Apple is ending physical SIM trays. This is what you need to know

At its close-quarters press event this week, Apple revealed that it is dumping the physical SIM cards and trays on its new iPhone 14 lineup in the United States. Instead, the company is embracing a digital alternative known as eSIMs.

A SIM card is a unique identifier in every mobile phone that allows the device to connect to wireless networks for texting and calling. An eSIM refers to an “embedded” SIM card or a card plugged into the phone itself. People tend to switch SIM cards when they switch carriers or travel internationally and want to use a different service provider during their trip.

Apple first rolled out eSIM support on iPhones in 2018, promising to make it easier for customers to activate their cellular plan and use multiple phone numbers and carriers for the same device.

Now Apple is doubling this feature by completely doing away with the infrastructure to support physical SIM cards on the iPhone 14.

“With eSIM, you can quickly transfer an existing cellular plan or get a new cellular plan, all digitally,” Kaiann Drance, Apple’s VP of iPhone marketing, said at the event on Wednesday.

Drance also praised how eSIM cards can make devices “more secure”, noting that “one cannot remove the physical SIM card if your iPhone is lost or stolen.”


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