“The Verge” (http://macte.ch/fZkJC) says that the votes on the next SIM card standard are finally being taken and should be concluded by mid-May. The results should be interesting since Apple is pushing its own nano-SIM design as a replacement for the current SIM standard.

Last month Last week the “Financial Times” reported that Apple is competing with Motorola Mobility, Research in Motion and Nokia on a smaller SIM card standard. Apple wants a “nano-SIM” that would let it design even smaller products, the article adds.

The MicroSIM card, with a design smaller than traditional SIM cards, was pushed by Apple in 2010 with the launch of the iPhone 4. However, a nano-SIM would shrink further — to about a third the size of the MicroSIM. Apple’s keen on adopting the new standard, but the other companies aren’t warm to Apple’s design proposals, per the “Financial Times.”