- Apple’s new iPhone 14 series doesn’t have a physical SIM card tray, which means an eSIM is the only option.
- eSIM technology allows a virtual SIM card to be assigned to an iPhone without inserting a small piece of plastic into it.
- Experts believe eSIM technology is a better option for many people, but there are concerns for those who travel abroad and may now face roaming charges.
Apple’s new iPhone 14 lineup only supports eSIM, a move that has pundits both excited and skeptical.
With the release of the iPhone 14 series on September 7, Apple confirmed that none of the devices sold in the US will come with a SIM card tray, which means that there is no way to install a physical card like in the past. Instead, a virtual card, called eSIM, will be used. While this may be beneficial for most people, there are concerns that anyone travelling could find themselves stuck with huge roaming charges or not being able to fully connect.
“Whenever I visit a new country, the first thing I do is grab a local SIM card to avoid high roaming charges,” Jeremy Scott FosterThe CEO of travel company TravelFreak, told Lifewire via email. “If some countries can’t get rid of the physical SIM cards usually bought at the local store or gas station, the lack of a physical SIM card tray could mean that I won’t have access to the local telecom network.”
The case for eSIM
Apple ditching the physical SIM card for the iPhone 14 should come as no surprise. Rumors abound For example, an eSIM-only iPhone could appear as early as December 2021. But why take action?
Speak through YouTube, analysts and longtime Apple watchers Rene Ritchie The proposed move to a virtual SIM is a boon for those with accessibility issues. With eSIM, Apple can ensure that these people no longer have to use cumbersome SIM ejection tools, or worry about unfolding paper clips if those tools keep getting lost.
It also eliminates any physical flaws that could cause iPhone features (like SMS) to malfunction, which is good for everyone. Ritchie shared details of one such issue that happened to family members, which wouldn’t have happened if they had been using an eSIM.
The case against
However, while eSIM sounds great, some experts are not yet convinced whether it’s not so much the benefits of an eSIM that losing the benefits of a physical SIM will prove overwhelming.
Many experts highlighted the ability to insert a local SIM card into an iPhone while traveling as a major reason for their concern about the move.analyst Michael Gartenbergwriting via twitterExpressing his concerns quickly, he said “removing a SIM card is a pretty big deal, not just replacing a phone”, adding that “it becomes more difficult to go overseas and buy a cheap local SIM card.”
The inability to use a local SIM card can leave some people unable to connect, while others will be forced to pay expensive roaming charges from their home carrier. Using a local carrier by using a physical SIM card purchased from a local store can now solve this problem, but it’s not possible for iPhone 14 users because there’s no place to install it.
…not having a physical SIM card tray probably means I can’t connect to the local telecommunications network.
However, they can opt for an eSIM. While some are concerned that international eSIM support may be spotty, others argue that, in their experiencewhich is far from the truth.
If early pre-order reports are any indication – especially for iPhone 14 Pro models–None of these seem to affect demand for Apple’s latest flagship device.In fact, the pre-order period is hot Apple’s system can’t handle it. But some experts have already said that SIM’s situation is enough to give them pause.
“As someone who works while traveling (when I travel), the ability to connect is critical,” Foster added. “If removing the physical SIM means I won’t be able to connect abroad, then unfortunately, upgrading to the iPhone 14 simply isn’t feasible.”
While this is a niche issue, it’s still a concern for people, as it’s unlikely Apple will bring back the SIM tray in future models (remember how the headphone jack didn’t come back? ), these folks may need to change their minds rather than wait for Apple. Or simply settle for the phone they own.
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