After long months of fighting over the future of the nano-SIM, a tiny SIM card that would give phone makers more space for hardware in ultra-thin devices, a truce seems to have been negotiated.
The fight has featured Apple, Nokia, RIM, Motorola and the rest of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), and the debate has left those of us happy with our devices, whether they’re brand new last month or used cell phones, and happy to stay out of the drama. Nonetheless, we can’t help follow the fray, since the handsets of the future will inevitably become our used ones.
As covered by VentureBeat: The debate over the design has been split on a number of points, but one most significantly: Companies like Nokia were adamant about the design having a “push-push” mechanism, which would allow the card to eject once pushed. Apple, on the other hand, uses a SIM tray design in its devices, so it has no need for such a design. That, along with its desire to keep the new design compatible with previous ones, explain most of Apple’s design decisions. The central problem is this: Having two SIM card standards floating around is not something anyone wants.
So, what’s the big deal they brokered? It’s a compromise, of course. Proposed by RIM and Motorola, the design features elements that are 80 percent Apple’s and 20 percent RIM’s and Motorola’s, which the above story calls “ an ironic metaphor for the smart phone space that shouldn’t go unnoticed.”