Apple yesterday rolled out the iOS 12 beta 5 update for developers and advanced users. With less than two months to go for the final version of iOS 12 to drop, the company is now working on giving the OS the final finishing touches. Among other changes, the latest iOS 12 beta also confirms that Apple is indeed working on an iPhone with dual-SIM connectivity.
As 9to5Mac points out, diagnostic report for the system now includes references to “second SIM status” and “second SIM tray status.” There’s another reference to a “dual SIM device” which essentially confirms that Apple is indeed working on launching at least one of its three iPhones with dual-SIM functionality later this year.
While dual-SIM devices are not popular in developed markets like the United States, the UK, and Japan, it is incredibly popular in the European and Asian market. Having a dual-SIM slow allows a smartphone user to use two SIMs with different numbers and data plans on their devices for better value for money. This also allows them to carry only one phone and yet always have their home and work numbers with them.
With Apple launching three new iPhones in 2018, it is possible that it will add dual-SIM support to at least the cheapest 6.1-inch LCD iPhone. This will help the handset in doing extremely well in a price sensitive Asian market where customers prefer a phone with dual-SIM support.
Dual-SIM support is something that many iPhone users have been asking Apple for quite a few years now, so it is nice to see the company finally getting around to fulfilling their wishes. Knowing Apple, the company will possibly use eSIM along with a traditional SIM slot on its dual-SIM iPhone.
Will you buy a dual-SIM iPhone if Apple launches one?