Apple has proposed a new, super-slim design for SIM cards, enabling smartphones to get even thinner. That’s according to Reuters, which has had word from an Orange exec about the plans.
According to ETSI, the European telecoms standards people, Apple has made the proposal, which would see phones made by Cupertino and its key rivals use the tech. “This process may take some time, up to a year or more, if there is strong disagreement between industry players,” said an ETSI spokesperson. “However, when there is broad consensus among the companies participating in the standards committee, the process can be accelerated to a number of months.”
Orange said it was keen on the move and that Apple’s request to ETSI had been made with a number of other mobile networks. These new SIMs are set to be even smaller than the microSIM currently found in the iPhone 4 and iPad 2.
This proposal also suggests Apple has decided against building SIMs into its phones and tablets, bypassing the need for punters to buy from mobile networks. For more on this and the rest of the day’s gadget news, stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages.