Apple Goes eSIM Only With iPhone 14, Here’s What That Means for the Industry

eSIMs are a relatively new concept, having first been rolled out back in 2018, but in spite of the fact that this is the case Apple has gone all in with that tech in their latest iteration of their flagship iPhone. The iPhone 14 will be e-sim only, and while the genesis of this project came about from Google, it seems that Apple will be the one to popularize it among the vast majority of its users with all things having been considered and taken into account.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that this is not Apple’s first foray into the world of electronic sims. The tech juggernaut first made its flagship smartphone compatible with e-sims with the release of the iPhone XS, but the iPhone 14 is the first model that will only be usable with electronic sims.

One thing to note here is that only the US model will be made solely for e-sims. Apple would be hesitant to standardize this feature to a greater extent because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up alienating buyers in parts of the world that have not yet adopted e-sim technology.

Apple has long been known for setting the standards that other smartphone manufacturers have to follow. Any feature that Apple adopts quickly spreads to a much wider range of companies, and it will be interesting to see if this announcement has the same kind of ripple effect.

E-sims have the potential to make smartphones slimmer, faster and more efficient, so while Apple is ahead of the curve they have a good reason for doing so. Apple has been working to reduce the number of ports on its phones for quite some time now, and the switch to electronic sims is a crucial step for that.

We may see all phones moving away from traditional sims quite soon, and they will be following Apple’s implementation. We might also see further innovations by 2023 or the year after that.


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