Apple to enable the eSIM chip on the 2018 iPhone models with a future iOS 12 update

Apple to enable the eSIM chip on the 2018 iPhone models with a future iOS 12 update
All three 2018 Apple iPhone models unveiled on Wednesday come with Dual SIM capabilities. In most markets, this means combining a single SIM card placed in the iPhone's SIM tray with the eSIM technology found inside the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. The Apple Watch and the Apple iPad already are both already equipped with eSIM chips, but this is the first time it is a feature on Apple's iconic smartphone.

Once the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max launch on September 21st, and the iPhone XR on October 26th, the eSIM chips embedded inside the handsets will be disabled. The feature will be activated through a future iOS 12 update, although it isn't clear when this will occur. When it is activated, users of the 2018 iPhone models will be able to use Dual SIM Dual Standby, which allows users to select one active SIM card to work with the modem to make and receive calls. The other SIM is on standby until it becomes the active one.

The advantage of Dual SIM Dual Standby is that users can set up two numbers on a single phone, one for business and one for personal use. It also also allows the phone's owner to change which SIM is active based on the strength, quality and pricing of both signals.

In China, where the use of the Dual SIM feature is much more widespread than in other markets, the new iPhone models sport two SIM card trays, one on either side of each unit. That's because Apple has yet to receive approval to use eSIM technology in the country. The introduction of Dual SIM iPhones in China is still a big deal. Several analysts in the region expect a surge in iPhone sales in the country this year as Apple's iconic smartphone is an option for the first time to those who require a phone with Dual SIM capabilities. In the past, these consumers were forced to go with Android over iOS, but that will no longer be the case when the new iPhones go on sale in China.

source: Apple

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21 Comments

1. RevolutionA

Posts: 389; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Nifty feature, no android phone has this feature. Now they gonna copy us again. The cheap companies never gonna change...

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2692; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Sorry to burst your bubble but; eSIM was introduced by Google way back in October 2017 on The Pixel 2 Duo. There's even an eSIM managing app on PlayStore for ages... But... Hang in there! Apple might introduce something new and nifty eventually and you'll get your long awaited bragging rights. Don't give-up! G'Day!

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5601; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep, Google's Project Fi supports eSIM Also the Galaxy Gear S2 had eSIM back in Feb 2016 too

4. ijuanp03

Posts: 486; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

You got burned again RevolutionA. LOL Every feature in an iPhone exists in Android just stay in the corner and cry ok.

6. scarface21173

Posts: 631; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Haha, You plonka RevolutionA

9. Leo_MC

Posts: 6308; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It's a good thing when a great feature spreads; even through copying.

11. cmdacos

Posts: 3806; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

#clueless

13. RoyalMike unregistered

Copy us? Lol who are you? Apple ceo, designer, stakeholder??? Fanboyism is one thing but don't be so dilusional. As a consumer you don't represent any oem. Apple is just another brand like everyone else, they all implement each other's features to stay ahead in competition. Be a sensible consumer not a dilusional lost person who think there's an apple army and then the rest of the world lol

17. Marcwand3l

Posts: 383; Member since: May 08, 2017

Yeah dual sim which works with any carrier for Android phones is definitely something new.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2692; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

eSIM is going to give headaches to a lot of carriers! P.S I've one unrelated question; does the iPhone XR support wireless charging? It's made of aluminium so... I'm curious! And yes; I've Googled it but... Everyone is jumping up and down over The 'Excess' and 'Excess Mess'. No love for the poor XR, sadly! So, anyone?

5. STRANG3R

Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

The advantage of Dual SIM Dual Standby is that users can set up two numbers on a single phone, one for business and one for personal use. Lol

7. dimas

Posts: 3247; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I think apple made a good move this year. Since it's been years since I used iphone, I might get iphone xs for the wide angle camera, dual e-sim, big storage and possibly improved battery life. Looking forward with the upcoming reviews.

10. Leo_MC

Posts: 6308; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Business and personal means different users/profiles and iPhones doesn't have that; this feature is for a single user/personal usage.

12. TheOracle1

Posts: 1877; Member since: May 04, 2015

What the heck are you talking about Leo? The only phones that I know of that have a completely separate user profile are Xiaomi with Second Space on MIUI. One sim for personal and one sim for business accomplishes the same thing but without a completely separate profile like miui. What's amusing is the description making out that it's another groundbreaking innovation from Apple.

18. Leo_MC

Posts: 6308; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I'm talking about a misinterpretation of the dual SIM system in the new iPhones. There are 3 ways this is done: multiple users (Android style), dedicated space (Samsung, BB) and OS level (iOS). When you unlock an iPhone, you have access to both business and personal dedicated apps, which makes the phone personal-only (I wouldn't let my personal iMessage account open for everyone to read); on the other hand, Android is more versatile, allowing the user to create different accounts (on the same phone) so everyone can access the business side of that phone. That's why I have said that iPhone dual sim is for personal usage only, although it's allowing one to use a personal and a business line simultaneously, and that's why Apple had talked about the traveling advantage.

19. TheOracle1

Posts: 1877; Member since: May 04, 2015

You're still talking gobbledygook. No one is talking about the set up you're talking about. They're referring to having separate and functional business and personal lines on the phone. What you are pointing out in a roundabout way is a shortcoming of IOS that doesn't allow multiple accounts on a phone. But don't worry, when that capability is available on IOS you guys can tell us how innovative and groundbreaking it is.

14. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1137; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I actually wonder how much it will hurt their business, bringing dual SIM to iPhones. No longer a need to buy/get one for/from work and for personal use.

15. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Butthurt android gonna cry for this new feature of iphone coz they had been this feature for a decade. Will you guys be happy that we are now have this feature and apple made it more innovative than what others are doing except for phones shipping in china

20. TheOracle1

Posts: 1877; Member since: May 04, 2015

Ahhh there's that word "innovative" from another sheep. There's absolutely nothing great about e-Sim until it can be used everywhere and less than 15 carriers worldwide have the capability. It's like having a 5G phone in 2018, useless. Dual-Standby and dual 4G are available in $100 phones, so nothing fantastic there either. My Lenovo K910 from 2013 was Dual-active meaning I could call and receive from each sim at the same time whilst conferencing on both. I could even call myself on the same phone. Please go back to school and learn the meaning of Innovative. When you do, please contact Apple and share it with them too.

16. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Butthurt android gonna cry for this new feature of iphone coz they had been this feature for a decade. Will you guys be happy that we are now have this feature and apple made it more innovative than what others are doing except for phones shipping in china

21. 36dbldz

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

Dual sim standby is not as useful as dual sim active like on all OnePlus phones.

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