Apple has proposed the creation of a different size SIM card, which will be smaller than the ones currently used in the iPhone and iPad. A spokesman for the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has confirmed the request made by Apple to shrink the SIM card, but the decision to start a new standardization has not yet been taken.
“This process can take up to one year or more, but there are major disagreements between the cellphone companies. However, when they come to a common denominator, the process can be accelerated to a few months”, he said.
Also, in a recent interview, France Telecom’s Stephane Richard said the following, revealing the possibility of a smaller iPhone: “Apple has been working for years on reducing the size of SIM cards because they need space in the phone. They even thought about a device without any SIM card, that is what is known as the e-SIM project. All of us told them it was a bad idea because the SIM card is a critical piece of the security and authentication process. It would be very difficult for a telecommunications company or carrier to manage the customer relationship.
We are going to work with them in order to standardize a new format of SIM which takes into account our needs with security and authentication and also is compatible with their wishes in terms of size. I understood that the next iPhone would be smaller and thinner and they are definitely seeking some space.”
For now, nothing is certain when it comes to iPhone 5, and it seems that Steve Jobs and Co. are doing their best in keeping things secret this year.