New iPhone to have nano-SIMs, already in testing with US carriers

New iPhone to have nano-SIMs, already in testing with US carriers
Information on the 2012 iPhone is leaking out now like water through a sieve. We’ve seen in the last day more confirmations that the new iPhone will have LTE, NFC chips, a new (and smaller) connector, and twice the RAM of the current model. Today BGS is reporting that “multiple carrier sources” have confirmed to them the new iPhone will indeed be using micro-SIMs.

Apple and the carriers are apparently at an advanced level of testing, with Apple supplying micro-SIM adapters to the carriers so they can test how nano-SIMs will work on their networks. BGR’s “exclusive sources” have occasionally missed (like when reporting on a 1080p Galaxy S III), but this rumor seems eminently reasonable; for one, it’s been expected for some time that Apple would choose nano-SIMs for the next iPhone, and if that’s true they would certainly want to help the carriers to prepare for the new phones.

Hopefully this cooperation between Apple and the carriers means that a new iPhone released with a nano-SIM card will have smooth sailing – newly released iPhones tend to be chaotic events already, and it would be a special sort of mess if there were mass connectivity problems on opening day. Still, the folks in Cupertino tend to be meticulous about testing, so the odds seem good that many customers won’t even know that their shiny new iDevice has a new type of SIM card in it.

source: BGR



1. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

I wonder if the small amount of space freed by using nano-sims is worth the trouble on behalf of the user :/

23. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Millimeters count. Especially when competitors are using a longer and wider footprint to spread bits around, yet deliver a thinner form factor.

26. stealthd unregistered

It all adds up. It may not seem like much with just one part like the SIM card, but downsize every part possible, even by a miniscule amount, and you can make a thinner device, or fill the extra space with more battery.

2. ohiwastedmylife

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 04, 2012


3. k4j98

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 12, 2012

Notice how the author avoids putting a name to the new iPhone. It's like he knows it isn't going to be called the iPhone 5. It probably won't be called that either; it's now out of sync with the firmware versions, and the New iPad was called just that (not the iPad 3). Mabye it'll be the iPhone 4sX...who knows? Any bets on a quad core processor?

4. JessJess unregistered

What about 'the new iPhone'? Would make sense when they hit the reset with the iPad. You get to a point (like they did with graphics cards) when you are at some stupid high numbers and it just isn't sustainable. I mean iPhone 8? 9? 10? its not a very good product name... iPhone 20? Yeah I see 'the new iPhone' or something other than a number to differentiate it.

13. rejoicefulone

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

I think Apple needs to get more creative with naming their devices. If they name it 'the new iPhone' then waht will the next iPhone be named? The new new iPhone? or the Newer iPhone? Just a thought...

15. JessJess unregistered

I am going to assume the naming reset is in preparation for that. But I think that they are going to drop the numbers altogether. If you look at MacBooks for instance. They don't call them 'MacBook Pro 2 / 3 / 4' etc when they upgrade them. So why should they for their Phones and Tablets? You know what would be very amusing. If the currently leaked info and iPhone specs (and design) are actually for a new /lower/ end iPhone device.

20. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Yeah I doubt that. Apple makes only one iPhone because God forbid you can chose what you want in a phone. What if I want an iPhone with a physical keyboard? Gotta go Android. What if I want an iPhone with an HD screen? Gotta go Android. What if I want an iPhone with Lte? Gotta go Android. That's why I'll never buy an iPhone. I'm not a one size fits all phone buyer.

28. wendygarett unregistered

The amazing iPhone of course :)

6. drnggaj33

Posts: 127; Member since: Feb 29, 2012


7. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

caps lock gone wrong bro? apple pays everything it orders, including those processors by samsung. just the rumor of apple abandoning samsung for elpida to manufacture their processors caused samsung stocks drop. just read how much of their market value fell. in short, they need each other... well maybe for now

8. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

i thumbed you up solely for the caps lock jab

9. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

tnx. better than nothing

16. JessJess unregistered

How do you know what processor is in the next iPhone? How do you know who manufactured it? How do you know how much RAM it has? Until Tim Cook is on stage with it in his hand, its all unconfirmed rumor.

27. stealthd unregistered

Saying the iPhone's processor is by Samsung, is like saying AMD's processor is by TSMC. It's Apple's chip, 100% their IP, Samsung is just the manufacturer.

14. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

The reason iPhone 4 was called "The iPhone 4", was because it was the "4th" version/model of the iPhone. If anything, this one should be called iPhone 6, since it will be the 6th version.

25. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

What about calling it "iPhone 4GS" if it now has LTE?

19. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

No quad core processor. More like similar capability to current gen iPad3, but using smaller die size for better energy efficiency. Notice how the leaks are increasing? Got to slow down the sales juggernaut called the Sammy GS III. It is 2 months to an end-of-September release date.

5. drnggaj33

Posts: 127; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

WTF is the point still give u service stupid ass APPLE can kiss my ass they have a micro sim SMFH

11. remtothemax

Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 2012

i'm afraid i was not able to make sense out of this

17. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Translator: What is the point of having a micro-SIM? Regular SIMs still give you service, they're just bigger. Apple can kiss my ass because they have micro-SIMs and they are stupid. Shaking my head. I don't mind incorrect grammar too much, but at least try to make it to where your statement makes sense.

24. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

The smaller the parts, more space there is left for other things. Like chips, expansion of battery, etc. Good day...

10. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

Is there some benefit to nano-sims other than a tiny bit of space recouped?

12. remtothemax

Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 2012

so how long until one of these turns up in a bar?

22. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

With all of the leaking that is going on, probably only after it starts to ship, and it won't be 'lost' by an Apple engineer.

18. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012


21. beillax

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Apple needs to release this iphone already lol I'm tired of waiting!

29. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Hopefully, it wont be made just out plastic with cracks, like that other phone. Made just for humans.

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