Only yesterday we told you that Apple is prepping a new nano-SIM which might end up getting the nod of European Telecommunications Standards Committee (ETSC), but is facing stiff resistance from Nokia which is developing its own solution. Well, today the folks at The Verge have posted an image of the sim prototype that Apple has been developing. Also Read - New iPhone SE to be the most affordable 5G phone from Apple, to launch in 2022
Apparently, the nano-SIM developed by Apple is basically a micro-SIM stripped of all the plastic elements, in the process becoming smaller. This nano-SIM will retain backward compatibility with micro-SIMs via adaptors something Nokia’s standard will not do. Unfortunately, the downside of this nano-SIM format is that it will need a dedicated tray just like the one seen on iPhones and iPads and that is one of the reasons Nokia is opposing it. Also Read - Nokia X20, X10 India launch hinted by local website, could break into 5G handset market
Apple for its part says that it will license the technology for free if it becomes the standard, but Nokia even has a rebuttal for that, as it contends Apple does not hold any patents in relation to the underlying technology and plus the fact that Apple’s standard is 12mm long, while the outgoing micro-SIM standard is 12mm wide, which can perhaps cause users to jam their SIM cards. Also Read - iPhone 13 launch date and more details tipped as part of new leaks
Looks like this slugfest will go on for a while as due to Apple’s position in the industry, there is a lot of apprehension in accepting the company’s standard and plus the likes of Nokia and RIM believe their standard is better. Hopefully sanity will prevail and the best technology for the consumer will become the standard.