While it was expected that to achieve a thinner and compact design Apple would adopt the Nano-SIM standard, the company made no mention of it in the keynote earlier today.
A comparison page on Apple’s site, however, confirms that the iPhone 5 would require Nano SIM cards.
The Nano SIM standard was finalised just months ago, with Apple being a lead proponent of the design that got finalised. It’s pretty impressive that carriers, just within a few months, got these Nano SIMs manufactured on a large scale, to cater to iPhone 5 buyers.
The Nano-SIM design is 40 percent smaller than the Micro SIM design, which Apple continues to use in the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S.
The comparison page on Apple’s website highlights the specs and standards supported by the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5.
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For folks living in countries where the iPhone 5 won’t be available – if you’re planning to buy an unlocked iPhone 5 from the US, make sure that your carrier provides you Nano SIMS, because existing SIM cards can’t be cut into Nano SIMs.