Apple is said to have proposed a new standartized SIM card even smaller than the current micro-SIM used in the current iPhone 4, potentially allowing for even thinner devices. An executive with European wireless carrier Orange shared some details on Tuesday with Reuters. Anne Bouverot, Orange’s head of mobile services, said the carrier supports Apple’s proposed standard. “We were quite happy to see last week that Apple has submitted a new requirement to (the European Telecommunications Standards Institute) for a smaller SIM form factor — smaller than the one that goes in iPhone 4 and iPad,” she reportedly said at the Global Technology Summit in Paris. Apple has apparently pursued the new standard with the backing of “some major mobile operators,” including Orange. It was not revealed what other companies are supporting Apple’s proposal.
Micro-SIM cards were used by Apple last year in the first generation iPad. Later, in 2010, the iPhone 4 also adopted the new, smaller micro-SIM card. Late last year, it was said that Apple was developing its own open embedded SIM card that would work with multiple carriers. That change would have allegedly allowed customers to shop for mobile service directly from an Apple Store, eliminating the need for users to work with the carriers.