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Apple Strongarms consumers again by removing the iPhone 14 SIM card slot, but why?

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Apple has removed another port from the iPhone and said goodbye to the SIM card tray. The tech giant made it official at its Far Out event on September 7, when it announced that the entire iPhone 14 line of smartphones would have eSIM only available.Smartphones have evolved significantly over the past decade, ditching some features that many users have become accustomed to. One of the first features to disappear was the headphone jack. Apple led the charge in 2016, when the company launched its iPhone 7 without a headphone jack. The move infuriated many at the time, but Android phone manufacturers followed suit shortly after. Now Apple has adopted another physical feature from users in the form of a SIM card tray.

During the company’s official announcement of its iPhone 14 family of smartphones last week, some of the news was “So long, SIM tray”. The tech company sold the idea as a convenience feature, adding that an eSIM can’t be removed if your iPhone is ever lost or stolen, and it’s possible to have multiple phone numbers and data plans on a single device.But not everyone is thrilled about the news. Joshua Vergara tweeted after the reveal: “Sorry I can’t get over this. So first it was the headphone jack, Apple just made a thing out of that and it was a big pain for a while. Now no SIM card so if you’re on travel, do you have to pay for international roaming on your eSIM from US carriers?!”

However, one service provider seemed to love the idea of ​​removing the SIM card tray. Mike Katz, Chief Marketing Officer for TMobile, tweeted after the Far Out event that “It was great to (see) like-minded areas of interest between @TMobile and #AppleEvent. Specifically… eSIM technology in the iPhone14 that is perfect for outdoors NEW Network Pass & Easy Switch.”

While someone who claims to work for Verizon, @Jasmine21190639responded to one of Vergara’s tweets about the missing SIM card tray, stating that “As a Verizon employee, we try to avoid using eSims as much as possible and will always activate with a physical SIM card just because of the number of issues with activations.”While many won’t be happy with this move, it’s likely Android phones will follow suit, just as they were with the headphone jack – the only question is when. While Apple hasn’t provided a way to add extra storage space via micro SD cards, many Android phones still use the SIM card tray as a method of letting users do this. If the SIM card tray of all smartphones disappears, this will most likely also mean the end of the possibility for consumers to expand storage as well.

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