France Telecom CEO: Next iPhone Would Be Smaller And Thinner

News | Wednesday May 18 2011 2:53 PM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , ,

France Telecom CEO Stephane Richard in an interview with AllThing’sD has revealed that Apple was working on a project dubbed “e-SIM project”, which would allow the
to work without any SIM card.
, so Apple is working with them to introduce a smaller SIM card.
Last week, we reported that
to ETSI (European telecoms standards body) with the backing of carriers like Orange (France Telecom is the parent company of Orange). So these comments by Mr. Richard provides some background to that report.
As you probably know, Apple has been working for years on reducing the size of SIM cards because they need space in the phone. They even thought about a device without any SIM card, that is what is known as the e-SIM project.
All of us told them it was a bad idea because the SIM card is a critical piece of the security and authentication process. It would be very difficult for a telco or carrier to manage the customer relationship. I think that they understood this point. We had a very constructive exchange and dialogue with them.
We are going to work with them in order to standardize a new format of SIM which takes into account our needs with security and authentication and also is compatible with their wishes in terms of size.
Mr. Richard also went on to add:
I understood that the next iPhone would be smaller and thinner and they are definitely seeking some space.
It’s not clear if by next iPhone – Mr. Richard means
or he means a marginally smaller and thinner iPhone .
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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