Over the past couple of years, Apple has been fighting it out against Nokia and RIM to get its own smaller, Nano SIM card design accepted as the next widely used standard technology. If you thought Micro SIM was already small enough, Cupertino’s designers and engineers disagree with you.
The most recent in purported leaked iPhone parts is the new SIM tray. When measured up against the current iPhone 4S tray, it’s clear to see that the size difference isn’t as large as you’d hope. Appearance can be deceiving, as total size is actually around 40% smaller than the Micro SIM. The design itself was one pushed through the European Telecommunications Institute earlier this year. If, in fact these are from the next iPhone, it would suggest that Apple has been working with this smaller Nano SIM for quite some time.
Although this new size has been produced to help maximize available space inside smartphones for important components and parts, it’s important to note that these new SIMs can hold much more information that the “older” Micro SIM.
It must beg the question, how small will SIMs eventually become? Right now, they’re on the very small side. Surely making it much smaller would make it even more difficult to remove/insert? Will it lead to having non-removable embedded SIMs in the future?