Apple started installing embedded SIMs (eSIMs) in its iPhones years ago. The eSIM is a virtual SIM card and an integral chip part. It is expected to replace physical SIM cards altogether sooner or later.
In the U.S., the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro are two models that rely exclusively on eSIMs. The upcoming iPhone 15 models will also be delivered in the USA entirely without a physical SIM card slot.
Apple wants to go for eSIMS only in France.
It has been revealed that there are plans for Europe to completely do without physical SIM card slots with the next iPhone. According to a report from iGeneration, Apple also wants to do without such a slot for the next iPhone in France.
According to 9to5Mac, it is still completely unclear whether other European countries are also affected by the considerations. In concrete terms, this means that Apple has not yet clearly positioned itself as to whether only models with eSIMs will also be delivered in Europe.
eSIMs ready for use in Austria
In Austria, for example, Apple launched the first iPhone models with a dual-SIM system in 2018. The eSIMs are now supported by most mobile network operators.
For Apple, doing away with the SIM card slot has two advantages. First, the iPhone can be built cheaply because one component is omitted. Secondly, the space eliminates a point where dust or water could penetrate the device – the iPhone thus becomes more resistant to external influences.
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