Do not just put out a fire when the fire alarm beeps elsewhere. So is the technological world, struggling constantly in a thousand different fronts. Apple, fortunately or unfortunately, is involved in many of these battles, and has now returned to the charge in a new field. When the micro-SIM still not used en masse, the desire to make progress from the industry wants to take the next step, the nano-SIMs.

The European Institute of Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), had to choose between the two main alternatives to achieve a standard proposed by Nokia and Apple, but ultimately, the decision was postponed until late May. Nokia, which has the support of RIM and Motorola, put the outcry following the publication of a report by Financial Times which said that Apple may be responsible for influencing the vote.

In addition, the Finns claim that the proposal does not meet the Cupertino technical requirements required to provide a tray mechanism. These require that the proposal made for the next smartphones are of a smaller size, the nano-SIM not easily snaps in previous terminal and reaches the market faster.

For its part, Apple has counter-attacked offering the possibility that the licensing of nano-SIM proposal, saying that they are free to chose; to which Nokia has answered saying they are not Apple patents essential for the new card for which it would charge. And there’s more, since Nokia said that if Californians are winners they may likely block the production by licensing their patents to each other that are necessary. Let’s wait and see how it ends, but the show is assured.

When Apple began using micro SIM cards, many thought that competition would adopt the new format as fast as they could.

Time has confirmed that there has been, besides the iPhone 4S, very few terminals that use these small SIM.

Nano SIM is an evolution on the micro SIM from 15 × 12mm to 12 × 9 mm, and being a little thinner (from 0.76 to 0.646 mm). This new format would optimise the space of a mobile hardware, keeping its external size but with more volume for certain inner components. Let’s say that the evolution between the traditional and the Micro SIM could be repeated now with the new Nano SIM.

Clearly, a few millimeters can mean a lot in a mobile phone where all components have been designed to occupy as much space as possible. However, refer to the theory if not practice: what was the difference of using a Micro SIM? In the market there are exceptional terminals (in terms of performance) using the traditional SIM. Really is that small volume a representative of victory, or are other factors more important? Decision is yours.

It is obvious that the development will cause the SIM to be smaller, and the road has been advancing in recent years. SIM, micro-SIM and now nano-SIM. In the future SIMs will be smaller, and logic tells that over the longer term there will be no SIM cards. Come integrated, possibly as a small memory chip (with a few kilobytes is enough) on-board telephone base.

In principle, if all goes well, nano-SIM could begin to be used in new terminals through the end of 2012, stay informed.

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