Apple was among the first to introduce the eSIM feature on its iPhones. While eSIM adoption has increased and a large number of carriers around the world now offer eSIM services, it is still not as mainstream as physical SIM cards. But Apple may be fueling the rapidly growing popularity of eSIM. According to a new report, Apple’s upcoming iPhone 14 series will only have eSIM models that will be available in select markets.
of the Wall Street Journal report good This confirms previous reports from industry analysts like Ming-Chi Kuo, including Intel, suggesting that the iPhone 14 will only come with the eSIM model. In other words, some variants of the iPhone 14 will not have a SIM card tray for physical cards. Instead, they will come with inbuilt eSIM technology that lets you enable cellular services of any carrier anytime.
But Apple is unlikely to launch these eSIM-only models in all its markets. Apple’s reason for doing this is the company’s doubts whether the eSIM-only iPhone will be successful or not. By offering an eSIM-only model to a limited customer base, Apple can anticipate people’s interest in a phone that doesn’t take a physical SIM card.
Earlier, Apple had reportedly informed all major carriers in the US to roll out eSIM-only iPhone models. While it is not clear whether such a notice was also sent to carriers in other countries, Apple is likely to test an eSIM-only iPhone outside the US as well.
What is eSIM?
eSIM is short for an embedded SIM card. Essentially, devices such as phones, smartwatches and tablets with the e-SIM feature have a SIM card embedded in their circuit board. This eliminates the use of a physical card to avail cellular services, thereby freeing up space on the device as the SIM card tray is also not required.
Activating mobile network on eSIM is very easy. Your carrier will instruct you on how you can activate their services. For example, Airtel’s eSIM services can be activated by scanning the QR code that comes with a physical SIM card. If India is one of the markets that Apple has earmarked for eSIM-only iPhones, eSIM adoption here will gradually increase. Although India’s smartphone market is dominated by Android phones, only a few of which support eSIM, adoption is going to take time.
The eSIM-only models may be sold in certain markets after the Apple iPhone 14 which only debuted on BGR India.