Apple has decided upon a compromise regarding the nano-SIM concept, in order to win the battle with Nokia, RIM and Motorola. In late March, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) delayed the voting process, which was supposed to settle the dispute on nano-SIM, also known as 4FF standard.
Apple's rivals, reportedly backed by Google, are concerned that Apple will end up owning the patents and start an unfair war. Recent reports have revealed that Giesecke & Devrient, the micro-SIM card maker, might cast its vote in Apple's favour.
The new design of Apple's nano-SIM, displayed at the recent edition of CTIA, supports this assumption. Apple's improved design for the nano-SIM allows more compatibility with micro-SIM and mini-SIM slots, with proper converters.
Nokia's concept for the 4FF standard, however, is still radical in terms of design. Giesecke & Devrient's representatives estimate that, even if ETSI approves Apple's concept, the next iPhone won't feature the nano-SIM.
The supply constraints will prevent this standard from being introduced too soon to the market. Next year, however, Apple will most likely deliver the seventh generation iPhone with a brand new nano-SIM.