed design is going to be used was postponed, due to Nokia being unhappy with Apple's proposition. Here's the story in short:

A number of companies, including Nokia, RIM and Apple have proposed their design solutions for the next version of the SIM card, called nano-SIM. The reason they are doing this is because the industry feels it would be a good idea to make the SIM card even smaller than today's micro-SIM cards, in order to save space inside mobile devices that would be better used for other hardware. Once all the design propositions are in, ETSI — the organization that's managing the creation of the new standard — will conduct a voting phase, the results of which will determine which nano-SIM design is going to be used. However, Nokia raised the issue that there are some flaws in Apple's design, and thus the voting got postponed.

Today it becomes clear that the voting has now started, as Apple has made some needed tweaks to its design. The problem with its original offering was that it could be inserted into a micro-SIM tray by mistake. The new design has some added plastic to it, which does make it a tad bigger, but also ensures that the unwary user won't be able to insert it into a last-gen slot.

Although the winner of the vote is still unknown, there seems to be a pretty solid chance for Apple to win this one. First of all, SIM card pioneer Giesecke & Devrient has brought none other but Apple's design to showcase at CTIA. Additionally, although Nokia's design is the smallest, it is also said to limit backwards compatibility with current micro-SIM and mini-SIM card slots, making it a more difficult choice. Anyways, the results of the vote should be out by mid-May, it is then when we should now how the nano-SIM cards of the future are going to look like.

source: TheVerge



1. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

I-simcard... I wonder if this will be in the new iphone

2. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

ok, so the nano-sim card is being made bigger than a micro-sim card? What? Or is just how it fits into the slot?

5. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

No, it's smaller (look at the contacts and how much plastic is around them). Current "standard" SIMs are actually Mini-SIMs, the current smaller ones are Micro, and the next step down is Nano. Anything smaller than that would probably not be consumer-grade.

7. baldilocks

Posts: 1540; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Those drawings are blown up. All you have to do is look at the measurements and you could have seen that.

3. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

The point about backwards compatibility is good, though Nokia's design still seems most favorable

4. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

I actually prefer RIM's design the most (i know i can't believe it either). It's shaped completely different than current sim cards and would lead to less errors from not only users but from retailers using the incorrect card in the wrong device. I've seen some crazy lengths people in general will go to make a sim card "fit" in a device.

10. pbui.818

Posts: 78; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

I initially agree that the RIM design's unique look is highly desirable. However, because it is not the smallest, there would subsequently be a push to introduce pico-SIM cards. A design that looks like RIM's but is scaled down to Nokia's would be better. Unfortunately, as these keep getting smaller they end up resembling microSD cards (or nanoSD cards). Having the electrical contacts on the entire face as opposed to having leads along an edge does distinguish the cards between those two functions. I'm still not sure if the schematic is giving an accurate depiction of the visual appearance of the complete package design since (although Apple's is closest) none of the above quite match up with any photos I've seen.

6. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

nokia seems more logical to me anyway but then again there are stupid people in this world and no telling what they would try to stick it

8. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

well our fingers are not getting smaller. these things keeps getting smaller and smaller. soon we would need a tool to hold it and install it

9. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

dude it's so the companies have less space for sim cards and more space for these yummy equipment

11. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Yummy equipment with less space for brains??? Of course, sizing it down doesn't mean less capability... Come on!! SIM's are slim and wide, they're not thick!!!!

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