A new Nano-SIM standard was approved today by the European Telecommunications Institute (ETSI), notes The Verge.
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has announced a new nano-SIM format today. Agreed at a meeting held this week in Japan, the new form factor will be 40 percent smaller than the current micro-SIM format — measuring 12.3mm wide by 8.8mm high, and 0.67mm thick. Nano-SIMs will also be packaged in a way that allows them to be backwards compatible with existing SIM card designs.
There were several different design proposals for the Nano-SIM submitted by consumer electronics makers such as Apple, Motorola, Nokia, and Research in Motion. After a lengthy controversy between these firms, the ETSI finally settled on a design, but will not reveal which proposal it has chosen. The report, however, claims that the ETSI likely settled with Apple’s design. Apple had been fighting to have their design proposal chosen by offering royalty-free licensing, and will most certainly utilize the new Nano-SIM standard in a future iPhone.