According to industry insiders and industry analysts, the impending iPhone 14 will bring about significant transformations. An anonymous reliable source earlier stated that Apple has instructed major carriers in the United States to prepare for the launch of eSIM-only smartphones by September of this year.
It is not possible to use a physical SIM card in an eSIM-only phone, and cellular networks will communicate with the phone using embedded SIM cards. According to a recent report, the eSIM-only model in the iPhone 14 series will be optional, indicating that consumers would have the option of choosing between physical SIM cards and eSIM on the next flagship iPhone.
iPhone to adapt eSIM Technology
In a recent report, GlobalData analyst Emma Mohr-McClune anticipated that Apple would not make the move to eSIM-only iPhones immediately. However, it may still attempt to begin the transition with an eSIM-only model that will be offered only to those who express an interest in it, i.e., it will be voluntary. iPhone 14 variants that only accept eSIMs will be available for purchase through Apple’s retail shops, and US carriers will offer both eSIM and Nano-SIM technologies, as well.
iPads now use an eSIM to connect to 4G and 5G cellular networks and to purchase carrier service directly on their device. Apple’s iPhone already provides this connectivity, albeit with the primary source of service being a nano-SIM.
eSIM phone only in Future
In a blog post, Mohr-McClune stated that he does not believe Apple will take the “big bang” approach of removing all existing systems and converting all users to eSIMs, but rather will launch an eSIM-only variant of its upcoming new model while keeping the dual eSIM-plus-physical SIM slot model for the mass market and its key carrier channel.
Many carriers across the world still do not provide the eSIM capability, and in the absence of widespread acceptance, Apple may be concerned about the high risk of releasing the iPhone with only the eSIM technology. At the moment, around 100 carriers throughout the world accept eSIM technology, with additional telecom firms aiming to launch their eSIM networks soon.
Although futuristic, eSIM technology is not particularly useful since, after the embedded SIM card in the phone has been mapped to a carrier, it is not possible to alter the number on the phone. To switch networks on the iPhone, you must first erase the cell plan from the device. The presence of a real SIM card slot prevents things from becoming irritating, but the absence of a physical SIM card slot will cause increased trouble, particularly for persons who frequently change their mobile phone numbers.
According to the analyst’s predictions, users will have the choice of purchasing an iPhone 14 model that will function similarly to the iPhone 13 in terms of mobile networks, allowing them to utilise either a physical Nano-SIM card or an eSIM.