Leaker corroborates Apple may switch iPhones to eSIM-only as soon as 2022

Enrique, 28 December 2021

Recently, reports have swirled about the removal of the SIM tray from iPhones starting with the “iPhone 15” in 2023. Shortly after, MacRumors received an anonymous tip that Apple has already been in talks with major US carriers, advising them to prepare for eSIM only smartphones, set to arrive in September 2022. This information was corroborated by reliable Apple leaker @dylandkt via Twitter.

Removing the physical SIM tray from a smartphone does have a couple of advantages from a manufacturing perspective. First, the mechanism to eject and insert a SIM tray would no longer need to be produced and its absence would free up some precious space on the inside. One less port would simplify production of the frame and removing the SIM tray would make a smartphone easier to keep water and dust out of the phone’s internals.

Apple iPhone 13 (2021) Apple iPhone 13 (2021)

With Apple’s removal of the headphone jack and the adoption of MagSafe accessories in recent years, the company would be another step closer to a port-less iPhone if it removed the physical SIM slot from future models.

The last few generations of iPhones can use an eSIM and it can be used in conjunction with the physical nanoSIM for dualSIM features. Certain Hong Kong and mainland Chinese variants of the iPhone can support dual nanoSIM cards.



Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 15 Jan 2022
  • tZ0

Well, I don't think so about that since e-sim isn't cheap to make either. This will make the phone more waterproof when there's no gap for water to enter into your phone. Also, most telco companies only offering their esim plan to post...

  • Anonymous
  • 15 Jan 2022
  • 4}n

eSims are only relevant if you are buying from a cell data provider, not unlocked phones from the manufacturer which can use both prepaid or postpaid. What this means is that factory unlocked devices will have more value than ever before and cause pe...

  • AnonD-731363
  • 05 Jan 2022
  • SH3

Hahaha and please educate us why??? Is so hard for you to visit once per 3 years service centre to replace your battery??? Or is difficult for you to go with a old button phone like Nokia 230. Whats your major problem???

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