Two 2018 iPhone models will combine a SIM card with Apple SIM to offer dual standby capabilities?

Two 2018 iPhone models will combine a SIM card with Apple SIM to offer dual standby capabilities?
A report in China's 21st Century Business Herald says that two of the three new Apple iPhone models to be unveiled this September will feature dual SIM-dual standby capabilities, only units sold in China will be equipped with a tray that accepts two SIM cards. In other countries, two of the 2018 iPhone handsets will come with a single card slot and will add the virtual Apple SIM in order to support dual SIM features.

The Apple SIM launched in 2014, embedded inside the Apple iPad Air 2 (see image at the top of this article). This allows the user to quickly change his or her wireless provider depending on which one is offering the best pricing, connectivity, or features at the time. While more than 180 countries support Apple SIM, China is not one of them. That explains why two of the 2018 iPhone models to be launched there later this year, will have a dual SIM card tray.

According to the report, adding dual SIM-dual standby capabilities to the iPhone could pump up sales in Asian and African markets. Statistics from the China Internet Network Information Center state that 3 million to 4 million smartphone owners in China use multiple SIM cards. A person working in the mobile phone sales channel in China says that many of them have purchased an Android phone due to the iPhone's lack of dual SIM support, and because of batteries that have a capacity lower than 3000mAh. He adds that the iPhone has more influence in China than Android handsets, and as a result this news will be a big blow to Android phone manufacturers there.

Dual SIM dual standby means that the user has to select which of the two cards will make and receive calls. Dual SIM Active allows both cards to receive calls at the same time.

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19 Comments

1. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

i want dual sim for my country too...

7. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 703; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

This will be a big hit for Apple if they get the software right. Apple has to allow for two instances of iOS on an iPhone between a user can seamlessly switch. One for work and one for personal use.

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Not sure if it has to be 2 instances of iOS, just two profiles that each have their own dataset. If I look at Samsung Knox, it creates a container for work and a lot of apps (like the camera) come as the personal one and the work one. This is also required by GPDR, that the company can't wipe personal data remotely, only work-related data.

12. tuminatr

Posts: 1144; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

or alike android they could allow you to sign in as a different user and have two profiles

16. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

You're clearly not familiar with dual-sim phones. On another note, the 3-4 million figure in this article is way too low as I can't think of a single Chinese phone that isn't dual-sim. The popularity of dual-sim has more to do with coverage and quality in emerging and third world markets. Price will still be a prohibiting factor in purchasing a dual-sim iPhone and it's certain that it will only be compatible with Chinese lte bands. Otherwise it will eat into the sales of the single sim models.

13. mahima

Posts: 739; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

now i might consider iphone for my next device now...they are not an option at all!

2. kennybenny

Posts: 218; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

"waiting for the fanboy's action" Got my popcorn!!!! "munch, munch, munch"...............

3. syed_itsa

Posts: 50; Member since: Feb 05, 2015

It is good edition of dual Sim for Apple. Most Asian countries where prepaid services are less expensive iPhone will make good money. Rather then carry two phones People will prefer to have one iPhone with dual Sim capablities

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

People looking for the best deal on mobile services, hence requiring two Sims, in developing nations aren't Apple's target market. This might get their existing users more convenience but won't bring anyone to iOS.

5. kucma

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

I’d disagree on this one. If people are looking for best deal from provider just for the sake of being poor then why pay for two providers anyway? I am more inclined to think people would need two SIM cards to be able to use the number for different purposes. Myself for example didn’t think about buying a new phone this year but if they release a dual SIM one I just might reconsider. I need one number for work and another for personal use and I don’t want to carry two phones with me all the time.

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I know a few friends who would love a dual sim iPhone since they travel outside Europe quite a lot. And they could buy a local data sim card to have cheaper data.

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I'm hoping Apple add eSIM support in the next iPhones Then we won't even need to buy SIM cards, simply switch carrier in settings

10. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I do hope this doesn't mean Apple (or others who will support eSIM) will determine which carriers are supported.

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

lol, why would Apple/OEMs do that? The main barrier is carriers not wanting to support eSIM as it would make switching easier

15. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You never know why an Apple/OEM would do that. A lot of carriers would mind if an iPhone wouldn't work on their network, perhaps even pay for it. And it's so weird, like changing a sim card is such a difficult task.

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Its not that changing a SIM card is difficult Its because a SIM card is a MAJOR waste of space E.g. even a single nano SIM reader still takes more space than the big A11 SoC, or another camera module or another +500mAh battery https://d3nevzfk7ii3be.cloudfront.net/igi/qQj6xFSU4f4O5oxX Google, Samsung, Apple have already started using eSIMs in the Pixel 2, Gear S3 and Apple Watch S3 So its only a matter of time before the SIM is dropped

18. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

From that perspective I fully understand, but you mentioned carriers don't want people to switch easily. Which isn't difficult now. But yeah, from a space point of view, I fully understand :)

11. 36dbldz

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

That is a step forward for Apple, i hope the pixel line will do the same with the esim and sim card slot

19. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The Pixel 2 already has eSIM, would be surprised if its not in the Pixel 3

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