An anonymous tipster has informed MacRumors that Apple has advised major U.S. carriers to prepare for the launch of eSIM-only smartphones by September 2022.
Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro design according to multiple leaks (Image: CONCEPTSIPHONE)
Joe Rossignol for MacRumors:
The tipster shared a seemingly legitimate document outlining the timeframe for this initiative, although the document does not specifically mention Apple or the iPhone.
As part of the transition, some U.S. carriers will allegedly start offering select iPhone 13 models without a nano-SIM card in the box in the second quarter of 2022. iPhone 13 models sold at Apple Stores or on Apple.com already lack a nano-SIM card in the box, with users typically able to activate a cellular plan via eSIM by turning on the iPhone, connecting to a Wi-Fi network, and following the on-screen instructions.
Given the alleged September 2022 deadline, it is possible that Apple might remove the physical SIM card slot starting with some iPhone 14 models… It’s worth noting that eSIM service is not available in all countries, so iPhones with a SIM card slot may remain available in some markets.
Technovanguard Take: Say a hearty goodbye and good riddance to swapping out tiny SIM cards when traveling internationally!
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