New Apple Micro SIM plans set to stop iPhone 5 unlocks?
SIM cards as we know them have been the same since the early 2000s. They’ve not moved with the times, which is something that Apple has already challenged with its Micro SIMs.
However, while the Apple Micro SIM is merely a normal SIM minus some unnecessary plastic, this rumoured card would be a complete redesign of the old tech, in order to both slim things down and improve signal. The rumours indicated that it could be finalised in time for the iPhone 5’s release later this year.
Why would this frustrate hackers? Simple (no pun intended): anyone looking to unlock an iPhone 4 can simply use another network’s SIM. A newly designed, Apple-only Micro-SIM would be built for a device that would only support that SIM, therefore stopping users from jailbreaking and ramming any network’s card into the phone.
Is this a step forward for industrial design or a fiddly waste of time? Let us know on the Gadget Helpline Twitter feed.