Apple Gains Patent on SIM Card Connector Format

Posted by at 11:54 am on December 26, 2012

USPTO awarded Apple a patent on a proprietary, SIM card connector format. SIM cards are used in all GSM-based cellular devices, which in Apple’s case includes models of the iPhone and iPad. The patent documents ways of inserting or removing a SIM card, specifically in a way that protects both the card and the device from being damaged if a person makes a mistake.

One part of the patent covers the “plunger system” used to eject cards on iPhones and iPads. A specially-crafted pin is pushed into a hole, which triggers a release mechanism eliminating the need to pull a card out by hand.

Apple recently became more invested in SIM technology after the European Telecommunications Standards Institute decided to adopt Apple’s nano-SIM design as an industry standard.

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