Several months ago, Apple submitted an application to the United States Patents and Trades Office. The patent application was for a micro sim card connector and it has now been approved. According to USPTO, the patent relates to connectors that may allow SIM cards to be easily removed and replaced, may be resistant to damage by an improper insertion of a SIM card, and may provide reliable mechanical performance.
The approval will now allow Apple to go ahead and design and build their connectors that will make insertion and removal of sims easy and without causing any damage, either to the device or to the sim itself. Apple say in the application that the connector can be fitted in any number of devices, such as TV’s, computers, smartphones and tablets. Although the micro-sim is the current one, Apple also say that the connector will be usable with any size of sim card. Several different designs were listed with part of the application reading
“One example may provide a plunger system where a user can push on a plunger rod and eject a SIM card. Another example may provide contacts that are not damaged by improper insertion of a SIM card. Another example may provide a plastic housing, the housing reinforced by a metallic shield and having a relatively uniform thickness.”
It will be interesting to see how the mobile world responds to the patent approval, especially since, when the application was submitted, Apple and Nokia were embroiled in a battle over the design of future mini sim cards. Apple stated at the time that if Apple’s design was approved they would withdraw around 50 or more patents that related to sim cards, from ETSI. That battle was won in June by Apple and now they have won this particular war.
Source : Patently Apple
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