Your iPhone 5 Could Be Crazy Thin Thanks To New Nano-SIMs



One of the first handset makers to really embrace the microSIM format was Apple. By reducing a standard SIM card size to about half the size of a normal sized SIM, Apple was able to deliver the iPhone 4, its thinnest smartphone yet. Could an advance in SIM technology help Apple make the iPhone 5 even thinner? Enter the nano-SIM.

Created by G&D — the same German-based company that produced the world’s first SIM card — the nano-SIM is a third smaller than the microSIM used in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. It’s not just smaller though, it’s also 15% thinner, and like the microSIM before it, fully backwards compatible with an adapter.

In the tightly packed interiors of our favorite devices, every millimeter counts and can lead to thinner, sexier designs and better battery life… both things that Apple has a history of prioritizing in their devices. Don’t be surprised to see a nano-SIM in a future iPhone… that is, if Apple doesn’t get their way with reprogrammable SIM modules instead.

  • danparedes

    Not until the iPhone 7. Mark my words.

  • Michael

    But that would be almost 5 years from now. Next year is the iPhone 5, then iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s… I don’t think we will have to wait that long.

  • Figurative

    After awhile one reaches a point of diminishing returns when it comes to thin.  I’d rather keep the next phone about the same thickness as the 4 and 4S and add more battery.

  • MacHead84

    yup….go to thin and its crazy fragile and uncomfortable to hold. Im happy with the thickness

  • S. Mulji

    I agree the thickness of the iPhone 4 / 4S is not the problem but the weight is.  It does feel a tad heavy. Apple needs to use lighter & stronger material instead of glass.

  • cliqsquad

    Why would they call the 6th gen iPhone the iPhone 5? If they still do the number thing Its obviously going to be 6, 6S, 8, 8S, X (10), XS (10S), XII (11)

  • MacGoo

    I’ve said this time and again: There will be NO iPhone 5. The iPhone 4s IS the iPhone 5. If the next gen iPhone is going to be named after its generation, it will be the iPhone 6. However, I don’t think that’s likely either. I think the next iPhone will be called the iPhone 4G, and the next generational name we’ll see (if any) is the iPhone 7.

  • Michael

    We can only guess. In my opinion, it would confuse people if it skipped a number every other year. But they did it for the iPhone 3G, so they can do it again!

  • Fcsdzp

    no iPhone 5, just iPhone 4G

  • Demonstr8r

    I don’t want or need a thinner phone. Besides, the SIM card has no bearing on the thickness of the iPhone 4 or 4S. It’s all about the battery. Some people claim the iPhone is also too heavy, but I disagree. Just as I don’t like to receive a weak handshake, I don’t want to carry around some wimpy phone.

  • Glenn Bates

    Um….thanks for your uninformed guesses?

  • mattlongman

    He has a point though. iPhone 4 was the 4th iPhone. iPhone 5 would not be what Apple named their 6th iPhone? Attention to detail? Yes, that’s Apple? Getting the name of their own phone wrong? I doubt it.

  • mattlongman

    Even confused people would flock to buy iPhones. The point isn’t that they’d skip numbers, but that the ‘iPhone #’ would only be named after that generation. E.g. the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4S is the 5th generation iPhone.

  • Steven Chaffer


    Dude his comments are very informed. You just made YOURSELF look pretty un-informed. Do some research you quack. Just recently jumped on the Apple train did ya?

  • Dontemailme

    No, if apple called the iPhone 5 the iPhone 4G or 6, people would get confused. Most people don’t know that the G in 3GS or 3G means the network, 3G speed. That’s why the iPhone 3G wasn’t branded iPhone 2. If they call it iPhone 6, the people will wonder what happened to the iPhone 5; 4G- “isn’t that the iPhone 4?” A lot of people call the iPhone 4, 4G. Basically it’s just easier to market the next iPhone as iPhone 5.

  • Steven Chaffer

    Not gonna happen. I get your point but did they call the iPhone 4 the “iPhone 3”? 

  • MacGoo

    Guess? Sure. But an educated one. Looking at Apple’s past actions is very revealing. The first gen iPhone was called the iPhone. The second gen was the iPhone 3G (not the 2). The third gen was the iPhone 3Gs. Fourth gen was the iPhone 4 (first to follow a true generational naming schema). Fifth gen is the iPhone 4s (departure from generational naming). 

    6th gen can either be the iPhone 6 or a variation on the iPhone 4 (which I think will be the iPhone 4G, for obvious reasons). There is no way they will call the 6th gen phone the iPhone 5 – there are advantages to naming it the 4G, but none to labeling it with a generational name that isn’t accurate.

    Following the 4G release, there isn’t another looming cellular connection protocol that would debut soon enough to allow for an “iPhone 5G”, which leads me to believe that generation 7 is the first time we’ll see a return to a generational name, the “iPhone 7”. 

    Did I really just write 3 paragraphs to an obvious troll? I’m losing my touch…THIS IS NOT TROLL FOOD. NOTHING TO SEE HERE. Move along.

  • MacGoo

    Respectfully disagree – when has Apple ever done something because “it’s just easier”? No one is going to be confused that it’s an iPhone, and whether they name it the 4G or the 6, it’s not any more confusing that it’s an upgrade from the 4s.

  • MacGoo

    Ummm – what? See my comment above – it won’t be that long.