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New 9.7-inch Apple iPad Pro features an embedded Apple SIM card

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New 9.7-inch Apple iPad Pro features an embedded Apple SIM card
Last July, Apple and Samsung had one of their non-courtroom meetings. The topic was the embedded SIM card, and the developing standards for them. Embedding a SIM card to the logic board would eliminate the need for a slot on a device, and could open up room inside a phone or tablet for a larger capacity battery.

It also would allow device owners to quickly and easily swap to a carrier that supports the program. For example, in 2014 the Apple SIM came pre-installed on certain iPad models. Users could quickly change carriers to the one that offered the best plan at the moment, with no contract involved. Participating carriers included AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile in the U.S., and EE in the U.K. That list has grown a bit, and now includes 8 carriers and MVNOs that offer service in 90 countries globally.

With the 9.7-inch Apple iPad Pro, each and every unit of the tablet will come with an Apple SIM embedded onto the device's logic board. If you purchase the product directly from Apple, the e-SIM will be enabled and active. If you make the purchase from a carrier, the e-SIM will be disabled or locked.

Will we see an embedded Apple SIM card in the Apple iPhone 7? A few years ago when Apple was considering the idea for its latest iPhone model at the time, European carriers threatened to lower their subsidies on the iPhone if Apple went through with the plan. That killed the plan, although the tech titan might want to try it again.

Apple could use the e-SIM on the next version of the Apple Watch, which is supposed to be a stand-alone model that won't need to pair with an iPhone. As you might know, Samsung employs an e-SIM on the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch.

source: AppleInsider

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posted on 22 Mar 2016, 13:34 2

1. AlikMalix (Posts: 4855; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


It has began.... (Voice from 90's Mortal Combat movie)

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 18:46

4. cheetah2k (Posts: 1499; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


This is crappiolapple at it again. Having an embedded sim means you can't swap sim cards during the length of the contract. Effectively its locking you down completely. Back in the CDMA days they did this too, and it was completely f-ucked..

I really hope no other manufacturer goes this direction. Means in Australia for example, if you get a free phone on contract renewal, you can't sell it on and make a profit.. This for sure wont work in Asia either, where every man and his dog have 2-3 sim cards (1 for the wife, 1 for the mistress and 1 for the bit on the side)

As far as opening the device up for extra battery space, iphonyarena have you seen how much space a sim slot takes up???? not much! How much mAh you think Apple will gain removing it? Not much!! Because you still need an embedded chip in there too. Come on guys, seriously? Don't support this because its Apple. Its a BAD idea!

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 19:52

6. AlikMalix (Posts: 4855; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Once again, why should it be legal to sell a device that you haven't paid off yet? You have an obligation - you agreed to, you gotta live up to your commitments.

From my experience AT&T will gladly unlock my device as soon as I pay it off even if it's earlier. At some point I told them I was traveling overseas and they made sure I can use it with which ever carrier was in the area.

Trying to get a device Free or Subsidized on contract to sell for higher cost, is wrong, unless you're planning to legitimately pay back what you owe in which case you're just loosing money.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 21:09

7. cheetah2k (Posts: 1499; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Before you blow your mouth off, do you understand that when you get a contract upgrade in Australia, depending on the cost of the plan you get the phone for free?? Don't assume we operate like the US!

So what you do with that free phone is entirely up to you!

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 23:11

9. AlikMalix (Posts: 4855; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Well do you also get ipad for free? because this is an article about ipad... and these new embedded sims should be versatile - basically using this sim is the same as swapping them out.. (I'm referring to the article I've read about these "new" embedded sims..

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 04:53

10. KonaStang4.6 (Posts: 169; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


"It has begun!"
-Shang Tsung (Mortal Kombat)

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 09:41

11. AlikMalix (Posts: 4855; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Thank you, someone actually knows what I was doing. Much appreciate it.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 13:56 2

2. SPASE (Posts: 205; Member since: 03 May 2013)


This was the old analog way (my first brick phone).
Bad= can't swap and change at a whim. Please lets not go backwards.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 14:28

3. Wiencon (Posts: 1719; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Have you guys seen this? Only 2GB of RAM, this is a joke.
http://9to5mac.com/2016/03/22/9-7-inch-ipad-pro-includes-2-gb-ram-slightly-slower-cpu-than-12-9-inch-ipad-pro/

If this is true then there is really no reason to choose Pro over Air 2, performance will be similiar and especially not worth 300$ more for the Pro
I can't say this is disappointing because nothing at the keynote made me interested in Pro, but c'mon
And SE has 2 gigs, this is perfect phone

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 19:17 1

5. gaming64 (Posts: 233; Member since: 22 Mar 2016)


12.9 inch iPad Pro-4 GB
9.7 inch iPad Pro-2 GB

It runs iOS so it should be able to run smoothly. And the Pro line only exist for the sake of the Pencil.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 23:01

8. Mercedes-Benz (Posts: 364; Member since: 18 Jan 2015)


the cpu and cpu would still be significantly better than the air two

posted on 24 Mar 2016, 00:03

12. robertdenaro116 (Posts: 55; Member since: 07 Mar 2016)


iPads purchased directly from Apple are absolutely, positively, 100% not locked

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