There were numerous reports that said Apply will be gradually phasing out the SIM card tray from its smartphones, and offer only eSIM on its next iPhones by September 2022.
This is a major move into the mainstream for this system and the pros and cons of this technology, which offers great flexibility for consumers and yet remains rather unknown.
Apple first supported the eSIM or embedded SIM technology with the launch of dual-SIM iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and affordable iPhone XR. Currently, every iPhone model launched in or after 2018 (excluding iPhone SE) comes with support for one physical SIM and one eSIM.
According to 9to5Mac, the next iPhones is said to only offer an eSIM and this would definitely be a major disruption in the sector, as this technology, which has existed for several years, has not been widely adopted by general public.
In fact, there were only few smartphones that include this technology. In addition to the latest iPhones, there are the Samsung Galaxy S20, S21, Fold and Z Flip, as well as the latest generations of Google Pixel, as well as the Huawei P40 and Mate 40 Pro.
What is eSIM?
An eSIM is a Subscriber Identity/Identification Module (SIM) that is embedded in smart communication devices such as smartphones, smartwatches, and others. It has the advantage of being already present in the device, soldered and connected, and therefore it does not have to be renewed when changing the operator.
It also allows the user to access the prepaid/postpaid subscriptions services on their device with the eSIM without any physical SIM card.
To use an eSIM on the supported device, users just need to install their eSIM profile on the device once it is activated.
Meanwhile, the information stored on an eSIM is rewritable and this means that the user can easily change their eSIM operator with just a phone call. If you want to use your eSIM on another device that supports the eSIM, you just need to scan the QR code provided by your operator.
In fact, eSIM offered easier and faster transitions between operators because you don’t have to wait to receive your new card to take advantage of it.
In case of theft, it is easier to recover a lost or stolen device as the eSIM can be “locked” and thus making the smartphone unusable and almost impossible to sell. It is also quite complex to remove the eSIM from a device without unlocking it.
This technology is also said to be environment friendly as they minimise the use of plastic that its used while making physical SIM cards.