iPhone 5 arrival imminent as mobile operators stockpile nano-SIMs

Looks like the iPhone 5 will use the minitaure SIM cards designed by Apple

European mobile carriers are stockpiling the Apple-designed nano-SIM card, in anticipation of the iPhone 5's launch.

As yet there's been no word from Apple on when the iPhone 5 will hit the streets – but the Financial Times cites sources who claim that the carriers are building up stockpiles of nano-SIM cards numbering in the millions, to meet the expected demand for Apple's next wonder-phone.

The 4FF nano-SIM is 40 per cent smaller than the current micro-SIM, making room for Apple to cram more tech into the iPhone 5's frame.

Although the iPhone 5 has yet to be officially announced by Apple, there are strong indications that it will launch in autumn this year, with component parts showing up in leaked photos. They suggest that the phone will feature a 4in 16:9-format widescreen Retina Display along with a smaller, redesigned dock connector. For all the news on Apple's upcoming smartphone, check out our iPhone 5 rumour round-up.

[via cnet]

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