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Apple is reportedly planning to launch its iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models without a SIM card tray in France later this year, according to the French website MacGeneration. This would mean that these devices would only work with eSIMs for cellular connectivity.
While this move is new for France, Apple has already removed the SIM card tray from all iPhone 14 models in the United States last September. This means that customers had to use eSIMs instead, which are digital SIMs that allow users to activate a cellular plan without having to use a physical nano-SIM card.
According to Apple, eSIMs are more secure than physical SIMs as they cannot be removed from an iPhone that is lost or stolen. In addition, up to eight eSIMs can be managed in the iPhone’s Settings app, eliminating the need to obtain, carry, and swap physical SIM cards while traveling. It’s also worth noting that iPhone 13 and newer models can have two eSIMs active at the same time.
The removal of the SIM card tray in France could potentially be extended to other European countries as well, as Apple typically sells one iPhone model in most of Europe. For example, the iPhone 14 Pro model A2890 sold in France is also sold in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and other countries.
As eSIM availability continues to expand, the removal of the SIM card tray beyond the United States seems inevitable, even if the transition takes a few more years to be fully completed. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 15 series in September as usual.
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The move to eSIM technology reflects Apple’s focus on innovation and sustainability. By eliminating the need for a physical SIM card, Apple can save on resources and reduce e-waste. Additionally, the company’s move towards eSIM technology is part of a larger trend in the industry towards a more digital and streamlined experience for consumers.
As more countries shift towards eSIM technology, it’s clear that this is the way of the future. While the transition may take some getting used to, the benefits of eSIMs make them a smart choice for those looking for a more secure and convenient cellular experience.