New glimpses of the nano-sim design that will undoubtedly end up in the iPhone 5 depict a smaller, thinner component.
Between dock connectors and nano-sims, the 2012 iPhone 5 rumor mill has had its fair share of boring stories. In the case of both redesigned components, size — and more specifically, thinness — seems to be the end goal with their new dimensions, sos much so that Apple Insider is now reporting that even the next iPad will sport the new mini dock connector.
But while the mini dock connector’s new dimensions remain inextricably attached to the contested sightings of the iPhone 5, the nano-sim story has been a more public and documented affair, with the ETSI playing referee to the big smartphone designers viewing over Apple’s new standard in the spring. Apple worked incredibly hard and bent over backwards to get their nano sim design approved by the ETSI, even allowing royalty-free use of the design by its competitors. All indications are that the smaller, thinner nano sim is going to play a major role is slimming down the form factor of the iPhone 5.
Now, we’re finally getting a nice side-by-side look of the nano sim, and it’s third-less size speaks to an iPhone 5 that is bound to look and feel considerably more svelte.
According to Apple Insider:
“The photos of the empty SIM tray, published over at Nowhereelse.fr, reveal a design that will command roughly 40 percent less internal space when compared to existing micro-SIM cards, which should allow smartphone makers like Apple to make smaller handsets with increased functionality. . . Sized roughly a third smaller than existing MicroSIM cards found inside current iPads and iPhones, the so-called nano-SIM design — which is also noticeably thinner than that of MicroSIM — was reportedly modified back in May to address objections on the part of rival handset maker Nokia.”
Here are some compelling side-by-side shots of the new sim card tray and nano sim:
Is this just as boring as the dock connectors? Probably. But what I find compelling about seeing the palpable smallness of the new design. If the nano sim’s 40% smaller physique is any indication of the iPhone 5′s size in relation to the 4 and 4S, then we could be in for an odd mixture of opposites: a new iPhone that is longer — and by extension seems larger to the user — but is noticeably lighter and thinner.
Unfortunately, the new nano sim doesn’t appear to give any definitive clues as to whether or not the pictures we have seen of the purported iPhone 5 thus far are real or not. However there’s one thing to keep in mind — of all the purported leaked iPhone models, why have we not heard about this new nano sim card and/or tray being present in the design?
If the new iPhone 5s are indeed real, I would expect to see some corroboration in the next few days linking these nano sim parts to the iPhone 5 that they purport to have in their possession. After all, for as much as the nano sim is boring, it can be called the first part to hit the scene that we are 100% will end up on the iPhone 5.
By Michael Nace