As of June 1, 2012 we do have a new nano-SIM standard. We can’t say this standard was long waited for because unlike previous versions of the standard, this time the whole process went pretty fast. The new form factor got the seal of approval from the European Telecommunications and Standards Institute (ETSI) and now manufacturers are given the green light to use it in their designs.
Apple Did Win, After All
It can’t be said that the approval was unexpected. As we informed you earlier, it was expected that the nano-SIM saga will end by the end of May but since nothing was absolutely certain, there was some tension (and hopes) if the standard would be approved that fast.
While Apple certainly hoped to have their standard approved as fast as possible, this wasn’t the situation with the other major vendors. Nokia, Motorola, and RIM didn’t agree with the design proposed by Apple and tried to push their alternative designs instead. The battle got really heated and both parties at war had to make modifications to their initial designs.
However, now all this is history and the other vendors must accept the standard, no matter if they like it or not. Apple won the battle and let’s hope this is for the good of the whole industry.
The Nano-SIM Is 40 Percent Smaller than Its Predecessors
In terms of functionality, the new nano-SIM card isn’t much different from its predecessors. In other words, if you expected this SIM card would cook for you, this isn’t the card. Its only distinguishing feature is its size and here the achievements are notable.
The new SIM card is 40% smaller than the present smallest SIM card design. The dimensions of the new card are 12.3mm wide by 8.8mm high, and 0.67mm thick. These tiny measures will allow to make mobile devices smaller and more compact.
The acceptance of the new standard doesn’t mean old sizes are obsolete. On the contrary, the new nano-SIM card can be packaged and distributed the same way as old cards. What is more, it is backwards compatible with the SIM card designs we have at present.
The adoption of the new nano-SIM card will hardly happen overnight even though vendors are prepared to release new models that utilize the new nano-SIM form factor. Most likely by the end of 2012 or sooner there will be commercially available devices that use the new standard, so we just need a little patience till we see it in action.