One of the tiniest differences between the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4S is the use of a nano-SIM instead of a micro-SIM. Apple managed to get the European Telecommunications Standards Institute to approve its submission as the winner and this has some serious implications.
A normal SIM card is 15x25mm while Apple’s MicroSIM is 15x12mm and the Nano SIM an incredibly small 8.8x12.3mm, that’s less than a third the surface area of the original SIM card.
Richard Lai, the editor of Engadget China, reported yesterday a claim by the CTO of Hong Kong mobile phone operator PCCW that it is “near impossible to cut existing SIM cards into the nano-SIM shape” because the “contact pins on current SIM cards are too big [and] will be damaged” if a nano punch is used.
Then there’s the fact that unlike the other standard SIM cards, the Nano-SIM is thinner, by 0.09mm. It might not sound a lot, but that’s 12 per cent less than the micro-SIM in the iPhone 4S.
And unless you manage to delicately shave extra plastic at the back of the SIM card (known as the card body), it is unlikely to fit in the SIM slot of the iPhone 5.
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