Just when you thought that the microSIM card required in all Apple iPhone 4s are just a speed bump in the world of smartphones, think again. Apple might be working on even thinner devices down the road, as this can be inferenced from a tinier standardized SIM card. Apple has already submitted its plans for a smaller SIM card to the European Telecoms Standards Institute (ETSI), having received the backing of a number of major mobile operators such as Orange.
It will take a few months for the entire development and approval process (you know how red tape can be, and this isn’t a deliberation so simple as to what to wear to work) to be completed, and should any disagreement arise over the SIM card by different companies in the industry, then expect there to be more delays. So far, a broad concensus among members of the standards commitee seem to point towards an accelerated decision.
If Apple’s attempt at standardizing SIM cards is approved, then other companies will also use them in the future. What advantages are there for a smaller SIM card? Apart from smaller and slimmer devices, there is also the potential flipside of having you lose it more easily.