2018 iPhones May Feature Embedded Apple SIMs and Traditional Card Tray

Apple has had a vision of letting its customers easily switch carriers, bringing their devices to the network of their choice as easily as possible.

To help with that, Apple launched its own Apple SIM card. It’s designed to be unlocked, which means customers should be able to switch between one carrier to the next, depending on their needs. That vision has been impeded quite a bit, especially by some wireless networks in the United States, but that doesn’t mean Apple’s endgame has changed on its own end.

According to a new report out of 21st Century Business Herald, Apple is planning on including a dual-SIM iPhone in one of its models rumored to launch later this year. According to the publication, Apple will be including an embedded Apple SIM in this handset right out of the gate, but the model will also include the traditional SIM card tray for good measure.

Meanwhile, in China, where the Apple SIM card isn’t an available option, the iPhone in question will actually include two traditional SIM card trays.

Unfortunately, the report doesn’t indicate which of the three rumored iPhone models expected to arrive later this year will boast the dual-SIM functionality. The rumor mill has hinted that Apple plans on launching a true successor to the iPhone X later this year, along with a larger iPhone X Plus equipped with an OLED display (manufactured by LG, it seems), and another model with a 6.1-inch LCD panel.

It has been rumored in the past, though, that Apple could launch a pair of 6.1-inch iPhone models later this year. That may actually support this latest report, suggesting that Apple could launch one 6.1-inch iPhone variant specifically for China, and another that would be for international markets.

Our Take

A dual-SIM iPhone model would certainly be pretty popular. And it wouldn’t be too surprising to hear that Apple was planning that particular feature for the 6.1-inch iPhone, which is expected to be the model that doesn’t cost as much as the others.

Do you think Apple should launch a dual-SIM iPhone?

[via LoveiOS; 21st Century Business Herald]