Apple Genius in the Stanford Apple store just told me "yes".

Apple's online chat help (live agent) just told me "no".

Does anyone know the actual correct answer? Thanks!

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Both devices take nano SIMs.

From everymac.com's pages on iPhone 12

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and iPad mini 6

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  • Thank you so much for one of the most comprehensive, well sourced, and helpful answers I have seen in the 13+ years I have been on stack exchange. Thank you nohillside!
    – Peter vdL
    Aug 30, 2023 at 17:16
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    @PetervdL Thanks. To be honest, apple.stackexchange.com/a/463725/9058 got the same information directly from the source (Apple).
    – nohillside
    Aug 30, 2023 at 17:18

Apple publishes this information on their web site.

All models of the iPad Mini are nano-Sim. All iPhones model 5 and later are nano-Sim.


SIMs come in standard sizes, usually supplied inside a credit-card-sized sheet.
You just break out the relevant size for the device.

I've never known any new device need a larger SIM than the one it's replacing.

One thing to note - the software/firmware of SIMs is constantly updated - but only when you ask for a new SIM from your provider. It's always smarter to get a new SIM for a new device. I've never known any provider charge for a new SIM.

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Image from https://www.4g.co.uk/news/sim-card-sizes-standard-micro-and-nano-explained/

This is how they're delivered, each body size is inside the larger, so you just snap out the relevant size.

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  • Thanks for the helpful explanation and visual aid. What I am really asking is "Can I use the SIM from my iPhone 12, in my iPad mini v6?" I don't have 3 SIMs of different sizes. I just have one SIM in my iPhone 12, and want to know if it fits in the iPad Mini (that I haven't bought yet). The image and the link help me move forward, thank you.
    – Peter vdL
    Aug 29, 2023 at 20:01
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    that really depends on your phone service provider, I am able to use my French SIM card on my old iPad for 4G
    – enzo
    Aug 29, 2023 at 22:28
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    No new device is ever going to need a larger SIM than an older device. So, even if the new one needs a smaller SIM, you can just break the smaller section out of the older, larger sim.
    – Tetsujin
    Aug 30, 2023 at 9:14

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