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  • Apple makes the move to embedded SIM card with 9.7" iPad Pro

    The ritual of swapping SIM cards may soon be a relic of the past, as the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro ships with an important innovation: an Apple SIM embedded directly into the logic board.



    The Apple SIM was introduced in 2014, and its premise is simple. Using a single SIM card, iPad buyers can pick and choose data service with no contracts from any participating wireless carrier around the world.

    It launched with AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the U.S. along with EE in the UK. That list has gradually expanded and now counts 8 carriers or MVNOs that offer service in more than 90 countries around the world.

    Each of Apple's current iPad models can be purchased with the Apple SIM preinstalled, but only in a handful of locales. That will change with the newly launched 9.7-inch iPad Pro the embedded SIM means that every one of those tablets produced has the Apple SIM built in from the beginning.

    While Apple does caution that the embedded Apple SIM may be disabled or locked if you purchase your 9.7-inch iPad Pro from a carrier, buying it directly from Apple will enable quick connectivity almost anywhere.

    Apple has been laying the groundwork for embedded SIMs for years. The smoke turned into fire last July, with reports that the iPhone maker had teamed up with Samsung to push the "e-SIM" standard forward.

    That collaboration, which also included many of the world's major wireless carriers, has borne its first fruit in the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. While there's no word yet on whether the new embedded Apple SIM might move down the company's product range perhaps into the "iPhone 7" it could happen sooner, rather than later.

    Embedded SIMs could also go a long way in saving space in smaller devices, which would be a particularly significant benefit if and when Apple plans to add cellular data connectivity to its wearable Apple Watch.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple makes the move to embedded SIM card with 9.7" iPad Pro started by Caiden Spencer View original post
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Really hope they don't do this for the iPhone. Would most likely mean a long delay for getting compatibility here and in many other smaller places worldwide if they did.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      It looks bad for consumers at the moment, reduced choice and locked down or disabled if you buy from a carrier; No thanks
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      It looks bad for consumers at the moment, reduced choice and locked down or disabled if you buy from a carrier; No thanks
      Carriers already lock down smartphones if you buy on a payment plan, but once you pay it off they are legally required to unlock it.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      Not all do, but your right you can unlock it for a fee. I think they should just be unlocked you still have to pay for the contract there is no easy way out of that, so why lock the devices, it's so they can squeeze a few more pennies out of you which is low imo

      Edit: I refuse to get contract phones anymore and buy my iPhones direct from Apple so I can put any sim I want in. If my choices get limited I might have to move on, I'd rather not but if they push this to lack of choice