Nano-SIM cards reportedly destined for the iPhone 5 have begun shipping to carriers, the latest leak suggests.
iFun, a German site dedicated to all things iPhone, has got hold of a T-Mobile nano-SIM card - an even smaller version of the micro-SIM card that currently features on the iPhone 4S (and other modern smartphones).
A cover letter is said to have accompanied the SIM card, translated in Google as below:
You will receive today a new generation of SIM cards for the latest generation of smartphones that come in the near future on the market. Sort your SIM card please first not in their cards in hand and give it not out to customers. We will inform you shortly about how to proceed.”
Although there’s no no explicit mention of an iPhone here, with rumours doing the rounds that the iPhone 5 will be officially unveiled on September 12th and a release date pegged for September 21st, we can only assume it’s intended for the sixth-generation iPhone.
Moreover, the nano-SIM card is of Apple’s design, which beat similar takes from Nokia, Research In Motion and Motorola to be picked as the industry standard by the The Smart Card Platform Technical Committee of the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI).
A smaller SIM could mean more space for additional internal components in the next iPhone, such as a Near Field Communications (NFC) chip and a 4G antenna – both of which are among the improvements the handset is mooted to bring.
Other features expected to be on board include a larger, four-inch display, a brawnier (possibly quad-core) processor and an improved eight-megapixel snapper.
Design-wise, the iPhone 5 is rumoured to the same width as the iPhone 4S, but taller and substantially slimmer thanks to a new in-cell panel technology that means the screen is thinner than its predecessors.
Keep ‘em peeled for our full iPhone 5 coverage in the days to come.