According to the Financial Times, the forthcoming launch of iPhone 5 causes that European operators take it stock new tiny SIM cards. Apple did not confirm officially that it uses nano-SIM cards, but this is a formality.
Even if by some miracle, operators' predictions do not confirm, telecoms find a way to compensate for this themselves. Nano-SIM standard has been approved by the mobile industry at the beginning of this year. Smaller SIM - more room to use in the phone. In the race, resulting in more and more slimming design, even a microscopic space counts. SIM cards in the nano standard are 40% smaller than the micro-SIMs.
When Apple in iPhone 4 and iPad switched to the micro-SIM card, telecoms were not able to meet the demand, which resulted in considerable financial loss. If - as it is likely - Apple puts in another smartphone nano-SIM slot, operators will be prepared.
It seems that designed by German company Designed by Giesecke & Devrient new standard is not required to customers. The explanation that by reducing the physical size of the card there is more place in the phone, is not entirely convincing. Apple creating a new stuff standard, is trying to dictate the terms, both to other manufacturers and operators. The use of nano-SIM is rather the idea of promoting and trying to maintain its market position, not a technological necessity.