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Apple granted patent for dual-SIM technology

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Apple granted patent for dual-SIM technology
Recently we came across some rumors that Apple might be looking to hit the Chinese market with a dual-SIM version of the iPhone 8. We've seen such rumors prior to the launch of the iPhone 7 too, but they proved to be untrue. This is why we dismissed the new speculations entirely, without looking to much into them.

We might have been wrong to do so, though, as the database of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) now contains a patent, granted to Apple, for a dual-SIM technology with two separate antennas.

The patent details the technology used to work with two SIM cards, and how to determine the priority between them. According to the description, the card that's actively used for a call will have the priority over the one that's used for data at the same time, which is perfectly normal. We don't want our calls cut short, just so we can receive a Candy Crush invite.

Some embodiments, detailed in the description, support LTE networks, which is to be expected for a flagship device, so having two SIMs won't compromise connectivity options at all.

It is important to note that this is merely a patent and it doesn't confirm any dual-SIM iPhone rumors. Apple may or may not use this technology in future devices, but after this one, we'll keep our eyes open for more info on a dual-SIM iPhone.

Apple granted patent for dual-SIM technology
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posted on 14 Dec 2016, 06:04 15

1. Tizo101 (Posts: 515; Member since: 05 Jun 2015)

This is funny. companies are about to get sued.

posted on 14 Dec 2016, 09:00 11

12. Papa_Ji (Posts: 355; Member since: 27 Jun 2016)

Yes bro it's a Groundbreaking innovation...

posted on 14 Dec 2016, 10:19 2

19. techperson211 (Posts: 1280; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

Very apple like attitude. Hahaha.

posted on 14 Dec 2016, 06:09 25

2. ThePython (Posts: 901; Member since: 08 May 2013)

I have a feeling they'll act as if they came up with it and call it revolutionary.

posted on 14 Dec 2016, 06:54 7

6. maple_mak (Posts: 904; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)

I know right? LMAO

posted on 14 Dec 2016, 06:17 15

3. willywanta (Posts: 421; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)

remind me what year it is today

posted on 14 Dec 2016, 06:35 10

5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4319; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Year 2000, Apple Standard Time. (AST).

posted on 14 Dec 2016, 12:55

24. JayBEE (Posts: 131; Member since: 03 Apr 2014)


posted on 14 Dec 2016, 06:19

4. mahima (Posts: 464; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)

This is a good idea... especially if they want to increase their market share in India and China

posted on 14 Dec 2016, 06:59 1

7. sonisoe (Posts: 435; Member since: 06 May 2009)

whats so special about apple's dual sim vs that thas has been in existence even before the first iphone or even today's dual sim technology that may have evolvedfrom then

posted on 14 Dec 2016, 07:36 8

8. kanagadeepan (Posts: 981; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

Looks like US patent system is seriously flawed..

posted on 14 Dec 2016, 07:40 6

9. SIGPRO (Posts: 1882; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)

ifan will never believe that other companies did this years and years ago!

posted on 14 Dec 2016, 08:00 10

10. TheOracle1 (Posts: 461; Member since: 04 May 2015)

iSheep will gladly fork out the extra $300 Apple will charge for it whilst claiming it's the first and only dual-sim, dual-lte, dual-active phone on the planet. Apple will call the "innovative" technology iTalk and sue Google for using the name Gtalk back in the day. Then turn around and sue everyone else for violating their "groundbreaking" patent. iPhonearena will give it a 13 out of 10 because Apple's implementation is far superior to anyone else's. Mxy and Alik will become apoplectic defending Apple and blame Samsung for everything including global warming.

