Recent iPhone 14 leaks claim that Apple is making some bold changes (ranging from controversial to long-awaited) to its iconic range of smartphones, but now new information has revealed by far the most shocking design change. up to now.
Multiple sources claim this week that Apple plans to remove the physical SIM card slot from the iPhone, leaving the range completely dependent on digital eSIMs. Also, while the first leak indicated that the change would occur in 2023, two highly respected sources now claim that it will happen next year for the iPhone 14 line. Let’s take a look at this and why the move makes a lot of sense.
The Brazilian site BlogdoiPhone was the first to break the news, stating that Apple has made the decision to eliminate the SIM card slot as a priority, but that this is unlikely to happen before 2023. The site has no history of leaks Apple, which is why many, including myself, took it with a pinch of salt. But all that changed when both a MacRumors source and a respected leaker @dylandkt It not only corroborated the leak but also sped up the deadline.
“Apple has advised major US carriers to prepare for eSIM-only smartphone launch by September 2022,” MacRumors explained, adding, “The insider shared a seemingly legitimate document outlining the time frame for this initiative “.
@dylandkt was equally effusive, stating “I agree with the recent rumors about the removal of the physical SIM card tray” and linking to an earlier claim he had made in February that Apple “will work to remove the card tray. SIM sooner than later … internally they are testing an undisclosed iPhone model with just eSim. “
Why remove the SIM card slot from the iPhone?
The answer to this is threefold: cost, durability, and simplicity.
cost – Moving parts cost money and removing the SIM card tray will save money in the manufacturing process. It will also create a more fluid layout and potentially allow Apple to use the saved space for other internal components. In smartphone design, every millimeter counts.
Durability While iPhones have been waterproof for several years, removing an access point to internal components is likely to improve this. It would also be an easy way for iPhone fans to justify the change.
Simplicity – SIM cards have gotten smaller and smaller out of necessity (see above), and Apple was an early adopter of Nano-SIM with the iPhone 5 in 2012. But Nano-SIMs are unpopular due to their small size and easy. lost size. In fact, the hassle of ordering and swapping Nano-SIMs may be enough to deter users from switching mobile networks. With just eSIM, all changes and changing networks or adding additional contracts are just a few taps away.
There is a caveat in this move: not all operators currently support eSIM. That said, Apple is arguably the only phone maker with the clout to change that and iPhones going eSIM are likely only to see mass adoption across the board. Something that I think would be a very positive step forward for the entire mobile industry and rivals would probably not waste time copying the movement.
Plus, the move to eSIM could be the icing on the cake of what’s shaping up to be the most exciting iPhone update in years. Highlights include a cheaper iPhone 14 Max, the possible return of Touch ID, a new punch-hole display that finally kills the notch, and even a shocking transition from Lightning to USB-C, although I’m still skeptical about that.
Either way, if you’re not yet determined to upgrade to the iPhone 13 range, all signs now point to smart money retention for the iPhone 14.
Follow Gordon on Facebook
More about Forbes
New iPhone 14 design gets closer as LG wins contract for punch-hole display
IPhone-to-car connectivity issues persist on Apple iOS 15.2