Apple has been on the run since it became a brand, well known to its consumers. It launches smartphones with features that stun us every time and this time the story isn’t different!
On Sept. 12, when Apple unveiled the new iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, one feature, in particular, piqued the interest of foreign travelers and multi-phone users alike because of the feature of dual SIM. The SIM, or subscriber identity module, is a small silicon chip that keeps your phone number and links you to a cellular network. If the CPU is your phone’s brain, the SIM, or subscriber identity module, is its soul. It’s essentially what distinguishes your phone from others. Apple’s new Dual SIM Dual Standby technology could be a game-changer if you’ve ever wanted two phone lines on one gadget. Having two phone numbers on one phone — one for work and one for personal usage — will be considerably more convenient. It will also make it considerably easy for the people who travel frequently.
Until now, iPhones have only had one “plastic” SIM card:
Apple introduced iOS 12.1, which enabled support for its eSIM technology, which lets you activate extra lines, on the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR on October 30. (outside of China). AT&T and Verizon have begun to support eSIM on the latest iPhone repair too after an initial delay caused by issues such as “degraded” service and difficulty with visual voicemail. (T-Mobile has stated that the functionality will be available before the end of the year.)
Apple and several of the top US carriers have smoothed out the kinks of introducing dual-SIM via eSIM after some initial snags owing to technical problems. Apple’s support for dual-SIM phones signals a huge step closer to the mainstream for dual-SIM phones, even if it won’t be the deciding factor for most phone consumers this year.
Here’s a rundown of everything we presently know about Apple’s dual-SIM and eSIM policies, as well as what they mean for the three 2018 iPhones.
What does Apple’s dual-SIM announcement mean?
This means that on the 2018 iPhones, you’ll be able to have two separate phone numbers on the same device. On either line, you’ll be able to make and receive calls as well as send and receive texts. Isn’t this an amazing feature to have on your smartphone?
Why would I want a dual-SIM phone?
There are two significant advantages of having a dual sim smartphone. You can have two separate phone lines, for example, one for business and one for personal usage, without having to worry about carrying two phones. Additionally, dual SIM makes it easier to install a local plan to your phone when going internationally to avoid costly international roaming and data charges. These are the reasons why people who travel abroad love this feature and can have their phones at their disposal without having to worry about mixing professional with personal.
So, the iPhones will have both an eSIM and a plastic SIM?
Yes, this is true! A standard plastic nano-SIM, the familiar hardware-based SIM chip that identifies you to your carrier network, and an eSIM, the newer software-based equal, will include in the new iPhones. And here’s the kicker: the eSIM supports many phone numbers, which you can add, delete, and adjust directly from your iPhone’s settings.
A plastic SIM, but, must be physically removed and replaced. In principle, Apple might phase out the plastic SIM entirely once eSIM technology is widely adopted by operators in the United States and around the world. For the time being, Apple is covering all bases by including both a plastic SIM and an eSIM in the 2018 iPhones.
In conclusion, this feature has made the iPhone stand out once again in the market. People who have to stay online/or on calls with their clients for professional uses should stop worrying now. They can have their ‘me time’ easily now, with the help of this amazing feature introduced.