Apple To Offer Royalty-free License To Nano-SIM Patent

By 05:19 Tue, 13 Jul 2021 Comments


A few days ago, we reported that Apple is locking horns with other companies, primarily Nokia, regarding the design of the nano-SIM, the next generation of the SIM design that will be dramatically smaller than even the current micro-SIM. Both companies have put forth their version of what nano-SIM design should be, with each claiming theirs to be better.




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Apple's design so far was the most popular among the European carriers, and there is a fine chance that it is the one that gets chosen eventually. This led to some fears that Apple will eventually control the license and others will have to pay royalty to utilize it.

Now, however, thanks to a recent discovery by Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents, it has come to light that Apple will offer the license to its nano-SIM patent royalty free. This means that tomorrow if the design gets chosen, then other companies won't have to pay Apple anything to utilize their patents regarding the nano-SIM design on their devices.

This proves that at least Apple is in this just to establish a recent SIM standard that is smaller (and therefore better) rather than trying to create money off it.

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