“On November 3, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals that they’re working on a possible future iPhone that will operate using a Virtual SIM Card,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Apple states that it would be desirable to be able to provide improved ways in which to provide users with the ability to purchase and use wireless network services without the need of a SIM Card,” Purcher reports. “According to Apple, a secondary benefit of switching to a Virtual SIM Card is that’ll improve security while allowing Jony Ive and his team to do what they do best: Design an ever thinner, astoundingly beautiful, next generation iPhone.”

Much more in the full article, including Apple’s patent application illustrations and descriptions, here.