According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, “Apple will give eSIM a larger push this time around, with carriers getting ready to nudge users toward the digital, integrated SIM cards rather than physical ones.” In fact, Apple has thought about doing away with the physical SIM card port entirely starting this year or next for some models.
After eliminating the headphone jack, Apple is now pursuing actual SIM cards. When Apple unveils the iPhone 14 series later this week, all eyes will be on the new features of the newest models, but what’s missing might also play a factor in the keynote. According to Bloomberg, Apple is considering removing the physical SIM card slot from some iPhone models. This might include some of this year’s iPhone 14 models.
Not only do most country-specific carriers offer eSIM packages, but dozens of global roaming suppliers have a single app from which users can select and activate a range of plans across more than a hundred countries – ideal for globetrotters with busy itineraries. It’s expected Apple could initially offer eSIM-only iPhones in selected countries and through partner carriers which request the eSIM-only version.
With embedded SIMs, also known as eSIMs, consumers can activate a cell plan without a tiny physical SIM card. Since it’s simple to switch between many numbers, such as personal and corporate accounts, over the air using WiFi or by scanning a carrier-supplied QR code, eSIMs are a popular choice for international travellers and anybody else who needs to manage multiple numbers.
The company first introduced the eSIM in the iPhone XS series of 2018, while that year’s iOS 12 update added the ability to manage two numbers – one per SIM, and designated as Primary and Secondary services – and also specify which number is used for calls, text messages and also mobile data. Another big change on the way for the iPhone is swapping the Lightning connector for a USB-C port, which will become compulsory for all mobile phones, tablets, e-readers, cameras, headphones and earbuds sold within the EU before the end of 2024.