Orange boss: “the next iPhone would be smaller and thinner,” coming with super small SIM card

Orange boss: “the next iPhone would be smaller and thinner,” coming with super small SIM card
Stephane Richard, CEO of France Telecom, might be one of the most trusted insiders you could turn to when it comes to Apple. France Telecom is owner of Orange, the carrier which sells more iPhones than any other in the world except for AT&T. So when he says that “the next iPhone would be smaller and thinner” we listen and take this as one of the most reliable rumors we've heard so far. But he went even further saying that the new iPhone will also come with a new form of SIM card, smaller than the standard one and even smaller than the previously developed micro SIM.

“We are going to work with them in order to standardize a new format of SIM which takes into account our needs with security and authentication and also is compatible with their wishes in terms of size,” Richard commented. “As you probably know, Apple has been working for years on reducing the size of SIM cards because they need space in the phone. They even thought about a device without any SIM card, that is what is known as the e-SIM project.” But getting rid of SIM cards all at once would have been a critical hit on security and authentication, and eventually Apple was talked out of the idea.

The big news didn’t end there either as the chief executive quite frankly shed some new light on other platforms and carriers:

We have regularly problems with RIM. We have no problem with Apple and with Android. Let’s be frank and clear.”

Despite its candid speech about the Canadian phone maker, Richard refuted claims about the decline of RIM and BlackBerry. He also didn’t hide his uncertainty over the Microsoft-Nokia agreement and his downright skepticism when it comes to tablets. But while the CEO admitted the many difficulties that carriers face with booming data usage, he lavished praised on Apple and their creations: “They just created smartphones with the iPhone. Everybody should be grateful to them to have put such a product in our market.” What’s your take on this new turn of events about the next iPhone and Richard's insight? Don’t hesitate to hit us with your comments below.

source: All Things D

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13 Comments

1. Zylam

Posts: 1807; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

from the manner of his insights, looks like the ultimate suck up to me perhaps looking to get a job at Apple or in some weird fantasy world of his he believes he's "above" the rest and has a special relationship with Apple and their iphone.

2. Mohtastic

Posts: 19; Member since: May 24, 2011

Honestly, you can't tell at all these days, i mean apple has a cycle, iphone 1 (2g) was the first iphone and on iphone second year it became a different shape, 3G and on iphone 3g's second year it became 3GS which still looked the same but with bumped up specs, and i suspect the next iphone will be 4S or 5, but will look the same but with bumped up specs, so all these people saying it'll be thinner, curved glass, different, bigger screen etc....to all i say, i don't think so, judging on apples cycle i'm speaking of. "side note" i don't think i've said iphone so many times in one paragraph........

7. ralphyd unregistered

While previous versions of the iPhone may lead one to believe that this will not be a large overhaul I feel that as the competition continues to heat up apple is going to have to change the overall focus of their upgrades. At least that's my opinion: while they already have a great following the market has certainly changed a great deal since they first entered it.

3. ryq unregistered

Smaller! In this age where 4" is starting to look small they want to come out with a small iphone! I hope what he means is the screen will gets bigger while the physical of the phone get smaller and thinner.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

no ryq.. the PHONE isnt smaller, the SIM is smaller. its not the same thing. The screen size will either remain the same or go to 4 inches.

14. md213

Posts: 5; Member since: May 25, 2011

@remixfa: your comment = fail :P how can you say "...the PHONE isnt smaller, the SIM is smaller" when the article clearly (and in bold) says “the next iPhone would be smaller and thinner”...and then a couple lines down points out that "...he went even further saying that the new iPhone will also come with a new form of SIM card". the article is clearly stating that Stephane Richard stated that both the phone itself & its SIM card will be smaller...not just the SIM card.

5. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Yeah, I could see the iPhone getting thinner, but definitely not smaller. I don't think Apple has the power to trend smaller screens unless they are offering both a smaller iPhone and a larger one as well...and I'm not a fan of different screen sizes and resolutions...

6. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I would have liked a longer write up from Mr. Richard. What problems with RIM? What points did he bring up about the decline of RIM which made him not concerned? Why did he "scoff" at tablets? This could have been an actual ARTICLE, with really good insights from a person on the inside of the mobile industry. I know Apple is the bell cow here, and posts about their products are the most popular on any Tech site. Apple drives emotions, good and bad, and creates the most hits and drives profits. Fine. But there was a lot more information to be had here. Only the iPhone got the write up. Very disappointed with Phone Arena for not following up on this info.

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I highly doubt Apple will be selling an iPhone with less than a 3.5 inch screen footprint. It s too small as it is. Thinner is probably a better than 50-50 chance. Curved screen I would put at around 25% or less. But smaller screen is 0%.

10. theBankRobber unregistered

Lmao that's gay, everybody talks about sim card are so much better but when I was checking out my brothers my touch 4g, a message popped up saying their was NO ROOM ON HIS SIM CARD, and he had to ether delete his messages or contacts to make room. Yet they want to make them smaller, wow I don't get it.

11. box unregistered

Smaller doesn't mean less room: look at MicroSD cards: same capacity as an SD card, but smaller! What is your brother doing storing messages on his SIM? The phone and/or MicroSD card should be used for that.

12. anonymousguy unregistered

smaller SIM means no unlocking to use with other GSM carriers...

13. Rawrzellers

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 22, 2010

iPhone mini :/

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