Apple may have silently started an eSIM revolution with the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR
by Adrian Diaconescu / Sep 18, 2018, 6:16 AM
But it’s important to keep in mind the iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR don’t actually come with two physical SIM card slots. Well, they do in China, but everywhere else they combine a real, tangible nano-SIM tray with digital eSIM technology.
The latter was previously used on the Apple Watch Series 3, essentially allowing the wearable device to connect to a cellular network without having to accommodate a traditional SIM card.
The main drawback of the otherwise super-convenient feature is that the vast majority of the world’s wireless service providers are not yet ready for it. A measly 14 carriers from 10 countries make up the list of official iPhone XS and XS Max eSIM endorsers right now, although at least one more name should be added to the roster soon enough.
While the “traditional” SIM card is not expected to “disappear anytime soon” for this simple reason, eSIM use could become ubiquitous in just a few years. That’s according to a new forward-looking report compiled by ABI Research, with the “market-foresight advisory firm” anticipating shipments of eSIM smartphones to reach 420 million units annually by 2022.
Obviously, iPhones are likely to account for a decent chunk of that total, but companies like Samsung, Huawei, LG, Xiaomi, and OPPO could soon follow suit (as they always do), embracing what may feel like a trivial feature for consumers at a first glance.
However, ABI Research describes the eSIM “form-factor” as a “transformative technology”, impacting the “entire SIM value chain”, not to mention how it frees up precious space for smartphone manufacturers while vastly improving the convenience of the network activation and switching experience for the end user.
It’s worth pointing out that Google actually beat Apple to the eSIM punch last year with the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, which weirdly enough, lacked dual SIM support.
Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 07, 2015
"Samsung, Huawei, LG, Xiaomi, and OPPO could soon follow suit (as they always do)" Samsung started using eSIM before Apple, with the Galaxy Gear S2. And btw, Google Pixel 2 has an eSIM version as well.
posted on Sep 18, 2018, 6:26 AM 13
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False.. Apple invent eSIM this earlier this month.. /s
posted on Sep 18, 2018, 7:11 AM 5
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So Google and Samsung did it first but Apple didn't follow? What about the prepaid phones? Are they going the same way. This article should be called Apple is following Google and going eSIM. Not everyone is following Apple as you stated in the article. Very biased on how you wrote the story. Use correct information.
posted on Sep 18, 2018, 6:39 AM 9
Posts: 2260; Member since: May 04, 2015
What he should have said is that with the adoption by Apple it'll become more mainstream. That's certainly undeniable. But Apple are just copying as usual and PA (and Piyath, Leo, Kiko, Apple rulz etc) can never bring themselves to admit that so some word juggling is needed. This "innovative breakthrough" will be promoted by the sheep as evidence that Apple is cutting edge. NOT!
posted on Sep 18, 2018, 6:53 AM 6
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"but companies like Samsung, Huawei, LG, Xiaomi, and OPPO could soon follow suit (as they always do)" Wow. Is this really what PhoneArena has become?
posted on Sep 18, 2018, 7:09 AM 7
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I really refrain from calling some of the writers on this site biased towards Apple. I thought a lot of the time, personal opinion leaks into an article where it should remain neutral. However, this article.........you seem to be speaking out of both sides of your mouth.
posted on Sep 18, 2018, 8:01 AM 5
Posts: 432; Member since: May 08, 2017
Wow so Apple does something that others did before them and it's revolutionary. Apple releases a feature that is not universally supported and doesn't work for every costumer and it's a transformative technology. The 100$ Xioami phone has 2 physical sim slots and it supports dual SIM functionality with any carrier. Who cares no??
posted on Sep 18, 2018, 8:07 AM 3
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