Published on November 4th, 2011 | by Mithil Bhatia2
Apple iPhone 5 could use Virtual SIM card, Patent Application Reveals
The two figures 5a and 5b shows the concept of the Hardware architectures (502, 504) of Virtual SIM (Virtual Subscriber Identity Module). The patent uses an element called Universal SIM (USIM (506)) within a Secure Element (SE), which is embedded in the hardware. The image also shows a NFC Router (520), a wireless communication technology, which is currently used to make payments with mobile device.
According to Patently Apple, there are several benefits for the customer to use this new patent in future devices, among which include:
- Improved designs, and that too without the space for the card, the phone could suffer a reduction in size, thickness and even weight.
- Increased security, to better protect our data.
- Wireless services on demand, without assigning them to a physical SIM, which can also result in reduced waiting time.
In addition, the two other Apple patent applications were also published today – “Methods and Apparatus for Preserving Battery Resources in a Mobile Communications Device”, and “Systems and Methods for Hot Plug GPU Power Control.”
Read more at PatentlyApple.com