Last month we saw numerous reports suggesting that Apple is planning to phase out the SIM card tray from its smartphones starting with the Apple iPhone 14 series. The company reportedly asked major carriers to prepare for the launch of eSIM-only iPhones by September 2022. Now as per a report by MacRumors, GlobalData analyst Emma Mohr-McClune believes that the move to eSIM-only iPhones right now may not be all out. The analyst suggests that Apple may offer an eSIM-only variant of an iPhone 14 model at first along with the traditional models.
Although eSIM adoption is expanding rapidly across the globe, there are still several carriers who do not support eSIM as of now. Apple first introduced the support for eSIM technology with the launch of dual-SIM iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and the affordable iPhone XR. Currently, every iPhone model launched in 2018 and after (excluding iPhone SE) comes with support for one physical SIM and one eSIM.
For those who don’t know, an eSIM is the Subscriber Identity/Identification Module (SIM) that is embedded in communication devices such as smartphones, smartwatches and others. Users can access the prepaid/postpaid subscriptions services on their device with the eSIM without any physical SIM card. To use an eSIM on the supported device, users just need to install their eSIM profile on the device once it is activated. Currently, there are three eSIM providers in India – Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone-Idea.
Just like the last two years, the upcoming iPhone lineup is speculated to have four models – iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. As per leaker Dylandkt, the company is planning to use a pill-shaped camera cutout at the top of the display of iPhone 14 Pro models.