Apple, RIM, Motorola and Nokia have been recently trying hard to get their version of fourth form facter (4FF) of SIM to be approved by the European Telecommunications Institute (ETSI). The Verge noted that ETSI has approved a standard for 4FF, the so-called Nano SIM.
Here is an official statement from ETSI,
“The fourth form factor (4FF) card will be 40% smaller than the current smallest SIM card design, at 12.3mm wide by 8.8mm high, and 0.67mm thick. It can be packaged and distributed in a way that is backwards compatible with existing SIM card designs. The new design will offer the same functionality as all current SIM cards.”
Though ETSI or The Verge doesn’t mention Apple’s design as the winner, Macworld sure does
“The Smart Card Platform Technical Committee of the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI) agreed Friday on a standard for so-called nano-SIMs. Apple’s specification beat a competing proposal from Nokia, Research In Motion (RIM), and Google-owned Motorola Mobility.“