First dual-SIM iPhone teased by carrier: 'You're late, I've been waiting.'

We've been hearing about and clamoring for an iPhone that can support two carrier networks at once, and a recent dive into the iOS beta added more water in that rumor mill. There were three new references in iOS 12 that gravitate towards the idea of a dual-SIM iPhone - an Apple first. Tucked in the code strings were the phrases "second SIM status," "second SIM tray status," or "dual sim device," all of which point to one logical conclusion.

Yes, Apple will finally announce a dual SIM handset, ten years in the making, for the joy of Asia, Europe, and other places where using two SIM cards at once is a favorite pastime. Unfortunately, such a model may be restricted to those regions, too, as we heard it might be China-specific. The largest local carrier, China Telecom, does nothing to dissuade these exclusivity rumors, as it just outed the teaser you see above, with what looks like an iPhone with a dual SIM tray. The machine translation of the image says "The new iPhone is on the market. Double card, full network. You're late, I've been waiting. Dual card, dual network, dual 4G."

Long story short, yes, Apple is gearing up to unleash its first phone that can support two carriers at once, and both of the cards can be connected to their 4G networks at the same time, sweet! It is not clear which of the iPhone 2018 trio will be outfitted with a dual SIM tray, though. The rumored "affordable" 6.1" iPhone was the first candidate according to some rumors, but subsequent tips claimed that it will be the largest iPhone ever - the upcoming 6.4" X Plus - that will be the first iPhone out of the door with a dual SIM version. There could be truth to both of these rumors, because the LCD model is likely to be delayed, and its dual-SIM model is said to be exclusive for China.

This way, Apple shoots plenty of birds with one stone - it may gun for early adopter sales of the high-end models first, especially in Asia where dual SIM phones are a big deal, before it launches the "budget" iPhone 2018 a month or two later, plus it will make the X Plus even more enticing on the high end where it is supposed to be priced starting at $999. We'll see how will this strategy materialize if it pans out, but at least Apple may finally have an iPhone for those who have been carrying two phones when they have an iPhone, as they can't use two SIM cards at once on it.

source: PhoneRadar

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1. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Forget the bloody SIM; I think people would be more interested in expandable storage. But of course; that's never going to happen. Sad!

5. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It has happened, it's called iCloud.

13. TheOracle1

Posts: 2264; Member since: May 04, 2015

For how much per month? 5GB free is a joke.

15. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

The money I would pay for SD cards (considering I would find 1TB one, or get a Note 9 512 GB+a sd card) gets me 14 YEARS of cloud (from MS). What do you think I should do? You are absolutely right: 5GB is a joke; it's barely enough for iPhone backups (without photos) and we should take a stand asap.

16. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I just bought a Kingston 64GB Class 10 memory card on sale for just $30 AUD = $21 USD with 10MB/s write speed and 30MB/s read speed. Meanwhile; Apple charges $1 USD per month for 50GB of storage. And you need a FAST internet connection with 80Mbps upload speed to match the performance of my memory card. But of course; data stored on Apple servers is more safe and secure than a humble SD card, and yes; I know about 'Fapening'.

17. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I have 1TB of cloud storage from MS (as long as iCloud can only be accessed from Apple devices and Windows it is not an option) and my own 3 TB NAS; a 400 GB sd card is 240€; you need 2.5 cards (x4) to have the same storage I have; my files need to sync between 4 devices: the phone, a ultrabook, my home PC and my office laptop, which means I would have to copy the info every time I use a different device; so you do the math and explain me why I should waste money on large storage devices (4x4 TB) or care about sd cards on my phones when I have the cloud? My average mobile internet speeds are exactly 80 Mbps indoor (200 Mbps outdoor; 3-400 Mbps on WiFi when the network is clogged).

2. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 550; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Good.Now Pixel phones will follow the same.

3. samgsam

Posts: 148; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Oh very innovative!

4. redmd

Posts: 1935; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

You're late. We've been waiting.

7. hopper

Posts: 75; Member since: May 08, 2017

Look what Jesus did

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4208; Member since: Nov 01, 2016


9. dubaiboy78

Posts: 446; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Additional $100 for extra sim slot. Good job apple!!!!

12. NateDiaz

Posts: 1088; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

And you're sweating cause that's what you earn every month.

14. TheOracle1

Posts: 2264; Member since: May 04, 2015

Yes because they'll claim they invented dual-sim after this. It's interesting how the author writes about dual-sim like it's popular in specific regions. He's got it backwards. Virtually the only place where dual-sim isn't popular is the US and that's because it's not available through carriers. Outside of the US/North America most people expect phones to be dual-sim.

10. kucma

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

So two SIM trays now? What happened to eSIM? I mean Apple is so worried about internal space they removed the mini jack but two SIM trays is not an issue now? Doesn’t add up.

11. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Two sim trays? Not gonna happen. Not so apple. They will have esim.

18. kucma

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

That would make a lot more sense.

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