Cupertino-based gadget giant, Apple, is rumored to have proposed a standardized SIM card which is slightly smaller than the present one, in order to deliver thinner devices in future, revealed an Orange executive on Tuesday. Apple is working with certain operators as without them its highly impossible to maintain big volume of iPhone sales.
European Telecoms Standards Body (ETSI) has confirmed on Apple presenting a proposal for the new standard for SIM cards. Whereas no decision has been made, if the "tiny" SIM proposal gets approved, it might take almost an year to implement.
This process may take some time, up to a year or more, if there is strong disagreement between industry players. However, when there is broad consensus among the companies participating in the standards committee, the process can be accelerated to a number of months. We were quite happy to see last week that Apple has submitted a new requirement to ETSI for a smaller SIM form factor — smaller than the one that goes in iPhone 4 and iPad. They have done that through the standardization route, through ETSI, with the sponsorship of some major mobile operators, Orange being one of them.
With the development of smaller SIMs, Apple's gadget including the iPad and iPhone would be able to decrease thickness by a tiny amount. Whereas the thickness would be reduced in millimeters, only internal sources would be aware what it means to them.
On the other hand, not only would Apple gadgets be able to benefit from the "MiniSIM", other tech giants would also be able to manufacturer smaller and light-weight gadgets.