Apple SIM No Longer Available to Activate New Cellular Data Plan on iPad

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Apple SIM No Longer Available to Activate New Cellular Data Plan on iPad

Starting October 1, Apple SIMs will no longer be available to activate new cellular data plans on supported iPad models, according to Apple support documents.


Introduced in 2014, Apple SIM was designed to allow iPad users to activate cellular data plans from multiple carriers around the world. Originally, the Apple SIM was a physical nano-SIM card, but it’s embedded in newer iPad Pro models. Apple SIM is similar to modern eSIM technology, but with more limited carrier support.

A physical Apple SIM card is included with the following mobile iPad models:

  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 4
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation
  • iPad 5
  • iPad 6

An embedded Apple SIM is included with the following mobile iPad models:

  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • Second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro

All of the iPad models listed above still have a physical SIM card tray. Apple’s support documents advise customers to contact their carrier for details on how to activate a cellular data plan on these iPad models in the future.

All iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad models released since October 2018 support standard eSIM technology without requiring an Apple SIM.

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