The next-gen iPhone will be smaller and thinner, Orange’s French division’s CEO has revealed, but Apple has been talked out of adopting SIM cards that are permanently embedded in the handset.
News that Apple plans to adopt a new, smaller SIM for the iPhone 5 broke last week when Orange’s head of mobile services Anne Bouverot disclosed the news at Reuters Global Technology Summit.
The move is reportedly intended to free up more space to fit other components in the handsets and clear the way for cuter, more compact phones.
In an interview with AllThingsD, Orange France Chief Exec Stephane Richard has revealed some more details about the SIMs Apple is eyeing on and confirmed that we can look forward to a thinner bit of iKit this time around too.
According to Richard, Cupertino mooted a so-called E-SIM – a card standard that would not allow users to remove their SIM.
However, after networks raised objections on security grounds, Apple is purportedly opting for a different standard that retains the small size of E-SIMs but will be removable.
He said: "All of [the networks] told [Apple] it was a bad idea because the SIM card is a critical piece of the security and authentication process.
"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.”
He added: “I understood that the next iPhone would be smaller and thinner and they are definitely seeking some space.”
Earlier this week, persistent rumours that the iPhone 5 will not make it to market in June – the month in which Apple has heretofore unveiled all previous versions of its smartphone - were lent more credence when another supplier claimed that Apple is delaying the launch due to component shortages stemming from the Japanese earthquake disaster.