France Telecom CEO: Apple’s next iPhone to be smaller and thinner

“Stephane Richard knows a thing or two about the iPhone,” Ina Fried reports for AllThingsD.

“In addition to carrying one of Apple’s iconic smartphones, Richard is also the CEO of France Telecom, whose networks carry traffic from more iPhones than any other carrier except AT&T. France Telecom, with its Orange brands, sells the iPhone in 15 countries,” Fried reports. “‘They just created smartphones with the iPhone,’ Richard said during an hourlong chat over breakfast at the W Hotel in San Francisco last week. ‘Everybody should be grateful to them to have put such a product in our market.'”

Fried reports, “On working with Apple on smaller SIM cards [Richard said]: ‘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.'”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]


  1. AHA! I knew it! The iPhone Shuffle is on its way.

    Just 1 finger tap to listen to music
    2 finger tap to iCal
    3 finger tap to make a call
    Tap slide Tap to find songs on iTMS
    tap tap slide tapitty-tap to buy

    See! Eeeeassy!

    1. He didn’t even say anything, they probably just mentioned, “Future iPhones are getting smaller and thinner, and we need all the space we can get, so lets use these new sims”.. It’s not exactly earth shattering… Tech gets smaller, lighter, better, faster

  2. Apple wants the SIM card as small as possible, to make as much space as possible available for more important things. That does not necessarily mean making the NEXT iPhone (the one that should already be mostly finalized at this point) is “smaller and thinner.” This guy obviously does not have any special inside information regarding the next iPhone.

  3. I wouldn’t have said ‘smaller and thinner’ if I was him.
    That is news to me.
    Haven’t read anywhere about next iPhone being ‘smaller’ until here now. After all, competitors were all having bigger form factors, u know.

    I am sure he is regretting having spoken…

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