The iPad has received significant coverage and attention in the first week following its annoucement by Apple. Not all of it has been positive. Specifically, Apple’s decision to use a micro-SIM card in place of a regular SIM card is raising eyebrows. Engadget explains:
While the news of Apple’s iPad having 3G wasn’t exactly a surprise, the move to a new format for the SIM certainly was. The SIM — that tiny card that holds your contact info and account information that you find in your GSM handset — is a 15 x 25mm plastic card whereas the new Micro SIM (also known as a 3FF SIM) is a diminutive 12 x 15mm, about 52% smaller. Needless to say, it’s not physically compatible with your current phone.
iPad’s Wi-Fi model should be available late March 2010 and ought to run without a problem in Canada as it is not carrier-dependent. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the 3G model as none of the major Canadian telecom providers (Rogers, Bell, Telus) offer support for the micro-SIM card. That’s not to say they won’t make it available in anticipation of the iPad’s arrival in Canada, however it certainly is one more challenge to overcome. Certainly, switching carriers by just jailbreaking the iPad won’t be possible if your target carrier doesn’t support the micro-SIM.