Carriers Reportedly Testing nano-SIMs for iPhone 5

We’ve heard that Apple’s next iPhone will use the new nano-SIM standard, but now we have rumors that carriers are actually starting to test the new cards.

According to BGR, U.S. carriers like AT&T are already testing the new nano-SIMs on their networks. The site claims Apple is supplying the carriers with adapters to put the nano-SIMs in test before the iPhone 5 hits the market. The adapters would allow AT&T and others to put nano-SIMs in devices that normally use micro-SIMs or the original SIM cards.

If true, it means that Apple likely designed the iPhone 5 before its nano-SIM design was even approved just a few months ago. Luckily for Apple, its design is the standard design for the nano-SIM. If the ETSI committee chose the design from Nokia and RIM, Apple would have had to tweak its design or just use a non-standard SIM.

This is what the iPhone 5 could look like.

Apple wants to make its devices as thin as possible without losing any power, and changing from the micro-SIM to nano-SIM will save some space in the iPhone 5. The rumored “in-cell” screen technology will help make the next iPhone thinner as well.

The iPhone 5 is rumored to have 4G LTE, 1GB of RAM, and NFC. The former two seem relatively obvious given the current state of smartphones and the specs of the new iPad.

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Other iPhone 5 rumors include a 4-inch display that’s taller than the current iPhone, but the same width, and a smaller 19-pin dock connector. Bot rumors look likely based on recent leaks, but we’ll have to wait until the fall (likely October) to find out .

  

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