iPhone 5 Reduced Size Thanks To SIM Chip: Orange Discuss

Speculation over the forthcoming iPhone 5 still rages on! In recent months its been a job to keep up with constant rumors as to its possible specs, release date, price, name, carrier(s) and so on. Today it has been reported that its appearance, mainly its size, has been bought into question yet again.

Its not the first time that we’ve heard that the next gen iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S as its been called, will be smaller and thinner. AppleInsider have reported on news in the last few hours, which has suggested that Apple are not only considering making a smaller SIM card which would therefore downsize the phone, but in a recent interview with CEO of Orange/France Telecom “Stephane Richard,” has himself said that the ‘next iPhone” handset, possibly iPhone 5, will take on a smaller role.

As Phones Review stated, the interview carried out by AllThingsD, spoke to the main man in which he said that a smaller SIM card would be used replacing that of an e-SIM. It has been reported that Richard’s wireless company, of which ranks second place behind AT&T in terms of iPhone sales, said that they have managed to convince Apple to hold off using the e-SIM.

In a brief statement from Richard he said, “All of us told Apple it was a bad idea because the SIM card is a critical piece of the security and authentication process. It would be very difficult for a telco or carrier to manage the customer relationship. I think that they understood this point. We had a very constructive exchange and dialogue with them.”

He then went on to say, “We are going to work with them in order to standardize a new format of SIM which takes into account our needs with security and authentication and also is compatible with their wishes in terms of size.”

What are your thoughts on a smaller, thinner iPhone? Are you prepared to wait for its arrival?