Apple Rings in 2014 With a Patent for Micro-SIM Smart Card

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On New Year’s Eve 2013, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a series of 43 newly granted patents for Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). Among the patents Apple was awarded, perhaps the most noteworthy the company won was for its micro-SIM smart card, which possibly reveals the tech giant’s plans to get the SIM card standard changed again after already winning permission for a different standard last year despite Nokia’s (NYSE:NKE) protests.

It has now been a year-and-a-half since Apple and Nokia’s battle over the design of future miniature SIM cards for mobile devices, but despite Apple winning that war — emerging with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute’s approval for its design — it looks like the Cupertino, California-based company is ready to make some changes again. The latest patent may have just opened the door.

Per Patently Apple: “Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to a smart card adapter apparatus. In one embodiment, the smart card adaptor includes: a first substrate, the first substrate having a cavity extruded therefrom; the cavity adapted to house a smart card. The assembled first substrate and smart card enables operation of a mobile phone with the smart card.

“In one variant, the first substrate is compliant with a Mini-SIM physical specification. In other variants, the first substrate is compliant with a Micro-SIM physical specification.”

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