Carriers Reportedly Testing Nano-SIMs for Apple Ahead of Next-Generation iPhone Launch

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following a report earlier this week claiming that European carriers have been stockpiling new nano-SIM cards in expectation of Apple using the smaller card in the next-generation iPhone, BGR now reports that carriers are indeed testing the new cards in partnership with Apple.

    SIM card form factors with nano-SIM at left (Source: Giesecke & Devrient)
    As we noted in the our report earlier this week, a part leak back in early May suggested that Apple would continue to use micro-SIMs in the next-generation iPhone, but with the new nano-SIM standard backed by Apple having been approved last month the company may already be pushing forward to adopt it as a space-saving measure.

    Article Link: Carriers Reportedly Testing Nano-SIMs for Apple Ahead of Next-Generation iPhone Launch
  2. macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    If Apple is supplying the nano-sim adapters, than I believe they'll adopt nano-SIMs in the next-generation iPhone (and perhaps in a 3G/4G 7.85"-iPad). :)
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2011
    Southern Plains
    I suspected they would use a cascading card like the one in the picture. So, the stockpiling is just making sure that they have enough SIM regardless which phone will be bought. Since it is going towards Chrismas sales in that quater, it would be foolish to believe that the stockpile is only for the iPhone update. The above system would basically fit in all GSM, right?
  4. macrumors 65816


    Mar 26, 2008
    I understand the need for testing, but isn't a nano SIM just a micro SIM that's been literally cut down? So what exactly is the need for so many carriers to test it as though it's a brand new card?
  5. macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2003
    Somewhere in the USA
  6. macrumors 603


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    Why does it need to be tested? Isn't it exactly the same as a microsim with less plastic?
  7. macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2010
    I said this in a previous post that if you look closely at the nano SIM the gold contacts are close to the sides.

    I'm guessing they might be looking at the nano SIM holder and whether it's causing the SIM to short out on the body of the phone. This could also be the case for other phone companies as well.
  8. macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009
    Kentucky, USA
    It's thinner too. .67 mm, while all before were .76 mm.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Apple Key

    Jan 4, 2012
    It makes sense to remove all the unnecessary plastic around it. Eventually all cell phone makers will benefit from the smaller size.

    I wonder what actually needs testing though.
  10. macrumors 68020


    Apr 15, 2004
    Washington DC
    It's standard practice when you introduce anything new into a system.

    It's a newly manufactured and designed device - anything could go wrong from a design flaw to a manufacturing defect.
  11. macrumors 68040

    Dec 14, 2006
    somewhere else
    It's a rumor from BGR.

    They're about as accurate and credible as Digitimes. Which means the rumor is likely wrong.

    MacRumors is loathe to admit the credibility track record of its sources. They'd rather just have the page views without making any indication about the possible veracity of their sources.

    Just read MacRumors as if it were science fiction. Most of the rumors here end up being false, so you should expect this site to be much more fiction than fact.
  12. macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    I assume you mean Nano-Sim to Micro-Sim adaptors as it's obviously not possible to adapt the other way. Why would Apple need to provide such an adaptor though?
  13. macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    I should start reading MacFacts :D
  14. macrumors 68000

    May 16, 2006
    Do they really need to keep delivering the original, full-sized Smart Card form factor? How many phones based on that card layout are still in the wild at this point?

    Couldn't they save a whole lot of waste plastic if they only mass-produced punch-outs for the form factors that are still widely used?
  15. macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
    how exiting .. not!

    why not get rid of the sim all together?

    the damn cable companies and telephone companies are just too evil
  16. macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2007
    A SIM card is great for consumers.

    It means that if you buy a phone outright, a carrier can have no say about whether you can use it on their network —*just put your SIM card in it and it works.

    If SIM cards didn't exist, you wouldn't be able to do that, or borrow a friend's phone when your battery is low, or use a foreign network when you're abroad to avoid huge bills, unless you phoned your carrier each time and got their permission.
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 8, 2007
  18. macrumors 68000

    Oct 31, 2005
    If life were only that easy. I'm sure you know that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Better safe than sorry, and have everyone double check to minimize problems.
  19. macrumors 68040

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.

    MacFacts: We tell you what the next Apple product will be... after it's been officially announced!
  20. macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    No, or at least, not necessarily.

    Look at this image (actually from a macrumors story)


    The contacts are different. Also, the mechanics are different. You have to make sure the trays operate properly, the cards don't get damaged, aren't prone to losing electrical contact because this one is thinner and getting errant "no SIM" messages (some customers have experienced this before on previous iPhones), etc.
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2011
    Southern Plains
    This is just to print all the information on it. Some carriers probably have docking stations for that one as well - plug it in and you can copy contacts on it and so on before you crack it into pieces.

    Also: Not everyone has such a good eye sight that they can read all the stuff on the back of the nano SIM.
  22. macrumors G4

    May 10, 2004
  23. macrumors member


    Jul 11, 2008
    Lake Wylie, SC
    Does anyone know if there are any Sim Card Collectors out there? :) with all this buzz about the new Apple Nano-Sim Cards, it just got me to thinking I have two original Sim Cards from the now defunct Omnipoint in New York City, these are the full credit card sized from the 1990's, I had to slide the entire card into the phone, one card has a picture of the statue of liberty and one has the WTC, I will have to scan them in and add them to my post. This is a great way to show how technology is changing and getting smaller!
  24. macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2012
    So how do I use my current T-Mobile Sim on the new iphone?
  25. macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    Why would they exist if it didn't matter if you touched them?

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