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Apple is considering eliminating the SIM card slot on some iPhone 14 models

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The SIM card slot may be removed on some iPhone 14 models, and Apple is expected to announce the news in three days, though it’s possible the change won’t happen until next year’s iPhone 15. News of the eventual removal of the SIM card slot has been heard a few times before.

“Apple will give eSIM an even bigger push this time around, as carriers prepare to steer users towards a digital, embedded SIM card rather than a physical one,” Gurman wrote in his newsletter. “In fact, Apple has considered eliminating the physical SIM card slot entirely for some models starting this year or next.”

An eSIM is a digital SIM that allows users to activate cell phone plans without having to use a physical nano-SIM card. Availability of eSIM is expanding rapidly, but the technology is still not implemented in all countries, so some iPhone models with SIM card slots may still be available for at least a few years during the transition period.

iPhone 13 models sold at the Apple Store and Apple.com have no nano-SIM in the box, and users can usually activate their phone plan via eSIM by turning on the iPhone, connecting to a Wi-Fi network, and following the instructions on the screen. instruction operation. The iPhone 13 models also support multiple eSIM profiles, allowing users to digitally subscribe to multiple cell phone plans and switch between them, which is great for travel.

Eliminating the SIM card slot could help further improve the iPhone’s water resistance, and perhaps free up the tiny space inside the device.

Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 14 lineup on Wednesday at a special event at the Steve Jobs Theater. Other products expected to be announced include the Apple Watch Series 8 models, the new Apple Watch SE, the Apple Watch Pro, and the new AirPods Pro.