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iPhone 5 in September, using nano-SIM card?

More information on the new iPhone 5 has surfaced today (albeit unofficial). It seems Apple’s next smartphone will be using the latest standard for SIM cards, the nano-SIM.

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More information on the iPhone 5 has just come out. It will be interesting to see how much of it actually does get confirmed. But until it does, we’re all trying to keep up with it.

The Guardian is the latest news outlet to get its hands on some pieces of info, quoting “sources”. According to the newspaper, the new iPhone 5 will be using the all-new nano-SIM, a format which manufacturers have agreed upon a month ago. The reason is case real-estate, a more and more important asset these days, when a little bit of supplementary circuitry can make all the difference. The new format is 40% smaller than the smallest design used today (the micro-SIM in the iPhone 4S), at 12.3mm wide / 8.8mm high / 0.67mm thick. It is, of course, backwards compatible, if packaged for that.

And since we’re talking network connectivity, it will also be LTE compatible, but only in the USA. Apple doesn’t seem too eager to create a different version for Europe (network standards differ), that would support LTE networks there.

In Europe, the standard connector on the Old Continent is the micro USB. This way, you can use the same charger on your new phone, or even buy it without one. Even though Apple has aligned to the standard using an adapter in the past, it would seem that the new iPhone 5 will use another proprietary connector. According to the sources quoted above, it will be the 19-pin connector, and Apple will give up on the old 30-pin connector.

Just a week ago, “people familiar with the matter” said the iPhone 5 would have a thinner screen, and it had already been rumored that the screen will be larger.

The newspaper’s quotes industry sources tipping a mid September launch (while another source says September 21st). The article also says that Pegatron (a company owned by Asustek – yes, Asus!) is already manufacturing it in Shanghai. Would that mean Apple won’t be working with its long term partner Foxconn on this device?

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