Apple Plans to Remove SIM Card Slot on iPhone 14 Series

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Apple Plans to Remove SIM Card Slot on iPhone 14 Series – Apple has internally discussed the idea of ​​launching several iPhone models without a SIM card slot next year, according to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg reported by page MacrumorsTuesday (6/9/2022).

Through his latest Power On newsletter, Gurman said, the move would be part of Apple’s push towards eSIM usage.

Gurman said the SIM card slot is removable on some iPhone 14 models, which Apple expects to announce in just days from now, though he said it’s possible the change won’t happen until next year’s iPhone 15.

The plan to remove the SIM card slot has previously been rumored several times.

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“Apple will give eSIMs an even bigger boost this time around, with carriers preparing to direct users to embedded digital SIM cards rather than physical ones,” Gurman wrote in his newsletter.

In fact, he adds, Apple is considering removing the physical SIM card slot starting this year or next year for some models.

iPhone illustration. [Pexels/Pixabay]

eSIM is a digital SIM that allows users to activate a cellular plan without having to use a physical nano-SIM card.

The availability of eSIMs is growing rapidly, but the technology is still not available in all countries, so some iPhone models with a SIM card slot may remain available for at least a few years in the middle of the transition.

iPhone 13 models sold in the Apple Store and on no longer have a nano-SIM card in the box, with users typically being able to activate their cellular plan via eSIM by turning on iPhone, connecting to a Wi-Fi network, and following the on-screen instructions.

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Removing the SIM card slot can help to further increase the iPhone’s water resistance and possibly free up some space inside the device.

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