2018 iPhones Said to Feature Both Embedded Apple SIM and Traditional SIM Card Tray

At least one of Apple's widely rumored trio of new iPhones expected to be unveiled this September will feature dual-SIM, dual-standby, according to Chinese news publication 21st Century Business Herald via LoveiOS.


A translated version of the article claims the functionality will be enabled by an embedded Apple SIM in the iPhones, in addition to a traditional SIM card placed into the usual tray. In China, where Apple SIM is not available, the report claims Apple will offer an iPhone with two physical SIM card trays.

Apple introduced its Apple SIM in 2014 to provide cellular iPad users with a convenient way to switch between carriers and use short-term data plans as needed, useful for those who travel between countries frequently. It works with select carriers in more than 180 countries and regions around the world.

Initially, the Apple SIM was only available as a physical card that needed to be inserted into the tray when needed, but it is now embedded inside the latest iPad Pro models. Apple still sells physical Apple SIMs at its retail stores in many countries for use with the lower-cost 9.7-inch iPad and other models.

The report doesn't specify which of the 2018 iPhones will have an embedded Apple SIM, but Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously said the 6.1-inch "budget iPhone X" and 6.5-inch "iPhone X Plus," but oddly not the second-generation 5.8-inch iPhone X, will support dual-SIM, dual-standby.

Kuo has also said Apple may release two 6.1-inch iPhone models, and in light of today's report, this could be referring to a nearly-worldwide variant with an embedded Apple SIM and a Chinese variant with dual SIM card trays.

All in all, it should be easier to switch between carriers and data plans on future iPhones, providing users with more flexibility.

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Truphone’s Apple SIM Data Plans for iPad Will Be Available to Buy in Over 30 Countries Later This Year

Truphone today announced that its Apple SIM data plans for iPad are now available to purchase in Australia, Ireland, Portugal, and the Netherlands, with an additional 31 countries to follow by the end of 2017.


Truphone's Apple SIM plans provide iPad users with access to its data network in over 40 countries, including the United States, Australia, Hong Kong, and much of the European Union. Each plan lasts 30 days, with 500MB, 1GB, and 3GB allotments available at up to 4G speeds. Prices start at £6 in the UK and vary elsewhere.

Apple SIM enables iPad users to easily switch between different short-term data plans from select carrier partners without needing multiple SIM cards. Apple SIM can be used in more than 180 countries and territories around the world, making it convenient for staying connected while traveling.

Apple SIM is embedded in the latest cellular iPad Pro models, and compatible with the fifth-generation 9.7-inch iPad, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, and iPad mini 4, sold in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the UK.

Apple SIM is also available for purchase separately at Apple retail store locations in those aforementioned countries. Keep in mind that not all carriers support Apple SIM, and it is not available to purchase or use in China.

Truphone data plans can be purchased or topped up on compatible iPads by tapping Settings → Cellular Data → Set Up Cellular Data. In some countries, these settings may be labeled as Mobile Data.

Other Apple SIM partners around the world include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Three UK, EE, AlwaysOnline Wireless, GigSky, SoftBank, and au by KDDI. As a pricing comparison, rival global network GigSky offers data in over 140 countries for between 1 and 10 cents per MB depending on the region.


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