France Telecom CEO Discusses iPhone 5 – Smaller, Thinner

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In a recent interview with All Things D, France Telecom CEO Stephane Richard discussed the next iPhone. It seems that Apple is playing a high priority on shrinking the next iPhone down to a smaller size that previous iterations.

Part of the challenge for Apple is trying to standardize smaller SIM cards. According to Richard, "Apple has been working for years on reducing the size of SIM cards because they need space in the phone," adding that Apple has even considered a device without a SIM that's called the "e-SIM" project. e-SIM never panned out, because carriers told them it was "a bad idea because the SIM card is a critical piece of the security and authentication process." Still, they are working hard to make the smaller SIM format a standard.

Richard also says,"I understood that the next iPhone would be smaller and thinner and they are definitely seeking some space."

We've heard various rumors about the next generation iPhone, many are conflicting and some are just analyst reports. This rumor is particularly interesting because it comes from one of the iPhone's major carriers, and direct from the CEO's mouth.

The new handset is expected to be announced in September with a possible release soon after, and October being another month that comes up often according to the rumors. This is unlike previous years when Apple has typically announced their iPhone at WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference), with the exception of the original iPhone, which was announced at the Macworld  Expo. WWDC this year is said to be strictly software focused. We expect to learn more about Mac OS X Lion and iOS 5.

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