Does that sound about right? Lol

posted on 14 Dec 2016, 08:20 7

11. NarutoKage14 (Posts: 864; Member since: 31 Aug 2016)

Haven't about a million low end phones been implementing this tech for the past 5 years?

posted on 14 Dec 2016, 09:17

14. trojan_horse (Posts: 4928; Member since: 06 May 2016)

Well, it's Apple... So maybe Apple's version of dual-SIM tech is unique, that's why they applied for this patent.

posted on 14 Dec 2016, 09:01 1

13. pegasso (Posts: 285; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)

Wikipedia is wrong?

posted on 14 Dec 2016, 09:21 2

15. sissy246 (Posts: 4021; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)

No way, Apple is the first

posted on 14 Dec 2016, 09:33 3

16. jack11141 (Posts: 61; Member since: 30 Sep 2015)

Another innovation by Apple. Great, and US -patent system is great too. why they recieve patent for something so common? This patent is bound to create controversies. Im sure there are many smartphones in market using similar tech. Patent war is coming.

posted on 14 Dec 2016, 09:53 4

17. Subie (Posts: 1337; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)

I wonder what the difference is between this and the dual sim tech inside my $99 dollar Lumia 650?

posted on 14 Dec 2016, 10:02

18. sissy246 (Posts: 4021; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)

The difference is, isheep will insist on Apple did it first.

posted on 14 Dec 2016, 10:48 1

20. Subie (Posts: 1337; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)

I was asking an honest question as a lot of what is described in this article I think my Lumia can do. There has to be more to this patent otherwise why would Apple bother...

Oh, and I don't call those who prefer Apple as iSheep, so if you want to talk tech then I'm all ears - because that's why I come to this site. Otherwise please troll elsewhere.

posted on 14 Dec 2016, 12:44

23. izim1 (Posts: 1259; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

I wonder not just the what but the why as well. Why do anything different? I mean i can understand LG doing their own MST payment from scratch to avoid having to pay samsung, but who's really collecting royalties from dual sim tech and how much is it that it seems cheaper to put so much effort into creating your own? I get the feeling everyone here is on the right track in assuming Apple has some "we invented/it's more special" type sell on hand....

posted on 14 Dec 2016, 17:12

28. Subie (Posts: 1337; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)

You could very well be correct. And like every other Apple patent - only time will tell if or what they do with this one.

posted on 14 Dec 2016, 10:52 1

21. jack11141 (Posts: 61; Member since: 30 Sep 2015)

iphonearena will call it smoothest dual sim phone and will grant a score of more than 9.5.

posted on 14 Dec 2016, 12:16 2

22. SailfishOS (Posts: 98; Member since: 06 Nov 2016)

Do they need a patent for this? Lmaaaaaoooo

posted on 14 Dec 2016, 12:57 1

25. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3575; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

Dual antennas are nothing new, dual active phones already have this. But in the patent it says:
Embodiments described herein relate to an apparatus, system, and method for controlling access to multiple antennas in a mobile device. The mobile device may determine priority among a first protocol stack associated with a first subscriber identity module (SIM) in the mobile device and a second protocol stack associated with a second SIM in the mobile device. The mobile device may lock control of a position of a switch to the first protocol stack based on determining the priority among the first protocol stack and the second protocol stack. The switch may control access to the multiple antennas. Accordingly, the second protocol stack may be unable to modify the position of the switch when control of the switch is locked to the first protocol stack.

So the way the antennas are prioritized might be new to dual antenna solutions.

posted on 14 Dec 2016, 13:23 2

26. FlySheikh (Posts: 421; Member since: 02 Oct 2015)

Those were my thoughts too.

posted on 14 Dec 2016, 22:09 1

29. AlikMalix (unregistered)

You're not going to get any green thumbs with logical posts like this...

posted on 15 Dec 2016, 00:11

30. TheOracle1 (Posts: 461; Member since: 04 May 2015)

And Apple shouldn't get a patent (green thumb) for reinventing the wheel. I'm eager for this to come out so you can educate us as to how it's far superior to anything before. My Lenovo K910 Vibe Z was dual-active and I could call myself from the other line and conference it with other "outside" calls from both lines simultaneously if I so wished. I guess that "Stack Protocol" will be described by the likes of you as primitive. But it worked perfect in............... 2013!!

posted on 15 Dec 2016, 06:49

33. AlikMalix (unregistered)

I haven't read the patent myself, and I bet you haven't either, Oracle. So I'd reserve my judgement as I do for anything else Apple or not until I see it in public hands.

I'm not ignorant as you usually call me - I see and understand differences between other manufacturers implementations and how they're all different in their own way. I happen to like apples approach more often to tech stuff vs the competition. Not all of apples implementations or approaches are better, but we pick the best of what works for us. If that's ignorance than everyone is ignorant for choosing their own devices.

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