Moving from regular SIMs to micro SIMs for the and 4 was a fairly user-hostile move on ’s part, seeing how it made moving between an and virtually any other GSM device quite a bit more difficult; the official explanation (for the 4, anyway) was that there simply wasn’t room for a regular SIM, but that seems unlikely considering that you’re only saving 10mm of length, 3mm of width, and 0mm of thickness. A more plausible scenario is that Apple viewed micro SIMs as a way to get ahead of the industry curve a bit and make it unpleasant for users to try to share an line with other devices, a concept that gets at the core of Apple’s mantra of owning the entire ecosystem from end to end. But could they be trying to take that concept another step further? GigaOM is reporting a today that Apple is working tightly with firm Gemalto — you know, the SIM guys — to integrate software-reconfigurable SIMs right into European iPhones that would be activated on the carrier of your choice using an App Store download.

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Apple, Gemalto working on integrated SIM for next iPhone?