Apple Wants Teenier SIM Cards For Tinier Phones

Apple Wants Teenier SIM Cards For Tinier Phones

Most GSM phones use regular SIM cards. Which are small. The iPhone 4, iPad and, uh, not many other devices use next-gen micro SIM cards. Which are smaller. Apple’s just proposed a new SIM standard. Which is smallerer.

Reuters reports, via massive telecom Orange's head of devices Anne Bouverot, who says that "Apple has submitted a new requirement to (European telecoms standards body) ETSI for a smaller SIM form factor - smaller than the one that goes in iPhone 4 and iPad." It'll be a real standard, with carriers like Orange backing it. Bouverot says the first devices with the new SIM could show up next year.

So, like iPad 3, iPhone 6. A SIM card doesn't seem like a massive amount of matter to tussle with, but I guess every millimetre counts. [Reuters via Mac Rumors, Image: CC licensed, Thomas van de Weerd/Flickr]