Apple has internally mentioned the thought of launching some iPhone fashions with out a SIM card slot by subsequent yr, based on Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman. In his newest Energy On publication(*14*), Gurman stated the transfer could be a part of Apple’s push in direction of eSIMs.
Gurman stated the SIM card slot may very well be eliminated on some iPhone 14 fashions, which Apple is anticipated to announce in simply three days from now, though he stated there’s a risk that the change won’t occur till the iPhone 15 subsequent yr. The eventual removing of the SIM card slot has been rumored(*14*) a few occasions(*14*) beforehand.
“Apple will give eSIM a much bigger push this time round, with carriers getting ready to steer customers towards the digital, embedded SIM playing cards slightly than bodily ones,” Gurman wrote in his publication. “The truth is, Apple has thought of eradicating the bodily SIM card slot altogether starting both this yr or subsequent for some fashions.”
An eSIM is a digital SIM that enables customers to activate a mobile plan with out having to make use of a bodily nano-SIM card. eSIM availability is quickly increasing, however the know-how continues to be not obtainable in all international locations, so some iPhone fashions with a SIM card slot might stay obtainable for no less than a couple of years amid the transition.
iPhone 13 fashions offered at Apple Shops and on Apple.com already lack a nano-SIM card within the field, with customers sometimes in a position to activate a mobile plan through eSIM by turning on the iPhone, connecting to a Wi-Fi community, and following the on-screen directions. iPhone 13 fashions additionally assist a number of eSIM profiles, permitting customers to subscribe to a number of mobile plans digitally and swap between them, which is helpful for journey.
The removing of the SIM card slot might assist to additional enhance the iPhone’s water resistance, and maybe release a tiny quantity of area contained in the gadget.
Apple is anticipated to announce the iPhone 14 lineup throughout a particular occasion at Steve Jobs Theater(*14*) on Wednesday. Different merchandise anticipated to be introduced embrace Apple Watch Collection 8 fashions, a brand new Apple Watch SE, an Apple Watch Professional, and new AirPods Professional(*14*).