iPhone 5 to feature integrated SIM?

Apple working on integrated SIM for iPhone 5. Networks, be very afraid.

As rumour and speculation surrounding the touted iPhone 5 grows, new reports suggest that the predicted Apple handset will include an integrated SIM card allowing Apple to assign networks to individual handsets at customer’s request.

The technology reportedly being worked on by Steve Jobs’ team ahead of the next addition to its iPhone range is believed to come in the form of an integrated chip which will carry subscriber identification information and ultimately see the end of the little plastic cards currently issued directly from network service providers.

If included in the iPhone 5 handset, which is expected to follow Apple’s annual product cycle with a June 2011 release, the integrated SIM device would make purchasing a pocket blower direct from Apple’s online or highstreet stores an easier process for consumers.

With users able to pick a network provider at the point of sale, Apple could simply program the new device to that company’s service eliminating the need for shoppers to wait for networks to activate the handset or for the arrival of the corresponding SIM.

Whilst this muted integration would provide consumers with a simpler shopping experience and more control over their devices, it would essentially eliminate the network’s highstreet stores from the shopping chain of what will no doubt be one of the most popular handsets on the market.




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  • Yikes, Apple would be a bit too much in control to my liking in all honesty. I’d like to be able to choose and dictate myself what network I have when, I mean rather then wait for a SIM or whatnot (which here in NL takes oh about 5 minutes? They still need to find it in the store 😛 ) you’d have to go to an apple store to get it all fixed.

    And then the most annoying part: you’re still stuck using that … let’s keep it civil … not so great software iTunes.

    Anyways, I’m currently looking at the new Blackberry for a new phone, it’s due in a couple of months so yeah…

  • As a proud apple geek boy I normally rise to defend Apple, but for a while now they have slowly been losing my support (lol not that they need it).
    I totally agree with you, this would be (another) step too far in the controlling stakes and restricting peoples choices. Plus it damages the small businesses.

    It’s all part of Steve Job’s master plan, to take over the world…

    Would this be the Blackberry Torch? If so nice! Im not a huge Blackberry fan, but the torch does look good. And Ive heard they have greatly improved the touchscreen responsibility. Social Feeds sounds an awesome adition as well, especially to me who’s a bit of a social site geek.

    Thanks for stopping by Dan!