Late last night, Phonedog (our mothership) got hold of a very interesting leaked image. The photo shows AT&T’s new Nano SIM design, ready for the iPhone 5′s arrival on Friday (3 more sleeps! Eek!). We all know by now that the Nano is a smaller design than the Micro that preceded it. Less excess plastic around the actual SIM contact. As said very well by Alex Wagner:
The nano-SIM, which was standardized by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) back in June, measures 12.3mm wide by 8.8mm high and is 0.67mm thick, making it 40 percent smaller than a micro-SIM. Utilizing this smaller SIM card along with a new Lightning connector helped Apple to reduce the iPhone 5′s thickness to 7.6mm and make more room for things like the device’s battery.
That said, I do find it very ironic that the surrounding plastic card is still the same size. Surely – if companies were interesting in reducing their carbon footprint – they’d replace the large credit card sized holder with one about a quarter of the size. Just a thought.