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Mobile providers stockpiling nano-SIM cards ahead of autumn iPhone 5 release

Mobile phone networks are stockpiling new generation nano-SIM cards ahead of an expected autumn release for the latest Apple smartphone, (opens in new tab) according a report in the Financial Times.

Expected to be called the iPhone 5 (opens in new tab), the mobile will be the first to use the latest SIM card iteration, which is approximately 40 per cent smaller than the existing generation of micro-SIMs and boasts minuscule measurements of just 12.3 X 8.8mm. Micro-SIMs, which resemble a traditional SIM with the edges cut off, are currently deployed in the iPhone 4S and first began appearing commercially back in 2010.

In addition to Apple, major phone manufacturers including Nokia, Motorola and RIM ventured competing designs for the nano-SIM (opens in new tab), forcing the European Telecommunications Standards Institute – who governs standard-issue technology like SIM cards – to make a decision, which ended up favouring the Cupertino-based tech giant. (opens in new tab)

(opens in new tab)Apple's iPhone 5 – or whatever moniker it eventually goes by – is likely the most heavily speculated mobile release of all-time. (opens in new tab)

An autumn release coinciding with Apple's new iOS 6 software (opens in new tab) is expected, though it should be noted that Apple has yet to make an official announcement.

The general consensus on the rumour mill seems to hint at a slight re-design and, more specifically, at a taller yet thinner phone with a 4in-plus HD display. (opens in new tab) Numerous photos purporting to show various aspects of the device have appeared in recent weeks (opens in new tab).

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