Apple modified nano-SIM design to fix concerns, standard to be decided this month

“We just spoke with SIM card maker (and pioneer) Giesecke & Devrient here at CTIA about progress on the creation of the 4FF standard — the so-called nano-SIM — over which Apple and Nokia have been warring in recent months,” Chris Ziegler reports for The Verge.

“The company tells us that the ETSI vote on the 4FF standard that had been delayed back in March is actually now underway. Voting began for ETSI members in mid-April and wraps up in mid-May, mere days away,” Ziegler reports. “The delay in the vote had been due largely to Nokia’s vocal displeasure in Apple’s design, saying in March that Apple explicitly violated ETSI’s design guidelines for 4FF — guidelines that specified that a nano-SIM should be shaped in such a way that it would be difficult or impossible for a customer to accidentally jam it into a micro-SIM slot.”

Ziegler reports, “G&D noted to us that Apple’s design has now been modified: a small amount of plastic has been added around the edges of the electrical contacts, making the new nano-SIM just long enough so that it can’t be forced lengthwise into an incompatible socket… That’s big news — and without the jamming argument under its belt, Nokia’s design may be in trouble.”

Read more in the full article here.

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

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6 Comments

  1. Wow, Nokia sure is desperate, you’d think they’d have a good reason for crying like babies. Sure, this is a legitimate concern and should be fixed, but not something that should derail the whole process…

  2. It’s not good if something can be inserted in an incompatible slot by misstake. That’s why they change the slots with every new RAM-standard for an example. But nokias “complaint” seems so childish.

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