updated 10:38 am EDT, Fri May 18, 2012
Uses Apple's design as template
RIM and Motorola have submitted a new, compromise nano-SIM design based on a concept from Apple, reports say. The new design has the same outline and contacts as Apple's proposal, but with a notch on one side making space for what RIM calls a "push-push" mechanism; pushing in the card once secures it, pushing it in again pops it out. Apple's idea may have been less practical, requiring a tray to hold a card steady.
Nokia opposed Apple's original design on the principle that it violated a "no jamming" rule. The length of the card was said to be too close to the width of modern micro-SIMs, making it possible for a person to accidentally wedge Apple's nano-SIM into the wrong slot. In response, though, Apple created a slightly updated design with new dimensions.
Apple has previously expressed its own opposition to adding a notch, suggesting that it would increase time-to-market by shrinking the space for silicon. It remains to be seen, therefore, what kind of traction the RIM/Motorola design might have. The European Telecommunications Standards Institute is scheduled to have another meeting on the nano-SIM standard on May 31st, at which point a decision should be reached on submitted concepts.