Financial Times has reported that European carriers are even "stockpiling" nano-SIMs in preparation for the iPhone launch expected this fall. This seems to be confirmation that the next iPhone will have a nano-SIM, but that is somewhat odd since the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) just approved the official standard for nano-SIM cards two weeks ago, and we have to assume that the next iPhone was designed more than two weeks ago. Apparently, Apple wasn't all that worried about Motorola and RIM's nano-SIM design being chosen.The micro-SIM was brought into popularity by the OG iPad in 2010, and it looks like Apple already wants to put those to bed with the nano-SIM. The
The approved design of nano-SIMs was Apple's, and it makes the card 40% smaller than current micro-SIMs. Side-by-side, it doesn't look like that much of a difference, but considering how jam-packed full of technology smartphones are these days, manufacturers need any space they can get.